Everest Base Camp Trek Packing lists

If you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other base camp treks in Nepal, this article will help you make sure your trip becomes a successful one.

If you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other base camp treks in Nepal, this article will help you make sure your trip becomes a successful one.

The preparation of proper equipment for the different conditions will ensure you have an incredible trekking experience. The article shows very detail information on everything you might want to bring with you.

First off, during the trek your gear will be categorized between what you carry in your day pack and what the porters will carry up the mountain for you in a duffel bag.

Every morning that starts, the porters will take your duffel with them and help you carry it up to the next tea house.

This means your daypack must be packed with everything you need. It will be difficult for you to use any of your gear that the porters are carrying not until the evening when you arrive at the tea house.

In order to make the trekking easier and convenient, you should keep your daypack as light as possible. It prevents excessive exhaustion.

It is recommended that you carry what you will actually need while hiking such as food, camera, headlamps, extra layers, sun protection and water bottles.

If you are on a budget, don’t worry because you will still be able to buy new trekking gears and necessary equipment. You can literally find everything you ever need for your trip.

The prices are extremely low and we recommended you to buy all my cold weather clothing in Kathmandu, but you need to be careful and don’t fall for the cheap rip-offs.

You should check if the zipper on the clothes you bought is sturdy in construction and that it works perfectly.

Also, check the stitching to ensure that the quality is good and that it’s not damaged or anything.

If you’re someone who’s fond of branded stuffs then Kathmandu might not be your go-to place.

But again if you want to save money and have some pretty good equipment it’s still a great option.

And the great thing about this trekking is that you if forgot to bring anything with you, worry not because you can buy anything along the way at a reasonable price.

Namche Bazaar is where you will reach on the second evening of the trek. It has various shops selling sporting goods and souvenirs.

Not only that but Namche Bazaar also is home to several pharmacies and book stores as well as an ATM which can be very helpful.

If you find yourself going there on a Saturday morning, check out the weekly market when local Sherpa’s from surrounding villages come together in the middle of the town and exchange everything from electronics to sporting goods.

If you go further along the trek, you will find a few other places to buy stuffs like jackets, medicine, snacks and books but the selection is quite okay.

Note: The higher you get on the mountain the more expensive everything gets so the best option you have is to get everything in Kathmandu and bring it along with you.

The weather conditions are very unpredictable so even if it’s warm and sunny in the morning, you should bring some warm layers and a poncho that will cover yourself and daypack in case of rain or snow.

Below listed are some items you will need to keep available with you while you are on the road.

♣ Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho

♣ Sunglasses

♣ Lip Balm with Sunscreen

♣ Broad brimmed hat or bandana

♣ Iodine Water Tablets

♣ Water Bottles

♣ Headlamp with extra batteries

♣ Snacks

♣ Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork

♣ Camera with extra batteries and memory cards

♣ Umbrella

♣ Duct tape or moleskin for blisters

♣ Toilet Papers

♣ Trekking Poles

♣ Thermos

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing lists

Clothing

A concept that should be very well understood is when you find yourself trekking in the Everest Base Camp, layering of clothes is very important.

Weather can be very unpredictable as you ascend or descend in the altitude because of which the ability to layer up or down in your body is important.

The unpredictability holds true for the treks especially to Everest Base Camp where you will be trekking from 2,800 meters in Lukla to 5,554 meters at Kala Patthar.

The seasonal variations should also be very much considered. You will definitely want to buy warmer clothes if you plan to trek during the cold winter months of December, January and February.

The following described are some key aspects of layering and clothing you’ll need during your enthusiastic trek.

1.       Layering

If you are planning to go in March, April or October you’ll probably encounter pretty good and suitable weather and might even find yourself trekking in shorts and a t-shirt at the lower elevations.

But as you make your way up the elevation, it gets gradually colder and base camp can be below freezing at any time of the year.

This is the reason why it is recommended best to come fully prepared for the cold weather and bring a few extra layers just in case you’ll come to need them.

Layering your clothing helps you to easily regulate your body temperature by adding or removing layers or simply unzipping.

a.         Base Layer

Often termed as your next-to-skin or the very first layer, it is very important on the higher reaches of the trek. However, this layer probably won’t be used during the early and late stages of your trek.

The best base layers sit tightly to the skin (reducing airflow) and consist of high wicking material to allow the moisture to get out.

We recommend getting 1 x top and bottom base layer.

b.        Second Layer

The second layer, or also known as the insulation layer, is placed over your base layer and is best made from fleece or micro-fleece material.

You can also buy yourself a second layer for both your legs and torso. However, as you will have outer layer trousers, it isn’t that necessary to buy a second layer for your legs.

c.         Third layer

The third layer, or also known as the outer core layer, commonly consists of a warm and waterproof jacket and trousers which you will use on the upper altitudes of your Everest Base Camp trek.

