Equipment checklist for Everest Base Camp Trek: a complete packing list from head to toe with an equipment guide, pictures and recommendation
Confused about what to pack and not for the 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 the Everest base camp also applies to other high-altitude treks in Nepal except for 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 2,800m/9184ft and colder nights/mornings at 5,364m/17,600ft.
If you are trekking during the normal trekking season (Spring and Autumn) then you will not need additional gear but if you plan to do the trek during winter (Dec to Feb) then you should pack a heavy down parka/jacket, 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 gear such as a waterproof jacket, poncho etc.
During the trekking season (Spring and Autumn), the temperature varies from the lowest -10 Degrees C at Gorekshep to a maximum of 15 to 20 Degrees C during daytime at the starting point. Your trek starts at an elevation of 2,800m/9,184ft and goes up to an elevation of 5,364m/17,600ft thus your packing list should consist of all essential gear required for the journey.
You will also need to pack clothes for Kathmandu where you will stay pre and post-trek for at least 3 or 4 nights.
Travel lightweight if possible but do not abandon the required gear list. Packing too much than required will take up 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 good gear will provide better performance and durability.
Equipment checklist for Everest base camp trek
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.
Sun Hat X 1
Buff/Neckband/Balaclava X 2
Beanie/Headband X 1
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.
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.
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