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There are only a few things you can rely on in the mountains, besides yourself. Here are the best packing list ideas for your Everest base camp trek & any other treks in Nepal.
Whatever personal experiences might say, there are a few items that can make your journey easier. The entire point of entering the mountains is toward off civilization but life without a few indulgences might be not just difficult but dangerous too. There, are a few things we heavily depend on in the mountains. It is with the experience that a person knows what she/he wants while trekking to Everest base camp or other treks in Nepal. For beginners, we have a few suggestions for the Everest base camp trek packing list
BackPack -This is the first on the list. A good backpack makes life easy. It should have enough support for your back and enough space to fit the basics. There might be individual preferences on the size but it entirely depends upon the trekking trip and your ability to carry the load. Usually, spaces for water bottles, small and approachable pockets for integrals are preferred. It is important to have a waterproof backpack. It is always wise to keep a backup cover for those days when the skies are gray.
Sunglasses-To those who wear lenses or have dust allergies, sunglasses are a necessity. But to the rest of us as well, it is an extremely important trekking item. It protects the eyes from the scorching heat, harsh light reflected from the snow, and mostly from dust and stray insects in the hills.
Water purifier & Water Bottle-Trekkers are either hungry or thirsty at all times. A water bottle is crucial to trekking. Carry your own bottle to refill at every resting station.
Hiking boots-Basic and essential they are a trekker’s best friend. Good boots can mean a good experience. They should have enough ankle support and should be light. They should have a good grip and a really good fit.
Warm Jackets-The biggest quality of down jackets is that they are warm & lightweight. Trekking must have fleece jackets too are light and warm but a windproof jacket above this jacket is preferred for making it windproof.
Camera Kit-What good is a trip without memories? A good camera kit is not just for photographers but also for every trekker. Make sure the camera has a reliable waterproof cover and necessary functions for varying light conditions.
Flash light-You never know what you might face on the trails. It’s advised to stop trekking before you lose light because once nightfall starts quite early and before you know it, the trail becomes confusing. Flashlights can be lifesavers. Also, some villages on the trail might not have electricity- good idea again.
Winter socks-Carry many pairs of socks. Socks get soaked in sweat. A heavy downpour of a foot dive in slush and you have yourself a soggy pair of socks. Thick, cotton socks that dry quickly are best. Good trekking socks absorb well and keep unpleasant feet odor at bay.
Quick-dry vest-A simple cotton t-shirt or a quick-drying vest absorbs sweat easily and dries relatively quickly. The material is such that even a quick wash would mean the material dries off clothing without having to carry too many articles.
Sunscreen-Sunscreen is something people tend to forget. But on average treks have us walking in the sun for an average of 6 hours. Cool-weather can mean the sunlight is welcome but the UV rays do harm your skin. Sunscreen with SPE 30 or above is preferable. Add a lip balm with similar SPF as well.
Gloves-Some trekkers prefer two pairs of gloves, a warmer pair covered by waterproof ones. Some manage to find comfort in single larger waterproof pairs. Whatever you choose, make sure the gloves are water/windproof and warm. It should be comfortable enough with an easy grip for the hiking pole or water bottle.
Head Lamps-Especially important when trekking in low light, the headlamps also come in handy when reading and or writing down and especially when floundering in the dark trying to find the village’s only toilet. If in a group, a couple of headlamps should come in handy in emergencies.
Trekking pants-Depending on the temperature, you might want to try layers of wind and waterproof or inners are lighter and warmer with sweat absorbing quality. The outer layer is windproof and waterproof. For a short hike or trekking at a higher temperature, the outer layer might suffice.
A sleeping bag-A suitable quality sleeping bag is extremely necessary. Sleep is so essential on a trek and highly individual. It can be hard to sleep at high elevation and you need all the rest you can get so you can peak those high passes like a superior.
Waterproof jackets-Depending on the season you are trekking in, you need to find the right clothes. But waterproof and windproof jackets are a must in every season.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your kit bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG/33Lbs. Please note that this gear list is only a guide. Those are basic to bring the listed items, but you can decide from your desired brands using your expertise. Plus, you can shop the trekking gear and clothing at a good price at stores in Thamel, Kathmandu.
Basic First Aid Kit including antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE OPTIONAL FOR YOUR MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP KIT LIST
During the Everest base camp trek and any other treks in Nepal. You will receive a mountain Sherpa trekking & expeditions duffle bag at your trek briefing (which will be held the evening before you start the trek) to pack clothes and other necessary stuff. Our porter will carry the duffel bag for the whole trek. We highly advise you to bring a small day pack which you can carry personal belongings such as your camera, water bottle, sunscreen, energy bars.
Your main suitcase, city clothes, and other extra things will be stored in Kathmandu at Hotel or our office. When flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, there is a weight restriction of 15 Kg about 33 pounds per person including your handbag. To help keep the weight of your checked bag below the 33-pound limit, we suggest you wear your hiking boots and any heavier clothing items on the plane. Once you arrive in Lukla you can change and repack.