So today, we are going to discuss the packing list for Annapurna Circuit Trek in detail.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most plodded treks in Nepal, where people from scattered parts of the world arrive to have the best walk of their life. The trekker’s tally of Annapurna Circuit Trek reaches around 70,000 trekkers every year. Looking at those yearly numbers, you can bring to mind how good is this trek of Annapurna Circuit.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is sought-after for its scenic and adventurous events. As it revolves around the Annapurna Region, you get to see the deep and wide valleys, lush forests, green and unique terrains, and supreme and tall mountains.
You might know the ultimate destination of this trek is Thorung La Pass(5,416m). Which is surely a high place for a normal low altitude living person to be at. It’s very difficult to foresee the weather and temperature of high areas especially above 4,500m+. And the temperature is always chilly and colder than the lower areas. Plus, people also do not know what it’s like to trek in Nepal’s highlands. This creates a great amount of confusion among the trekkers who are not known about Nepal’s high altitude areas.
All too often, they get stuck most while determining the packing list for Annapurna Circuit Trek. The common doubts are, how rough is the trek and what kind of shoes do I need, is there an electronic charging service or I should have to carry the power bank. A season also differentiates the packing list for the Annapurna circuit. If all of the packing list questions have to be drawn here, it will take a lot of time.
So, let’s opt for a brief and quick packing list guide for Annapurna Circuit. Here is the deal, we are about to list all of the required items of the Annapurna Circuit Packing list. In addition to that, we have also pointed out some of the extra things that you need in various climatic seasons.
All Season Packing List for Annapurna Circuit Trek
It’s not that each of the seasons has a different packing list for the Annapurna circuit. A basic list of clothing for trekking works in every season. However, you have to include some extra clothes according to the attributes of each climatic season. For example, if the trek is during Monsoon, you have to pack some extra rain gears on the basic list of packing.
Therefore, we will be mentioning those packing items that can work for all seasons. This means no matter in which season you are doing the trek, don’t forget to pack these all-season basic things.
Let’s start with the most basic thing, clothing. The clothing items for Annapurna Circuit have to be light and warm. There will be extremely cold times in the trek when you’ll be in the higher region. Thorong La Pass(5,416m) the highest point of the trek remains cold throughout the year. Your clothing picks should bear the cold of those bone-chilling areas. As for good clothing, you must have three layers on your body: Inner Layer, Upper Layer, Lower Body Layer.
These layers have to be worn the very first, therefore, select the inner layers that are breathable and sweat absorbing. Get yourself enough pairs of breathable undergarments that are quick drying. After that, thermal wear is also necessary for high altitude treks. Find a warm but light thermal layer set for the upper and lower body. You can take off these thermal layers during hot days and lower areas and put on whenever is needed.
Upper Layer innerwear
The Upper Layer inner wears are the clothes that you wore just outside the inner layer. It’s not necessary to have a thick upper layer. You’ll be wearing thick clothes after this layer. Go for light and synthetic upper layers like trekking shirts, pullovers, etc. Pack both half and full-sleeved layers as you will have options when climate conditions change.
Upper Layer outerwear
Likes of the fleece jacket, down jacket, windproof, and a waterproof jacket are the Upper layer outerwear. The temperature is always below or around the freezing level in the higher areas. For trekking in such areas without shivering, you need warm and thick outerwear. One good down jacket and one or two warm fleece jackets are enough for Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Lower Body outerwear
For colder places of Annapurna Circuit trek, you need to have some warm, windproof lower body outerwears. Thick trouser, waterproof trekking pants, or track pants can be the possible options. While choosing for the trek like Annapurna Circuit trek, your trekking pants or trouser has to be light but warm, should be water and wind-resistant. Short or half trekking pants can be an option for lower areas trekking and hot days.
The trail of Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the longest and toughest in the world. Now, you can guess what kind of footwear you will need. As it is a longer trek also, you’ll need several things to pack for your feets other than just a trekking shoes
Obviously, you’ll need a good pair of trekking shoes or boots. Good means sturdy, excellent grip, comfortable, waterproof, breathable, and light. If you have such trekking boots that have all of the just mentioned features. Or else, look for one out in the market. Don’t forget to get spare laces along with the shoes. Annapurna Circuit Trek is a two weeks long journey and in such trips, anything can happen to your laces.
You’ll require something to wear inside the shoes on your feet. Don’t go for normal socks, there you can get socks which are especially for trekking purposes. The trekking socks have attributes like quick-drying, light, and breathable. Such socks are smell-free also. Pack at least 3 pairs of trekking socks for Annapurna Circuit Trek.
This is for your usage when you are not on the trekking trails. Having a pair of sandals and flip-flops of your own on the trip helps a lot. It can be used while roaming around the lodges and teahouses. Your feet also get some relaxation from the sturdy boots.
