Looking for an Everest Base Camp packing list for women? When I did Everest Base Camp trek, I had no idea what to take with me. Since I’ve returned from the the hike, I wanted to share everything you need to know about your Everest Base Camp packing list. This includes what you need, don’t need and what I wish I took with me.
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How Much Should You Take On The Everest Base Camp Trek?
We went with Visit Himalaya Treks trekking company to Everest Base Camp who were absolutely outstanding.
We were allowed 15 kilos total for both our main bag and day pack each. You can however pay for more kilos, but just remember your porter is going to have to carry your bag and probably more during the entire trek so be mindful with how much you bring.
In the end, 15 kilos was more than enough to have for a 13 day trek.
Visit Himalaya Treks gave us a bag each to pack our things into which would be carried by the porter and we would only need to carry a day pack.
Our guide also came to our hotel to check how much stuff we were bringing the day before the trek started to ensure we hadn’t over packed (see photo above).
Remember, your porter will be carrying everything for you for 13 whole days!!
What To Pack In Your Main Bag For Everest Base Camp
Here is absolutely everything in my Everest Base Camp trek packing list.
Trousers / Pants To Pack For Everest Base Camp Trek
2 pairs of leggings from North Face and Nike. The Nike one’s were much better and didn’t lose their stretch during the whole trek.
1 pair of lightweight trekking pantsto wear over my leggings when it got colder in high altitude.
What I didn’t wear: 1 pair of shorts and knee length leggings which I blatantly didn’t need at all. It’s not hot enough to get your legs out during the trek.
T-Shirts & Jumpers To Pack For Everest Base Camp Trek
5 normal cotton t shirts – I thought I would need those lycra tee shirts but I didn’t need them in the end because it gets freezing on the trek. I did buy one from a fake store in Kathmandu for USD$17 but it wasn’t worth it. I wore a tee for two or three days, then rotated.
1 North Face fleece hoodie – I wore this every day. The hood is especially handy but I wish it had zipped pockets for my camera and phone.
1 Base layer top to wear in bed. I bought a fake one in Kathmandu for 1,700R (USD$17)
What I didn’t wear: 1 long sleeved lightweight top, 1 strappy vest top
Jackets To Pack For Everest Base Camp Trek
1 Marmot waterproof jacket (we didn’t bring waterproof trousers although we had all types of weather). Make sure your jacket is windproof. Lots of people were wearing Marmot, and I was surprised on how good mine actually was.
1 fake North Face down jacket we rented from a shop in Kathmandu for 150R (USD$1.50 a day) which especially came in handy at night. This is a must buy or rent for the trek.
Trekking Boots To Pack For Everest Base Camp Trek
SCARPA trekking boots – I bought these six months before I left for my around the world trip to brake them in. I bought a pair from them before and they were so painful because I didn’t buy a size up. I’m usually a EU38 and I bought a EU39 which made a huge difference.
I actually had to change socks to make sure that they fit absolutely perfectly. This was the first ever trek I have done where I didn’t get any painful feet at all. Steve wore a pair of Salamans which he swears by.
1 pair of flip flops – you’ll need these for the few times you can get a shower during the trek.
What I didn’t wear: 1 pair of Nike trainers – I brought these along as a backup in case my trekking shoes became painful. I didn’t need them in the end but I did see some people wearing trainers for the entire trek which is definitely not advisable.
Underwear To Take For Everest Base Camp Trek
Bring enough underwear to last the entire trek although I had heard there’s laundry along the way, I didn’t actually see any. I also brought only 3 pairs of hiking socks and had one pair to wear in bed and the other two during the day. This was enough.
Hats & Gloves To Pack For Everest Base Camp Trek
I also carried two hats with me, one warm beanie and one baseball hat. Sometimes I wore both at the same time when it got really cold, windy and rainy. The baseball hat is good to give you extra protection from the snow, wind, or rain!
For your Everest Base Camp packing list, you will definitely need a neck scarf also known as a buffto cover face in the cold as well as the dust. I bought one in Kathmandu for USD$3 and it was my saviour. I never took it off and it’s a definite must bring with you to help prevent the infamous Khumbu cough which everyone seemed to have picked up along the way.
Make sure you buy a decent pair of gloves. I picked some up in Kathmandu for USD$8 but they weren’t the best. Just don’t buy massive gloves as you’ll need to use those trekking poles so make sure they are on the thin side but obviously warm too.
Toiletries To Take For Everest Base Camp Trek
1 quick dry towel for the shower!
Shampoo, conditioner, soap, nail clippers, deodorant (put in small travel size bottles)
Lucas Paw Paw cream. Make sure whatever lip balm you buy doesn’t require you to use your fingers. You wan’t to avoid contact with your hands in your mouth to avoid getting sick.
You’ll definitely need some good hand sanitiser as the conditions worsen the higher you get to Everest Base Camp
Wish I brought with me: Baby wipes. Why oh why did I not bring any with me? This is a must as we only had 2 showers in 13 days!!
