Jiri to Everest Base Camp

  • Trek Fact

    Trek Name: ASJIRIEBC

    Duration of Trek: 23 Nights/24 Days

    Highest Elevation:  Kalapathar( 5545m)

    Mode of transport: Plane;

    Mode of Accommodation: Lodge

    Trek Difficulty: Challenging 

    Best time: Sep-Nov & March to May

    Group size: 1+

    About trek:

    Everest Base camp Trek from Jiri is considered to be best for acclimatization & exploring remote life of Nepal’s hilly zone. Jiri-EBC is the route first used by the early expedition teams to climb Everest from the Nepalese side. Starting from Jiri, the route passes through the Sherpa several Sherpa villages of the Solu Khumbu including Junbsesi.There are several artictic Buddhist monasteries .One of the famous monastery is Thupten Monastery in Junbensi. Starting trek from Jiri make the Everest Base camp trek one week longer but is provides great opportunity to explore typical Sherpa village, cultures, flora & fauna. Gaining height gradually it helps to acclimatize a lot. After a rest day in Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital, the trail continues to famous Thengboche  Monastery. TheTengboche monastery is accepted as largest monastery in Khumbu region. Tengboche also offer grand views of Mt. Amadablam & Everest.The ultimate destination of this trek are Everest Base camp &  Kala Pattar(5545m),from where the southwest face of Everest(8848m) can be clearly seen. The return trek leads to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu.The "Everest Classic" trek is great combination of nature & culture. The lower part of trek is called Solu which has several beautiful Sherpa settlement with artful monasteries. The upper part is called Khumbu which is provide unique adventure thrilling. Trekking from Jiri is one week longer then starting trek from Lukla but it is very helpful to prevent you from Altitude sickness. 

     

  • Detail Itinerary:

    Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
    Our representative welcomes you with your name and assists to transfer in your hotel in KathmanduO/N Hotel

    Day 02: A Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
    After your breakfast to head on for our guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. 

    After visiting Bouddhanath stupa we’ll drive to Patan Durbar Square. We’ll explore the medieval like squares, courtyards and temples of this vibrant town. After a stop for lunch at restaurant in Patan it’s time to drive back to Kathmandu and meet up with your travel consultant & fellows to prepare for next day and overnight at the hotel. Alternatively, the same group may have option to choose same 3 sightseeing place inside Kathmandu valley instead of these given place. O/N Hotel

    Day 03: Kathmandu to Jiri (2,370m/7,774ft). 8-9 hrs drive 
    This morning you'll be transferred to local bus park and we drive by bus via the Araniko highway with a scenic countryside to Lamosangu whilst passing the old Newar towns of Banepa and Dhulikhel you will have an excellent panoramic view of the eastern Himalayas, including Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and Dorjee Lakpa. The road descends to Panchkhal, then climbs over a ridge behind Dolalghat and follows the Sunkoshi north to Lamasangu. After passing several villages you will reach Charikot which is a district capital of the Dolakha. We further drive and reach at Jiri for the overnight at the Teahouse. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 04: Jiri to Bhandar (2,190m/7,183ft).
    Today we start our adventurous trek with a climb to the ridge top at 2,370m, then drops down to Shivalaya at 1,750m. This trails offering beautiful country side scenery from each ridge top and passing through friendly villagers and farm fields, the walk passes through serene forest of oaks and rhododendron trees. From Shivalaya the trail climbs again to Sangbadanda, at Deurali Pass. From Deurali Pass it's all downhill to a small settlement at Bhandar, a small Sherpa village with a huge beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monuments (chorten) situated on the vast meadow and terrace field. You can enjoy the remaining day exploring the local villages. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 05: Bhandar to Sete (2,575m/8,446ft).
    Morning walk leads to a downhill at Likhu Khola, after crossing the bridge at 1,490m, the winding path leads to a small nice village at Kinja at 1,570m. After lunch a slow long uphill climb continues passing through numerous farm houses and terrace fields with great excellent views of the surrounding landscapes and distance villages and after few hours of long haul, finally reaching at Sete, a small Sherpa village situated on the ridge in the middle of the rhododendron forest. Sete has couple of lodge near the small monastery area. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 06: Sete to Lamjura pass (3,530/11,578) to Junbesi (2,680m/8,790ft).
    Today's' walk leads to a gradual climb on the good path, passing through few small scattered farm houses and teahouses. After few hours of good walk through the beautiful rhododendron forest, reaching at Lamjura Pass (3,530m), which is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar. The trail then descends through fir and rhododendron forest and emerges after one and half hrs at Taktor. Traverse on the north side of the valley round a notch before dropping down to the Sherpa village of Junbesi for an overnight stop. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 07: Acclimatization day at Junbesi (2,680m/8,790ft).
    The region around Junbesi is well worth exploring and a day spent here can offer a variety of alternatives. Two hours' walk to the north of Junbesi is the village of Phugmochhe (3,100m), where there is a traditional Sherpa art centre. En-route to Phugmochhe a short diversion will allow a visit to Thubten Chhuling, a huge Tibetan Buddhist monastery about one and half hour's walk from Junbesi or relax whole day exploring around with overnight in the Lodge. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 08: Junbesi to Nunthala (2,330m/7,642ft).
    Below Junbesi the trail crosses the Junbesi Khola on a wooden bridge. Just beyond the bridge there is a trail junction. The route to Khumbu follows the left-hand trail that leads uphill. This trail turns north, descending through Salung. From here, Mt. Everest can be seen on a clear day towards north east. Past Salung the walk leads downhill to the stream, after crossing the bridge a short climb brings you at Ringmo and then towards the Tak-Shidno Pass.

