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Female Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trek

Essential items you need to pack for the Everest Base Camp Trekking (EBC Trek) as a female, for a smooth and enjoyable hike to the Himalayas.

20/06/2024 6:35 AM

Essential items you need to pack for the Everest Base Camp Trekking (EBC Trek) as a female, for a smooth and enjoyable hike to the Himalayas.


Every female trekker might have experienced that moment before a trek where they’re unsure about what to pack, what’s essential, and what can be left behind.

When you search for a Nepal trekking checklist for high altitudes the general checklist usually doesn't include women's essentials such as sports bras, skin care kits, sanitary equipment (pads, Tampons), etc.

You should be careful about what to pack for the Everest Base Camp Trek because packing light and smart is the first key step to a successful trek.

While we have already posted the general Everest Trek packing list, After analyzing responses from some of the female trekkers and my personal experiences, I’ve compiled this ladies' trekking checklist to cover all the essentials for females while keeping their bags as light as possible and to help them surmount the hurdles of the Everest Region for a pleasant trekking journey. 

Now, let’s get into it……


Women’s Clothing Pack List For EBC Trek 

Instead of providing a random long list I have listed the items according to the category, if there's any other important item that you require then feel free to include the clothing in your backpack. 

Base Layer

  • Moisture-absorbing thermal tops and bottoms
  • 2 to 3 Sports bras
  • 9 to 10 Breathable underwear


Mid Layer

  • 2 to 3 Trekking shirts - breathable t-shirts, long sleeve shirts for sun protection
  • 2 to 3 trekking trousers - lightweight, quick drying and comfortable trousers
  • Leggings
  • Liner socks and gloves (optional)
  • 5 to 6 pairs of socks
  • Fleece jackets or pullovers 
  • Lightweight down jackets or synthetic insulated jackets


Outer Layer

  • Windproof jacket and pants
  • Windproof and insulated gloves
  • A minus rated down jacket


Headwear and Footwear

  • Warm hat, beanie, or headbands - keeps your head warm from the freezing cold of EBC 
  • Cap or sun hats - protects from direct sunlight 
  • Buff, neck gaiter, or balaclava – keeps your face and neck warm
  • Women’s Trekking Boots – Waterproof, broken-in hiking boots
  • Camp shoes – Lightweight sandals or slippers for evenings
  • Gaiters – keeps debris and snow out of boots 
  • Crampons - Helps you to walk on snow providing a better grip


Women’s rain gear for Everest Base Camp trek

  • 1 light rain Poncho – easy to carry and protects from sudden showers
  • 1 full-body rain suit – keeps dry during heavy rains
  • 1 Waterproof jacket – keeps the upper body dry and comfortable to walk 
  • 1 rain trousers – protects your legs from getting wet


Medications and first aid supplies to pack for Everest Base Camp trek 

  • 2 to 3 blister packs of Hydralyte – to replace lost fluids and minerals from physical exertion and prevent dehydration at higher altitudes
  • 1 blister pack of Diamox  tablets – prevents and minimizes symptoms of Altitude sickness
  • 1 packet - Blister plasters 
  • 1 blister pack of Diarrhea tables – to manage any digestive issues
  • 2 blister packs of Water purifiers or chlorine tablets -  for access to safe drinking water throughout the journey
  • Pain Killers 
  • Cough drops (optional)
  • Band-aids, elastic Bandage
  • Thermometer 


The Essential Gears for EBC Trekking 

  • 1 Duffel bag
  • 1 Hydration bag 
  • 1 Daypack 
  • 1 Rain cover
  • 1 Portable waterproof zip bag
  • 2 Trekking poles
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 Head torch – with some extra batteries 
  • 1 Sleeping bag
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • 1 Pair of Gaiters (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Oxygen spray (optional)
  • Power Bank


Women’s Toiletries List for Everest Base Camp Trek

  • 1 to 2 packets of Baby Wipes
  • 1 packet of Tampons or pads 
  • 1 packet Pantiliners
  • 1 Hiking Towel
  • 1 Talcum powder 
  • Travel-size soap, shampoo, toothpaste and conditioners.
  • 3 rolls of Toilet paper
  • 1 Hand sanitizer 
  • Toothpaste
  • 1 deodorant
  • SPF 50+ sunscreen (preferably water-resistant formula)
  • SPF 30+ Lip balm
  • Hydrating face Moisturizer 
  • Nail clippers (optional)


