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Everest Base Camp Packing List: How To Pack For The EBC Trek

Packing is always important, but even more so when hiking to the Everest Base Camp!

I knew I would have to carry my backpack for three weeks and I wanted to be sure everything I brought was absolutely essential.

Before starting our Everest Base Camp trek hike, I browsed through many EBC packing lists and from these lists created my own tried and tested Everest Base Camp packing list.

The perfect Everest Base Camp packing list

The Perfect Packing List For The Everest Base Camp Trek

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Packing list Everest Base Camp

I am a bit of an over-planner which sometimes drives me (but most of all my husband;-) crazy, but in this case, I’m glad I did so much research.

Because once on the trail I had everything I needed and my backpack weighed less than 10kg.

And believe me, even one extra kilo of extra weight will feel like a lot more once you reach higher altitudes…

My packing list for Everest Base Camp trek

Because we traveled around the U.A.E., Sri Lanka, and Oman before flying to Nepal, we didn’t have many warm clothes and other hiking essentials with us when arriving in Kathmandu.

That's why we prepared for the Everest Base Camp trail in Thamel, the backpacker district of Kathmandu.

It took us three days of shopping in Thamel to find all the items on our ‘Essentials for the Everest Base Camp trail’ list.

Hiking the EBC trek packing list Nepal

What to pack for the Everest Base Camp trek?

Below you can find my complete packing list. Keep in mind I travel with my husband and divided the items between our backpacks.

Items can be split into these categories:

  • Food
  • Toiletries
  • Medicine/First-Aid Materials
  • Electronics
  • Other essential items

We both had our own set of basics, hiking and lodge clothes, and stuff for sleeping. In the packing list below I indicate for each item if we bought this in Kathmandu or if I brought this from home.

We hiked for 3 weeks and started from Jiri. We hiked to Everest Base Camp in 15 days and back via the Cho La pass and Gokyo.

You can read everything about our trekking itinerary and the lodges we stayed at in this post.

packing list everest base camp trek

The basics

A comfortable backpack

One of the most important trekking gear items is your backpack as you'll be carrying it each and every single day when on the trail.

I used my tried and tested Deuter backpack and my husband had his 70-liter backpack. Both were pretty full when we started our hike, weighing about 10 kilos each. (I already had this item with me)

Comfortable hiking boots

I love my Lowa hiking boots, they are so comfortable and since getting them I take them with me on every trip…

Important: be sure to break your boots in properly and take some extra laces with you, just in case. (I already had this item with me)

Hiking clothes

1 short sleeve hiking shirt

I packed my merino hiking shirt and wore it for 3 weeks. Gross, I know. But the great thing about merino is that it keeps you warm even when you are sweating.

And it didn't even smell that bad after 3 weeks… (I already had this item with me)

1 long-sleeve hiking shirt/sweater

Once we got above 4000 meters it was too cold for just my short-sleeved shirt. I layered my long sleeve merino sweater over my t-shirt and this was perfect for most days. (I already had this item with me)

A down jacket

When it was really cold (early in the morning or at Gorak Shep) I wore a down jacket over my merino layers.

I loved that my warm jacket has a hood, when it was really cold this kept my head and ears warm. (I bought this item in Kathmandu)

1 lightweight windbreaker

I didn’t need my windbreaker until we got to Kala Patthar, that is one cold and windy rock! Then again, what do you expect at 5626 meters… (I already had this item with me)

1 pair of hiking pants

I’ve owned my hiking pants for years and there are many good brands. However, the most important thing is that you get a pair that fits well and is comfortable to wear.

I personally don’t like the zip-off versions because the zippers tend to irritate my skin. (I already had this item with me)

2 pairs of hiking socks

I brought 2 pairs of hiking socks, which was sufficient but my husband had 3 pairs of socks. I recommend getting merino hiking socks because merino wool is simply awesome: it's quick to dry, doesn't smell, and is very soft. (I already had this item with me)


I don’t travel anywhere without my scarf, it’s the perfect travel item! In warm countries, I use it to cover up in temples but in Nepal, I actually used it as a scarf. (I already had this item with me)


I used this multi-functional item to cover my ears from the blisteringly cold wind that blows above Dingboche. You could also use a buff instead of a scarf and buy a warm hat. (I already had this item with me)


Again, from Dingboche, it got really cold and I was happy we both bought a pair of gloves. (I bought this item in Kathmandu)


I brought a lot of underwear and only did laundry (by hand) once when we were in Namche Bazaar.