    From Takshindo is mostly downhill through the alpine forest of oaks, rhododendron, pines and hemlock trees on the trail, there are a few shepherds' huts, but the route is mostly hidden in dense forest. The trail crosses several picturesque streams on wooden bridges just before reaching Nunthala (Mani dingma) at 2,320m and overnight stay here. Nunthala is a village an ideal spot for the overnight stop. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 09: Nunthala to Bupsadanda (2300m/7,544ft).
    From Nunthala our path descent which continues to the Dudhkoshi River in the warmer area at 1,480m, crossing the bridge over the torrent river, after the bridge the trail is well defined, although it sometimes meanders through terraced fields and yards of houses. It then descends steeply through forests to a Chautara (resting place) overlooking the river. Walk continues through forests then climb on the terraces to reach the Rai village of Jubing (1,667m). 

    From Jubing the path meanders to a slow climb to the village around a ridge, and continues for the prominent notch in front of you. 

    From this notch contour to the village of Khari Khola (2004m) to push on up the steep hill to Bupsadanda. 

    Bupsa a small settlement perched on top of the ridge an hour climb from Kharikhola. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 10: Bupsadanda to Surkhe (2,290m7, 511ft).
    The trail ascends from Bupsa and head on to Bhumsing, (2,300m) the trail continues to climb through a tributary valley filled with prickly leaned oak and rhododendron forest, where languor monkeys may occasional be seen. Descend (305m) and cross the next tributary after one hour. Continue on the north side of the valley to reach Puiyan (2,796m) a small place in the middle of the trail to Surkhe, an ideal spot for lunch stop. After Puiyan walk leads on the long winding trail with few small ups and downs just before the long downhill Surkhe, one can view the Lukla airstrip and the town at Lukla. An hour descend will brings you at Surkhe for the overnight stop. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 11: Surkhe to Phakding (2,610m/8,561ft).
    After Surkhe the trail climbs for about an hour, followed by another ridge. The trail now leaves this tributary valley and heads more directly north towards Chaurikharka, another dispersed village. Before ascending to Chaurikharka (2,713m) the main trail crosses a spectacular deep gorge with a high waterfall (2,408m). Chaurikharka, a large scattered village with monastery and high school and this place is also the bread basket for the Khumbu area as the land is fertile and harvest crops like barley, wheat and enough green vegetables, after this village the trail from Lukla joins towards Phakding, making the path quite busy with more trekkers, porters and pack animals and few hours of good scenic walk brings you at Phakding for the overnight. We check in to the hotel and explore the surrounding area. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 12: Trek Namche Bazaar
    Today we make a challenging hike to Namche Bazaar (3 440 m), situated at 6-7 hours walking from Phakding. We climb up along the west bank of the Dudh Kosi to the tiny village of Toktok.  We get our first glimpse of Thamserku peak (6 608 m) and reach Benkar (2 710 m).  The cliffs above the village are decorated with huge paintings of Buddhist deities. We cross the colorful suspension bridge  and enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo (2 840 m). After Jorsale we follow the river bank  over gravel, climb through a pine forest and cross the Dudh Kosi by a big suspension bridge. Then we face a continuous zigzag ascent of 2 hours through dense pine forests.  In the early evening we reach the vibrant center of Namche Bazar, the most attractive settlements of Solu-Khumbu district. Overnight Lodge(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 13 – Rest day Namche Bazaar 
    Rest day in Namche. Optional walk to the Sherwi Khangba  Sherpa Culture Museum or dayhike to the Hotel Everest View in Khumjung village (3 700 m) and Khundi Hospital in Khundi Village, the first hospital build in Khumbu Region by Sir Edmund Hillary and Himalayan Trust in 1966.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 14 – Trek Tengboche(3860m)
    Trek to Tengboche (3 860 m), 5-6 hour long hike from Namche Bazaar. The first part of trail is a winding smooth path which offers fantastic views on Mount Everest (8 848 m), Thamserku (6 618 m), Ama Dablam (6 814 m). After the trail goes down to the riverbank and then we make a strenuous 2 hour ascend to Tengboche. We walk through rhododendron forests where musk deer and Himalayan ‘tahr’ or mountain goat live. At the rest place you can enjoy the views towards Kantega mountain (6 783 m).Tengboche, is famed for the Buddhist Tengboche Monastery (where you can attend the daily puja) 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day15: Trek Dingboche(4410m)
    Trek to Dingboche (4 410 m), 6-7 hours walking from Tengboche. We descend through conifer and rhododendron forest to the beautiful settlement Deboche where you have a close view at Ama Dablam. We cross the suspension bridge and look over the surging white waters of Imja River. Soon after a snow white stupa with gorgeous all seeing eyes is mirroring the Ama Dablam, a marvelous place for a picture!  Then the trail ascents gently to the village of Pangboche (3 860 m), where we climbabove the tree line.  After, the trail passes numerous farmer pastures with big yak populations before we reach Dingboche valley. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 16:  Rest day Dingboche
    Optional acclimatization trek (5-6 hours) to the remote village of Chhukung (4 730 m) and Chhukung Ri (top) located at 5 550m.We have magnificent sights at Island Peak (6 189 m), Amphulapche (5 663 m), Baruntse Base Camp (5 400m) and the white ice lake of Imja Tsho.  

