Packing is one of the most difficult tasks after deciding to go on a journey to the Everest region. You must be aware of what to bring on the trek and what to leave at home. You don't want to over-pack or under-pack!
If you are going via a trekking company, they provide one porter for every two trekkers with a weightage limit of around 20kg (10kg for each person). On top of that, your flight to Lukla will also have a weight limit. You must be very careful about what to add and what not to add on your trek.
It's a serious business for you to handle your bags by yourself either. You will be traveling over harsh terrain at elevations of more than 4000 meters. Along with keeping an eye on your feet and balance, you'll also need to worry about the added weight.
Below, we have prepared a packing and equipment list following our 22-days Itinerary for Everest High Passes. Changes may be required depending on the weather while on the hike. Please take note that this is only an example list of things to pack for your journey to the Everest High Pass region. You'll carry different things depending on the season. For instance, during the spring months, your packing list will be shorter because you might not need to bring along extra clothing. Similar to this, you might need to bring extra clothing during the winter. Additionally, your particular preferences will also determine the equipment you bring!
The temperature in the Everest Region
Seasons and altitude have an impact on the Everest Region's temperature. Depending on the elevation and season, in spring, the temperature may range from -7 to 22 degrees Celsius. Similarly, autumn has a temperature range of -8 to 18 degrees Celsius. The temperature can drop as low as -23 degrees Celsius throughout the winter. In addition, during the monsoon season, the temperature in the Everest region can fluctuate between -7 degrees Celsius to 18 degrees Celsius. As a result, you must pack your equipment appropriately!
- Trekking Boots: Bring a reliable pair of trekking boots. A good pair of trekking boots will come in handy. Make sure to break in your boots if they are new.
- Daypack/Backpack: Carry your day-to-day essentials in your daypack.
- Duffel Bag: If you have hired a porter, it is easier for you if you have a duffel bag. You can keep all your clothing in the bag.
- Sleeping Bag: This will be more than three weeks’ worth of trekking, make sure to carry a sleeping bag so you can sleep comfortably.
- Trekking Poles: Trekking poles are tools used to help trekkers maintain their rhythm and provide stability on long-distance steep slopes.
- Swiss knife: Swiss knife is multipurpose and can be useful during emergencies!
- Crampons: A crampon is a gripping (traction) tool fastened to the shoes to enhance movement on snow and ice while trekking. They are used for mounting glaciers as well as traversing ice fields.
Clothing when you are on a Trek
- Trekking Shirts: Be sure to purchase shirts that are lightweight, robust, breathable, and quick to dry.
- Windproof Jacket: At a higher height, the wind will be stronger. Wearing a windproof jacket will protect you from the sharp wind.
- Trekking Trousers: Be sure to carry strong, comfortable and quick-to-dry trousers.
- Raincoat and Rain Trousers: The weather is unpredictable in the Everest region, especially during the monsoon season. Be sure to carry raincoat and rain trousers. You never know when it will come in handy.
- Insulating Jacket/ Down Jacket: Even in the Himalayas' coldest months, an insulated jacket will keep you warm.
- Hiking Gloves: You can carry gloves to keep your hands warm, depending on the season. Two pairs are usually recommended, with one being the outer and the other being the inner layer.
- Hiking Socks: Socks made specifically for hiking are cozy and convenient.
- Woolen Hat: Protect yourself from the wind and cold while keeping yourself warm with woolen hats!
- Ear Muffs: Ear muffs keep your ears warm and guard against the cold.
- Scarf: Aids in keeping you safe while it's windy.
- Undergarments: Make sure you have breathable, sweat-proof underwear with you.
- Sun Hat/ Shade Hat: Use a sun hat to shield yourself from the sweltering heat.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and blinding white snow.
- Shoe Gaiters: These are strap-on insulating clothe for your feet to be worn outside your trousers.
- Neck Gaiters: Neck gaiters protect you from the impact of harsh wind on your neck.
Clothing when in your Accommodation
- Fleece-lined T-shirt: T-shirts that are comfy and warm for your lodging.
- Fleece-lined Trousers: Trousers that are warm and comfy for your accommodation.
- Thermals: You can stay warm by wearing garments with an inner lining of thermals. Layering is advised.
- Socks: You should have some warm socks with you for bed.
- Fleece-lined Jacket: Aims in keeping you warm at a high altitude.
- Slippers: A pair can be used to explore the tea houses.
- Light shoes: Trekking shoes may be heavy and not convenient while staying in tea-houses. Get another pair of light shoes for roaming around tea-houses.
- Toilet Paper: The majority of tea houses might feature standard facilities without toilet paper. You must have toilet paper on hand.
- Wet Wipes: When there isn't always access to water, wet wipes come in handy.
- Soaps and Shampoo: Use of travel-sized shampoo and soap will be sufficient.
- Hand Sanitizer: In cases where the water is too cold to touch, a sanitizer can be utilized.
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste: For oral sanitation reasoning.
- Mouth Wash: Referring to the period when water is too cold to touch.
- Lip Balm: Your lips will be shielded from chapping with lip balm.
- Sunscreen: Shield your skin from UV rays and sunburn using SPF 50 (or more) sunblock.
- Towel: Personal usage only.
- Deodorant: Water might not always be accessible for showers.
- Thin Blanket: If you trek the Everest region during the peak seasons of spring and autumn, there might be a shortage of blankets. Get yourself one for your usage.
- Earplugs and Eye Mask: You'll be able to sleep better at greater altitudes if you have earplugs and eye masks.
While trekking, you could become really hungry. Given that you are in a remote location, there may not be any stores nearby. As a result, you should pack snacks to keep your energy levels high and stop your blood pressure from dropping too low. You might want to pack the following items, which are listed below.
- Trail Mix
- Granola Bars
- Chocolate Bars
- Dry Fruits
Medicine and First Aid
- 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
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Note: 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
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Journal and pen
- Travel games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- modest swim suit
- Binoculars (optional)
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110 ampere)
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
- Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your stuff as a pillow
Some tips you can follow before you trek to the Everest Region
- Before going on a trek, always break in your boots while wearing hiking socks.
- Let your guide know if you have any existing medical conditions.
- Double-check all of your trekking gear.
- Verify the headlamps and cameras' batteries. Be sure to stock up on extras.
- You must always dress in layers for your Trek to Everest High Passes. Even in the busy months of September, October, and November, the weather at higher elevations is prone to change.
We hope that we were able to provide you with the necessary information regarding the equipment and packing list for trekking in the Everest High Pass Region. Happy Trekking!