Obviously, it’s up to you how much underwear you want to bring. I used 1 bra for hiking and another one to wear after hiking. (I already had these items with me)

Raincoat + backpack rain cover

You can skip the windbreaker jacket if you bring a windproof and waterproof jacket. I only had a thin and not very good poncho, so luckily we didn't have any rainy days during our Everest Base Camp trekking experience.

Still, it's better to be safe than sorry…

Same for the backpack rain cover, make sure it's of good quality and 100% waterproof. It really sucks when your lodge clothes get wet and you don't have anything clean or dry to change into after a rainy day. (I already had these items with me)


Don't forget to bring a pair of polarized sunglasses. The sun is very bright in the mountains, even more so when there is beautiful white snow and cloudless skies. (I already had this item with me)

Hiking the Everest Base Camp trek Nepal Jiri to EBC and Gokyo

Clothes for the lodge

Thermal underwear (top and bottom)

After I almost froze to death on Hokkaido (okay, that might be a slight exaggeration) I always pack my thermal underwear. It’s the perfect base layer to wear in the lodges.

I also wore this at night, because believe me, it gets pretty cold up there! (I already had this item with me)

1 fleece sweater or fleece jacket

I only had a thin hoodie when arriving in Kathmandu and knew that wouldn’t cut it in the Himalayas.

After some searching in Thamel and a bit of bargaining, I was the happy new owner of a nice fleece sweater (similar to this one) to keep me warm during the cold afternoons and evenings in the lodges. (I bought this item in Kathmandu)

1 pair of pants

I didn’t have any other pants than my loose (and very thin) elephant pants. I layered them with my thermal underwear which was fine.

But if you have thicker pants that would be better. (I already had this item with me)

1 pair of socks (that you don't use for hiking)

I used a pair of hiking socks during the day but also brought one pair of warm merino socks to wear in the lodges. (I bought this item in Kathmandu)

1 pair of warm slippers

I came across a pair of fluffy yak wool slippers in Kathmandu (on sale for only 100 rupees) and they kept my feet nice and warm in the lodges.

My husband had flip-flops which I borrowed when I needed to go to the bathroom. (I bought this item in Kathmandu)

1 t-shirt

I didn't wear my shirt once because it was too cold during our Everest trek. I wore my thermal underwear and fleece sweater instead.

The owners of the lodges did say it was uncharacteristically cold weather for the time of the year, so perhaps it’s still worth bringing a t-shirt in case the weather is warmer. (I already had this item with me)

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For sleeping

Sleeping bag

We bought warm sleeping bags for our camping trip in Oman and took these with us to Nepal. You can also rent a sleeping bag in Thamel.

In the lodges at high elevation, it was very comfortable to have an extra sleeping bag as it gets very cold at night. For lower altitudes, the extra sleeping bag wasn't necessary.


I liked having my own clean pillowcase to put over the (not always clean) pillows in the lodges. (I already had this item with me)

Travel sheet

If you have a rented sleeping bag you may want to bring a travel sheet, otherwise, I would skip it as I didn’t use mine during our trek. (I already had this item with me)

Ear plugs and an eye mask

Consider bringing earplugs and an eye mask. This can be helpful when trying to block out a snoring neighbor as the walls in the lodges are very thin.

Or to avoid waking up too early. Truth be told, I didn't actually use my eye mask as we woke up at dawn anyway…. (I already had this item with me)



We took a jar of oatmeal with us so we could make our own porridge. Mind you, this isn’t allowed in all the tea houses. (I bought this item in Kathmandu)


We bought a 400-gram bag to add to our porridge. (I bought this item in Kathmandu)


Mostly to add to our porridge with raisins but it also tasted very good on the multi-grain bread we found in Namche Bazaar. (I bought this item in Kathmandu)

Salted peanuts

One of the best things we bought was two 400-gram bags. This might be a bit much, but we both really like peanuts and could really use the extra energy on the trail… (I bought this item in Kathmandu)


We bought a 10-pack of small Snickers in Kathmandu and 3 medium Snickers in Junbesi. For us this was enough for the trek, but if you like to eat chocolate every day you’ve got to buy some more.


We bought 3 packs of cookies in Kathmandu but they sell cookies in every lodge. Along the way, we bought some delicious freshly baked oatmeal cookies at the Himalayan Java Café in Namche Bazaar and the Snow Lion bakery in Dingboche.

