Spring and fall offer the most consistent weather conducive for trekking in Nepal. The temperature drops as we climb and can change dramatically on any given day with snow not unheard of anytime of year. Trekkers must be prepared to hike in t-shirts and shorts and also in near or below freezing temperatures. Dressing in layers to best be able to add or remove items is key while hiking in the Himalayas.
Pack your clothes based on the “Three W’s”:
1-Wicking layer 2-Warm layer 3-Water/Wind layer.
The below list of recommendations can help you when packing for an EBC trek. Depending on the time of year of your trip, you may need to pack warmer or bring additional items, etc. There are several outdoor adventure websites that offer great gear reviews and recommendations/packing lists that can help you decide which gear is best for your own specific needs and comfort. While you can rent or purchase some items in Kathmandu, finding reliable gear in the ocean of North Face knock-off stores can be
quite daunting. If you do end up needing to rent/buy gear in Nepal, be sure to first consult a trip leader.
→Quick-drying, wicking underwear (several pairs)
→ Base layers - heavyweight and midweight long underwear - tops and bottoms
→ Insulation layers - midweightfleece jackets and fleece/insulating pants
→ Outer layer - warm, waterproof down jacket or equivalent with hood, and pants
→ Synthetic T-shirts or trekking shirts (2, short sleeve)
→ Convertible hiking pants (2), or trekking pants and shorts (2)
→ Rain jacket and pants - lightweight, waterproof, breathable
→ Winter hat or beanie
→ Sun hat
→ Neck gaiter or balaclava
→ Inner, liner gloves
→ Fleece or woolgloves, midweight
→ Outer waterproof,insulated gloves
→ Travel clothes, bathing suit (optional)
Note: even in the warmer months weather can be extreme at the higher altitudes, so make sure you have suitably insulated jackets/parka, gloves, and hat.
To avoid undue discomfort and excessive blisters, be sure to have a pair of hiking boots that are well broken in to your feet. Some trekkers prefer toonly hike in lightweight high traction trail running or approachshoes, but most prefer mid to high-top hiking boots for their added ankle support and warmth when needed.
→Worn in, warm, waterproof hiking boots
→Trail running/lightweight approach shoes (great for around teahouses and in the city)
→Sandals (to wear in tea houses)
→Midweight, synthetic or wool hiking socks (5-6 pairs)
→ Thicker, thermal socks for in-and-around base camp or at night in teahouses (1-2 pairs)
→ Gaiters (depending on time of year)
→ Sunglasses with UV protection
→ Glacier Sunglasses (depending on route, optional)
Most trekkers opt to wear a daypack to carry daily essentials like sunblock, a camera, snacks, water, and rain gear while porters often carry their larger packs/duffel bags each day. Each trekker also has the option of carrying all their gear.
→Duffel bag - waterproof, durable (that can be carried ahead by porters)
→ Backpack with raincover (in lieu of a duffel bag)
→Comfortable Daypack (which you will carry every day of the trek, )
→Hiking poles - lightweight and packable are best
→4-season sleeping bag (rated for 0°F - depending on weather forecast, season and personal comfort)
→Sleeping bag liner(for added warmth)
→ Headlamp(Bring extra batteries from the US as long lasting batteries are unreliable and expensive in Nepal.)
→ Pocket knife or multi-tool
→ Combination lock for duffel bag
→ Thermal flask or insulating sleeve for water bottles – to keep warm drinks from freezing in the bottle on the highest elevation days.
It is up to each trekker to decide the number of gadgets they need to bring. A primary consideration should always be weight, as even a few extra pounds can become a major regret after day 10. Each night you will be able to charge any deviceshowever, as electricity is an expensive commodity high in the Himalayas, expect the fee for charging devices to increase as we ascend further into the mountains. Bring a power bank with a large capacity to charge your electronics during the trek.
→Spare memory cards
→Cell phone with waterproof case
→High capacity power banks
→Chargers and adapters (lightweight outlet adapters are available in Nepal but they do not necessarily protect against power surges which can destroy batteries.)