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 17: Trek Lobuche
    After ascending 150 m up to the main road, we reach a viewpoint where we have outstanding sights at Tawachee (6 495 m) and Cholatse peak (6 440m). After our lunch camp in Dugla (4 620m) the trail goes directly up the gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu glaciers for about one hour.  The trail leads to a row of memorial monuments of lost climbers and sherpas. The trail then drops a little and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. After four to five hours hiking we reach the small settlement of Lobuche which is situated at 4 930 m. We sleep  in a lodge at Gorakskhep, a semi-permanent village at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 18: Trek Gorak Shep ( 5160m)
    The ascent to Gorak Shep (5 160 m) becomes steeper and rougher as we cross several moraines.  Soon we see the peak of Pumori (7 145m). We also have our first views at Nuptse (7 864 m), Kala Patthar  (5 545 m) and Mount Everest.  At the right side you look over the Khumbu Glacier, an enormous tongue of ice which marches down the slopes of Everest. We reach Gorak Shep by lunch time and trek to Base Camp in the afternoon.  In total we hike six-seven hours today. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 19: Trek to Kalapathar(5545m)  & return Gorak Shep
    After we finish our breakfast we climb to Kala Pattar – the Black Rock - located at 5 545 m and marked by a tangle of prayer flags.  At this viewpoint - one of the most astonishing views on earth- you have a 360 degree panorama of Himalayan giants from Pumori and Lobuche West to Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We return back to Gorak Shep via the view points of the ice lakes of Pumori and Everest. We will take rest here in the afternoon.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 20: Trek Pheriche
    Today we return in 4 hours back to Pheriche located at 4 215 m.  We will enjoy all the surrounding mountains views. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

     

    Day 21 – Trek Namche Bazaar
    Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3 440 m). We descend approximately 5 hours. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 22 – Trek Lukla
    We start this 6 hours during trek with a streneous descent from Namche Bazaar to the Dud Kosi (hard work for the knees), after the path climbs up to Monjo and then runs easily to Benkar, Phakding and Lukla. 

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & teahouse accommodation included).

    Day 23 – Flight to Kathmandu
    After breakfast we fly in about 40 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu.  Arrive at Tribhuvan Airport and transfer to hotel.  

    Day 24 : Departure or free from program

     

  • Equipment Recommended:

    Footwear:

    Running shoes: These are great for travel and easy walking.


