Okay, so you’ve booked your trip to Nepal and you’re getting ready to hike one of the most epic trails on earth – the Everest Base Camp Trek!
So what gear do you need?
Firstly, no matter when you travel, weather conditions can change extremely quickly in the Himalayas and you’ll need to pack for the worst of it. Snow storms can hit you from nowhere and temperatures drop severely overnight.
If you’re trekking at altitude, which you will be, the temperature is also reduced. Therefore, packing properly for your adventure is a must.
Here is a summary EBC packing list, for a full list see here.
Base layer: Base layers sit under your normal clothes like skin layer, keeping all your body heat trapped within. Make sure its made from a high-wicking material though as you want moisture to be able to pass through.
Shirts: Trekking shirts are made from lightweight, high-wicking material which makes them very breathable. Take a couple of shirts as showers are few and far between!
Fleece layer: A fleece is a must and will be your go to item when the weather gets cold. Make sure its good quality and the material is not too thick.
Outer shell layer: This layer is your protection against the elements. You’ll need it to be light and wind/waterproof.
Gloves: Make sure you take two pairs – inner gloves and outer gloves. Wearing both layers will trap the heat and protect your hands far better than just one layer.
Trousers: Make sure to avoid cotton trousers and jeans. You’ll want some lightweight, durable and weather proof. Ski pants work well in winter but will be too warm inn summer.
Boots: A good pair of hiking boots is vital. Make sure the sole id good quality rubber and that you have excellent ankle support. We always advise to go with a quick lace system also. Make sure to wear them in before trekking.
Trekking poles: Trekking poles have been proven to reduce stress on your joints by up to 20%, particularly when hiking downhill. Lightweight carbon fibre ones are the best.
First Aid Kit: Carrying a first aid kit with at all times is a must – particularly when trekking solo. Blisters are common, as are bumps and scrapes. a good first aid kit will take care of this.
Snacks: You’ll stay at tech houses each night where you will eat. However, if you want that little boost of energy then please bring some energy bars with as your guide will not provide these.
Sun hat: Although it may not be warm, the sun is still powerful in the Himalayas and to avoid sunstroke and sunburn, we recommend taking a sun hat.
We hope this short packing list has helped you. Remember, you will have weight restrictions on your trek and flights, so pack sensibly and take only the necessities.
For more information on Everest Base Camp check out this site: https://ebctrekguide.com/