Since the trekking season to Everest Base Camp has just started I have been receiving a few emails from readers about what to pack for this trek. I am currently going over my packing list for various treks for our upcoming South America move, and so I know how confusing it can be, so I thought it would be helpful to publish a detailed packing list for Everest Base Camp.

I was a bit worried about what to pack for the trek to be honest, as although I have done plenty of multi-day trekking trips before, this was a 12-day trek and so I wasn’t sure how much stuff to take with me. Luckily I had most of my kit already and just rented the stuff I didn’t have in Kathmandu (i.e. sleeping bag or down jacket). Most outdoor shops in Kathmandu offer that service and it is much cheaper to rent than to buy everything.


Although the weather is usually nice and sunny during the day, nights get bitterly cold (the higher you get the colder it gets) – so cold that the water in your bottles will freeze. So it is really important to bear that in mind when packing clothes for your trek.

packing list everest base camp down outfits

This outfit may look over the top, but it is the only way to keep you warm at night and at really high altitude.

  • Hiking boots (the most important piece of kit. They can make or break your trek. Make sure they are comfy, big enough so you can wear two pairs of socks in them (to prevent blisters) and are broken in properly. I have reviewed some good hiking boots here if you are interested.)
  • Trekking sandals (to wear in the evenings to let your feet breath a bit. Make sure you can wear socks in them, otherwise your feet will get really cold.)
  • Down shoes (with hindsight I would have taken those instead of sandals. You can buy them in Kathmandu or during your trek up to Namche Bazaar and I wore them in the evenings to keep my feet warm. Have I mentioned it is freezing at night?)
    packing list everest base camp down shoes
  • 2 pairs of trekking trousers (I had one from Mountain Warehouse and one from North Face. Both were equally good.)
  • Fleece lined tracksuit bottoms or down trousers (Bringing these was the best decision ever. I wore them at high altitude when it was cold during the day, in the evenings and at night on top of of my long johns.)
  • Waterproof rain trousers (the ones you can wear above your normal trousers in case it starts raining.)
  • Fleece headband (mine had a lining on the inside which wicked away sweat. You can get these in sport shops in the running section. I wore my headband in addition to a hat when it was really cold.)
  • Fleece or wooly hat (mine had a lining as well. You can also buy lovely wooly hats in Kathmandu and up until Namche Bazaar.)

packing list everest base camp wooly hat

  • 2 T-Shirts (Icebreaker T-Shirts are the best, as they don’t smell. You won’t be able to do much washing during the trek, so you have to wear your shirts a few days in a row. I swear by Icebreaker. They are THE best shirts you can wear for traveling and trekking. They keep you warm in the cold and cool in the heat. See also my review here.)
  • 3 long-sleeved shirts (I took Icebreaker shirts as well-I just love them. Long sleeved shirts are important to protect you from the sun and they are also great to keep you warm when it gets a bit chillier at higher altitude.)
  • 1 vest top (Guess what – it was an Icebreaker top as well.)
  • 6 pairs of socks (2 lining socks, which prevent you from getting blisters; 2 coolmax trekking socks to wear on top of the lining socks; and 2 padded trekking socks, under which you don’t have to wear lining socks because of the padding.)
  • 6 pairs of breathable underpants (I bought some sports pants in a sport shop, which were quite cheap.)
  • 2 sport bras (you will sweat so much during the day that sport bras will be much more comfortable. I got a pair of two from Primark for about $4.)
  • Long johns (not exactly sexy, but necessary for trekking above 5000m and at night time. Try and get thick ones. Mine were from, you guessed it right Icebreaker)
  • Lightweight windproof fleece (for daytime trekking)
  • Warm fleece (for the nights – I slept in mine)
  • Down jacket (you won’t have to wear it for trekking apart from when you reach base camp, as it will probably be really cold there. I wore it in the evenings and also slept in it. If you don’t want to bring one with you can do what I did which is to rent one in Kathmandu or from your tour operator. )
  • Windproof rain jacket
  • Lining gloves and windproof gloves (normal fleece gloves are no good, as they let the wind through. I only had fleece gloves on top of my lining gloves and sometimes my fingers were so cold that they started going numb.)
    packing list everest base camp lining glovespacking list everest base camp down gloves
  • Neckband (can be worn as a scarf, facemask and headband to keep your hair out of your face.)
  • Balaclava (you do look like a bank robber with a Balaclava, but you really need it above 5000m, as the winds can be really icy.)


