What kit do I need for Everest Base Camp? How cold does Everest Base Camp get?
These are some of the most asked questions about Everest Base Camp! So today I'm going to talk you through the full kit list, and give some personal recommendations.
Kit List - Everest Base Camp
You'll be staying indoors - in 'tea houses' - but you still need a sleeping bag. Tea houses aren't heated at night you see!
Sleeping bag ratings are complex - but there is only one number you want to look at. The EN comfort rating should be -15C (5F) , or -20C (-5F) if you feel the cold.
Cheapest - Snugpak Softie 15 Intrepid/Discovery which is made of synthetic materials (vegan friendly), which makes it a little heavier/bulkier than the rest here (which use down). The Kelty Cosmic 0 is also good.
High Quality - Feathered Friends Snowbunting is simply fantastic. Future proof for extreme expeditions!
The key rule is no cotton. Cotton is great in warm temperatures but terrible in cold ones. Here's your full list:
- T-shirts - Running t-shirts like this are perfectly fine, or you can get e.g. a Patagonia Capilene. Merino wool will smell better for longer, so for a high end option the Rab Merino 120 is great.
- Base layer trousers - Affordable base-layers like Wed'ze mens trousers or Co-op Lightweight Base Layer Bottoms work well. Personally I like to spend a little more here and go for Rab Powerstretch trousers, which dry quickly and last longer.
- Socks - Any wool hiking socks work fine as long as they are taller than your boots, e.g. these. For a higher-end option Smartwool Heavyweight Socks are extremely comfortable. Get a few thick ones and a few thinner ones.
- Gloves and mitts - Mitts are much warmer than gloves, but you want both for some versatility. The key thing here is fit - not tight (which cuts off the blood) but not too long/wide in the fingers that they have dead space. The mitts should be waterproof, and the gloves should at least be snow-proof.
- Wool hat
- Fleece - Affordable fleeces are totally fine here. Otherwise go for a Patagonia R1 Hoody which comes with a balaclava hood!
- Trekking trousers - Lightweight water resistant trousers are great e.g. the Quechua MH500 or REI Co-op Sahara. A great higher-end option is the Prana Stretch Zion which is super comfy.
- Booster layer - Either another thicker fleece, or I prefer a thin synthetic insulated jacket. The Rab Paradox is fantastic and also one of the most affordable synthetic layers.
- Waterproof jacket - My favourite affordable option is the Marmot PreCip which is fantastic but doesn't last forever. For something harder wearing the Arc'teryx Beta SL is really nice.
- Waterproof trousers - The Marmot PreCip Trousers are in my opinion, the best at any price range. More expensive trousers end up ripping over time anyway!
There are lots of jackets that do the job well, and usually you can find one in the sale. We like the Rab Valiance, Rab Positron, Rab Neutrino Pro, Rab Ascent, Rab Asylum, Mountain Equipment Lightline , Mountain Equipment Fitzroy (vegan friendly) or the Salewa Heavy Down Jacket. Personally I own 5 of these down jackets, and typically reach for the Salewa Heavy (most expensive in this list) or Rab Positron for trips like EBC.
Summer boots are fine - as long as they are tall enough to protect your ankles. Fit is most important but it's worth choosing a respected brand like REI, Salewa, Lowe, Scarpa or La Sportiva.
- Travel insurance details
- Boarding passes for flights
- 2 passport photos
- Driver’s license (if needed)
- Cash USD
- Credit/Debit Card (Ensure you have $500 on your card incase an emergency helicopter evacuation is needed)
- A daysack: 35 litres
- A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back (Max 8kg of weight for porters to carry)
- Dry Liner or Dry Bag
- Water bottle/thermos: At least 2L. Nalgene bottles best.
- Personal medication – Inhaler, Blister pads etc
- General Toiletries, Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
- Electronics - Head torch, travel adaptor, phone & charger
- MP3/Music and headphones
- Travel wash
- Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
And that's it! By the way - if you're not booked on already you can do that here:
Norwegian High Mountain Instructor