In 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary made history as the first people to reach the summit of the tallest mountain in the world famously known as Mount Everest. Since then, Everest Base Camp (EBC) has found a place in people’s heart and most people are willing to follow in the footsteps of the aforementioned climbing legends to trek the area. It’s always daunting to know that you’ll be climbing along high ridges and trekking over suspension bridges, but proper equipment and preparation will go along the way to ensure you have a great trekking experience. If planning to travel to Nepal, are you wondering the things to carry when trekking to Everest Base Camp? If yes, let’s find out.
First things first, the clothing you pack depends largely on the season in which you’ll be trekking Everest Base Camp but understanding layering will ensure you make the right choices. Layering enhances wicking or allows moisture to pass from one layer to another.
Due to a large variation in altitude, layering makes it easier to add or remove layers of clothing when trekking to help you easily adapt to the temperature. Every layer you use must support the wicking process meaning that it should be made from wickable fabric. Cotton tends to trap moisture due to its hydrophilic material and therefore, avoid them when packing your clothing.
The season you’ll be trekking also determines the types of clothing to carry. For instance, the peak seasons of September-November and March-May provide good weather hence recommendable to carry light clothes. However, you’ll need to carry warmer clothes when trekking in the cold winter months (December-February). In short, you’ll bring hiking boots, t-shirts, a long sleeve shirt for layering, trekking pants, long underwear or leggings, trekking socks, hats, gloves, and a raincoat.
Trekking poles are must-have for anyone looking forward to having an outstanding trekking experience at Everest Base Camp. In addition to helping you find your balance, these poles also help to distribute weight. A good trekking pole will also reduce the impact on your leg joints and knees by up to 20%. When descending, the load on your joints tend to increase and trekking poles will ensure that you are moving swiftly and safely. As a golden rule, looking for an adjustable lightweight trekking pole will improve your experience, as it will be versatile, durable and easy to store.
Along with your hiking clothing, evenings are always freezing and bringing a sleeping bag will keep you warm. Basically, tea houses provide basic sleeping facilities with blankets, but during cold nights, you are likely to feel uncomfortable because they are not properly insulated. Having your own sleeping bag will ensure you sleep in a clean and warm place for your health and peace of mind. It is recommendable to bring a warm 4-season sleeping bag made from goose or duck down or quality synthetic and should be rated from -10 to -20 degree C. As a rule of thumb, the sleeping bag you choose must have an insulated hood for added warmth and should fit the shape of your body.
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First aid kit
When trekking to Everest Base Camp, it goes without saying that everyone would expect to have fun and create lifelong memories. However, you can unexpectedly slip and injure your arms or legs and if you want to continue with your adventure, carrying a first aid kit will be a great idea. The kit can have Diamox for altitude sickness, Aleve, Vicks vapor rub, sunscreen, painkillers, Imodium for diarrhea, re-hydration gel/powder, medical tape, blister band-aids or moleskin, Advil for cold and sinus, nasal moisturizer, and tiger balm among others.
Technology and entertainment
We are living in a digital age and you can hardly ignore the power and importance of technology when trekking to Everest Base Camp. Nepal has outstanding scenery and having a great camera will help you capture your trekking experience in HD for future reference. Bringing a Smartphone will also keep you updated, as you will be able to share your experience on social media pages as you learn what’s happening across the world. Also, having a USB portable battery charger will make it easier for you to charge your electronic devices when need be. In the evening, the best way to kill time will be reading your favorite book and therefore, bringing an e-reader will help you sharpen your knowledge while reducing your boredom.
Toiletries are very important and should be among the things to carry when trekking to Everest Base Camp. You will need to carry a foot powder, toilet paper, shampoo, soap, gold bond, microfiber towel, toothbrush and toothpaste, moisturizer, facial wash, and sunblock.
People go through hard times as they work hard to make ends meet; waking up early in the morning, dealing with traffic jam, unbearable bosses and nagging workmates among other nerve-wracking activities. It is, therefore, recommendable to spare your time to unwind as you explore Mother Nature. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a great idea and if you’d want to enjoy the experience, you must know what to carry. Aside from the above items, you should remember to bring other things such as permits, travel documents, and cash. Also, carrying your favorite snacks and energy bars will give you the energy and motivation to get through the trail as you enjoy the trek.