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.

annapurna circuit packing list osprey kestrel 48

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.

annapurna circuit packing list arcteryx beta lt hybrid

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

annapurna circuit packing list arcteryx atom lt hoody

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

Have since replaced with MH Ghost Whisperer

annapurna circuit packing list patagonia r1 hoody

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.

annapurna circuit packing list smartwool nts 250 crew

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.

annapurna circuit packing list icebreaker tech lite mountains
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.
annapurna circuit packing list prana stretch zion pants
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.
annapurna circuit packing list prana stretch zion shorts
One to two pairs of shorts. Same as pants above.
annapurna circuit packing list prana basalt studio

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.

annapurna circuit packing list smart wool nts 150 boxer briefs
At your discretion how many underoos you bring. With the advantages in merino wool technology I only bring 2 good pairs.
annapurna circuit packing list darn tough socks

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.

annapurna circuit packing list chaco z1 sandals

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.

annapurna circuit packing list salewa speed ascent gtx

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.

annapurna circuit packing list iPhone 6 plus gold

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.

annapurna circuit packing list alpatronix battery case
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.
go pro hero 4 black

Camera or GoPro to record your epic adventure!

annapurna circuit packing list kindle voyage
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
annapurna circuit packing list deck of cards
People LOVE playing cards on the circuit. So bring a deck, learn some games, and make a TON of friends!
annapurna circuit packing list bose qc20i

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

annapurna circuit packing list travel inspira world travel adapter

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.

annapurna circuit packing list anker powercore 100000

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.

annapurna circuit packing list oakley indy hat
A good ballcap to block the sun.
annapurna circuit packing list sherpa renzing hat
Warm hat for the cool mornings and sometimes to wear at night. Wool on the outside, fleece on the inside. Warm and comfy.
annapurna circuit packing list original buff
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.
annapurna circuit packing list garmin fenix 3

Timekeeper. Helpful to have one that tells altitude!

annapurna circuit packing list or flurry gloves
Light to medium weight gloves.
annapurna circuit packing list pac safe rfid 150
Separate small RFID wallet for passport, immunization records, backup cards, cash etc.
annapurna circuit packing list sleeping bag
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.
annapurna circuit packing list nalgene 32oz
Save some money and the environment and carry your own reusable water bottle. Nalgene is pretty much indestructible.
annapurna circuit packing list petzl tikka plus
Great to have when you don’t have electricity. Buy a good brand with high lumens, you’ll thank me later.
annapurna circuit packing list sawyer squeeze filter

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.

annapurna circuit packing list masterlock 4688d
Basic small pack lock for locking your bag if needed. I lock mine whenever I leave the room just in case.
annapurna circuit packing list lewis n clark shoe covers
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.

annapurna circuit packing list sea to summit hanging toiletry bag

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

annapurna circuit packing list sea to summit drylite towel

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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