Instant coffee and plenty of teabags

It’s cheaper to order hot water instead of tea in the lodges. And by ordering a pot of hot water with our breakfast we could make a cup of coffee AND a cup of tea. (I brought this item from Oman)

Instant noodles

We bought 6 small packs of instant noodles for only 20 rupees a piece (but only used 4 packs). My advice, if you want to bring instant noodles at all, is to go for the sachets, not the plastic pots.

The pots take up way too much space in your backpack and are more expensive (170 rupees). (I bought this item in Kathmandu)

Perfect packing list for hiking the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal

Toiletries and personal items

  • Baby wipes ⇒ once we got above Namche we didn’t shower anymore because it's very expensive (500 rupees) and very cold. Instead, we used baby wipes to freshen up after hiking. We used 2 wipes each every day, an 85-pack was enough for our 3-week hike. (I bought this item in Oman but they are widely available in Kathmandu)
  • Baby powder ⇒ to overcome the worst stench from our hiking socks and boots… (I bought this item in Kathmandu)
  • Hand sanitizer ⇒ above a certain height (Dingboche during our trek) everything freezes during the night, so no water to wash your hands… (I bought this item in Kathmandu)
  • Shampoo (small bottle) ⇒ during the first part of our hike (from Jiri to Cheplung) we did splurge on a couple of hot showers and washed our hair. So good to feel fresh and clean…
  • Travel towel we actually forgot to bring one, luckily all the lodges kindly provided us with a towel.
  • Sunscreen the sun is very strong in the mountains!
  • Lip balm ⇒ to protect my lips from the cold and dry air.
  • Deodorant ⇒ made me feel a little bit fresh even when I wasn’t.
  • Contacts and glasses ⇒ when traveling I prefer to wear daily contacts. In the evening, I mostly wore my glasses.
  • Hairbrush
  • Floss, toothpaste, and toothbrush

Medicine / First aid kit

  • Diamox (used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness)
  • Loperamide (stopper) and laxatives (goer)
  • Paracetamol
  • Antibiotics
  • Lots of bandages (for blisters)
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Iodine
  • Strepsils (or a different brand) for throat pain
  • ORS
  • Vitamin C ⇒ I got nowhere near the recommended amount of vegetables and fruit when we were on the trail, so I felt it wouldn’t hurt to take some extra Vitamin C.

We didn’t use any of the medicine except for the bandages and a couple of paracetamol when we had a bit of a headache after hiking to Kala Patter and Everest Base Camp.

Nevertheless, it’s better to be prepared and I always carry the medicine mentioned above with me on long-term trips (except for the Diamox).


  • Local NCell SIM Card
  • Phone + charging cable
  • 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!).
  • Laptop ⇒ I used my laptop to keep my travel diary and write down all the notes that I used later to write my Nepal posts. In hindsight, I could have used my phone for this as well. I didn’t use my laptop that much at all so leaving it in Kathmandu would have saved me 1,5kg…
  • E-reader ⇒ bringing an e-reader is absolutely essential! We had plenty of time to read during our 3-week hiking trip. Make sure you have enough books!
Do I need a solar charger when hiking the EBC trek in Nepal

Essential documents

  • TIMS Card ⇒ when hiking in Nepal you need to obtain a TIMS Card (Trekker Information Management System). You can buy a TIMS Card at the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu for 2000 rupees.
  • Sagarmatha National park permit ⇒ at the Nepal Tourism Board office you can also buy the Sagarmatha permit, which you need to hike in the Everest region. The costs for the permit are 3400 rupees.
  • Passport ⇒ we needed to show our passports and register at police checkpoints in Jiri and Kinja. Plus, I always carry my passport with me when traveling.
  • Plenty of cash ⇒ there are banks in Lukla and Namche but we were not sure if our cards would work there. Plus, we heard the amount of cash you can take out is very limited, and taking into account the fee of 500 rupees per transaction we preferred to get cash in Kathmandu (maximum amount per transaction was 35.000 rupees = €318/$350). You can read exactly how much we spent on the EBC trail in this post.

