Equipment checklist for everest base camp trek

Equipment Checklist for Everest Base Camp Trek

Equipment checklist for Everest Base Camp Trek: a complete packing list from head to toe with equipment guide.

Confused about what to pack and not for Everest base camp trek? We are here to help you and guide you through the recommended gear list for the Everest base camp trek. This gear list for Everest base camp also applies to other high altitude treks in Nepal except for the climbing.

While packing for the Everest base camp trekking, the first thing you should consider and check is the timing of your visit. Seasonal variation is a key component. Each trekking season requires changes in your packing list and with great variations in elevation, you should basically pack for both warmer days at 2800m and colder nights at 5000m.
If you are trekking during the normal trekking season (Spring and Autumn) then you will not need additional gears but if you plan to do the trek during winter (Dec to Feb) then you should pack a hardshell jacket, hardshell trousers and gaiters to protect against the snow.
Similarly, if you plan to trek during summer/monsoon then your packing list should consist of rain protection gears such as a waterproof jacket, poncho etc.
During the trekking season (Spring and Autumn), the temperature varies from the lowest -10 Degree C at Gorekshep to a maximum of 15 to 20 Degree C during daytime at the starting point. Your trek starts at an elevation of 2800m and goes up to an elevation of 5545m thus your packing list should consist of all essential gears required for the journey.
Travel lightweight if possible but do not abandon the required gear list. Packing too much than required will take unnecessary space and you do not need to change your jacket and trousers every day in the mountain. Also do not compromise on the quality of gears as the good gear will provide better performance and durability.
equipment checklist for everest base camp trek

Equipment checklist for Everest base camp trek

1. Headgears

Bring your favourite hat for protection from the sun, any style of hat will work. Get a cover to protect your neck as well. A wide-brimmed hat will work as well. Get 2 pairs of buff for the trek. Make sure that the buff covers your face and is comfy. A warm beanie is a must for the Everest base camp trek. Get a warm beanie that is comfortable and covers your ears too. You may as well get a think headband/beanie to put on while sleeping.


Buff/Neckband/Balaclava (2) 

2. Underwear 

You will be trekking for 6-7 hours every day for almost 2 weeks straight and you need to make sure that your underwear is comfortable and breathable. Get breathable underwear and a sports bra for women. Get synthetic/wool and avoid cotton underwear. 

Breathable underwear (5)
Sports bra (2) 

3. Upper body

While packing clothing for the upper and lower body, you should pack in layers as that will give you a great advantage. Layering is a simple concept but it’s critical when you are on longer duration treks to high altitude. You need to pack/wear the layers in conjunction with each other to keep yourself comfortable, keep your temperature regulated and keep dry. We suggest bringing base layers, trekking shirts (Full and half sleeve), fleece jacket/softshell jacket, Hardshell jacket and insulated down jacket. 

Jackets for Everest base camp trek
Base Layer for upper body (2)
– Trekking shirts (Breathable and quick-dry materials) – full sleeves (2) and short sleeve (2)
– Fleece jacket/Pullover 
– Hard Shell Jacket / Waterproof Jacket
– Insulated Jacket / Down jacket (Provided by us)

4. Lower Body

Similar to the upper body concept, you need to follow a layering concept while packing clothing for the lower body. For reasons unknown it’s barely noticeable layering the lower half of your body — however on the grounds that your upper half is dressed comfortably doesn’t mean your lower half will consequently remain warm as well! Pack next to skin base layer, trekking shorts, trekking pants and Gore-tex pant. Unlike the upper body, changing your lower body clothes during then the walk is not so convenient.  

lower body layers
– Base Layer for lower body (2)
– Trekking short 
– Trekking trouser 
– Warm insulated trouser for colder days 
– Gore-Tex Pant 

5. Footwear

Footwear is an important piece of gear on any mountain trips. Take care of your feet properly and you will have an amazing experience. Avoid cotton socks and bring different socks (Liner socks, Hiking socks and Thermal socks). Bring a pair of flipflop/slipper to wear in the cities and when you need to use the restroom at nighttime. Likewise, pack a camp shoe/trainer to wear at the teahouse/lodge, you will for sure want to take off your boot after a long day walk. For hiking boot, we recommend you getting an ankle support full boot with Gore-Tex material lined. 

footwear for Everest trekking
– Liner Socks (2)
– Hiking socks  (2)
– Thermal socks for a colder day  (2)
– Gaiters (For winter treks)
– Flip flop
– Camp shoe/Trainer 
– Full Hiking boots with spare laces

6. Hands

Pack two different layers of gloves, a liner glove which will be your all-around glove and a mid-light glove to use when the conditions are too cold for a liner glove. 

