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Packing List for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek is a very popular trek among adventure seekers. You get to witness the sheer beauty of the Himalayan landscape amid remote villages and fairy-tale forests. Trekking to the base camp is a once-in-a-lifetime experience if you are prepared for everything that the Himalayas has to offer. However, the mountains are always very unpredictable places. Our packing list for Annapurna Base Camp Trek will make it easier for you to explore this classic trail.

Furthermore, Annapurna base camp trek trail is the foremost choice for many first-time trekkers because of its well-groomed itinerary. For first-time trekkers, traveling brings not only excitement but also packing anxiety. And, that’s where our packing list comes in handy, to ease your packing stress.

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Beginner trekkers may not be aware of the type of gears that they will need during their trek. To prepare you for your trip, we have made a comprehensive Annapurna base camp trek list, including clothing, trekking gears, and other essential items. The thought of being out in the wild makes you feel like you need to have everything with you, but not everything is necessary.

A common mistake most trekkers make is that they over-pack. But, over-packing will make your trip more difficult. All you need is to pack light and smart!

In order to clear your dilemma of what to pack for Annapurna Base Camp Trek, we have prepared the ultimate packing checklist. This list is intended as a guideline and not definitive. Your final list depends on your preferences and sense of judgment. This packing list is also applicable for trekking in other Himalayan trails such as Everest base camp trek, Manaslu circuit trek, Everest High Passes trek, and more.

From the list below, Himalayan Glacier will provide lodges, meals (3 times a day), sleeping bag, duffel bag, and down jacket (for all seasons). We will provide the items indicated by an asterisk (*) in the checklist which is included in the trip cost. Our porters are limited to carrying 33 lbs. (15 kg) of your personal belongings, which is also the weight restrictions for flights to Pokhara (if you’re not taking a road trip).

Be selective in what you carry!  

1. Travel Documents

Travel Documents
  • Valid Passport
    Along with 2-3 photocopies of the same and also a photo on your phone in case of loss or theft.
  • Airline tickets & Trip blueprint
    If you are not carrying a smartphone (with confirmation and trip itinerary).
  • Nepal Visa
    Provided on-arrival in Kathmandu airport (except for some countries that need to apply for visa at their country’s Embassy or consulate.
  • 4 Passport size photos
    Which will be required for various reasons, including permits, local SIM card etc.
  • Travel Insurance
    That covers all your medical costs, flight cancellation or trip cancellation costs, rescue and air ambulance on the trip (if any). Keep a paper copy as well as a digital copy.
  • Proof of immunization against COVID-19
    For detailed information, please contact your physician or visit the CDC website.
  • Yellow Fever Certificate
    For travelers above 9 months, coming from or who were in airport transit for more than 12 hours from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission.
  • Cash & Credit Cards
    You will require cash during the trip (at least $200-300) along with your credit/debit card.

Make sure that your passport has a validity of at least 6 months remaining while leaving your country. It is mandatory, else you may be unable to exit from your country of origin.

2. Travel Clothing

 Headwear

  •  Brimmed Hat or Sun Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Buff/Neck Warmer/Neck Gaiter
  • Knit Hat (preferably a fleece or woolen hat)
  • Balaclava
  • Bandana or Headscarf

Upper Body wear to pack for Annapurna Base Camp Trek; packing list for Annapurna BaseCamp Trek
Upper Body wear to pack for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Bodywear – Torso

  • Lightweight Thermal Tops
  • Long/Short Polypropylene Sleeve Shirt for trekking at lower altitudes
  • Fleece Pullover or Jacket
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Sports Bra (for women)
  • Down Jacket (Puffer Jacket) *
  • Insulated Jacket (synthetic or down)
  • Soft Jacket (fleece or soft shell)

Handwear

  • Lightweight Gloves (wool or fleece)
  • Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens

Bodywear – beneath the torso

  • Hiking Pants
  • Fleece Pants
  • Light thermal trouser
  • Underwear
  • Hiking shorts (optional) for summer-time trekking

Footwear

  • Trekking Boots
  • Hiking Socks
  • Trekking Sandals
  • Cotton Socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Running shoes or trainers (optional)

Right Sized Hiking Boot for Annapurna BaseCamp Trek

3. Trekking Equipment, Gears & Accessories

  • Trekking backpack
  • Sleeping Bag*
  • Trekking poles
  • Head torch with extra batteries
  • Duffel Bag, 90L*
  • Raincoat
  • Thermosets to provide extra insulation for the sleeping bags
  • Garbage Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Face Mask
  • Book/Diary/Games
  • Crampons (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Navigation equipment (optional)
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Daypack cover (optional)

