The Sherpas of Nepal have long known the art of staying warm and dry in the Himalayas – expertise that inspired Tashi Sherpa to found Sherpa Adventure Gear in 2003. The brand’s chief kit tester, record-holding mountaineer Lakpa Rita Sherpa, has given his name to the bestselling climbing jacket (£300). The unusually stylish gear also includes the Nangpala jacket (£240), which comes in designs for both men and women. The jacket is 70 per cent goose down and 30 per cent synthetic fibres – traditionally, most are either one or the other – and this gives the optimal combination of warmth and waterproofing for high-altitude trekking.
Sherpa Adventure Gear has sponsored 26 children through school, as well as distributing supplies in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake and training women who lost their livelihoods how to make textiles.