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Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trek

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Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trek

Are you planning to trek to Everest base camp or another teahouse trekking in Nepal? If so, you are looking for a comprehensive packing checklist. Packing the right clothing, equipment and supplies for your Everest base camp trek will go a long way in ensuring you have the best trekking experience.
When packing for Everest Base Camp, remember that your gear will be split into two packs: your daypack that you carry each day as you travel, and your duffle bag that porters will carry between teahouses. All extra luggage can be left at the hotel before you start your trek. 

At the start of each morning, your porters take your duffle bag and take another tea house. It will be difficult or impossible to access your gear from your duffle bag by the evening when you arrive at your tea house. This means you should pack everything you need for each day you trekking in your daypack.
However, to make trekking easier, you should keep your daypack as light as possible - so carry only the essentials. This includes water, snacks, camera, headlamp, poncho, extra layer and sun protection.

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List

This list is the Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List. This includes the layers you need to bring to ensure you stay warm during the Himalayan region's fluctuating weather, gear to make your trek accessible and comfortable, and supplies to help you have the best experience possible. 

If you have questions about this packing list or any other questions about Trekking to Everest Base Camp, please contact our adventure experts today!

If you have questions about what you need, ask us and remember that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.

Everest base camp Trek packing list given below

Clothes

  • Moisture Wicking Long Sleeve T-Shirt (2)
  • Moisture-Wicking Short Sleeve T-Shirt (1)
  • Heavy wool or down jacket
  • Gortex or waterproof jacket with hood
  • Windbreaker
  • rain poncho
  • wool pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • hiking (1)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Hiking Socks (10)
  • Warm Thermal Socks (1)
  • long underwear (2)
  • Underwear (10)
  • Hiking shoes with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or tennis shoes
  • Lightweight inner gloves/glove liners
  • Insulated fleece or down mittens/gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • wide brimmed hat
  • Neck gaiter or bib (for sun protection)
  • Wool hat or balaclava (must cover ears)
  • Gators (required December-February)
  • sweatshirt (optional)
  • sock liner (optional)
  • Trekking gear and supplies
  • Duffle bag for carrying gear through porters (provided by Mountain Magic Treks if you are trekking with us)
  • 40L daypack to carry what you need on the trail
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder (such as Camelback)
  • Sleeping bag rated at -18°C/ 0°F (available for hire if you are trekking to Everest Base Camp from Mountain Magic Treks)
  • Trekking pole
  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Light water filter or iodine water tablets (personal preference)
  • hand warm
  • Travel pillows or cushions
  • Sleeping bag Luggage sack
  • Drybags in many sizes
  • Garbage bags for dirty clothes/shoes
  • Camera with extra battery and memory card
  • Small lock(s) for duffle bags and daypacks
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Quick-dry trekking towel (optional)

Meals and snacks

  • Snacks (a combination of protein and carbohydrates for well-balanced energy)
  • Thermos (optional for hot drinks)
  • Re-hydration gel or powder

Cosmetics

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Moleskin, medical tape, and/or duct tape for skin treatment/prevention
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Individual prescriptions
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for traveler's diarrhea)
  • Anti-chaf balm (such as Body Glide, to prevent chafing)
  • Diaper rash cream (can treat rashes or chafing)
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Razor (as needed)
  • Shampoo
  • Wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Feminine hygiene products (as needed)
  • Face lotion
  • hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Earplugs (for sleeping)

Additional supplies

  • Portable Solar Charger / Power Bank
  • the book
  • Journal/Pen
  • Playing cards

Important documents

Passport (required at the entrance for registration)
Visa (it's easy to get when you arrive in Kathmandu - bring $30 (15 days) or $50 (30 days) USD for visa application.
Money ($200-300 cash is recommended — there are occasional ATMs on the trail, they're almost always out of order)
A passport size photograph (sometimes required for trekking permits) when trekking in the Annapurna region. Not required for Everest treks.

Packing clothes to layer for Everest base camp Trekking

Layering is important when trekking to Everest Base Camp. As the altitude changes and night falls, you will experience temperature fluctuations.

