Everest Base Camp Kit List
Drawing from our extensive experience, the provided guidelines for clothing and equipment necessary for Everest Base Camp have been curated to meet the requirements of the majority of climbers joining us for the Everest Base Camp expedition. However, we highly advise against last-minute purchases of your Everest Base Camp gear and instead encourage you to allocate a weekend for testing your equipment in a hillside environment before embarking on your climb with us. This proactive approach ensures that you are well-prepared and familiar with your gear prior to your journey.
PDF Everest Base Camp Packing List
Download our printable Everest Base Camp equipment checklist 📥 . The following information provides a concise overview of the items listed below on this page, simplifying the process of packing your rucksack, holdall, and daysack when preparing your kit ahead of your trip to Nepal. By presenting these details in a more accessible format, it facilitates efficient organisation and ensures your kit is ready for your journey.
Buying Clothing and Equipment
If you decide to choose an alternative to the items recommended on our PDF Packing List, we advise reading reviews beforehand. While there may be lower-cost options that meet your needs, it's important to be aware that some alternatives might be of significantly inferior quality or inadequate for your requirements. If you have any doubts, you can easily share a product link with us via WhatsApp and ask for our opinion on the specific item you are considering purchasing.
Before you spend what could become quite a significant sum, note that we are able to hire out some of the specialist clothing and equipment that you may need. Please contact your sales agent if you are in need of hiring any equipment, they would then be able to send you a quote for kit hire.
Recommended Clothing & Equipment
Baggage and Sleeping Kit
- Medium rucksack, 50-70litres capacity
- Day sack, 25-45 litres - for personal use on mountain; ready access items, should have good shoulder padding
- Small padlocks - for duffle-kit bags x2
- Sleeping bag - minus 10°C/14°F comfort rating (or colder)*
- Sleeping bag liner fleece (optional)
- Waterproof stuff sacks x2
- Optional: Elasticated waterproof rucksack cover
*Not required for climbers as TME provides these.
Clothing for Climbing Everest Base Camp
- Bandana or head scarf
- Warm hat that covers your ears (Wool or Synthetic)
- Polypropylene Shirts- 1 x half sleeve 2 x long sleeve
- Lightweight, expedition thermal tops
- Fleece, wind-stopper jacket or pull over
- Waterproof shell jacket - preferably breathable fabric
- Gore-Tex jacket with hood - Waterproof and breathable
- Lightweight Poly-liner gloves and Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
- Breathable lightweight waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers
- Mittens - Gore-tex over mittens matched with a very warm polar fleece mitt liner
- Non-cotton underwear briefs
- Hiking shorts x1 and hiking trousers x1
- Lightweight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or woollen trousers
- Waterproof shell pants- breathable fabric
- Lightweight liner socks x2
- Heavy poly or wool socks x2
- Hiking boots - with spare laces (sturdy soles, ankle support, water resistant and “broken in”
- Running shoes- trainers and/or sandals
- Cotton socks (optional)
- Gaiters- Winter only (optional) “low” ankle high version
Hygiene Related Gear for Use on EBC
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Lightweight travel towel
- Flat packed Wet Ones, travel wipes, or similar, for personal hygiene on the mountain.
- Kleenex tissues in plastic travel pouches or toilet paper
- Hairbrush / comb
- Sanitary products
- Lip salve with UV protection
- Vaseline, to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters
Health Related Items for EBC
- Factor 30+ sun cream
- Sun barrier cream white / blue for nose and ears
Documents Needed When Travelling to Nepal
- Passport with additional 6 monthsʼ validity after proposed expedition return date
- Nepalese visa - obtained at Kathmandu Airport
- Additional 2 passport photos
- Photocopies of passport
- Proof of insurance
- Credit card (recommended for eventualities only)
- Cash to exchange for Nepalese Rupee
Other Things Recommended to be Carried When Climbing EBC
- Energy gels for summit night
- Optional but recommended: Mountain Fuel (inter-meal energy supplements and recovery drinks)
- Compact digital camera (the Canon G7X is used by our founder) and spare memory cards
- Sunglasses with UV-filter lenses
- High energy snacks (Cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts)
- Spare contact lenses and fluid, if worn
- Watch - ideally, with GPS features to track your route for later analysis.
- Head torch with spare batteries and bulb for summit night & tent admin
- Water Bottles & Camelbak. Your total water carrying capacity should be 3 litres
- Optional but recommended: Nuun hydration aids (portable electrolyte replacement tablets)
- Water purification tablets / Iodine drops
- Ear Plugs and blindfold (to aid sleep on afternoon before summit night)
- Plastic bags (for dirty washing, wrappings, etc.)
- Telescopic walking poles optional
- Mobile phone. There is signal reception on most parts of the mountain. It is a good idea to unlock your phone before you come out so that a local sim card can be used.
- Optional but recommended: a good, strong, thermally efficient Blizzard 3 Layer Survival Bag. We recommend all climbers consider possessing one of these when navigating on the hills at home, especially when training alone or in small groups while preparing for EBC.
Personal Small First Aid Kit to be Carried by Each Climber on EBC
- Pain Killers (Ibuprofen)
- Diamox (Acetazolamide) if you choose to use this.
- Zinc oxide tape and small scissors.
- Compeed Blister Pads
- Loperamide Diahorrea Tablets
- Any medication you normally use
- Loperamide Dioralyte sachets or similar rehydration packs.
Note that your guide will carry a more comprehensive medical kit containing additional Acetazolamide, Ibuprofen, Anti-inflammatory gel, bandages, Loperamide, Amoxicillin, Oral Dexamethasone, and several other items.
We will carry an emergency oxygen canister if requested. Where a climber has specific health concerns that they or their doctor anticipate being exacerbated by exposure to high altitude, or if he has a history of heart disease in the family, we would advise that he requests that we carry emergency oxygen.