  • 2 trekking poles (My trekking poles were a lifesaver. They are invaluable for steep ascents as you can lean your whole body weight onto them. Your knees will also thank you during descents. When I got AMS and hypothermia my guide had to hold my left arm to aid me down the mountain and if I hadn’t had my poles on the other side to steady me my guide would have struggled I think.)
  • Head torch and spare batteries (some mountain huts don’t have electricity at night and you will inevitably have to go to the toilet at night – somehow the combination of the mountain air and Diamox tablets that make you pee a lot. Too much information?)
  • Trekking towel
  • 4 season down sleeping bag (you really need to get a very warm sleeping bag. Anything under 4 seasons is no good. Even Chris who usually doesn’t feel the cold was glad that he had one, as it really gets bitterly cold at night. I cannot stress that enough. They are quite bulky and expensive, so I hired mine from the trekking company and my porter carried it.)
  • Sleeping bag liner (As I rented my sleeping bag I found it more hygienic to take a sleeping bag liner with me. It also gives you an extra layer at night to keep you cozy.)
  • Rucksack with rain cover (if you are carrying your own stuff it is really important to have a comfortable rucksack. My rucksack with most of my gear was carried by our porter, but it is nice to make it as comfy as possible for porters too. They work so hard!)
  • Daypack (I recommend one with an airflow on the back, as it will make your back less sweaty.)
  • DSLR camera (this is a trip of a life time and so photogenic, so you really need to make sure that you take a decent camera with you. I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3 and it was perfect as it takes great photos, but is also lightweight. When you carry a backpack for eight hours in a row you don’t want to carry a heavy camera too.)
  • Polarized sunglasses with UV protection that can be worn at 5500m altitude. Mountain sunglasses are really important as the sun is very strong up in the mountains and if there is snow it can blind you.)
  • Camelpak hydration bladder (It is really important to drink plenty of water and I just find it too annoying having to reach to the side of my backpack to get my bottle out when I have to carry trekking poles as well. A hydration bladder includes a hose which can be put through the top of your backpack and you can then put it through your shoulder strap, which makes it really easy to drink your water.)
  • Camelpak drinking bottle (I always carried 2l of water with me and when my hydration pack was empty I used my bottle. I prefer Camelbak drinking bottles to other bottles as you don’t have to unscrew the bottle to drink the water. Plus they are spill-proof.)
  • Waterproof stuff sack (for electronics)

packing list everest base camp outfitTOILETRIES

On top of my toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, hairclips and hairbands I also took the following toiletries with me:

  • 50 SPF plus suncream & lip balm (I am really fair, so had to bring strong suncream. Plus sun above 2000m is much stronger, so you want to make sure that your skin is protected)
  • Baby wipes (Soooo important. I didn’t wash with water during the trek as it was just too cold for me. I know that sounds disgusting, but believe me you don’t want to wash with ice cold water when it is really cold outside as well. I did clean myself with baby wipes all the time though, so wasn’t smelly at all. Plus I was the only one in the mountain huts that smelled like baby, so I had a lot of friends.)
  • Foot wipes (I had some antibacterial foot wipes from Dr Scholl. When your feet are in boots all day they will thank you for some antibacterial wipes in the evenings.)
  • Talcum powder (due to the sweat your feet will swell a lot and your skin starts looking like you have been in a bath for a month. Talcum powder helps take the moisture out of your feet and you will look less like a wrinkly old woman/man.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face masks (The ones that doctors wear. The trek is very dusty at times, which can cause you getting coughs. Not good if you have to trek 8 hours each day for 12 days.)


