16 Himalaya Hikers Share How They Pack for the Everest Basecamp Hike

Trekking through Himalaya to the Everest Basecamp isn’t something you just do.

You need to make sure you prepare for the weather, temperature, high altitude and a lot more, so it’s worth doing some serious thinking about your planning and packing!

To improve how we pack our bags, we have talked with 16 experienced Himalaya and Everest Basecamp hikers and asked them to share their best advice.

Read on and learn from their best tips and tricks (all the hikers have lots of experience, so they know what they are talking about!).

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The 16 Experts


Allie Pepper
Hey folks! My name is Allie and I am from the Blue Mountains in Australia. I have spent around a year hiking and climbing in the Everest region of Nepal on my own trips and as an expedition leader. I have been guiding and climbing since 1999 and have achieved the summits of three 8000m mountains including Mt. Everest. The Khumbu region of Nepal holds a special place in my heart and I love to share an adventure there. In 2019, I will be leading an Everest Base Camp Trek where we will get to spend a night under the stars in tents at the Base Camp.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

  • A solar panel and battery to recharge devices. I use a Goal Zero Venture 30 recharging kit. The battery is awesome as it doesn’t lose power in the cold. This saves you paying to recharge devices in the lodges as the fees are expensive;
  • A descent primaloft jacket with a hood that is windproof. I usually hike in a primaloft jacket up high as it is warm and stops the wind. Most importantly it stays warm if it gets wet. This is the advantage over down for that layer when hiking as you can wear it under a Gore Tex jacket if it’s cold and raining and it won’t lose its warmth if it get a bit damp. It also dries very easily. Take note though that this is not the beefy warm down jacket that you should carry that you put on at breaks or in lodges/tents in the night;
  • A buff. This one is perhaps a bit obvious as you will see everyone wearing them on the trail but probably not to first time hikers in the area. It is important to wear a buff around your face lower down on the trail as it stops you breathing in the dust (which is mixed with yak dung). That will help you to not get gastro problems. Higher up in altitude the air is very dry and cold and people often get a dry cough, which they call the “khumbu cough”. Wearing a buff and breathing through it while hiking will warm and moisten the air and lessen the chance of you getting the dreaded “khumbu cough”. Very important!

How do you bring things with you?

The type of bag I carry depends on the trip/expedition I am undertaking at the time. I am often on expedition or guiding so I have a ton of gear as I would be in the region for up to two months. I have completed trips hiking without porters and leading trekking/climbing groups so my packs and bags change depending what I am doing. I have a few staple packs and duffles, sometimes I take all of them, sometimes just one or two.

  • Duffels – The North Face Base Camp Duffel. I usually use the largest size when I am climbing and would have two duffels on an expedition. If you are trekking with porters you could use a smaller size to fit all your gear in and they are easy for porters to carry. They are very heavy duty and easy to pack. They also repel water and snow even though I still put my gear in Sea to Summit ultra sil dry sacks on the inside just in case;
  • Large Hiking Pack – I use a North Face Conness 82 pack when I am hiking solo or climbing. It is the best pack I have ever owned and will cry when it dies as I don’t believe they are currently available;
  • Day Pack – As I am usually also climbing, I like to have features for carrying ice tools and crampons on my day pack so that is why I use The North Face Cobra 52. It is a bit roomy if you use porters and you are trekking, however. When I am guiding, I carry extra gear for the group such as a first aid kit, satellite phone, and sleeping bag so I need more space. If I am not guiding, I use my North Face Casimir 36 day pack. It is very light and very comfortable when hiking and I can also put my ice axe or trekking poles on the outside if I need to.

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

In terms of packing light, you need to have good gear and the right gear. I wrote an equipment list a few years ago on my blog. There are probably a few extra items in there that you can slim down on especially if you are hiking without porters.

A lot of people want to save money and buy gear at shops in Kathmandu that sell fake brands. Be aware that the issue with this gear is the quality and usually zips break very quickly! There are shops in Kathmandu that do sell the real deal and of course it is more expensive but if you want your gear to last then you need to have good stuff. I have had clients that have bought cheap gear and had to throw it in the bin. They then had to buy the real stuff in Namche and it was even more expensive than Kathmandu or their home towns. You will enjoy your trip more if you are comfortable and have the right equipment. As with any multi day hike, don’t buy a new pair of boots for the trip and expect to break them in there. Make sure you bring the shoes or boots that are comfortable and you have hiked many miles in them already.

I am leading a trek to Everest Base Camp next March with World Expeditions. We will be staying a night at the Base Camp as well as hiking up Kala Pattar and a trip to Ama Dablam Base Camp on our way back down the valley. Check my website for details!

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Cindy
Dear all, this is Cindy. I’m currently working in Lhasa and Chengdu, helping travelers to travel in Tibet. Thus, I’m an enthusiastic traveler and hiker myself. Hope I could help you to explore authentic Tibet in near future.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

As an experienced hiker, I guess you all have very clear packing list already. So apart from normal stuff, let me share what we will equip for our travelers during the trekking.

  • Telescope: this is not an usual thing a hiker would bring but we will prepare for our travelers because the view of Everest and milkyway at night is one of the most beautiful sceneries you will every see in lifetime, which you should never miss.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen chamber: again, this is not on your packing list for sure. We offer this option for travelers to secure the safety of our travelers. This is not frequently used but quite useful once you don’t feel well. After all, Everest is one of the highest places on earth. We don’t want to go up there unprepared.

How do you bring things with you?

We normally bring one trolley and one backpack during the trip. Brand doesn’t really matter.

It’s a long trip, there will be many days on the way before we start the trekking. You can put all your luggages in the trolleycase.