Other essential items

  • 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 water bottle which filters out 99,99% of the bacteria. Other options are water purification tablets (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). (I bought this item in Kathmandu to replace my previous Lifestraw bottle which got lost on the plane from Dubai to Sri Lanka…)
  • Trekking poles we bought 1 pair in Kathmandu and each used one. It really makes hiking easier, both going up and going down. I particularly feel that my knees hurt less going down when I walk with a trekking pole. (I bought this item in Kathmandu)
  • A pocket knife always comes in handy. (I already had this item with me)
  • Duct tape same as the pocket knife. (I already had this item with me)
  • Lots of toilet paper we bought 10 rolls of toilet paper in Thamel for 65 rupees a piece and used about 9 rolls during our 3-week hike from Jiri to Everest Base Camp. On the trail prices for toilet paper (as with prices for anything else) increases the higher you get.
  • Detailed map we bought a detailed map of the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek (scale 1:50.000). The map is published by Himalayan Map House and is widely available in Thamel. (I bought this item in Kathmandu)
  • Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya I always buy a Lonely Planet of our destination, I love their guides. The one for Nepal was specifically for hiking and I found it very useful. It described the trek for each day and has a lot of practical advice about hiking in Nepal. I had the e-book version (to save some weight) but printed the Everest Region chapter.

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Everest Base Camp trek packing list: printable PDF

That's it, everything I carried on my back for 3 weeks, I hope this post will help you prepare for your own Everest base camp trek!

You can download the EBC packing list below. A little note about the list:

  • The column ‘got it' means ‘I have this item' ⇒ I used the ‘got it' column during our shopping rounds in Thamel to make sure we purchased everything on the list.
  • The column ‘packed it' means ‘I packed this item in my backpack' I used the ‘packed it' column to make sure I actually packed all the items on the list and didn't accidentally leave something important in Kathmandu (we stored our other stuff at Hotel Bright Star where we stayed before and after the trek).

You can download the packing list below. Feel free to ask any questions by leaving a comment or sending me an email!

This post was updated in November 2022.


Friday 3rd of May 2019

Hello! Thanks for the great article! One question: were t-shirt + long sleve t-shirt _ down + light jacket warm enough even on the EBC?


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Hi Simone,

You are most welcome:-) Regarding your question, yes it was warm enough! The only time I was cold was at the top of Kala Patthar because it was very windy (and it's 5,643m high). We did have nice weather though (sunny and dry). It's always smart to have a couple more layers with you + a rainproof jacket/poncho to make sure you won't get cold/wet.

Have a great hike! Lotte


Monday 13th of August 2018

Hello, I love your post. I’m doing the EBC trek next November. I am so excited but nervous about flying into Lukla. Do you think it’s needed to have a guide or is it fairly simple to do on your own? I think your list is perfect. I’m already preparing and I still have 14 months before I go.


Tuesday 14th of August 2018

Hi Christie,

Very exciting you'll be hiking the EBC trail next November! I was very nervous about flying from Lukla as well! I managed to avoid flying there because I hiked in from Jiri, but we did fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu... It was a little nerve wrecking but we made it safely back to Kathmandu airport. I did the trail with my husband and we never had any issues navigating the trail. Especially the trail from Lukla to the Everest Base Camp is very clear, I don't think you'll have a problem doing the trail on your own. You can still consider hiring a guide, you'll support the local people plus a guide will usually arrange accommodation for you and tell you lots of interesting things about the Everest Area.

Happy to hear you like my packing list:-) Good luck with the preparations and enjoy the trail! Lotte


Sunday 22nd of April 2018

Wow! Your itinerary and list is amazing!!! I have two questions.. When did you do the trekking? What was the temperature of your sleeping bag? Thanks for all the information :)


Wednesday 25th of April 2018

Hi Tina,

Thank you, I'm very happy you like the itinerary and packing posts:-). We did the trekking in March/April 2017. Our sleeping bag wasn't very warm (I think it was suitable for temperatures between 10-15 degrees Celsius) but paired with the blankets that were provided in the lodges it was perfect.

Enjoy your hike! Lotte

Aron Groen

Friday 23rd of February 2018

Thank you so much for your information! I'm leaving next week and definitely feel better prepared with the pages you posted. I wish you all the luck on all your travels!




Saturday 24th of February 2018

Hi Aron, that's great to hear! Have a wonderful trip and enjoy the EBC, it's a once in a lifetime experience... Lotte

Rama Astra

Wednesday 14th of February 2018

Your article helps me a lot as I will go hike to EBC on March 2018... Thank you Lotte! Warm greeting from Indonesia


Wednesday 14th of February 2018

Very welcome! Have a great hike:-)