Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake Packing List

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is daunting to say the least. Every time I thought about what to pack, I felt overwhelmed. While the company I went with provided a list, I also did extensive research online to ensure I didn’t forget anything. Since I was coming from tropical countries, I couldn’t bring any gear with me and had to buy everything in Kathmandu. Lucky for me, it’s a haven of knock off trekking gear at reasonable prices. I ended up getting everything from three different locations (mentioned below).

For my trek, I did the Gokyo Lake to Everest Base Camp route in November which lasted 17 days total. The list below is everything I took on the trek, where I purchased it, and how much I paid. While I got good deals on some items, I’m sure I could have done better on others. Overall, I spent under $200 on everything I bought which was well within my budget. In case you don’t have time to buy everything in Kathmandu or you want higher quality items, I’ve also included links to buy similar items online before you go.

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek Packing List

Clothing

Down Coat

Before I left, some people told me I wouldn’t even need a down coat. I’m glad I didn’t listen because there were some nights that were freezing, and I walked around the tea houses in it. We also got snow one day and some pretty freezing winds another. A few girls on my trek had Rab coats. If I did the trek again, I’d invest in one. They took up very little room in their bags, and they never looked cold.

Rented from Hi-Himal Sports Wear International for 80 rupees a day ($16.00 total)

Waterproof ¾ Season Jacket

A waterproof wind jacket is a must. I wore this most days in the morning and when we were trekking in the shade. It didn’t rain on our trip, so luckily I didn’t need it for that.

Bought from Everest Outdoor Gear’s for 1500 rupees ($15)

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Waterproof ¾ Season Pants

Since I only brought two trekking pants, I pretty much lived in these. Waterproof and windproof are key. These were still lightweight enough for regular weather, but with thermals underneath they were perfect on really cold days.

Bought from Everest Outdoor Gear’s for 1000 rupees ($10)- negotiated down from 1500 because I bought a lot from them

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Lightweight Trekking Trouser

Knowing what I know now, I would just buy two windproof/waterproof pairs of trousers. The lightweight ones were a cheaper quality and weren’t as nice. The extra 500 rupees for the other kind was worth it.

Bought from Everest Outdoor Gear’s for 1000 rupees ($10)

Quick Dry T-Shirts (2)

Quick dry shirts are a must. Some days were so hot that I was sweating and by the afternoon it’d be freezing. Having wet clothes would be extremely uncomfortable. It also made it easier to wash them along the way. Looking back, I would have bought one long sleeve quick dry shirt as well.

Bought from Everest Outdoor Gear’s for 1000 rupees (500 or $5 each)

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Thermal Underwear (1 top and 1 bottom)

I definitely splurged on the thermals since I’m always cold. These came in handy at the highest altitudes, especially at night. I’d read that some people get two pairs (one for day and night), but I found one to be sufficient.

Bought from Trekking Gear for 1900 rupees ($19) negotiated down from 3200 because I bought a lot from them

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Fleece Jacket

I lived in my fleece jacket. I wore it under my coat on cold days, over my t-shirt on warm days, and to bed. If there was room in my bag, I definitely would bring two next time.

Bought from Everest Outdoor Gear’s for 600 rupees ($6)

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Fleece Leggings

These were a lifesaver and became my pajama bottoms for the entire trek. Fleece leggings are a must if you’re trekking in colder months.

Bought from Everest Outdoor Gear’s for 500 rupees ($5)

1 Yoga Legging

I wasn’t sure about bringing yoga leggings but was super happy I did. There were days when I just didn’t want to wear trekking pants. They were also great for layering under trekking trousers in the morning when it was cold and then striping down in the afternoon.

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2 Sports Bras

I brought two quick dry sports bras from home which were easy to pack and wash.

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5 Pairs of Socks

I brought two wool trekking ankle socks from home and bought three tall pairs in Kathmandu. I managed to wash each pair once and kept one pair of ankle socks separate for sleeping.

Bought from Everest Outdoor Gear’s for 150 rupee each ($1.50)

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8 Underwear

Doing laundry was harder than I thought. There wasn’t always a place to dry clothes and often times when we arrived at places, it got cloudy. While we could hang things by the fireplace in lodges or off our bags during the daytime, underwear were a little trickier. I’d actually go with 10 pairs next time since they don’t take up room in your bag.

1 Long Sleeve Cotton T-Shirt

I used this as a sleep shirt and loved it. I definitely recommend long sleeves since I wore a fleece over it and was still cold most nights.

Hiking Boots

I had a lightweight hiking boot / sneaker hybrid and really liked them. Other people had legit hiking boots. Whatever you choose, make sure you’ve broken them in beforehand.

Flip Flops

These are handy for walking around the tea houses or using the toilets at night. That being said, they aren’t a necessity. I probably could have done without them.