When we start to trek, then only bring necessary stuff in the backpack. It’s also OK to bring more if you want to. We can hire porter and yaks carrying these for you during the trekking.

Things like sleeping bags, trekking poles can be rented while in our Lhasa office.

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

The most important thing for hikers, from my point of view, is make up your mind.

It’s not an easy route and you may feel hard to start as it’s the most difficulty part. Choose a date, plan the tour itinerary, get everything booked and enjoy the journey. This is not a luxury or leisure trip, but definitely an unforgettable one.

Bring as much as you want and we have enough room for you!

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Jeremy and Joanna Duggan

We are a New Zealand and Aussie couple who met in Scotland. I guess that makes us a mix of a few cultures, which is what we love to discover! If we aren’t halfway up a mountain, we will be in the middle of a new city, learning all about the culture and different customs that the place has.

We have made it to all seven continents, and recently ran the marathon in Antarctica, which was bloody cold! It was such an amazing experience, and we even had to wait for a couple of penguins to cross the road, so a PB was not in order!


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

  • We love solar panels! We find that the green energy they supply is great especially when AC voltage is limited.
  • Marino underwear – comfortable, warm and they don’t smell. Enough said.
  • A water filter/steri pen – All those litres of sweat have to be replaced somehow don’t they? So how good is it when you can drink straight from the taps at the teahouses when you get there at the end of the day rather than buying plastic bottle after plastic bottle of water.

How do you bring things with you?

We both carry Osprey backpacks, which we totally rate. The comfort of these bags don’t compromise for the functional capacity so we sometimes don’t even feel like we are wearing a backpack!

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

Lucky you asked that question, because we have already answered it over at our blog… 😉

For a full rundown of our trip, readers can be pointed to our diary with lots of useful tips.

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Pradeep Guragain
My name is Pradeep Guragain. I’m from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Growing up in a hilly area where there are plenty of hiking routes around, my passion for mountains has been instilled at a young age.

The first longest hike I did was to Annapurna Base Camp during a semester break in my college. Since then, I kept going at different long treks every time I’m on a long break. I have been to Everest region more than 10 times and the Everest Tree Passes Trek is my all time favorite. I graduated with a software engineering degree but decided not to pursuit that career. Instead, I am helping people all around the world to plan their treks in Nepal through a company I co-founded called, Magical Nepal.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

Top 3 things I bring besides common stuff:

  • Two way satellite communicator (Delrom inReach Explorer)
  • This nifty device is extremely helpful to navigate in bad visibility while you are traversing unmarked high passes and valleys in the Himalaya. This also comes in good use in case of emergency in remote areas. It allows you to send messages where there’s no regular phone network coverage. The weather updates by this device is also very accurate so you can easily modify your trip accordingly.

    Back in May 2016, I was leading a group of three Taiwanese doing Kengengjunga Circuit Trek. We were one day before crossing Sele Le Pass and the possibility of crossing the pass itself was very much doubted. No group was reported attempting the cross around that time for fear of bad weather and all the groups going at the same time with us started making their way back down.

    Relying on this small inReach Explore, which read positive weather forecast, we decided to cross the pass. After hours walking in an all-white snowy terrain, with no trail marking and visibility of less than 20 meters, we eventually ended up safely to the Southern side of the mountain. Attempt succeeded thanks to inReach Explore!

  • Portable solar charging panel (Anker 21 w)
  • This portable solar charger can be hooked on your backpack to soak up the sun while walking during the day and later can be used to charge your devices. I usually charge my satellite communicatory, GoPro and mobile with it. This is even capable of charging small mirrorless camera if needed. Most of the high altitude places do not have electricity and they all depend on solar panels. That’s why I find this device extremely useful.

  • Micro spikes
  • These portable micro spikes are great to have as they provide good stability while crossing icy terrain. They are extremely light weight and fit any shoes regardless of size.

    Most useless things I’ve seen people bringing: Definitely unnecessary clothes such as bulky jackets or too much cotton clothes. Besides, common unneeded items are ice axe, crampons, heavy tripod and zoom lens for DSLR.

    How do you bring things with you?

    I use Red Fox Glacier 45 and Osprey FarPoint 55 alternatively. Inside these backpacks, I use Sea to Summit dry bags 20L (1), 8L (2), 4L (1) 2L (1) to categorize my packings. The 2L dry bag is used for dirty clothes for laundry.

    I feel like I have perfect space in my backpack, when I use my Red Fox I can put my hiking poles when I am not using them outside conveniently.

    What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

    Top tips:

    • Pack as light as possible but bring enough stuff to keep you warm. Hydrate yourself, take it slow and don’t let the altitude win.
    • Avoid cotton clothes as they cannot keep you warm in elevation and takes ages to dry. You can do laundry in Namche and Dingboche, where you will most likely stay two nights each for acclimatization, so don’t bring too much clothing.
    • If you are doing the trip off season (in winter), don’t rely on fake North Face Jacket or sleeping bag that you rent in Thamel! (They are taged minus 20 but not even good enough for minus five).
    • Protect your body from getting overheat, use breathable jackets while hiking.
    • Also, don’t use diamox without testing it at home for at least one or two day the week before you start the trek to see the side effect.
    • Don’t be too fast or too slow, try to maintain your constant speed.
    • Pack properly and wisely.
    • If you are hiring a porter bring a good water-proof duffel bag and a small day backpack for yourself to keep your valuables and water.
    • If you are carrying your gears on your own, please do bring a very comfortable backpack. For 13 days trek, you need to have max 55 L backpack and for this I have seen many of trekkers using Osprey pack with anti gravity suspension system (which my FarPoint 55 lacks). They seem great and comfortable.

