Can anyone advise on the above? My daughter is doing a trip with her university to Everest base camp, and I am looking for a pair of boots for her that will do the job.
...And also, any other kit recommendations that I can put on her Christmas list?
Thanks for your help!
If you can confirm the time of year that would help all those able to give advice
Boot choice is quite personal - you will see people up there in full mountaineering boots and people in running shoes (porters in flip flops of course). I can advise on the terrain though - Assuming standard there/back route - It is all good path, although somewhat rough and stony in places. The tourist track up a popular British mountain would be a good measure of the type of ground underfoot. As the above poster has said time of year is factor - but you can have rain and/or snow any time of year so something she is comfortable in in those conditions regardless, just the balance of weight you want to walk with on your feet to comfort will change with how extreme you expect conditions. For what it is worth - carrying a 10-15kg pack in that terrain I would wear a B1 boot with a waterproof membrane + have a pair of gators for if it gets snowy.
it’s in August/September
Thank you very much for the advice!
still in Monsoon, so there will be precipitation of some kind - both rain and snow I expect!!
> ...And also, any other kit recommendations that I can put on her Christmas list?
A warm jacket/warm trousers. I was freezing in the tea houses and spent a lot of time wearing my down jacket.
I'd echo this, the tea houses are very cold especially once you get up a bit higher. A thick down jacket is very very useful. Also if they plan to watch Everest as the sun goes down from Kalapathar it gets COLD and a down jacket and mountain gloves are definitely advised.
I've just got some Salomon XA Pro3D Goretex and they're amazingly comfy straight out of the box. They're very very light, the sole seems good and they're as waterproof (so far) as wellies. Mine are the "mid" version but I should think they do a full ankle if you prefer. I've walked in the Himalayas up to 5000m and wish I'd had these for that trip.
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