    Hiking boots:
    Leather with a sturdy mid-sole and Vibram sole. ½ or ¾ shank, boots should be warm and fit well over light and heavy sock combinations. Fit is much more important than brand. Take the time to select a pair that fits your foot, and break them in well. (Asolo, Merrill, Scarpa, La Sportiva) Gaiters: Short, simple gaiters are best, such as Outdoor Research's Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters.. Gore-Tex gaiters are not necessary. Sport sandals: They are excellent in camp during evenings when worn over wool socks and perfect for living in tea shops, Sherpa lodges and for visiting monasteries.  (Teva, Chaco) Booties: Down or synthetic. An optional luxury, any brand with thick foam soles is recommended. Lightweight socks: Three pairs of synthetic/wool blend (Bridgedale, Patagonia , Wigwam, Fox River)

    Heavy socks: Three pairs synthetic/wool blend (Smartwool, Bridgedale, Wigwam, Fox River) Clothing: Lightweight

    Pants: Two pair (any brand Supplex or “stretch woven” pants) Lightweight long underwear top: (Patagonia-Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op) Mid-weight long underwear top: Zip T-neck design is good. Light colors are better for tops because they are cooler when hiking in direct sunlight and just as warm as dark colors when worn underneath other layers.  ( Patagonia , North Face, Mountain Hardwear) Lightweight long underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable. (Patagonia-Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op) Mid-weight underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable because they do not show dirt. ( Patagonia, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op) Briefs: 4 pairs synthetic or cotton. Running shorts also work well for underwear. Short-sleeved shirts: Two synthetic; most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts work well. Shirt material should have vapor wicking capabilities. (North Face, Patagonia-Capilene) Jacket

    Synthetic or fleece: Synthetic jackets or pullovers are a great alternative to fleece because they are lighter and more compressible. Primaloft type fill or Polartec 100 or 200 fleece is recommended. (Wild Things Primaloft, Patagonia Puff Jacket) Synthetic insulated pants: Primaloft or Polarguard 3D. Full side zips are recommended. Mountain Hardwear Chugach 3D pants are an example. An acceptable alternative are fleece pants Polartec 100 or 200, but they are bulky, heavier and less versatile. Down insulated jacket: A medium weight down fill jacket with a hood. The hood is optional but is highly recommended. (Marmot, North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia) Waterproof breathable jacket &

    Pants: The jacket must have a hood and the pants must have full-length side zips. Head & Hand Gear Liner gloves: They should be lightweight and synthetic. (Patagonia Capilene) Windstopper fleece gloves: (any brand of Windstopper fleece) Mittens w/ pile liners: (Outdoor Research) Bandana: Two to three traditional cotton style. This is an important item with many uses, large sizes are best. Sun hat: Any lightweight hat with a good brim or visor. Wool or fleece hat: Any brand of warm hat that can go over ears. Balaclava: Should fit underneath your wool or fleece hat or be thick enough to be worn alone. Accessories Sunglasses : For high altitude. 1 pair of high quality 100%UV and 100%IR with a minimum of 80% light reduction, side shields such as those found on “glacier glasses” are not recommended, but size and shape of lens should offer maximum protection from bright light on snow. Sunglasses: One pair high quality 100%UV and 100%IR, for lower elevations, also as a backup. It is important to have a spare pair of sunglasses. Headlamp w/

    Spare bulb: AA or AAA battery powered (Petzl or Black Diamond) Spare batteries: Bring plenty for reading in tents at night. Camping Gear Backpack: 2500 cubic inches (40L) or more, internal frame. Top opening mountaineer’s rucksack style is best. Avoid large zipper openings and excessive outside pockets. Larger packs are better than smaller, because they are easier to pack with cold hands and they distribute loads more effectivelyPack cover: Recommended. To protect your gear on rainy or snowy Sleeping bag: Minimum 10F to maximum -10F (-12C to -24C) Down 700 fill minimum Water bottles: Two 1-liter, leak-proof wide-mouth  Pee bottle: This is optional. One 1-liter, leak-proof wide-mouth Pee funnel for women: Optional (Freshette) Pack towel: Small or medium size pack towel. Do not bring ‘terrycloth’ they are too bulky and difficult to dry. Bandanas work in a pinch. (PackTowl) Trekking poles: Recommended. Useful for going up and down trails of the Khumbu. Adjustable poles are better for packing. (Leki, Black Diamond)

    Swiss army knife: Remember not to leave in carry-on bags for any international or domestic flight. Medical & Personal

    Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or Terrapin) Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher (any brand) Toiletry kit: Toothbrush, toothpaste, skin lotion, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, soap, comb/brush, shave kit, (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small). First-aid kit: Ibuprofen/Aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, Neosporin-type suave, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins. Include any prescription travel meds that might be prescribed by your doctor (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids). Large trash compactor bags: For waterproofing some items inside your
    duffel.

