When deciding what items of clothing to purchase, it is crucial to think about how much to bring of each item. I found that I initially overpacked some things and other items I needed more of. Clothing can be divided into three categories: Base Layer, Mid Layer, and Outer Layer.
Base layers play a fundamental role in regulating your body temperature in shifting conditions. There are three different types of thermals – KMDCore, KMDMotion and KMDAccent. You will mainly be wearing thermals at nighttime and higher up the mountain as it gets cold. I suggest having two sets of thermals for hiking in (KMDMotion or KMDAccent) and two sets of thermals for sleeping in (KMDCore, KMDMotion or KMDAccent).
Thermals (leggings and tops):
Mid layers are what you wear over your base layers. Mid layers are a personal preference and will differ from my choices.
- Pack 1 x long sleeve collared hiking shirt, you may also use your thermals as a long sleeve shirt some days.
- 2 x hiking tops. Core Spun Merino Blend, driMOTION Active T-Shirt or the Zeolite Short Sleeve T-Shirt work really well.
- Either 1 x hiking shorts or hiking leggings. I didn’t end up using my Praca Hiking Shorts and instead wore the Aysen Women’s Hybrid Leggings.
- 2 x hiking pants. I mainly wore the Eris Women's Softshell Pants and XT Verso Women's Hiking Pants as I got higher.
- 2 x fleece jumpers, one for hiking in and the other to wear at night. I wore an older version of the Escarpar Women's Fleece Pullover when hiking and the Arenha Hooded Jacket at night/when relaxing.
Mid Layer Clothing:
Lastly, outer layers provide you with protection as well as warmth. Whilst hiking the EBC trek I encountered sunny and rainy days, even an unforeseen weather forecast when a snowstorm rolled in. The weather in the Himalayas is extremely unpredictable, so you must come prepared.
You will need to have a good down jacket and a waterproof rain jacket for your hike. I wore the XT Pinnacle Women’s Down Jacket and Aysen Women's GORE-TEX Jacket. The XT Pinnacle Down Jacket was amazing when I got closer to EBC, as the temperature was freezing and the XT kept me extremely warm.
Another option is to go for a 3-In-1 Jacket (Talas Waterproof 3-in-1 Jacket, or Isograd ngx 3-in-1 Rain Jacket) or a Benmore ngx 5-in-1 Travel Rain Jacket. These options allow you to have both a waterproof outer layer and an insulation layer combined in the one.
I packed waterproof rain pants in case of an emergency but didn’t end up using them. This was mainly due to my XT Verso Hiking Pants being softshell, which could repel some water off them and kept me warm. In saying this, it is always a good idea to carry some in your daypack anyway.
Outer Layer Clothing:
Down Jacket - Epiq Down Jacket, Talas Waterproof 3-in-1 Jacket, XT Pinnacle Down Jacket
Waterproof Rain Jacket - Aysen GORE-TEX Jacket, Bealey GORE-TEX Jacket
Waterproof Rain Pants - Trailhead Rain Pants