Everest Base Camp Gear List
Everything you’ll need to bring with you on the trip of a lifetime.
Hiking to Everest Base Camp is a trip of epic proportions. Below is a list of the essentials that you’ll need to make your trek comfortable and safe.
With this gear list, keep in mind that you will have a porter allocated to carry the gear you’ll be taking on the trek AND you’ll be taking a short flight into Lukla Airport, which has luggage weight limits. This means there is a 10kg per person weight limit per person that your porter will carry. Your day pack is additional.
Note: What you won’t find in this list, are items that are obvious and personal to you – casual clothes, personal toiletries and items of a personal nature.
Essential Trekking Clothes
Layering is key, this popular hiking jargon just means wearing a couple of layers of clothing. Breathable clothing can help you to keep warm, dry and comfortable in changing conditions by removing layers depending on how you feel and the conditions you’re in. Multiple thin layers will keep you warmer than a single thicker layer is because warm air is trapped between the layers acting as an insulator.
1 x Outer Shell Rain Jacket
1 x Trekking pants
1 x Fleece layer
2 x Upper Base Layer Merino wool or polypropelene – 1 short sleeve and 1 long sleeve
2 x Bottom Base layer – leggings (Merino wool or polypropylene)
4 x Merino wool socks
1 x Beanie
1 x Midweight Merino or Fleece Wool Gloves
1 x Cap/Hat for sun protection
1 x Sunglasses
1 x Down Jacket. This jacket or parka should be heavily insulated with high-quality down fill. We recommend an overall parka weight between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds. For warmth, a hood is required. Down sweaters or light puffy jackets willnotbe sufficient.
1 x Hardshell Pants. Fully waterproof shell pants that must fit comfortably over your baselayer bottoms and softshell pants.
1 x Fleece Pants or Insulated Pants
1 x Neck Gaiter, Buff or Bandana
1 x Hiking Boots. Make sure these have ankle support, are well worn in and are waterproof.
1 x Day Pack. 25-35 litres – you’ll carry extra items of clothing in this pack, along with water, phone/camera and snacks.
1 x Pack Cover
1 x Lodge Shoes
1 x LED Headlamp with extra batteries.
1 x Pair of Trekking Poles
Lightweight Sleeping Bag (Optional). The teahouses we stay in have warm bedding but if you feel the cold, bring a lightweight sleeping bag to give you extra warmth. There is also always extra bedding available on request!
Personal and General Travel Items
2 x 1 Litre Bottles
1 x 2-Litre Hydration Resevior
1 x Camera/Phone
1 x Spare Memory Card – if you have a camera.
1 x Travel Towel
Plug Adaptor Type C. This plug type has two round pins (pictured above), as found in Europe. Nepal operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Heavy Duty Duffel Bag – 100 litres. No wheels!
We’ve left out the obvious everyday items of clothing in this list. We’ll leave that up to you. While you should pack efficiently, the stuff you’ll wear while you’re not on the trekking trail doesnt nessessarily need to be that different from what you’d wear at home. Nor will we tell you how many pairs of underwear to bring – we’ll leave that up to you!
1 x Synthetic or Merino Wool t-Shirt
1 x Long Sleeve Travel Friendly Shirt
1 x Lightweight Travel Friendly Pants