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Best Hiking Boots for Nepal

Which are the best hiking boots for Nepal? What are the things I should consider before buying a hiking boot?

We hear these questions a lot and we are here to help you decipher which hiking boot is best for trekking in Nepal.

Ever been in this situation? Not realizing that you chose the wrong shoes until it was too late to change them? This mistake can easily prevent you from finishing your objective and accomplishing your goal. The right footwear choice is the most crucial piece of gear needed while trekking in Nepal if you want to truly enjoy your hiking experience. A boot suitable for your level of activity with extra protection, more support, and additional cushioning is going to provide you with the lasting comfort you’ll need. Shoes are the most crucial part of the gear.

Having the appropriate boot for trekking and hiking in Nepalese Himalaya is important for many reasons including; comfort, safety and maximizing efficiency to improve your chances of being successful on a given objective. Whether you are trekking to Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Base Camp, we will help you decipher which boots to consider for trekking in Nepal. Men hiking boots and women hiking boots are both found at the list below:

Things to consider about before buying a hiking boot:

1. Do thorough research

Read product reviews from independent sources. Always read and heed the manufacturer’s warnings and instructions for use, inspection, maintenance, and retirement. Ask your friends or anyone in a circle if they have used the boot you intend to buy. Conduct thorough research about the pros and cons of the boot.

2. Types of shoes

By types of boots, we are referring to the models of the boots such as (Low Cut Boot, Mid cut Boot and Backpacking Boots or Full Boots). Generally, trekking in Nepal requires walking for multiple days carrying your backpack and, in such cases, we couldn’t argue more about the importance of wearing full boot/Backpacking boot. These boots have a high cut that wraps above the ankles for excellent support. Durable and supportive, with stiffer midsoles than lighter footwear, they are suitable for on- or off-trail travel.

3. Best Use/Activity

Ensure the piece of gear you are buying is suited to the type of activity you intend to pursue. Each boot is particularly made for a specific purpose and gone are the days when one boot does it all. Nowadays, each activity requires a specific boot. Choose the boot suited for your activity.

4. Fit and Sizing

Above all, ensure the boot you choose is comfortable and fits well. You’ll be wearing these for miles, days, and maybe even weeks or months, so try on several pairs before making your choice. Appropriate lugs on the sole for traction, ankle protection that allows mobility while providing stability, and (depending on terrain) is waterproof. Wear your socks when trying on boots. It’s recommended to get your boots one-half to a full size larger than your regular shoe size to ensure there is some space between your toes and the front of the boot.

5. Break them up

Break them in on shorter hikes to make sure the fit is dialled before heading out for a longer trek/climb. Give yourself at least a week to break them in little by little. Wear them for a shorter period in the beginning and gradually use it more. Breaking in your boot will make it comfortable when you use it on the trail and this will prevent you from getting a blisters, which are common with new hiking shoes.

Best Overall Hiking Boots for Trekking in Nepal

1. La Sportiva Trango ($ 220)

Lightweight and fully synthetic, this hiking boot is the ultimate in backpacking performance. Fully waterproof and designed to take a beating, the Trango TRK GTX can handle the toughest trails in any conditions.

2. Salomon Quest 4D ($ 2230)

A multi-day backpacking boot with superior comfort, stability, and grip. Salomon’s 4D Advanced Chassis guides the foot even on steep terrain, reducing fatigue from long days on the trail.

3. Zamberlan’s 996 Vioz GTX ($ 305)

Zamberlan’s best-selling boot, the 996 Vioz GTX is a tribute to Italian comfort, performance, and design. Perfect for backcountry backpacking in rugged, steep terrain.

4. Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX ($ 220)

A classic walking boot, reliable, comfortable and protective in all weathers and on all types of terrain. Upper water resistant suede upper and flex points on collar and Cordura for improved comfort and 3D protective TPU toe cap.

5. Lowa Renegade GTX Mid ($ 240)

The fit, comfort and versatility of the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid has set the standard for versatile boots for over 20 years. The Renegade is Lowe’s best-selling model with its matching derby-cut styling, frame construction for stability, full-length stabilizer, rugged nubuck uppers for durability, and VIBRAM® Evo sole for surefoot traction.

6. Salena MTN Trainer Mid GTX ($ 250)

The MTN Trainer Mid GTX is a lightweight men’s alpine trekking boot with robust suede leather and textile upper plus waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® protection.

7. Asolo Falcon GV ($ 230)

Cordura and 1,8 mm water resistant suede upper. Gore-Tex lining, waterproof and breathable. Midsole in Eva double density. Outsole “Radiant” Asolo/Vibram Mega Grip A highly technical sole, the balance of the outsole features self-cleaning lugs designed for optimal performance on a variety of terrains.

8. Merrell Moab 2 Mid ($ 150)

Experience out-of-the-box comfort in this GORE-TEX® hiker. Durable synthetic leather, a supportive footed, and Vibram® traction, all in a versatile package

Note: This is neither a sponsored post nor a post aimed at a particular brand for any purpose. All the boot names listed in this blog are the ones we regularly see worn by men and women in the mountains of Nepal. We have used boots of the names mentioned in this blog. We’ve posted this because of the positive reviews and experiences we’ve heard over the years. Thank you!!

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  1. Ram Tamang

    AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions is an adventure travel company in Kathmandu, Nepal founded by local alpine experts with extensive experience in trekking and mountaineering in the Himalayas.

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