Having trouble finding the list of essentials for Everest Base Camp Trek? Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we will discuss and list the complete Everest base camp packing list based on feedback and personal experiences of 100+ trekkers. Lets begin right away!
“What to pack for Everest Base Camp Trek? ” can be really confusing if you are not an experienced trekker. The general rule is to pack only the essentials and try to make the backpack as small as it can be. Even if you have brought a lot of stuff from back home, you can leave them in your hotel in Kathmandu and receive them after the trek. Below we discuss a list of things you will need for the trek.
A 60 litre comfortable backpack is recommended for the EBC trek. Check the backpack, read reviews and make sure it is comfortable to carry while trekking before buying a backpack. A Duffel bag is also one of the options.
Footwear and socks
Footwear is one of the things you can’t afford to choose wrong while trekking. Make sure footwear is comfortable and does not cause sore feet. To ensure comfortability and grip, the hiking shoes are highly recommended (especially those with high ankles). Lightweight, waterproof and fitting hiking boots are perfect for the EBC trek. Also, for your stay in a hotel you may want flip flops or other light footwear.
You can also buy spikes for hiking boots that will provide extra grip in slippery surfaces. Gaiters are also good if you are planning to trek during monsoon.
We recommend you buy comfortable and warm but not too thick socks. 5-6 pairs for the trek is a good idea as you won’t be able to wash them while on the trek. Socks can be easily bought in Thamel.
You are going to feel hot as well as cold during your trek. It is a good idea to wear layered clothing while trekking to places like EBC. Most experienced trekkers wear and recommend to wear 2-3 layers of clothes while trekking to Everest base camp. The 3 layers are: base layer for ticking away moisture and sweat, the middle layer to keep you warm and the outer layer is the shell which is usually windproof or waterproof. The base layer should not absorb wetness so it should be of synthetic material and not cotton. So, what clothes can be used as these layers?
Base: Breathable sports underwears, dry fit t-shirts, hiking shirts, light thermals and socks.
Middle: Fleece jackets and sweaters.
Outer: Raincoats, Rainproof Jackets/Trousers, Windproof Jackets/Trousers, Gloves.
Down jackets will ensure you are warm and safe in the extreme cold weather in the trek. These jackets are known to keep you warm even in -10 or -20 degree celsius. It is recommended that you buy them in your country as buying down jackets (original) in Kathmandu can be costlier. Down jackets are available for rent in Thamel at a cheap price.
Rainproof and windproof jackets are also necessary to tackle uncertain weather conditions in the mountains. They can be easily bought in Thamel for around $40 or more. You can also carry a rainproof cover for your stuff.
You will need 2-3 trousers for your trek. One hiking trouser (windproof/waterproof) to wear during the trek, one normal for your stay in hotels and one extra in case of emergencies. Sometimes during the hot days, half pants will also work. The trousers are also available to buy in Thamel.
The higher altitude areas are particularly cold and for that, you will need 1-2 pairs of inner thermals. Light thermals are better than the thick or woolen ones as you can be sweaty during the trek.
Full sleeve, light and dry fit T-shirts will be perfect for the EBC trek. You may need 4-5 t-shirts (both half and full sleeve) for the trek.
Sunglasses, gloves and hats
Polarized sunglasses will protect your eyes from dust and UV rays. Beware of the fake ones if you are planning to buy it at Kathmandu. Normal waterproof and windproof gloves are good for the EBC trek. A hat is a good idea but not a compulsion.
Water Bottle and Purifier
Carrying a water bottle is a must. It will help you reduce costs as 1 litre of water may cost around $3 on the EBC trek route. Also, carry a water purifier as the water available on the trek route may not always be safe to drink. Water purifiers are usually drops or tablets. It is better to buy a water bottle suitable for both cold and hot water.
Walking sticks can help you a lot especially if you are a beginner. The stick is also known as the Trekking Pole will help to support your knees during the trek. This can be bought in Thamel for around $10.
EBC Trek Map
Maps will be of great use for planning as well as trekking to those who are trekking without agency. The maps of Everest Base Camp Trek can be bought in Kathmandu or Lukla or Namche Bazaar.
It is best to carry a medical kit with some basic medicine and health care items. Your medical kit should basically include these items: paracetamol, painkillers, digestive tablets, bandages, handiplasts, antiseptic, diamox, diarrhea tablets, rehydration powder and lip balm.
If you have any prescription medicines, do not forget to pack them too.
Hand Sanitizer and Toiletries
Hand sanitizer is another must have and it comes handy every now and then. Toiletries are better bought in your countries as your options may be limited in Nepal.
Sleeping bags are found in teahouses and are also available for hire in Kathmandu. However, carrying one during peak seasons is always a good idea. Sometimes, the blankets may not be enough for you and in this case a sleeping bag definitely helps.
The Complete Everest Base Camp Packing List
In case you don’t miss anything else, here’s the full list:
- Travel insurance
- Air tickets
- Few passport-sized photos
Clothing and Accessories
- Neck gaiter
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- Lightweight towel
- Down Jacket
- Windproof and waterproof jacket
- Windproof and waterproof trousers
- Sleeping trousers
- T-Shirts (full/half sleeve)
- Walking shoes or sandals
- Hiking shoes
- Sleeping bag
Food & water
- Snacks ( Crackers, Chips, Biscuits, etc)
- Protein bars
- Dry fruits
- Your favorite coffee or tea bags
- Water bottle
- Water purifier
Personal Hygiene and Toiletries
- Hand sanitizer
- Quick drying towel
- Multipurpose soap
- Nail clipper
- Face wash
- Body wash
- Baby Wipes
- Sunscreen with maximum SPF
- Small mirror
- Feminine hygiene (Sanitary pads)
- Sleeping bag
- Duffel bag
- Backpack (45-60 litre)
- Swiss knife
- Trekking Pole or Stick
- Portable charger / power bank
- A notebook and a pen is always useful
- Alarm clock
- Insect repellent
- Sewing kit
- Card games (Uno, Skip Bo)
- Board games (Ludo, Chess)
This is a general packing list most people would recommend for Mount Everest Base Camp Trek. Let me know if I missed anything (in the comments section). Also, feel free to inquire us if you have any queries.
Need help planning for EBC Trek? Our blogs How to prepare for Everest Base Camp Trek? or A Complete Trekking guide to Everest Base Camp Trek might help.