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek Packing List

Accessories

Gaiters

I found these to be a waste of money. I never used them once and to be honest I’m not really sure why you’d need them unless you were trekking in the snow.

Bought from Trekking Gear for 1450 rupees ($14.50)

Winter Hat

I lived in my winter hat. In fact, someone in my group said he’d never seen me without it on. The yak wool ones that cover your ears are amazing and cheap in Kathmandu.

Bought from street vendor for 150 rupees ($1.50)

Baseball Cap

I’m not big on baseball caps, but I wore mine a lot on this trek. The sun is strong on the mountain, and a cap really helps keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes.

Bought from Everest Outdoor Gear’s for 500 rupees ($5)

Buff

I’ve never owned a buff before, but these are a must. I bought a fleece one, but I’d recommend getting a thinner one for warm days as well. They make it easier to breathe and keep dust out of your face.

Bought from Everest Outdoor Gear’s for 250 rupees ($2.50)

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Waterproof Gloves

Warm fleece lined waterproof gloves are necessary. Some days my fingers were freezing, especially if you plan to do the sunrise treks.

Bought from Trekking Gear for 950 rupees ($9.50)

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Polarized UV Sunglasses

The ones I bought were overpriced and cheaply made so I recommend buying these at home, but good sunglasses are a must.

Bought from Trekking Gear for 2200 rupees ($22.00)

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Backpack Rain Cover

We had beautiful weather so I only needed this once, but it’s a must for your backpacks.

Bought from Trekking Gear for 550 rupees ($5.50)

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Trekking Poles

Trekking poles are a personal preference. I did the whole trek accept for one steep downhill section without poles. Others in my group used them the entire time. If I did it again, I wouldn’t bother getting them since they are an awkward shape to carry around.

Rented from Hi-Himal Sports Wear International for 600 rupees ($6) for 20 days

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Toiletries

Dental

I brought a toothbrush, toothpaste, and some dental floss.

Shower

I bought individual packets of shampoo and conditioner for 5 rupees each. I got two of each since I expected to shower twice. I’d recommend getting four of each just in case. I also brought a small bar of soap which came in handy for laundry as well. Make sure to bring your own small quick dry towel as well since tea houses won’t provide one. On days when it was too cold to shower I used wet wipes. One pack of 30 cost 395 rupees ($3.95). Baby powder (115 rupees or $1.15) was a nice treat for my feet at the end of each day. It also worked as a dry shampoo on greasy days.

Sun Protection

I bought a SPF 50 sports sunscreen for 700 rupees ($7) which stays on even when you sweat. I also had an SPF 50 lip balm which was handy on really hot days.

Bathroom

You’ll need to pack your own toilet paper. I paid 395 rupees ($3.95) for four rolls in Kathmandu. On the mountain, it can cost 500 per roll ($5). You’ll also need an antibacterial hand sanitizer. A lot of places don’t have soap or running water. When they do, the water is so cold that you won’t want to touch it. I used two travel sized bottles during the trek.

Feminine Hygiene

I’d recommend getting a Blossom Cup. If you don’t want to use one then make sure to bring whatever pads/tampons you’ll need as they are hard to find and expensive.

Other

I brought fabric softener sheets from home. I put them in with my clean clothes and laundry to make sure everything stayed smelling fresh over the 3 weeks. They definitely made a difference.

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek Packing List

Snacks

Tea Bags

Ordering tea in the mountain can be expensive. A cup can range from 50 rupees to 250 rupees. Ordering hot water and bringing your own tea bags or instant coffee is a lot cheaper.

190 rupees for twenty bags ($1.90)

Trail Mix

Definitely have some trail mix with you. These are great for tea breaks, early morning hikes, extra altitude treks in the afternoon, etc. I brought ten small bags but probably only needed to have six with me.

1720 rupees for ten bags of dried coconut, cashews, raisins, almonds, dates ($17.20)

Granola Bars

A variety pack of granola bars is also great for snacking.

8 pack for 465 rupees ($4.65)

Kit Kat Bar (Bag of minis)

This was the best thing I bought. Chocolate on the mountain can be pretty expensive, so bite sized kit kats were perfect and lasted my entire trek.

580 rupees for a bag of minis ($5.80)

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek Packing List

Medicine/First Aid

Diamox

Diamox is medicine for altitude sickness. I spoke with my guide and decided not to take this while ascending. I didn’t have any problems, but I was glad I had it with me just in case I needed it.

Cold Medicine

I’m so glad I had cold medicine with me. I got a nasty cold which lasted almost the entire second half of the trek.

Antibiotics

Luckily, I did not need antibiotics but I know a few people who did. I’ve heard that 80% of tourists who come to Nepal get diarrhea. The bacteria here doesn’t respond to some antibiotics, so make sure to look into which one to bring ahead of time.

