Best Backpack for Trekking and Camping in India (2018)

Are you a sea person or a hill person?

Well, I love the hills, and with it also comes my love for trekking.

India has so many great places where trekking can be a welcome change from the regular routine of the 9-5 work. Even if you’re not really interested in trekking, it’s something you should definitely try the next time you are in the hills – and I am sure you won’t regret it.

And one thing you would need when planning to a trekking or a camping trip is a good backpack bag.

And a backpack is not something you can buy every time you go on a trip.

At the risk of sounding stupid, let me tell you this – there is something special when you find the right backpack.

I bought a great backpack 4 years ago and I have taken it on countless trekking trips in the Himalayas, to Europe and even to the south of India.

So I mean it when I say – it is important for you to pick the Best Backpack for Trekking and Camping in India.

If you are planning to go on a long road trip or a hiking trip then a backpack is one of the very first pieces of gear you would need.

Considering you will be wearing it for many hours you should make sure that you pick the right backpack for yourself.

And let me also tell you this – good backpacks for trekking/hiking are not cheap. But it’s an investment to add to your hiking gear list that will last for years.

And recently, I was helping a friend buy the perfect backpack bag for her when I decided to write this backpack bag review.

One of our big goals here at TheActiveIndian.com is to make your life easier when it comes to buying outdoor, fitness and sports gear.

In a hurry and don't want to go through a detailed review?

Here are our top three backpack recommendation that you can get in India.

Our Recommendation – Top 3 Backpack for Trekking and Camping in India

#1

Quechua Forclaz 50 L Backpack
  • 50 Litres
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    Has many pockets and easy access to it
  • Reinforced seams makes it sturdy
  • 1.7 Kgs

#2

Wildcraft 45 L Backpack
  • 45 Litres
  • Strong and sturdy nylon material
  • Light weight
  • 780 gms

#3

Gleam 0109 75L Backpack
  • 70 Litres
  • Metal frame
  • Has a shoe compartment
  • External and Internal Zipped Pockets in Hood
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    1.2 Kgs

And if you’ve some time, let me take you through a list of best backpack for trekking and camping with a detailed review.

Related: Essential Items to Carry For Hiking/Trekking in India.

Best Backpack for Trekking and Camping in India (2018)

BackPack

Capacity

Weight

TAI Rating

50 Litres

1.7 Kg

9.8 / 10

45 Litres

.78 Kg

9.8 / 10

75 Litres

1.2 Kg

9.5 / 10

70 Litres

1.95 Kg

9.1 / 10

50 Litres

0.9 Kg

8.8 / 10

70 Litres

1.5 Kg

8.5 / 10

Quechua Forclaz 50 L Review 

Quechua is a popular brand in the back pack space. It's known for it's products for hiking, trekking, mountaineering, and adventure sports.

In India, you can buy Quechua products online (on Amazon) and in all the stores of Decathlon.

This Forclaz 50L backpack is a simple, lightweight and functional bag with pockets and easy access.

Practical for both occasional hiking and traveling, this bag is made for Trekking “backpacker” style traveling on marked trails for several days.

This backpack has a 50L capacity, which makes it ideal for a 4-5 days trekking/hiking/camping trip. In case you're looking for a backpack for 7-10 days, choose the 70L version of this backpack.

It weighs about 1-1.5 kgs, which is quite light when it comes to backpacks.Due to it's small size, you can easily fit it in the cabin baggage in flights.

It has a metal frame inside which makes it durable and easy to carry. 

It has two pockets on the sides and one on the front which makes it easy to access some stuff (such as tickets/papers/goggles).

Specifications of Quechua Forclaz 50 L Backpack

  • Carrying ComfortFoam strap. Chest Strap. Load adjuster straps. Hand rest. Adjustable back
  • Compartments3 external pockets, 1 internal pocket, and 1 belt. Pole-loop. bottom access and compartments.
  • Abrasion ResistanceDon’t worry about this as Quechua offers a 10 years guarantee. Very hardwearing thanks to the fabric and reinforced seam
  • Capacity: Volume 50literss, Weight ~1.5 kg and ideal for a camping or trekking trip of 2-7 days.
  • Warranty: 10 Years

Wildcraft Rucksack – 45 Litres

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Wildcraft 45 Ltrs Grey and orange Rucksack (8903338073864)
  • Outer Material: Nylon, Color: Orange
  • Water resistance dimensions: 56.8cms x 33.6 cms x 5.4 cms (LxWxH)
  • Top loading pack with draw string opening for easy and quick access
  • Strengthened haul loop to take on heavier loads

Wildcraft is an Indian outdoor and adventure product company headquartered in Bengaluru.

