Equipment checklist for Everest Base Camp Trek: a complete packing list from head to toe with equipment guide.
Confused on what to pack and leave behind for the Everest base camp trek? We are here to help you and guide you through the complete equipment checklist for the base camp trek. This packing list for Everest base camp also applies to other high altitude treks in Nepal except for the climbing.
While packing for the trek, 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 warmer clothes, gaiters etc. accordingly. Similarly, if you plan to trek during summer/monsoon then your packing list should consist of rain protection gears. Find out the best time to visit Everest base camp.
During the trekking season (Spring and Autumn), the temperature varies from lowest -10 Degree C at Gorekshep to maximum 15 to 20 Degree C during day time 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.
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 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.
Hat Buff/Neckband/Balaclava (2) Beanie/Headband
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.