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Hiking shoes for Nepal during the monsoon?

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1. Posted by angenaline (Budding Member 44 posts) 8y

I also posted this is Travel Gear, but I'd thought I'd ask here, since I'm talking about Nepal. I'm going to Asia for three months in May, and I'll be going to lots of places where a comfortable pair of lightweight sandals will always work, but I have a problem with Nepal.

I'll be trekking the Mt Everest region, and during the monsoon. Everyone has advised me to wear heavy waterproof hiking boots for this two week period, but the thought of carrying these heavy shoes with me for three months, while only using them for two weeks is really putting me off.

Any suggestions? I wonder if a pair of waterproof trainer types will do. My feet are pretty tough.

2. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Im in the same situation and thinking of getting my equipment in Nepal itself? Since it really doesnt make alot of sense to lug so much stuff around Asia just for Nepal... For footwear i wear walking boots while travelling, so im thinking (hoping) these will hold up fine in Nepal... But thinking of getting everything else in Nepal...

3. Posted by angenaline (Budding Member 44 posts) 8y

Yeah, I too plan on buying everything else in Kathmandu, but I thought shoes should be broken in first. I think I'm pretty much resigned to getting tennis shoes (trainers) with neoprene sock liners and hoping it's good enough.

Thank you for your response.

4. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Yea, you're right about that.... skipped my mind

5. Posted by runfrank (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

I'd suggest you to take trekkingshoes like you used them already at home.
At home you have the chance to get used to them.

Rest you can easily get some slippers everywhere in Nepal.
Of course more easy in Kathmandu and Pokhara but normally you can get them on many places.
And yes, while treking they are the most comfortable shoes to use.

Happy travels,


6. Posted by angenaline (Budding Member 44 posts) 8y


7. Posted by nepaladv (Inactive 9 posts) 8y

Hello there,

All the necessary trekking equipments are avaliable here in Nepal. But if you still don't wish to buy it then you may hire easily,no problem..

8. Posted by Mellow3d (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

I'm going to Nepal in May/June, and I too have had this predicament, kinda, as i'll be in Australia and Cambodia before hand.... neither of which are gona be proper trecking places, in the same way as Nepal (although i'm not quite sure how far i'll go with the treckin')..

Anyway, i've ended up getting some kinda trecking-trainer type shoes, as they're comfortable and give good support, whilst not overheating your feet too much, or providing the lack of cover that a sandal can. Great grip and feel to them, whilst costing a fair bit less than a proper pair of hiking boots, which if bought in advice, I know i'd end up dragging around and not using. Sounds like sourcing shoes (renting/buying) in Nepal is probably the best plan, but have a pair of good "general" shoes that you could at least do some trecking in, even if you'll need some proper boots for big trecks at higher altitudes.

As for the "waterproof boots" idea, it's gona be pretty hot at that time of year, pre-monsoon, so I think even if shoes do get wet, they'll dry out fairly fast... especially lighter shoes. Should be fine, anyhow..

9. Posted by Ilovelife (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

I'm also going to be trekking there in May. I've been told that trainers are fine but am also worried about my feet getting wet and blistery! Think I will stick with my trainers though as yes, it will be warm so hopefully they will dry out over night.

Does anyone know what the temperature is during the day in May and also what it is like in the evening? I'm not sure what clothing I shoudl take with me when I'm treking....