– Inner/Liner Gloves 
– Outer gloves 

7. Backpack/Travel Bag

An internal frame backpack of 32-40 ltrs will be perfect for the Everest base camp trek. Please note that if you plan to trek independently then you may need a bigger backpack as you need to carry everything. For the supported trek, a 32-40 ltrs backpack will be good as you only need to carry your valuable items, water, camera, sunscreen, snacks and an extra layer of fleece. On all our trips, we provide a waterproof duffel bag to every participant to store their gears which will be carried by the porters. 

Backpack for Everest base camp trek
– Large size duffel bag (Provided by us)
– 40 litres backpack with an internal frame and waist strap
– Day pack for Kathmandu and cities

8. Sleeping Bag for Everest base camp trek

We recommend getting a minus – 15 Degree C rated sleeping bag for the Everest base camp trek. The nights are going to be cold as you ascend. Blankets are also provided on every teahouse/lodge. We provide every participant with the use of a sleeping bag so that you will not have to spend extra money on buying it.    

sleeping bag
– Minus 15 Degree Celsius rated sleeping bag (Provided by us)
– Sleeping bag liner (optional)
– Travel Pillow (optional)

9. Accessories/Kit for Everest base camp trek

Other accessories required for the trek are listed below. We recommend getting each of the items listed below unless stated (Optional). 

– Head Torch with spare batteries
– Water Bottle 
– Swiss knife / Multifunctional knife 
– Thermos
– Walking Poles 
– Power bank
– Sunglasses (UV ray protection with all-around protection)
– Padlocks
– Laundry Bag
– Plastic bags
– Ziplock bags
– Pee funnel (Optional for women) 
– Books, Kindle, Reading Materials
– Trek Map
– Earplug (Recommended for a light sleeper) 
– Journal, Card, Games, and Pens
– Duct tape and sewing kit 

10. Toiletries and Hygiene

From towel to toothpaste, you will need to bring everything required for your daily use on the trek. The teahouses/lodges on the trek don’t offer anything except for a bed and a window with a view. 

– Quick-dry towel
– Toothbrush and paste
– Nail clippers
– Toilet papers / Wet wipes
– Female hygiene products
– Bio-degradable soap and shampoo
– Sunscreen
– Lip balms
– Moisturizer
– Snack food (Chocolates, Energy bars, Energy drinks, Rehydration/Powder mixed drinks etc. for your comfort) 

11. First Aid

Pack first aid for the trek and be sure it contains all the required medications from altitude sickness, diarrhoea, headache to even blister. We carry a comprehensive medical kit bag on all our trips but we recommend you bring your personal first aid as well. 

– Diamox / Acetazolamide
– Crepe Bandages
– Gauge pad
– Antiseptic cream
– Plasters
– Dexamethasone
– Advil / Painkiller
– Anti-diarrhoea pills
– Water purification tablets
– Cough medication
– Eye Drops
– Personal prescribed medications

12. Documents

We recommend you bring a copy of each document listed below for an emergency purpose. 

– Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
– 4 copies of passport size photos (For sim card and other purposes)
– Travel Insurance (Please refer to the Insurance information page for more detail about it)
– Flight tickets
– Credit cards in case of emergencies
– Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

13. For Kathmandu

Pack extra layers of clothes to wear in Kathmandu. You can leave these clothes at the hotel luggage store in Kathmandu. Changing into fresh clothes after a good shower is a very good feeling. 

– Extra clothes to wear before and after the trek
– Swimwear

everest base camp short trekking

The above listed are the recommended equipment checklist for Everest base camp trek. However, you can pack more or less as per your requirement. If in case you are sort of any gears listed above, then you can easily buy/rent it here in Kathmandu as well after your arrival but please make sure that you have at least half a day for shopping. There are many branded local shops in Thamel such as North Face, Outdoor Research, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot etc. where you can get all the last-minute gears. On all our Nepal treks, we provide with the use of waterproof duffel bag, sleeping bag and down jacket. Similarly, on all our peak climbing trips, we provide each climber with the use of personal climbing gears as well so that you will not have to spend extra money.

Related Articles:

1. Best hiking boots for Nepal
2. Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide

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Highland Expeditions is a high altitude adventure travel company based in Kathmandu, Nepal founded by local alpine experts with over 30 years of experience in trekking and mountaineering in the Himalayas.

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