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Annapurna Circuit Trek is the brightest gem of trekking in Nepal. Thousands of visitors land in Nepal just to do the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is one of the most desired trekking trails in the world. The credit for its popularity goes to the amazing landscapes, lush vegetation, and ever white peaks. Dramatic trails of Annapurna Circuit Trek lead you to the iconic Annapurna region. Other than the natural side, the people living here and their settlements are very much vigilant and inspiring.

To make Annapurna Circuit Trek happen, the first thing you need to do is to book and customize the package with us. This booking of the tour package confirms your trek date. After getting all the things done then comes the turn of arranging all of the equipment and gears. Packing may be a last-minute thing but it is the most important thing to look upon. Your trekking/tour backpack must include items that help you on the trek/tour days.

Your Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list has to contain all of the trekking essentials.

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From warm cap to strong trekking shoes, you have to pick the right gears and pack them in your backpack. Annapurna region is a Himalayan region and the Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list has to be according to the region. Himalayan parts are cold, rough, and steep to walk and you need the right gears to make yourself comfortable walking on.

If you are not used to Himalayan treks, this might make you go nuts while doing the trek packing. Therefore, you save your time and energy, we are here with the article about nuts and bolts of Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List. After going through this piece of help, you can start right packing right away. Hence, read it thoroughly.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List

annapurna circuit trek packing list


Clothing is first to consider before any high altitude treks. It is obvious that the higher regions are colder and harsher than the lower region. Therefore, if your upcoming trek is one of the high altitude treks like Annapurna Circuit Trek, you have to focus on the right clothing. Your clothing items must make you bear the cold temperature of places like Thorong La Pass(5,416m) and Thorong Phedi(4,600m) of the Annapurna region.

For avoiding the cold temperature, you need to wear layers of clothing; Inner Layer, Upper Layer, Lower Body Layer. Being with the different layers keeps you warm in the freezing temperatures also. But, you can alter the layers and its type as per the weather and season you are traveling during.

Inner Layer

Start with breathable undergarments as they are the first things you will wear. Try to include at least 5 breathable, comfortable and quick-drying underwear. Then move to thermal wears which keep your body warm in cold temperatures. While buying thermals, make sure they are sufficient enough to give warmth on the trek.

Two sets of thermal wear i.e one for upper body another for the lower body are the must items for Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list. The temperature of the Annapurna region is cold and freezing in the morning and night time. You need something to keep such cold away from your body and the Inner Thermal layer plays its role here.

Upper Wear

Upper wear means shirts, t-shirts, vests that you will wear in between upper inner layers and outer upper layers. You cannot trek the whole day by wearing the thick outer layer jackets. Outer layers can make your body sweat while trekking. In that case, you have to trek on with upper wears like shirts and vests.

Buy full-sleeved t-shirts and vests as they protect your hands from sunburn. These upper wears have to be lighter, breathable, and quick-drying. Two of vests and hiking t-shirts are good to keep in the Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list.

Upper Body Outer Layer

Upper inner thermal layers and wears solely cannot keep you away from the cold temperature of the Annapurna region. You need to wear something over the inner layers which are known as the Upper Body Outer Layer. Fleece jacket and Down/

Insulating jackets are the two adequate upper outer layer clothing for Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Your both of the upper outer layers have to be full-zipped, quick-drying, warm, breathable, compact, and thick. Having the thick and light-weight outer layers avoids both cold and over-weighting of the backpack. These upper layers are the utmost thing on the list of the Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list.

Lower Body Layer

After listing items for the Upper body it is time for the lower part. For any of Himalayan treks, you have to invest in good quality trekking trousers and pants.

There in the market, you will find various types of trousers or track pants but not all of those do good in trekking. Perfect trekking trousers or track pants have to be ultra-light, quick-drying, waterproof/windproof, and zip-based.

Annapurna region is a high altitude trek and temperature and climate are never a sure fact. Therefore, to stay equipped go with the trousers/pants which are fleece/woolen based and are water/windproof.


Gloves are for keeping your soft hands safe from the harsh temperature of the Annapurna region. The possible fear is frostbite but it won't happen in this Annapurna Circuit Trek. But at least, you want your hands to stay warm throughout the trek. Therefore, pack some good quality gloves to avoid the possible cold to your hands.

