The North Face Himalayan Parka

3 reviews
5-star:   2
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0


Weight 43.0 oz / 1219 g
Body Fabric 30D 61 g / sq m (1.8 oz / sq yd) Gore Windstopper® Insulation Shell, 100% nylon ripstop
Insulation 800 Fill Goose Down, Climashield™ Neo



Lifesaving jacket. Exactly everyone needs this to…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: borrowed it


Lifesaving jacket. Exactly everyone needs this to approach 8000 meter peaks.


  • Warm
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof


  • Price

This jacket is hands down the most expensive jacket…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $500

This jacket is hands down the most expensive jacket I've ever bought. It's also the warmest. 

I've worn this in negative degree weather, without any layers underneath, and it still felt like a furnace.

The monkey hand gloves are awesome. They allow you to take your hands out of your gloves without your hands freezing and the neck zippers up far enough to keep heat from escaping through the collar. 

My only advice to a would be buyer is to buy it for what it was intended to be used for; frigid outdoor temperatures. It's not the kind of coat you wear to the mall. 

As far as complaints about only complaint is that it doesn't come in women's sizes. My wife would love one.


I have one of the original Himalayan Parkas made by…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Fabric: Nylon
Fill: Goose Down
Price Paid: 600 CD

I have one of the original Himalayan Parkas made by the North Face way back in the 80's. It has helped keep me warm through some long Arctic winters, with temperatures dropping to -50C and colder.

It compresses well, into a small bundle, great for packing, yet when unstuffed it regained its loft quickly. The hood is exceptional and fits like a good sleeping bag. The outer material is both windproof and down proof, seams are all tuck-stitched eliminating snags.

Full baffling throughout has maintained the loft of this parka at about six inches and after 25 years of hard use I’d say that was pretty good. However, mine is an old “Brown Label” item made in the USA and I can’t say much about the newer models in particular or the direction the North Face has been heading in general.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit The North Face's Himalayan Parka page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The North Face Himalayan Parka has gotten revamped this year to be even lighter and offer batter protection from the elements on the highest peaks in the world. Expedition fit Designed for pinnacle protection on remote expeditions 800 fill goose down offers superior warmth yet remains extremely compressible Welded baffle construction eliminates cold spots and weak points that accompany needle holes Adjustable hood is fully baffled for reliable warmth and zero cold spots Magnetic collar clip manages venting amid high winds and foul weather Thick, warm draft yoke around neck and shoulders seals cold out and warmth in Two enormous chest drop pockets with external or internal access Tough grip zones on shoulders and hips keep pack in place Abundant reflectivity for safety on alpine starts and in vicious weather Summit Series(R) collection is harness and pack-compatible

- OMCgear

Designed for athletes aiming to reach the top of the world, the insulated Himalayan Parka keeps elite alpine mountaineers protected during demanding ascents to the summit. This ultra-warm parka is now warmer, lighter and even more durable for 2013 with Pertex Endurance and mapped with HyVent Alpha 2L in high-abrasion areas.

- The North Face

Designed for those with Seven Summits aspirations, The North Face Men's Himalayan Parka makes reaching the top the top of the world a lot more comfortable. Used by elite mountaineers in the big mountain ranges in every hemisphere, this ultra-warm alpine parka is built with a Gore Windstopper Insulation Shell packed with premium 800 fill European goose down and Climashield Neo Insulation for optimum cold weather warmth. A lightweight design, this down parka uses fully laminated and taped baffles to keep its insulation evenly placed, so there are no cold spots. Its polyurethane (PU) zippers have laminated back flaps to eliminate snagging when pulling with mitted digits, while it fully adjustable fixed snorkel hood with internal down collar seals things up tight against the elements. Additional weather blocking comes from the parka's hobo mitts that close the wrist gap, Velcro adjustable cuffs, and hem cinch cord that checks swirling wind. Outfitted with plenty of storage, the TNF Himalayan Parka features two Napoleon chest pockets with internal parka access, an internal zipper pocket for a radio, two internal stretch water bottle pockets to keep liquid from freezing, and two hand pockets. Whether heading to one of the earth's poles or a peak above 4000m, The North Face Himalayan Down Parka should be the center point of your expedition gear.

- Altrec Outlet

When you're on your way to the top of the world, whether that is one of the Earth's poles or a peak above 4000 meters, let The North Face Himalayan Down Parka keep you cozy and comfy, so you can enjoy your hardwon view. This epic puffy is stuffed with 800-fill goose down for ultra lofty warmth. Welded baffle construction keeps it all evenly distributed to eliminate cold spots. And HyVent Alpha 2L waterproof, breathable protection keeps you dry in harsh storms. Lightweight Pertex Endurance ripstop delivers smooth, tough coverage over the main body area. Tough grip zones on the shoulders and hips prevent your pack from slipping or abrading this jacket. To keep you comfy and allow layers, this jacket has a roomy expedition fit. The magnetic collar clip manages venting when the wind is whipping, and the fully baffled hood keeps your whole head equally warm. A big, cozy draft yoke around the neck and shoulders seals out the cold and keeps in the warmth. This is the parka in the remote expedition line that Conrad Anker helps design.