It might be the questions probably you were looking for “What backpack is the best for Everest Base Camp Trek”? Well, here I am and sharing some advice. First things first, you should know that EBC trek is a tea house trek means most of the facilities like laundry, food, tea house accommodations are available throughout the trek. This means you don’t need to worry about bringing any primitive camping gear list.
All you need is a backpack that fits your personal belongings, mostly cloth, toiletries, camera gear. In the article below, I will go through each different topic so you will have a better idea of what is all about. Stay focused, and enjoy reading. If this article is helpful, please send us a rating as appropriate as you like to the bottom.
Before jumping into the topic, let’s see some highlights of Everest Base Camp.
Everest Base Camp is situated in the Khumbu region of Nepal at an altitude of 5364 meters. It is one of the famous treks worldwide.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek
- Being up close and personal with Everest
- Climbing up to Kala Patthar, the viewpoint for Everest
- Visiting Everest Base Camp
- Going to the Base of World’s highest mountain
- Passing through Nepal’s longest Ngozumpa and biggest Khumbu glaciers
- Flying into the tiny airport of Lukla
- Meeting the famous Sherpa people in Namche Bazaar
- Hillary Museum
- Sagarmatha National Park
What Size Backpack Should be perfect for Everest Base Camp?
Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty wise consider as a challenging trek. So it is better to carry the necessary gear that suits this hike. for the trek within the size that is required and easy carrying. Each individual hikers has its own way when it comes to packing. And it is true most of us pack more then what we need. Well, for Everest Base Camp it doesn’t work like that. The more load you add on your solder, the more difficult it becomes your each steep in the high altitude. So consider packing light that way you will have higher chances to enjoy the trip rather worrying the load.
Day pack size
A day pack is needed as you start the trek right after breakfast. The size of the day pack can be about 25 to 35 liter. You should carry a passport. Permits, other essential documents, mobiles, camera, dry fruits water, snacks within that size of a day pack. Also, a first aid sanitary pads/ liners (for female). The total weight for the day pack should be 5 to 7 kg, between 25 to 30l in size. You are probably thinking why should I need a 30-liter bag when I am just carrying 7 kg? Well, it is better to have space then not have. For instance, If you feel warm from hiking you can have space to squeeze your down jacket so you can walk clean.
If you are hiking independently, It is ideal you should fit everything in one backpack. Hanging multiple bags such as day pack in front, camera bag on the side, water bottle dangling will be very difficult to gain balance. So from the experience If you have space all in one big bag and hike clean, it is very comfortable.If you are a female trekker consider having a comfortable backpack that fits your size and hights.
Full Back Pack
While going for a trek, you need a backpack to keep all the stuff. The size of the bag can be 65 to 75 liters. It is necessary to carry all the things that are required for the whole trip. Layer by layer clothes, hats, socks, thermal wear, jackets, coats, shoes, boots, sleeping bags, and the day pack should be carried within the full backpack.
What brand Backpack should be ideal
When buying a backpack, you should especially consider the size that fits your hight. The load should be equally divided on your shoulder and into your hips rather than having it hanging off your shoulder. There are several brands and models in the market but you should choose the right one. However, it is very important you should go with something comfortable to carry especially for high altitude. I’m using Osprey Atmos 65 ag backpack for several years has no complained at all. As I said there are many backpacks and brands but I have picked some best brands backpacks that is really suitable for high altitude trek like Everest Base Camp.
- Osprey Aether/Ariel – Best ‘All Rounder’ Hiking Backpack
- Osprey Exos 58 – Best Ultralight Hiking Backpack
- Deuter Speed Lite 20 – Best Small Hiking Backpack
- Active Roots Foldable Daypack – Best Daypack for Hiking
- Berghaus Freeflow 35 – Best Value Hiking Backpack
- Deuter Air Contact – Most Comfortable Hiking Backpack
- Nomatic Travel Backpack – Best Hiking Backpack for Travelers on Brief Trips
Where to buy the Best Backpack for Everest Base Camp Trek?
