3. Toffee & Chocolates
Remember only two things will keep your brain functional there, Sugar and Water. Don’t forget to take as many toffee and chocolates with you as you can. It will maintain your sugar level. If you want a healthier option, take Dates and/or Raisins with you. Keep these items with you in your Day-pack.
4. Thermos flask for hot water
I didn’t take hot water flask with me but I would strongly suggest to take it with you. Hot water is absolute necessary to keep your throat healthy. Especially after 4,000 m (when the roads become extremely dusty), you will need to Hot water to keep you going!
You are going to need these for your throat. Take as many as you can from your city, otherwise you will find Strepsils are as costly as Gold in those terrain.
I took 2 buffs with me – one cotton and one woolen. I will suggest same to you. Cotton one is good for dust and woolen one will save you from cold windy climate.
7. Woolen Socks
Woolen Socks are must for cozy deep sleep. Do take it with you!
8. Playing Cards
Like I said, those terrain is an incredible place to make friends. And how else would you like to spend your evenings with your newly found buddies.
You must have read many articles, evenings are quite chilly and boring in EBC trek. But restaurant of your tea house will be warm and thus crowded place. And Trust me, you are going to enjoy it, if you have Playing cards with you.
9. Cough Syrup
Because of dust many people tend to get dry cough and sore throat, including me. Cough Syrup helped me in having good night sleep.
10. LifeStraw bottle
Mineral water bottle price goes up-to 400/- Nepalese rupees per liter. Invest in LifeStraw bottle, like I did. They are available in Amazon.
Remember if you will save money in those roads, you can treat yourself with Apple-Pie and many other yummy stuff in German Bakeries over there! ;)
11. Pocket Torch
Many tea houses don’t have lights in aisle. Torch is an absolute necessary item in nights and early mornings, if you wish to go to washrooms or simply come out of your room to roam around.
12. Coffee pouch or Tea bags
You can save enormous amount of money if you take Coffee pouch or Tea bags with you, as they are one of the costliest items in the menu.
You will walk 7-8 hours a day on an average and will have not-so sound sleep because of high altitude. Feeling tired and feverish is obvious over there. Paracetamol will help you for sure, like it did to me.
14. Tissues and wet wipes
I cannot emphasis more on this item. It is an essential item for rounds of washroom. Also it’s not advisable to take bath on the trek, so wet wipes will help you in maintaining your hygiene.
Keep a packet of wet wipes in your day-pack. You will need it for sure in those dusty roads, especially after 4,000 m height.
Again it will help you in maintaining your hygiene. Very much required item. Keep this in your day pack too.
Items for delight (Not so important items):
1. Peanut Butter
I bought brown bread from Namche Bazar, which helped me in saving a huge amount on breakfast. Needless to say bread tastes best with peanut butter. Even if you are not a fan of Peanut butter, I will suggest you to buy Bread as tea houses mostly provide jam, honey and butter for complimentary at the time of breakfast.
Vitamin-C will help you with your energy level and lemons are filled with it. You can put it in your water and drink plenty of it. I also used to squeeze it on my dal-bhaat, to make it yummier.
If you need suggestion/advise related to your Shopping List for your Everest Base Camp, please reach out to me. I would love to help.
Make your trek memorable and enjoy every bit of it. Remember this is one in a Lifetime trek!