    Useful links:
    Everest Base Camp Trek Permit
    Everest Base Camp Trek Map

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Katie and Ben

We are both originally from the Midwest but we quit our jobs in early 2014, and have been traveling and living around the world ever since. We are both full-time travel bloggers. Our website, Two Wandering Soles, is focused on responsible and adventurous travel.

We both grew up with a love for the outdoors and camping, but since the Midwest is quite flat, we didn’t do much rigorous hiking until we started traveling. Now it is one of our very favorite pastimes and we have begun planning entire trips around hikes and backcountry camping.

We’ve been hiking in the Pacific Northwest, Europe, South America and Asia, and can’t think of a better way to disconnect from the emails and stresses of the so-called, “real world” and to connect with the REAL world.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

Getting ready for our Everest Base Camp Trek was one of the most difficult packing jobs we’ve done. Since we didn’t use porters and we carried all our belongings ourselves, we had to think about each item’s purpose and make sure it was worth the weight. We packed, unpacked and repacked more times than we can count, but it was all worth it. We can honestly say that we used just about every single item in our bags, and we were prepared for everything we encountered. If we were to trek EBC again, we would follow the exact same packing list.

We have a complete Everest Packing List on our website, but here are three of the most useful items we packed:

  • Steripen: Whether we’re camping in the backcountry or backpacking through South America, we always travel with this UV filter to sterilize our water. It uses the same technology as many water treatment plants and unlike iodine pills, it works quickly to purify one liter of water in just 90 seconds! Our Steripen was a huge lifesaver on our trek to Everest Base Camp. We didn’t have to purchase bottled water at all, and trust me, it gets very expensive the higher you go. Our Steripen saved a ton of money and plastic during our trek!
  • Anker Power Bank: It’s no fun when your electronics die; but it’s especially inconvenient when you’re trekking in the Himalayas and have to pay a fee to use an outlet. We saw other trekkers with power banks that were smaller, but they died after just a couple charges. We love our Anker version because it carries 7 full charges. We were able to keep both our phones, Kindles and GoPro charged for our entire trek from just one battery pack.
  • Kindle: Not only did we read a bit in the teahouses each night, but we downloaded the Lonely Planet EBC guidebook on our Kindle to read up on each section of the trail. We saw others who were carrying the actual guidebooks with them, but we saved a bit of space and a lot of weight by getting the digital version. Bonus: A money-saving tip we often use is to rent the Kindle versions of guidebooks from our local library.

When you’re trekking in the high altitude of the Himalayas, you will feel the weight of every single item you pack. We saw a few people who brought several pairs of trekking clothes (which is unnecessary since you don’t sweat much at high altitude), and others who brought thick hard cover books, like “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. You’re definitely going to feel those 600+ pages at 17,000 feet. The best advice we could give is to really think through every single item you pack and its purpose.

How do you bring things with you?

We each carried large backpacks on our trek to Everest Base Camp. I don’t think the brand matters as much as how you pack it.

First of all, don’t assume that you need to stuff it full; ours were actually only packed about halfway. Like we mentioned earlier, when you are trekking at high altitudes, you are going to feel the weight of every single item. And it’s not a great idea to shed things during your trek. There really isn’t a good garbage system in the Himalayas, so everything has to eventually be carried out. So I’ll say it again, pack as minimally as you can. You will thank me later!

As far as organization goes, we are obsessed with packing cubes. They keep all your clothes and other belongings organized and compressed to make your bag less bulky. We honestly don’t know how we ever traveled without them.

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

We had dreamed of trekking to Everest Base Camp for years, but for some reason it sounded very overwhelming. We assumed that we would have to go with an expensive tour company or train for months.

But along our travels, we met a guy who told us neither was true. “I did it on my own, and if I can do it, anyone can,” he told us. We decided to go for it. And it turns out it is much easier to do on your own than you’d think. I don’t want to understate the rigor of this trek – it is very difficult – but you don’t have to be super fit, have the most expensive gear or join a guided group to make it to Everest Base Camp. We had an incredible time and met many other people trekking solo along the way.

If this is a dream of yours, go for it. And if you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to us. We have tons of Everest Base Camp resources, tips and videos on our website and are happy to help you get started on making this dream come true!

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Alyson Long
Hi, I’m Alyson and I’m a 51-year-old full time mum, traveller and travel blogger. We’ve been travelling with the kids for over five years now. My first big trek was the Annapurna Circuit, over 20 years ago now, we’re about to head back to the Everest region next month. We trek without porters, with kids. Next year we’re going to K2 Base Camp in Pakistan, so that’s a huge project that we’re working on right now.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

I carry the absolute minimum because, obviously, weight is everything. Other than gear the only extras are my phone, which has to do the job of camera, video recorder and laptop up there, a solar charger, because free power is better than paying for it at Everest prices and it’s nicer to the planet, and things to keep the kids happy. Up there that’s just a card game and their Kindles. No gaming computers when we go up there!

How do you bring things with you?

I carry a 65-L trekking pack, currently an Osprey Aura. It’s new, I’ll tell you how it goes after the next trek. It should be plenty big enough. For trekking, we get rid of any extra weight, so even things like packing cubes and wash bags stay at our Kathmandu hotel and we only carry what’s essential. For general travel, I’m a big fan of e bags packing cubes.

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

Don’t wear two pairs of socks, it gives you blisters!

Honestly, I never get blisters, I wear cheap, thin socks mostly and when it’s very cold I switch to regular hiking socks.

None of us has ever had a blister. I don’t know why so many people do.

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Chhatra Karki
I belong to a remote village in Ramechhap district in the northeastern hillock from Kathmandu. Born and brought up in the rugged terrains I have experienced different hues of remote lifestyles.

