What is the Everest Base Camp trekking gear list? Is it hard to complete the trek OR Not?
The questions arise when we talking about the trek in Nepal, especially the Everest Base Camp. Yes, it is somehow adventurous and hard to reach the base camp. And also that what is the Everest Base Camp Trekking gear list, that we require? The attitude and coldness are the unique experience for them who are from the lower elevation and warmer environment. While trekking Everest region we must have to spend a couple of nights above the 4000 meters, and the weather of Himalaya can not be predictable, that can change in a moment. So, we would like to check your equipment, gears very carefully before leaving.
The important and serious part of equipment selection depends on the trekking season, trekking days, and also the maximum altitude. Here is the list for Everest Base Camp, which gives you an outline of packing.
Trekkers personal goods such as money purse, cameras, cell phones and the cosmetic items that you need in a daytime, while you are hiking. Other heavy and not useable in the day time are carried by your porters.
- Day Pack
- Down jacket and sleeping bag
- Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eye
-A baseball cap can protect your ear and neck from the sunlights.
-Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears
-Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
-UV protection glacier glasses with side shields and a hard-sided storage case. In high altitude automatically the atmosphere is thinner than low altitude so, the sunlights are quite strong in the mountain, which affects our eyes. For those people who are wearing the prescription glasses, please requesting you to speaks with your doctor about the prescription glacier glasses.
- Headlamp: Headlamp is a one of the basic for you during the trek because treks are in the mountain where not plenty of electricity is. -Make sure to bring extra lithium batteries.
- A pair of linear synthetic gloves for the mild days and woolen gloves for morning/ evening time.
- A pair shell gloves or mitts Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
- Two cotton t-shirts.
- A synthetic t-shirt.
- Two long sleeve polyesters, light colored shirts for sunny days. V-neck zipper provides additional venting options which are good for changing temperatures.
- A soft shell jacket, water resistant, with insulation, underarm ventilation zippers. The full front zipper is preferable for ventilation because sometimes it needs while hiking on sunny days.
- A medium to heavyweight expedition down parka w/hood.
- For women two synthetic sports bras but no cotton.
Lower Body – Legs
- Three pairs nylon hiking shorts, not cotton
- Underwear, stay away from cotton
- Two pairs lightweight long underwear
- Pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferably
- Two pair trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees.
- Pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
- Pair cotton pants
- Especially for the women a full-length skirt.
- At least four pairs of liner socks, synthetic.
- Three pair heavyweight socks to be worn over liner socks
- A pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail and also on lodges at the time of dinner.
- A pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Make sure the size and should have to be avoidable for blister.
- A pair light trekking shoes or sneakers to wear in and about camps or lodge
- Sandals are very useful equipment because it can wear while in guesthouses.
Medicine and First Aid
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Ibuprofen because to get rid of simple pain and ache.
- Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics.
Miscellaneous, but Important
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
- Airline ticket(s)
- Visa (if required and acquired in advance)
- Immunization record
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money and passport
- Two water bottles one liter wide-mouth Nalgene and one insulator
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc
- A pair of adjustable trekking poles, because it provides a great help for the downhill trek, and even it is listed in optional.
- Favorite snack foods, two pounds for maximum limits.
- Books and other devices for relaxing during the trek and rest time.
- Camera, a DSLR, Go-Pro because for your records of the trip.
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
- A urination bottle for men and a pee funnel for woman because it helps to avoid that chilly late night trip
- A small stainless steel thermos
The above list guides for you to buy the goods. There are so many options for you, they different brand and version, so it would be better to buy as per your experience. Most of the things are easily available in Kathmandu. Comparatively also cheap in Kathmandu than other.
Please Note: The tight fighting clothing such as made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals because of tightness. So if you find these items comfortable please kindly wear top of them.