One of the most common question among the trekkers planning to trek Everest Base Camp is regarding the Packing list of all necessary equipment & gears. Having the proper list of all essential equipment is one of the most important parts in trekking Everest Base Camp. Here we have prepared the list of all necessary trekking gears & equipment for Everest Base Camp Trek, Most of the equipment can be purchased easily in Kathmandu. You can either buy or rent the equipment & gears. Also, don’t forget that it is very important to purchase good quality and reliable clothes and footwear as you will be facing very cold conditions on the trek. Below Here is the packing list for Everest Base camp
Clothing is one of the most important factors to consider while trekking to Everest Basecamp. Weather can change unpredictably as you trek from lower to a higher altitude, so the ability to layer up or down the clothes is important. Here are the main layers of clothing that you need to take with you.
The base layer is the first layer of your clothing & it is very important for higher altitudes & colder parts of the trek. The material is the most important considerations when deciding on a good base layer. Look for fabrics like Capilene or Merino Wool as cotton materials that will absorb moisture easily.
-Moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee-shirts
-Long underwear pants
The second or middle layer is insulation layer & the best option for this is thick down jacket or fleece. You should find a jacket that is comfortable & easy to wear.
-Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
-Long sleeve shirts
The last or third layer of your clothing consists of warm, thick waterproof jacket & trousers. These will be used mainly in high altitude during extremely cold weather.
-Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
-Rain Poncho that covers your day pack.
-Hat:- You’ll need light & good hat that’ll protect you from the sun. One hat will be enough & make sure that your hat is light.
-Beanie:- A beanie is a must to protect you from cold breeze & keep your head warm during the trek.
-Neck gaiter:- A neck gaiter is necessary to keep your neck area & face warm.
-Inner Gloves:- You’ll need to use inner gloves when the weather is moderate to perform various tasks.
-Outer insulated gloves:- Your outer gloves should be thick, warm, waterproof & durable. You should look for gloves that’ll keep your hand warm when in sub-zero temperatures.
-Hiking boots:- Hiking boots is one of the most important things to consider while trekking. Make sure that your hiking boots are comfortable & fit you perfectly rather than looking at its brand. Find a lightly weighted hiking boot that has waterproof upper & deep cut traction on the sole.
-Trekking shoes/sandals:- Even though hiking boots are the best while trekking & hiking, we recommend you to bring a pair of comfortable trekking shoes/sandals to wear in & around tea houses every day.
-Hiking socks:- We suggest you bring 4-5 pairs of cotton socks which allows your foot to breathe & can be used multiple times before hand washing it. You shouldn’t choose anything from cotton.
-Warm thermal socks:- Thermal socks are the socks which are slightly thicker than the normal hiking socks. You should bring 1 pair of warm thermal socks with you that can be used for colder condition near base camp.
-Gaiters:- Gaiters are made of waterproof materials which extend from your boot to ankle. It prevents any dust, mud, water or rocks from getting into your boots.
Bag & backpackers
-Duffel bag:- If you’re are feeling with guide & all your gears are going to carried by porters then, the duffle bag is the best option for you. Make sure that your bag is waterproof & easy to access.
-Backpack:- Backpack is the most if you are trekking by yourselves without any porter. You should search for a top opening mountaineers style backpack.
-Daypack-Raincover:- You’ll need a small daypack to carry water, cameras, rain gears, snacks & other personal items. Also, Do not forget to bring a rain cover for your Daypack & backpack.
-Sleeping bag:- the Sleeping bag is one of the most important gears you’ll need during your trek. Usually, the tea houses along the route provide basic sleeping facilities with a blanket but they aren’t that clean & warm so, you shouldn’t forget to bring a 4-season sleeping bag (rated for at least -10°C). The temperature gets very cold once you’re above 3000m & especially at night inside the tea houses. Therefore a comfortable & warm sleeping bag is the must for comfortable trekking.
-Liner:- We suggest you rent or purchase a sleeping bag liner. Liners are placed inside the sleeping bags to add additional insulation and improve cleanliness. Make sure that the liner perfectly fits your sleeping bag.
Poles & Headgear
-Trekking poles:- We recommend most of the trekkers to trek with the trekking poles as it helps to reduce the stress on your joints 7 make your trekking easier.
-Sunglasses:- The UV intensity in the Himalayas is relatively high due to the altitude and snow glare. Please make sure to bring a good pair of 100% UV protection sunglasses.
-Headlight:- Even though you won’t be trekking late at night but you might need a headlight for early morning trekking.
-Water bottle/Hydration bladder:- Proper hydration is vital on any trek So, you should plan to drink minimum 2-3L water a day. You can either bring water bottles or water bladders that can fit in your daypack.
-Towel:- You’ll need a small to medium-sized towel for drying yourself.
-Pee funnel:- All the teahouses have toilet facilities but as you get higher, the facilities get more & lower. It can also be a little frightening to get outside in the middle of the night in deadly cold weather so, pee funnel is the only option to handle such situations.
-Lock:- To secure your duffle bag & another backpack, you shouldn’t forget to bring a small lock.
-Waterproof bag:- To safely store important/valuable items like your passport, money and electrical equipment.
-Camera/Video camera:- You’ll definitely need a good camera to document & remember your time in the Himalayas. You should make sure to bring a good camera or video camera with you on your trek so that you won’t miss out all the majestic scenes of Himalayas.
-Portable charger:- If you plan to bring your smartphone, camera or any other electronic devices, you should make sure to bring a portable charger along with it.
-Books:- Since you’ll get a lot of free time around night time. You can bring some light weighing book read during free time.
-Cards:- We highly recommend you to bring a set of cards for entertainment.
-Passport, Money:- You must not forget to bring all your paper documents like passport & visa. Also, you should carry some cash too.
Medications & Toiletries
-Water purification tablet:- In Nepal you’ll need to treat your water before drinking. Be careful to add the correct amount of water purification tablet before drinking depending on the volume of your water bottle.
– Isotonic powder:- If you add the isotonic powder in your water, this will help replace lost electrolytes and keep you fit and healthy.
-Diamox:- Diamox is the most popular medication used to prevent acute mountain sickness. This is only to prevent the sickness but it does not treat the acute mountain sickness.
-Common Medications:- You should also carry some common medications like paracetamol, Imodium etc.
– First aid kit:- If you’re trekking with a guide, you won’t need to worry about the first aid kit. If not then, you should bring a first aid kit with you.
– Sunscreen:- Sunscreen is necessary for you to protect you from the rays.
– Baby wipes:- It is necessary for quick cleaning & refreshment.
-Toiletries:- You shouldn’t forget to bring basic toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper etc.
– Oximeter:- This is an optional device which will help you measure the effects of altitude on your body.
-Hand sanitizer:- This is very important for quickly disinfecting your hands before eating.