Overall Clothing list of Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List

  • 2 Full-sleeved T-Shirt
  • 2 Half-sleeved T-shirt
  • 2 Full-sleeved Thermals
  • 1 Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Down Jacket
  • 1 Pair of fleece gloves
  • 2 Thermal Trouser
  • 1 Trekking shorts
  • 1 Waterproof/Windproof Trousers or pants
  • 1 Woolen or Fleece Trousers
  • 2 Breathable Sport Bras
  • 5 Breathable Underwears


Trekking shoes and socks are the most basic footwear items on the Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing list. There are some more things that you need to have in Annapurna Circuit Trek. Let's discuss other essentials with the trekking shoes and shocks:

Strong Trekking Shoes

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a rough-trailed trek which changes ground rapidly from normal to rough and rocky terrains. You have to cover a trek distance of 160 to 230 km on one trekking shoes. So, it is better to buy strong trekking shoes which can endure long in any kind of trails. Getting shoes broken in the halfway of the trek can create a serious problem. And carrying an extra pair of trekking shoes is to increase the load. Therefore, buy a strong high-quality trekking shoe with some spare laces.

Trekking Socks

While packing socks, get at least 3 pairs of trekking socks and 2 pairs of thermal socks in the bag. Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the longest treks of Nepal which takes 10 to 20 days to complete depending upon the trek route.

In such a long journey, only one pair of socks is not enough at all. Hence, carry 3 to 5 pairs of good trekking socks and also include 2 to 3 pairs of warm thermal socks for the higher parts of the trek.


Sandals/Flip-Flops are for the times when you take off the trekking shoes. You can't wear shoes all day and it is also too irritating. Getting your legs out from the trekking shoes after the long trekking day is such a relaxing feeling. A pair of sandals is a must while roaming around the rooms of tea houses/lodges. Overall, sandals or flip-flops are for the teahouse/lodge times.

Overall Shoewear list of Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List

  • 3 to 4 Pairs of Trekking socks
  • Trekking boots with spare/extra laces
  • 1 to 2 Thermal trekking socks
  • Sandal or Flip-Flop
  • Gaiters(For snow or Rainfall Time)
  • Sport Shoes(optional for city times)


There are times when you need something for your head during Annapurna Circuit Trek. Your trekking days of this trek can be sunny and cold. You need certain gears to keep your head warm on cold days. Also, you will require some sun gear for sunny days. The essential headgears are as below:


Annapurna Circuit Trek involves you trekking on the bright sunny day. Walking for long hours under the bright sun can cause your eyes some problems. Therefore, you need one ultraviolet ray protected sunglasses to avoid eye stress due to the sun. If you are someone who uses prescription glasses add UV protecting glass. Also, don't forget to bring one extra prescription glass for an emergency need.

Sun Hat and Fleece Hat

Sun Hat is for keeping your face away from the strong rays of the sun. The UV rays in high regions are so strong that they can easily sunburn your face. If you care about your face so much then one sun hat must be in your Annapurna Circuit trek packing list.

Similarly, in your hours in the higher parts of the Annapurna region the temperature is low especially during the morning and night times. Therefore, carry one warm fleece hat to keep your open head safe from the harsh temperature.

Scarf or Buff

The trails of Annapurna Circuit Trek can turn dusty sometimes which are influenced by the rapid winds. So in such minutes, you will require something to keep dust off from the nose and mouth. Scarf or Buff come helpful in such situations. Also, the scarf or buff can be used to keep your neck warm during cold hours.

Overall Headwear list of Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List

  • Warm fleece hat
  • Sunglass(UV protected)
  • Buff or Scarf
  • Prescription glasses(Extra one piece)

annapurna circuit trek packing listFirst- Aid Box

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the longest treks in Nepal. This long journey makes you walk through rough and high altitude trails. Walking on such trails can certainly bring some minor to big injuries or sickness. Therefore, you need to have a First-aid Box in the Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing list which contains all of the basic medications.

