Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List and 5 best preparation tips

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Everest base camp can be challenging to many travelers. Exposing to cold atmosphere and altitude of 5364m above sea level can be an ultimatum and drive to high risk of altitude sickness. Your physical and mental health is the most primary thing that has to be in best condition to do this trek and Everest base camp trek packing list ultimately adds up as one of the primary things for the trek.

First of all you need to have a basic knowledge of what “Daypack” and “Trekking Backpack” is:

Initials items for Everest Base Camp Trek packing list :

A backpack is the most essential trekking gears you will need for Everest Base Camp trek. If you’re trekking without a porter, then 50 to 60ltr of a backpack from Osprey will be a good choice. There are a lot of choices but just make sure your backpack is very comfortable while carrying.

And, if you plan to go for a luxury trek then having porter to carry your duffel bag is the best option. Normally your trekking agency will provide this bag which is good for you.

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Daypack for trekking:

If you have a porter carrying your backpack, a 20-25ltr daypack is highly recommended for you to carry water bottles, snacks, sunscreens, cameras & other personal items.

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Head, Inner, Outer & Foot Wear for Trekking

What you wear depends upon what time of year you are trekking to Everest Base Camp. Generally, the temperature during spring and autumn is warm and moderate so, the weather is perfect. So, light warm clothes with wind-proof jacket is fine while trekking in lower altitudes. You can also see some trekkers wearing shorts only at lower elevations. But we don’t recommend doing this at higher elevations.

Winter in Everest Base Camp is heart freezing cold. The temperature drops down to -30°C at night. So, you must come well prepared to tackle this coldness. Whereas monsoon is generally very rainy & storm will hit you frequently.

So, it’s always best & suggested to come well-prepared rather than regretting. Prepare all the trekking gears that you will be needing during trek.
That’s why here are the lists of mandatory packing lists for Everest base camp trek that you should include in your backpack before hitting the Everest trial.

Head Wears for EBC Trek

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Cap/Hat:

Having a wide brim trekking hat or cap is very essential gear while trekking in Nepal. They provide protection from sun and wind.

Beanie:

Generally during early morning & from late afternoon, it usually starts to get cold in trekking region. So, packing a warm fleece beanie is a must gear to keep you warm while trekking.

Buff:

You can wear buff, neckband or balaclava throughout the whole Everest Base Camp trek. This will prevent you from getting a mountain cough.

Sunglasses: 

Not only in the Everest region but while trekking to another region of Nepal also, you’ll definitely need this item. It will protect your eyes from getting a direct reflection of bright sunlight from the mountains & snow. Also, it protects from mountain winds and dusts. So, this is one of the most important trekking gears that you will be needing for trek. However, don’t bring normal glass in Himalayas, only bring sunglasses with high UV protection & polarized lens.

2) Inner Wears for EBC Trek

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Inner-wears are the most important things to pack while trekking in any part of trekking region. It keeps you warm and sweat-free in entire trek. Here are the inner-wears you need to pack:

  • Warm Gloves : 1 pair
  • Wicking long-sleeve T-shirts : 2 pairs
  • Quick-dry T-shirts : 2 pairs
  • Bra : 3 Pairs (sports bra recommended)
  • Thermal underwear : 2 pairs
  • Underwear : 4 pairs
  • (I highly prefer Columbia sportswear)

3) Outer-Wear for EBC Trek

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Outer-wear is the second mandatory packing lists for Everest base camp trek. You can say that outer-wear is like a protection/shield for you. It keeps you safe from light bruises, cold, and getting wet during trek. So, here are some outer-wears that we recommend for trekking:

  • Fleece Jackets : 2 pairs
  • Insulated Jacket or Down Jacket :1 pair
    (Note: You can buy jackets on rent, normally $10-$15)
  • Insulated trekking pants : 2 pairs

No one can predict the Everest base camp weather, so you can encounter rain anytime. It is always the best option to have

  • pair of waterproof jackets & pants on your bag.
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gaiters (optional)

I highly prefer you buying The North Face jackets.

4) Foot-Wear For Everest base camp trek.

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I would highly suggest you to include waterproof trekking boots while hiking in Everest Base Camp. Depending on your comfort, you can have either low cut boot or higher cut boot but we suggest you, higher cut boot is the best.

A higher-cut-boot prevents water to enter in your feet as well as it prevents ankle sprain too.

  • Hiking boots : 1 pair
  • Spare shoe : 1 pair
  • Camp shoe or sandal :1 pair
  • Woolen hiking socks : 4 pairs
  • Cotton socks : 2 pairs

Precaution: Getting blisters while hiking is a very common problem & is very troublesome. So, make sure your boots are comfortable. Just in case if you get a blister, quickly take care by applying duct tape or moleskin. 

