I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross a street without endangering your life.
Overview of your packing list
Duffel bag Backpack Rain cover Trekking poles Sleeping bag Sleeping bag liner Hydration bladder Water bottle
Clothing and shoes
Base layers (and underwear) Middle layers Outer layer Socks Trekking boots Gaiters Neck gaiters or balaclavas Warm hat Sunhat or sports cap Inner gloves Waterproof gloves or mitts House clothes Sneakers
First aid kit Water purification tablets Toiletries Sunglasses Microfibre towel Pillowcase Head torch (flashlight) Dry bags High-energy snacks Spares (of everything) Passport and visa Currency
Camera Portable charger and adapter Hand warmer or hot water bottle Safety whistle E-reader Playing cards Small gifts Journal and pen
Please note that the bag you give to your porter should be a duffel bag and not a suitcase, rucksack or any other type of bag.
What should I look for in a backpack?
The ideal backpack for the EBC trek has a built-in hydration pack.
Have wristbands so you don’t drop them. Are made from a lightweight but sturdy material like carbon fibre or aluminium. They're easier to transport and store. You can tailor them to your height. If you’re walking along a trail that is cut into a hill, you can extend and shorten your poles to allow you to keep using them. I always dreamt about Everest Base Camp, and then came the day where I decided to take on this adventure. The trek was wonderful and truly unforgettable!
October and November are two of the most popular months for trekking as weather conditions are at their best.
Which material should you choose?
What shape should you choose?
The mummy shape of sleeping bag is arguably a better choice for this trek.
Compression stuff sack
Renting a sleeping bag
Follow Alice trekkers can borrow one of our very own winter sleeping bags at no extra charge! 🎉
Sleeping bag liner
Remember that you shouldn’t wait till you’re thirsty to drink – when you're thirsty, you’re already dehydrated!
Clothing and shoes
Your base layer draws moisture away from the skin The middle layer keeps in your body heat Your outer layer is wind- and waterproof
Trekking shirts A fleece jacket Trekking trousers Hiking shorts
While wool is also highly insulating, we recommend a jacket made from fleece as it’s more lightweight.
Everest Base Camp is one of the best attractions for the adventurous travellers or thrill-seekers. The base camp provides the complete Himalayan experience.
Waterproof over pants
It's difficult to describe the Everest Base Camp experience in a few words. Once completing it, there was a great sense of accomplishment and a chance to see breathtaking views.
The right size boot
It probably goes without saying, but just in case, we’ll say it: be sure to wear in your boots before coming on the trek. Wear them on a couple of decent hikes so you can suss out any potential issues.
Neck gaiters or balaclavas
Note that you’re going to need more than one neck gaiter or balaclava so that the one you wear when gripping a steaming drink and looking at the constellations at night isn’t the same damp one from that day’s hike.
Sunhat or sports cap
Waterproof gloves or mitts
First aid kit
Water purification tablets
Baby powder. This is for sprinkling in your boots after trekking to mitigate the pong. You might also want to put a little on your roots if a hair wash hasn’t been possible in quite a while. Dryer sheets. These are for rubbing on smelly clothes to help freshen them up just that little bit. You can also place them inside your boots overnight to absorb some of the smell. Ear plugs. Unless you pay the extra to have your own room, you'll be sharing a bedroom with one or more other trekkers. Also, the walls in the teahouses tend to be thin, so a loud snorer next door could also be a nuisance.
A note on wet wipes
Words can't describe the achievement of reaching Everest Base Camp and seeing Mt Everest up close.
A note on sunscreen
We recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 40.
Head torch (flashlight)
Spares (of everything)
Passport and visa
Cash in local currency
Portable charger and adapter
Hand warmer and/or hot water bottle
Journal and pen
When I look back on my personal story through my journals, it struck me my words had an unmatched power to heal me. To change me.