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Packing List for Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal: What to bring?

 January 2, 2022      By Himalayan Hero
Packing List for Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal: What to bring?

How should you prepare for an Annapurna Circuit Trek? Read this blog to find out what to pack for an Annapurna Circuit Trek. How to use a daypack in Nepal, what sleeping bags we used for the Annapurna Circuit, and other packing essentials for the Himalayas!

Packing list for Annapurna

How to pack when hiking the Annapurna Circuit has been on our minds for weeks now. While chatting with other hikers, we found out that they were facing the same issue for the Annapurna Basecamp tour, the Poonhil trek, and the Mount Everest Basecamp tour as well. In this blog, we'll show you how to pack for a Nepal trekking trip, as well as a printable trekking checklist!
The Annapurna Circuit was part of what we did. We'll shorten this three-week trek to 12 days. Usually, it takes three weeks. Cars or planes can handle the first and last parts, but they are less attractive than the rest. Moreover, we wanted to leave the option open to go on the Annapurna Basecamp trek or the Poonhill trek after completing the Annapurna Circuit. 
Our bags got packed for these places. There were no differences in the weather or hiking conditions, so we did not have to take anything different apart from some extra money.

Packing list for trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal

Please read the recommendations below on what to pack for the Annapurna Circuit.

Annapurna Circuit clothing and equipment!

  • T-shirts that dry quickly 
  • Shirts that can be worn while sleeping
  • Long-sleeved tees
  • A thick fleece sweater
  • A windproof raincoat
  • A pair of thermal pants
  • A long-sleeved thermal shirt
  • An off-the-shoulder top
  • A couple of sports tights (optional)
  • Your cap and gloves
  • Three pairs of socks with a thickness
  • Hiking boots
  • As well as flip flops
  • A knee brace is optional
  • Accompanied by sunglasses
  • A walking stick
  • Additional laces and shoes 
Wear multiple layers as much as you can and take clothes that dry quickly. Additionally, you use slippers when you shower and thermal clothing at night. While hiking in the mountains, we occasionally enjoyed wearing sports pants under our hiking pants. Alternatively, you could wear thermo pants.
You must wear good socks since you walk considerable distances every day. Choose socks made of breathable, warm wool.

Packing List for the Himalayas: What's in your toilet bag?

  • Buying toothbrushes with toothpaste
  • Shampoo and facewash
  • Medicine for altitude sickness
  • Lip balms and moisturiser 
  • Essential medicine such as paracetamol, Immodium and salt solution
  • Sunscreen 50+, band-aid and hand warmers
  • Toilet papers
In the mountains, you don't need make-up. All you need is sunblock and lip balm with sunscreen. Due to the sun and cold, our lips were always cracked and painful. We kept our stiff muscles by using lip balm. Wet wipes are an excellent solution for when showering is unpleasant (for instance, when it is cold or when you are late.

The essential electronics to pack for Nepal!

  • Chargers and power bank
  • Additional phone (keypad phone/smartphone)
  • Additional battery and lenses for the camera
  • Flashlight with additional batteries
It's amazing how many hotels allow you to charge your electronics. Power banks, however, might be more convenient. 

Packing list for Annapurna Circuit trek: food and water!

  • All-day energy bars
  • 2-litre water bottle
  • A tablet that purifies water
We cleaned the water with water purification tablets. These are available in Kathmandu. Likewise, you can also buy the 2l flask to store water.

We wanted to have enough energy bars because energy bars cannot be purchased en route. There are chocolate bars everywhere along the route, but the higher you climb, the more expensive they become.

Nepal trekking packing list: essentials for sleeping when trekking the Annapurna Circuit!

While hiking, sleep is one of the most important things! Walking distances of between 10 and 25 kilometres per day with height differences of quite a bit are part and parcel of your daily routine. Rest is a must. Generally, tea houses where you sleep have poor conditions or are not isolated. Aside from that, the bedding is not always clean, and the blankets are too thin. The temperatures can get as low as -15 degrees Fahrenheit at night in the winter, so remember to bring a sleeping bag!


An Annapurna Circuit walks without a porter

Our bag weighed every gram because we did not have a porter for the Annapurna Circuit. Even though our bags were fairly heavy, we could have omitted a few things to make mine lighter. The bag we were carrying (including two litres of water).
An excellent rule of thumb is to have your backpack not weigh more than 5% of your body weight. 
Are you accompanied by a porter when hiking? That still leaves you with packing considerations. A rule says porters shouldn't carry more than 15 kilograms. You also employ porters as the employer. Therefore, you also have responsibility for their working conditions. 

Packing List for the Annapurna Circuit: How much money do you need?

The budget for each day was $60 (excluding permits), which we managed. For two people, food, drinks, and tea houses were included in this amount. If you also have dinner and breakfast, you will sometimes even sleep free of charge at a tea house. You cannot use a credit card to pay anywhere (almost) on the way.
Well, if you are still unsure of what to pack in your Annapurna trekking trip, do write us in the comment section below.


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