Tips for EBC trek: If you are no carrying your clothes from home then you can easily buy all these necessary trekking clothes on the Thamel, Nepal.

5) Sleeping Bag for Everest base camp trek

Though most of the teahouses & hotels will provide you blankets, it is absolutely best to have your own sleeping bag for Everest base camp trek, as the night can get extremely cold. We recommend you to have a four-season sleeping bag rated to -15°C. You must pick a warm lightweight sleeping bag for Everest base camp trek because you have to be walking, minimum 5 to 6 hours a day so make sure your trekking gears are as lightweight as possible.

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6) First Aid Kit & Toiletries for Everest Base Camp Trek

There is a saying “prevention is better than cure” so always have a basic first aid kit for your own safety. Our guides will always carry basic first aid kit with some other essential medical kit & basic toiletries. Since you are trekking in high altitude you are very prone to high altitude sickness.

  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Aspirin (to reduce fever, headache, etc)
  • Pulse Oximeters
  • Antibiotics (for diarrhea)
  • Lung inhaler
  • Water Purifier
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Soap
  • Body lotion
  • Nostril openers
  • Bandages

7) Water Bottles / Water Bladder

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Staying hydrated is a key factor to prevent altitude sickness. In other words, you should drink 2-3ltr water per day. Especially while hiking you should always keep your body hydrated which is why we always recommend water-bladder to our clients.

  • 1ltr x 1 water bottles (you can bring an extra bottle)
  • 1 water bladder

8) Important trekking gears for Everest base camp Trek

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  • Trekking Pole: In order to reduce the impact on your keens while hiking, use a trekking pole. They provide great support & stability on a slippery, snowy trail & steep downhill.
  • Portable charger (optional): Basically, you can charge your electronic devices on each & every teahouse but you’ll be charged a certain amount (normally $1-$2 per device). So, if you don’t want to pay every time to charge your device, you can include a portable charger on your backpack.
  • Headlight: Normally you’ll not be hiking at night except for the early morning trek to Kala Patthar. So, most likely the use of headlight will be less but it will not cost you anything to have a portable headlamp on your backpack. Right?
  • Books & Cards: Have this to enjoy your evenings because there’s less entertainment at night. If you like, you can bring other board games also for fun like ludo, chess, etc to make yourself entertained.
  • Backpacking Stove: Backpacking Stoves can be useful for boiling water or tea when trekking. It’s hard to drink cold water in the way, so taking one of these will not hurt. And of course, don’t forget to take a mug or portable kettle with you.
  • Sleeping bags: We highly recommend you to have three season sleeping bag for Everest base camp trek.

Tips for Everest base camp trek backpacking

1st Tips:

Make sure your backpack & duffel bag is water resistance, lockable & durable. Include waterproof bag covers too because Everest base camp weather can be quite unpredictable.

2nd Tips:

While preparing for fitness for Everest base camp trek, practice carrying bags and improve your carrying limits.

3rd tips:

Avoid unnecessary trekking gears. You might misunderstand trekking gears with climbing gears. Climbing gears are not very useful in trekking. So, avoid those unnecessary gears and decrease the weight.

4 tips:

While carrying the back always tighten the straps, especially in waist. Because those straps are designed to lessen up the weight. Use it properly.

5 tips:

While packing back for trek follow the ABCDEFG rule. ABCDEFG rule is a very convenient method of packing. Which is presented in following way:

  • Accessibility

While bag packing you should keep essential items at the top or in accessible position so that you can use it any time. Stuff like water bottle, rain coat or navigation tools (compass and map), snacks and other crucial stuff should be at the space where you can easily get. Sleeping bag for Everest base camp trek should be placed at the bottom of bag

  • Balance

Balance is the major key of comfort while carrying bag pack. You must put your sleeping bag at the bottom and other heavy item at the middle portion of the bag and light item at the top of the bag. Doing this you are supporting a certain volume of weight with your central part of your body and making use of the suspension of your hip belt is best way possible.

Make your bag is packed properly, don’t let the bag slide in one side. Pack bag in a balanced way, if the bag slants towards one direction more then you will lose your body balance and it will automatically lead to back pain and uncomfortable walking.

  • Compression

Utilize every space of your backpack properly. Fold your clothes nicely so that you will have more space and an organized backpack. Items consuming more space like sleeping bag should be placed at the bottom in a compressed manner (fold it properly).

If you have extra space left then stuff some clothes there. A properly compressed bag will have a good balance and less discomfort while carrying a bag.

