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. Conduct 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 boots
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 in
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 (USD 220)
Lightweight and completely 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 (USD 230)
A multi-day backpacking boot with superior comfort, stability, and grip. Salomon’s 4D Advanced Chassis guides the foot, even on the roughest terrain, reducing fatigue during long days on the trail.
3. Zamberlan 996 Vioz GTX (USD 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 (USD 220)
A classic walking boot, reliable in any season and on all types of terrain, comfortable and protective. UPPER Water-resistant suede upper and collar and Flex Point in Cordura for improved comfort and 3D protective TPU toe cap.
5. Lowa Renegade GTX Mid (USD 240)
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid’s fit, comfort and versatility have set the standard for multifunction boots for over 20 years. With its accommodating Derby-cut styling, frame construction for stability, full-length stabilizer, rugged nubuck uppers for durability, and a VIBRAM® Evo sole for sure-footed traction the Renegade is Lowa’s best-selling model
6. Salewa MTN Trainer Mid GTX (USD 250)
The MTN Trainer Mid GTX is a lightweight men’s alpine trekking boot with robust suede leather and fabric upper plus waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® protection.
7. Asolo Falcon GV (USD 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 highly technical sole, the balance of the outsole has self-cleaning lugs designed for optimum performance on varying types of terrain.
8. Keen Targhee II (USD 135)
This waterproof hiking boot keeps your feet dry and lets them breathe, and the aggressive outsole bites into the terrain. It’s built for all-day comfort, and the mid-cut height adds ankle support.
9. Merrell Moab 2 Mid (USD 150)
Experience out-of-the-box comfort in this GORE-TEX® hiker. With durable synthetic leather, a supportive footbed, and Vibram® traction, all in a versatile package
Important note: This is neither a sponsored post nor a post aimed at a particular brand for any purpose. All the boots listed in this blog are the ones which we see regularly in the mountains of Nepal worn by men and women. The boots mentioned in this blog are also used by our guides. We posted this due to the positive reviews and experiences we have heard over the years. We hope this blog has helped you in choosing the right hiking boots for Nepal.