By Telma and Thomas | 20 October 2016 | Nepal | Travel Advice

The clothing required will depend on when you go to Everest Base Camp. During the warmer months, a down jacket might not be a necessity but when trekking in the winter, when temperatures drop below zero from sunset to sunrise, bringing one is definitely a must.
The same goes for hiring a sleeping bag. Teahouses will provide blankets but it might not be enough for the freezing nights. Having trekked in November and having brought a -20 sleeping bag for below zero temperatures at high altitude was without doubt, worth it!
It’s always best to have your own equipment since you will be familiar with it and know what works for you or not. But if like us you are travelling for long term, the only option is to buy clothes and gear in Kathmandu. Not wanting to splurge, the minimum to keep you warm from the cold weather is essential. Apart from ensuring we had adequate clothing, another important consideration was to keep our feet comfortable and dry. A trekker’s nightmare is to have blistered feet and we were lucky with our trekking boots. We bought them one month before the trek, and made sure they were well broken in before heading to Everest Base Camp.

Now, talking about our Packing List for Everest Base Camp: Did we need every single item on the list? No. And it wasn’t until the night before that we realised that perhaps we had selected way too much. But, I think we did well to be honest. Comparing to some lists online, we couldn’t figure out why on earth people were choosing to carry so much! And because ultimately we were the ones that would be carrying it, we tried to keep everything to a minimum. We managed 10 kilos/22 pounds each. Not ideal, but reasonably good. The heaviest items we just couldn’t leave behind were the sleeping bag, that weighed 2 kg/4 pounds and the down jacket 1 kg/2.2 pounds.
Some stuff was left at Namche and collected on the way down and a few items didn’t even make it to Lukla!

Below is everything we packed for trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp Packing List

Trekking

  1. Sleeping Bag
  2. Sleeping Bag Liner
  3. Quick dry towels
  4. Leggings/Long Johns
  5. Long Sleeve
  6. Thick Wool Socks / Socks
  7. Rubber Slip-on Sandals
  8. Eye mask/ ear plugs

*1 – Hired from Ama Dablum Trek Shop. Insulated sleeping for freezing temperatures (up to -20)
*6 – Bought from Ama Dablum Trek Shop
*7 – Borrowed it from the Hotel

Note: Never used the towels. Left it at Namche and got it on the way back down.

everest base camp trekking list

Teahouse

  1. Sleeping Bag
  2. Sleeping Bag Liner
  3. Quick dry towels
  4. Leggings/Long Johns
  5. Long Sleeve
  6. Thick Wool Socks / Socks
  7. Rubber Slip-on Sandals
  8. Eye mask/ ear plugs

*1 – Hired from Ama Dablum Trek Shop. Insulated sleeping for freezing temperatures (up to -20)
*6 – Bought from Ama Dablum Trek Shop
*7 – Borrowed it from the Hotel

Note: Never used the towels. Left it at Namche and got it on the way back down.

complete everest base camp list

Gear & Miscellaneous

  1. Backpack
  2. Packing Cubes
  3. Poncho
  4. Single-Gated Carabiner
  5. Duct Tape
  6. Safety Pins/ Needles & Thread
  7. Pocket Knife
  8. Prayer Flags (pack of 5)
  9. British & Portuguese flags
  10. Headlamp
  11. Bin bags
  12. Picnic set
  13. Umbrella
  14. Map
  15. Compass
  16. Bottles

*16 – Never used and replaced with our water filtered bottles

Note: 3/6/12/13/15 – Left it in Kathmandu

things needed for everest base camp

Toiletries & First Aid Kit

  1. Toilet paper / Wet wipes
  2. Water purifying tablets
  3. Plasters
  4. Diamox
  5. Ibuprofen / Diarrhea & Constipation Tablets / Flu Tablets
  6. Face Mask
  7. Rehydration Salts
  8. Wound Cleansing Wipes
  9. Throat lozenges
  10. Sunscreen
  11. Deodorant
  12. Cotton Buds
  13. Tooth Paste/Brush/ Dental floss
  14. Gel Sanitiser
  15. Carmex/SPF Lip Balm
  16. Menstrual Cup/ Female urinating device
  17. Inhaler
  18. Bepanthen
  19. Baby Powder
  20. Nail Clippers/Filer
  21. Pocket Mirror/Tweezers
  22. Elastic bands/ Hair Clips

Note: 2/7/8/16/19/ – Left it at Namche and collect it on the way back down

everest base camp packing guide

Electronics

  1. Chest Strap Mount
  2. Flexible Octopus Tripod
  3. Selfie Pod
  4. Lumix Panasonic Charger x2 batteries
  5. Go Pro Battery Charger x2 batteries
  6. World Adapter Plug
  7. SD Card x2
  8. Power Bank
  9. GoPro & Waterproof case
  10. Iphone 5
  11. Camera Case
  12. Lumix Panasonic
  13. Iphone USB charger

Note: 1/3 – Left it in Kathmandu

equipment and gear for everest base camp

Food

  1. Digestive Biscuits
  2. Oreo Biscuits
  3. Snickers
  4. Peanuts
  5. Sweets

list of food for everest base camp

Where can you hire the best down jacket and sleeping bag in Kathmandu?

During our stay in Nepal we met several people and were lucky to have been introduced to a Sherpa family, who have a trekking shop. The owner trekked to Everest Base Camp hundreds of times as a Guide and has been as far as Camp 4. The last camp side before the Summit of Mount Everest. The shop is called Ama Dablum Trek Shop, located in Jyatha (North side of Thamel, next to Hotel White Rose). They might not have the variety of clothes and colours found in Thamel, but the quality is superb, the prices are reasonable and that is why we are recommending them.

What do you think of our packing list?

trekking gear for everest base camp

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