If you are going in March, April or October you should expect good weather and can trek in shorts and t-shirts at lower altitudes. However, it gets progressively colder as you gain altitude and base camp can be below freezing at any time of the year. It's best to come prepared for cold weather and bring those extra layers just in case. Layering your clothing allows you to easily control your body temperature by adding or removing layers or unzipping them.
The base layer is the first layer of clothing you should wear. This is an important layer in the cold as it helps your body by providing extra insulation and wicking away sweat.

Look for fabrics like Capilene or Merino wool. Avoid cotton as the cotton material will absorb moisture and defeat the purpose of the base layer.
The middle layer acts as your insulating layer. A thick down jacket or a fleece jacket is the best choice for your middle layer on an Everest Base Camp trek. Find a jacket that is easy to zip and unzip so you can control the temperature without having to take the jacket off or put it back on when the temperature fluctuates.
Your outer shell layer protects you from the elements. The best material for your outer shell layer is Goretex which is both breathable and waterproof. A nylon jacket or plastic poncho is a cheaper option but the downside is that these materials trap moisture making it more difficult for your body to regulate temperature.

Packing gloves, hats, and gaiters for Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal

In hot, sunny weather, a wide-brimmed hat is recommended to protect your face from the sun. In colder temperatures, you should bring a wool hat or balaclava to cover your ears. Sun protection is important at high altitudes, so pair your hat with face sunscreen, sunscreen, and a bandana or neck gaiter to protect against the sun's rays.

With gloves, it is also important to apply the principle of layering. Bring a light glove or glove liner as well as heavy fleece or down gloves. In cold weather but not cold enough for thick gloves, liners can be worn over the top without insulated gloves. When the temperature drops, these liners can be worn under heavy fleece or down gloves or mittens to help provide additional insulation.

Thin gloves or liners can protect your skin from cold air when performing tasks such as tying shoelaces.

Gaiters are recommended when you travel from December to February but can be useful at other times on the trail. Gaiters cover the knee-high opening of your shoes and the top of your calves.
This prevents snow, water, mud, rocks, or dust from getting into your shoes. While it's unlikely you'll be walking through snow, it does happen sometimes. Gaiters are also great for helping protect your clothes and feet from getting dusty on the trail.

What Hiking Shoes to Wear for Everest Base Camp?

The best option for footwear on an Everest base camp trek is to bring a pair of broken-in hiking boots for the trek. You should also bring light weight shoes that can be worn in the evening after trekking.

Your choice for footwear depends on your personal preference and if you usually walk in tennis shoes you can do as you go to base camp as the trail is level enough without too many rocks. The downside of tennis shoes is that they offer no ankle support and they are not as warm as hiking shoes.

Having comfortable, broken-in shoes is extremely important. While you can get lots of hiking gear in Kathmandu cheaply before your Everest Base Camp trek start, we recommend you buy your hiking boots at home with plenty of time to break them in ahead of time.

One of the most common mistakes people make when packing for Everest Base Camp is buying shoes that are too small. Ideally, your hiking boots should have extra room for socks but shouldn't be so loose-fitting that your heels slip as you walk.

If you start to get a blister or your feet are uncomfortable, it's best to stop and take care of the situation before it becomes a real problem. Use a lightweight shoe-liner in addition to heavy socks or wear two pairs of cotton socks to reduce friction. If that doesn't solve the problem, put some duct tape or moleskin on the area where the rash might develop.

The best option for socks is a combination of wool socks and lightweight sock liners made from materials like Capilene. Cotton socks will also work, but you should bring a fresh pair for each day. A good rule of thumb is to bring enough underwear and socks to change them every day, even if you wear the same pants the entire trek.

 If you are doing the Gokyo lake with Everest Base camp trek or the Three Passes trek, micro-spikes are recommended to cross the passes. Although peak trekking is highly unlikely during the months, there is always the possibility of snow and ice on any trekking in Nepal. Often these won't be used but picking up a couple of these will help you prepare for the worst.
These are simple slip-on spikes that attach securely to your shoes and require no special buckle or strap to attach (not to be confused with crampons).