    Zip-loc bags: These are always useful.

    Baby wipes Earplugs: Very useful for sleeping in tents and lodges. Available in most hardware stores. Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on your way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.   Travel Items Expedition duffel bag: Important. Large size with strong zippers. Small travel bag: Can also use a second duffel bag. For storing travel clothes and personal items at the hotel in Kathmandu. 

    Nylon stuff sacks: Two or three, for organizing your gear and clothes. Lighter colors are preferable for easy labeling. Clothes for Kathmandu:Two or three changes of comfortable simple travel clothes. Evenings in Kathmandu can be slightly cool in autumn and spring where Bangkok is very hot. Work-out clothes and/or bathing suit: Simple and versatile, for hotels. Passport belt/pouch 

    Small padlocks: for locking duffel bag(s) Book(s) Journal 

    Camera: Digital and/or film camera. Bring plenty of extra batteries, and memory cards for your digital camera. If you recharge your batteries power will be available in most of the lodges during the trek. Adaptors to fit the outlets in Nepal can be purchased easily in Kathmandu. Digital video camcorders are very useful. They allow you to record sounds and still images as well as video. 

    Film: Be sure to keep in your carry-on luggage, in clear zip-loc bags so that it can be inspected.

  • Price Per person for Gokyo Trek Package US$ 1750


    Price Includes:

    • Pick up from Airport on arrival day
    • Heritage sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle
    • Three night of Accommodation including breakfast in Kathmandu
    • Twelve Night accommodation in guest house during trekking
    • Daily three times meals of your choice from our exclusively wide menu
    • A trekking guide
    • Additional assistant guide for group over 6 pax
    • Trekking porter between two members
    • National park fee
    • TIMS trekking permit
    • Airport tax while fly in & out Lukla
    • Road transfer to/from Lukla
    • Insurance & equipments for Guide & porter
    • Accommodation, meals & daily allowance of trekking staff
    • Bus to Jiri from Kathmandu
    • Your flight flights Lukla-Kathmandu
    • Flight for Field staff
    • Everest Trek T-Shirt/farewell dinner

    Services Excludes:

    • More than Three Nights hotel in Kathmandu
    • Donation & Entrance in heritage sites
    • All drinks (Hot/cold/bottled) during trek
    • Emergency Evacuation cost( We arrange you on request)
    • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
    • Recharging cost of electronic devices during trek
    • Hot shower cost
    Notice: Do you like to buy our Everest Base camp Bed & Breakfast package? Please write us mail.
     

  • Equipment Recommended:

    Footwear:

    Running shoes: These are great for travel and easy walking.


    Hiking boots:
    Leather with a sturdy mid-sole and Vibram sole. ½ or ¾ shank, boots should be warm and fit well over light and heavy sock combinations. Fit is much more important than brand. Take the time to select a pair that fits your foot, and break them in well. (Asolo, Merrill, Scarpa, La Sportiva) Gaiters: Short, simple gaiters are best, such as Outdoor Research's Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters.. Gore-Tex gaiters are not necessary. Sport sandals: They are excellent in camp during evenings when worn over wool socks and perfect for living in tea shops, Sherpa lodges and for visiting monasteries.  (Teva, Chaco) Booties: Down or synthetic. An optional luxury, any brand with thick foam soles is recommended. Lightweight socks: Three pairs of synthetic/wool blend (Bridgedale, Patagonia , Wigwam, Fox River)

    Heavy socks: Three pairs synthetic/wool blend (Smartwool, Bridgedale, Wigwam, Fox River) Clothing: Lightweight

    Pants: Two pair (any brand Supplex or “stretch woven” pants) Lightweight long underwear top: (Patagonia-Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op) Mid-weight long underwear top: Zip T-neck design is good. Light colors are better for tops because they are cooler when hiking in direct sunlight and just as warm as dark colors when worn underneath other layers.  ( Patagonia , North Face, Mountain Hardwear) Lightweight long underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable. (Patagonia-Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op) Mid-weight underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable because they do not show dirt. ( Patagonia, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op) Briefs: 4 pairs synthetic or cotton. Running shorts also work well for underwear. Short-sleeved shirts: Two synthetic; most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts work well. Shirt material should have vapor wicking capabilities. (North Face, Patagonia-Capilene) Jacket

