A trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal is a once-in-a-lifetime journey. You’ll be following within the footsteps of well-known explorers reminiscent of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay as you ascend winding trails in the Himalayas, and cross suspension bridges and glaciers. You’ll expertise unbeatable mountain views too, and naturally, arrive on the foot of the long-lasting Mount Everest, the best mountain on the planet.
However an intrepid expedition reminiscent of that is one thing you could put together for. Alongside ensuring you’ve performed satisfactory trek coaching, you could make sure you’ve packed the proper package. You don’t wish to add pointless stress to an already difficult journey by being too chilly, or forgetting one thing.
We’ve put collectively the final word packing listing for Everest Base Camp. Nonetheless, we’d all the time suggest checking in together with your journey supplier to ensure there’s nothing else you want! They’ll additionally have the ability to reply any questions you might need about gear (reminiscent of what constitutes ‘light-weight’, and whether or not your mountain climbing books are appropriate for the journey). So, with out additional ado…
How Chilly is Everest Base Camp?
To pack correctly, you’ll have to know what the climate is like on the Everest Base Camp trek. No matter time of 12 months you journey, you’ll expertise numerous local weather and temperature variation. That is due to the numerous altitude achieve alongside the observe – from the path start line at Lukla (2,860m) to base camp itself (5,380m). The climate will change into colder and extra unpredictable the upper you climb.
Throughout spring (March to Could) the daytime temperature hovers round 17°C at decrease altitudes, and 10°C as you climb increased. Nevertheless it’ll drop within the nighttime to someplace between -5°C to -10°C. Autumn (September to November) is comparable. By winter (December to February) the temperatures will drop. Anticipate daytime temperatures starting from simply above freezing to round 10°C, and through the night time temperatures can go as little as -10°C. No matter time of 12 months you go to, then, be sure you pack some heat garments.
A Word on Weight Restrictions
It’s necessary to not pack an excessive amount of on your expedition to Everest Base Camp. Many journey organisers set weight restrictions for the way a lot your porter is ready to carry for you (it’s usually a most of between 10-15kg). There are additionally weight restrictions on the small aircraft flight from Kathmandu to Lukla – passengers are allowed to convey 10kg of checked baggage and 5kg of hand baggage. While you possibly can pay an extra baggage payment, it’s going to solely entitle you to an additional couple of kilos.
Many journey hosts will help you go away any baggage you received’t be needing on the trek of their base at Kathmandu. That is notably helpful for many who can be travelling round Nepal after the trek is completed.
Your Everest Base Camp Packing Checklist
Your Everest Base Camp trek packing listing wants to incorporate the next:
Garments For Everest Base Camp
- Waterproof jacket
- Light-weight Down jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Light-weight trekking trousers
- Mountaineering shorts (if trekking in the summertime)
- Thermals (prime and backside, merino ultimate)
- Two to a few trekking t-shirts/shirts
- Fleece or heat mid-layer
- Waterproof thick gloves
- Glove liners
- Mountaineering socks and lighter strolling socks
- Wool hat
- Solar hat
- Sun shades
- Spare underwear
- Buff or related
- One pair of worn-in, waterproof mountain climbing boots
- One pair of light-weight trainers (for the camp, within the evenings)
Further Garments for Winter
- Further heat layers (add an additional heat merchandise to all key gadgets above)
- Further set of thermals (pair to stroll in, pair to sleep in)
- Merino trekking socks
- Merino glove liners
Tech to Pack for Trekking
- Common plug adaptor
- Charging cables
- Cellphone / iPod /Kindle
Toiletries to Pack for Everest Base Camp
- Biodegradable moist wipes
- Hand gel
- Small biodegradable baggage to take bathroom tissue off the mountain
- Bathroom paper
- Sunscreen & lip block
- Private remedy
First Assist Package, together with:
- Anti-Diarrhoea Tablets (Imodium)
- Throat Lozenges
- Rehydration Sachets
- Blister Plasters
- Vaseline – to rub on ft to scale back friction
- Diamox for altitude illness (solely after session with a medical skilled)
Tenting Gear for Everest Base Camp
- A four-season sleeping bag
- Sleeping bag liner
- Pillow case (non-compulsory)
- Head torch
Lodging can be offered by your journey host, both in rustic tea homes or campsites, so there’s no have to convey a tent or cooking gear.
- Trekking poles
- Journey towel
- Two water bottles (one litre every)
- Steel SIGG bottle (helpful to fill with scorching water to make use of as a scorching water bottle at bedtime)
- Water purification tablets/system, reminiscent of Lifestraw or SteriPEN
- Crampons or chained spikes that can match any boot, if you do not have crampon-suitable boots (for winter departures between November and March)
- Day pack with rain cowl (30 litres +)
- Rucksack or duffel bag (for the porters to hold in a single day package). For those who’re questioning what measurement duffel bag for Everest Base Camp, round 65 litres ought to be sufficient.
Our High Ideas
A number of of the A lot Higher Adventures staff have been to Everest Base Camp, and had some ideas for further issues to pack. Megan, our Head of Journey, recommends bringing alongside a small pot of tiger balm.
“It’s helpful for insect bites within the low reaches and to pop in your buff increased up when utilizing the gross-smelling loos!” she mentioned.
Jenny Cox, our Journey Operations Supervisor (and resident Nepal knowledgeable) has a couple of ideas.
“I’d say some small light-weight journey video games for the evenings on the teahouses as some strolling days are comparatively brief and you will arrive fairly early within the afternoon and there is typically not a lot to do,” she says.
“You will additionally want a garbage bag, to take any garbage you create with you out of the mountains to Kathmandu the place it may be correctly disposed of. Some flip flops for the “showers”. I extremely suggest ear plugs – you may hear the whole lot within the teahouses so these are a should.
“Embody throat lozenges and chilly and flu drugs in your private medical package to fight the ‘Khumbu cough’ – probably additionally a large spectrum course of antibiotics. Pack a restore package, together with some gaffer tape to patch up torn waterproofs, tape collectively boots if the only begins to peel off and so on) and spare shoe laces – you by no means know if you may want them.”
And final, however not least, some breath mints.
“The Nepalese imagine that garlic helps with acclimatisation to the altitude and you will typically discover dishes get increasingly more garlicky the upper you go. I’ve no thought if there may be any scientific proof of this pure treatment,” Jenny concludes.
Choices for Gear Rental in Kathmandu
If funds are restricted, you may wish to take into account gear rental. Corporations like Rab and Image now run gear rental providers within the UK, however you can too hire gear within the capital of Kathmandu, earlier than embarking in your journey.
It’s finest to do that via your journey host, as there are some retailers in Kathmandu which provide low cost counterfeit clothes and gear (one thing you positively don’t need). Nonetheless, your information could have hyperlinks to firms providing the real article.
Your information can be in a position that will help you supply gadgets reminiscent of boot spikes, down jackets and sleeping baggage. These will price between $1-2 respectively, however additionally, you will have to pay a refundable deposit for the latter two. Avoid renting strolling boots – it’s finest to make use of a pair that you’ve got worn-in your self.