Everest Base Camp Trek: Packing List
If you’re looking for an Everest Base Camp Trek packing list, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for not only a packing list but also some important things to consider as you prepare for the trek to Everest Base Camp. It’s a once in a lifetime adventure that I encourage everyone to experience once in their lifetime, but it’s important to make sure you’re prepared! Enjoy!
Also, if you’re interested in reading more about my incredibly beautiful and exciting trip to Everest Base Camp, follow along as I explore 11 days in the Himalayas!
Everest Base Camp Trek
I have to start by saying that I’m super excited to write this post to help guide you on your Everest Base Camp Trek packing list. After reading my blog posts about my trek to Everest Base Camp, my friend and his fiance are going to do their own trip with our guide, Gyanu! It makes me so happy to not only be able to share my experiences but to also help others create their own!
Deciding what to pack was really one of the more difficult things in planning for my trek to Everest Base Camp. Gyanu took care of all the rest of the planning – where we would stay before and after the trek, flights to Lukla, accommodations and meals along the way, etc. All we had to do was book our tickets from the US, and pack.
Now, that task of what to pack is being passed to my friend so I offered to create an Everest Base Camp Trek packing list to help him on his trip. I’m assuming that for the 2 of them, they’ll likely have one Porter who will help to carry the bulk of their gear, and then they’ll be walking each day with their own daypack of whatever they need for the day.
As you read the Everest Base Camp Trek packing list I provide below, it’s important to note that I did the trek to Everest Base Camp in early March. It was cold, and we got hit with 3 feet of snow on day 2 of 11. We were told that snow that late in the season wasn’t common, but it certainly ruined a lot of peoples’ trips. Some people a few days ahead had to turn around before reaching Base Camp because the snow was shoulder deep and impassable, and others got stuck in Kathmandu unable to fly to Lukla because of the storm. My group…we were incredibly lucky with our timing. We still had an incredibly difficult time hiking through the snow, but it was so spectacular. Simply amazing.
That being said, most of what I recommend below will be based on that, so if you’re going in warmer months, you can make adjustments accordingly. I’m also a chic, so any links for clothing recommendations will be as such, but it should hopefully still help the dudes!
What to Consider When Packing for Everest Base Camp
It’s important when you’re planning for what to pack for Everest Base Camp that you realize that anything you’ll need during the day will need to be in your daypack. If you’ll have Porters, they usually take off early and it’s rare that you run into them along the trail. So, don’t expect to be able to get into the bags they’re carrying throughout the day of hiking!
For my trip, I brought a 40L pack that would go with the Porters each day, and a daypack with a bladder pocket, and plenty of other pockets for snacks, gloves, and other necessities. There were some on my trip who brought larger backpacks that went with the porters, which is fine, but they certainly didn’t fill them – and really, you shouldn’t have to.
Yes, the trip to Everest Base Camp is 11 days, but that doesn’t mean you need to bring 11 days worth of clothing. This is trekking, which means that you most likely won’t be showering, you’ll be wearing dirty clothes every day, and you’ll likely smell.
But, the good news is…so will everyone around you! So don’t worry, nobody will be able to smell you over their own aroma. The most important thing whenever you’re trekking is to make sure you don’t over-pack, but that you also don’t under-pack. It’s a delicate dance!
Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List: What Gear to Bring
❏ Backpack – No more than 40L needed for each person. If you bring a bigger pack, you should have plenty of empty space.
❏ Daypack – You’ll want something with a pocket for your water bladder, and clips/external pockets to easily store gear and layers of clothing. You’ll likely start your morning with warm layers and then shed as the sun comes up.
❏ Pack covers – The Porters will generally take care of covering the pack that you send with them, but it’s always good to have a pack cover. You may want to also consider one for your daypack in case you get any rain or snow along the way.
❏ 3L water bladder – I used a bladder that had an insulator along the tube. It was supposed, I think, to help keep it from freezing. It didn’t. You’ll want to warm the tube before you start hiking in the cold months so that you’re not stuck unable to get your water as you hike.
❏ Hiking poles
❏ Headlamp + Extra batteries – They also have these great, folding, solar-powered lanterns that are super cheap and great to have at night for hanging around in your room.
❏ Water purification – We used a Steri Pen and iodine pills the whole way, but one of our team members did get sick in Tugla (also seen spelled Tukla and Dughla), so just make sure the water looks clean-ish (which it did at every other stop). There really aren’t many areas to pump water, so a pump wouldn’t be helpful.
❏ Solar charger – The larger panel ones that you can hook on the outside of your pack while hiking seemed to work the best for us
❏ Sleeping bag / liner – I used a 21-degree bag with a 15-degree liner. I also had our Porter, Omar, fill my Nalgene every night with boiling water which stayed warm through the morning. It was a lovely addition to keep me warm all night. I recommend this in place of hand warmers for your Everest Base Camp Trek packing list just because it means less weight to carry.
