No doubt trek to Everest from Lukla is the most commercialized trekking trail in Nepal. Facilities is excellent along the trail. Because of flight and transport cost, price for the things are pretty expensive. You can buy whatever you want up to Namche, also there are retails shops in every places along the trail. It can be a good idea to bring all necessary things with you from Kathmandu, for the trek. It is very hard to manage the perfect packing list for your adventure. Below is some major things that you should consider for Everest Base Camp Trek.
Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List
- Duffel Bag / Rucksack
If you are hiring a porter for the trek, it is necessary to provide them a comfortable backpack. Most of the agencies they equipped their porter with duffel bag. If you are hiring an independent porter you should consult with him, whether he wants to carry duffel bag or shoulder bag. You can easily buy a local duffel bag in Thamel at cost of USD 15 to USD 20. For backpack, 60 L pack is good enough for the necessary gears.
- Day Backpack
You will need a small day pack if you are hiring a porter. This is for your valuables and other small necessary personal things. Porters normally walk on their own, so you must bring water, sunblock, toilet pater, tissue paper and your valuables like wallet, passport, camera with you. For this 30 to 40 L small daypack is good.
- Sleeping Bag
Hotel owners might or might not provide you a blanket. Up to Pheriche you can get, however it is not guaranteed in Lobuche and Gorakshep. Normally it is not available, as hotel people they giver first priority to guide and porters for the blanket. It is strongly recommended to have your sleeping bag. You can rent either in Kathmandu to Namche. Small refundable deposit is asked at rental place. You can easily get -20 Degree Celsius sleeping bag in rental place, less than USD 1 per day.
- Stuffs for you head
Head is a crucial part of human body. Protect it during the trek. There are few things that you should carry with you. Do not forget to include cap and fleece hat in your packing list. Good sunblock lotion, sunglass, and scarfs are the most.
- Stuffs for your hand
Gloves, this is the most important. Include two different gloves in your pack list. One should be thin and good enough to hold the things. Then you can includes waterproof outer shells. Fleece gloves can keep your hand really warm. Also, include hand sanitizer.
- Stuffs for your feet
Instead of rental boots, it is recommended to bring your own tested ankle boot. Also it is recommended to bring camp shoe for morning and evening time. Or flip flop can be used instead of camp shoe. You can see local porter carrying a loads in flip flop.
- Stuffs for your upper body part
Couple pair of t-shirts, both full and half sleeves, thermal inner wear, wind stoppers and down jackets. Also you should have a rain jackets, which can stand with drizzle and occasional snowfall. The best idea is to have a Gore Tex dual layer jacket, which you can detach and split into fleece jackets and outer shell. Also make sure your down jacket can keep you warm up to temperature of minus ten degree celsius.
- Stuffs for your lower body part
Thermal inner wear, pair of thin and thick trouser, hiking shorts are the most for lower body part. Don’t forget to includes few socks. It is almost impractical to wash your socks daily. And gaiters could be useful to withstand occasional snowfall. Unless you are going for three pass or chola pass trek you don’t need crampons.
- Stuffs for toilet material
For your personal use you should carry toilet roll, hand sanitizer, tooth brush, soaps, bath towel, nail cutter etc.
You can includes binocular, novel book or kindle, guide book card decks, chess, diary, notebook, iPad or any other music players. Also walking poles is extra and it will help you on uphill & downhill. Also basic first aid kit, emergency medicine, small combination lock to secure your backpack. This things are not that important to have but could be better to have!