Gear and equipment list for Everest base camp trek

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Trekking to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is a challenging, yet ultimately rewarding adventure. When prepared with the appropriate gears and equipment, it will be easier to enjoy the breathtaking Everest experience.  Having the essential equipment and gears will make this arduous trek much more comfortable.  Reaching Everest Base Camp (EBC) requires a week long, physically demanding trek that will take you through the thin air of the  Himalayan  mountain range.  This means trekking under the extreme conditions of dry air, strong sun, cold and wind.  The ‘Everest Base Camp Trek’ will not only test your body and mind, but will push you to exceed the limits of what you thought you were capable.  Here we have listed the essential gears and equipment that will be required on the 15-17 days Everest Base Camp Trek.  The right gears and equipment will ensure your safety, as well as making Everest Base Camp Trek easier to complete.  Although it can be expensive, we recommend buying branded gear and equipment for Everest Base Camp Trek.  Generally, they are not only more comfortable, but will last for years to come -a worthwhile investment.

 

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Footwear

  • Hiking boots: Good ankle support.
  • Hiking shoe or sneaker: As an extra, or to use in Kathmandu.
  • Sandals: Slip on sandals or flip-flops, they will give your feet a breather during the evening.
  • Woolen socks:  3 pair of hiking heavy woolen socks (75-86% wool).
  • Light socks:  3 pair of light woolen socks (at least 50% wool).

Outwear

  • Tri-climate jacket: It gets windy in the Himalayan range during evenings and sometimes it rains.  Additionally, for early morning trekking, this jacket can be layered up with your down or fleece jacket.
  • Down jacket: It’s light and warm. At least, 700-fill goose down insulation for lightweight warmth. It gets very cold at night and in the early morning.
  • Fleece jacket: Your fleece can be layered with your tri-climate or down jackets.

Clothing

  • Hats: Warm one for the morning and baseball cap or sun hat for the afternoon.
  • Gloves: Insulated gloves to keep your hands warm on the cold morning trek and liner gloves for cool temper in the evening
  • Hiking pants: 2 pair of hiking pants, one convertible (it can get hot in the afternoon).
  • Cargo Pants:  1 pair of jeans and 1 pair of cargo pants for while you are in Kathmandu, and either fleece or other heavy sweat pants to wear during the evening downtime.
  • Long underwear tops: At least 3 – to wear as a base layer for warmth.
  • Underwear: 7 pairs of underwear.
  • Tee and Tank: 5 performance tees or tanks to layer with the long underwear tops.
  • Long underwear bottoms: 2 mid-weight long underwear bottoms to layer with your hiking pants during cooler points of the trek; or to provide extra comfort under your fleece pants in the evenings.

Gears

  • Day backpack: 25-35 L backpack (depending on one’s preferences). It should be large enough to comfortably carry your camera, water bottle, extra clothes and snacks while you are on your daily trekking route. Porters usually take off early in the morning and complete the trek with greater speed.  You would not see them until later in the evening upon reaching your destination.
  • Duffle bag XL: (140L-165 L) / (32 x19x19).  You can purchase a duffel bag in Kathmandu for a real bargain.  If you are traveling with us (come with a suit case), we can acquire one for you at no additional cost.
  • Small lock: Bring a small lock for your duffle bag.
  • Sack /Plastic bags: 2 sacks or plastic bags in which to organize and store your dirty laundry.
  • Trekking Poles: These will provide you with balance and support – your knees will really appreciate this on the downhill portions of your trek.
  • Sleeping bags: -10° C /14° F for a teahouse (rustic lodging) and -20° C/-4° F or warmer for camping treks.  Guesthouses on your trekking route will only provide you with blankets.
  • Trekking Towels: 1 large, 1 medium and few wash clothes (quick dry is plus!).

Accessories

  • Cameras, batteries, and memory card:  Trekking through the unmatchable beauty of the Everest region will make you a paparazzo!  Bring extra batteries (charging cost $1-$2.5 along the trail). 32 GB of memory should be sufficient.
  • Sunglasses: Make sure they have 100% UV protection.
  • Head lamp: You will need this to light your way during the early morning portions of the trek.
  • Binoculars:  These are useful while trekking; mountains, flora and fauna are all brought closer to you.
  • Tablet computer: For entertainment in the evening; there isn’t much to do after 4pm.  It is also quite cold and windy in the higher altitudes.  Many trekkers choose to stay in their rooms at night; this being especially true once you have trekked into the more desolated regions beyond Namche Bazaar.  If you don’t have a tablet, you should bring along books, mp3 players or playing cards to pass the time.  These will become your best friends if you ever get stranded at Lukla Airport!
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Personal & Medicals

  • Water bottle: Bring 2 bottles for your trek.  Make sure they can hold both hot and cold liquids.  We supply boiling hot water that is safe to drink.
  • Water purification tablets: These are optional; but if you want to buy them, it is recommended that you do this at your hometown trekking store.  The tablets being sold in Kathmandu are questionable.
  • Pain reliever: Almost all trekkers suffer from an occasional light headache; these will help you ease the pain.
  • Sun block (35+SPF) and lip balm with sun protection are essential.
  • Personal first aid kit: Having your own kit on the trek is a plus.
  • Band-Aids: Untreated blisters could make your trek very difficult; fabrics are best.
  • Baby wipes: Hot showers are limited. Wipes will come in very handy.
  • Hand wipes: For hand washing in the morning – otherwise good luck with very cold water!
  • Snacks and goodies: Trail mix, granola bars, energy bars, chocolate, nuts, candy bars, and powdered drink mix are all great to sweeten the trail and to give you a boost of much needed energy.  Don’t stress on the high calories, you will burn it off in no time while trekking.
  • Plastic zip lock bags: They are useful in so very many ways.
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  • Please understand that you may not end up needing to use all of the items listed above.  It is best to be over prepared – you will appreciate the extra items if the ever changeable Himalayan weather turns unusually cold on your trek!
  • You are strongly advised to break in your hiking boots and shoes before the trip.  This will reduce the likelihood of blisters on your Everest Base Camp Trek.
  • Try on your layered clothing to ensure that it all fits comfortably.  Take it out for a test hike!
  • Women are advised to bring feminine products from home, as they are a bit scarce in Kathmandu.
  • Generally each trekker is allowed 12.5 kg (27 lb) for their porter.
  • Baggage allowance for Lukla flight is  11 lbs or 5 kg for carry on and 22 lbs or 10 kg for check in.  Extra fee  (about $1.2 per  1 kg or 2.2 lbs as of 2013)  applies for overweight baggages.
  • Your extra gear, suitcase or duffel bag will be safely stored at our office or hotel.

 

Please ask lots of questions and contact us anytime. Our Himalayan Expert will be available to speak (+1 888 388-5308) to you 24/7. Chat anytime or email us at enquiry@sonamadventures.com for latest update news and information.

 

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Sonam Gyaltsen (Sogyal) is a Tibetan American and the owner of Sonam Adventures LLC. He is a Himalayan connoisseur and passionate traveler. He divides his time between US, Nepal & Tibet PRC.