Synthetic alternatives are also fine but you need to make sure they have good warmth to weight ratio.

If you are short on cash, you can always find quite good winter jackets in the Kathmandu City (even though most are fake but surprisingly well made and very durable).

d.        General Hiking Gears

You will also need to bring trekking trousers to keep the lower part of your body free from extreme cold.

You are highly recommended to bring 3-5 trekking shirts (short and long sleeve) which you will wear on most trekking days.

Note: You got to make sure the shirts are made from high-wicking material like merino wool as you will be reusing them for other days too.

Cotton is proven to be a bad material to trek in as it absorbs moisture and therefore it gets very smelly very quickly.

e.         Rain Clothing

If you are planning to trek on either side of the rainy season (June-September), there’s a very high possibility of you encountering rain on the lower reaches of the trek.

You might want to bring a waterproof jacket and pair of trousers, preferably made with Gore-Tex material.

If you want to also get something cheap to put over your waterproofs then a compact poncho often comes in very handy.

f.           Breathable Underwear

In order to prevent chills entering your sensitive areas, we highly recommend you bringing 4-6 x pairs of breathable sports underwear, and for the ladies – 2 x sports bras.

And again, you don’t want cotton here as you will find yourself reusing your underwear. And after round 3 trekking in a pair of pants, it can get very smelly and disgusting.

2.       Hats and Gloves

The following described are some additional items you will definitely need to protect very important and sensitive parts of your body.

Cold can get pretty crucial at high altitudes so you are highly recommended to use the following items.

a.         Hats

A need for a trekking hat that provides sun protection to your face and neck area is a must. Make sure your hat is light and easy fit into your daypack.

Hats that have a neck cover are a suitable item. A bandana for warm weather or wide brimmed hat is important to protect you from the sun rays and when it’s cold you should have a Balaclava or wool hat that can cover your ears.

b.        Gloves

You will need to buy outer glove that are proven to be very warm, waterproof and extremely durable.

You are recommended a light-weight, quick drying inner gloves made from fleece material.

Like base layer clothing, inner gloves act as your secondary skin right next to your real skin layer.

It is regarded best to apply the principle of layering here as well. You should bring a lightweight glove and heavier wool that you put over it when it gets extremely cold during the trek.

3.       Footwear

Footwear is incredibly important because trek is only possible with your feet.

Comfortable footwear can only make your trek way more enjoyable because no one wants to feel irritated or see blisters developing on their feet.

You have to make sure you properly warm up in your boots before trekking the Everest Base Camp Trek.

This means doing at least 2-3 long distance hikes (5-6 hours) in your new boots before arriving in Nepal.

a.        Shoes

The following described items are some of the very important item you will need during your remarkable trek.

Legs are what take us pretty everywhere so it is extremely important to protect and take care of them.

i.                               Hiking Boots

Your hiking boots are probably the most important item you can bring on your Everest Base Camp trek.

The wrong size boots will result in painful blisters, lost nails and sore feet so you got to ensure your boots fit properly.

Testing can be done by fit by putting your foot in the boot without tying the shoelaces, slide your foot all the way forward until the toes are comfortable against the front of the boot.

Make sure you are able to put one finger down the back of the boot between your heels to ensure if the boot is too big or too small.

It is a matter of personal preference that you choose the right footwear for your trek and if you’re used to hiking in tennis shoes then you can do the same going to base camp as the trail is fairly level without a lot of rocks.

Having comfortable shoes is very important and it can be crucial to walk if the boots are too small or too big for your feet.

Your hiking boots should have an extra room for socks but enough for your feet to be loose inside the boots and slide every time you take a step.

We suggest you should try a lightweight sock-liner in addition to a heavier sock or alternatively two pairs of cotton sock which will minimize the friction causing less pain.

If your problem still doesn’t go away then place some duct tape or moleskin over the area where a potential blister might develop causing more pain.

ii.                            Trekking Shoes/Sandals

A simple pair of lightweight trainers is what you can wear in the teahouses after a long day of trekking.

And also, trekking sandals are great to wear in camp with warm socks.

b.       Socks

The best option for a sock is the combination wool sock and lightweight sock liner made of materials like Capilene.

Cotton socks can work as well but you should make sure that you bring a fresh pair of socks for every single day.

c.         Gaiters

Gaiters are made from a waterproof material and it extends up from your boot all the way up to your calve.

They are mainly used to prevent water, mud, dust and small stones from getting into your boot.

Trekking poles, Sunglasses and Head Lamps

a.        Trekking Poles

It is known that good trekking poles can reduce the impact on your knees and other leg joints by up to 20%.

