Everest Base Camp is in the far southwest of tibet and when you travel there, you should pack proper things and equipments which might be useful and necessary during your tour, for it might not be so convenient to buy those things along the way to Everest Base Camp because of the lack of stores caused by the harsh climate and environment. Then, what to pack for your Everest Base Camp (EBC) tour?
1. permits and certificates
There are certain permits and certificates needed for travelling to EBC and you should get them before you travel to EBC. Take your ID card, Tibet Entry Permit, Aliens’ Travel Permit and Mountaineering License issued by the Tibet Mountaineering Association. They are very important and without them, you will not be allowed to travel to EBC.
2. clothes and shoes
A down coat is necessary even in summer when you travel to EBC. If you travel to EBC during summer, you will need to take both summer clothes and winter clothes. As the altitude of EBC is above 5000m, it is cold even in summer. And some windbreaker and sweater can be quite good as well. But, it is not so cold before getting to EBC, so you will need some thin clothes too, and they should be able to absorb sweat well so as to avoid getting cold. As for the shoes, it’s very important to have a pair of strong and comfortable boots. Lightweight boots are fine and you should make sure your shoes fit well and can work well in cold or puddles.
3. drugs and equipment
Take an adequate supply of any prescription medication you use regularly, including medicine for cold, headache, stomach ache, and insect bite, diarrhea, high altitude sickness and so on, and you can ask doctors for advice. Take some oxygen bags in case you don’t feel well at EBC. Take a light down-filled sleeping bag as it can be very cold at night.
4. food and drinks
Take some high-calory snacks such as chocolates and dried beef meet. They may help you feel better at high altitude. You are also recommended to take some drinking water and bottled mineral water is quite good. Water purification tablets can be useful during trekking if you would like to trek to EBC.
5. skin protection and others
Sunglasses and sun cream are necessary for the solar radiation is quite strong in the high altitude. And sunglasses can also protect your eyes from the white snow covered on Mount Everest. Don’t forget to take a camera, enough films or a large memory card and some spare batteries. You will love the scenery on the highest mountain and I believe your camera can be very busy all along the way to EBC.
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