Duffle Bag for carrying items
Duffle Bag provided by Himalayan Glacier

4. First Aid & Medicines

Himalayan Glacier Guides carry an all-round comprehensive first aid kit on the trek. Despite it all, we recommend that you carry a personal first aid kid as well for any minor maladies. The following list engrosses the much essential first aid items and medicines that you may require during your Annapurna Base Camp trek:

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers
  • Cough Lozenges
  • Plasters, Bandages & Zinc Oxide Tape
  • Foot Powder
  • Skin blister repair kit
  • Antidiarrheals
  • Altitude sickness drugs*
  • Water purification tablets or water filters
  • Oral Rehydration Sachets
  • Eye drops
  • Ear plugs
  • Prescriptions
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet Wipes/Baby Wipes
  • High-calorie snacks (optional)
  • Electrolytes, powder or tablets (optional)

Please do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.                     
Please consult with your Guide before taking these altitude sickness drugs, or if you experience any kind of uneasiness while you are trekking in Nepal.

5. Toiletries & Personal Hygiene

There are limited or no permanent showers or bathing facilities at the teahouses, especially at higher altitudes. However, upon payment of a small fee, you will be provided a bucket of hot water.

To keep your toiletry items organized and safe from damage or uncleanliness, we recommend that you have handy toiletry bags with you. You can carry the following list of toiletries or personal hygiene items that you will need daily during your hike:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Small bar or soap bottle
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Multi-purpose soap
  • Deodorants
  • Nail Brush & Clippers
  • Hair Brush
  • Face Flannel
  • Hand and face moisturizing cream
  • Toilet Paper

Things to pack for Annapurna BaseCamp Trek; Packing list for Annapurna trek
Things to pack for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

6. Miscellaneous Items

  • Contact lenses
  • Power glasses
  • Flasks
  • Umbrella
  • Pad locks
  • Multi-tools
  • Power bank
  • Universal adapter
  • Camera (optional)
  • Swiss knife (optional)
  • Activated charcoal (optional)
  • Stuff sacks/Dry bags or Ziploc-type plastic bags (optional) 

Extras (for men)

  • Small mirror
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • After shave gel or lotion
  • Pee bottle

Extras (for women)

  • Urinating device (Shewee)
  • Pee cloth
  • Feminine wipes
  • Menstrual cups
  • Tweezers
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • After shave gel or lotion

Recommended Brands of Gears, Equipment & Accessories

ItemsRecommended Brands
Long/Short Polypropylene Sleeve ShirtIcebreaker, Under Armor, Columbia, Berghaus
Fleece Pullover or JacketBerghaus, Helly Hansen, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Arc’Teryx
Soft jacket (fleece or soft shell)The North Face, Berghaus, Icebreaker, Arc’Teryx
Down Jacket (Puffer jacket)The North Face, Arc’Teryx, Rab Positron, Mountain Hardwear
Waterproof JacketThe North Face, Arc’Teryx, Berghaus, Mountain Hardwear
Sports Bra (Women)Brooks FastForward, Icebreaker, Smartwool Racerback, Brooks Dare, Handful
Heavyweight Gloves or MittensBellemere, Garnet Hill, Vermont, Hobbs London, L.L Bean, The North Face, WhitePaws
Lightweight GlovesUnder Armour, Terramar, Smartwool, Fox River, TRENDOUX, Dakine Storm Liner
Hiking PantsGore-Tex, Patagonia, The North Face, Arc’Teryx, Columbia, Jessie Kidden, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot
Hiking ShortsColumbia, Tru-Spec, Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, Arac’teryx, ExOfficio Nomad
Fleece PantsThe North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Arc’Teryx, Patagonia, Stan Ray, Cotopaxi Abrazo, Burton Mine77 Sherpa
Light Thermal TrousersGORE H5, Rab Positron, Craghoppers, Acai Women’s, Montane Women’s, Arc’Teryx, Vaude
UndergarmentsIcebreaker, Under Armour, Cw-X, Moving Comfort, Shock Absorber
Trekking BootsBerghaus, Mammut, La Sportivva, Salomon, Merrell, Zamberlan
Hiking SocksBridgedale, Smartwool, REI Co-op, Darn Tough, Farm to Feet, Wrightsock, Balega, Icebreaker, Stance
Trekking SandalsScarpa, Salomon, Hi-Tec, Dream Pairs, Teva Hurricane, Xero Shoes, Chaco Z, KEEN Newport
GaitersSalomon, Outdoor Research, Unigear, WINOMO, Pike Trail, Moxie Gear, ALTRA Trail
Running shoes or trainersSalomon, Merrell, La Sportiva, VJ Ultra, Brooks Cataman, Hoka Speedgoat
Sleeping BagMountain Hardwear, The North Face, REI Magma, Marmot, ZPacks, Teton Sports, Sleepingo, Ohuhu, MallowMe Revalcamp, Coleman Brazos
Sleeping Bag LinersBrave Era, Mountain Warehouse, Lifeventure, Sea to Summit, Cocoon Silk Mummy, Scottish Silkworm
Trekking PolesBlack Diamond, Gossamer, Montem Ultra Strong, Leki Vario Carbon, REI Co-op, Pace Maker, Kaito
DaypackOsprey, Vorlich, Gregory, REI Flash, Deuter Speed, Patagonia, Hyperlite, Six Moon Designs
ThermosetsThermarest, Exped, TNH Outdoors, Coleman, Stansports, Lightspeed
Backpack coversJoy Walker, Frelaxy, Osprey, LAMA, FANCYWING, Deuter, Mountain Top, Jepeak, FOME, OUTJOY, Unigear
Water BottleNalgene, Hydro Flask, Platypus Platy, Katadyn BeFree, Camelbak, Klean Kanteen, HydraPak Recon

