Before going on any treks, it is absolutely necessary to know what to pack for the trek. The packing list for trekking in Nepal differs with the places and the seasons that you are trekking in.
Everest Base Camp trek is the most popular trekking region in Nepal. Thousands of tourists from around the world visit the base camp of Everest every year. Everest base camp trekking an adventurous trek in Nepal that you can attempt in any time of the year.
Now, what should you pack for your Everest Base Camp trekking in November? Well, November is the last Autumn month and is the transitional month between two seasons Autumn and Winter.
The temperature and weather in November resemble both the Autumn and Winter. Days are warmer. However, the nights are very cold. The night-time temperature at the high altitudes is the negative degrees temperature.
You do not need any kinds of special equipment for the Everest base camp trekking. Thus, you must focus on your clothing, personal hygiene, and some other gears.
Here, we will list some of the items that you will need for your Everest base camp in November:
Clothing list for Everest Base Camp Trek November
If you are trekking to Everest base camp in November, you should wear lightweight clothes for the day. While hiking during the days, you should wear clothes in a layer. We advise you to wear three layers: a base layer, middle layer, and the outer layer.
The base layer should be your inner garments. The t-shirts should make the middle layer. For the outer layer, wear fleece windproof jackets and trousers.
Evenings, nights and the mornings will be colder. For these times, you will need warmer clothes. You should wear down jacket and warm trousers.
Here is a list of clothing that you should bring on your Everest base camp trek:
1 Windproof jacket
The windproof jacket will make your outer layer. The jacket will help you resist the wind and keep you away from the cold breeze.
Trekking Shirts/ T-Shirts
You can wear trekking shirts with full or half sleeves in November. On your trek, you will reuse your t-shirts for days. So, make sure the materials are moisture wicking and breathable. Bring 6 to 7 pairs of trekking shirts and t-shirts.
The trekking trousers should be windproof, moisture wicking, and breathable fabric. Get yourself a pair of convertible trousers.
The insulated jacket will make the outer layer at the higher altitudes. The temperatures at high altitudes will be less as compared to that in lower areas. There are also chances that you might encounter a few snowfalls if you are trekking in late November. The insulating jacket will keep you from unexpected rainfall or snow.
The inner wear includes your underwear, vests, sports bras, and others. Select the breathable and moisture wicking materials for your underwears.
Buy a sun hat that covers your head, face, and neck from the sun. Sun hats are easy to wear and are great during trekking.
Beanie provides warmth and good protection to your head and ears. In November, mornings and evenings are colder. So, you can wear beanies during your morning and evening walks.
A neck gaiter is cheap and light and keeps your face and neck warm. You can wear it during the nights, evenings, and mornings.
Gloves will do great while trekking at the high altitudes. During your Everest base camp trek in November, you can wear your gloves during the mornings and also during the days. You can wear:
- Inner Gloves (light and useful for moderate temperatures)
- Outer Insulated Gloves (warm, waterproof, and durable. Useful for cold temperatures)
You are attempting a trek to the base camp of Everest. Before doing that, you must know that trekking to EBC isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The trekking trail is very remote and is highly rugged. The trek also contains some portions that are really tough.
Comfortable footwear makes it easier for you to walk. This means what you choose to wear in your feet will determine your experiences at the base camp. Choose the footwear that will be comfortable with your legs. Wearing uncomfortable footwears might result in itchiness, sore feet, bruises, blisters, and others.
Here is a list of footwear that you must get for your Everest base camp trekking in autumn.
If you are someone who looks for the brands, you must know that comfort matters more than the brand name. We advise you to buy a hiking boot that is suitable and is highly comfortable to your feet.
Do not but a boot that is very heavy. Your hiking boots should be lightweight. Also, look for one that provides good ankle support. You must walk on the rough terrain and slopes. So, look for the soles having deep cut traction.
A pair of Sandals
You can wear a pair of sandals when you walk around the teahouses. You can also wear them during your acclimatization days. Get yourself a comfortable pair of sandals before you go on the trek.
Bring breathable and moisture wicking socks during your EBC trek. Your socks will get dirty so fast. That’s why you should bring enough changeable pair of good hiking socks on the trek. In general, 6 pairs of socks will do fine.
Warm Thermal Socks
In November, you should wear thicker warm thermal socks at the base camp and at the places near to the base camp. Get a single or double pair of warm thermal socks.
Others Items Required for Everest Base Camp Trekking November
Days are bright and warm in November. Thus, in order to protect your eyes, wear UV polarized sunglasses.