  • Diamox tablets (They won’t necessarily prevent you from getting AMS. I got AMS at 4900m despite taking Diamox, but they certainly helped me at lower altitude. Only downside is that they do make you pee a lot, which can be annoying at night when you have to leave your warm sleeping bag to venture out to the freezing outdoor toilets.)
  • Blister plasters (my trekking boots and socks were so good that I didn’t need them, but a lot of other trekkers did. I took Compeed blister plasters and was very popular with my fellow trekkers for sharing them.)
  • Painkillers for those altitude related headaches
  • Diarrhea tablets (I met a Dutch guy who was suffering a lot-bless him. Mountain climbing and diarrhea is not a good combination, so take some medication with you just in case.)
  • Water sterilizing and neutralizing tablets (buying water during the trek is fairly expensive and adds up if you are drinking between 2-3 liters per day. I always asked for tap water in the mountain huts and then sterilized the water with chlorine tablets. After 20 minutes I added a neutralizing tablet which took away the chlorine taste.)

packing list everest base camp tammy with down jacket and fleece trousers

So this my ultimate packing list for Everest Base Camp. What do you think? Have I forgotten anything?

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Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

36 Thoughts on “My packing list for Everest Base Camp

  1. Just a quick point about Diamox here — it’s not supposed to be used for you to carry on climbing. It’s supposed to be used IF you have AMS and need to get down — I know a lot of group tourists use it, because it enables them to keep up with the pace of the group, but that’s why so many group tourists get really badly sick.

    The only cure for altitude sickness is descent, or slowing your ascent rate, until you’ve acclimatised, and taking Diamox is a really risky strategy — because when you do get sick, as you did, you’ve already used up the medicine that was supposed to help you. By all means carry it, and the steroid that’s one up from it if you wish, but I’d be very cautious about recommending it.

    I’d also add a broad spectrum antibiotic to the medikit, and possibly tummy-specific stuff against giardia &c. Outside peak tourist season, there’s no medical care above Khunde Hospital – the posts at Pheriche and Machermo close for the season.
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    • Tammyonthemove on November 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm said:

      Thanks for your helpful insight Theodora. My doctor actually recommended taking half a pill each day to ease light effects of AMS (if you have proper AMS you need to take a full tablet twice a day). She did say there is no guarantee of preventing it though. Everybody reacts differently to altitude. I met some people who didn’t have any problems and some who felt weak at 1600m. So I agree it is always advisable to check with your doctor first.

  2. Wow! That is a lot of stuff! Am guessing those Sherpas came in handy 🙂 sounds Iike it’s not for me, but I enjoyed reading about your trip. Enjoy your week or your weekend!
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    • Tammyonthemove on November 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm said:

      I wouldn’t have managed the trek without a sherpa I think, but Chris actually carried all his own kit. I was huffing and puffing as it was, so if I had to carry all my kit I would have really struggled I think. My sherpa was a superstar!

    • Hi Tammy.

      My son and I are going in 3 weeks and can’t beleive how much stuff is necessary. We are using your list as a guide.

      You mentioned that Chris was able to carry all of his items. What size backpack did he use and what was the total weight of his backpack?

      Thank you for the insight.

      • Tammyonthemove on September 27, 2015 at 8:42 am said:

        Chris actually had much less clothes than me and all the gear such as headlamps, sleeping bags etc was in the backpack the porter carried. So Chris only carried his clothes and washbag. Think it was under 10kg. Some people get away with carrying much less. I saw a couple who only had a 45l backpack and they basically wore the same clothes for two weeks. It really depends on what you prefer. Have fun on your trek. Will be a great thing to do with your son.

