Everest, Here We Come!

An artist's packing list for Everest Base Camp trek

Today we scurried around Kathmandu getting the last bits of gear we needed to head to Everest Base Camp in the morning!

Two mornings ago, we left our life in China.  Saying goodbye to friends was difficult, as we really did build a family in China.  But traveling feet get itchy fast, and we were very ready to get moving into the next stage of our lives.  So here we are!

We’re waking up very early tomorrow morning to catch a flight to where we begin our trek.  Then we’ll be on the trail for 16 days to reach and return from the Base Camp of Mount Everest.  We’ve have all the gear we need to capture the sights and sounds of this amazing place.  (We also have what will most likely turn out to be far too many hand and foot warmers, but Cora hates being cold, so…)

Wish us luck, and get ready for our artistic take of the top of the world.

A Photographer’s Packing List for the Everest Base Camp Trek

  • A variety of lenses.  The extra weight is rough, but it is worth it.  There is nothing worse than having a once-in-a-lifetime view in front of you, and unable to capture it correctly.  Bring your lenses.
  • Camera Batteries.  Bring as many as you can, and buy a solar charger if you can afford it.  Charging is very expensive once you get on the trail ($5 for 1 hour of charging).
  • Extra Batteries. Bring extra batteries for every piece of gear, even if the battery life is usually much longer than the time you will be on your trek.  It is very cold up there and this will drain your batteries faster than you think.  You don’t want to be up there trying to find a 3V lithium for your remote (good luck!)
  • Storage.  Bring as much cards as you can.  You do not want to be lugging your heavy laptop along in order to clear off your cards.
  • Filters.  Glare is harsh off the mountains, so having the correct tools will help you get the best shot.
  • A remote controller.  How can you be in the Himalayas and not capture a time lapse or two?
  • Glove liners.  It’s very cold, but large gloves can be too bulky for handling all your gear.  Glove liners provide some protection and warmth when you’re working your gear.
  • A good tripod.  No questions asked, you must bring a quality tripod if you want to capture quality photographs.  Don’t bring something flimsy; it will break up there.
  • A headlamp.  This should be standard anyway.  But this is especially true for those who want to stay up on the mountainside to catch the sunset and will have to be hiking down in the dark.  Don’t forget extra batteries!

Art We There Yet?



I miss you more now. Even though you are on the move, and you were far away in China … I felt like I was closer to you with our monthly chats. I’m so happy to read about your adventures. Love you to the moon and back Coors. Lilia will be viewing the photos right along with me 🙂


Miss you too, Meena! I can’t believe Lilia is a year old and I haven’t officially met her yet. Let’s set up a chat from India! Sending lots of love, -Cora


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