Kit List for Everest Base Camp Trek / Run

In late December Sondre Amdahl and I took on the trek route to Everest Base Camp (read the full blog here). This was done in 7 days (normally takes about 11 days) and we were self-sufficient, meaning we did not have any porters or guides. We bought all our food and drink along the way and we stayed in lodges. Here is the kit list and a few comments of what I would change. This advice refers to a winter trek when temperatures are lower than in the normal trekking high season. Total weight of the kit including backpack was approximately 5kg. In order to achieve a weight as light as this you need too look at high quality materials, particularly high fill power down for the sleeping bag and jacket. If you don’t you have to carry more weight and more volume so you will need a bigger backpack. That is not necessarily an issue but for moving fast, keeping weight down is of the essence. This time of year is the dry season so you don’t need to worry about rain. It can snow a bit higher up and the main concern is staying warm in the cold.

Shoes
Sleeping
Backpack
  • Raidlight Responsiv 20L (very comfortable, extremely light – if you pack more gear you need a bigger backpack though)
Clothes
Electronics
  • Head Torch Black Diamond Ion with 2 x AAA batteries
  • iPhone 7 (water resistant) with protective cover and short charge cable
  • Ncell SIM card with 5GB data preloaded (bought in Kathmandu)
  • Garmin Fenix 5 with gpx route loaded and charge cable
  • Charger Goal Zero Flip 20 (very reliable, even in the cold)
  • 1 x Euro wall plug with USB socket
  • Garmin InReach Satellite Phone (one for the two of us – Sondre’s)
Personal care and various other items
Food

You can buy all food, snacks, water and drink at regular intervals along the way. As such it is not necessary to carry food in advance unless you have specific dietary requirements.

What would I change?

For the days we were above 4,400m it got very cold. The reports were of -27 degrees C at night and -15 degrees C during the day. The sun warms up a lot but you also get wind chill. I would take a pair of down mitts for the colder days next time and possibly a warmer hat. I would also take own extra pair of Merino socks and swap out one pair of X-socks Marathon socks. I had 3 pairs of socks in total. Everything else worked a treat.

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