Some teahouses along the route offer hot water showers or buckets for an extra fee. That said, you will not be bathing as often as at home nor with the luxuries of home. Pack some additional items such as wet wipes for when showers aren’t available.
→ Soap - biodegradable, eco-friendly
→Microfiber face towel and small camp/hiking towel
Water Bottles & Water Purification
Staying hydrated is crucial at these altitudes and our guides recommend to start drinking at least 3 liters a day and more as you ascend. All water you drink must be purified to help avoid illness. You may drink sources trusted by trip guides, and aldo need to have your own water purification tablets/devices.
→ Nalgene type water bottles (2- 3 1L bottle) or hydration bladder
→ Portable water purification tools such as a Steripen/ UV light wands and water purification tablets, etc.
→ Electrolyte replacement powders / energy mixes
→Lip balm with SPF
→ Toilet paper – some teahouses do not have toilet paper.
→Antibacterial hand sanitizer
You may or may not have to deal with altitude sickness, along with the risks of diarrhea, headaches, and body pain during the trek so it pays to bring some medicine with you. Any personal prescriptions should be brought with you from the US.
→ Diamox (prescription preventative medicine for altitude sickness) - Consult your doctor before taking this medication to see if it is right for you.
→ Antibiotics (for gastrointestinal problems)
→Over the counter medicines - (fever reducer/pain medicine, diarrhea medicine, allergy meds, etc.)
→ Neosporin, first aid cream
→Personal first aid kit, medical tape (for blisters)
→Passport (Visas can be obtained on arrival in the airport in Kathmandu.)
→Money – there are ATMs in Kathmandu you can access with US debit cards that often charge smaller fees than US dollar exchange counters. Many US banks/credit unions will order Nepali rupees for you before your trip but it may take up to a month to receive.
→Pen and journal – to account the details and experiences of the trek
→Favorite snacks – granola bars, chocolates, nuts, jerky etc. Many participants also bring protein powders to supplement vegetarian diets during treks. Energy gels, chews, etc.
Everest Base Camp Trek: Physical and Mental Conditioning Suggestions for a Successful Trek
Trekking 5 - 8 hours a day at high altitude for two weeks to reach the base camp of Mount Everest will be strenuous. Although this trek is not overly technical, and does not require you to be an expert mountaineer, it is important that you are physically and mentally prepared for this epic adventure.
With a focus on conditioning your legs, shoulders, abdomen and back, strength training should be an integral part of your overall training in preparation for the Everest Base Camp Trek.Aside from aerobic and cardiovascular training, simple strength training routines with pull ups, sit ups, crunches and military presses are a sufficient basis. If you are concerned about your conditioning we recommend strength training for at least six months prior to the trek, three times a week for at least 30 minutes per routine.
Trekking and Altitude Conditioning
Trekking and altitude conditioning are also important preparations. You cannot fully imitate what you are in store for in Nepal but regular long hikes at elevation is the best gift you can give yourself to prepare for Everest. Select your trekking boots months ahead of your trek and wear them often. You do not want to be breaking in your boots in Nepal as long days with new boots is a guaranteed recipe fortrouble. Go on at least a few day treks wearing the gear you intend to wear in Nepal to see what is missing, what is excess, and if anything is uncomfortable. We recommend wearing daypack or weighted vest on hikes or while jogging to prepare the whole body for many hours with a pack and in particular to strengthen your feet and ankles. Sprained ankles at 16000 ft are not fun.
Service Trip Cost
We take great care to provide the opportunity for a safe, meaningful, and life-changing experience while being mindful of overall expenses. Trip costs cover all necessary expenses, including meals, accommodations, transportation, and all project related expenditures. All selected accommodations and home-stays are highly reputable yet modest, to ensure cleanliness and safety, while also considering cost. Padma maintains a minimum international staff, choosing instead to employ local professionals wherever possible. This not only reduces the overall budget for trips but supports locals directly while promoting cultural interaction. All trip payments and airfare are tax-deductible donationsthat directly further Padma’s charitable mission.
Trip Tuition Includes:
•Meals (2 meals/day in KTM and all meals during trek)
•Clean up Project materials and management
•A minimum of 15% of trip costs go towards the Padma Organization project fund to support humanitarian and environmental projects across Asia.
