Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List
Fig - Duffel bag are the best if you are hiring porter
The first thing to manage is backpack as if it is not comfortable then it might ruin your hiking experience. If you are hiring a porter then it is good to manage a duffel bag as porter manage to carry backpack with distributing effort on forehead and arm. So duffel bag are best to provide to porter for carrying backpack. Just incase if you are hiring single guide then you need to manage suitable backpack, which should be adjustable and load can be distributed of particular part. In normal 60 – 65 L backpack are enough to carry stuffs for couple of weeks treks. If you hire porter then you need to manage one small day backpack for your useful stuffs like drinking water, passport, camera and other valuable things. In general 30 – 35 L backpack are good enough for daily usable stuffs.
Accommodations on mountain are very basic where you will get tiny room with twin bed, curtain, bed sheet and pillow. Chances are high you will get blanket on lower elevation of any treks but as you move further higher there exist few hotels and large flow of trekkers so they will not provide you blankets. It is mandatory to manage owns sleeping bag during trek for this either you can buy one or rent on Kathmandu. Make sure it stands again -10 degree Celsius temperature.
Hiking boot and camp shoes
Trail on high alpine area is rocky and zigzag with loose rocks where chances are high for ankle break in novice stages. It is recommended to manage an ankle shoes, which supports ankle on misplacing of foot. While on the other hand it is practically not possible to wear hiking boots all the time especially when you are on campsites of teahouses. For this periods small camping shoes or even flip-flop are ok just making sure you can easily wear it and take off in case of need.
It is recommended to have two different kinds of jackets, one special Down Jacket and one fleece warm jacket something like wind stopper. Down Jacket are useful for early morning walk and late afternoon walk where are wind stopper are useful during day hike and leisure time on teahouses and camping site. While getting a down jacket make sure it stands up to -10 Degree Celsius. Instead of wind stopper one can get two in one jackets with extra waterproof outer shells that can stand against sudden snowfall on higher elevation area.
Two types of lower trouser are strongly recommended one should be waterproof and light for walking periods where as during overnight stay on teahouses and camp it is recommended to have fleece trouser for extra warmth. There is availability of hybrid trouser with zipper on the knee, which can be converted into short by switching off the zipper especially during rainy times and muddy trail.
Half sleeve T-shirt made of cotton which can absorbs the sweats are highly recommend and it might be torture to walk with shirts of nylon and other fabrics that doesn’t absorbs sweats. It is better to have stock t-shirt as laundry on high alpine is not feasible. Apart for half sleeves it is wise to have some pair of full sleeves t-shirt too.
Thermal Inner Wear
Especially suitable for sleeping periods thermal inner wear helps you to cope with cold in freezing surrounding. While on the other hand one can look stylish with Thermal Inner Wear and thin cloths to cover it although it is not intended for fashion. These types of inner wear are available in cheaper price in Thamel that are good enough to keep you warm and comfortable.
Gloves and Hat
Exposed part of body might become more freezing and uncomfortable as well as get frost bitten and sun burnt. In order to protect this it is recommended to have a good gloves and sun hat as well as fleece hat to keep your head warm during overnight stay. While buying a gloves make sure that you can hold things properly and is warm enough as well as if available buy some extra outer lining of waterproof shell.
Personal hygiene stuffs like sunscreen lotion, cold cream, hand sanitizer, toothbrush and paste, nail cutter, wet tissue paper, toilet paper roll and basic first aid medicine along with basic treatments for high altitude sickness.
So these are the things in general that you shouldn’t miss during your trekking on Nepal. Apart from this recommended things depending on trekking grades some technical equipment should be on trekking checklist. For example use of crampon and gaiters are need during some moraine glacial walks where are fixed rope and harness are required for technical pass like Tashi Lapcha Pass, Sherpani Cole etc. which are mostly managed by trek operator as some of them are expensive to buy and not easily available on rent as well.