The glittering mountains and the sea of hills I used to see from my windows during my childhood days have always alluded me. I used to imagine surfing those hillocks and walking in the vicinity of the snow-covered peaks. To explore the surrounding hillocks, I used to go on hikes every weekend.

To continue my travel enthusiasm, after completing my formal education I started working as a guide for some local travel companies in Kathmandu. Walking with them, I learned many things about the mountains, the surrounding, the trails, mountain weather, and the locals you meet en route while trekking.

After working with the travel companies as a guide for almost 15 years, I now own my travel company, Nepal Eco Adventure in Thamel, Kathmandu. I try to implement all those knowledge I learned on my hikes and travels to provide best services and guidance to those interested in hiking, trekking, and other adventures in Nepal.

My only motive of joining the tourism industry is to explore the unlimited beauty of Nepal and help others explore it too. And the serene beauty of Nepal on the global platform.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

Besides all the common packing lists for my trek, I always carry along:

  • Water purifier;
  • Disposable leaf plates;
  • Garbage bag.

From my early trekking experiences, I have learned that personal health matters the most while you are in any type of trekking or hiking. When I carry water purifiers, I drink water anywhere, anytime to keep myself hydrated.

Also, if I go camping, I take along disposable leaf plates. They are helpful while having meals and are lightweight. The most important stuff I carry is the garbage bag. I accumulate all the waste produced in the route in that bag and dispose it in a specific place.

Last year, when I went for Manaslu Circuit Trek, I carried along the garbage bag to collect my wastes. This year when I revisited the place, I saw many others trekking doing the same. This has helped control the pollution in the trek routes. The routes as beautiful as they used to be.

On trekking trails, I have seen many trekkers carry stuff that are normally useless while in high altitude treks. Some items they carry are:

  • Laptop;
  • Fancy dress;
  • Beverage.
  • These items come to your no use when you are in the rugged terrains, with unpredictable weather conditions. And, many think of warming their body with beverages, but it is life-threatening in such surroundings.

    One must be very careful while packing stuff before setting off for the hikes/treks. Afterall, it is your belongings and their weight that determines

    How do you bring things with you?

    During my hikes/trekking, I usually carry my necessary stuff in my large-sized and a waterproof backpack.

    Talking about my backpack, I carry either Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack or Osprey Men’s Atmos 65 AG Backpack for my trekking and hiking.

    These waterproof backpacks are larger in size so I can fit my necessaries quite easily. There are multiple compartments in these bags where I can arrange my stuff according to my need. I do not have to unpack all the stuff to search for a sunscreen, or torchlight.

    I put the basic and smaller stuff in the outermost compartment so that I can use those any time. Whereas, I put less frequently used stuff in the inner compartment.

    The best thing I like about Osprey is its trekking poles attachment system. I can easily attach the poles and detach easily while in the rocky trails.

    I feel happy about the multiple compartments where I pack my stuff wisely. I normally have extra spaces in my backpack as I avoid unnecessary stuff while trekking.

    What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

    If you are planning to go on high altitude treks like Everest Base Camp trek, I would suggest you set your priorities before you start packing. You must be very clear about the weather, and the temperature of the place and pack accordingly. Instead of running after the crowd, decide what are your top necessaries in the trek.

    Also, you need to think practically as well. For example, if you pack thicker, weighty sleeping bags fearing the mountain cold, then this will be your stupidity. Instead of selecting weighty stuff, you must choose one that is more reliable in mountain weather and lightweight as well.

    Lastly, I would suggest you prepare yourself physically and mentally to face any type of hurdles you may go through in the trek routes. It is your patience and strong determination that keeps you going in the trail.

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Arjun Rijal

I am from Dhading, Nepal (a remote part of Nepal that lies North West of Kathmandu) and now, I live in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.

I started hiking/trekking as a porter in the Himalayas of Nepal including Everest Base camp and many other trekking/hiking regions of Nepal. I have carried luggage of trekkers to all the Himalayas of Nepal and after working many years as mountain trekking porters, I learnt to be a guide and I became a mountain trekking/hiking guide.

I worked as a mountain trekking guide for many years. I enjoyed it because through hiking, we can see excellent Himalayan view of the mountains and terraces as the hike go through remote land of Nepal. So, now, I have been working as trekking/hiking organizer and I go hiking/trekking as well.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

There are many things that people need to bring when hiking as the hiking is multi-day walking holidays. These are the most important things when you go hiking:

  • Hot water bag: Hot water bag is very useful while trekking/hiking to base camp as we need to spend cold night in the high Himalayas and the temperature will be minus 10 degree so, when you have hot water bag then you can fill the hot water in the bag and keep it with you while sleeping that makes you warm and you can drink the water in the day time.
  • Walking poles: Walking poles are very useful for hiking because sometimes we need to trek/hike on snow, and when the snow freezes then it will become very slippery. When you have walking poles, they are very helpful.
  • Water bottle: Carrying water bottle is very important when trekking to base camp as most of the people carry just thin plastic bottle for the water. However, thick plastic bottle or metal water bottled is very useful, too, and recommended to bring while hiking to base camp.

How do you bring things with you?

Basically, I bring things on big rucksack or duffel bag on hiking.

I do not have a particular brand, however, I use the one from the North Face mostly.

I put my stuff in the plastic bag first then keep it in the ruck sack or duffel bag.

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

It is very important to pack rightly for the base camp hiking as i have found some people pack a lot and the bag is very heavy and people having difficulties when hiking. And I have found some people pack less and they get problems when hiking so to pack perfectly, I recommend you to pack the following:

The following information will give you some ideas about that you need to bring for the trek as the backpack and the gear play a vital role for a successful trip, and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip.