•US administration expenses are less than 15% of trip budget.
Each trip member is responsible to purchase their airfare and send their flight itinerary to a Padma trip leader so we can arrange to pick you up in Kathmandu and also be able to check your flight status. Padma staff arranges all transport from and to the airport. Current estimates based on online fares for May travel to Nepal from Salt Lake City Utah:
Salt Lake City to Kathmandu ($1000-$1400)
Tipping Local Guides in Nepal
Tips for local trekking guides, porters, etc. are not included in the service trip cost. Tipping is customary but voluntary. We can help you with appropriate tipping guidelines when in Nepal.
Padma Sponsor Discount
As a charitable organization we rely heavily on individual donations to achieve our goals. Every service trip participant who becomes a Padma sponsor receives a 15% discount on the cost of their trip. To sign-up go to padmaorganization.com and email us at email@example.com.
Trip Cancellation and Refund Policy
We understand that sometimes plans change and students have to cancel their trips with us for any number of reasons. Students can cancel their trip for any reason and receive a refund of 50% of all paid trip tuition. Additionally, in the unlikely event that Padma has to cancel a trip due to social unrest or a natural disaster in the planned area of travel, students also receive a refund of 50% of all paid trip tuition. These refunds do not include trip deposits. Additional trip insurance can be purchased at padmaorganization.com which provides a 100% refund of paid trip tuition in the event of trip cancellation for any reason.
Trip Payment Deadlines
Trip payments can be made in as many as three payments by check or via PayPal at padmaorganization.com. If you need to make a unique payment plan, we are happy to work with you as long as you let us know sooner rather than later. All trip payments must be received no later than one month before your scheduled trip begins. Checks can be mailed to:
Padma Organization 1 Mimosa Rd Santa Fe NM 87508
To secure your spot on the trip we ask a $350 deposit. This deposit goes towards your trip tuition.
Medical Services in Nepal
Medical staff will join our trips and prepare medical kits to deal with any cuts and scrapes, and minor illnesses. Transport to clinics in Kathmandu will be provided and overseen by medical staff in case of emergency. Personal prescription medications should be brought from the US, with a limited availability of medicines beyond common antibiotics and so forth. We strongly recommend but do not require that all trekkers purchase adventure travelers medical insurance which will cover high expense medical costs such as medical heli-evacuation or extended hospital stays. Contact us for recommendations if you do choose to purchase individual medicalinsurance for your trip.
We also strongly recommend you consult your doctor to make sure you are in top physical health and to answer any medical concerns you may have about high altitude trekking.
There are no required vaccinations for traveling to Nepal. The US Center for Disease Control updates a list of suggested vaccinations annually. It is up to each individual to decide how many shots they want to get. For specific questions regarding vaccines contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Center for Disease Control’s suggested vaccinations go to:
Many travelers to Nepal are bothered with stomach and gastrointestinal illness even when conscientious efforts are made to eat hygienic foods. It is safe to assume that at least one member of our group will fall ill during the trip. If you are beginning to feel the onset of any type of illness, immediately contact one of the trip leaders so treatment can be administered in hopes of staving off a multi-day ailment.
Altitude sickness - AMS, HACE and HAPE
These are dangerous conditions that can rob you of your physical and mental energy during the trek. Keep yourself well hydrated, eat healthy and bring adequate medication. It’s crucial each member of the trip read up on and be familiar the symptoms and dangers of altitude sickness before the trek, and consult your doctor about your high-altitude trekking plans. You must let your guide and medical staff know if you are experiencing any symptoms of altitude sickness.
How to Apply?
To join a Padma Everest Clean Up Trek, complete our online forms at padmaorganization.com. The application consists: 1-Participant information and medical form, 2-liability waiver,3-code-of-conduct acknowledgement, and 4-trip deposit. Once all these are complete, your position on the trip is secure. Trip tuition can be paid at the time of applying or in as many as three installments with the total amount being paid no less than one month before your trip.
If you have any questions or need more information before deciding about your trip, call us at 435.319.8090 or via email at email@example.com.