    Synthetic or fleece: Synthetic jackets or pullovers are a great alternative to fleece because they are lighter and more compressible. Primaloft type fill or Polartec 100 or 200 fleece is recommended. (Wild Things Primaloft, Patagonia Puff Jacket) Synthetic insulated pants: Primaloft or Polarguard 3D. Full side zips are recommended. Mountain Hardwear Chugach 3D pants are an example. An acceptable alternative are fleece pants Polartec 100 or 200, but they are bulky, heavier and less versatile. Down insulated jacket: A medium weight down fill jacket with a hood. The hood is optional but is highly recommended. (Marmot, North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia) Waterproof breathable jacket &

    Pants: The jacket must have a hood and the pants must have full-length side zips. Head & Hand Gear Liner gloves: They should be lightweight and synthetic. (Patagonia Capilene) Windstopper fleece gloves: (any brand of Windstopper fleece) Mittens w/ pile liners: (Outdoor Research) Bandana: Two to three traditional cotton style. This is an important item with many uses, large sizes are best. Sun hat: Any lightweight hat with a good brim or visor. Wool or fleece hat: Any brand of warm hat that can go over ears. Balaclava: Should fit underneath your wool or fleece hat or be thick enough to be worn alone. Accessories Sunglasses : For high altitude. 1 pair of high quality 100%UV and 100%IR with a minimum of 80% light reduction, side shields such as those found on “glacier glasses” are not recommended, but size and shape of lens should offer maximum protection from bright light on snow. Sunglasses: One pair high quality 100%UV and 100%IR, for lower elevations, also as a backup. It is important to have a spare pair of sunglasses. Headlamp w/

    Spare bulb: AA or AAA battery powered (Petzl or Black Diamond) Spare batteries: Bring plenty for reading in tents at night. Camping Gear Backpack: 2500 cubic inches (40L) or more, internal frame. Top opening mountaineer’s rucksack style is best. Avoid large zipper openings and excessive outside pockets. Larger packs are better than smaller, because they are easier to pack with cold hands and they distribute loads more effectivelyPack cover: Recommended. To protect your gear on rainy or snowy Sleeping bag: Minimum 10F to maximum -10F (-12C to -24C) Down 700 fill minimum Water bottles: Two 1-liter, leak-proof wide-mouth  Pee bottle: This is optional. One 1-liter, leak-proof wide-mouth Pee funnel for women: Optional (Freshette) Pack towel: Small or medium size pack towel. Do not bring ‘terrycloth’ they are too bulky and difficult to dry. Bandanas work in a pinch. (PackTowl) Trekking poles: Recommended. Useful for going up and down trails of the Khumbu. Adjustable poles are better for packing. (Leki, Black Diamond)

    Swiss army knife: Remember not to leave in carry-on bags for any international or domestic flight. Medical & Personal

    Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or Terrapin) Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher (any brand) Toiletry kit: Toothbrush, toothpaste, skin lotion, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, soap, comb/brush, shave kit, (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small). First-aid kit: Ibuprofen/Aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, Neosporin-type suave, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins. Include any prescription travel meds that might be prescribed by your doctor (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids). Large trash compactor bags: For waterproofing some items inside your
    duffel.

    Zip-loc bags: These are always useful.

    Baby wipes Earplugs: Very useful for sleeping in tents and lodges. Available in most hardware stores. Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on your way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.   Travel Items Expedition duffel bag: Important. Large size with strong zippers. Small travel bag: Can also use a second duffel bag. For storing travel clothes and personal items at the hotel in Kathmandu. 

    Nylon stuff sacks: Two or three, for organizing your gear and clothes. Lighter colors are preferable for easy labeling. Clothes for Kathmandu:Two or three changes of comfortable simple travel clothes. Evenings in Kathmandu can be slightly cool in autumn and spring where Bangkok is very hot. Work-out clothes and/or bathing suit: Simple and versatile, for hotels. Passport belt/pouch 

    Small padlocks: for locking duffel bag(s) Book(s) Journal 

    Camera: Digital and/or film camera. Bring plenty of extra batteries, and memory cards for your digital camera. If you recharge your batteries power will be available in most of the lodges during the trek. Adaptors to fit the outlets in Nepal can be purchased easily in Kathmandu. Digital video camcorders are very useful. They allow you to record sounds and still images as well as video. 

    Film: Be sure to keep in your carry-on luggage, in clear zip-loc bags so that it can be inspected.

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