I'm lucky enough to be going on a long trip around asia in October. I'm thinking of a sort of trekking around the world theme which will include long multi-day treks (eg everest base camp) and trekking in Mongolia/China where by all accounts it can get pretty cold (i will not be there in summer). I would also like to spend some time in very hot india, and it is inevitable i will be somewhere during some sort of monsoon period!!
To be clear i am not planning on camping anywhere. Mainly staying in basic accomodation (e.g. teahouses en route)
I have been on a shorter trip before and lugged around a 60 litre rucksack with everything i might need but do not want to do that again. I have only recently got into all this outdoor gear stuff and am completely overwhelmed with all the possibilities!!!
Its kind of nice though because i am starting from pretty much scratch...but do not have endless funds so would like to keep light but don't want to spend lot's more for a few extra grams saved...
Visiting the cold places first and then send stuff home for the warmer climates is not really an option.
So after boring you all to death, the question....
What is the lightest and most compact way for me to do this? Is that a ridiculous question? Probably...
Do i take a sleeping bag? A light one and combine it with a down jacket if its cold? (i sleep VERY warm) That would cover me for the cold i guess.Be quite bulky though?Better way to do it?
What sort of shell should i take? Needs to be breathable/waterproof i guess but there are so many different types.
Advice on baselayers/midlayers? Do i take a fleece?
Which backpack? I was looking at OMM villain. Not really sure why anymore!!! Seemed light/gets good reviews/and reasonable size but have nowhere to try the pack on so very hesitant (i live in Holland)
Water purification - steripen? msr miox?
Arghhhhh i'm not sure. The problem is i have read so much stuff my head is a muddle.
Any suggestions or advice on absolutely any aspect of my quandry out there?
What would you take in my situation?
So i'm relatively new to outdoor stuff and looking into how different things