Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List
Trekking in Annapurna Circuit is one of the most magically and jaw-dropping experiences in the Himalayas of Nepal. Annapurna Circuit takes you to a magnificent journey on the noble trails in the Annapurna Region. Being one of the longest trekking trails in Nepal and in the world, a proper Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list is major concern before starting the trek.
The weather and temperature around the Annapurna Circuit never remain stable. Along with that, you will be trekking through diverse terrains of the Annapurna region. The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you from green hills of Besisahar to the barren, dry lands of Mustang.
Hence, you need to be prepared for any type of climate that occurs during your trek. Get your packing right and you will breeze through the trek. Get it wrong, and you have a very tough trek than you can imagine.
However, planning what gear and equipment to take for a trek like this is definitely a tricky act. That’s why we have come up with this article regarding the Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list, important packing tips, what to pack and what not to, and the hiking essentials you’ll absolutely need during the trek.
So, let’s get started.
ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT PACKING TIPS
Here are a few tips to keep in mind, before you specify the item in the Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list:
Know about the trekking season in Nepal
The trekking season has a huge impact on where and how you can trek as well as what do you need to pack for the trek.
The best time for the Annapurna Circuit Trek is in Autumn (October and early December), and Spring (late February to April).
But if you decide to trek in the winter or monsoon season then you have to hike in heavy snow or heavy rain, meaning you’ll need to bring sufficient weatherproof gear along with you.
The weather never stays constant
The Annapurna circuit trail takes you from tropical plains to alpine climatic zones. Some days, it will be hot and you will be walking in shorts and t-shirts. While in other days, you’ll wear all your clothes as the -15c temperature and brutal winds freeze your water bottle solid.
Make sure you’re well prepared for both!
Only pack what you need
If you are not a solo traveler, you’ll possibly have both a guide and porter/s for your trek.
Since porters are also humans, help them by packing only what you really need (10kgs or so).
You can buy lots of hiking gear in Kathmandu
If you are short of any gear or equipment, then you can easily buy them in Kathmandu. You can either buy it or can rent it from Thamel.
Backpacks for Annapurna Circuit Trek
This is the backpack that will be with you on the overall trek. Thus, it will be full of your essential, high energy hiking snacks but you need to also space for your an extra jumper or your down jacket, hiking trousers, your electronics, water, sunscreen, a hat, and any other personal items.
Hence, we recommend you buy a supportive daypack that has enough capacity for your essential, with comfortable support and of course with a waist strap.
Losing the track of your gears is a usual thing while trekking. And it can be quite frustrating to find the stuff you are looking for.
Thus, having a satchel helps you compartmentalize all your stuff, like clothes, electronics, spare warm gear, and keep them neatly separated for you.
A Big Rucksack
Are you a solo traveler? If yes, then this is for you.
A big rucksack is only convenient for solo trekker in the Annapurna Circuit, trekking with any porters or guides.
Make sure your rucksack has good and comfortable back support and a waist strap. As the trekking days will be long, steep, and exhausting, it needs to be as comfortable as possible.
Waterproof Dry Bag
Having wet gear during the trek is the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Thus, you need to have a waterproof dry bag to save all your stuff dry from the rain. Especially, if you are trekking during the Monsoon then it is highly recommended.
Hence, you will require a good-sized waterproof dry bag with plenty of space for your gear and snacks for protecting them from rain and dust.
Clothing for Annapurna Circuit Trek
When it comes to packing the clothing for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, try to pack clothes that are lightweight, breathable fabrics that are quick-drying, moisture-absorbing, and can be cleaned easily by hand.
Layering is a key for clothing during your Annapurna Circuit trek. You will be starting your trek at 830 meters in Besisahar to the highest point of the trek at 5,416 meters in Thorong La Pass. Hence, laying the clothes depends on the altitude as well as the weather condition. You start with thermal wear on cooler days and add multiple layers such as tees, woolen jumpers, fleeces on top that you can easily take off when the day gets warmer.
The clothing occupies the largest amount of space in your backpack. So, careful judgment should be made in order to not over-pack.
Carry at least 5 pairs of quick-drying and breathable underwear for your trek. Try experimenting with different underwear and bring them along with you in the trek.
And for ladies, carry at two sports bra with good support, comfortable straps, and light, breathable fabric.
The thermal wear is the most essential clothing for high altitude trekking. They should be warm and comfortable with body heat-trapping technology.
Two thermal for upper body and one for the lower body should give to provide enough warmth for the trek.
The synthetic clothes are perfect for Annapurna Circuit trek than cotton clothes. They are light. Further, they wash off easily and dries quickly.
Long-sleeved shirts are a must for trekking, especially for sun-protection. They’re so handy, convenient, and better in all means. Along with long-sleeved shirts, short-sleeved t-shirts should also be packed for a hot and sunny day. They come handy while you are traveling on the road.
As Annapurna Circuit is a high altitude trek, fleece is very important. The fleeces should be full-zip and have heat-locking. Besides that, it should be breathable and compact for packing.
An insulating jacket is a key item for a trek like this. It’s lightweight, and probably the biggest clothing item for providing warmth.
Lower body layer
Buying some great pair of hiking pants are 100% worth it for making Annapurna Circuit Trek, a comfortable trek. The hiking trousers should be quick-drying, semi-waterproof, and convertible. We recommend you to buy full convertible trousers because it can be converted to shorts during warm days.
