Pick a water-repellant windproof jacket: the thicker, the better. It must have a drawstring hood and will serve better with detachable linen. Ideally, get those that feature underarm zip vents that extend into the body for maximum cooling. Short jackets will not protect your waist and back from cold weather.
Choose the adequate trekking shoes with high traction all terrain outsole in an ankle height style for best protection. Avoid regular sport shoes. Thicker outsoles will provide better shock isolation. Select the darkest colors and avoid white: they wouldn’t last ten minutes! High heals or platforms are absolutely banned! If you acquire new boots, wear them at home for a few hours; don’t think of baptizing them here. Recommended brands are: Salomon, Hitech, Merrell and Boreal. If traveling in winter, make sure they are waterproof. Snow and ice may build up on the shoe and penetrate the fabric. A double insole will provide better isolation. Boots should fit comfortably with two pairs of socks.
Polar or polyester fleece garments wick moisture away from you, keeping you dry and warm, which reduces any chances of you becoming hypothermic. Plus they are light and comfortable. Vests are highly recommended; also those that zip apart. Fall expeditions require at least two long sleeved garments under your jacket, and winter, four.
Bring waterproof/breathable pants in comfortable cargo style with plenty of pockets. They will allow you to carry small elements such as sunscreen, glasses, water and chocolate, among others. Those with zip off legs are the best. Pick kakis: dust will blend in better. Do not bring ski pants unless traveling in winter. Avoid cotton. Jeans get wet and take too long to dry; they are not good isolators and are not comfortable for long walks. Jogging pants may be more comfortable and fresher but won’t protect you from cold weather or rain. When wet they get extremely heavy and difficult to dry. For winter expeditions, a pair of light polypro long underwear is recommended.
Well known brands such as Columbia, Montagne, North Face, Patagonia, Ansilta, Northland, will make a good investment.
As for socks, padding is better. Thin wool socks will do for most seasons but for summer a pair of running/cycling socks are the best choice. They have a padded bottom and a band of heavy elastic that goes right around the instep of the foot for support. This is important to prevent the socks running down into your shoes. They are very shear and don’t need liners with them. When wearing wool, a liner sock will provide extra protection. Some of the fancy wicking socks may do.
Gloves are not necessary for summer treks but they are a must during cold seasons. Ski like gloves are perfect for winter. Ski hats are also adequate.
Neck gators are preferred to scarves.
Medium sized back packs are preferred. Draw strings will be useful to carry clothes and mountain gear (if not available, a rope will do the job.) The ideal ones feature shoulder straps and a hip belt to keep the load comfortably on your hips without being bulky.
It is important that inner layers are thin for best temperature control. Other essentials are sun glasses and lip gloss.
NOTE THAT IN GENERRAL, TRAVELLERS USE LESS THAN A HALF OF THE CLOTHES THEY BRING. BEAR IN MIND THAT THIS IS DRY WEATHER AND CLOTHES WILL BE FILTHY WITH DUST, BUT DUST ONLY. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SHAKE IT OFF SO THAT EACH PAIR OF PANTS WILL LAST AT LEAST 3 TO 4 DAYS, AS WELL AS THE POLARS. A GOOD JACKET SHOULD BE ENOUGH. THE FIRST LAYER NEEDS TO BE CHANGED EVERYDAY, THOUGH. DO NOT BRING UNNECESSARY CLOTHES.