Everest Base Camp Gear

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Item Quantity Description
Passport 1
Passport Photos 4
Spending money $500 = $300 (spending) + $200 (tips), assuming that the trekking fees cover the meals and stay at Tea Lodges.
Backpack 1 A light-weight, water-proof daypack (25 L) for carrying essentials – like snacks, medicine, suncream, camera, passport, hat etc. Ideal daypacks have compression straps to reduce stress on your back and a (1-2 L) hydration pack to carry water.
Expedition duffel bag 1 This will be carried by the porter. Ideal bags (75-90 L) are made of waterproof laminate material, have strong and sturdy zippers that can be locked and are easy to access and pack with cold hands. The packed bag should weigh less than 15 kg.
Travel bag 1 This is for storing travel cloths and personal items at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Nylon Stuff sacks 3 These are useful for organizing clothes, medicines, electronic accessories etc. in the duffel bag.
Water bottle 1 For carrying drinking water during the trek or at night (1 L). The bottle may be kept inside the sleeping bag at night to keep the water warm.
Sleeping Bag 1 The tea lodges are not heated, and the nights are very cold. A -20 oC rated sleeping bag is recommended. However, I rented a -10 oC sleeping bag from Kathmandu and bought a sleeping bag liner.  They kept me warm at night with two comforters put on top.
Sun hat 1 I used a light weight hat with a visor during the trek. When it became too cold or windy, I could open a flap inside the hat to cover my ears.
Wool hat 1 I used the wool hat in the dining room and at night while sleeping.
Sun glasses 2 I used good quality prescription sun glasses with polarized lenses. 100%UV and 100%IR with a minimum of 80% light reduction lenses are recommended. I also carried an old pair as a back up.
Head lamp 1 This is essential for going to the rest room at night. I used an LED lamp with bright and low light settings, operated by three AAA batteries. The batteries lasted the whole trek.
Liner Gloves 1 I used a pair of light weight wool gloves during most of the days.
Gloves 1 I used a pair of heavy-duty gloves only during the last couple of days of ascent.
Trekking  boots 1 This is an extremely important gear. The boots must have a sturdy mid-sole, be water proof, and fit well over light and heavy sock combinations. To break in the boots, I wore the pair for several months. I carried the boots with me in my carry on bag during the international flight.
Trekking socks 3 I used heavy-duty wool socks. I also carried toe socks, which, however, I stopped using after the first day of trekking.
Slip-on shoes 1 I used a pair of light weight, slip-on shoes for walking in the tea house lodges. I did not carry my running shoes during the trek, to reduce weight.
Socks 3 I used these socks with the slip-on shoe.
Under shirts 3 During the trek I wore short-sleeved under shirts made of moisture wicking material that sit tightly on the skin.
Upper body base layer 3 I used Marino wool long-sleeved sweaters as the base layer. I kept two of them for the trek and one of them for evenings and night.
Upper body second layer 2 The second layer, or insulation layer, sits over the base layer. I used synthetic jackets that are windproof, lightweight and compressible. I used one jacket throughout the trek and the other one for evenings.
Upper body third layer 1 I used a medium weight, down-filled jacket with a hood. The hood was very useful near the base camp, especially when cold wind was blowing.
Short sleeved shirts 2 I did not need them during the trek.
Rain jacket 1 I did not use it during the trek. When the wind was blowing hard near the base camp, the guide wanted me to wear the rain jacket outside my down jacket. But I had not carried it in my day pack that day.
Briefs 4 I used cotton briefs.
Lower body base layer 2 I used synthetic thermal underwear. It was needed only for a few days while we were close to the base camp.
Light weight pants 2 I used pants made of material that is wind and UV resistant. I wore one pair for trekking and used the other as a spare and for evenings.
Light shorts 2 For use at night.
Trekking poles 1 I did not realize the importance of this item before the trek. They are both a knee saver and life saver. They reduce the effort on the knees as you go downhill and help you get a boost from your arm muscles as you go uphill. They also help stabilize you as you negotiate treacherous trails.
Camera 1 I used a GoPro and iPhone.
Snack bars 1 You crave for citrus tasting, salty, and sweet foods at higher altitudes. I took some fruit and nut bars and a mixture of nuts (peanuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans and hazelnuts.)
Water purification tablets 1 I used Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. I treated the drinking water provided by tea lodges with iodine and used PA+Plus tablet to neutralize the iodine taste. I also bought bottled water when there was no time to treat the water. I also took a LifeStraw with me, which was not used, however.
Body cream 1 I used a baby lotion.
Sunscreen and chapstick 1 I used sunscreen and chapstick rated SPF 30 or higher.
Towel 2 I used light weight towels and hand kerchiefs.
Hand sanitizer 1 I used this frequently to clean hands, especially before meals.
Toilet paper 3 I used one dry roll of toilet paper and two packs of wet wipes.
Wet and dry wipes 4 Taking a shower is only rarely possible during the trek. I used the wet and dry wipes to clean my body.
Electro tabs 4 Provides electrolyte replacement. I occasionally took these tablets.
Advil 25 This was useful on a few occasions.
Neosprin 1 This was useful for treating a blister.
Diamox 250 mg 1 I took half a tablet twice a day for a couple of days when I was close to the base camp.
Imodium 1 This came in handy on occasions.
Moleskin 4 Used the precut blister dressings on one occasion.
Bandage tape and roll 1
Ciprofloxacin 1
Claritin 1
Advil allergy and congestion relief 1
Afrin 1
Visine 1
Stemetil 1
scissors, safety pins, nail clipper 1

 

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