❏ Nalgene – Although you’ll have your water bladder for hiking, having the Nalgene for the tea houses is convenient. As noted above, it’s also great for filling with hot water at night to keep warm in your sleeping bag.
❏ Compression sacks – I recommend these for all kinds of travel. They are very lightweight and really compact your clothing down small. I have a few different sizes that I use to organize my clothing in my pack.
❏ Multi-tool – These are always handy.
❏ First-aid kit – Also very handy.
❏ Gaiters – Not necessary, but great for rain, mud, and snow. Since you’ll be wearing the same pants over and over again, it’s nice to have something to keep them relatively clean.
❏ Microspikes – You’ll only need these if there is a chance of snow. You can also buy these in Namche Bazaar. We knew a few days before our trip that there might be a little snow, but we underestimated and were grateful to have found some in Namche.
Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List: What Clothing to Bring
❏ Hiking pants (2) – You can bring more, but you really don’t need to. Make sure to waterproof them before your trip if there is a chance of rain or snow. In the colder months, things don’t dry very easily.
❏ Fleece pants (2) – These were delightful to sleep in. Try to get lightweight fleece that will keep you warm.
❏ Leggings (1) – For the winter months, you may want to consider adding a pair of leggings to wear under your hiking pants to your Everest Base Camp Trek packing list. You could wear the fleece pants, but they may actually be too warm for hiking. As long as it’s sunny, it’s rather nice, but if it’s a cloudy day, or windy, your hiking pants may not keep you very warm.
❏ Tank Top / T-Shirt (2) – Really, you don’t need more.
❏ Shirt to sleep in (1-2) – It’s nice to change out of your hiking clothes into something else, even if they’re not exactly clean.
❏ Long-sleeved base layer (2) – Same as your t-shirt layer, you don’t need more than 2.
❏ Fleece (1-2) – Remember, lightweight fleece, not the heavy stuff. I brought one but when that got wet, I was left without so I ended up picking up another layer in Namche Bazaar.
❏ Down jacket (1-2) – I have a heavy, old-school North Face but so many of the new styles are thin and fitted. I often wear 2 lightweight puffys together and layer underneath them.
❏ Water / windproof layer (1) – I recommend one with inside and outside pockets, and vents under the arms.
❏ Socks and sock liners – Don’t skimp on socks for your Everest Base Camp trek packing list. I brought 3 pairs of socks and 2 pairs of lines and switched them out to whatever was the driest. It didn’t make a huge difference since our boots never quite dried each night from the day before, so they were always wet, but when you get to a new tea house each day, it’s nice to have something dry for your feet.
❏ Hiking boots – Depending on when you go will depend on what kind of boots to bring. My hiking boots have mesh throughout which is great for summer hiking but wasn’t spectacular for hiking in the snow as it made for cold, wet hiking. If you’re hiking in the colder months, go for a heavier pair, leather, no mesh.
❏ Down booties – These are amazing. Truly. You’ll be very grateful at each teahouse with a pair of these on. They’re one of those “luxuries” that you should not pass up.
❏ Underwear – Don’t bring underwear for every day. Truly. Ladies, I brought panty-liners to keep clean. And baby wipes are clutch.
❏ Warm gloves / mittens – Unfortunately mine got soaked on day 2 so I ended up buying a pair of waterproof gloves on day 3, and then didn’t need them again because we had clear, blue skies for the rest of our trek.
❏ Day hat – Hiking hat, baseball cap, etc – something to protect your face from the sun. As you gain elevation, you’re that much closer to the sun and it can be pretty brutal.
❏ Beanie – The tea houses in the colder months don’t really warm up much, so I kept my beanie on most of the night, especially hanging around. If you’re going in the warmer months, you may not need one.
Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List: What Misc. Items to Bring
❏ Baby wipes, baby wipes, and more baby wipes – Showers are scarce, and even when we had access to one, it was usually too cold to bother. So we cleansed daily with baby wipes.
❏ Deodorant – To cover for what the baby wipes cant’.
❏ Toothbrush / toothpaste
❏ Hairbands – Ladies, you won’t be washing your hair along the trek, so braids are a great option to keep the knots out.
❏ 65+ Sunscreen – Seriously, don’t underestimate the solar energy at altitude
❏ Sunglasses – Get a good pair, your eyes will thank you
❏ Music – Some days, on a long stretch of uphill, some tunes are super handy. I brought an old iPod, but bring whatever works!
❏ Cards / Book / Entertainment – There’s a lot of downtime, so bring a book, or cards, or both.
❏ Chapstick with UV protection – By the end of my trek, I looked like I had been stung again and again on my lips. Don’t be like me. Bring UV chapstick, and apply it often.
❏ Electrolyte tabs – These are great to throw in your water every day. Amazon has all kinds of awesome flavors, and aside from helping to keep your body working nicely, they break up the monotony of drinking water.
That should cover just about everything, but I’m not perfect, and I may have forgotten something. But this should cover off on the important stuff, and good you a good start for how much you need on your Everest Base Camp Trek packing list! Happy trekking!