Trekking in Sikkim is very different from trekking in other parts of India, as Sikkim is full of bio diversities. The topography and height of the area makes it a difficult terrain to trek on. Although it is advisable to carry a light back pack during trekking, for trekking in Sikkim you need to carry with you many essential commodities to help you on your way.A few essentials are –
1. Warm Jacket :
As many places in Sikkim are much higher from the sea level, the temperature remains low. So you need to carry warm jacket to keep you warm during the trekking tour.
2. Warm Pants
Similarly you also need warm pants to protect your legs from the cold temperature of the place. Better keep two to cover some problem like getting wet in rains.
3. Rain Jackets
As Sikkim is in the north east side of India, it often rains there. So you should keep rain jacket to protect you from sudden rain while trekking.
4. Shell pants
These pants are important for trekking expedition, as you may have to walk in the rains during your trekking.
5. Warm caps
While trekking during the early morning or when the temperature is low near the mountains, you may require the warm head gears to cover your head and ears. So don’t forget them.
6. Trekking hats
While trekking on a sunny day, you may require a cap to protect your head from the powerful rays of the Sun. So keep it with you.
7. Sun Glasses
This is also very necessary for your trekking trip, as the need to protect your eyes from the scorching bright rays of the Sun may arise. You need to take sunglasses with ultraviolet and infrared filtration protection, which have the detachable side protections too.
8. LED Headlamps
Headlamps are required to see the way if it grows dim during your trek and also to see or read in your tent. Keep extra batteries and bulbs too.
9. Warm Gloves
You should have warm gloves which should have a water proof outer covering to avoid it from getting wet.
10. Liner Socks
Liner socks are important to prevent moisture and blisters on your feet.
11. Hiking Socks
These socks are important to make the outer covering of your feet to save from cold.
12. Hiking Boots
Taking light or medium trekking boots is recommended to protect your feet from soars and blisters, as these may mar your trekking trip badly.
13. Thermal Inner
This should be taken to form the inner most layer of ‘layering’ pattern of clothing to keep you warm.
14. Back Pack
This should be of light weight and should be spacious enough to hold all your necessary goods.
15. Water Bottles
Water bottles are required during your trek to prevent you from getting dehydrated.
16. Sleeping Mattress
You should carry a self inflatable trek mat with you to give you a peaceful night sleep.
17. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit with all the necessary medicines is very essential for you, so that you may be able to take medicines in time and avoid falling sick.
18. Insect Repellant
Insect repellents are important as you will be trekking in the forests and hills, where mosquitoes and many kinds of poisonous insects too may come up.
19. Military knife
An all purpose knife should be kept handy, so as to help you in your small problems such as cutting any rope or opening bottles etc.
20. Power Adapter
This is very important, as you may not be able to charge your phones or cameras during your trekking tour of Sikkim.
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