Following pack list is for 1 person. Clothing:
- 2 quick drying long sleeved base layer shirts.
- 2 trekking shirts short sleeve.
- 2 Thermal underwear – base layer.
- 2 liner socks.
- 3 pair woolen blend trekking socks.
- 2 pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms.
- 2 fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier.
- 1 wind/rain proof overlayer– jacket and pants
- 1 down jacket – (didn’t really need this, layers would have been fine, but it does get quite cold in March)
- 1 down vest
- 1 Warm winter hat
- 1 lightweight thermal layer hat
- 1 peak hat
- 1 headband/buff
- 1 pair gloves
- 1 Pair trekking boots
- 1 Pair crocks or Birkenstocks (would recommend sandals that you can wear with socks. Instead of flipflops we suggest birkinstock type shoes for late night bathroom runs)
- 1 pair down booties (bought these at Namche Bazar and they saved our feet.) Great for keeping feet warm in room and while sleeping and for in the lodge.
Since you are staying in Tea houses when climbing to Everest Base Camp, you don’t need a lot of extra travel gear. If you find you need more, you can pick up what you forgot at Namche Bazaar. Gear
- 1 headlamp
- 1 sleeping bag heavy (could have gone more lightweight as tea houses supply blankets)
- 1 watch with alarm
- 2 Pairs of sunglasses (in case one breaks) – Believe me, I had a pair of sunglasses break while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and I regret not having extra sunglasses.
- I need a rest!
- I need a rest!
Electronics You don’t want to go overboard on carrying electronics when climbing to base camp. Every extra piece of gear will feel extremely heavy. On the other hand, it’s a once in a lifetime chance and you will want to capture as many photos as possible. To see our full camera gear list, see the Complete Photography Gear Guide
- 1 DSLR camera with 3 extra batteries (charging is expensive on the mountain, but you can charge your batteries if they go dead for a fee)
- 1 Point and shoot camera
- 1 Video Camera
- 1 solar charger (charging is expensive, if you can charge yourself will save money)
- 2-3 portable chargers
- Chargers with belkin mini surge protector and adapter.
- extra batteries for headlamps
Tip: Keep batteries close to your body, that will make them last longer. Extras
- chocolate bar and cocoa beans
- Tang – or any other powdered juice
- Tea – you can boil water in teahouses
- dairy milk bars – chocolate is a must!
- trail mix and peanuts
- Diamox – for altitude
- Vicks vapor rub
- anti nauseant – you tend to feel just a bit nauseaus a lot at altitude.
- immodium – diarrhea is common at altitued.
- blister bandaids or moleskin
- eye drops
- advil cold and dinus
- nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
- tiger balm
- A well stocked first aid kit. You can’t buy what you need on Everest
- foot powder (for Deb’s stinky feet)
- Toilet paper
- micro fibre towel
- Gold Bond – this just feels good all the time
- TIMs Card (permit to allow you into park bought in Kathmandu)
- Plenty of Rupees, no ATM’s
- Map and Lonely Planet – There is a lot to read about on the trek and a lot to see. The Lonely Planet helps you know what to look for.
- So there you have it, that’s our packing list for Everest Base Camp.
- more dave and deb-167
The Personal Equipment and items are individual interest & choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.