We feel to draft an article after our last trip on Trekking Shoes or Boots, What is the difference?  A general question that needs to be clearly answered after our last Manali Trekking Exploration

Hand on experience of Trekking Shoes or Boots – The Boot Tragedy.  

In during that trip, one of our co-traveler was wronged by a local shopkeeper to buy boots for trekking instead of trekking shoes. Because of which she suffered a lot during the whole trek. Her legs got swollen. Toes were in bad condition and some of us was covering her up.

The scenario she faced was major because of her shoes. Now, why? She was wearing a perfect boot – Hard sole, Leather made, with good grip over the foot and moreover a good price tag.

People generally misunderstand the concept of Trekking Shoes. The trekking shoes are made to be wear for a longer duration with vividness in the terrain to walk. They came with adequate grip towards the foot and floor. Specifically designed to provide you with support at ankle and toes. Also, to reduce the force of movement and absorbs somewhat of shocks.

She was so in pain that she even fixed cotton & bandages to support her feet inside the shoes, but that was not a permanent option. After that trip, we always suggest our guest have proper trekking shoes for multiday treks.

Trekking Shoes or Boots, What is the difference?
Trekking Shoes or Boots, What is the difference?

Trekking is an activity, where we have to go for unmanned terrains and sometimes move our luggage on our own, so, when it comes to choosing items to put in our trekking Backpack here is a list that will help you.

Personal Luggage: You must carry the following personal items in your backpack.

  • Cloths – Two or Three pairs to a limit. Which must include a trouser/pants, shorts, T-shirts and a Jacket, if you are going to a cool region.
  • Socks and Shoes – Preferably have at least three or four pairs of socks with comfortable shoes.
  • Towel or Napkins – Keep at least one bath towel and one gym towel with you.
  • Gloves – Only if you are traveling to a very low-temperature region
  • Sun Cap – Must.
  • Winter Cap – Depending on travel location, can also include scarfs.

Hand Kit: Things like your brush, facewash, comes here

  • Toilet Kit – Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Tong Cleaner, Mouthwash, Hand Soap, Soap, Paper Soap, Oil, Moisturizer, Sunscreen lotion, comb, etc.
  • Medicines – An Oral Rehydration Solution, An Antibiotic, Paracetamol, Headache and other First Aid Material.
  • Some essential items like – Hand Torch with Batteries, Lighter or Matchsticks, Some Papers, and quick snacks.


Adventure Travel Trip - Tour - trekking Backpack

A general trekking backpack is a simple bag/container/burden, which is one of major asset you have while you’re traveling anywhere on earth, from top-notch hills and mountains to the desserts with shining sand. A backpack is best companion and keeper of secrets for you. So, you must be very detailed while choosing a backpack. So here we are with some viable points that will guide you to select a perfect backpack for your next journey or if you select it may be with you for your complete life.

General Trekking Backpack Description

Parameters for selecting a backpack:

  • Capacity
  • Water Resistance
  • Ample no. of compartments and pockets
  • Adjustable Body Fit
  • Material of Backpack

So how you might go and check for a backpack with these parameters. Have any idea? Backpacks are not a daily use commodity that’s why many of the travelers might find it unrealistic to spend on an “IDEAL” Backpack, also, many find an excuse that they travel after a very long period because of which they DO NOT PREFER to buy this.

In India, if you go in a local market you can find backpacks in the range of INR 500-6000, which will look alike and some might look too attractive to buy, but please remember, “Backpack must be bought on performance rather than looking”.