This exclusive Annapurna Base Camp equipment list will help you pack for your trips to the Himalayas. With the help of this guide, you’ll know exactly what to look for when renting or buying the necessary gear in Kathmandu. If you have any question about the trip of any other confusions to clarify, contact us or drop in a message in our Facebook Page.


Annapurna Base camp Trek FAQs

What are the suggested international flight carriers to fly to Nepal?

There are many international flight carriers such as Qatar Airways, China Southern, Turkey Airlines, and many more to Nepal. As far as possible, Qatar Airways seems the best airline due to its connectivity and availability. Qatar Airways network is linked with major US & Canadian major cities to Doha, and from Doha, there is a direct flight in the same carrier to Kathmandu.

This Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Essential Packing list will help you pack for your trips to the Himalayas. If you have any other queries or confusion, you can always talk to our experts at Himalayan Glacier, who will provide detailed information.

What vaccines are recommended for Covid-19 to travel in Nepal?

We recommend the vaccine guidelines by the CDC or WHO recommendations for travelers from North America, including the USA and Canada. We also suggest you consult your doctor regarding travel vaccines and your health condition.

Can you buy or rent Trekking Gears in the Nepalese market?

If you want to avoid bringing huge luggage with you from home, you can easily find trekking gears and clothes in the Nepalese market. There are many branded stores of The North Face & Mountain Hard Wear and many others in Kathmandu and Pokhara that sell original trekking gears and clothes.

Further, if you are a little bit tight on budget, you can also rent trekking gears like bag packs, trekking poles, and even down jackets.

If you plan on buying gears in Kathmandu or Pokhara, Himalayan Glacier will help you pick the right trekking gears.


Can you get branded trekking gears in the Nepalese Market? Are the knock-offs good enough?

It’s very easy to find knock-offs of well-known brands like The North Face & Mountain Hardwear in the Nepalese market. But, many shops sell first and second copies of branded trekking gears in Thamel and Pokhara.

As for the knock-offs, they are a good option if you don’t want to break the bank. Many travelers complete trek successfully even with the knock-off gears. However, we recommend not buying knock-off jackets & trekking shoes if you want to use the trekking gears for the long term.

Does the packing list apply for all seasons?

Taking seasons into consideration while packing is a wise decision. The packing list mentioned above is made by considering all those factors.

However, if you are traveling in the colder months of December or January, you need to make sure you bring thick down jackets and warm layering pieces with you. Similarly, if you are traveling in the monsoon months of June, July and August, you need to bring more waterproof clothing items along with you.

In the end, it all comes down to being smart while packing.

Himalayan Glacier
About the author

A leading adventure & tour operator in the Himalayas since 1992, Himalayan Glacier Adventure & Travel Company® is the #1 guiding adventure travel company on Mount Everest Base Camp and beyond with 98% success rate. Continuing its decades-old legacy, Himalayan Glacier is a little different from other adventure & tour operators. Each of our holidays is truly a tailor-made package which we design for all ages, groups, families & solo travelers. We have veteran mountaineering leaders who have been into this industry for several decades. So, we offer you complete choice and freedom to explore the real pleasure of traveling.
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