Packing Light for EBC

Our packs were very light for our 2013 Everest Base Camp Independent trek. My pack was 5.5 kilos and the trainer’s was 6 kilos. For the 2015 Everest Base Camp Independent  trek the porter carried 15 kilos which was our combined gear plus we both carried day packs weighing 2 or 3 kilos.

My Packing List

  • Last updated 6 May 2019

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport

  • Passport and visa – Visa on entry if you don’t mind standing in a queue. Getting a visa processed at Tribhuvan International Airport wasn’t too bad, but we have not been through this process in peak trekking season.There were photo machines there in 2018, in case you did not have a passport photo.
  • Passport photos – for the Visa and for your TIMS card
  • Nepalese rupees – including some small notes for arrival are helpful

Clothes for Kathmandu

Lighter clothes including sandals for Kathmandu – the weather was warmer, check weather for when you are there. On our first trip we travelled to subtropical Chitwan as well as in the Khumbu, so we needed light clothes for the area. We trekked in September/October and November/December.

Trekking Equipment

  • Back pack
  • Day packs
  • Padlocks for suitcase and backpack
  • 2 Waterproof stuff packs. Great for organising your stuff and for keeping them dry
  • Packing cubes (not critical but makes packing easier)
  • Trekking poles
  • Down sleeping bag
  • Silk sleeping bag liner – I didn’t take this on our second trek

Trekking Gear

  • Boots and extra laces – broken in
  • Socks, woollen
  • Plastic clogs (or thongs) – for showers and using shared toilets at night
  • Warm jacket with a hood
  • Waterproof jacket with a hood – for the wind and rain
  • Pants, long trekking 2 pairs
  • Long sleeve tee-shirts, merino wool, 2
  • Long sleeve polo neck tee-shirt, merino wool
  • Long leggings, merino wool, 2
  • Fleecy zip up wind-cheater – purchased in Namche Bazaar
  • Tee-shirts, one merino wool and one polyester running type
  • Underwear – 2 sport bras and 5 pairs of wool knickers
  • Handkerchiefs – just a few

Finding Your Way

  • A Guide or Porter/Guide
  • Map – purchased in Kathmandu
  • Small Torch – for night toilet trips and night time in room. Rooms normally have only one single light bulb
  • Small batteries, 2 dozen for the torches
  • Guide Book – we bought Trekking in Nepal Everest by Partha S. Banerjee a Milestone Himalayan Series bought in Melbourne.

Recording the Journey

  • Camera and charger – Canon G16
  • Two prong adapter
  • Notebook, very light and pens
  • Mobile phone for camera (and charger)
  • Two prong adapter
  • Notebook, very light and pens
  • Mobile phone for camera (and charger)

Keeping in Contact

  • Mobile phone for Facebook
  • Mobile phone purchased in Kathmandu with a Nepalese SIM card for calls home and to Kathmandu and on the Khumbu area

First Aid Kit

  • Water purification tablets
  • Band aids and bandages
  • Medicine (personal)
  • Medicine – broad spectrum antibiotics, something for dysentery
  • Travelan – I am a big fan of this as a precaution for diarrhoea
  • General pain killers
  • Something for stomach aches
  • Something for diarrhoea

All of the above where packed in zip lock containers. tablets were removed from packaging and only one side of the card box taken with the instructions.

Keep Sun Safe and Hydrated

  • Lip balm – buy your favourite from home
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat for the sun – which the trainer hates but it squashes down to nothing
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sunglasses
  • Prescription glasses
  • 2 Water bottles, plastic – next time trek 4 – we would take a steri- pen they are worth the investment and would pay for themselves, especially for two people.


  • Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb
  • Sports towel
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer, small bottle
  • Toilet paper and tissues
  • A double layer gauze to wipe off excess water. Dries quickly.

Keeping Warm

  • Beanie type wool hat. Also a “head sock” which I wore under the woollen beanie.
  • Headband, fleece
  • Neck-warmer, fleece
  • Gloves, 3, leather, woollen and cotton. I plan to invest in really good gloves before our next trek.
  • Buffs, 2 – purchased in Namche Bazaar
  • Thai Silk scarf, long

Fix it Kit

  • Ziplock bags
  • Super glue (to fix boots etc)
  • Rubber bands
  • Sticky tape
  • Plumbers tape – small amount not the whole roll
  • String
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Sewing kit – make up one of your own is better
  • Plastic bags – always good to take


Museli bars and a few chocolate bars.

What’s with the yellow wig? It wasn’t on MY packing list. It was a stowaway.

Plastic clogs (you could take thongs) – for showering, shared toilets etc – I used my plastic clogs in the evening in the lodge. They easily accommodated thick socks and being able to change out of your boots at the end of the day is a must. The clogs are not Crocs as they are too heavy. These were cheap $6 Australian dollars bought at Woolworths. The only pair in my size were the green ones.

What we didn’t take

  • Hair dryer – most rooms don’t have power points
  • MP3 player – it’s too dangerous to listen to music on the trail you have to be listening out for yak bells and its just another thing to keep charged
  • An extra pair of walking shoes are on some trekking lists. I used my green clogs when we arrived at our lodge
  • A novel to read – I was always too exhausted to read
  • Linament – we thought we wouldn’t need it because we had trained well and we had
  • Cream for rashes – definitely

New on the list for Trek 3 in 2018

 A mirror – or an app on my phone but a mirror is easier

Be Prepared Before You Leave

Make a packing list well in advance.
We weighed everything and cut off excess weight where we could
Check that your pack fits in your suitcase. We took the packs in the suitcase and left the suitcase in Kathmandu with the clothes we had used there.

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The wig and tie were stowaways.The plastic clogs were light and useful for the showers and around the lodges at night with socks.

6 thoughts on “Packing Light for EBC

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  2. Nice post but it’s funny you emptied tablets from it’s boxes to save weight and at the same time you taking 3 pairs of gloves šŸ˜‰

    Adios šŸ˜‰

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  3. HI Pepe, Yes you are right. But I packed the gloves and the Trainer (my husband) packed the tablets. Different packing styles. But I won’t be taking leather gloves again and I bought the cotton gloves on the trek because they hand grips. Thanks for the comment and visiting. Louise


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