Annapurna Circuit Packing List
If you’re looking to hike the Annapurna Circuit, this is part 2 in a series to help you along your way. Be sure to check out the How to Hike the Annapurna Circuit article that provides a bit more information you need to know. You can also read the Annapurna Circuit Hiking Guide that covers nearly everything you need to know to plan and hike your trek.
Once of the most common questions asked when planning the Annapurna Circuit trek is What do I need to pack? The good news is that the Annapurna Circuit is a teahouse trek – which means that you stay in teahouses, sleep in rooms, and buy hot meals to eat. This means that you don’t have to carry a tent, stove, cookware, etc. This not only helps saves some weight in your pack, but makes your days a lot easier.
So what do you need to pack? Below is a comprehensive packing list that you can use to take everything you need for your trek. I’ve divided the list into Clothing, Gear, Toiletries, and Miscellaneous.
When hiking the Annapurna Circuit, you are going to want to carry 2 sets of clothing with you: 1 set to hike in during the day and 1 set to change into after you’re finished your hike for the day and showered (yes, there are showers in many villages along the Annapurna Circuit). You’ll need to be prepared for hot and cold temperatures, as well as being at high elevation, so taking the right clothes is important.
Here’s what you’ll want to carry:
1 pair Hiking Pants
1 long sleeve shirt (preferably one with a hood to help with sun protection)
1 short sleeve shirt (preferably a “technical” shirt with synthetic fibers to help keep you dry)
2 pairs of socks (in case one pair gets wet during the day, you can change socks)
1 pair of underwear
Gloves (look for ones with Gore-Tex)
You’ll want to keep a set of clothes to change into after you’re finished hiking for the day:
1 pair of comfortable and warm pants
1 pair of underwear
1 warm hat
In addition to your clothes, you’ll need to carry some gear with you for your trek. Here are your essential items:
Camera & Extra battery for camera (the cold drains your battery faster)
Phone & Cord
Plug adapter (look for ones with built-in USB ports)
Water filter/purifier or water purification tabs
Water bottle (1 liter size)
Passport & Permits (you’ll be asked for these at every checkpoint)
Lip balm with SPF
First aid kit
Clothespins & S-Biners
Book / Kindle
Notebook / Journal
That’s it! If you carry all of the items above, you ‘ll be well prepared for the Annapurna Circuit. And don’t worry, if you forget any of the items listed above, you’ll be able to find them in Kathmandu or Pokhara.