Annapurna Circuit Packing List

by | Nov 17, 2016 | 0 comments

You do not need a lot of specialized gear to go out and hike the Annapurna Circuit. In fact, most of what you need you probably have lying around your house already. Below is my Annapurna Circuit packing list that I used for the trek. It is by no means all-encompassing.

Most people ask if you need super cold weather gear and the answer for 99% of the people that do the trek is NO. If your hiking in the high season (April/May and Oct/Nov) then it will be warm enough that you can hike in sandals/shoes and you likely won’t need a sleeping bag. (I didn’t need one, it’s entirely up to you, cheap ones can be had in Kathmandu for $20-30 if you don’t want to bring one with) At lower elevations you’ll be in shorts and a t-shirt. Up high you’ll be hiking in pants and some layering jackets.

If you’re looking for more information on hiking the Annapurna Circuit be sure to also check out our Annapurna Circuit FAQ.

Bring a good pack that you love wearing because it rides your back for 3 weeks with all your gear! I used the Osprey Kestrel 48 (size S, net 46L) because that’s what I’m using for our RTW trip and it was overkill. A 30-40L pack should suit you fine depending on how minimalist you are.

Hard shell is great not only for rain but also as a layering piece and wind stopper. Believe me, it’s windy on the top of the pass! It’s the top layer of my layering system.

Have since replaced with OR Helium II

Some type of down/synthetic jacket layer such as the Atom LT or a Patagonia Nanopuff.

Have since replaced with MH Ghost Whisperer

Insulating layer for up high in the mountains when its too cold for just a jacket and shell.

The R1 hoody is revered among the alpine crowd for its warmth to weight ratio and balaclava like hood.

One long sleeve base layer for when it’s cold or just lounging around in at the teahouses.
Merino wool is a good bet for its wicking and odor resistent properties.

Everyday hiking shirt. Same benefits as above for the merino wool in a super light packable shirt. Two is probably plenty.
Volcom Tank Top
annapurna circuit packing list volcom tank top
Tank top for the warmer days down lower when hanging out at the lodge. Or if you don’t like tanks, another non hiking t-shirt to lounge in.
One to two pairs of pants depending on time of year.  If it’s a warmer time just take one and wear shorts most of the time. Colder, do the inverse. These pants resist water very well and the stretch fabrics is unmatched. My favorite pants.
One to two pairs of shorts. Same as pants above.

A pair of shorts to lounge in at the lodge when its warm, and to swim in at the hot springs! Couple this with the tank top/t-shirt.

At your discretion how many underoos you bring. With the advantages in merino wool technology I only bring 2 good pairs.

I hiked the first third of the trek in my Chaco sandals (below) so only brought a couple pairs of socks to wear with my hiking shoes once it got colder up high. Bring an extra thick, non hiking pair to lounge in at the lodge.

Chacos. Ask any river guide, great for everything. They are a little on the heavy side but they are very robust and great for hiking in all kinds of terrain. I love hiking in these and keeping my feet aired out as much as possible.

A good shoe is essential for any trekking trip as you’ll obviously be spending most of your time in them. I stumbled on these on sale one day and ended up loving them. I’m on my second pair. The GTX version is waterproof.

Not much to say here. Smartphones are swiss army do everything devices. I do all my photography with this as well. Lodges have basic wifi so you can wow your friends with your amazing Instagram photos.

Because I use my iPhone for photography along with everything else I use a battery pack. This one gives one additional full charge and is surprisingly light.

Camera or GoPro to record your epic adventure!

You spend a lot of down time in the afternoons and evenings while on the circuit. It’s nice to be able to bring along a hefty amount of books.
Deck of Cards
People LOVE playing cards on the circuit. So bring a deck, learn some games, and make a TON of friends!

Sometimes it’s nice to have something to listen to while you hike. Personally I’m a big fan of podcasts.

If you want to charge anything you’ll need an adapter. This one has built in USB charging as well so you can charge 2 USB devices as well as a normal plug.

A power bank is a nice add when you may be without electricity for awhile which on the circuit you never really are, so this is a discretionary item. For the small amount of weight though, it’s worth it just in case.

A good ballcap to block the sun.
Warm hat for the cool mornings and sometimes to wear at night. Wool on the outside, fleece on the inside. Warm and comfy.
If you’ve never heard of a Buff, go to their website and you’ll understand why its the most versatile piece of fabric ever invented. Must have.

Timekeeper. Helpful to have one that tells altitude!

Light to medium weight gloves.
Separate small RFID wallet for passport, immunization records, backup cards, cash etc.
Not absolutely needed but if you’re a cold sleeper you might want one. A 20 degree (F) bag is more than adequate.  If you don’t want to haul one from home, you can get a cheap but effective one in Kathmandu for $20-30.
Save some money and the environment and carry your own reusable water bottle. Nalgene is pretty much indestructible.
Great to have when you don’t have electricity. Buy a good brand with high lumens, you’ll thank me later.

You can buy bottled and sterilized water on the circuit, but it gets expensive. It’s also nice to have the piece of mind to be able to clean your own water as well.

Basic small pack lock for locking your bag if needed. I lock mine whenever I leave the room just in case.
As you’ve seen above, I pack only a pair of Chaco sandals and my trekking shoes. When I’m wearing one, the other goes inside these in my pack. Worth it to not get grunge all over the rest of my gear.

I carry a tight small wrap of some paracord that has many crazy uses but mostly use as a clothesline and earplugs which are a essential to sleeping in any environment with other people.

I like the hanging type. Everyone has their preference. In it I keep: Folding toothbrush, toothpaste, tongue scraper, floss, liquid soap/shampoo combo, small poof, nail clippers, deodorant, & qtips

Always good to carry your own towel as lodges do not provide them.

Custom First Aid Kit
Personally I don’t bother with the pre-made first aid kits. They generally have more than you need and never exactly what you want. Grab a ziplock and put in what YOU personally need, it’s cheaper that way anyway.  Myself I bring: various band-aids and gauze, medical tape, antibiotic cream, anti fungal, anti itch, tylenol & mole skin. Just a small amount of your personal choices is all you need, you can reload on the road.

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