Are you planning a trek to the Everest base camp? Yes, you are choosing the perfect destination for a Himalayan trip. Trek to the Everest base camp will be cold. So, you need to have nice and warm trekking equipment and other regular hiking gear. What you should pack for the Everest base camp trek? What is the packing list for the Everest base camp trek? So, check below in detail about the Everest base camp trip packing list which helps you to pack needy trek equipment list.
Buying vs. Renting for Everest Base Camp Gear
If you are staying in the cold region or travel much, it is better to buy good quality gear that you can use for a few years. You may also rent some equipment which has been shown below in Kathmandu or Namche Bazaar. But you need to notice that you may hire low-quality gear that may not be standard for the cold temperature that you will face at the base camp and the Kalapatthar.
Trek These with the same gear
- Everest base camp trek
- Gokyo lake trek
- Everest view trek
Packing List to the Everest Base Camp
Main bag for trekking gear packing
The main matter is the wearing layer with different timings from the morning to evening and what kind of materials should wear. The weather can dramatically change up in the mountain while you ascend or descend so the layer on or off is important. You trek from 2856m (Luka) to the Kalapatthar (5550m). So you will notice the changing temperature from the lower elevation to the higher elevation.
The other factor is according to the season to wear the layers. Two different peak seasons autumn (September to December) and spring (March to May), normally are the good weather to trek to the Everest base camp. Probably you may have to face the rain, hail, and the snow somehow. Compare to the autumn, the spring is warmer to trek to the Everest base camp. We highly recommend not thinking of trekking here during the monsoon (June- August).
If you want more information about the best time for the Everest base camp, click on this link.
After a little information, here are the lists with detail that you should pack before your departure to the Everest base camp.
You will trek for about 4-7 hours a day so be sure if you have comfortable breathable underwear. To aid the wicking process, 4-6X pair of breathable underwear is highly recommended. And 2 X sports bars for the ladies.
The first layer of your wearing is the base layer. This base layer is compulsory when you will be at a higher elevation with a very cold temperature. You don’t have to wear this layer during the begging and the ending part of your trek and later months of the spring season too.
You need to pack 5-6 trekking shirts that you wear most of the time on your trek. Pack some light and quick driers avoiding the cotton. Fabric breathable shirts are highly recommended. Short sleeves shirts for the lower and long sleeves for the higher altitude.
A fleece jacket keeps you warm but doesn’t block the wind. Wearing as the second layer, it is highly recommended to pack with your packing list. To wear under the feathers jacket is very useful.
Feather Jacket (Down jacket)
A down jacket is very useful for the evening while you are sitting in the lodge and for an early morning hike. While you trek during the day, it is not in use but if the weather is cloudy and windy with no sun, you need to wear it which keeps you warm and safe from the cold. According to the service, we provide our down jacket or help to buy or hire it in Kathmandu.
Hiking Trousers and Shorts
We recommend 1 X pair of long trousers for the higher and 1 X pair of shorts for the lower elevations. There are many branded and copied by the branded. All of them are nice to use and light for weight.
Water Proof Jacket and Trouser
The possibility of rain is high in the mountain especially if you trek from June to September. We don’t recommend trek during these months to the Everest base camp but there may be rain during the high trekking seasons too so waterproof a jacket and trousers to pack with your gear list. As you go to the higher elevation, you can wear them as windproof in cold places.
To protect your face and head from the heat and ultraviolet rays, the sun hat is highly recommended. Try to pack a hat that is light in weight and has a cover for the neck.
The woollen hat is one of the most important to keep your ears and head warm while you stay in the lodge, morning hike and trek with the wind. If the ears and head would be cold, you may have the problem of a headache so take a woollen hat to be safe.
A buff is very useful to protect your neck from cold and block the dust to breathe while you will be hiking most of the days to the Everest base camp. During the high season, there are a lot of trekkers who make dusty trails and the Yaks also make dust on your trail.
Fingers should be warm in the cold area so the gloves help you to keep your fingers warm. We suggest having two types of gloves, thinner gloves and windproof gloves.
Warm and thin inner gloves are useful for the moderate cold and to wear inside the bigger windproof gloves while you will be in the freezing cold places.
