Evening/Morning Chill in Himachal Pradesh

#1 Feb 24th, 2004, 09:21
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Looking at temperatures in HP I am surprised at the chill in the dark hours of the day in the mountains April-Sept.

Will I need long pants during April-September in the wee hours? I chill quite easily living in South East Asia. At the same time, packing light is critical and yes, diff in long/short pants does matters in wt/bulk. how about a a light jacket bought in India??!

If I can find the proper pants I like to travel in I'll most likely buy them at Target as I am back in states for six weeks - I'll cut them off if it warms enough.

OK, sorry...appreciate knowledge / advice on chill weather. Thanks
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Depends !

Depends on where in H.P. do you plan to visit. For example, Shimla is quite warm in summer- May and June- even in the early morning and night hours. The climate changes in monsoon, with a little bit of the chill returning in those hours.

Manali and higher reaches will be cold/chill in the early morning and late night hours even in summer.

The chill in H.P. can actually be very pleasurable !
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#3 Mar 27th, 2004, 22:49
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id like to follow up this thread. sorry for old hack redundancy...

im not much on long pants and especially shoes in asia -that said, after reading many posts and the departure date looming...im worried about the morning and evening chill. esp leh even in summer looks down right cold for me.

i have big feet and have no luck with finding shoes in thailand. but, im worried if i dont bring them my tooties will be quite cold. that said - my bag is tiny and really no extra room. im going to store now to look for shoes light and easily packed.

will proper non-trek nike sandals with socks be enough? how stinky huh?! i did this in north paki on the kkh years ago and 2 pair socks (one wool) in mid october it was ok save for nights in the kalash valley non-heated guesthouse.

what about long pants v shorts? currently i have 2 shorts and 1 pair very cheap fake microfiber pants that will destruct on the road. should i really be thinking two pants and one shorts??

does anyone have temp readings in hp outside shimla - a link?

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Thick woolen socks are on sale at most places in the hills, especially from Tibetan traders. One or even two pairs of these worn over cotton socks with sandals should keep your feet warm.

You're going to have quite a temperature range to cope with from day to night in Manali and Leh - ranging from tshirt and shorts during the day to heavy woolens or fleece jacket and long trousers in the early mornings or evenings.

You should acclimatise to some extent as you're going to be around for quite a while. All the things you need you will be able to buy in the shops - the locals feel the cold too!
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H.P. Climate

The following link may provide some useful information:

http://www.himachalpradesh.us/webs/g...hy/climate.htm
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thanks you two! im going with the socks.

thx for link shimla.
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I bring boots, shoes, and wool socks with me. I have not purchased wool socks in Manali. Earlier this month (November 2004) in a pizza establishment near Manali I had a conversation with someone who claimed the toes of his Manali purchased socks disintegrated after two days of walking downhill. That made me glad that I had bought my wool socks at REI Co-op!

Speaking of feet, the first thing I do when sunbathing in the mountains is put suntan lotion on the top of my feet. When I worked on a trail maintenance crew in Sequoia National Park 25 years ago I recall coming across a trekker at a mountain stream who had not used suntan lotion. The tops of his feet were so burnt he could not put his boots back on! It is better to learn from someone else's mistake than your own!

Happy trails!

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