The Only Packing List you need for the Everest Base Camp Trek

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A lot of posts out there give you various suggestions on what to pack for the Everest Base Camp trek. But many of those posts sometimes suggest too many, or too expensive items!

As someone who treks extensively in India, I already had a lot of the equipment needed for the Everest Base Camp trek. I only had to purchase very few additional items. My main aim while packing for the trek was:

  1. To make sure I have all the essential items that I would not get on the trail

  2. To keep the weight of my backpack low as I was going to carry everything myself

I did a ton of research online, looked at many websites, as I wanted to be very sure of packing the right gear. I got many useful tips through the research, and I also learnt many things on the trek! So here's my packing list for the Everest Base Camp, along with my handy tips and tricks.

Pumori and Kala Patthar



On Your Back

Trekking Accessories

Sleeping Gear

First Aid Kit and Medicines




  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste

  • Toilet Paper (you can buy from the tea houses, but it gets super expensive, so carry enough!)

  • Moisturizer and Lip Balm

  • Sunscreen (atleast SPF 40)

  • Comb

  • Towel


  • Full sleeved trek t-shirts (3)

  • Trek pants (2)

  • Fleece jacket (2)

  • Thick jacket (1 - ideally made of down)

  • Undergarments (as needed)

  • Thermal inners (1 pair - This will be super useful for the colder evenings)

On Your Back

  • A backpack (I carried a 70 litre Gregory Deva backpack. I would recommend to carry atleast a 60 litre backpack to fit all your stuff in)

  • A small day pack (10-20 litre daypack for rest/acclimitization days to carry water, some snacks, and an extra jacket where you don't need your full backpack)

  • A rain/snow cover for your backpack

  • Packing cubes (these are basically small zippered packs that are amazing to organize all your stuff neatly in the backpack)

Trekking Accessories

  • Woolen cap

  • Woolen gloves (1-2 pairs)

  • Waterproof gloves (1-2 pairs)

  • Sun cap/hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Headlamp/Torch (with extra batteries)

  • Cotton socks (3-6 pairs)

  • Woolen socks (2 pairs - for the night)

  • Trekking shoes (preferable high ankle, water proof shoes)

  • Floaters/Flipflops (to wear after your trek in the tea house)

  • Trekking pole (1-2)

  • Water bottles or Hydration bladder (to carry atleast 2-3 litres of water)

  • Water purification tablets/drops (optional)

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping bag (0°C to -10°C. This can be avoided if you do not mind using the blankets provided at the tea houses. They are usually not washed after each use because of the weather, and can be a little unhygienic, and also some places like Gorakshep have a scarcity of blankets!)

First Aid Kit and Medicines

  • First aid kit (cotton, gauze, antiseptic cream, band-aids, micropore tape)

  • Pain killer spray or ointment

  • Crepe bandage

  • ORS/Any Energy powder

  • Antacid (for indigestion)

  • Anti-diarrhoea medicine

  • Paracetamol (for fever and

  • Motion sickness medicine

  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)

  • Antihistamine (for allergies)

  • Sanitary napkins/Tampons (for women. Carry them even if you are not expecting your period. Your cycle might change due to hormonal fluctuations!)

  • Oximeter (optional, but very useful and handy to check your oxygen saturation, especially as you gain altitude)


  • Camera

  • Power Bank (carry atleast 2. You can charge your phone at the tea houses, but it can be expensive)

  • ID Proof

  • Cash (make sure you carry enough! I have shared details about the cost of the trek in this post)


  • Dry fruits (like almonds, walnuts, raisins)

  • Energy bars

  • Dates

  • Anything else that stays fresh for a couple of weeks. Don't go overboard with the snacks though, as this can add weight to your pack

Lobuche Glacier


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