Everest Base Camp Trek Gear Packing List

7Min to Read | By Himalayan Windows | Feb 26, 2022

Embark on your Everest Base Camp Trek with confidence by following our ultimate packing guide. Discover essential tips and gear recommendations for a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Everest ranges as seen from the Gokyo Ri during your Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake Trek



Embarking on an Everest Base Camp Trek is an adventure of a lifetime, attracting thousands of trekkers each year during the spring and autumn seasons. Proper preparation and packing are crucial for a successful and enjoyable trek. This guide provides a comprehensive list of gear and clothing recommended by seasoned trekkers and professional guides based on their experiences and feedback.


Why Pack Smartly for Everest Base Camp?

The Everest Base Camp Trek presents unique weather conditions and challenges. From biting cold to unpredictable weather changes at high altitudes, being well-prepared is key to enjoying your trek safely and comfortably. Insights from past trekkers emphasize the importance of quality and reliable gear.


Essential Clothing for Your Trek

Base Layer Essentials: The base layer is your first line of defense against the cold, particularly at higher altitudes. It might not be necessary at the trek’s start and end but is crucial for the colder parts.

The Importance of Insulation Layers: A lightweight, fleece-type insulation layer allows for easy movement and provides necessary warmth.

Outer Core: Waterproof and Warmth: A warm, waterproof down jacket and trousers are vital as your outer core layer, especially at higher altitudes where they serve as your main protection against the elements.


Selecting the Right Trekking Attire

Choosing Trekking Shirts: Opt for 4-6 quick-drying, breathable shirts made from polyester or nylon. Avoid cotton and mix short and long sleeves for varied weather conditions.

Shorts and Trousers for Versatility: A pair of trekking trousers and hiking shorts are essential for lower and warmer stretches of the trek.

The Necessity of Waterproof Outerwear: Waterproof jackets and trousers are indispensable, especially considering the possibility of rain from June to September.


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Headgear and Hand Protection

Choosing the Right Hat: A wide-brim trekking hat is essential for sun protection.

Importance of Beanies and Neck Gaiters: Beanies and neck gaiters provide warmth and protection against cold and dust on the trail.

Selecting Gloves for Warmth and Mobility: Invest in a good pair of gloves, including a heavier insulated pair and a lightweight inner glove for the lower parts of the trek.


Footwear: Foundation of a Good Trek

The Ideal Hiking Boots: Comfortable, ankle-covered hiking boots are crucial for the demanding terrains of the Everest Base Camp Trek. The recommended Shoes are La Sportiva TRK GTX, Salomon Quest 4 GTX, Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX, etc.

The Argument for Quality Trekking Shoes: Besides hiking boots, bring a pair of lightweight shoes for evenings and acclimatization days.

Importance of Socks and Gaiters: Breathable, moisture-wicking socks and waterproof gaiters are key to keeping your feet dry and comfortable.


Backpack Essentials for EBC Trek

Duffel Bag vs. Backpack: Choose between a duffel bag (if using a porter) or a 50-65L backpack for solo treks. Don’t forget a rain cover.

The Perfect Day-Pack: A 20-22L day-pack is ideal for carrying daily essentials, with a rain cover for protection.


Sleeping Gear for High Altitudes

Selecting a Sleeping Bag: A warm, -10 Degrees Celsius rated sleeping bag is recommended for cold nights on the trek.

The Role of Sleeping Liners: A high-quality sleeping liner can enhance warmth and comfort, especially when used with a mummy-style sleeping bag.


Trekking Aids: Poles and Sunglasses

The Benefits of Trekking Poles: Trekking poles can significantly reduce the impact on your joints, making them a valuable tool for long treks.

Choosing Sunglasses for UV Protection: Durable, UV-rated sunglasses are essential for protection against intense sunlight at high altitudes.


Navigational and Lighting Tools

Importance of a Reliable Headlight: A headlight is indispensable for early morning hikes and navigating around tea houses at night.


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Must-Have Miscellaneous Gears

  • Passport/Cash/Card
  • Water Bottles
  • Towel
  • Lock- usually if you are using Porter for your valuable stuff.
  • Camera/GoPro – Drones are restricted to use in Nepal (Need special permission)
  • Portable Charger
  • E-book
  • Set of Cards to play
  • Trekking Poles


Health, Hygiene, and Safety

  • Water Purification tablets
  • Diamox – for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
  • Common medication such as Paracetamol for diarrhea, headache, etc
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sunscreen – UV-rated Lip Balm
  • Wet Tissue Papers
  • Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, and a few rolls of toilet papers
  • Plasters- At least a pack of blister plaster for small cuts
  • Oximeter – A device to measure the effect of altitude on your body
  • Hand Sanitizer- good quality
  • Face Mask is a good quality


Insurance: A Safety Net

Opt for a reliable travel insurance provider like World Nomads to cover unexpected events during your trek.



Packing smartly for your Everest Base Camp Trek is essential for a safe and enjoyable experience. By following this guide, you’ll be well-prepared to face the challenges of high-altitude trekking in Nepal. Remember, the right gear can make all the difference in your adventure.

Happy Trekking!


*This blog post was originally published on 23 July 2020 and updated on 26 February 2024. 

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