List of the gear you need for the trek are:

  • Four seasons sleeping bag;
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters;
  • Daypack for yourself;
  • A down Jacket;
  • Shade hat;
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears;
  • A pair of light weight warm gloves;
  • T-shirts (2- 3 pieces);
  • Light weight thermal tops;
  • Fleece jacket
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional);
  • A pair of nylon hiking shorts quick drying one;
  • Underwear;
  • Two pairs of lightweight long underwear;
  • Two pairs of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts;
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks;
  • A pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots;
  • A pair light trekking shoes for camp/lodges;
  • A pair of sandal (optional).

Medicines and first aid kits:

  • Extra strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches;
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains;
  • Imodium or Pepto-bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea;
  • Diamox 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness;
  • One small personal-sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

Miscellaneous but important:

  • Passport and extra passport photos (four copies);
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money, and passport;
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, two sticks;
  • Sunscreen with SPF 40 is recommended;
  • Pocket knife;
  • Water purification Iodine tablets;
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

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Scott Biales

I grew up in the Midwest but have also lived in the South as well as the East Coast (USA). My fiance and I are just about to get married (in Cleveland, OH) and then we depart for our next round the world adventure. We will start with a eight-week road trip across America and then move onto Colombia and work our way south through Patagonia.

I became a hiker around 10 years ago when a friend of a friend asked me if I wanted to go backpacking with around his parent’s time share. After that experience I fell in love and have never looked back.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

  • Bring candy bars/treats as they get expensive the higher up you go and there is nothing more comforting than a familiar treat after a day of strenuous hiking;
  • Bring your own tea bags and order a kettle of boiling water. You’ll save yourself tons of money and you get to enjoy your own tea. Staying hydrated is very important while at altitude and drinking tea with others is a great social way to drink water. I happen to still have some coca tea left over from our trip to the Andes. Coca tea is a natural remedy for altitude sickness and my fiance was very happy it when she got a little sick during one evening;
  • Bring a book (I read Into Thin Air), you’ll want something to do once the sun goes down–the temps drop quite a bit. There is nothing like reading a good book while curled up inside your toasty sleeping bag. Reading Into Thin Air while hiking to EBC made the experience so much more real.

I’ve seen people bring large computers, cell phones, battery-packs and too much technology. You are truly missing the point of hiking to EBC if you are surrounding yourself with technology.

How do you bring things with you?

We had no intention of hiking EBC when we arrived in Nepal, it was a last-minute decision. Our bags and gear were tailored for long-term travel so we had nothing specific for the hike. We spent a few days going around shops in Kathmandu trying to rent bags, jackets, gloves, and sleeping bags. Most places would only sell gear but we did find a few smaller shops that were happy to do the business. We hired a porter in advance and rented a large bag to fill our gear and another smaller bag for our day packs that we carried ourselves. We could have done it ourselves but thought it was a great way to help promote the local economy and it only coast us $17/day.

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

Bring merino wool–it dries quickly, regulates body temperature, and even keeps you warm when wet. Maybe the most important characteristic is that it won’t smell…even after wearing the same thing for two weeks!

When we travel, we use Osprey Farpoint 55L bags (40L main bag + 15L day bag). We pack using packing cubes from Eagle Creek, which help to compress clothing while keeping similar items organized. Don’t plan for every climate and occasion, but wear neutral clothing that you can layer if needed.

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David Ways
Begnas Lake Pokhara
14 Years of traveling on one continuous journey while writing travel guides along the way.

I started hiking in Morocco. Moved up to Pakistan and finally took off on many treks and hikes throughout Nepal where I now write travels guides from about the great treks here.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

  • Swiss Army Knife – truly amazes me how many times I’ve had to use it on a hike. Everything from cheese cutter to screwdriver to just last week’s lemon grater;
  • Dry bags. These things are like mini-insurance policies against the rain. They also make great portable washing machines;
  • Duct Tape. There’s a story of me going on the Everest Base Camp trek and half way through it my trekking boots fell apart. Duct tape to the rescue. It’s slipping on the soles though!;

How do you bring things with you?

There’s too much inner liner in many bags these days. The older bags with a waterproof on the inside main layer were much better. My old 80 liter bag used to fit more in than my new 80 liter bag.

I leave the big bags at the hotel when trekking. Keeping things to a bare minimum so I’m not worried about being weighed down constantly. I need my hands free for photograph and note taking.

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

Too many people bring too much. I’ve seen people carry huge backpacks or have porters do it for them. I’m not sure what they are carrying because there seems to be more than 12 days of gear in them and they seem to wear the same clothes everyday?!

Never, ever rush a trek. You are not on mission to be the first. That was done decades ago. Rushing through a trek leads to altitude sickness aka sickness or no trek. If a trek is 14 days, then give yourself 16. It’s that simple.

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Lotte
My name is Lotte, born and raised in the Netherlands and trying to explore as much of the world as possible! Up until now I lived in Barcelona, London and Amsterdam and visited 40+ countries. I’m currently back in the Netherlands after traveling the world for a year, together with my husband.

My love for hiking stems from my childhood when my parents took us hiking whenever we were on holiday. Over the years, I’ve hiked in New Zealand, the Philippines, Canada, the USA and many more countries. But the most demanding trail ever was hiking the Everest Base Camp trail!


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

  • My Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel and the Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Pack ⇒ we bought both this solar panel and power bank at the North Face shop in Kathmandu. As we love the outdoors and regularly go camping, these items had been on our wish list for a long time. They really came in handy at the EBC trail as the costs for charging increase the higher up the trail you get (from 200 rupees per charge up to 300 rupees per hour!);
  • My Kobo Glo e-reader was absolutely essential! We had plenty of time to read during our three-week hiking trip. Make sure you have enough books;
  • A Lifestraw Water Filter Bottle. You must have a way to clean your water when you are hiking to Everest Base Camp. I absolutely love my Lifestraw bottle, which filters out 99,99% of the bacteria. Other options are chloride pills (but I don’t like the taste) and the SteriPen (which seems to be a really good option, just make sure you have enough batteries with you).

