Bring out those backpacks, pull up your socks and gather your best pals! It’s time to head out to your favourite annual trekking expedition.
If you are in India and love trekking, there is no dearth of places to choose from, for an enjoyable hiking trip. Being home to the Himalayas, there are a number of trails in this region for trekkers at all levels.
Choose your dream destination
In India, the western Himalayas covering the states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttaranchal make up the most popular trekking destinations. Closely following this region is the Eastern Himalayas covering Darjeeling in West Bengal, as well as Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. If you’re a beginner, you might want to head to one of those easy trails like the Manali-Beas Kund route which can be completed in five days. Your introduction to trekking can also begin with the picturesque Valley of Flowers in Hemkund or even the Pindari Glacier. The region surrounding Yamunotri, Gangotri and the one below the Kumaon area are also good for trekking. You can also head South to interesting trekking trails especially the ones in Karnataka, ideally between December to April.
Trekking in style!
Don’t just waltz out in a random pair of clothes and accessories picked out in the last minute when heading out on your trek. Add some zing and style… make it enjoyable!
The right kind of underclothes
Make sure your first layer of clothing, closest to your body, is preferably a polypropylene long undershirt and underpants. This will help keep the you dry and wick the moisture/perspiration away. You can also wear a pair of wicking liner socks.
Layering + Colour Blocking = Uber hip!
Irrespective of whether it is day or night, summer or winter, layering is a must to avoid both a functionality and fashion faux pas! You can always reduce or add on layers depending on your activity levels and comfort. Layering helps your body maintain a required temperature no matter what the environmental conditions. It makes sense to wear pants or shorts which are light but protective as well, like cargos. You also need that outer protective layer which will keep your shielded you from the elements like a coat or jacket. A built-in hood will make sure rain doesn’t drip down your neck. And don’t forget the all-weather boots, gloves and cap! You can keep your trekking ensemble bright and varied to achieve that colour-block. And you’re good to go!
This ensemble starts with a pleasant, plaid check shirt from scullers. This red and white check shirt with full sleeves has a curved hemline.
You can team this shirt with a pair of cargo pants like the one shown here from Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren. These regular rise, relaxed-fit pants feature utility style pockets on the leg which makes it ideal for storing small essentials on your trek. A contrast belt around these pants like the stylish brown one from Wrangler will complete the layer.
A jacket is a must! I have to get my hands on this gorgeous green hooded sleeveless, puffer jacket from Zara. A backpack is quite crucial for any trekking trip. I found a cheerful yellow Widlcraft backpack when worn over this jacket is sure to exude positive vibes when in the woods or the mountains! This backpack is made of high density polyester, is abrasion resistant and highly durable. This backpack is specifically made lightweight for rock or ice climbing and other short trips.
To accessorise you can go with boots, sunglasses, caps and gloves. Aviators are both stylish and functional. I went with a cool pair of unisex Fastrack sunglasses with complete UV protection. The oval lenses offer absolute protection from the elements and look quite fashionable, especially on the snaps! 😉 I love these classic suede high-top Woodland ankle boots which are great for the outdoors. The aggressive outsole with lugs, plush textured upper, D-ring eyelets and tough overlays make these shoes every adventurer’s dream come true!
You can create your own coordinated trekking outfit. Make a powerful statement of style as you trek the lofty peaks of the Himalayas!
– Aarthi Nandakumar @ Myntra
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