Everest Base Camp is a challenging trek for may people. You have to maintain your physical & mental health for this trek. And even after all those hard works, the next thing you need to prepare is your backpack for this trek which can be little difficult. So, to help you for preparing a light backpack and essential things only, we have created this “What to pack for Everest Base Camp Trek” blog.
First of all you need to have a basic knowledge of what “Daypack” and “Trekking Backpack” is:
Best Backpack for Trekking:
A backpack is the most essential gear 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.
Tips: Make sure your backpack & duffel bag is water resistance, lockable & durable. Include waterproof bag covers too.
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.
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 & autumn is warm & moderate & 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.
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.
That’s why here are the lists of mandatory EBC packing lists you should include in your backpack before hitting the Everest trial.
1)Head Wears for EBC Trek
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. However, don’t bring normal glass, only bring sunglasses with high UV protection & polarized lens.
2)Inner Wears for EBC Trek
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
Outer-wear is the second mandatory packing lists for EBC 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 weather of Himalayas, so you can encounter rain anytime. It is always the best option to have
- 1 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 EBC Trek
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 honestly speaking, 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 lazy carrying your clothes from home then you can easily buy all these necessary trekking clothes on the Thamel, Nepal.
Though most of the teahouses & hotels will provide you blankets, it is absolutely best to have your own sleeping bag as the night can get extremely cold. We recommend you to have a four-season sleeping bag rated to -15°C.
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
- Diamox (for altitude sickness)
- Advil (pain-killer)
- Aspirin (to reduce fever, headache, etc)
- Pulse Oximeters
- Antibiotics (for diarrhea)
- Lung inhaler
- Water Purifier
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet Wipes
- Body lotion
- Nostril openers
7)Water Bottles / Water Bladder
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 Accessories for EBC Trek
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.
All the gears listed above are recommended by professional trekkers & guide from our company. Similarly, if you have any other advice regarding “What to pack for Everest Base Camp trek?”, then we will really appreciate your advice. Thank you.