Few Personal Female Items for Everest Base Camp Trek 

  • Books to read during downtime (not more than one or two)
  • Notebooks for journaling 
  • Card Games to make some happy moments with fellow trekkers
  • 1 small lock to secure your belongings
  • First aid kit (with the items mentioned above)
  • 1 Small portable pillow 
  • A pair of Earplugs 


Other Essential Items

  • Passport – for identification and travel
  • 3 to 4 passport-size photos
  • Plastic bags for your waste and dirty clothes
  • Snacks – chocolate bars, protein bars, nuts and dry fruits
  • Power Adapter – to charge your devices
  • Copy of Insurance – just in case of an emergency (also give one copy to your trekking agency before you begin your trek)

Frequently Asked Questions about Female’s Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trek


Am I allowed to wash my clothes in the guesthouses?

Yes. You can wash your small size clothes like underwear & socks in the sinks which are usually outside the guesthouse. However, due to cold temperatures, it takes forever to dry. You can use the stove in the guesthouse to dry your washed items in case of an emergency.

Some of the guesthouses have sinks in communal area. It might be pretty awkward to wash your underwear in those settings. So please consider packing some extra pairs. 


Should I keep a plastic bag for my used pads or tampons?

Absolutely, bringing a plastic bag for your sanitary waste is very convenient. This allows you to properly dispose of them when you find a proper waste disposal site or dustbins. 

Most of the EBC trekking route goes through villages, so finding a toilet typically won’t be an issue.


Can I buy tampons in Nepal?

Yes, you can buy tampons in Nepal but they may be a little hard to find as most People are not used to them and pharmacies and stores may not be selling them when you need them the most.

Talking about my previous experience a female trekker asked me to help her buy tampons before the trek as there was no chance of getting them once you were headed for the trek, so we went to get them in Kathmandu but we didn't find them in the whole Thamel.

You can order them online from Daraz and other stores but it takes a few days to arrive so it is not very convenient. So I suggest you pack them in your bag before coming to Nepal if you are only comfortable with them. Else other options are easily available in all stores.


I’m a sweaty person, where can I dry my damp clothes after all the intense hiking?

When you arrive at your guesthouse, you can hang your damp clothes in your room or any suitable spot for drying like windows, balcony, etc. Small-size clothes will dry overnight. 


I have acne-prone skin. Would I be able to do my cleansing routine or should I bring micellar water and pads?

Every guesthouse has a proper sink outside of the rooms along the base camp route where you can easily do your skincare routine. But the water is gonna be freezing cold and if you are cold-sensitive, you can buy a bottle of hot water and mix it with the sink water to adjust its temperature to your liking.

Like most travelers, if you only want to clean your face, use face wipes. They come in very handy, just don’t forget to pack them. But if you’re bringing micellar water and pads, that should be fine too.


What type of snacks should I bring for the Everest Base Camp Trek?

While the guesthouses provide sufficient meals, quick snack breaks is gonna give you that boost of energy during the trek. Pack non-perishable snacks like dried fruits, nuts, protein bars, energy bars, granola bars, and chocolates. These small treats are going to help you throughout your journey.


How can I keep my electronic devices and batteries charged during the Everest Base Camp trek?

Batteries tend to run out faster in colder weather. So, keep your devices and batteries warm, whether by carrying them close to your body or sleeping with them in your bag. 

Packing a power bank will come in very handy when there’s no access to electricity.


How hard would it be for me to trek Everest Base Camp during my periods?

Menstruation can be a challenging aspect of any outdoor adventure, and trekking to Everest Base Camp is no exception. Trekking during periods will definitely be difficult compared to usual times and the difficulty depends upon person to person. 

However, with the right knowledge and preparation, you might be able to enjoy your trek to the fullest despite such a situation.


On a Concluding note, 

This packing guide encompasses everything that is necessary for not only Everest Base Camp but also various mountain treks such as Annapurna Base Camp trek, and Manaslu Circuit Trek, and with some increase or decrease in the number of gears, other less lengthy treks too.

I made sure to include and consider all the concerns and needs of female trekkers in a trekking journey and I am confident that this packing list is will meet your basic requirement at the very least. 

All the best for your mission!!

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Pratika Adhikari

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Pratika Adhikari is a BTTM student and customer care executive at Hiking Bees. She is an experienced and reliable professional with a wealth of knowledge in the travel and tourism field. Pratika has a thorough and up-to-date understanding of the air aviation industry, having completed a certification in air aviation training.

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