Tents for trekking should be easy to carry, be simple to pitch in all weather conditions and provide protection and rest when the rain is pouring down and the winds are whistling. The ventilation must work to ensure that you do not wake up covered with condensation. There should be enough space for you, your trekking companions and your equipment to spend a day in the tent if the weather is really on a rampage. In difficult situations, there should be enough space to prepare food in a vestibule (although because of the fire risk this should be avoided).

In other words, when choosing a tent for a trek, it needs to be able to handle more than just being put up behind the house or at a commercial camping site. Here is a check list to follow:

• Stable construction and strong fabrics and poles

• Lightweight and compact so you can pack it in your backpack and carry it

• Easy to handle in the wind, darkness or on your own

• Big enough – it is unnecessary to lug around a six-person family tent when there are only two of you