So, here are some tips to buy a backpack

  • If you are traveling to a location where you might need to carry your luggage most of the time, go for a Backpack of 40-60 ltr capacity and it must be light otherwise you will have to carry unnecessary weight on your shoulders all the time. As per me, if you are going for Adventure activities like trekking, camping or backpack tour, please carry lesser items in your luggage, think twice before putting anything into your bag, because you have to wear that burden. Most of the travelers fail to understand this point and takes a lot of items (Unnecessary Items) and later they question their consciousness for doing so.
  • Comfortability with the Backpack is one prior point and must be considered while choosing it. Ask the shopkeeper to give you a stuffed bag (Do ask him) and put it on your back. Now try to adjust it. Try to walk a little and do some situps and stretching exercises with it. You might look funny but it will give you a proper knowledge that the body part movement with the backpack is comfortable to you or not?
  • Material selection: is another big question. Mostly all backpacks are made up of Polyester Fabric and labeled with Water Resistant mark, but still, they fail. So how you can find a better one??? If you have any previous encounters with bag or luggage case selection than you will know that many manufacture coat the bags from polyester from Inside and go for a hard case coating from exterior, but when you go for some terrains you will find that the fabric from the bottom of the backpack starts to get worn out and ultimately gets damaged. So, go for a backpack with some warranties on the fabric quality.
  • Do you have any count that how many pockets you need in your backpack? Make a list or brief idea about that. Like, in my case, I want to keep my clothes, toiletries, medicines and general purpose items into separate sections so whenever I require them I can easily access them. Also, a water bottle and lunch case partition is a must.
  • Then there are some more factors that might improve the usability of your General Trekking Backpack like, support bands, mobile charger slot (it still needs a power bank), Bluetooth Speaker Socket, Sleeping Bag Section, Adjustable Storage options and many more.

So, I am just finished with describing you about the points, if you have any queries you can put them in the comments section and I will revert to them as soon as possible. You can see an example backpack here.

The past week was one of the great time that I have spent in my life. It was truly an honour to host such a wonderful spirit on an extraordinary trekking trip which ended with a lot of memories. The Hamta pass trek exploration was one of the finest treks in India and it is most engaging when we travel with a lot of smiling people around us.

Adventure Travel Trip - Hamta Pass Trek with Hitesh Sharma
Adventure Travel Trip – Hamta Pass Trek with Hitesh Sharma

Our journey started on 26th May 2018 at around 10’o Clock from Jaipur, after which we proceed to Into Wild Himalayas Camps in Kalath Manali. That was an exhausting 20 hrs road journey which was completed in the vehicles provided by Jaipur Tempo Traveller. We made our journey in a Force Tempo Traveller which was equipped with music system and Mobile chargers which assisted us in completing this long route with a sweet atmosphere.

In during the journey, our group made themselves more friendly with each other by playing games like dumbshal arts and much more. In Journey, we had dinner on 26th and followed by a Dahi-Parantha Breakfast on the land of Punjab which was again an exciting activity for our travellers.

When we reached the base camp in Kalath, Manali, our camps were literally located in the wild Himalayas. The base camp was situated nearby the river Beas and the greenery near the camps is one of the best things one can use to decorate his land. Everyone was thrilled to see this land and find themselves more attached to the location with all these wonderful views of nature.

On the next day, we started trekking to our first stoppage that was Tilgan, which is placed in near mountain range for which we have to walk for at least 6 hrs and after which we relaxed our muscles by following some exercises. In during the trek, we rested on rocks and had our lunch which was carried by us. The night was something fascinating and full of moonlight, under which we had our dinner and sat nearby a bonfire.

On 29th May our journey continues with a hard trekking route crossing some waterfalls and green lands after which we reached our destination Saruto, where we camped for two consecutive nights. The place is chilled and one can see glorious mountains covered with Ice, standing tall and unbeatable.

On 30th May our trek was somewhat longer than combined previous days so we moved early in the morning. We trekked about 6 hrs to the top and 4 hrs to the base sight on the same day. We played with Ice on the rocky tops and captured the real beauty of the mountains there. Our whole group enjoyed a lot in the sloppy floppy ice on those Rocky mountains. After a memorable time on the ice, we get departed to our campsite on Saruto, where we had our dinner and get rest for final departure.

On the last day of the trek, we packed our luggage and started downhill walk to the base camp. It took us around 10 hrs to reach the base camp. We enjoyed our last night with a little wine and beer with the musical surrounding. Also, we added our memories with bonfire and activities like Truth, Dare, and Situation (Another Classic).

Finally, we departed to our City “Jaipur”, with Happy memories.