Today we’re sharing with you some of the best backpacks to buy for your trek. We’ve put this post together because we get several emails asking for backpack recommendations.
Lots of trekkers ask us at Indiahikes for a "buying guide" of trekking gear. They want to know exactly which backpack to buy so that they don’t end up making wrong decisions. Should they invest in a 90L back? Or Is 50 L enough for a 6 day himalayan trek? Which brand should they go for?
Within Indiahikes, we have used several backpacks and come to trust them. Yet, there are several trekking backpacks out there these days.
So we thought we'd ask trekkers which backpacks they have used and loved.
Upon conducting a survey with trekkers, we noticed a promising trend. Most of the trekkers' picks turned out to be in the 40L- 60L volume range.
We believe this is a great sign. On any high altitude trek, be it 4 days or 10 days, a 60L backpack is enough to sustain you throughout the trek. It also encourages trekkers to pack only essentials, in turn improving their trek experience.
Having said that, we studied most of the backpacks, the specifications, the reviews, and have arrived at these best backpacks for you to buy.
Before we get into the buying guide - if you are a first time trekker, we would recommend renting gear. You’ll get high quality backpacks at 1/20th of the cost.
Yet, if you’re trekking regularly and would like to buy a trekking backpack, here are the best backpacks you can buy.
Please keep in mind that:
- These are backpacks that have been recommended by trekkers who have used them. This is not a sponsored post.
- We have evaluated these backpacks based on comfort, design, compactness, padding and convenience.
- Most of them are suitable for Himalayan treks, and not day treks.
Let's get started.
Which Backpack to buy for your trek?
1. MT 100 Trekking 50L Backpack
The MT 100 Backpack is a popular backpack among trekkers. It fills all the right criteria for a perfect backpack - Sturdy, lightweight, compact and comfortable to carry.
At around Rs. 5000, this backpack is one of the more affordable ones. You can also look for higher volume backpacks in this variant, but we feel 50 L is perfect for a Himalayan Trek.
MT 100 for Men
MT 100 for Women
Trekker Review: (1) Is extremely spacious (2) Is compact in design and when you wear it (3) Very comfortable to carry for long hours (4) Good shoulder and hip padding (5) Has convenient compartments - Muyukh
2. Forclaz 50 Travel Backpack 50L
The Forclaz 50 is perhaps the most popular backpack amongst our trekkers. It has everything you want in a backpack - Lightweight, compact and highly convenient pockets.
At Rs 4000, this is one of the most affordable bags you’ll find at Decathlon.
Check Forclaz 50 here
Trekker Review: (1) Is extremely spacious (2) Is compact in design and when you wear it (3) Very comfortable to carry for long hours (4) Good shoulder and hip padding (5) Has convenient compartments (6) I have used it for almost 25+ treks, it works really well.- Kartik
3. Adventure Worx Xplore- 55
The Xplore 55 is a great backpack made in India by Adventure Worx. It has great ventilation compartments, abundant space, great design and at Rs 5600, an attractive price.
We particularly like this backpack because it is very thoughtfully designed by the Adventure Worx team, who have great experience trekking in the Himalayas themselves.
Check out our review of Xplore 55 here
Trekker Review: (1) Is compact in design and when you wear it (2) Very comfortable to carry for long hours (3) Good shoulder and hip padding (4) Has convenient compartments” - Narasihma
4. Wildcraft Alpine 55 Trekking Rucksack
Wildcraft trekking bags are known for their quality and toughness at affordable prices. The Alpine 55 backpack series is one such backpack.
The backpacks are sturdy, compact, tough and at around Rs 6000, if you frequently trek - a great investment to make.
Trekker Review: (1) Is compact in design and when you wear it (2) Very comfortable to carry for long hours (3) Good shoulder and hip padding (4) Good ventilation (5) Doesn't make your back very sweaty (6) Has convenient compartments – Vijay
5. Wildcraft Trailblazer 55L Rucksack
The Wildcraft Trailblazer 55 is another popular Rucksack among trekkers. The backpack is compact, lightweight, comfortable and quite sturdy.
At around Rs 5000 - Rs 5800, they are a great investment if you are looking to buy a long lasting backpack.
Trekkers Review: (1) Is compact in design and when you wear it (2) Very comfortable to carry for long hours (3) Has convenient compartments – Abhijeet
6. Osprey AG 65
Slightly on the more expensive side is the Osprey AG 65 backpack. The backpack is extremely compact and excellent in quality and built. Not only this backpack, but all backpacks from Osprey are extremely high quality.
They are quite expensive at Rs 20,000 but if you are going to extensively trek then these will last you for a long time.
Trekker Review: (1) Is extremely spacious (2) Is compact in design and when you wear it (3) Very comfortable to carry for long hours (4) Good shoulder and hip padding (5) Good ventilation (6) Doesn't make your back very sweaty (7) Has convenient compartments – Bhushan
That brings us to the end of this buying guide on which trekking backpacks to buy in India.
We would love to hear about more brands and models that you have used. If you have used any trekking backpacks and loved using them, please share your experience in the form below.