Packing for Long-term Trekking and Travel

From first aid kits to wick-and-wear clothing, packing for the climb to Everest Base Camp feels almost more daunting than the mountain.  I prefer to pack as light as possible, but for such a big climb I also don’t want to forget anything. Luckily the guide company I will be traveling with in April sent me a packing list to help with the ruck-sack stuffing adventure.

Here is my final packing list to be folded into one day backpack and one duffel bag:

gear photo

Upper Body:

  • 1 Down coat
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 2 Thermal tops
  • 1 Waterproof shell jacket
  • 1 mid-weight zip up jacket
  • 2 synthetic sports bras

Lower Body:

  • 2 pairs of hiking pants
  • 2 pairs hiking shorts
  • 2 thermal bottoms
  • 1 waterproof hard shell pants
  • 3 pairs of mid-weight hiking socks
  • 1 pair of heavy wool socks
  • 4 sock liners
  • 1 waterproof Hiking Boots (broken in)
  • 1 pair of hiking gaiters
  • undergarments


  • Balaclava
  • Beanie & Baseball hat
  • Glove liners
  • Fleece gloves
  • Waterproof glove covers
  • Gaiters
  • Headlamp
  • Glacier Sunglasses


  • Hydration pack w/insulation
  • DSLR Camera + lots of memory + 3 batteries
  • Short tri-pod
  • Travel towel
  • Waterproof bags
  • First Aid kit
  • Trekking Poles
  • Sunscreen
  • Pocket Knife
  • Lip Balm
  • Toiletries
  • 2 waterproof stuff sacks
  • Batteries
  • Charger + plug adaptors
NOTE: This packing list is for a multi-day trekking trip in varied weather conditions with guides and porters. Thank goodness I don’t have to carry all of this!

After Nepal, I am now traveling for an additional 25 days through SE Asia in 80-90 degree weather, so needless to say I will be trying my darnedest to pack light. For my additional travel, I plan to packed 2-3 pairs of shorts, 3 extra T-shirts, sandals and 2 swim suits.

What would you add to this list?


Published by Kelsey Ivey

An avid traveler and hiker, Kelsey is a freelance writer and professional explorer.

5 thoughts on “Packing for Long-term Trekking and Travel

  1. Reblogged this on onthewaytoforty and commented:
    Read the Evergreen Hiker’s guide to packing for long-term trekking and travel with interest.

    Would love to hear what items were most and least useful after the trek!

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