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Phonsali in Jan/Feb 2009

Posted by beagle316 on 24/10/2008 at 16:42


I will be spending most of January and February in remote villages in Northern Laos. I expect to be in the districts of Khua and Samphan and staying most of the time with local people in their homes.

I was wondering whether anyone can recommend what sleeping bag (in terms of temperature rating) I should bring with me.

I understand that most of the time the rating provided on the bag is the absolute minimum and most people would not want to be in the bag at that temperature but if anyone could help that would be great!!!


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Posted by somsai on 24/10/2008 at 23:20

Hi Beagle316,

I answered somewhat on that other forum with some questions of my own, but in case you get here first.

I'd go with two or three inches of synthetic loft, say rated to freezing. On the top of the hills things very rarely freeze and down in the valleys low temps are usually quite a bit above that. You should expect quite a bit of morning fog in the valleys and short amounts of time for drying the bag.

I think sleeping bag ratings are based on some sort of universal norm, not the absolute lowest temp for a sled dog. I'm usually comfy at the lowest temps. A good measure would be are you usually warm when others are cold, or the opposite.

Sok Dee!

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Posted by mattocmd on 25/10/2008 at 11:41

How are you staying with the locals? Are you going to arrange this with a travel agency/tour group or are you just going to approach locals in the towns?

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