In winter, Himalayas faces mind-numbing cold weather. During day time the temperature is usually 6-10°C, whereas during nights it can even drop below -11°C. To enjoy your trek, it is necessary to have proper body gears that can encounter Himalayan Cold. So I have made this list of 10 Best Jackets for Himalayan Trekking that can be your shield against the cold weather.
This Bomber Jacket by Ford is the ideal jacket for Himalayan Trekking. I own this and use it in almost every trek. From my personal experience, I can say that this is very comfortable from inside and outside. This is by far the best jacket you can get at this price. If you are on a budget, you should select this one.
- Very Comfortable and soft
- Excellent Quality
- Great Resistance to cold
Quechua is one of the best brands for Hiking and trekking gears. And this jacket is nothing less than best. This jacket is specially made for hiking in cold weather. Although I would like to say that this is a Beginner level hiking jacket, you can wear this in the day time, and it will resist cold. If you are going on Himalayan Treks in May and June, then this jacket will work fine. Also, I would like to add that this jacket is extremely comfortable to wear.
- Comfort temperature rating 7°C – 10°C
- High neck with zipping
- Polyester knit
- Stretch fabric
- Extremely Comfortable to wear
- Very compressible material (lightweight and takes less space in the backpack)
This jacket is for Intermediate treks where weather could go south at any time. The jacket has nylon exterior that makes it rainproof and woollen interior which provides proper warmth to your body. The best thing about this is its high wind resistance. It is perfectly capable of fighting bad rain and misty weather. This jacket can sustain extream cold weather of up to -25°C.
- Handwarmer pockets
- Woollen Interior and nylon exterior
- Bear extream cold weather of up to -25°C.
- Detachable Hood
I have gone on more than 20 Winter Treks, and I have dozens of women wearing this jacket. This is a popular choice of Trekking Jacket for women because of its property of providing great warmth. The jacket in the rain with synthetic wadding (100g/sqm) making it cold resistant. The jacket is lightweight being just 320gm. It has two zipped pockets and comes with a 2-year Guarantee.
- Provides great warmth
- 2 Years Guarantee
If you are going on a winter trek in the Himalayas, then this Jacket is the optimal gear for you. The jacket can keep you warm even in temperature as low as -25°C. Its has Nylon exterior and woollen interior plus it is water repellent coated making it waterproof. Its water repellent can perform even in 10000mm pressure head which is impressive. It can withstand heavy rain and snow. This is an Optimal Winter-proof, trekking jacket for Women.
- Detachable and adjustable hood
- Can sustain in extream weather of up to -25°C
- Comfortable to wear
If you are on a budget and you are looking for an outer layer for your trek then this jacket is your optimal choice. It is specially made to sustain weather condition in the Mountains. The jacket does a decent job in providing warmth and keeping the cold breeze away. It is waterproof to some extent, performs well in rain and is really lightweight. The jacket comes with 2 years warranty.
- Perfect outer layer
- 2 Years warranty
So if you are on a budget and looking for a stylish hoodie then can withstand moderate cold then this is the perfect jacket. If it’s your first trek and doesn’t want to buy serious cold gears then you can buy this one as you can wear this jacket in the city winter too. And on the trek, you can wear 2-3 other layers and wear this as the outer layer too. Its 100% cotton and extremely comfortable. It’s so comfortable that I removed my jacket and wore this for a day.
- 100% Premium Cotton
- Front Zipper
- Back Hood
- Withstand moderate cold
How to select Your Jackets for Himalayan Trekking?
Compact or bulky, jacket for cold weather or very cold weather, waterproof or non-waterproof, choosing the correct jacket for your trek can get little tricky. The two main criteria that you should consider before buying a jacket are Temperature around you and the weather/season.
1. Temperature Around You
The main question you need to ask yourself before buying a winter jacket is: What will be the temperature around you on a trek. Will it be cold or very cold or extremely cold?
Cold Temperature: If the place you are planning to go will have day time temperature of around 10-12°C and nighttime temperature of about 1-2°C you can buy micro-winter jackets. Micro-winter Jackets are usually thin and has less padding inside them, making them lighter and easier to carry. They will provide you with decent warmth even at 0°C.
- If this is the case, you can select No.6: Forclaz Down Jacket for Trekking (for men) or No.7: Cotton Hoodie (for women).
Very Cold Temperature: If you are going to face temperature below 0°C then you will need to get bulky winter jackets. These types of jackets have thicker padding which deceives air and resist cold.
Extream Cold Temperature: For an extream cold temperature of up to -25°C you will have to purchase jackets that have even thicker padding and are capable of resisting cold in extream weather conditions.
It is also necessary to consider the season of the trekking place. If it’s Winter and snow is expected, then you will have to get a snowproof jacket. And if it’s going to rain you will have to get a water proof-winter jacket.
Does the weight of the Jacket Matters?
If you are going on a long trek which is of more than two days then its necessary to cut down as much weight as possible, Himalayan treks are usually of more than two days. As optimal Jackets for Himalayan Trekking, I highly recommend you to select compact and lightweight jackets but don’t compromise for the cold, saving your body from cold should always be your priority.
Whereas on short treks it is feasible to carry a heavy jacket.
Insulating Your Body Head
Our body emits a lot of heat, and it is necessary to trap that heat. Winter Jackets play an essential role in trapping that heat and giving you warmth. The head emits a large share of body heat. So having a hood in your winter jacket is essential. And if your Winter Jacket doesn’t have a hood, make sure to carry winter hats.
I have tried to cover every aspect that could help you to select your best winter jackets for Himalayan Trekking. If you still have any doubts or confusion in choosing your jacket then feel free to comment down below and I will help you out.