Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek Gear List

Depending on sleeping arrangements-whether or not you sleep in tents or tea houses-the gear you pack and take to Nepal will change. Fortunately for you, all our sleeping arrangements are in guest houses, which means you do not need at tent, a stove, cooking utensils, a sleeping pad, etc. With that said, you will  need a warm sleeping bag.

Because Volant’s sleeping arrangements are in local tea houses and hotels, you will need to pack less, allowing you to enjoy travelling more. The following list should be closely followed if you book a trip with Volant.

Provided Equipment

  • Trip leader first-aid kit
  • TIMs Card (National Park entrance card)

Official Papers

  • Valid Passport
  • Copy of first page of passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa form for Nepal (or obtain at Kathmandu airport)
  • 2 extra passport photos


  • Duffel bag: extra-large (5,500 – 8,100 cu. in.)
  • Duffel bag or luggage/suitcase: for non-trek items left at the hotel in Kathmandu
  • Dayback:  for carrying personal trekking items (camera, water bottle, extra clothing, sunscreen, trail snacks, etc.)
  • Luggage tags and 2 TSA approved locks

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping bag: 0° or less (for all expeditions between Feb. and Nov.) -20° bag for expeditions in Dec. and Jan.
    • Tip: most tea houses have blankets, which can be used to supplement lighter bags. Also, warm clothing can be worn to supplement lighter bags.


  • Rain jacket with hood, both waterproof and breathable (REQUIRED)
  • Rain pants (full side-zips are recommended) (REQUIRED)
  • Insulated parka/ski jacket, either down or synthetic (REQUIRED)


  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants or tights
  • Midweight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Expedition-weight thermal tops/bottoms
  • Hiking pants/skirt (soft shell pants work well)
  • Hiking shorts – men (Spring and Summer treks)
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts (synthetic are suggested)
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks, wool or synthetic
  • Liner socks

Clothing Accessories

  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat (over ears)
  • Bandana and/or buff
  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Thin liner gloves


  • Hiking boots, sturdy, ankle support, water-resistant, well broken in
  • Camp shoes: trail shoes or running shoes (these are great for after long hikes and for the early stages of the trek)

City/Town Clothing

  • Lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear
  • Comfortable shoes

Travel Accessories

  • Reliable flashlight or headlamp (lithium batteries are best for cold weather)
  • Ear plugs (highly recommended, tea house walls are thin)
  • Small quantity of favorite energy snacks
  • Trekking poles (2)
  • Small waterproof pack cover for daypack
  • Two 1-quart water bottles or hydration system and one 1-quart water bottle
  • Sunglasses with strap (side-shields or glacier glasses recommended)
  • Sun block and lip balm – SPF 30+
  • Personal hygiene supplies including biodegradable soap
  • Medium quick-dry towel
  • Personal first aid kit / medicines
  • Hand sanitizer gel or hand wipes
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Roll of toilet paper in plastic bag or a package of wet ones
  • Throat lozenges or hard candies for dry or sore throat

Optional Field Gear

  • Camera and accessories
  • Battery charging station for cameras or personal electronics
  • Solar charger for batteries
  • Plug adapter (from Nepal – 2 round peg to US – 2 flat peg)
  • Water treatment tablets or drops or water filter
  • Down or synthetic-filled pants (On fall treks these are a very wise addition)
  • Down booties
  • Knee supports
  • Altimeter
  • Games, playing cards, etc.
  • Reading and writing materials

 Questions? Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns with what to take, do not hesitate to contact us one of three ways:

Contact Us Today

By email: [email protected]

By phone: (801) 651-7208

Everest base camp trek guest house
Everest Tea House Accomodations
Khumbu Tea House

Hiking Details

Make sure you prepare physically before you set off on your Everest adventure. Read these tips and suggestions to, when you arrive in the Himalayas, have both a rewarding and safe trip.

Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Learn more about our 19 day trek itinerary.

Nalgene water bottle, almost half-full with water, frozen to the sides

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