You will visit Kalapathar early in the morning to view the sunrise views. There are some other days on the trek when you have to start early in the morning before sunrise. For early morning treks, a good headlight will come handy. The headlamp will make the trekking trails visible.
A headlight is also useful for midnight bathroom breaks as all the tea houses might not have proper lightings.
But individual locks for your bags. You will leave your bags at the hotel and will leave for exploration and sightseeing. Also, when a porter carries your load, you won’t have to worry about it, once you lock it. Using the locks means you are ensuring the safety of your trekking gears. And doing this is absolute while trekking.
November is a busy season for Everest trekking. The teahouses will have lots of guests. As a result, you will have to keep waiting for foods and drinks for long. If you are carrying your own Thermal flask, you can keep your drinks from freezing and can save it for the next morning. If you do so, you won’t have to wait in queues for your drinks. Thermal flask re useful mostly during cold mornings and nights.
Bags and Backpacks
Which bag you carry on your trek is completely your own choice. Also, you must choose the bag that has space for all your gears.
If you are hiring a porter, buy a duffel bag. In a duffle bag, you can keep all your gears and the porter will carry it. Find a bag that is durable and resistant to water.
If you are not hiring a porter, then you must carry all your gears. In such cases, you should buy a backpack. Your backpack must be 50 to 65 liters. This backpack will be sufficient and it will have compartments for all your gears. Find a backpack that is highly durable and is waterproof.
If you are hiring a porter, s/he will carry all your trekking gears. But there are some items like the water bottle, personal documents, cash, snacks, and others that you should keep with you. In most of the cases, the porter won’t walk with you.
So, you need to buy a day pack that can hold all the necessary items required for a single day. You will carry your daypack. So, make sure it is comfortable while carrying.
November is a popular time of the year for EBC trekking. While trekking in the peak seasons, the teahouses might charge you high amounts for the extra services. The extra services include the costs of charging the phone and other electronic accessories, using wifi services, getting extra blankets, and others. Thus, you must carry extra cash that will cover all your expenses.
Some personal documents that you must carry all the times during your Everest base camp trek are as follows:
- Passport and Visa
- Permits (Local Entry Permit and Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit)
- Travel Insurance (must cover high altitude, emergency rescue, and evacuation if necessary.
Water Bottle / Water Bladder
Your body dehydrates faster as you trek to the higher altitudes. You must rehydrate your body from time to time. This will help prevent altitude sickness. You must drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water every day. You can buy the bottled water, but it is quite expensive on the trail.
So, it is better that you carry your own refillable water bottles or bladders. Before drinking the water from the natural sources, make sure they are free from contamination.
Water purification tablets
The direst water from rivers and taps aren’t safe to drink without processing. By processing, we mean purifying the water. There are many ways to purify water. One of the easiest ways is by using water purifying tablets or liquid. So, you should carry some water purifiers during your trek to EBC.
First Aid Kit
Some of the first aid kits that you should carry for your Everest base camp trek must include the following items:
- Diamox for altitude sickness
- Medicines for allergy, cold, and cough
- Anti-diarrheal tablets
- Bandaids for blisters or small injuries
- Toothpaste and Toothbrush
- Shampoo and Hair conditioner
- Toilet Paper roll
- Female Hygienic products (Pads or Tampons)
- Anti-bacterial Soap
- Sanitizer gel and/or Hand Wash Gel
- Wet baby wipes
- Lightweight soft towel
Camera and Extra Batteries
Everest Base Camp trek in November offers the most dramatic views of the great Himalayas towering to meet the crystal clear blue skies. The sceneries of the white Himalayas and beautiful mountains surrounding you will be magnetic. The great visibility and good quality of air will provide hundreds of photography options. If you want to capture these, you must carry a camera along with some extra batteries.
You can also carry a portable charger if you will carry your electronic gadgets like your phone, camera, etc.
Everest basecamp is a tea house trek. At the teahouses, you will get a room with beds and blankets. However, sleeping bags help you warm up quickly. In November, loads of traffic will be huge at the tea houses on the EBC trail. So, you might not get some extra blankets.
Nights in November are colder. And the rooms are not well insulated. So, carry your own sleeping bag that will do good for cold nights. You will get a good night sleep with your warm sleeping bag.
Trekking poles are not the must carry gears. But carrying trekking poles for Everest trekking is highly beneficial. The trekking poles will help you during the ascents and descends. You will feel comfortable walking on the slopes as the trekking poles help to balance your body. They also reduce stress on your joints, especially on your knees.