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Classic Trek to Everest Base Camp follows the footsteps of the climbing Legends Sir Edmund Hilar and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa- first people to conquer the summit of Everest in 1953. Trekking through the trail that passes amidst mountain peaks, cultural villages, glacial rivers, and lovely vegetation is an experience to take at least once in a lifetime. View of the mountain peaks like Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and several other mountains in addition to the 8,000 meters Lhotse and Everest makes this trip incredibly enchanting.

For the Everest Base Camp Trekking, most of the people travel to Kathmandu, and then catch up a flight to Lukla- a small city situated at 9,383 ft., where the real trekking begins. The trek reaches all the way up to Kalapatthar 5545 Meter – the highest point of Everest Base Camp Trekking.

Trekking to the foothills of the Worlds Highest Peak requires a certain amount of preparation. During the preparation, most of the travelers get confused about what to bring and what not to? Planning for the trek itself is more daunting than the actual trek. With the lack of proper knowledge of the thing required for the journey, most of the trekkers face difficulties during trekking days.

In order to remove the dilemma of the travelers willing to go to Everest Base Camp, we have prepared this article for your hassle-free packing and preparation for your trip to Everest. In the packing list, we tried to provide personnel recommendations which will give you the best performance and best value for money.

Most of the Equipment we have listed in this article can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu or Namche Bazaar. However, be aware of the fake local product sold in much cheaper, as they are not up to the standard. Fake products make your adventurous journey into the nightmare. It is important to purchase good quality and reliable clothes and footwear as you will be facing very cold conditions on the trek. So, make sure to take advice from the expert while shopping for the Equipment. 

Everest Base Camp Trek permits

In order to get to Everest Base Camp, you will need to acquire certain permits. There is a total of three permits you will need to get before starting your trekking endeavors. Trekkers Information management System (TIMs), Sagarmatha National park entry permits and another one is Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fee.

There are two different routes to reach Everest Base Camp.  Either you can catch a flight to Lukla from Tribhuvan Airport or you can travel by bus to Jiri and then begin your trekking.

Everest Area Trekking Type

On your trekking endeavors to Everest Base Camp, you will be hiking trail lies within Sagarmatha National Park. So in order to hike in this region, you need to obtain Sagarmatha National Park Trekking Permit as well As Tims Card.

Note: During your trekking in Everest Region you need to show your permit in various location. So make sure to put it safely on your day bag.

Permits and Fees in the Everest Region:

  1. Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee for foreigners: 3,000 NPR inclusive of 13% VAT (Approx. US $30). Sagarmatha National Park entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 1,500 NPR
  2. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality of Solukhumbu district has started levying entrance fee of Rs 2,000 (approximately $20) on every foreigner entering the rural municipality from October 1, 2018
  3. TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. US $10)

Where to get the Permits for Everest Base Camp Trekking

  • Sagarmatha National Park entry permit can be purchased in the Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu, Tel: +977 1 4256909.
  • While Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality fee needs to be deposited at the Lukla Check Post.
  • Arranging the permits can be a hassle. However, if you book Everest Base Camp Trekking with Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, we will arrange all the trekking permits for you.

Everest Base Camp Trek Packing List:

The packing list for Everest Base Camp Trekking can be used for trekking all around Nepal, including some of the famous trekking trails like Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Upper Mustang Trekking, Langtang Valley Trekking, and Nar Phu Valley Trekking.

In this packing list, we have tried to include the most essential things which are required during trekking and provide the best value for your money while delivering the best output.

Important Documents and Items:

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
  • Head Equipments:
  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • The warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body Equipments:

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
  • Hands Equipment:
  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
  • Lower Body Equipment:
  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Fleet Equipment:

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping Equipment:

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags:
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical:

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • A cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items:

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS (optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries:

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene:
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

Extras/Luxuries:

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your stuff as a pillow

The packing list for Everest Base Camp Trekking can be used for trekking all around Nepal, including some of the famous trekking trails like Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Upper Mustang Trekking, Langtang Valley Trekking, and Nar Phu Valley Trekking.

So there you have it, that's our packing list for Everest Base Camp.

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