What to pack for an Everest Trek

September 14, 2020

From thermals, to accessories and the all-important hiking boots, here’s everything you need to pack for Everest base camp

Long before Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay successfully summited Mount Everest, people were fascinated by the 8,848 m giant. The mountain gained global attention in the 19th-century after being labelled the world’s tallest and it wasn’t long before mountaineers set out to climb to heights no human ever had before. Today, trekking to the base of Everest is more achievable than ever, even if you’re a novice climber. The Everest Base Camp trek winds around the Mahalangur range of the Himalayas, showcasing her rugged beauty.

Tents line the Everest Base Camp, Nepal.
Tents line the Everest Base Camp, Nepal.

A high level of physical fitness is recommended - you will be trekking for two weeks at a high altitude - no mean feat. You don’t need to be an avid mountain climber, but the fitter you are, the better. It’s vital you pack appropriately to ensure you don’t end up at 5,000 m, wishing you’d packed different shoes or a third thermal top.

A hiker stands on a mountain edge with pack and prayer flags in Nepal.
A hiker stands on a mountain edge with pack and prayer flags in Nepal.

Here, a comprehensive guide to packing for an Everest trek

The essentials

This list has been collated with the help of experts at Trekking Team Group, who have been hosting tours in the Himalayas for 25 years.

Bag specifications

Should be a backpack, not suitcase, and weigh a maximum of 10 kgs - porters will carry your bag during the trek which means packing the essentials only. A light daypack is also needed to carry water and other items during your trek. If you have any additional luggage, this can be left in Kathmandu.

Close-up of hiking boots and pack
Close-up of hiking boots and pack


Although temperatures vary throughout the year, even the summer months experience nighttime temperatures below zero degrees, so be sure to pack warm clothes regardless of the time of year you’re travelling.

Light thermal tops and pants

Breathable hiking shirts

Fleece jacket or pullover jumper

Lightweight shell jacket

Warm, waterproof jacket

Trekking pants and shorts (made from breathable fabric)

Broken-in hiking boots (crucial for avoiding extreme discomfort along the trek)

Thick, wool hiking socks

Clothing and footwear for around camp (running shoes, t-shirts)

Close up of hiking clothing laid out.
Close up of hiking clothing laid out.


Lightweight thermal gloves

Heavyweight gloves (for higher altitudes)

Sun hat

Warm fleece hat or light balaclava


Sunglasses with UV protection (UV is much stronger at high altitude)

Head torch

Small padlock to lock trek bag

Reusable water bottle

Travel towel

Trekking/ski poles (optional)

People hiking with walking poles.
People hiking with walking poles.

Additional considerations

First aid kit

Along with the usual items, stock with vitamins, hydration powder and plenty of sticky plasters (Band-Aids and the like).

Sleeping bag

For a comfortable stay in the Himalayan teahouses, be sure to bring a sleeping bag, rated to -10 degrees.

Pack of cards

In between trekking, there is plenty of down time in the local villages, so make sure to pack something to keep you entertained.


As you climb higher in altitude, so does the UV. Avoid sunburn and pack a high SPF sunscreen.

Water purifying pen

Most water sources along the trek are safe once purified, so avoid buying disposable bottles and bring a purifying pen with you. Your guide will inform you if the water is unsafe to drink.

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