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 white out 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 light weight – 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.