The key to trekking is preparation - pack minimal, but enough good quality layers of clothes that can save your life… literally.
By Mel Nakhle
The key to trekking in Nepal is preparation - and part of that is being able to pack minimal, but enough good quality layers that can save your life… literally. Layering is the key.
I recently returned from a 21 day trip to Nepal trekking to Everest Base Camp via Cho La Pass, Gokyo Ri and Summit of Kala Patar. For the entire trip, I had a limit of 15kg total including sleeping bag, day pack, and essentially everything I would need including medical supplies.
As a last minute purchase, I bought two navy long sleeve ioMerino base layers before I left and these became my staple every single day for 19 days, where we went from temperatures of a lovely 20 degrees, to minus 10 and a complete whiteout blizzard as we crossed Cho La Pass.
I was so impressed with the tops, they never smelt even though no showers were had for close to 17 days. They were awesome at core warmth and super lightweight - they were all I needed on most days, usually with my down vest over the top.
I was so impressed with my ioMerino, that two weeks later during Ultra Trail 100 they were my go-to for my “compulsory” layer of warmth. Being compact, super light, but super warm, they fitted easily in my ziplock sandwich bag in my running pack.
Ever wondered why we quite often refer to our merino outdoor clothing as ‘layers’ or ‘base layers’ rather than just calling them ‘clothes’. Maybe it’s time we explained why.
While Merino is an amazing natural fibre, not all Merino fabrics are created equal. At ioMerino, we make our own fabrics, using only the best quality fibres, and to very specific specifications that make the most of the natural benefits of Merino. All of them are 'Merino rich’. No cheap blends passed off as Merino. No cheaper scratchy fibres or synthetic substitutes to save money. No unethical production. And each fabric is made for a specific purpose. So if you see something with a small amount of elastase or nylon added, you can be sure it absolutely needs to be there to enhance the natural stretch and durability.
It took every bit of our 140 years of experience in the wool industry to perfect our fabrics, but we think you’ll agree the end result was more than worth the effort.
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