Medical Stuff To Pack For Everest Base Camp Trek
Hydrolite – make sure you bring loads, you’ll need them especially when you go high up
Clorine tablets – if you want to purify your water.
Diamox will become your best friend when you can’t breathe in high altitude.
Paracetamol for headaches.
Water bottles To Take To Everest Base Camp
You have a couple of options with knowing what to do about taking water to Everest Base Camp.
You can either by clorine tablets and fill your water up from the taps along the Everest Base Camp trek route or you can buy bottled water along the way. I just bought bought but I would have used clorine tablets to help with the environment now looking back.
Be prepared though, water in Kathmandu costs USD25C and will go up to USD$4 a bottle when you reach Everest Base Camp.
What Camera To Pack For Everest Base Camp Trek
Because Steve’s camera is much heavier than mine, we decided in the end to take my Canon 6D with the 24-105mm F1.4 lens and my ultra lightweight 50mm F1.8 lens. Originally I was just going to carry the 50mm lens because I was worried about carrying it for so long but in actual fact I had no problems carrying my big camera the entire time.
Lots of people bought small point and shoots or mirrorless cameras specifically for the trek and personally I’m glad I bought my DSLR in the end because the scenery is out of this world.
I even saw people carrying tripods with them which you won’t need at all. Even at night-time the skies were cloudy so you couldn’t get a good night scene shot. It was sunny in the morning and then would cloud over by the afternoon.
I also had my GoPro 5 and Karma Grip in my day pack (definitely bring the karma grip or similar gimble to get the smooth walking shots with you’re making a video) as well as my Canon G7X2 to get the close up videos. And lastly I had my iphone X with me too for social updates.
Bring Portable Chargers With You!
We have a Goal Zero Venture 30 charger which we used as charging cost USD$5 an item at the hotels on the trek so it can get pricey. I saw many people with the solar panel chargers too so I’m not sure how good they are, and whether they are worth investing in if you’re buying them purely for this trek.
1x head torch – you’ll need this for any power cuts and for the sunrise walk up to Kala Patthar.
Sports watch – I brought my Garmin 235 watch with me which I absolutely love! It’s awesome to be able to track how far you’ve walked each day. I never take mine off!
Our trekking company, Visit Himalaya Treks gave us our poles for free! You’ll definitely need them even if you think you’re super fit. Getting up those mountains in high altitude isn’t easy without them.
We hired out a -20C sleeping bag each in Kathmandu for USD$1 a day. You’ll definitely need one at this temperature as it’s freezing at night. Don’t expect central heating in the hotels. The fire is lit around 5pm in the restaurant and that’s it.
What To Take In Your Day Pack For Everest Base Camp Trek
I had a North Face backpack I bought years ago. I’ve used it on many hikes and it certainly didn’t let me down this time either. We were told by Visit Himalaya Treks that we would need a small backpack around 25-30 litres.
Steve bought a 30 litre pack from a fake store in Kathmandu for approximately USD$50 which was fantastic. At the end of the hike, he gave the pack to our porter who looked beside himself with his fully stocked bag full of goodies to take home to his family!
In my day pack I had the following:
Hand San – this is a definite must have. The bathrooms aren’t exactly the best on the trek and you’ll need this in your bag at all times.
1 litre of water – you can buy water all along the route so you don’t need anymore than this at any time.
Sunscreen – be prepared because my nose got burnt big time!
Toilet roll – you never know when you need it!
Gloves – for when you’re above 4,000 metres, you’ll honestly need them for sure!
Hats – I also carried two hats with me, one warm beanie and one baseball hat. Sometimes I wore both at the same time when it got really cold, windy and rainy.
Leggings – either North Face or Nike (the Nike one’s were much better).
Marmot waterproof jacket – it had zips which was awesome for my phone and G7X camera. I specifically bought a bright red jacket as I knew it would go well against the colour of the mountains. I know that sounds stupid but it’s what I wore on the entire trek. Make sure you buy a windproof jacket!
What To Wear After Day 5 On Everest Base Camp Trek
I included a lightweight pair of trekking pants I bought in India from Quechua to go over my leggings during the cold days in high altitude.
An extra fleece when I climbed up to Kala Patthar for sunrise.
At night time
During the night on the trek it’s freezing. As soon as we finished the hike, I would try to change as quickly as possible because it gets colder as the night goes on. I wore leggings and warm tracksuit bottoms in bed, a base layer top, Merino top from Mac Pac and a fake North Face down jacket, as well as my beanie and buff in bed.
We also had a -20C sleeping bag we also hired for 100R a day (USD$1 a day) and usually a douvet supplied by the hotel in bed.
I also used a scarf to put over the pillow every night to provide a big of extra warmth too.
Well, that’s it! If you have any questions about my Everest Base Camp packing list, write a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer it!