Also for the cold weather, you need wool or fleece variation of trousers to keep you warm and cozy. Similarly, waterproof/windproof trousers are quite essentials, since the weather at such height is unpredictable. Hence, it’s always best to prepare for the unseen.
List of other clothing :
- Light thermal tops
- Fleece Windstopper jacket
- Polypropylene shirts (1 half and 2 long sleeves shirts)
- Down vest
- Waterproof breathable fabric shell jacket
- Waterproof Gore-Tex jacket
- Hiking shorts
- Hiking trousers
- lightweight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool trousers
- Non-cotton underwear briefs
- Waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
You need to have two pairs of gloves: inner globes and outer globes. These globes are like two sides of the coin, you can’t separate them. As the name itself is self-explanatory, the inner gloves go inside the outer globes. Inner gloves with Outer gloves work best together.
The inner gloves are thin, light, breathable, and hug every crevice of your hand. While the outer gloves are bulkier, but more effective against the cold too; similar to the layers of our clothing throughout the trek. They’re usually waterproof, extremely warm, and quite durable.
Having great footwear is as important as having warm clothing. Since blisters are a major concern during your trek on the Annapurna Circuit, you need a good pair of socks as well as a pair of decent hiking boots to avoid the Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty.
Carry at least 3 pairs of regular hiking socks for a safe bet. You should look for a sock that is breathable, light, and moisture-absorbing.
And for a hassle-free experience, I recommend you to pack the ones that you’ve used a couple of times
Add a pair of thermal socks to the list as well. Your feet too deserves to be pleased in the sub-zero temperature.
This is probably the maker-or-breaker of your trek. So, buying a quality pair of (broken in) hiking boots is the most important thing.
You will be wearing these boots for about 10 hours a day, so make sure that they’re comfortable, have great support for your feet and ankles.
Also, be sure that these boots are waterproof because the last thing you want is a pair of boots that get soggy and wet on the first day and never dry properly.
Pair of Sandals/Flip-Flops
Pack a pair of sandals as well, as it will be useful in the tea-houses and hotels during your Annapurna Circuit trek.
You may think that sandals are not that useful but let me tell you that it comes very handy while using bathrooms, while taking a shower, while resting on a hot day and so on.
List of other footwear:
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Heavy poly or wool socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Trainers or running shoes
- Cotton socks Gaiters
Sleeping Accessories for Annapurna Circuit Trek
In the entire trek, you will be staying in the teahouses that are made up of wood and stones that provide a cozy and warm relief at the end of a long and exhausting day.
All teahouse provides blankets but during the colder days that may not be enough. Hence, Sleeping bags are an important item of your packing list for the Annapurna trek. So, get a sleeping bag that holds up to -10 degrees C.
Whether you buy your own sleeping bag or rent it, always bring a sleeping liner with you. They add an extra layer of warmness to your sleeping bag.
List of sleeping accessories
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Bag Liner
Headwears are another essential part of your Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list. It will help to keep your head warm and defend from snow, rain, and excessive sunlight.
Sunglasses are useful in absorbing the stress from the eyes. Also, it assists in protecting your eyes from harsh sunlight at higher altitudes. It also helps to protect your eyes from any possible gust of wind.
Hat or fleece hat
The hat comes quite handy if you are trekking on a sunny day, especially at lower altitudes. It will protect your skin from sunburn by providing shade. And for higher altitude, carry a fleece hat to keep your head warm and safe from the snow.
Bandana or scarf
Some parts of the Annapurna Circuit Trail are quite dusty. Thus, Bandana/ Scarf helps to cover your mouth and nose in such trails.
List of Head wears:
- A warm hat (wool or synthetic)
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Bandana or headscarf
- Prescription sunglasses
- Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
You will be hiking through different physical conditions. In some cases, you might suffer from altitude sickness at higher altitudes. You might catch a common cold due to the difference in temperature. In addition, there might be muscle sprains or other injuries. So, you need to have proper first aid kits.
You should also consider packing Diamox to avoid the risk of high altitude sickness. Paracetamol and Imodium can be useful in case of sudden fever and unpleasant diarrhea.
List of Medication :
- Diamox/ Altitude Sickness tablet
- Chlorine Dioxide Tablets/ Water Purification Tablets
- Insect Repellent
- Antiseptic Wipes
- Small Bandages and plasters
- Antiseptic Cream
Furthermore, here is the list of items that you need on a daily basis during your Annapurna Circuit trek:
- Medium-sized towel
- Multi-purpose soap
- Nail clippers
- Wet wipes
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti-bacterial handwash
- Guide book
- Journal and pen
- Voltage converter
- Plug adapter
- Lightweight pillowcase
Important documents and items
- Valid passport
- Separate photocopies of passport
- 2 extra passport size photos
- Airline tickets
- Proof of insurance
- Extra cash for buying stuffs during the trek
- Credit cards
- Traveler’s checks
- Annapurna Circuit Trekking permits.
- TIMS Card
- A Complete Guide to Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Annapurna Circuit Trek FAQs
- How to Prepare for Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Annapurna Circuit is one of the best trek in Nepal and it offers you with beautiful mountain views, varied landscapes along with rich cultural diversity.
If you are planning to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek, then we hope this Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list would help you to some extent.
Besides, all these items are completely based on our opinion and experience. And you are absolutely welcome to save this blog for future reference.
Moreover, do contact us for any further questions or queries regarding this trek or any other treks in Nepal.