What Kind of Sleeping Bag to Bring for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Although you will sleep in tea houses, these accommodations are very cold at night and warm bedding is not usually provided. Your best bet is to bring your own sleeping bag or buy one in Kathmandu.
Mountain Magic Treks provides sleeping bags and down jackets upon request. Teahouses along the trail will provide mattress covers and pillows. You can also ask for an extra blanket in most cases if you need it to cover your sleeping bag.

We provide high quality sleeping bags rated to -18°C/ 0°F. We also recommend bringing a travel pillow or pillow for improved personal hygiene.

Carry your gear

There is a strict weight limit on the Kathmandu to Lukla flight, which means that on this part of the journey you should bring only the luggage you will use on the trek. You are allowed to bring a main pack (duffle bag) that can weigh up to 10 kg (22 lbs). When you trek with Mountain Magic Treks, this pack is a duffle bag provided by our company and a pack carried by the porters up the mountain. You must also bring a carry-on (daypack) of 5 kg (11lbs) or less.

We also recommend bringing several dry bags inside your duffle for packing shoes, wet clothes or dirty laundry.

What toiletries should you pack for Everest base camp Trek?

When you're packing toiletries, remember that you have weight restrictions for the plane and porters to Lukla.

Bring essentials and only bring what is necessary. When you trek with Mountain Magic Treks our team carries a first aid kit on the trek, but there are a few things you should plan on packing, including Tylenol/Ibuprofen, Diamox, blister treatment, and more. See above for our  Everest Base Camp Trek packing list.

Paperwork and money

You should bring enough money to buy snacks and drinks along the way, as well as any toiletries or other items you may have forgotten to pack. Along the Everest Base Camp Trail, you may find an ATM at Namche, but don't count on it working. If you make good time your porters and guides will appreciate a tip in Lukla at the end of the trek before returning to Kathmandu.

You can buy gear in Kathmandu

Not all the gear you need on the Everest base camp packing list? Kathmandu can be a great place to buy good quality, cheap gear. Check out our tips for buying gear in Kathmandu. However, we don't recommend buying hiking boots in Kathmandu before your trek as you should give your boots plenty of time to break them in beforehand - nothing dampens the trek faster than sore, blistered feet!

Nepal is a one of the great place to buy new trekking gear and equipment's which would be cheap as well. Due to the trekking community in this area, you can find everything you need for a trek at affordable prices. However, you should be careful to avoid cheap knockoffs.
Before you purchase any items, make sure the zipper works and is of sturdy construction. Also, take a look at the stitching and make sure it is even, of good quality, and not separate. If you're buying a pack, pay particular attention to where the straps attach to the pack - make sure it's well-stitched and sturdy.
If you want brand name gear or high quality items Kathmandu may not be the place to buy these items, but if you want to save a lot and have some pretty cool equipment then this is a great option.

What are Mountain Magic Treks forgetting?

The great thing about teahouse trekking is that if you forget something you can easily buy it. Namche Bazaar, which is reached on the second evening of the trek, has many shops selling sports goods and souvenirs. There are also many pharmacies and bookstores in Namche Bazaar.

If you're traveling through Namche on a Saturday morning, you can watch a weekly market in the center of town where local Sherpas from surrounding villages set up shop and barter for everything from electronics to sports goods.

Along the trek, you will find a few other places to buy things like jackets, medicine, snacks and books but the selection is nowhere near as good. Keep in mind that the higher you go in the mountains the more expensive the prices will get. Your best option is to buy anything you forgot to pack in Kathmandu!

What can I expect during a trek from Mountain Magic Treks?

From the list below, Mountain Magic Treks will provide lodge, food (3 times a day), sleeping bag, duffel bag and down jacket (for all weather). In addition to guaranteeing memories of a lifetime, Mountain Magic Treks will provide items indicated with an asterisk (*) on the checklist that are included in the trip cost.  Our porters or yaks are limited to carry 33 lbs. (15 kg) of your personal baggage which is also the weight restriction for Lukla flights. Be selective about what you take.

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