Lara Levi, one of our inspirational women travellers, trekked to Everest Base Camp in November 2016. These are the things she wishes she’d taken with her...
- You do not need to be in athlete shape to reach Everest Base Camp; you just have to be motivated to get there, prepared to share a lot of unhygienic communal toilets, able to pack light and smart – and stock up on rehydration salts! I swore by them on the trek.
- Laundry services on the trek are expensive but available; you are expected to pay for even the slightest luxury such as a shower or the use of a socket. I was able to hand-wash a few undergarments on our two day stop-overs in tea houses (in what felt like glacial water) but if you are able to bring enough underwear and socks to last the whole trip, even better.
- You have to pay to charge everything whilst on the mountain so pre-charged battery packs are a must!
- A good book and deck of cards will go a very long way in the restaurants at night to pass the time.
- If, like us, you choose to take the challenge a step further and not shower for the duration of the trek (gross I know), I would recommend dry shampoo (I really wish I had had some) and a huge pack of baby wipes for daily “baby wipe showers” as we called them.
- But whatever you do, do not forget to bring lots of tissues (at least five packs – you’ll thank me later), two loo rolls per person and Vaseline. These are rare and expensive commodities up on the mountain.