Autumn’s post-monsoon season is a great time for exploring Nepal’s iconic trekking trails. Clear skies, big views and challenging days on foot all add up to a great adventure. Whether you’re trekking as part of a group or independently, you’ll want to be comfortable throughout the long, demanding days. With sweat dripping off as you slog up a hillside, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ll never be cold again. A few hours later, you could be wondering if you’ll ever be warm again!
The trick is to dress in clothing that offers versatility, flexibility and comfort as needed. Sounds like a tall order, but Sub Zero has the answers and options – they won’t break the bank. Cooling baselayers that wick away sweat to leave you feeling comfortable are the answer. Worn on their own, they look smart; worn under a thermal fleece top, they do the same job and help in staying warm as the temperature drops. Gilets are a great option for quick, light, flexible warmth.
And it drops fast when the sun dips behind the peaks. That’s when you need to pull on some more warmth, such as a down or synthetic jacket. During rest and food breaks, or if the wind gets up as you cross a pass, you can pull on an extra layer so you avoid getting chilled. All the tops are light, pack small and are carried easily in your own daypack.
That’s important as temperatures and activity levels vary throughout the day. There’s not much point in having such clothing packed away in a duffle bag carried by a porter. You need it to hand in order to keep control of your comfort. As night falls, you’ll appreciate the layers that keep the cold at bay. Slip on a spare thermal baselayer top and leggings for the evening and wash the one you’ve been wearing. It’ll dry quickly and be ready to cope with more days on the trail. Don’t forget hat and gloves. They’re not accessories, they are essentials offering fast and flexible ways to warm up and cool down.
Items worn on the ‘trek of a lifetime’ can earn an affection that’s quite surprising. What’s not surprising is that the technical fabrics used will earn their keep for years with durability a key factor in design.