Olive Leaf and Zinc

I brought some immune boosting vitamins in case I got sick. I actually went through my entire stash in two days when I had a cold. I’d definitely bring more next time.

Antiseptic Towelette, Neosporin

I didn’t need these, but you never know.

Advil/Tylenol

I brought some pain medication just in case. I didn’t need any, but a guy in my group had a terrible headache one day, and I was able to help him out.

Airborne Chewables

I went through these like candies when I was sick. Prior to my cold, I took a couple a day as a vitamin supplement to make sure I stayed healthy.

Tiger Balm

I didn’t use my tiger balm, but it was good to know I had it in case of sore muscles.

Hydration Packets

Ceralyte 70 hydration packets are great. I didn’t need mine since I drank 3 liters of water a day, but I’m glad I had them just in case.

Diarrhea Medicine

Again, I didn’t need this, but I was happy I had it just in case.

Throat Lozenges

I should have bought two bags. My throat was so dry that I ended up coughing up blood one day. I also woke up several nights coughing and felt awful for my roommates who had to listen. Almost everyone on my trek had a sore throat at least one day.

Knee Braces

Going downhill takes a toll on your knees so having a brace can be handy.

Water Purification Tablets

Water gets more and more expensive the higher you get. 1 liter at the higher altitudes can cost $4, and you need to drink about 3 liters a day. Water tablets are so easy to use and take up no room in your luggage.

Bought from Trekking Gear for 450 rupees ($4.50)

Bandaids, Athletic Tape, Ace Bandage

These were great in case of an emergency or blisters, but I didn’t need to use any during my trip.

Vaseline

I used so much vaseline on my lips and nose to keep them moisturized especially when I had a cold. This was a life saver at higher altitudes.

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek Packing List

Sleep/Night Time

Sleeping Bag

I got a four seasons sleeping bag up to -20 degrees. Other people had lighter ones, but we were all freezing, so I’d go with the warmest one possible.

Rented from Hi-Himal Sports Wear International for 80 rupees a day (1600 total or $16.00)

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Silk Sleeping Bag Liner

Since I was renting a sleeping bag, I wanted to have a liner as well. It added some extra warmth and was worth the extra cost.

Bought from Everest Outdoor Gear’s for 650 rupees ($6.50)

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Headlamp and six batteries

A lot of the tea houses work on solar power and sometimes the electricity runs out at night, so you’ll need a headlamp to go to the bathroom. We also did sunrise treks which started before it was light outside.

Bought for 1300 rupees ($13)

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Slippers

I absolutely loved wearing my yak wool slippers around the tea houses at night. They weren’t a necessity, but they made my nights more comfortable.

Bought from a street vendor for 200 rupees

Eye Mask and Earplugs

I didn’t use mine but the walls are thin in the tea houses so these are helpful.

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek Packing List

Electronics

Venture 30 Goal Zero Battery Pack

Electricity is expensive on the mountain. I’d actually recommend getting a solar panel as well. I only charged my battery pack one time for 300 rupees ($3), but I know some people who paid a lot to charge electronics.

GoPro, Spare Batteries, Charger

I opted to only bring my GoPro instead of my traditional camera. It’s small size and battery life made it an obvious choice. I brought two extra fully charged batteries as well. I had to charge each battery one time to last the entire trip.

Cellphone, Charger

I charged my phone three times and paid for wifi twice. Wifi cost 600 rupees ($6) for 200mb. It was enough to use WhatsApp a few days.

Ncell SIM Card

Ncell works the best in the Everest Region. I managed to have service for several days of the trek. At higher altitude it doesn’t work. You can get a card for under 1000 ($10) but may need to search for a good deal in Katmandu as some places tried to charge me triple.

Outlet Adapter

This adapter came in handy twice when our room actually had an electrical socket, and we didn’t have to pay to charge.

Kindle

I almost didn’t bring my Kindle and changed my mind at the last minute. There is a lot of down time, and I finished two books on the trek. Definitely stock it full of books before leaving because wifi is expensive.

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek Packing List

Other

Passport & Passport Photos

No one ever checked my passport, but I did need passport photos for my permits to enter the park.

Copy of Travel Insurance

I didn’t need this, but it’s important to have your policy number and all the phone numbers you may need in case of an emergency.

Mudder Waterproof Bags

We only had one day where it rained for about 10 minutes which was really lucky. I swear by these bags in case of a downpour. There are times where there is no where to take cover so protecting electronics and wallets is important.

Playing Cards

Someone else will always have playing cards, but just in case I’d recommend bringing a pack. We probably played cards for about two hours every night.

I used almost everything I brought with me except a few emergency items. If you’ve done the trek and know of something I forget, mention it in the comments. If you’re about to go on the trek, feel free to ask any questions!

Packing List for Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake

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