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1. Posted by seemore66 (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y

Hi,

I head of at the end of February next year. I will be travelling from Delhi to Kathmandu and then on to Tibet. This part of the trip will be five weeks and will include the Everest Base Camp. I'm by no means a trekker but obviously I'm gonna have to do a little. I'm big into sport so I should do okay.

I will then be heading to SE Asia for April - 8 weeks and then on to Australia. In total 6 months! When it comes to packing I'm worried about over packing for the two extremes of climate. Very cold to very hot and humid. How do I reduce the amount of clothes I require?

I had intended to layer up. Bring my ski gloves, hat and buff and one thermal layer. Does this sound about right?

Do you recommend a good waterproof coat (very light)?

I would really appreciate advice from someone who has had the same "problem".

2. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

I haven't done such a trip but just a small related note - Australia will be in winter come June/July and depending on where in Australia you'll be, chances are it's not going to be hot and humid, but not exactly freezing cold either. So over the course of your trip, you will get all gradient of weather it seems.

Personally I'm a big fan of layering things when there's variable weather. If it's too hot, you can shed the layers. If too cold, pile them up. Better than bulky stuff that is good only for a small part of the trip. Flannel pajamas make surprisingly warm layer so no harm bringing one and you can put that as one of the under layers in cold places if required. Fleece jackets usually are light to carry and they're good in keeping warm too. Definitely good rainproof jacket if you'll be trekking etc. You're hardly likely to be carrying umbrella if it starts to pour. Rain in tropical regions come down fast and heavy. There's fleece/rainproof combination jacket which you can unzip/uncouple if you want to use only one or the other.

But, as I said, I have not done such a trip that you're planning. My advice is based on separate occasions when I've travelled different places, sometimes with noticeable weather differences, but never from one extreme to the other though.

3. Posted by seemore66 (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y

lil_lil, thanks so much for taking the time to reply. I suppose its hard to imagine Australia as ever being cold. But thanks for pointing that out, hadn't considered it. I suppose I need to look at the Gore Tex rain coats. They are really expensive!!

I also would welcome anyones tips on the Base camp trek and what I require?

4. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 6y

If you're doing the Himalayas, then layers really won't do it effectively. My recommendation would be a proper N.American snowsuit. They're all in one (including insulated hood) and pack down really small, with a bit of time and effort. It can get bitterly cold high up in Tibet, but Kathmandu surprisingly isn't that bad. The snowsuits I talk of can be ordered from any large Canadian retail clothes outlet and they'll more than likely ship it to you for a small charge. There's nothing finer for winter weather. They're effective for temperatures down to around -40c and are very cheap to buy. I bought one out in Canada a couple of years ago. It cost me around CAN$60 and is just the warmest piece of winter clothing I have ever worn. It was never warmer than -32c when I was there and I didn't notice it.
A warm hat and balaclava work wonders too. I found 2 pairs of gloves better than one pair, but there are some brilliant cheap gloves around nowadays that will keep your fingers warm and they're not at all expensive.
Fur boots and wool socks are a must for Tibet. It sounds like a chore, but honestly it only takes about 10-15 minutes to get kitted up and out of it all later.
Sounds like a lovely trip.

5. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

Quoting seemore66

I suppose its hard to imagine Australia as ever being cold. But thanks for pointing that out, hadn't considered it.

I know, since there's so much stories on beaches and surfings etc. Just that a friend and I were at Melbourne late June a few years back to visit another friend. It wasn't supercold or anything, about 10-12C which I thought was fresh and manageable (especially after living years in Ireland) but certainly for my friend who went there together with me, she lives in Singapore and thought it was freezing in Melbourne. It's all relative I guess, to what you're used to.

Good luck with your trip planning!

6. Posted by seemore66 (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y

BedouinLeo 05 Dec 09, 06:12
If you're doing the Himalayas, then layers really won't do it effectively. My recommendation would be a proper N.American snowsuit. They're all in one (including insulated hood) and pack down really small, with a bit of time and effort. It can get bitterly cold high up in Tibet, but Kathmandu surprisingly isn't that bad. The snowsuits I talk of can be ordered from any large Canadian retail clothes outlet and they'll more than likely ship it to you for a small charge. There's nothing finer for winter weather. They're effective for temperatures down to around -40c and are very cheap to buy. I bought one out in Canada a couple of years ago. It cost me around CAN$60 and is just the warmest piece of winter clothing I have ever worn. It was never warmer than -32c when I was there and I didn't notice it.
A warm hat and balaclava work wonders too. I found 2 pairs of gloves better than one pair, but there are some brilliant cheap gloves around nowadays that will keep your fingers warm and they're not at all expensive.
Fur boots and wool socks are a must for Tibet. It sounds like a chore, but honestly it only takes about 10-15 minutes to get kitted up and out of it all later.
Sounds like a lovely trip.

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Your making me nervous BedouinLeo, but I'll take all what you say onboard. I have ski wear but really was hoping to avoid taking it with me. I take it there are loads of places to rent out warm clothes there?

Oh and Lil_Lil I'm Irish too, so should deal with those temps handy enough!

I'll keep an eye on the thread to see what everyone says!

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Dec-2009, at 09:52 by seemore66 ]

7. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 6y

Ski wear is OK for skiing. Snow gear is what you need for the Himalayas.
I ski and wherever I go it's never down to much lower than -15c. This is different terrain and different weather conditions.
You'll be fine, just take (as you say) on board what others advise.