Having the right trekking boot for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek is going to make or break your trip. Below we are going to present five different trekking boots that we have personal experience with. Of course there are a lot of wonderful options out there for trekking boots, however these are some of our favorite! Ian Taylor has climbed Everest to the top, led 35+ treks to Everest Base Camp and 5+ treks to Annapurna Base Camp over the last 15 years. Read some REVIEWS from our treks and then read some more advice for this Trek.
When you are picking your trekking boot, you want to make sure they fit some important criteria. Firstly, they should be comfortable and waterproof. Next, they need to have good ankle support as well as a more rigid sole. The Annapurna Base Camp trail is rugged and rocky. Therefore, making sure you have a good and supportive boot is essential!
1). La Sportiva TXS GTX
This is a new boot from La Sportiva, that has replaced our beloved Trango Trek GTX. We prefer a more rigid sole under foot and these boots do a great job. They breathe well, are lightweight and waterproof. Some of our Sherpa and Kilimanjaro guides wear these boots as well. Ian used these boots on four Kilimanjaro climbs this year along with three Everest Base Camp trips, and they are still in great condition for the same again next year. This boot would be a great option for your trek to Annapurna Base Camp or Machu Picchu!
2). Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX
Scarpa has come out with a new lighter weight option in the Zodiac. These boots are Gore-Tex, so a waterproof boot to keep you dry if you experience moisture on the trail. They also have good ankle support and lacing system. These boots, similar to the La Sportiva TXS, have a more rigid sole. This is ideal for the stairs you will encounter on the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Scarpa are always re-inventing trekking boots and if they fit your foot correctly, then they may be the right boot for you. They work great and last a long time. Also, if you decide on another adventure after the Annapurna Base Camp trip, we would also recommend these boots for an Inca Trail trek or the Everest Base Camp trek.
3). Lowa Renegade GTX Mid
The Lowa Renegade GTX Mid boot has been around for a long time and worn by many trekkers around the world! These are a perfect boot for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. They are waterproof, have good ankle support, and also have a semi-rigid sole. The grip of these boots and the more rigid sole is ideal for the many stairs you will encounter. The negative of these boots is that they do have a lot of stitching on them, making them more susceptible to wearing out faster than other options. However, if you treat this boot well, you can enjoy them for many trips to come!
4). Merrell Moab Mid 2 Waterproof
The Merrell Moab Mid 2 Waterproof Trekking Boot has been around for years and there is a good reason for that, they are a great boot! These boots boast a waterproof membrane, good ankle support, comfortable and sturdy fit. The Merrell boot may be the option for you if you have a slightly wider foot or need more room in your toe box. This boot is a reliable and durable option that will be ideal for your Annapurna trek! We would also recommend this boot for Kilimanjaro, the Inca Trail, or Everest Base Camp.
5). Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX
Salewa has been coming out with a lot of new and very high quality boots over the past few years. While we have not personally worn this boot yet, however, we do have a lot of clients wearing these boots to Annapurna Base Camp. We have had very good feedback on this option! They have Gore-Tex in the boot, so they are waterproof and also have a good amount of ankle support. This lightweight, but durable boot would be a great option for your trek to Macchu Picchu as well.
The Best Trekking Boots for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek
All of the boots we have listed above would work for a wide range of our trekking trips! Make sure you purchase the right boot for your Annapurna Base Camp trip, but also consider what you may do next! If you think that your next trip may be climbing Kilimanjaro, many of these boots could work for that trip too! Also, they would be suitable to walk into Mera peak, Island peak, Elbrus, Aconcagua or any trekking trip that we offer.
All of these boots also come in Men’s or Women’s styles. Therefore, they should work for anyone coming on one of our Annapurna Base Camp treks!
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