Everest Base Camp Equipment Checklist (Updated)

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11 Feb, 2020

Everest Base Camp Equipment Checklist (Updated)

Rising above dramatic altitudes of more than 16,000 feet, Mount Everest’s base camps are the rudimentary gathering points for seasoned explorers across the globe and the climactic finale for beginners seeking stunning views of the Himalayas. Unparalleled in popularity for the thousands of travellers who pass through it every year, it serves as a threshold where climbers can rest, recoup and acclimatize before the ascent of a lifetime.

There are two camps which are seated at Mt Everest: Nepal’s South Base Camp is located at the coordinates 28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E at an altitude of 17,598 ft, while Tibet’s North Base Camp, situated on the opposite side, rises at 28°8′29″N 86°51′5″E at a height of 16,900 ft. With tea houses, yurts, tents, hotels, monasteries and shrines sprawling across the camps, it is easy to find several useful resources essential for the stay. Yet to optimize the experience, organizing a fully-stocked Everest camp trek packing list is key to preparing for a safe and comfortable expedition.

Clothing

With temperature dropping below zero degrees even in summer, investing in durable, weatherproof clothing is the most efficient way to keep out the cold, as well as items which are cooler for warmer conditions in the encampments. Recommended items are:

  • Underwear (lightweight pants which are “stretch woven”, lightweight and mid weight long underwear tops in light colours, lightweight long and mid weight underwear bottoms)
  1. Briefs (synthetic or cotton)
  2. Short-sleeved shirts
  3. Synthetic, fleece, or down-insulated jacket
  4. Insulated pants
  5. Waterproof, breathable fabric jacket and pants

Footwear, Headgear  and Headgear

Like clothing, these need to be durable and protective, as well as comfortable – and it’s advisable to double and triple up on some items. For the best travelling experience, use the following:

  • Running shoes
  • Hiking boots (preferably leather and mid-shoe,  ½ or ¾ shank with a snug but comfortable fit)
  • Gaiters
  • Sport sandals (for casual visits to tea shops and other areas around camp)
  • Synthetic or down booties
  • Lightweight and heavy synthetic/wool blend socks
  • Lightweight, synthetic liner gloves
  • Fleece gloves
  • Mittens with liners
  • Cotton bandana
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat (covering the ears)
  • Balaclava
  • Sunglasses (1 pair for high altitude at 100% UV and 80% light reduction, 1 pair for lower altitudes at 100% UV and 100% light reduction)
  • Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries (preferably AA or AAA)

Camping and Travelling

For camping and travelling essentials, it’s important to accommodate personal comfort levels and travel prepared but as lightly as possible. Affording the right shelter and its transport can be done by using these articles:

  • 2500 cubic inches internal frame backpack (with minimal pockets to allow for easier packing) and a pack cover
  • Expedition travel bag
  • Nylon stuff sacks (useful for managing clothing)
  • Passport/money belt
  • -12C to -24C tolerant sleeping bag (down 700 fill recommended)
  • Water bottles (1 liter)
  • Urine bottles and urine funnel (for women)
  • Pack towel (small or medium)
  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Swiss army knife
  • Appropriately-sized high-quality tent, cotton-nylon weave (if not provided for you at Base Camp) which can be well-ventilated as well as tightly insulated
  • Thick pads for underneath the tent
  • Small cooking stove (titanium for high altitude) a few anodized aluminum or titanium pots and cutlery, and several matches and lighters

Medical

As with all camping gear, preparing for regular and emergency situations is just as important as preventing them. Most items will be average every day articles, but modified for travel.

  • First-aid kit (containing Ibuprofen/Aspirin, assorted plasters, moleskin, Neosporin, gauze pad, adhesive tape, safety pins, tweezers, scissors, Vics Vaporub, isopropyl alcohol)
  • Toiletry kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, skin lotion, hand sanitizer, brush, nail clippers, sanitary products, shaving kit)
  • Non-oily sunscreen and lipsyl (SPF 30)
  • Large bin bags and zip-loc bags
  • Baby wipes
  • Earplugs
  • Water purification tablets
  • Hand warmers

Extra Info

Additional accessories like cameras and other fragile supplies should always be covered by insurance and well protected by padded cases, and items such as journals fairly resistant. Guidebooks, maps and other frequently-used books should have glossy surfaces and be compact. Finding any of the above items at reasonable prices is possible through top brand outlets such as North Face, Gortex, Patagonia, and Mountain Equipment Co-op, among several others. Remember, everything that goes into Base Camp also has to go out in order to leave minimal impact, so be sure to organize for a sustainable and environmentally-conscious visit by checking your Everest base camp trek equipment list, carrying essentials only and packing rubbish carefully.

 

 

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