Outer Windproof Gloves
Outer windproof gloves are really useful for the trek in the early morning without sun and for the Basecamp. When you hike to the Kalapatthar, It is compulsory to wear because the top of the Kalapatthar is windy and freezing.
We recommend having nice quality trekking boots for the trek. You won’t find the shoemakers in most of the places if you have the fake brand boots and would have a problem during your trek. Find the proper fit boots for your size and should be middle to lightweight which offers good ankle support.
While you stay at the lodges in the higher elevations, the temperature will be cold so sports shoes are recommended to wear for not to have cold feet. The sandals are really useful for the lower elevations after taking off your hiking boots and when you use showers.
Some pairs of breathable and wicking socks are important to have for this trek. We request not to have the cotton one. They should be long and warm and we suggest wearing fresh socks in cold places. If you use the socks which you already used during the previous day, they should have sweat which will freeze from the cold. If you reuse them, your toes should be freezing.
Fingers and Toes Warmer
Fingers and toes warmers are the most important for the months November- February because these months are freezing cold at the base camp and especially the Kalapatthar. Also an early morning trek on the higher elevations, they are so useful. These are not compulsory in the other months.
Bags and Backpacks for Trekking Gears
If you are for an organized trek having a porter, we recommend an 80-90L duffel bag and a small daypack to carry your valuables/changing clothes/snacks/rain covers with you. For the trekkers who are doing individually or only have a guide (no porter), bring a 50-65L Rucksack with you.
The duffel bag is carried by a porter which should be waterproof and in good condition. According to the service type, we provide a duffel bag for each of our clients who should return after the trek.
If you are not on an organized trek to the Everest base camp, we suggest bringing a 50-65L backpack with an opening on the top.
If you are on an organized trek with a porter to carry your duffel bag, you still need to have a small daypack with you to carry your valuables, water, camera, snacks for the day, rain gear, changing clothes, and other personal items. After departure from one lodge to another, you won’t meet the porter so whatever you need for the day, you need to carry in this daypack.
As we already have mentioned the waterproof jacket and the trousers, you may use them as protection from the rain or you may take a poncho for the rain. You need to have a big plastic bag inside your daypack then your things will be dry even if it would rain and the cover for your daypack is also needed.
You need to have nice, enough, and a warm sleep during your trek. If you could not sleep well, you may be tired and will be difficult to walk so you need to have a nice sleeping bag. If you trek in the spring or September and October, you can sleep with a - 10-degree sleeping bag but if you are in winter, you need to have a -20 or above sleeping bag with you. The tea houses provide a blanket but sometimes it may not be clean or warm enough. We provide our sleeping bag for Everest base camp trek or help or hire and bye them in Kathmandu according to the type of service.
You hear the sounds of the others who are sleeping in your next room easily if there are people sleeping who snore and disturb your sleep. In this case, earplugs really help for your good sleep.
Trekking poles are recommended for most trekkers. Even if you don’t use them, it is better to have them with you. You may have pain in your muscle and knees or the trail should be slippery with mud and ice, it is very useful in these cases.
A UV protection sunglass is compulsory. After the sun on the mountains, the snow will be so bright and if there is snow on your trail, the sunglass will be your best friend to walk. Another factor is, that you trek through the windy valley some days, and blocking the dust from your eyes also it is very important.
There is no electricity after Tengboche and using solar. Sometimes the solar won’t have enough power for the whole night; the head torch is the most important thing for the Everest base camp trip. Hiking to the Kalapatthar, for the sunrise view of the mountains, has to start in the very early morning before the daylight so you need to use the headlamp.
Sun lotion, Lip Balm, Moisturizing cream, First-Aid Kit with the altitude tablets (Diamox), Baby Wipes, Quick drier and light towel, Multi shocked power charger, extra camera batteries, power bank, book, and other daily use things.
Everest Adventure Treks:
- Everest high passes trek
- Cho la pass trek
- Renjo la pass trek
Note: Only 15 kg weight is allowed including your hand carry when you fly to Lukla. Don’t think to pay extra money for the overweight. Sometimes you will be in Lukla and your bag may be in Kathmandu.