Mostly, this is very beneficial when making your way downhill as the load on your joints increases gradually.

We recommend getting adjustable light-weight (around 350 grams per pair) trekking poles that are easy to store, proven to be very durable and very versatile.

b.       Sunglasses

The UV intensity especially in the Himalayas is relatively high due to the altitude and snow.

You must ensure that you bring a good pair of 100% UV protection sunglasses (minimum of 80% light reduction).

c.         Head Lamps

Night time won’t be the time to trek, but you will need a headlamp for the early morning trek to Kala Patther.

Moreover, most of lodges there are lacking proper lights or have no electricity at all. Your headlamp can be used to go to the toilet at night or if you are a night reader.

Sleeping Accessories

Sleep is dear to every living soul. We cannot regain energy just by eating and being healthy.

In order to make your stay at those elevations, we highly recommend you to use the following accessories. You will need as much energy as you can get to make it through the trek.

a.        Sleeping Bags

What is an absolute must is a warm sleeping bag.

It can get extremely cold at night. We recommend a duck / goose down sleeping bag, but if you are can pay more then a synthetic will work perfectly.

You can check these backpacking sleeping bags under 100 dollars.

You need to make sure that it is a four season bag and has a rating of at least -10 degree C.

The best choice is to bring your own sleeping bag or to purchase one in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

Tea houses along the trail will provide you a mattress covered by a sheet as well as a pillow.

Also you can even ask for an extra blanket if you need it to cover your sleeping bag.

b.       Sleeping Bag Liner

If you’re thinking of renting a sleeping bag for your trek the you can always purchase a sleeping bag liner.

The liners are kept inside the sleeping bags to add additional insulation and improve cleanliness.

You need to make sure to get a liner that fits your sleeping bag, such as a mummy-shaped liner.

c.         Inflatable Pillows

This is optional. If you’re someone who struggles to sleep without a comfortable pillow then an inflatable pillow can be the thing you need.

Make sure you purchase an inflatable pillow that can double as a neck cushion for your long flights to and from Nepal.

d.       Ear Plugs

The trek can be very exhausting. You might want to have a peaceful sleep.

The unnecessary noises and snoring by your fellow trekkers may disturb you during night time. This can be very frustrating.

Therefore, if you think this issue will be seen, you will want a good set of ear plugs to help you sleep without any distractions.

Duffel Bags and Daypacks

We all need our essentials to be perfectly packed and ready to go.

Especially for trekking purposes, every gear should be in place and packed. The following items will not only make sure you will have an amazing trekking experience but also ensure you are packed with also everything you’ll ever need.

a.        Duffel Bag

If you are joined by a guided tour with porters who will be helping you carry your gears, then you should bring with you an 80L duffle bag.

The best ones are made of waterproof laminate material. They have strong and sturdy zippers that can be locked (use a small lock to secure your bag) and easy to access hand and shoulder straps.

b.       Rucksack

If you are someone who’s trekking independently meaning without a porter then you will want to take a 45-65L backpack.

A top opening mountaineer’s rucksack style is best.

c.         Day Pack

You will definitely want to have a light-weight daypack to carry your essentials, if a porter or yak is carrying your duffel or backpack.

The essentials can include snacks, sun cream, your camera, personal items (i.e. passport) and hats.

The ideal daypacks have compression straps to reduce weight stress on your back and side pockets for easy access to your water bottles.

Medications and Personal Gears

Any trekker can face health related issues during their expedition. A human body cannot adjust right away in certain temperatures.

Below listed are some of the necessary medications and personal gears required if any such issues should arise.

·              Advil or Ibuprofen

·              Diamox (for altitude sickness)

·              Personal Prescriptions

·              Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)

·              Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)

·              Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)

·              Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant)

·              Wet wipes

·              Panty Liners and Tampons

·              Face lotion

·              Hair brush

·              Hair ties

·              Hand warmers

·              Ear plugs for sleeping

Paperwork and Money

It is highly recommended that you bring enough money to buy snacks and beverages along the way or anything else you might need during.

You can find an ATM in Namche Bazaar but there’s no guarantee it’ll work every time.

If you had a great time, you need to understand that your porters and guide will appreciate a tip.

Give them some money as tips in Lukla which is at end of the trek before you fly back to Kathmandu.

You will also need your passport at the entry gate for registration process.

Conclusion

Your trekking experience is something you will always cherish till your very last day. It’ll be an eternal part of your life.

And the only way for you to make them worth remembering, without any difficulties in any way, is by making sure you have everything you need.

The list should be double checked and if anything’s missing, you should buy them right away to avoid consequences. We welcome you with open arms and promise you trip will be a very memorable one.