What to pack for Everest Base Camp Trek? This is the question comes to every trekker’s mind before setting off their journey to Everest Base Camp. Each and every place has an altered climate and terrain. They may have certain social codes which travelers visiting those places to be considered.
In this article, we have prepared packing list to be carried for Everest Base Camp Trek. This list we have designed according to the suggestion of our previous trekkers who already done EBC Trek successfully.
It is very important to pack intelligently for Everest Base Camp trek. Because on the flights into Lukla the weight limit for checked bags is only 10 kg. This weight limit for flight gives you a signal that how much or little to pack.
Now the question may arise my pack will be more than 10 kg. When you travel to Nepal you can have baggage more than 10 kg. Before embarking to Everest Base Camp we suggest you repack only for trekking. You can leave your other stuff in your hotel in Kathmandu. Most of the hotels in Kathmandu provide free storage service.
What liter’s Backpack to be carried?
For Everest Base Camp we recommend carrying 60 liter’s backpack. Although you can buy a backpack in Kathmandu, locally made ones may not be as comfortable as ones made overseas and (genuine) named brands may be more expensive in Nepal than in your own country.
Everest Base Camp is the high terrain trip. Although the day is normally warm, the morning and evening are always cold. The temperatures slide down every day while approaching the base camp. A down jacket will keep you warm. If possible we suggest bringing a real goose feather jacket from your home country. If not you can also hire or buy in trekking shops in Kathmandu. Many of the down jackets in Kathmandu are made of synthetic materials. The renting cost for down jackets is around USD 1 per day in Thamel and USD 3 in Namche Bazaar.
It will be very much wise to include windproof jacket in your backpack. It protects you against wind and rain and can also be used when it is sunny. Along with windproof jacket, windproof trousers are suggested to carry. This stuff you can be easily buy in Thamel.
Camp shoes or some other light shoes are also recommended. They make you convenient to walking while staying in Mountain Lodge. They give your feet a rest anyway.
We advise bringing 6 pairs of socks for Everest Base Camp trek. During trekking, it is not possible to wash and dry the socks every day. If you carry additional pairs of socks you have fresh socks all the time. In Kathmandu, you can easily buy socks for trekking.
It is very important to bring well-fitting hiking boots for Everest trek. Ankle boots are highly suggested. We also advise not to bring new boots or rent second-hand ones. Buy your boots at home and wear them in before you come. New boots seem to almost always cause of blisters.
It is recommended to bring two lighter trousers and one thick pair for walking in, and one pair for sleeping in. Thick pair means the pants with fleece lined. Trekking pants with zip-off bottoms are useful for very warm as well as cold days.
We suggest bringing lighter thermal wear both of trousers and tops. The thicker thermal wear can be sweaty in trekking.
For Everest Base Camp Trekking long-sleeved shirts or t-shirts are suggested rather than short sleeved ones. The reasons are during trekking your skin can easily burn because of strong sun rays at high land. If possible bring self-drying shirts to be packed up as it absorbs sweat.
It is recommended to carry two types of gloves. One is light-weight inner gloves for moderate weather. Another is a warm, waterproof and durable outer glove for extremely cold days.
A sun hat is needed to protect your face and neck from the harmful rays of the sun. Carry a lightweight hat that easily fits into your backpack and protects from the sunburns.
It is fine normal sunglasses for Everest Base Camp trek. Sunglasses should be polarized for protection from UV rays.
Although most of the hotels will have blankets in the mountain lodges, it is still necessary to bring your own sleeping bag. It does not need to bring a mattress. You can easily rent sleeping bags in Thamel, Kathmandu. The rate of renting sleeping bags in Thamel is around USD 2 and in Namche USD 5 per day.
Water Bottle & Purifier
In trekking days bottled mineral water is available but it can cost up to USD 4 per bottle. The rate varies according to the place. So, it is suggested to bring a water purifier such as Steripen or purifying drops and tablets. Water you can collect it from the tap of tea houses. Bring your own non-plastic bottle if using drops/tablets.
Trekking Pole (Walking Stick)
Actually, trekking pole is not necessary if you are young and think your knees are strong. However, if you have trekking pole it obviously helps you to walk on more tricky up and down paths. The cost of trekking pole is not expensive. You can easily buy it in Thamel at around USD 10.
Sometime in high places, you should walk on the snowy trail. Thus, if you have gaiters it will be very convenient to you. For the Everest Base Camp trekking, the locally made gaiters are good enough.
If you carry also balaclavas or headband it will be good to protect your face and neck in cold and dry weather.
A headlamp is necessary especially for the late night runs to the toilets outside the teahouses and also for early morning treks.
This is optional but a smaller, quick drying towel can help you freshen up after a quick clean.
