What equipment, clothing and boots do you need?
You will need the normal wet weather trekking clothing and shoes. Be sure to bring extra changes of socks. For acclimatizing walks around base camp you will need ankle high trekking shoes with good ankle support that are snow proof. Also, for trekking during the monsoon you will need an umbrella (buy it in Kathmandu) and good quality waterproof/windproof trousers with full side zips, and a good quality waterproof/windproof jacket with pit zips. For climbing Everest you will need 6000 metre / 19,750 foot high boots (up to Camp 1-2), and 8000 metre 26,000 foot high boots (for C3-Summit), crampons, a full down suit, also a down jacket, insulated trousers, a variety of different weights of gloves, down mitts, good facemask, insulated climbing layers, like expedition weight thermals, and light weight thermals. You will need two headtorches with extra batteries, and also good snow goggles and glacier glasses for day and night use. You will need your full harness (mid weight) with ascender, figure 8 descender, 4 slings, ice axe, 4 standard carabiners, 2 locking carabiners, and a helmet that will fit over your warm hat. Also a 50 litre rucksack. You will need 2 good sleeping bags, one for basecamp and one for up high. You can buy all of your mattresses in Lukla, they have a good selection. Also, you can buy your daily snack energy food in Kathmandu. However in KTM they don’t have power bars and they don’t have high mountain freeze-dried meals.
All group equipment is included, like oxygen bottles, masks, and regulators, tents, food, cooks, fuel, stoves, ropes, ice screws, snow bars, ladders, tables, chairs, etcetera.
Please Note: During the Trek and Climb You Wont Be Carrying a Heavy Rucksack.
During the trek, yaks and porters will carry everything. During the climb, your Sherpas will be carrying your heavy things, so you can climb with a light rucksack.
We will check your equipment, clothing and boots in Kathmandu:
Kathmandu has more than 100 outdoor shops at which you can find everything you need to rent, hire or purchase equipment. If you did not bring it with you from home, you can find it in Kathmandu. We will take you shopping and be sure you obtain everything you need.
Life in Everest Base Camp at 5300 metres / 17,400 feet:
We will establish a very comfortable camp here with private sleeping tents, dining tents, shower tents (you can have a hot shower whenever you like), toilet tents, and all of the comforts of home. We have expert cooks trained at 5 star hotels, who cook amazing food, 3 meals per day. Our amazing hard working Sherpas will also be with us here in Base Camp. The Sherpas will have their own separate sleeping tents, kitchen and dining tents near our basecamp. There are some beautiful 8 metre / 25 foot high ice pinnacles in and around basecamp. We will be doing a lot of fixed rope ice climbing training on these ice pinnacles with various ascending and descending techniques and also have good helicopter access to and from basecamp. As we can come and go pretty much any time we want by helicopter. We have good wifi in basecamp, so you can keep your social media pages updated, and keep up with your email. Also we have mobile telephone and satellite telephone, so you can stay in touch with your loved ones at home, family, business colleagues, sponsors, friends, etcetera.
By the way, we provide you with three cooked meals per each day on trek, in Everest basecamp, on mountain and at high altitude. We do ask you to bring your daily snack energy food (you can by chocolates, crisps, chips and nuts in Kathmandu). Our highly skilled Sherpas will always cook food, fill water bottles and make lots of hot drinks for you.