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For maximum comfort, favours a “multi-layer” clothing system: cool underwear (tights + jersey – fibers wicking away perspiration) + jacket and over-trousers with waterproof and breathable membrane (“Gore-Tex” type or equivalent) for bad weather. Avoid cotton which retains moisture close to the body (and dries with difficulty) in favour of suitable synthetic materials. Merino wool garments are very efficient and pleasant to wear, and have the advantage of not developing the smell of perspiration!
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On the Hike
- Hiking shoes preferably holding the ankle with a good notched sole, with a buttress and good waterproofing. Shoes with grip and flexible sole that allows your ankle to move (stiff soled mountain boots are not ideal). The Adidas kampong rubber shoes have been proven to be the best shoe for a wide spectrum of hikers.
- Comfortable hiking socks
- A comfortable 20-30L Backpack with waist belt for your day’s necessities (a raincoat, water-bottle, sunscreen, first aid and identity papers) and a little room for snacks. Recommended with 2 straps (a sling bag will be in the way and may obstruct your vision towards your feet.). Recommended to have both hand free at all times.
- A bag cover – waterproof is recommended
- Hiking pants (quick dry material)
- Breathable or merino wool t-shirts (quick dry material)
- Underwear (quick dry material)
- 1 or 2 gourds / personal snacks – mandatory; Light lunch (Montbell Risotta : Outdoor food in 3 minutes) and an energy snack.
- Water Bottle(s) -1 LITRES MINIMUM or as suggested
- A glove – to help you cope with the rope sections (if any) as well as the sharp rocks (if any).
- A mini- pharmacy: personal medication, surgical masks, hydroalcoholic gel, dressings, sterile compresses and bandages, gauzes, disinfectant, arnica granules and aspirin, etc. (note the non-exhaustive list to be adapted according to your own medical needs).
- For the bad or cold weather
- Waterproof and windproof jacket – protect against the wind and rain; preferably not a poncho (some incline is so steep that shorter individuals step on their own poncho). If you do use a poncho, cut/trim the lower part.
- Rain pants – protect against the rain; preferably not a poncho (some incline is so steep that shorter individuals step on their own poncho). If you do use a poncho, cut/trim the lower part.
- Follow-up luggage: a backpack (40-50L) in good condition. Recommended to leave in campsite/homestay when out for hiking.
This list is given as an indication and must be adapted according to the stay and the season in which you are leaving.
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