My first solo adventure to the Everest Base Camp was in the month of May. As the monsoon was nearing, the weather was quite unpredictable. Intermittent rain, followed by glaring sunshine, and occasional wind kept on blowing. There were some items in my packing list which were of very good use to me while trekking. On the other hand, I missed out a few things as well.
The weather in the mountains is quite difficult to predict. Nonetheless, you can choose the best time to travel to Everest Base Camp.
The most important thing while packing is to do it smartly. Smart packing will not only save you money but it also won’t be a burden when you are trekking and you won’t have to compromise on anything.
In this article, I have enlisted the list of all items you need to pack while trekking in Nepal. If you are a boy, you can use this list as your checklist too! Just omit the ‘Lady Products’, and you’re good to go.
Sports Bras (for Female)
During the day, there will be a lot of sweating and regular bras made it more uncomfortable while hiking. So I recommend you to carry quick dry few sports bras.
In the mountainous regions of Nepal, it can get really cold in the mornings and evenings. Down jackets are lightweight, highly comfortable, and occupy a small volume. They don’t occupy a large space in your bag and keep you warm during cold
Waterproof and Windproof Jacket
Light waterproof and windproof jackets will be very handy while trekking in the daytime when the heavy wind is blowing or it is raining.
Proper hiking socks help to soak your feet and keep them dry. These socks also absorb odor and keep your feet from smelling after repeated use. They also help to prevent the formation of blisters.
Light and Comfortable Clothes
You should carry snug and comfortable for your treks. They will also make for comfortable wear after your long day of walking. If they are lightweight, they won’t add to the weight of your backpack.
Flash Dry Shirts
It is obvious that you will sweat after hours of walking. After hours of walking, you can wash flash-dry shirts and they will dry in just a matter of a few hours.
Cap or Hat
Do not forget to take a cap or a hat for your trek. These will protect your eyes and face from the sun during the day. They will also help you block out the sun and keep sunburns away.
Woolen hat, Gloves, and Scarf
It will get really chilly once you are done trekking even if you are in your room or the dining rooms. Woollen hat, gloves and scarves will keep you warm and you won't have to compromise on your adventure.
Quick Dry Towel
Quick-dry towels are small, compact and dry up quickly after use. They are great trekking companions.
You can use neck bands during the day to protect your face or to keep your hair out of your sweating face. They even work great as a scarf to warm you up in the evenings.
A high-quality hiking boot is specially designed to withstand all kinds of terrains to give you a comfortable experience. They will also save and prevent you from ankle sprains and other foot-related injuries.
After your treks, you will have to make a trip to bathrooms for a shower or otherwise or to the dining hall for your meals. So carry a light pair of slippers with you.
These aren’t necessary but again helpful. If you are somebody who is more prone to cold or if you are trekking to the Everest Base Camp in the colder seasons, then I’d suggest you carry a pair.
These tablets are used to prevent symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). It is absolutely necessary that you purchase these from the city before you go to the mountains.
Purchasing purified water bottles up in the mountains can get a bit expensive as they cost $1 to $5 a liter. So carry a water purifier to purify water that you can fill along the various taps along the trekking routers or teahouses you will encounter while trekking.
These items do not take much space or weight in your bag. So just grab a few and toss them right in!
First Aid Kit
Other medicines include paracetamol, Imodium for diarrhea, Neosporin for wounds, muscle rubs, antacids, strepsils, and other medicines for your health conditions.
You will need a spacious backpack for your trek. A rain cover for your backpack is also a must. Good hiking backpacks are built to give you maximum support. As you will be carrying a heavy load for a certain number of days, these bags help reduce stress on your bag.
A daypack will come to great use especially when you decide to explore a particular place. You can easily keep your backpack at your teahouse and keep the necessary items such as camera, jacket, water bottle, book, etc and head out to explore.
Trekking poles help maintain stability while you are walking on an upward trail. These poles will help you on your climbs and reduce stress on your knees.
Torches come handy when you are heading up a hill to catch the sunrise or to your midnight trips to the bathroom.
They keep track of the alleviation that you are climbing. They monitor how your body is adapting to the higher elevations and help prevent altitude sickness.
Polarized sunglasses with UV protection
You will be trekking through the day from morning till early evenings, the sun can get a little harsh during the day. Also, you will be at higher altitudes where the air is thinner which will expose you directly to the sun’s fatal UV radiations.
Even when the sun is shining in the morning and the skies are clear, it might rain in the afternoon in the mountains. So take a trekking raincoat with you that can fit you and your bag in it.
All the trekking routes in Nepal have proper beds, adequate mattresses, pillows and blankets. But if you are somebody who is a little too picky about where you are sleeping in, then you can carry the excess weight of taking a sleeping bag with you.
Although all the guest houses have power stations you can charge your gadgets at, they do charge you a little extra for it. However, if you have many gadgets or if you are taking a lot of photos, you may run out of battery during the day. Backup batteries are absolute lifesavers at such times.
I would advise you to carry your own water bag/bottle and fill them with the fresh stream water and use your water purifiers. You will be sweating a lot, trust me and It is of utmost priority that you stay adequately hydrated.
Other important items that are not really much of a necessity but are helpful would be:
Carrying toiletries would be a smart decision as well. It might be difficult to get few items when you are trekking.
In areas at high altitude, the strength of the sun is stronger and you will be highly susceptible to sunburns. Applying sunscreen would certainly help you avoid these sunburns.
Moisturizer for face and body
The air around the mountains is thinner and drier than usual. So if you are coming from a more tropical or a humid place, let me warn you that your skin will get really dry. So pack a good moisturizer for your body and save yourself from the chapped skin.
Many guesthouses won’t keep toilet papers in the toilets and have water as their more conventional methods of ‘cleaning’. Although you can buy them at almost any store or your own guest house, they will be priced a lot higher and again. So it is better to carry toilet paper yourself.
Make sure you also take wet wipes when you are trekking. It gets really cold as the altitude rises and you might also have difficulties finding hot water for showers. Wet wipes will be of huge help in these scenarios.
The stores in the mountains generally only offer a small variety of sanitary napkins which may not fit everybody's comfort. And you will not find tampons or Diva cups up in the trekking routes at all.
Other Items you shouldn't forget to carry
Travel Shampoo/Body Wash Set
You can take coffee mixes, cereal mixes, chocolates, oatmeals and other energy drink powders that will come very handy during your trek. Snacks can be very expensive on the retail stores in trekking routes.
6. Things you must NOT forget to take on your EBC Trek
There will be a few checkpoints that will require your passport, especially if you are a foreigner. So keep your passport with you at all times. Also, if you are taking a flight, you will require it.
There are few or no ATMs at all as you ascend to higher elevations. You will have to carry all of your money in cash in the Nepalese currency to purchase anything and to pay all of your bills.
Make sure that you inquire about trekking permits before you go and purchase all the necessary ones. You can either obtain them in Kathmandu or at the entrance.
You should take extra precaution to prevent altitude sickness and other possible hazards while trekking. So you should get a travel insurance that covers all medical costs and possible rescue.