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Everest Base Camp Kit List

Posted on February 20th 2019 by Jason Rawles

You’ve booked your space on an Everest Base Camp expedition (perhaps via Aspire Adventures) and wonder about kit? Or, you’re looking to book and wonder what kit you’ll need and then budget for.

See below to help you along –

The Tea Houses have twin rooms with mattresses and blankets but the blankets can be in short supply if the route is busy.

We recommend you wear trekking boots and bring essential kit on the flight. If your bag gets lost in transit you will still be able to continue with the trek.

The following kit list is a guideline to the items needed to help cope with the environment.

Kit bags:

Porters will be carrying your main kit each day during the trek. A 100 litre duffle type bag will suffice and consider the weight of the bag when it’s empty as some can weight 2kg with nothing in.

Your main bag should weigh no more than 15 kilos when full as we head on to the trail and this is for the health and safety of the porters and to keep excess baggage costs down through Lukla airport.

Paperwork:

Passport | Insurance Document | 2 x passport photo’s and please bring photocopy of passport and insurance document.

You will need a day-pack large enough to carry a packed lunch and the items listed below (recommended at least 25 litre capacity).

When packing, please do not strap items such as sleeping bags or boots to the outside of your bags. There is a good chance that they will be ripped off while in transit. They also make handling the bags more difficult when loading buses on the trek. It is much better to bring a larger bag that is big enough for all your kit rather than a smaller one onto which you have to strap extra equipment.

Essential items for trek:

  • Well broken in, lightweight boots for trekking
  • Trekking trousers (light weight, fast dry) or shorts for lower in the foothills
  • Light-weight, long sleeved tops (fast dry)
  • T-shirts (not cotton)
  • Breathable socks
  • Lightweight, waterproof jacket and trousers (should pack small and be breathable plus good for extra warmth over a fleece)
  • Warm top or fleece
  • Face scarf/buff (to cover face when trail is dusty)

Day-pack:

Your day-pack should be large enough to carry the following items (recommended at least 25 litre capacity):

  • Hydration system (recommended) or water bottles with a minimum of 2 litres
  • Food and snacks
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sunscreen – minimum factor 30 and SPF lip salve
  • Sun hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Antibacterial hand wash gel – important for use before eating and after toilet stops
  • Small waterproof bag containing personal items as needed
  • First aid kit (see information below)
  • Toilet paper and matches/lighter (kept in a waterproof bag)

Essential items for evening:

  • Sleeping bag – four seasons (comfort rating down to -9 degree C for example)
  • Sleeping bag liner for extra warmth
  • Trainers /shoes/down boots for comfortable wear
  • Warm comfortable trousers and top
  • Down jacket or equivalent or additional fleece (it can get VERY cold, particularly at night)
  • Good quality gloves and warm hat
  • Thermal underwear for bed
  • Spare socks and underwear

Essential personal items:

  • Wet-wipes/baby wipes for washing
  • Camera, lots of film/memory card and spare batteries
  • Rucksack liner or dry bags for items within the duffle/day bag
  • Clean clothes for celebratory meal
  • Small freezer bags for use as a daily personal rubbish collection
  • Head torch recommended plus spare batteries
  • Sanitary products (if applicable)
  • Personal medication
  • Lightweight, quick drying towel
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste etc.)

Optional useful items:

  • Walking poles (strongly recommended)
  • Padlock or means of securing/locking luggage
  • Money belt
  • Ear plugs (anti-snore protection)
  • Swimming costume (optional – for use at hotel)
  • Headphones for listening to music or podcasts
  • Kindle or tablet for reading material
  • Cards for evening entertainment
  • Means to charge personal equipment (relevant plug, USB cables)
  • Spare laces for boots, gaffer tape to repair things (could share with someone)
  • Notepad and pen to remind yourself of names of places
  • A Nepal SIM card can be purchased in Kathmandu (passport pics needed)
  • Chafe-ease as it’s witchcraft (helps reduce pain and heal chaffing!)
  • Snacks for the trek but they can be bought in Kathmandu and on the trail

The expedition leader will carry a complete medical kit during the trek but won’t able to supply everyone with essentials such as painkillers. We ask you to bring a small first aid kit for personal use during this expedition. If you are travelling with a friend, you may wish to share your first aid kit, but please ensure you bring a full weeks’ supply of painkillers, plasters (especially blister treatments) Imodium and other ‘essentials’ for both of you, just in case you both get blisters or become unwell.

Personal First Aid kit:

  • Painkillers like paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory (pending allergies)
  • Imodium for diarrhoea
  • Antihistamine tablets/cream
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Plasters
  • Rehydration mix such as Dioralyte
  • Gauze pads
  • Crepe bandage
  • Zinc oxide tape
  • Blister plasters such as ‘Compeed’ for blister treatment
  • Small tub of Vaseline
  • Tweezers & scissors (not in hand luggage on flight)
  • Safety pins (not in hand luggage on flight)
  • Nail clippers (not in hand luggage on flight)
  • Anything you may feel is personally relevant

PAINKILLERS & ALTITUDE: Participants are advised to bring BOTH paracetamol and ibuprofen (pending allergies) in their personal medical kits. Along with headaches, altitude can also cause mild nausea. Ibuprofen can cause an upset stomach and could make the nausea worse. Conversely, paracetamol doesn’t work well for muscular and joint problems – ibuprofen works much better.

Please see the FAQ’s document if questions about altitude medication.

If you have any questions about kit please do email info@aspire-adventures.com who will be pleased to help and answer any queries.

During the Aspire Adventures training weekend’s we discuss kit in a huge amount of detail and past adventurer’s have found this extremely useful. BOOK HERE if you’d like to attend.

The team and I at Aspire Adventures hope you find this useful.

Jason

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