As you will be trekking & camping to the extreme and remote areas of Sikkim. No matter if you are going for a short hike or a long trip, don’t forget the essentials of the trip. Browse our checklist for trekking in Sikkim that will come in handy for every step of the way.
High-Quality Travel Backpack
Invest in premium quality, waterproof travel bag that can carry your entire home on your back, without damaging your back. Read customer reviews before purchasing and choose ruffled straps that do not strain your neck, shoulders or back.
Ideally, you should choose a backpack with a small separable bag that you can use for quick navigation. Depending on the length of your trip, you can choose the following mountain bag sizes:
One-day Trek 20-30 liters
Long weekend trek: 50-60 liters
10+ day Trek: 75-90 liters
Can you click a picture without a camera? Obviously not. Similarly, you cannot walk without proper walking shoes. You have to buy waterproof walking shoes with excellent breathability, good grip, integrated ankle support, and a soft frog to survive all the challenges that rough mountains throw you into.
Even if you are physically fit, walking poles provide a good balance and rhythm of walking on mountain trails. The poles also suck the type of joints you take, especially if you go downhill. In addition, they reduce the risk while dealing with any predators on green vegetation and rough terrain.
You never know when you may have a mountainous or other medical emergency. It is always a wise decision to carry a medicine kit .Consult your doctor about basic medicines and ointments to treat any ailments in the hills.
Try taking at least two pills each:
- Pain killer
- Cold and cough medicines
- Medicines for diarrhoea
Handling first aid supplies is just as important as packing medicines. Your first aid kit should carry the next to treat minor injuries in the hills.
- Crepe bandages
- Adhesive tape
- Painkiller spray
- Calamine lotion
- Heat the oil
- Antiseptic & antibiotic cream
- Insect repellent
- Antibacterial powder
A private toiletries kit is something you will never miss on Checklist for Trekking in Sikkim. Suggest for the following items:
- Water less soap
- Sun screen
- Hand sanitizer
- paper tissues
- Wet wipe
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Toilet paper
- Lip balm
Snacks & Nuts
Pack non-perishable food items that do not require cooling and refrigerate. You may carry some of these:
- Energy bars
- Glucose powder
- peanut butter
- Dry fruit
- Pre-made salad mixes
- Dehydrated fruits and vegetables
It is very important to stay hydrated while trekking in Sikkim. Invest in good quality, lightweight, 1.5-2 litre water bottle.
It is necessary to cover your head and face to protect your view from harmful rays of the sun. Always pack good sunglasses and a hat when you go out to explore the mountains.
A head flashlight is another important item on this list of things to carry while travelling. It saves lives and it is best to find your way through the desert when it is dark.
Managing travel size adjustment kits will solve the top issues that come your way. Take these repair kits with you:
- Shoe repair kit
- Sewing kit
On a weekend trip, pack these items tightly and try to save as much space as possible. You can add or subtract items of clothing according to your travel time. Avoid shorts and short sleeves to protect your skin from insect bites and manure.
- Walking Trousers (2)
- Extra shoe
- Flip flops or sandals (1)
- Wear socks to keep your feet warm and free of blisters (3)
- Jersey (1)
- Waterproof jacket (1)
- Full-sleeved T-shirts (4)
- Underwear (5-6)
Swiss knife is a versatile tool and is one of the most important things to carry while Trekking in Sikkim Himalayas or in any mountains.
If you are trekking in Sikkim Himalayas, do not forget to pack one warm glove to protect yourself from the cold weather and one glove made of waterproof gloves to protect your hands from challenging activities.
Microfiber Hand towel
Most people tend to be reluctant to carry a microfiber hand towel but it is something you should not miss. It can absorb sweat quickly from your skin and dry out very quickly.
It can come at any time in the mountains, so be sure to carry a rain cover with a PU for travel.
Map or Trek Route
While there is enough technology and cell phones may work in some places, we recommend that you keep a specified copy or map of your route on all treks with you.
Additional Gears You May Need include on Checklist for Trekking in Sikkim
- Water-purification tablets
- Match sticks & alternate fire starters
- Spare newspapers
- Extra batteries
- Power bank
- Ear pods
- Trash bags
- Nylon cord
- Mesh cloth
- Carry mat
- Book & pen
Please Note: It is not necessary to bring each and every item mentioned above, you can bring them as per your convenience and requirement. You can also discuss with your trek leader or tour operator here regarding the weather, accessibility and other information so that you can pack your bag accordingly.
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Suggested read : A Complete Guide to Trekking in Sikkim