Most useless items in my opinion: non-hiking clothes, make-up and a hairdryer.

How do you bring things with you?

My Deuter ACT Lite 50 + 10 Pack! I organize with packing cubes, zip-lock bags and the compartments in the bag. I had enough room in my bag but was very strict when packing my bag… No unnecessary items whatsoever.

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

I am a bit of an over planner but when it comes to packing for the EBC, research is key! On the trail, every additional kilogram will feel like a lot more once you get above a certain height so it’s essential you don’t overpack. Do research online, make a list, ask people who hiked the trail if they brought any unnecessary items (or forgot essential ones!), adjust your list and start packing! We carried our own luggage, which really makes you think twice about every item on your list. Do I really, really, really need this or not?

When it comes to hiking the EBC trail, just go for it! Yes, it’s heavy and challenging and tough, but also a once- in-a-lifetime experience. Your body (and mind) are a lot stronger than you think so don’t hesitate any longer and go for it!

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Amy Blyth
I’m from the UK but have been travelling and living/working abroad for the past five years. I’m currently visiting the UK before I move to Portugal in September. Since travelling I’ve developed a passion for hiking and have done so in Europe, Asia and the Americas.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

  • External power bar – essential because there aren’t many charging points along the trek, especially higher up, and it costs money to charge your camera or phone in many tea houses. The power bar/external charger really helped give us some extra juice for our devices;
  • Eye mask and earplugs – the tea houses are often noisy, with very thin walls and curtains, so to get a good night’s sleep after trekking my eye mask and earplugs came in handy;
  • Sunglasses and factor 50 suncream – the alpine sun is really strong and we got badly burned the first couple of days. Although we had factor 30 on us, we splashed out and bought factor 50; I’d recommend bringing this from home as it was quite pricey in Nepal.
  • Warm clothes and waterproofs – obvious but really necessary. We rented a down jacket and thick sleeping bag from Kathmandu and bought waterproof trousers and coats, which were invaluable on the days when we had to trek through rain and snow. Our backpack covers were really useful too.

We probably took too many snacks and cereal bars with us!

How do you bring things with you?

We carried Osprey 35l backpacks on the trek and since we were carrying everything ourselves, we tried to pack as little as possible – between us we had a maximum of 17kg. We use compression sacks/packing cubes to organise our belongings. To lighten our load further, we left some dirty clothes in Namche Bazaar on the way up and picked them up on the way down.

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

Pack the absolute essentials and nothing more, especially if you’re trekking independently without porters. You don’t need multiple changes of clothes, just one for daytime and another for the teahouses – you wear the same thing everyday and by the end of it everyone smells the same! You won’t have much access to showers, so take plenty of baby wipes. If you invest in one thing, make sure it’s a sturdy pair of walking shoes. The first step to getting there is just booking that flight, make that leap and everything else will follow.

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Medhavi Davda
I’m an Adventure Travel Blogger from India, currently living in Mumbai. I’ve been carrying passion for sports and adventure since my early years; been a national level badminton player, had my first encounter with Himalayas at the age of 16, during a high-altitude trek and since then I left my heart in the Himalayas. I found my “Nirvana Moments” in the mountains. Roopkund Trek, Chadar Trek, Kashmir Great Lakes trek, solo trek to Markha Valley, Stok Kangri, Auden’s Col trek, Kalindi Khal, Garuda Peak, Everest Base Camp trek – I started scaling heights with each successive adventure.

Trekking changed my attitude towards life and I learnt that happiness comes from doing things that you love, and not from owning things. To pursue my passion in adventure, I had quit my job as a software engineer and lived in different parts of Himalayas for 1.5 years. I’m currently working with an adventure travel company in Mumbai as the product head for scuba diving.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

  • Extra pair of trekking shoes – I’d once suffered from a torn sole on a trek, and since then I never want to take a chance with frostbites especially when I’m trekking in snow;
  • Small sewing kit – comes very handy if there’s any tear on my gears;
  • Perfumed clothes – I perfume all my clothes at home while backing the bag, so I don’t need to carry the extra weight and can still manage to smell good.
  • The most useless things I’ve seen people bring on treks: More clothes than necessary, unwanted toiletries, cigarettes.

    How do you bring things with you?

    I carry Jaqana 60L Alpine Rucksack. My backpack has multiple pockets, which helps me arrange things easily. I roll the clothes and pack them into main pocket along with my sleeping bag and spare shoes. I pack my warm wears in the lowest pocket easily accessible without opening the main compartment. Sunglasses, sunscreen, cold cream, ChapStick in the pockets of the belt and top pocket will have first aid kit.

    My 60L Rucksack is perfect for me. It restricts me into packing unnecessary things, which I would want to throw away while climbing higher altitudes.

    What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

    Everest Base Camp is a very comfortable trek, which provides cozy rooms in lodges, warm blankets, hot showers, WiFi, beers, pizzas and every luxury you would not imagine. You even have the luxury of washing your clothes everyday. So carry as light as possible, as the altitude gets tough on health for many hikers who attempt Everest Base Camp.

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Brian & Noelle
We’re Brian and Noelle, an Irish couple who have been travelling the world since 2009.

Right now, we are in a small town in the south-west of Turkey called, Selimiye where the mountains meet the coast. Next, we are headed to Albania to hike in the accursed mountains.

We have always loved the outdoors and getting off the beaten track so hiking came naturally to us. It wasn’t until we lived in South Korea that we started to hike more. Since more than 70% of the country is mountainous, the opportunities are endless and that lead us to our first overnight hike to Everest Base Camp!