As the company is slowly growing it's footprint, you can now find the Wildcraft stores in many malls and markets. As of now, it has about 170 exclusive stores and sells its products through 4,000 multi-branded stores in India & abroad.

Their product range includes backpacks, duffle bags, hiking footwear, apparel and other products that are used frequently for camping or hiking.

This Wildcraft orange rucksack bag is one of the bestsellers trekking bags online.

It has a 45 liter capacity which makes it an ideal trekking backpack for 2-7 days. In case you want a backpack for more than 7 days, I wouldn't recommend this one.

Its made up of strong and sturdy nylon material that is also water resistant.

It's a light-weight bag (780 gm) but is strong and sturdy because of the robic nylon fibres.

Remember this bag is not waterproof but only water resistant. It holds up pretty well in minor rain and few splashes but definitely not in the heavy downpour, therefore, you will need to cover it with a rain cover in case of any rain.

Specifications of Wildcarft Rucksack 45 L Backpack

  • Outer Material: Nylon, Color: Orange
  • Water Resistance: Yes (not water proof)
  • Capacity: 45 liters; Weight: 780 grams and ideal for a camping or trekking trip of 2-7 days
  • Warranty: 5 years warranty against any manufacturing defects

Gleam 0109 Climate Proof Mountain Rucksack – 75 Litres

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Gleam 0109 Climate Proof Mountain Rucksack , Backpack 75 Ltrs...
  • Metal Frame and Bottom Shoe Compartment & Rain Cover is at bottom zip ( Pl...
  • Expandable Sack & Adjustable Waist Belt
  • External and Internal Zipped Pockets in Hood
  • High Durability and Weather Resistant
  • Spacious, Lightweight and Durable

Gleam is an Indian bag manufacturing company based out of Bangalore.

While I couldn't find any information about the company (as there is no company website), Gleam bags are quite popular online. A quick search will show you that these are sold on all major shopping sites such as Amazon, Flipkart, Shopclues, etc.

And to be clear, not having a website is not a big deal as Gleam bags have a proven track record of delivering high quality backpacks, leather bags and school bags in India. 

They seem to be selling quite well online as they are currently in the Top 10 bestselling rucksacks in India.

Now coming to this mountain rucksack backpack, it's 75 Liter which is more suited for longer trekking/camping trips. If you're planning to buy a trekking backpack for a tip of more than 7 days, this one has the right capacity.

It has a metal frame that makes it sturdy and durable. 

It has an expandable sack, adjustable waist belt, external and internal zipped pockets in hood, and a shoe compartment

It's made of a Nylon polyester fabric and is water resistant. Also, it comes with a rain cover. Given it's large size, it only weighs 1.2 Kg.

It has padded shoulder straps that makes it comfortable on the shoulder. Also, the slim shape allows a free movement of the hands.

Its shoulder and waist straps are adjustable that allows for a better fit when carrying it on trails and mountains.

Specifications of Gleam 0109 Climate Proof Mountain Rucksack

  • Metal Frame and Bottom Shoe Compartment & Rain Cover is at bottom zip 
  • Expandable Sack & Adjustable Waist Belt
  • External and Internal Zipped Pockets in Hood
  • High Durability and Weather Resistant
  • Spacious, Lightweight and Durable

Quechua FORCLAZ 70 TREKKING RUCKSACK

Quechua Forclaz 70 Backpack
  • Multiple zippered compartments with side panels and mesh pockets
  • Ergonomically designed shoulder strap
  • 5 pockets, 3 nets and 1 water bladder compartment
  • Thumb Loops, Load Adjuster Straps, Compression Straps, Chest Strap, Pole...

Quechua is a popular brand in the back pack space. It's known for it's products for hiking, trekking, mountaineering, and adventure sports.