  • Dry

As we know wet items are always heavier. So always have your trekking gears and clothes dry so that you can prevent any discomfort and any other potential harm.

If you pack your wet clothes and trekking gears then your bag will be a lot heavier than a normal bag. And it will smell very bad and it will be useless as well.

  • Everything inside

Put every item you are carrying inside your bag. Don’t hang your clothes or your trekking gears out. Your all-trekking gears and clothes have its own purpose and importance so you must protect it. Plus, you will look very immature and unprofessional during trek, which can be a drag.

  • Fuel and food

Wile travelling for long time in rough trails, there might not be tea house, hotel or homestay everywhere. So, we carry essential items to prepare food ourself. While packing the food and fuels we must be careful and put fuel at bottom and food above the fuel. So that in case the fuel leaks then the food will still be safe and eatable.

  • Good job

G stands for good job. An appreciation for your smartness and hard work. There are many way to pack a bag for trekking, but congratulation you have successfully packed your bag in rightful manner.   

What all do I need to pack for a week-long trek in the Himalayas?

This is the major question that is often asked and emerged in mind of a trekker. Himalayas looks peaceful and mind relaxing but Himalayas can be quite vulnerable. But that’s what makes trekking adventurous.

Carry a backpack which is comfortable and has enough space to carry your trekking gears. Since you are travelling for just a week, make sure to pack basic trekking gears like:

  1. Bag (around 40ltr)
  2. Sunglasses (UV ray protected if you are travelling to snow area)
  3. a sweatshirt/fleece jacket
  4. Rain proof jacket and pants
  5. Water bottle
  6. Suns cream
  7. Snacks
  8. Camera
  9. Trekking poles

If you choose to do our luxury Everest base camp then you will have facility of porters who will carry your backpack .

What are the most essential items to pack while preparing for trek?

For the journey here is the list of essential items that you must not miss.

  • An identity card – original and photocopy
  • Backpack with rain cover
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking shoes, sandals
  • Umbrella or raincoat
  • LED torch light

Which is the best jacket for Everest base camp trek?

Higher the elevation, lowers the temperature gets. Considering that we will be gaining maximum altitude of 5364m during our Everest base camp trek, we must prepare ourself for extreme cold atmosphere. So, we must purchase good quality of jackets and other trekking gears as well.

So best option for jacket to tackle the coldness of Himalayans will be down jackets. Down jackets from north face are mostly waterproof. It contains following features:

  1. It can be packed easily
  2. It has pocket inside chest, stuff pocket and hand pocket as well
  3. Contains 700 to 800 fill down to warm your body
  4. It has center front zipper with reserve coil

Similarly, you should carry a fleece jacket as well to handle weather of mild altitudes.

How big of a trekking bag do we need?

For trekking we need around 40 to 60 liters. In common 50 liters bag will be good enough for trek, it has enough space to carry you essential trekking gears.

Which shoes are best for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Trekking is a challenging and fun activity. Since you will be walking around 5 to 6 hours a day, you must choose a comfortable shoe to trek. Quechua Forclaz 500 are good option for trekking with affordable price tag. It has following features:

  1. It has well fitting shape
  2. Wide design
  3. Equipped with cross contact sole

How to increase my load carrying limits in all kinds of situations?

The all-time best way to push your limit is training. So, during your fitness training for Everest base camp trek, you should practice by carrying some weight.

If you choose our luxury Everest base camp trek you will be having facility of porter who will help you with carrying bags and other trekking gears as well.

Where can I buy trekking and hiking gears at cheap rates in Nepal?

If you are planning to buy your trekking and hiking gears at Nepal at affordable price and good quality then Kalapatthar trekking store should be your first priority. It has a very good review and it is located in thamel area. You will also have many other options for trekking gear stores if you walk around thamel area for a while.

What is some low-priced must-have gear for backpacking?

Essential items like water bottle, UV ray protected sunglasses, warm cap, trekking poles, toilet paper and suns cream are some low-priced trekking gears that you must include in Everest base camp packing list

Conclusion:

All the trekking gears listed above are recommended by professional trekkers & guide from our company. Similarly, if you have any other advice regarding “Everest Base Camp trek packing list?”, then we will really appreciate your advice. Thank you.

About Author

As the head of Pristine Nepal Treks and Expedition, he is the inspiration for all the young generation who wants to work in the trekking field. As he is working in the tourism/trekking field from a young age he is always interested to learn and exploring more about the Himalayas, Culture, History, and politics too.

With a very friendly nature, smart personality, and kindness he is an expert in the tourism sector and has already organized countless trekking trips and going on.

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