People trekking to Everest Base Camp

Everest base camp trek packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for your trek to Everest base camp with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the evenings eating and relaxing, too.

Travel essentials

Make sure to bring these documents and must-haves:

  • Passport (should be valid for at least six months from start of trip, with photocopies)
  • Travel visa (for all countries visited that require them, with photocopies)
  • Vaccination certificates (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
  • Sufficient medical and travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Critical medication
  • Credit and debit cards
  • The local currency in various denominations
  • Itinerary, ticket and reservation info

Luggage and organization

You’ll be trekking to Everest base camp, so this is a super active trip. You’ll be on the move most of the time, which means it’s important to pack as lightly as possible.

There is one porter for every two travellers, and the porter will carry your trekking gear in a waterproof duffle that we’ll provide. You will carry a daypack with the things you’ll need for the day.

The most the porters are allowed to carry is 10kg (22lb.) per traveller. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla only allows for a weight limit of 10kg (22lb.) for luggage, and 5kg (11lb.) for hand luggage. You can leave some of your luggage in Kathmandu (the hotel may charge a storage fee), but you’ll need to take all your trekking gear with you. Make sure to check the trip details page for the most up-to-date information on weight limits.

Clothing

Weather can change quickly at high elevations, so you’ll want to bring clothing layers: a base-layer, mid-layer and outer layer (learn how to layer to stay warm). Choose quick-drying synthetic or merino wool clothing that is lightweight, wicks moisture and won’t wrinkle in your pack. Leave the cotton at home.

Footwear

Trekking gear and Personal care

Optional travel items