  3. You’re moving to South America?! That’s so exciting! When?
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    • Tammyonthemove on November 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm said:

      Yes we are! Will have another two weeks in Cambodia, then a week in Burma, and then the UK and Germany for x-mas. We will be flying out to Peru on 3rd of January. All very exciting! 🙂

  4. That’s quite a list – it sounds like you were well prepared! I never knew foot wipes existed, but those sound like they would be really useful when you’re wearing hiking boots all the time.
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    • Tammyonthemove on December 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm said:

      Oh believe me Jess, they were a lifesaver. Your feet really do look disgusting after 8 hrs of hiking for 12 days. 🙂

  5. Wow – Everest Base Camp! That’s amazing!

    So with you going to Peru in January I will get a fantastic snapshot of the country to help me prepare for my own visit there in April – I’m looking forward to following you along!
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  6. I would heartily second your inclusion of a decent all-season sleeping bag. We just got back from doing the Annapurna Circuit and all of our gear was excellent EXCEPT for the sleeping bags we rented. They claimed to be good up to -20, but even when it was well above that, they were absolutely useless and made the nights miserable. Sleeping bags add a lot of weight to one’s pack, so if you’re going to carry one, it might as well do the job it’s meant to… we were really frustrated that we were lugging around an extra few kilos that were essentially dead weight.

    Also, in addition to Diamox, I would recommend taking Dexamethasone and Nifedifine. They are easily found at any pharmacy in Nepal and cost about 100-150NPR for about 8 pills. If one does develop HACE or HAPE, Diamox will not be effective but these medicines can actually help. Of course, far better to just go up slowly and give yourself proper time to acclimatize, but as you said, everyone reacts to altitude differently and those pills might save your (or someone else’s!) life.
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    • Tammyonthemove on December 3, 2013 at 10:08 pm said:

      Yeah sleeping bags are really important! Ours were really good, but I still had to wear three layers, a down jacket and a duvet on top of the sleeping bag to stay warm at night. It was so bitterly cold, but I was nice and toasty with all these layers. But getting out of the warm sleeping bag to get changed in the cold mornings was always like torture though.

  7. Wow! That is a lot of stuff! Am wondering those Sherpa came in useful 🙂 appears to be like it’s not for me, but I experienced studying about your journey. Appreciate your 7 days or your weekend!

  8. I’m so jealous. i’ve always wanted to take a hike there..
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  9. We had a wonderful experience in trekking with an independent trekking guide Mr. Sanjib Adhikari who was very knowledgeable, friendly and motivated us to keep trekking! The accommodations he arranged for us were very comfortable and the food was great. We will definitely recommend him to our friends and other travelers.

    -Windy & Wandy,Newzealand

  10. Good Day!!Thanks for sharing…

  11. Thats quite a list but am sure it’s gonna help me packing, going to EBC in exactly 10 days. Bdw is it necessary to take a guide or can we do the trek on our own??

  12. Aloke Surin on September 17, 2014 at 11:48 am said:

    Hi Tammy, even though I have over 40 years of high altitude trekking and climbing experience, I found your gear checklist to be spot on! You have covered the really essential items that go such a long way to making these trips enjoyable rather than suffering through them and thinking warm thoughts of home (usually far far away!). Thank you, I shall be forwarding this link to some of my friends, some of whom have limited high altitude experience, with whom I am planning to do the Everest Base Camp Trek next year. Cheers!

  13. A possibly “first world” question.. i plan to take photos using my iphone (which i will turn on airplane mode”. Will there be a place to charge it?

    • Tammyonthemove on September 24, 2014 at 9:17 am said:

      Hi Dani, yes all guest houses have sockets available, but some will charge you a bit of money for using them from what I remember.

  14. Can I ask what month you travelled in? I really feel the cold so I’m trying to figure out the best time of year to go!

    • Tammyonthemove on February 22, 2015 at 8:00 am said:

      We went in late March/early April. If you go a bit later in April it gets much warmer, but at really high altitudes it will always be freezing I’m afraid. So wrap up warmly! 😉

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