It is recommended to carry Diamox (high altitude prevention medicine) and generic medicines like Paracetamol for headaches, cold medicine, Neosporin, Imodium for diarrhea, painkillers, and others that you generally need for your own medical conditions. Remember to bring your own medicines which you are taking usually. Sometimes your daily needed medicines may not be available in Nepal.
Personal Hygiene Items
Do not forget to pack the items like toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorants, sunscreen, lip balms, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, toilet papers, blister plaster, pocket knives, nail cutters etc.
Also bring your favorite chocolates, protein bars and other snacks from home. These will make you feel better after exhausting days or when you don’t like the food served in trekking. Many chocolates and protein bars aren’t available in Kathmandu so bring them from home. Also, carry Muesli mix and instant tea or coffee that you can enjoy anytime with just hot water to buy.
The map of Everest Base Camp trekking is necessary if you are trekking without guide and porter to find out the trail. In organized trekking normally it is not essential. In Thamel, there are many Map shops. You can buy the map of Everest Base Camp route.
The above is the list of general items needs to be included in the packing list for making your Everest Base Camp Trek full of comfort, safe and enjoyable. The clothing items may be different according to personal needs of trekker. Just make sure to check the weight and carry everything you need and nothing extra.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International airport. You will be met our Tour officer and he will escort you to the hotel. O/n Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Morning Flight from Kathmandu to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804m/9199ft). Flight 40 minutes. Trekking from Lukla to Phakding (Alt. 2610m/8563ft). Walking 3 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 03: Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (Alt. 3441m/11289ft). Walking 5 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 04: Acclimatization day. Day trip to Shyangboche and Khumjung Village (Alt. 3780m/12402ft) and trek back to Namche Bazaar. Walking 5 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 05: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (Alt. 3860m/12664ft). Walking 5 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 06: Trekking from Tengboche to Dingboche (Alt. 4350m/14272ft). Walking 6 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 07: Acclimatization day in Dingboche. Walk around Dingboche. Walking 4 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 08: Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche (Alt. 4910m/4910ft). Walking 5 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 09: Trekking from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (Alt. 5365m/17602ft) then back to Gorak Shep. Walking 7:30 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 10: Early in the morning hike up to Kalapatthar (Alt. 5555m/18225ft) then trek down to Pheriche (4200m/13780ft). O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 11: Trekking from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (Alt. 3441m/11289ft). Walking 6:30 hours.
O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 12: Trekking from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (Alt.2804m/9199ft). Walking 6:30 hours. O/n in Mountain Lodge.
Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. Rest of the day at leisure. In the evening complimentary farewell dinner at authentic Nepalese Restaurant with a cultural dance show. O/n Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Departure to the home country. Our tour officer will drop you at Kathmandu International airport and see you off. End of Service.
Everest Base Camp Trek Cost: USD 799 Per Person
The above Cost includes:
1. Airport pick up and drop services by private car.
2. Two-night hotel in Kathmandu at Tourist Standard Hotel with complimentary breakfast.
3. Airline tickets for the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and also from Lukla to Kathmandu.
4. Domestic airport taxes where applicable.
5. Accommodation in Mountain Lodge/ Tea House during the trekking.
6. Everest National Park Entry Permit fee.
7. Trekker’s Information Management System [TIMS] registration card fee.
8. Khumbu Local Government Trekker Permit Tax
9. Experienced English speaking trained trekking guide for the entire trekking.
10. Trekking Guide’s daily expenses
11. Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide.
12. Trip Achievement Certificate after completion of the trek.
13. A Trekking Map of this route for a Group.
14. Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes
15. Complimentary farewell dinner in Kathmandu with a cultural show at a typical Nepalese restaurant.
The above Cost excludes:
1. Nepal visa fee (USD 25 for 15 days/ USD 40 for 30 days period). You can easily get Nepal visa on your arrival time at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
2. Airfare of your international flight.
3. Your Meals cost (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trekking. (Per Day USD 25 to 30) depend on the food you choose according to the restaurant menu)
4. Porter (Total USD 80 per person for the whole trek in the basis of on porter sharing by two trekkers. Generally, one porter carries the baggage of two trekkers in maximum total weight limit of 25 kg).
5. Your travel insurance which includes evacuation.
6. Alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks, bottled water, boiled water, dessert.
7. All kind of personal expenses like phone calls, internet use, laundry, hot shower during trekking, excess baggage charge in flight etc.
8. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. (USD 8 to 10 per lunch/per dinner)
9. Tips for Trekking Staff.
10. Any expenses arising due to unforeseen situations like personal sickness, natural calamities, political strikes, flight cancellation etc.
11. Cost of any extra services if you use which not mentioned in the above service inclusive section.
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