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

We always carry extra camera batteries, memory cards and a pair of flip-flops. There’s nothing worse than your camera running out of juice when you’re hiking in a location as stunning as the Himalayas and similarly, it’s important to always have enough memory cards with you to capture all of those beautiful images. We always carry flip-flops as at the end of the day, it’s great to let your feet breathe!

How do you bring things with you?

We both use the Osprey Farpoint backpacks and love them. Over the years, we have tried different setups but these bags are durable, comfortable and we have always preferred front-loaders over top-loaders. We keep things organised by using smaller bags to keep certain things separate, especially food and dirty clothing.

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

Our number one tip is if you’re not sure whether or not you’re going to use something, then you probably don’t need it. It’s important to keep things to a minimum to ensure your bag is light and comfortable. We always encourage people to do the hike independently, as we find it more rewarding and you have more flexibility to extend your time on the trail if you want to take an alternative route or experience bad weather. Hiking to EBC is an incredible experience, if you’re thinking about it, don’t second-guess yourself — go for it and enjoy every moment!

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Becki Enright
I’m British and live in Austria, which is an indication of the kind of landscape I am drawn to. I started hiking more so when I left for a long-term travel stint, especially after being obsessed with the Everest Base Camp Trek for years and knowing I absolutely had to do it. No matter what country I am in, I at least have to do one hike in that destination. I became a hiker because I am a true mountain girl, despite not being born in a country of great mountains. I guess I was always searching for it.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

I have to bring my asthma medication, otherwise I could be in big trouble.

  • I always bring a decent fleece, not just because it’s useful as a layer but there is also something comforting about wearing one – like being wrapped in a big jumper when you are relaxing at home. Psychology plays a big role in getting through a hike so any little comforts are necessary;
  • Spare batteries for my cameras and an extra charger for my phone. Memories of extensive hikes are everything to me;
  • Bio universal wash – one liquid you can use for your body, hair and washing clothes. There’s no need to have separate items for every scenario.

Useless things I have seen included mainly come from over packing. People carrying too much makeup, others packing a different outfit for everyday. I was recently with a guy that was wearing every conceivable ‘typical’ hiking attire from head to toe, almost like trying to make a point. Pack what you need and know it’s going to be a rough few hours and days where you may not even smell your best!

How do you bring things with you?

I have a 30 or 40 litre day pack, which holds essentials including camera gear, an extra layer, snacks, water and little essentials such as medication, etc. On larger treks, we often has porters who can carry extra things like different clothing for the extreme weather changes.

I roll my clothes, and give each thing a form of compartment – I know what’s in the front zipper; what’s not urgently needed is at the bottom, what’s in the dry bag. Compartmentalising is helpful.

I’ve learnt to pack with the space I have, but it took a couple of years and a handful of hikes to perfect it.

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

As I state in my article on EBC, my three top tips are:

  • Take enough cash. You never know when you need extra sustenance or need to buy more water or even a special souvenir;
  • Keep a positive mental attitude. Hikes are not always about keeping up physical strength. Stay focused and know the reward is coming;
  • Hiking isn’t a race and nor is it about speed. Keep a slow pace to get used to altitude and take in the amazing surroundings.

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Ian Taylor
I am from Ireland but based in Colorado most of the time. I was exposed to the Irish hills in Wicklow from a young age. As an 8-year-old, I always wanted to see what was on top of those hills. I was intrigued by the size of the mountains and really wanted to explore. As I got older those hills were not big enough and that led me to experience Alps, Rockies, Andes and the Himalaya’s. That lead me to the top of Mount Everest and 12 years later I have led 30+ treks to Everest Base Camp.


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers bring?

Umbrella, Vitamins, Core Third Solar Panel. Less is better. We use animals to carry our gear but you should not over load the animals and porters with gear, equipment and items that are not really necessary. The airlines have a weight limit of 10kg/22lbs on the flight into Lukla. You can pay for additional weight but not really needed.

The biggest risk for me is sickness from other people. So coming strong, fit and healthy is the most important. Taking vitamins before and on the trek is really important to maintain a strong immune system. Personal hygiene as you travel to Nepal and along the journey is critical. Using solar power saves you money and the environment. I like to use an umbrella as it can be too warm to be using gortex or rain gear while walking on the trail.

I have seen people wearing cotton t-shirts, jeans, using hand bags as an alternative to a back pack. I have seen people carrying plastic carry bags with their water and gear for the day along the trail. Use merino wool for your t-shirt layers.

Remember around 60% of people make it to Everest Base Camp and far too many people are lazy and calling helicopters to pick them up on the trail and then claiming on their insurance, which is disgraceful. This is happening because of poor acclimatization and not enough physical preparation and guides mismanaging pacing and groups on the trail. There are too many tourists not trekkers entering the Everest region. You should not under estimate this trek, check out our daily distances, lined up with elevation gains they factor in the lack of oxygen and this will help you formulate a training plan. We have helped over 1,500 people reach their goal of Everest Base Camp and we can help you gather the correct information about trekking in and out of Everest Base Camp.

How do you bring things with you?

I use a 100-liter duffel bag on an Everest Base Camp trek. North Face or Patagonia have very good and sturdy duffel bags. I also recommend a 30-liter day pack. I recommend either Deuter or Osprey back packs with good waist support, which is really important.

I personally use a 45-liter backpack but usually carry additional items a trekker would not need. Each person should keep items to 6kg/12lbs as a maximum weight they carry on route to Everest and back down the trail to Lukla.

What are your top tips for other Himalaya/Everest Basecamp hikers?