In India, you can buy Quechua products online (on Amazon) and in all the stores of Decathlon.

Forclaz which is a brand of Quechua has produced this fantastic backpack that is designed to give maximum comfort with maximum load.

Mind you this bag’s volume is 70 Litre and it can carry a truckload of your stuff (which also means that it weighs more than others).

If you're planning a trip for 7+ days, you should consider this 70 liter capacity FORCLAZ backpack. And because it's 70 L, it always weighs more (1.95 Kg).

One of the best things about Quechua backpacks (be it 50L or this 70L) is that it has two pockets on the sides and one on the front which makes it easy to access stuff.

This back is a simple yet practical bag with pockets and easy access, practical for occasional hiking and traveling.

Let’s come to the practical part – This backpack has a great design due to which you can open this backpack vertically as well as horizontally by opening the zip.

There are two big side pockets for keeping your sunscreens, sunglasses and other stuff and one zippered pocket at the top of the bag. You can easily pack your heavy jackets, woolens, caps, socks, and other armory and go on a backpacking trip of 7-10 days.

If you trek/hike regularly (once every 2-3 months) then this backpack is recommended for you.

Specifications of Quechua Forclaz 70 L Backpack

  • Carrying ComfortFoam strap. Chest Strap. Load adjuster straps. Hand rest. Adjustable back
  • Multiple Compartments5 pockets- 3 nets- 1 water bladder compartment
  • Abrasion Resistance10-year guarantee. Very hardwearing thanks to the fabric and reinforced seam.
  • CapacityVolume 71 liters / Weight 1.9 kg and ideal for 7-10 days trekking or camping trip.
  • Warranty: 10 Years

Mount Track Gear Up 9103 Rucksack – 50 Litres

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MOUNT TRACK 50 Ltr Neon Blue-Black Rucksacks
  • Rain Cover Included
  • Zippered Space On Hood, Adjustable Waist Belt
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Expandable Sack Opening With Laptop Compartment
  • High Durability and Weather Resistant

This 50 litre Rucksack from Mount Track has padded shoulders straps for comfort, internal pockets to store your gear. It also has fibre padded cushioned back for comfort and back support around town or on the trail.

Its slim shape provides freedom of arm movement and stability in situations requiring good balance. The sack bends and twists with you, giving a greater degree of balance; its technical back system is designed for alpine sports and high-grade routes.

The soft, specific pressure zones ensure exceptional load /carrier contact. The shoulder straps are also adjustable. These attractively designed packs cover a range of uses. With a range to cater from the summer walker to winter climber or climbing or mountaineering.

Specifications of Mount Track Gear Up 9103 Rucksack

  • Laptop Compartment for a 15-inch laptop
  • Sack Opening for the main compartment
  • Sweat Resistant back
  • Additional Nylon Rain Cover that makes the bag 100% waterproof
  • Dual Pockets on Hood
  • Adjustable Hip back that helps in weight division from shoulders
  • Adjustable Sternum Strap that helps in keeping the shoulder belts in place
  • Expandable sack for extra space
  • Waterproof material
  • Additional Bottom compartment for used clothes and shoes
  • Other Features include dual Adjustable Straps with Buckle Detailing and Padding, Mesh Bottle Holders, Tool Carry Loop at Front, Adjustable Waist Strap with Buckle Closure, Zippered Pockets at Front, Compression Straps on Both Sides, Inside Accessory Pocket and Loop Handles 
  • Rain Cover Included
  • 2 Year warranty against any manufacturing defects

Inlander Decamp 1009 Rucksack – 70 L  (Blue)

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Inlander 70 Ltrs Navy Blue Rucksack (1009-1)
  • Outer Material: Polyester, Color: Navy Blue
  • Water resistant
  • Capacity: 70 liters; Weight: 1501.3 grams; Dimensions: 29.99 cms x 26.00...
  • Lock Type: Key Lock, Number of Wheels: 0, Number of compartments: 2
  • Laptop Compatibility: No

Inlander is again private label bags company that sells on many online platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal.

This Inlander Decamp 1009 backpack has a 70 Liter capacity which makes it suitable for longer trekking/camping trips as well.

