Packing for the Everest Base Camp Trek

This is what you should consider packing for the Everest Base Camp Trek.  I have climbed Everest to the top and led over 40 treks to Everest Base Camp.  We have completed the two following videos so that you can see what Ian and Laura will bring with them on the Everest Base Camp trek. Check out our Everest Base Camp page.

Packing for Colder Months

Remember that the gear you bring will also depend on what time of year you are doing the trek. You will need warmer layers if you are trekking in February, March, November and December.  We can help you with this.  Read some reviews from our Everest Base Camp Trek.

Packing for Your Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal

This video is designed to show what Ian would bring on his trek to Everest Base Camp. Ian has made the journey to Everest Base Camp  over 40 times, stood on the top of Everest and trekked to Mount Everest each of those treks in different conditions.

This is the gear and clothing Ian has used on his numerous treks and expeditions into the Everest region. From recent treks, Ian recommends adding a down vest as an additional layer on the trek to Everest.

Basic Packing List

We hope you found the video useful and remember we send your a 40 page dossier with itemized kit list on signing up. Let’s review keys items needed for your Everest Base Camp packing list. You can use the list below to navigate to a particular section if you wish.

Trekking Equipment

Duffel bag (100ltr min)
Backpack (35ltr)
Rain cover (most quality backpacks come with covers)
Trekking poles (we rent in Kathmandu)
Sleeping bag (Rated to 0F, we rent in Kathmandu)
Sleeping bag liner (not essential)
Hydration bladder (must we 2 liter)
Water bottle (1 liter bring 2)

Trekking boots (La Sportiva Trango GTX or similar)

Base layers (Merino, 1 top, 1 bottom)
Middle layers (Down vest, fleece layer)
Outer layer (Proper down jacket, Gortex rain gear top and bottom)
Socks x 6 (Plus a couple of thicker pairs)
Lodge shoes (Trail shoe or similar)
Gaiters (Optional)
Neck buff (We give you one in Kathmandu)
Warm hat (Beanie or larger)
Sunhat or sports cap (protect your ear, head, neck)
Inner gloves (light liner gloves that fit under bigger gloves)
Waterproof gloves (Must be high quality or freezing temps)
Lodge clothes (full set up cloths to change into)
Sandals (only for warmer months and if you have space)

Packing Other Essentials

First aid kit
Water purification tablets (You can use a steripen, and buy tablets in Kathmandu)
Toiletries (bring 2 rolls of toilet paper, you can buy in the Everest region)
Sunglasses (2 pairs category 3 or 4)
Microfibre towel (Quick drying towel for showers)
Pillowcase (Optimal but useful)
Head torch (Bring spare batteries)
Dry bags (Good for separating your clothing)
High-energy snacks (protein power, light weight protein snacks)
Hydration supplements (Bring nuun tablets, Liquid IV and daily vitamin supplements)
Passport and visa
Currency (we recommend having a minimum of $500)

Packing For Your Everest Base Camp Trek In Nepal

No One Size Fits All

Packing for your Everest Base Camp trek is very personal.  Some people feel the cold in more than others and also some may have specific pieces of gear that they like to hike in.
Some people may need warmer layers, bigger down jackets, better trekking boots, different socks, layers, or gloves, so feel free to GET IN TOUCH and we can help you get the right gear for your Everest Base Camp trek. 

Watch What Laura will Pack

In this video you will see that Laura tends to bring some warmer layers and gear than Ian will.  Laura generally feels the cold more than Ian will.  Therefore, she will make sure to have a warmer down jacket, gloves and layers.
Packing for a trip like this is not a one size fits all situation!  This is why you need to test all of your gear before the trip and get used to how it fits if it works for you.
We can help you understand the layers, gloves, trekking boots and down layers needed for this amazing journey. There are many critical pieces of kit and you need to have and one of our most critical is using Merino Wool layers.
Having a quick drying material that is naturally anti-microbial, is essential for a multi-day trek like Everest Base Camp.

Learn from Experts

Once you have signed up to one of our treks to Everest Base Camp, you will have access to our team five days a week. We want to help you in whatever way we can. Don’t take advice from someone who has maybe done the trek one time prior.
Get your advice from professionals who have made the trek time and time again! Call or talk to us we have the direct experience you need in your preparation for your Everest Base Camp trek.

We understand the gear and what will work best for all conditions you may encounter on your trek to Everest.  Our itinerary has been developed to give you the best acclimatization for Everest Base Camp treks.

Once you sign up with us, we will send you our 40 page dossier, helping you get the information you need. We also are available to you 5 days a week. We want to get you trained and preparation for the journey high into the Everest region. Just get in touch and our world class team will help you in preparing for your once in a lifetime adventure trek in Nepal.

Acclimatization above Dingbouche

Pack Trekking Poles

Most of the Everest Base Camp trek is located in the famous Sagarmatha National Park. The trails are tough and potentially dangerous in places, as you’d expect from a vast mountainous terrain.

There has been an effort in recent years to re-enforce the trial. In doing this more steps and stairs have been added to protect the landscape. This type of terrain requires trekking poles.

Trekking poles help with balance and confidence. Especially when tackling something tricky like a river crossing or uneven surface. They can also take some of the weight off your knees on steep descents. Learn more about training for the downhill.

Join the Experts

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