It is my privilege to provide this information and help you prepare well for this trek of a lifetime. My previous blog on Preparing for EBC trek was focused on how to physically get ready to take on the trek. This particular write up is to help you prepare your equipment for the trek. I believe, top quality mountaineering clothing and equipment is an investment that will see you through years of adventures. It is wise to choose carefully, and go for quality.
Allow me to say this – how much so ever someone may prepare you for the trek the reality will dawn on you once you land and begin to walk from Lukla. Here goes the things that matter –
- Weather – It would be cold at nights and depending on time of the year, it would occasionally rain or may be snow. The lodges have central heating areas and your sleeping place will not have heating arrangements for sure. There would be lot of sun in the day. So we need to be ready for these.
- Water and Day snacks – This needs to be catered by the trekker and get costlier as you go up the trekl. The stream water and boiled water treated with SteriPen is good to use. This one will be based on your personal need. People do carry Gatorades etc. There are bakeries and shops on the way.
- Food – most of the food on the way is vegetarian. Meat is costly and in my opinion avoidable.
- Day Pack – The porters who carry your equipment leave very early in the morning, and are not normally seen during the day. Even when you have finished the trek for the day, your duffle bag may still be fetching. So you will need to keep your layers of clothing in your day pack.
The Check List
Usually there is a back pack you carry and there is a duffle pack your porter will carry for you ( 10 Kg). You should aim at packing not more than overall 15 kg to carry.
Fleece/Wool hat (to cover ears) or balcalava
Sunglasses & reading glasses with retainer
Scarf or bandana to cover and wipe face (dust/wind)
Under garments – 6
Lightweight walking pants – 2
Light weight thermal leggings – 2
Fleece or tracksuit pants -1
Waterproof shell pants -1
3x thin cotton inner socks
3x thick warm wool hiking socks
Light weight, water proof Hiking boots (with spare laces). You should have broken them in – for about 3 months before. ( no need for heavy thick leather shoes)
Sandals or Crocs
Walking poles if you need
3x T-shirts full sleeved. Better to take synthetic rather than cotton wears. These wick the sweat away. You would have rest days and laundry arrangements to clean them enrotue.
2x lightweight thermal inners
2x Merino/Fleece full sleeve tops
Waterproof shell jacket
Down vest/jacket* or highl neck sweater
Poncho rain cover cum wind cheater
Lightweight fleece gloves
Trail map & guide book
Sleeping bag ( 0 F for good weather or -20 F for winters – Nov to Mar)
Sleeping bag inner liner
Pillow slip/case – inflatable
Camp kit & Accessories:
Back pack of 33/40L or more, internal frame with waist belt strap. Prefer a top opening mountaineer’s style rucksack. Avoid large zipper openings and excessive outside pockets.
Expedition duffel bag: Large size with strong zippers and a padlock to lock it.
Small travel bag: Can also use a second duffel bag. For travel clothes and personal items at Kathmandu
Headlamp & spare batteries
Swiss Army knife
Hand touch & spare batteries
Open neck water bottles x2
Watch with light & alarm
Waterproof Pack cover
Toiletries & Personal Hygiene
Take all items small travel sizes or disposable.
2x quick dry towel & face cloth
Shampoo & Conditioner
Toothbrush & paste (biodegradable)
Multipurpose wipes (face & body)
Face & Body moisturizer
Clothes washing soap (biodegradable)
Toilet paper (you can buy more on trek)
Anti-Bacterial wipes (4x packs)
Hand sanitizer (small bottle)
Sun block face/body high UV protection
Lip block with UV protection
Feminine hygiene products
Camera & extra batteries
Laptop ( should be avoided though)
Binoculars ( optional )
Reading books – one or two
Journal & pen
Energy/protein bars (optional)
I Pod & SteriPen ( for stream water purification)
Take some gifts for the children – pens, whistle or sweets.
You need to spend some time with your doctor. Some advice is –
Eye drops for burning eyes
Motion sickness and high altitude sickness medicine
Water purification Tablets
It would be good to purchase the following at Kathmandu
- Iodine/Water Purification kit – Iodine or water purification tablets will save lot of cash.
- First Aid– Lip salve, diarrhea tablets, headache tablets, blister protection etc
- Food – Cereal bars & snickers.
- Babywipes – in case you are unable to take baths!
- Headlamp or torch–for late night movements in & out of the tea house.
- Map– A very important purchase although our guide will carry a good trail map for the Everest region. Make sure it has altitudes marked .
If you go well prepared you would have more fun out of this trek. Please feel free to suggest or provide feedback on anything that you think needs to be added or deleted in this base on your personal experience.