The list of medications that your Annapurna Circuit Trek’s First-Aid Box should have is as below:

  • Water Purification Tablets: The water you will get on the trek may not feel safe to drink. That doesn't mean the water of all the places is not safe at all. Whenever you feel unsafe and insecure while drinking water you can use purification tablets.
  • Paracetamol: Annapurna Circuit Trek is an effort demanding trek and while putting all of your efforts you can get caught by minor sickness. Paracetamol works to help you fight against headaches, nausea, fever, common colds, etc.
  • Diamox: Diamox is the most effective medicine for lowering the risks of Altitude sickness. It does not cure the altitude sickness but lowers the chances of mountain sickness. The fear of altitude sickness is available during Annapurna Circuit Trek. Thus, having some pills of Diamox can come very handy in the trek.
  • Imodium: Traveler’s Diarrhea is a common trekking problem which occurs by eating or drinking contaminated food and water. And, diarrhea is a troublesome sickness. So, to avoid this sickness you can include some pills of Imodium in your first-aid box.
  • Insect Repellent: Trekking into the wild of the Annapurna region would see various insects like bugs, pesky bites, and many more. You don't want any of those insects to be your companion on the trek. Thus, have an insect repellent into your kit.
  • Bandages and Antiseptic creams: Even though you try to avoid injuries, the cuts and wounds can happen. Therefore it is always better to have some bandages and an antiseptic cream to cover up and stop bleeding.


Toiletries are better bought before the start of a trek than while on the trek. The tea houses/ lodges rooms are not equipped with all of the toiletries that you want. They only have the basic ones like soap, shampoo, a towel which is on a sharable basis. It is better if you have the personal toiletries items. All of the toiletries that you must pack in your backpack are as follows:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Hygienic products
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold cream/ Moisturizer


There can be items that are not so basic but can come handy while on the trek. Miscellaneous is not necessary as the other clothing and toiletries. If you need anything other than the basics, you can include them in the Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing list. Packing miscellaneous items will challenge you to manage the backpack space. The list of extra items that you can take on the Annapurna Circuit is as below, you can add on this list if you want to:

  • Water Bottles
  • GPS or Compass
  • Lighter
  • Notebook and Paper
  • Knife
  • Book
  • Playing Cards
  • Headphone
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Trekking Poles
  • Binoculars
  • Swimsuit

Tips for wise Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List

annapurna circuit trek packing list

Avoid unnecessary items

Don't include things which are totally unnecessary in the backpack. Doing that only adds unimportant loads to your backpack. If you are thinking of carrying your backpack without help porters, we suggest you to highly avoid less important items. The load on the back makes you get tired too soon than normal.

Pick quick-drying clothes

While packing for the Annapurna Circuit Trek go for the quick drying and light clothes rather than the heavy. Such clothes can easily dry after the sweating and washing. This way you don't need so much clothes to pack for the changes on the trek.

Don't procrastinate basic buys

If your basic items are not bought yet and you left it to buy in the way. Don't do that ever as there is no certainty of availability of those items on the way. Therefore, buy it whenever you are in the urban places, either from your home country or from Kathmandu or Pokhara. Once the trekking starts, you will not find shops to buy the things of your choices.

Learn about the weather and pack accordingly

Weather is a determinant factor for Annapurna Circuit Trek packing list. The packing list for Winter is not the same for the Monsoon season. Therefore, make sure about which season you are travelling and what will be the weather like and then pack accordingly. Winter packing list has to be warm and cosy whereas the Monsoon packing list has to be waterproof.

Make sure you have packed all

We suggest you check carefully to make sure that you have all of the essentials for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The level of excitement before the trek is so high that you can miss several things. Therefore, it is better to recheck the backpack for confirmation of packing items. You have missed very basic things to pack and you find it later on the halfway of trek, what a frightening situation it can be. Hence, recheck and confirm the packing to place yourself away from the trouble.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek is a beautiful journey whose memories stay for a long time. Sometimes not having the essentials on the backpack can make you face troubles and create bad experiences. But, If you have the right kind of essentials inside your backpack, you don't need to worry, just walk and enjoy.

We hope that this article makes some sense in helping you out on the Annapurna Circuit Trek Packing List. If you have any queries regarding the Annapurna Circuit Trek or any other adventures in Nepal, you can contact us, Index Adventure anytime from anywhere.