Of course, your hands need something warm to wear. The higher areas are always colder and so are the night and morning hours. For those times and situations, you need a good pair of gloves. If the temperature is too cold, you’ll need two-layered gloves: inner layer and outer layer gloves. While getting gloves, make sure to pack both light and thick gloves. You never know when you need what in the Himalayas.
Your head is the most important part of your body and that needs clothing and gear in treks like Annapurna Circuit Trek. Warm/woolen cap for the cold times, the sun hat, and sunglasses for a sunny day. Therefore, pack something for your head also:
Trekking on a sunny day is not good for the eyes. And higher areas are closer to the Sun than the lower areas, you’ll get bright sun rays at your eyes. Therefore, get one UV protected Sunglasses. The thing can help you in the dusty trekking days also.
Sun Hat and Woolen Hat/cap
Include one sun hat or cap for the sunny days, that will protect your head from the strong sunlight and rays. And as you reach higher areas the temperature starts to fall. For such times, get yourself a warm hat to keep your head warm.
Scarf or Bandana
In some parts of Annapurna Circuit Trek, the wind blows really hard and brings a lot of dust sometimes. If you have nothing to cover your mouth and nose, the dust can go through them. For this reason, don’t forget to include one scarf and bandana in the Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list.
You have to pack some toiletries from the closet of your bathroom for Annapurna Circuit Trek. It’s not that you cannot buy toiletries in Nepal and on the trail but that will cost you some hassles and extra money. Therefore, pack the hygienic items for yourself from home. The suggested toiletries items are as below:
- Quick Drying Towel
- Toothbrush and paste
- Body Soap
- Wet wipes
- Toilet roll
- Sun cream
- Cold cream
- Lip balm
Medication is not necessary if you are doing Annapurna Circuit Trek through a good trekking agency. The guides and other staff will be accompanied by medical supplies. But if you are doing the trek on your own or with friends, you have to carry first aid kits and several medications. It is too difficult to get a single bandage in some places on the trek. The list of medication you should include if you are a solo trekker:
- Water purification tablets
- Insect repellent
- Antiseptic cream and wipes
Sometimes on a trek, you always need or miss something. Though they are not the basic necessities, you start to wish about things you could have packed in the backpack. To not let that happen again, here is the list of miscellaneous things that you may include in the Packing List for Annapurna Circuit Trek:
- Notebook and books
- Playing cards
- Bluetooth speakers
- Power bank
- Water bottles
- Trekking poles
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Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List for Spring and Autumn
For Autumn and Spring Annapurna Circuit Trek, you don’t need any special packing list. If you have all of the above-mentioned things in your backpack then you are backpacking-wise ready. As you may know, Autumn and Spring are the most suitable times for doing Annapurna Circuit Trek. The main reason for that is: there is no rainfall, snowfall, and harsh weather during these two seasons. For those reasons, you don’t need any rain and snow clothes.
Tips for Annapurna Circuit Packing list for Autumn and Spring
You just consider these below-given tips and you are ready to go for the Autumn and Spring’s trek:
- Don’t pack everything you see.
- Do some research and pack accordingly.
- Choose thick but light clothes and gear over heavy.
- Check the weather and temperature forecast and pack as per the forecasts.
- If getting new clothes and gear, consider quality and durability over price.
- Spring is slightly colder than the Autumn because of the post-winter season, therefore, make sure to pack some winter alike clothes in the season.
- Autumn is warmer than the Spring if you are trekking in Autumn, don’t pack too heavy and warm clothes. Light clothes can work.
Winter’s Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List
Winter is taken as the off-season for Annapurna Circuit Trek. A very few people only like to embark during this time of the year. The three months of Winter season: December, January, and February are the coldest months of all. For such cold times, you surely have to pack the warmest clothes of yours. In addition, you have to pack some snow specific gear also for the snowed trails. So adding some winter gears on the above-shown packing list for Annapurna Circuit is workable.
Extra clothing and gear for Winter trek
- Warm multiple layered gloves
- Windproof/waterproof outer layers
- Waterproof shoes
- Quick-drying clothes
- Sleeping bag(-degree)
- Warm and woolen caps/hats
- Headlight(winter days are shorter and have low visibility)
- Cold cream.
Monsoon’s Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List
Monsoon, the season of rainfall, is not liked by many trekkers but only a few darers. Because of rainfall, the trails get slippery and muddy, mosquitoes and leeches all around the trails. You have to trek in the rain.
With all this, you have to add some rain gear and clothing in your backpack if you are aiming for Monsoon’s Annapurna Circuit Trek. However, the Annapurna region lies in the rain-shadowed part, for that reason, there will not be excessive rainfall but should expect light rain around the lower parts of the trek.
Extra clothing and gear for Monsoon trek
- Waterproof trekking shoes
- Rainproof -Bag cover
- Rain jackets
- Quick-drying shirts
- Sleeping bag
- Waterproof outer layers
- Sleeping bag
- Cover for cameras, mobile, etc.