Everest Base Camp Trek: How to Prepare and What to Pack

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing
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Everest Base Camp Trek packing requires ALOT of preparation! What to pack for Everest Base Camp took me hours of research and shopping to find – thus I kept a detailed list to share with you! And I was often asked about my physical preparation so that is below. Although I suffered from altitude sickness I never once suffered from sore muscles!

Everest Base Camp Trek Preparation:

I started my training six months out from the trip. I am no expert or personal trainer so this is more what I did and I suffered very little in terms of sore muscles on the trek.

I saw a personal trainer once a week for one hour and focused on weights. We did endless squats/lunges/leg presses with heavier and heavier weights. I then did 2 x 1 hour sessions a week on my own in the gym which were cardio focussed. These usually consisted of a mix of:

-Rowing machine intervals – 5 x 500m with a 1 minute rest in between each 500m

-Running machine intervals – 45 seconds at 11km an hour followed by 45 seconds at 4km an hour for 15 minutes

-Stair machine – 20 minutes levels 6-8, adding my daypack filled with books once I got to level 8. I tried to go up a level and then add my hiking boots and then daypack every 3 weeks.

-4 x 1 minute planks each session

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing: What I took with me

4 passport photos – need for the Nepal Visa and for your national park pass

1 x high altitude sleeping bag

1 pillow case to put on top of the pillows at the tea houses

1 x day pack

1 x kit bag issued by travel company

4 x packing cubes – these were great – one had underwear, one for tops, one for trousers – much easier to keep track

1 x dirty clothes bag.

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Not quite the real thing despite the familiar logo!

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing: Medications

-Diamox (I bought this in Kathmandu)
-Imodium
-Ibuprofen
-Paracetamol
-Electrolytes
-Berocca
-Throat lozenges

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing
Typical tea house main room

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing: Toiletries

-4 rolls of toilet paper (should have taken 6)
-large pack of wipes
-antibacterial gel – 3 x travel size
-deoderant – 3 x travel size
-1 sunscreen 30+
-1 pair of nail scissors
-1 travel size shampoo
-1 travel size shower gel (should have brought 2)
-1 moisturiser
-1 travel sized facial mist
-1 lipsalve SPF 30+
-tissues – almost everyone got a cold of some type at high altitude
-several plastic bags – good for toilet paper during the day
-1 travel towel
-nice smelling dryer sheets – these were brilliant and I put them in with all my clothes especially once they got dirty
-1 hand mirror (virtually no mirrors in the tea houses)

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing
These dryer sheets were brilliant – I put them all through my kit bag

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing: Hard goods

-2 pairs of sunglasses (in case one broke – you do not want to be without sunglasses on this trek)
-extra batteries
-metal water bottle (I got boiling water in this at night and used it as a hot water bottle with my travel towel – you can’t go past the Sigg)
round neck plastic water bottle Camelbak eddy water bottle 750ml
-day pack
water bladder – platypus hoser 3 litre water bladder
-1 set of walking poles which I bought at the Official North Face store in Kathmandu

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing
Typical afternoon snack at the tea house

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing: Food

-Lavazza instant coffee
-about 16 chocolate bars (mostly twirls and Cadbury and a couple of mars bars)
-about 12 rolls of wine gums/fruit pastilles

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing
Morning coffee break

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing: Electronics

-DSLR camera
-camera charger
-2 adaptors
Anker Astro ES 1600 Mah compact portable charger Power Pack
travel power strip with 2 power points
-iphone and charger (with loads of pre downloaded podcasts – which were brilliant)
kindle (you definitely need this or a book) and charger
head torch (I hardly used this – at night I would use my iphone)
-sports headphones for my iPhone

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Typical Tea House on the Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing: Clothes

-I pair of yoga leggings for first and last days
2 pairs of zip off leg north face trousers – these were brilliant
-1 pair of walking trousers
-1 pair of thermals (I only used these on the day we went to base camp)
-2 short sleeve dry fit tshirts
-4 long sleeve dry fast tops – I wish I had of bought more short sleeved ones as it generally got quite warm at some point most days
-1 fleece
-1 merino wool zip neck top
-1 north face light jacket
-1 north face down jacket
-1 pair of loose yoga trousers and a long sleeved top which was my “evening” outfit in the tea houses
-1 tshirt and pair of leggings/thermals for sleeping

-4 bras
-12 pairs of pants
-9 pairs of socks – 3 super warm, 3 mid and 3 light (I put aside one pair as my evening socks)

-3 hats – 1 cap, 1 fleece hat, 1 super warm cap with flaps

-1 fleece and 1 cotton neck warmer

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Typical shower on the Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing: Shoes

-Hiking Boots – Salomon are my favourites

-Runners/light shoes for evening

-flip flops – beyond essential for showers and middle of the night loo visits!

This ended up being a pretty good packing list. I have noted above any amendments I would make but apart from those there isn’t anything that I would do differently with what I packed.

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing: Some Tips

  1. A key factor is the weight limits on the flight from Kathmandu to lukla. Everything is weighed – your hand luggage and your checked luggage – together. The target weight is 15kg. I was 3kg over and paid 450 NPR and that was fine. Someone in our group was 6kg over and just paid the extra. Now our flight was full with exodus people (a 14 seater) so maybe this was why we were allowed to have extra and pay – I’m not sure how this would work in other circumstances and it is probably not worth taking the risk. I carried my camera with me and filled my jacket pockets with heavy chargers -they don’t weigh you!
  2. During the day keep your chocolate in with your bladder in your day pack to stop in melting
  3. I took the equivalent of 800 pounds in Nepalese rupee with me. It helped getting in a good day ahead as ATMs in Nepal only give out small sums so I needed to use a few and do several transactions. I also got quite a good rate at the hotel and changed pounds over. I did not want to have to worry about running out of money. You need about 40 pounds a day roughly plus tips for the lead guide and the guiding team. Everest Base Camp Trek Packing: Useful LinksLooking for hotels in Kathmandu? Click here for the best options

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Click here for my Post on Days 1-3 of the Everest Base Camp Trek

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