Definitely through the outlet store from a certain brand or authorized online shopping. If you prefer the original brand. But If you are someone who doesn’t like to spend a big amount in gear there is an alternative in Kathmandu Nepal. A small tourist town call “Thamel” has hundreds of knock off-brand. Which would exactly look like an original brand backpack but one-third of the price? It does the job done at least a 4/5 long-distance trail that could be done with no issue.
It is not necessary to buy every item for the trek to Everest Base Camp. You can rent/buy hiking gear in Kathmandu Thamel too. But the duffle bags cannot be borrowed. You need to buy them, or the trekking agency you are going through will provide you. The following stores are the popular ones for purchasing and renting the gears.
- Kalapatthar Trekking Store – Satghumti Thamel (Cheap buy and retailer shop)
- Goreto Gear Traders – Bhagatibahal Marga (Rent and buy)
Can I rent a backpack for Everest Base Camp Trek?
It is easy and cheap to rent the stuff in Kathmandu for trekking to Everest Base Camp. It takes less than a USD per day for renting the things. Not all the things that are used while trekking is available at rent. But most of them are available.
List of things that can be rented in Kathmandu
- Tent (for camping)
- Sleeping Bag (-15 degree Celsius)
- Silk liner
- Sleeping Pad
- Hiking Boots
- Camp Shoes
- Waterproof Jacket
- Heavyweight pants for high elevation
- Down Jacket
- trekking poles
What to Pack for Everest Base Camp Trek?
It is always necessary to carry the essentials while you go for the trek. You need to check your backpack twice before heading out as you may forget to pack the important thing. Everest Base Camp Trek is a strenuous trek. So you need to be careful while packing the bags for it.
Passport is an essential item that needs to be carried before you travel outside of your country. You will need it when you are issuing the permit. Also, it is required when you get trouble. While going to Everest Base Camp, the passport is essential for permits as well as in the checkpoints. You can forget yourself but not your passport while traveling to Everest Base Camp. But always having it zip-locked to make sure no liquid damage will happen throughout the trek.
For high altitude trek, insurance is not compulsory but recommended to have one for in case of emergency. You may get altitude sickness, injured, or sick. For these reasons, you need insurance as Everest Base Camp falls under high altitude trekking in Nepal. Just make sure your policies will allow evacuation from up to 6,000m or below.
Protecting the head parts while on Everest Base Camp trek, headgear is essential. Strong wind and weather change might lead you to high altitude cough. You may get cold as the cold first pass from head and toe, and also, you may get sunburnt if the headdresses are not adequately packed. Hat. Woolen cap and neckband need to be carried as headgear.
To protect your hand from getting cold and dry, handwear is to be carried. Also, in the cold weather without handwear, you can’t even walk and touch the things. For handwear, you need to bring Inner Gloves and Outer Gloves.
The most crucial part is your body clothes. Depending on how many days EBC Itinerary you have planned, You need to carry clothes layer by layer as it allows moisture to pass from one layer to the other slowly. For Everest Base Camp trek, base layer, trekking shirts, trousers and shorts, breathable undergarments, fleece jackets, insulated jackets, hardshell jackets, and raincoats are most to carry in your backpack.
Everest Base Camp is a cold place. Without proper footwear, you will not be able to walk properly and to long distance. So, it is necessary to pack your bags with essential footwear. Hiking boots, Trekking shoes or sandals, hiking socks, warm thermal socks, gaiters are to be packed for Everest Base Camp Trek.
Other necessary items
Besides shoes and clothes, there are other things that you need to pack. Personal stuff, medicine that you are taking, cameras, light, batteries, power bank, sanitary pads (for women), trekking poles, sleeping bags, dry fruits, water bottle, and purifier, toothbrush, etc.
Since there are a lot of things to be packed before coming to Everest Base, feel free to asks questions if you have any problem packing your bags.
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