These are my Top Tips while you are on the Trek to Everest Base Camp. I also have Top Tips in preparation for your Everest Base Camp Trek and you can find that online or on our website. If you are dreaming about going just talk to us. We can help you understand all elements of the trek and how to fully prepare for this trekking adventure.

1). Pacing, heart rates, and attention to breathing are all super important.

If you are trekking to Everest Base Camp on an Ian Taylor Trekking trip, you will have three nights in Namche Bazaar on the way up the trail, which will give you a safer and more enjoyable experience going to altitude. All we ask is you come in excellent physical shape. You need to maintain a slow pace that our guides set. You need to focus on deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Your goal should be to keep your heart rate as low as possible at all times.

2). Keep a close eye on your surroundings.

There is objective danger on many parts of the trek, including other people, porters, yaks, donkeys, rock fall and landslides. You need to make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times and watch each step you take in risky areas. Your personal safety has to be your main concern at all times on the trail. Always stay on the mountain side of the trail and away from any drop offs.

3). Always stay on the mountain side of the trail.

With high drops offs and risky uneven trails, you need to be aware of your foot placement and stay away from the edge of the trail. There are no railings, and with large numbers of trekkers, animals and porters carrying heavy loads, you need to stay on the mountain side of the trail. Stay well away from drop offs at all times. There are some serious and dangerous landslide areas on the trail and you need to move through these areas as quickly as possible and our staff will make sure you are aware of them and manage you through them.

4). Make sure you walk in single file in risky areas.

Always walk single file as yaks and animals sometimes come out of nowhere and you need to be able to stay well out of their way. Using a trekking pole can help steer yaks out of you and your team mates way. Just plant the pole out in front of you. Do not wave your trekking pole at any animal or hit them with your trekking poles.

5). Make sure you treat all cold water.

When you get cold water in your bottle on the trail, you MUST treat the water with water purification tablets before you drink it. Drinking dirty water will ruin your trip. You can buy bottled water, however we advise against this as there is currently no way to recycle the plastic bottles in the region, and it causes a lot of unnecessary rubbish in the area. If you find the water is murky, do not drink it and look for bottled water instead. There are challenges with the water in Gorak Shep so be prepared to buy some bottled water.

6). Exercise is an important part of the acclimatization process, but you do not want to fatigue your muscles.

Once you have come prepared and trained, this should not be a concern. On the trail, you will be walking for 13 days straight, with 30% to 50% less oxygen than your body would be used to having at sea level, which puts your muscles, heart and body under a lot of pressure. You do not want to be moving fast up the trail each day. Our pace will be slow and steady, with plenty of breaks especially on the longer hills, which can last for two hours. You need to regulate your heart rate as you slowly move higher each day. Correctly breath, in through your nose and out through your mouth. This technique will be very important.

7). It is vital to be drinking 4/5 liters of water each day.

When you are training at sea level, you should be drinking a liter of water per hour of exercise so when on the trail, you need to be drinking at least 4/5 liters each day. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE. The International Society for mountain medicine defines high altitude as between 1,524m/ 5,000 feet and 3,500m/ 11,500 feet, very high altitude as between 3,500m/ 11,500 feet and 5,486m/ 18,000 feet, and extreme altitude as any height above that. The higher you go, the greater the effects are on your body and the more important it is to stay hydrated. We dehydrate much faster at high altitude, and when you fail to stay hydrated, you run the risk of altitude sickness and ultimately ruining your trek. You may not realize how much water you are losing through exertion, but the lower oxygen levels make you breathe in and out faster and more deeply, so that you lose more water through respiration. According to the wilderness medical society, you lose water through respiration at high altitude twice as quickly as you do at sea level. High altitude can also make you need to urinate more often and can blunt your thirst response, putting you at even greater risk of dehydration.

8). Do not ignore the signs of Acute Mountain Sickness.

Our treks to Everest base have five quality days of acclimatization on the trail, with three days in Namche Bazaar 3,440m/ 11,300 feet and two days at Dingbouche 4,400m/ 14,435 feet. You need to be able to manage your ascent safely and never be afraid to let your guide know how you feel. Altitude sickness can kill, so respect the mountains and respect the decisions our guides make. Our guides are trained to deal with altitude sickness so let them help. Once you get sick it will only get better by going to lower altitude.

9). You are trekking as a team, not individuals.

You need to look out for yourself and other people around you on your trek. Team work is essential for safe group travel, look out for each other and you will enjoy the journey a lot more. If people cannot keep our minimum pace, they should be turned around before they become a risk to themselves and the team. Please let the guides know if a team member is feeling unwell.

10). Have the right clothing, gear and equipment.

I see too many people on the trail with cotton clothing, poor quality hiking or trekking boots, small insufficient day packs and the wrong clothing with minimal water. Mt. Everest and the Everest base camp trek demands respect. The conditions can be harsh even in the main trekking seasons of March, April, May, September, October and November. You need to make sure you have a proper light weight day pack that is at least 30 liters, that can hold three liters of water, water proof rain gear, down jacket, poles, sun cream, personal medication, liner gloves, your personal first aid kit and other personal kit you may need. On any given day, it could be hot, cold, rainy, hailing, snowing or windy so make sure you have the right gear each day as you walk up the trail to Everest.

11). Manage your personal hygiene well.

There are more and more shower facilities, western toilets, sinks and mirrors than ever before on the trail. There is also better and well-prepared food in most of the lodges. On our treks, we use the better quality lodges but there are still dirty lodges with unclean practices out there, and you need to stay away from them. You will need to use hand sanitizer, cut your nails, clean your body and make sure you are limiting the risk of getting sick from dirty hands or touching unclean surfaces. Be aware you are in a remote wilderness location with limited resources and services, so please keep clean for a more enjoyable journey up the trail to Mt. Everest base camp.

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