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!
Some people would rather have their own, and if you are into outdoor activities during extreme weather, taking yours is much better, as you can always use it again.

It’s always best to have your own equipment since you will be familiar with it and know what works for you or not. Ensuring we had the adequate clothing and our feet comfortable and dry was our main priority. A trekker’s nightmare is to have blistered feet and we were lucky with our trekking boots, we just made sure they were well broken in before going on the trek.
There are endless lists online of “what to pack for Everest Base Camp”, and to be honest some are just outrageous, not only it’s excessive but the overall budget for it is enough to put someone off Trekking to Everest Base Camp. We didn’t want to splurge but made sure all we had was necessary.

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.

Below is EXACTLY what we packed for trekking to Everest Base Camp. Items on the list below are per person, unless otherwise specified.

Everest Base Camp Packing List

  • Down Jacket (x1)
  • UCC Unisex Full Zip Polar Fleece Jacket (x1)
  • Long Sleeve (x2)
  • T-shirt (x2)
  • Buff Headwear (x1)
  • Thermal Top & Bottoms set (x1) [Thomas & Telma]
  • Windbreaker Trousers (x1)
  • Hiking Socks (x2)
  • Sunglasses (x1)
  • All Weather Gloves (x1)
  • Hiking Boots (x1) [For Her & For Him]
  • All Weather Trapper Hat (x1)
  • Trekking Poles (x1)

Note: Although the windbreaker trousers are specified for men only, these can be used as unisex.

  • Sleeping Bag (x1)
  • Sleeping Bag Liner (x1)
  • Microfiber Travel Towel(x1)
  • Microfiber Facial Towel(x1)
  • Long Sleeve (x1)
  • Leggings / Long Johns (x1)
  • Thick Wool Socks (x1)
  • Socks (x1)
  • Rubber Slip-on Sandals(x1)
  • Eye Mask / Ear Plugs(x1)

Note: We never used the body towels, only the microfiber facial towels.

  • Backpack (x1)
    Thomas: Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack
    Telma: Lowe Alpine AirZone Pro ND 33:40 Pack – Women’s
  • Packing Cubes (x3)
  • Single-Gated Carabiner(x1)
  • Duct Tape (x1)
  • Multi-Plier Multitool(x1)
  • Prayer Flags (pack of 5) (x1)
  • British & Portuguese flags
  • Headlamp(x1)
  • Bin bags (x1)
  • Map (x1)
  • Compass (x1)
  • LifeStraw (x1)
  • Toilet paper (x10) / Wet wipes (x2)
  • Plasters
  • Ibuprofen / Diarrhea & Constipation Tablets / Flu Tablets
  • Face Mask
  • Throat lozenges
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant
  • Cotton Buds
  • Tooth Paste / Brush
  • Gel Sanitiser
  • Carmex Lip Balm
  • Menstrual Cup
  • Inhaler
  • Bepanthen
  • Nail Clippers / Filer
  • Pocket Mirror / Tweezers
  • Elastic bands / Hair Clips
  • Panasonic DMC-GF6KK 16MP Mirrorless Mirrorless Digital Camera with Lens Kit
  • GoPro HERO4 Silver
  • iPhone 5
  • Flexible Octopus Tripod
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 batteries (x2)
  • GoPro Rechargeable Battery (for HERO4 Black/HERO4 Silver)(x2)
  • Lumix Panasonic Charger (x1)
  • Go Pro Battery Charger (x1)
  • iPhone USB cable
  • World Adapter Plug
  • SanDisk Ultra 64GB Class 10 SDXC UHS-1 Memory Card up to 48MB/s(x2)
  • KMASHI 10000mAh Portable Power Bank with Dual USB Ports 3.1A Output and 2A Input – Black(x1)

Important: From 3,000mt/9840ft onwards people should look after their electronics, specially phones and batteries. We strongly recommend this Organiser Case, as it helped us with our own equipment. At night we slept with the case inside the sleeping bag.

  • Digestive Biscuits
  • Oreo Biscuits
  • Snickers
  • Peanuts
  • Sweets

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).

Further reading: Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya (Travel Guide) is a complete and all-inclusive guide for those wanting to experience and explore Trekking in the Himalaya. We strongly recommend reading this guide as it helped us planning our own trip. Happy Travels!

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