I started questioning my complete trekking equipment some time ago and reduced my trekking packs drastically. And it was really worth it. I was able to reduce the weight by a good half, which is very noticeable when hiking. I do not have to do without anything that I would not have done before. Say the same comfort, at half the weight.
In the 2 years after this article was published, a lot has happened in my Trekking packing list. Of the 5.95 kg basis weight shown here, only 4.7 kg remain. This means that the equipment is now ultimately lighter.
The following trekking pack is still a worthwhile alternative to traditional trekking. It is more suitable for most hikers than their 1.3 kilogram lighter counterpart. So, have fun reading and shopping in your favorite camping-outdoorshop!
VERY LIGHT TREKKING PACKLIST
In my following (as of May 2016) Trekking packing list all items are listed by categories and with their respective weight. It is suitable for trekking trips from several days to a few weeks. Depending on your comfort and resistance to your own body odor. Water and provisions are, of course, not taken into account and are only listed as an example for a day stage. This packing list represents my personal packing list and does not claim to be complete. If you are not interested in trekking and the equipment for spending the night in the open, you will find my minimalist pack for a hut hike!
Clothes I have worn during hiking are not considered in backpack weight. Since I have my trekking sticks at least 95% of the time in hand, these are not included in the backpack basis weight (weight excluding the consumer goods such as water, provisions and fuel). My system camera I always carry in front of me on the hip belt of the backpack and is therefore not included in the backpack weight. Just like my GoPro, cell phone, hiking guide and the small GoPro tripod, which I carry all “on the man”.
All in all, I can only reach a base weight of 5.95 kg.
Trekking Packing List Ultralight Trekking
Perhaps I am able to save in the near future still somewhere 0.952 kg. Then the packing list and the trekking equipment would be ultralight by definition (base weight below 5kg)! My old 270-gram aluminum pot, I recently exchanged for a more than 100 grams lighter Titanium Pot. At least half a kilo could still be saved if the tent was exchanged for a lighter tarp. But I just do not feel well. And well-being is also a decisive criterion for me.
I replaced my previous sleeping bag against a down quilt. The sleeping bag and quilt are very similar to the heat output, but the quilt is about 250 grams lighter!
Including 2 liters of water, 500 grams of food and 0.5 liters of fuel, the backpack in the trekking everyday weighs 8.952 kg, which I consider a super house number. So I am able to cope without problems with my backpack long and strenuous stages without falling asleep in the sleeping bag.