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Backpacking tips for Everest Base Camp trek

  • 01-Sep-2016
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Are you all set for joining Everest Base Camp Trek this autumn, get that adventurous feeling of walking across the foothills of the Himalayas but stuck on backpacking? Then these backpacking tips for the Everest trek would be surely helpful. The common mistake most of us do is either pack everything that comes into our mind making it tough to carry and walk around or we forget the essential items which we realize after it’s too late. Therefore you need to pack light and pack right to make your trip a good one.

If you are trekking with a group organized by a government registered trekking company in Nepal, then there must not be so much of a burden for you as there will be a porter team (one porter for two trekkers) who will carry their duffel bags. However, if your trek comprises domestic flight, then the accepted weight limit must be known beforehand. For example, you are supposed to bring along only 15 kilograms of baggage while flying from the Kathmandu-Lukla route in the Everest region plus 1 kg at hand carry. Excess stuff you need to leave at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Therefore, a 55-65 liters backpack would be enough to carry approx 15 kilograms of weight. And another important thing is that weight must be properly distributed. For example, you are recommended to bring your own sleeping bag, air mattress tied above your backpack, layers of clothes, socks, and energy bars along with other stuff packed uniformly in the luggage. If you love reading then complete your novel carrying only one book packed at the bottom. You can pack water purification tablets, other medications, waterproof coats, and gaiters in the middle while passport, maps, money, permits, and other documents are recommended to insert just below the top layer towel or something so that you can have easy access to it. Also don’t forget the suns cream, hat, and UV protection sunglasses that you must pack for Nepal treks.

If photography comes in your priority then only carry the tripod, or else it is not essential if you are clicking pics with your i phone (or any other phone with a nice camera :p). Don’t forget to pack at least two high mah power banks to recharge your phone or GoPro. Carry a selfie stick if you are making a video as you go. Bring extra batteries for your DSLR if you have, because you may have to pay a certain charge for recharging your electronics.  If you are carrying DSLR then you can tie your camera bag at your hip or swing in your neck so that it lies sideways.

Finally, some tips on carrying the backpack, you need to tighten your backpack above the hip to avoid a sluggish walk that pushes you backward. If you need some rest for your shoulder, then lose the strap but not much so that your waist carries an equal amount of weight. Therefore, after packing your backpack, now are ready to go for a great EBC adventure in Nepal. Contact us for more information. We love to hear from you.

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