Most of the time it might be quite confusing like that to take and what not to take during trekking in the high Himalayas, in order to overcome these drawbacks we will discuss about trekking checklist on this section of the blog. Since most of the people are looking for Everest Base Camp Trek we will mainly focus on Equipment for Everest Base Camp Trek. Once we discuss Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List it will shape your mind for any other trekking in Nepal mainly because it is one of the most strenuous treks that encounter the highest elevation as well as comprising on high alpine passes and moraine glacial walks.
Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List
The first thing to manage is a 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 manages to carry a backpack with distributing effort on forehead and arm. So the duffel bag is best to provide to porter for carrying the backpack. Just in case if you are hiring a single guide then you need to manage a suitable backpack, which should be adjustable and load can be distributed of the particular part. In normal 60 – 65 L backpack are enough to carry kinds of stuff for a couple of weeks treks. If you hire porter then you need to manage one small day backpack for your useful stuff like drinking water, passport, camera, and other valuable things. In general 30 – 35 L backpack is good enough for daily usable stuff.
Accommodations on the mountain are very basic where you will get a tiny room with a twin bed, curtain, bedsheet, 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 the 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
The trail on the 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 shoe, which supports ankle on misplacing of the foot. While on the other hand, it is practically not possible to wear hiking boots all the time especially when you are on the campsites of teahouses. For these periods small camping shoes or even flip-flops 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 a wind stopper. Down Jacket are useful for an early morning walk and late afternoon walk where are wind stopper is useful during a 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 jacket with extra waterproof outer shells that can stand against sudden snowfall on a higher elevation area.
Two types of lower trouser are strongly recommended one should be waterproof and light for walking periods whereas during an overnight stay on teahouses and camp it is recommended to have fleece trousers for extra warmth. There is the 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 absorb the sweats are highly recommend and it might be torture to walk with shirts of nylon and other fabrics that don’t absorb sweats. It is better to have a stock t-shirt as laundry on high alpine is not feasible. Apart from 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 surroundings. 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 at a cheaper price in Thamel that are good enough to keep you warm and comfortable.
Gloves and Hat
The exposed part of the body might become more freezing and uncomfortable as well as get frostbitten and sunburnt. In order to protect this, it is recommended to have good gloves and a sun hat as well as a fleece hat to keep your head warm during an overnight stay. While buying gloves make sure that you can hold things properly and is warm enough as well as if available buy some extra outer lining of the 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 in Nepal. Apart from these recommended things depending on trekking grades some technical equipment should be on a 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 a 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.
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