Because of it's higher capacity, it also weighs a it higher - 1.5 Kg

It comes with multi compartments & pockets on front and sides. It is one of the most stylish rucksacks for adventure & hiking, single comfortable handle with two padded and adjustable shoulder straps, light and durable material, zip closure.

Some people who have ordered this bag online claimed that the bag has weak stitching and the material used is not strong.

As we have mentioned above that to get a good backpack you will need to spend at least INR 2000 that you can carry with you for the next 3-4 years.

This one is a good option if you are looking for a cheap backpack and a bit short on budget but certainly not the best of the lot.

Specifications of Mount Track Gear Up 9103 Rucksack

  • Width x Height: 280 mm x 690 mm
    • 1 Compartment
    • Polyester Material
    • Zip, Drawstring closure at top
    • Ideal for 7-10 day trekking/camping trips

How to select the right backpack for your trekking trip

While making a plan for trekking and choosing the backpack you should focus on the size and design of the backpack bags for trekking.

This selection for the right backpack for trekking/camping is very important to avoid any kind of inconvenience later and this can also make your trip more enjoyable and memorable.

On the other hand, making a wrong selection of backpack bags can bring several kinds of troubles for you like a backache etc. It is also very hard to maintain the proper balance of the body at the time of hiking with improper backpack bag.

So you must know the good qualities that a backpack has and how you can obtain a suitable one which can make your trip pleasurable. However, choosing the right backpack is not an easy task and thus you must know some of these most significant tricks to make sure that you are taking the right decision.

Comfortable design

Firstly, you should check that whether your backpack is comfortable or not.

You must make sure that it fits you properly and is easy on your shoulders and back. With this on your back, you must be able to make any movement comfortably. It is much better to have a separate section for everything in it so that you can find items easily without wasting your precious time like camera, woolen cloths, water, snack bars etc.

In case you are visiting water body or rainy place than you must also choose the waterproof backpack.

Perfect balance of body

Backpacks with the inner frame are stronger than usual bags and they also support your body due to good structure.

The inner frame of the bag also prevents the bag from folding and gives you maximum balance at the time of trekking on high altitude. With a well-balanced body and properly shaped bag on your back, you will be able to make any kind of swift movements as well.

Pockets are important (or not)

There are two types of choices available in the market for backpacks - with pockets and without pockets. There is no thumb rule when it comes to trekking backpacks and thus you have to make this decision on the basis of the nature of the place that is going to visit.

In case you need to open the bag frequently to have something than it is better to have pockets because you can exactly get the right item.  Mostly trekking bags have pockets so that user can find the things easily and get them conveniently.

Personally, I prefer backpacks that have pockets as it allows me to compartmentalize and put stuff that I easily access.

Storage of hydration resources

There are many options available for you when you are thinking to spend quality of time on your holiday and want something to carry your belongings.

You can also consider Rucksacks and backpacking gear.  They are available in different storage capacities. On an average, for a single person, 60 liters capacity is the best rucksack and you can carry many things easily. No matter which kind of bag you are choosing but make sure that it must have storage for water bottles. We never know what the situation will be so for the safe side you should also consider this.

Additional features

Make sure that the stuff is strong enough to bear the rough weather conditions.

You can also consider in-built locking system for the safety of your goods. Make sure that you are choosing a bright color as it makes it easier to identify.

There are many good backpack brands so you will never have a problem at the time of buying the most economical one for yourself.

How to pack a Backpack?

You should try to put your bedding at the bottom of the backpack and keep the heavy gear such as tent, food, camp stove near the back.

Pack your clothes around these items. The groundsheet should be placed under the flap, and the tent beneath the pack if there is no space inside.

Always keep a rainproof jacket and your fleece close at hand.

Place small items like sunscreen, maps, sunglasses, water tumbler etc. in the pockets.

List of essential items to carry in the backpack:

  • 1 liter of water
  • a cereal bar type snack
  • a Rain Cut type waterproof, windproof jacket

How is your backpack’s volume measured?

The volume of a backpack is measured using a standardized method by some adventure companies like wildcraft, Quechua, decathlon etc.

They fill the main compartment of the backpack as well as each pocket with little balls. Then all these balls are poured into a graduated container which gives the equivalent volume in a liter.

Hope with this useful information you can make a better decision now and we wish you all the best for your happy journey.