THE ULTIMATE ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP PACKING LIST

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When preparing for your ABC trek, one of the most important things to consider is your Annapurna Base Camp packing list.  If like us, this is your first experience multi-day trekking or trekking at high altitude, it can be a daunting prospect.  But having the right gear is essential for a  comfortable and enjoyable trek.

We scoured the internet for days ahead of our trek.  We wanted to understand what items are essential, what are a luxury, and so forth?   All the time, keeping in mind that we would not have a porter to help with our things.  Anything we decided to take, we would need to carry ourselves, so we aimed for no more than 7kg each.

One of the main factors to consider when preparing your Annapurna Base Camp packing list is the time of year you are trekking.  We completed the trek in early December, so we were preparing for below zero temperatures at higher altitudes.  While you should be prepared for all weather at any time of year, it’s worth having extra layers during the colder months (December/January/February).

It’s also a time where you’ll have to battle with yourself over what you WANT to take vs what you NEED to take.  Even if you decide to hire a porter, it doesn’t mean you should overpack.  These guys often have to carry over 40KG each, so spare some thought when you are tempted to pack fresh clothes for every day of your trek.  

With all this in mind, I bring to you, the ultimate Annapurna Base Camp packing list.  This includes all clothing (down to our underwear), hiking gear, electricals, medical supplies, and more.  

THE ULTIMATE ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP PACKING LIST

Before we get into the packing list, it’s worth pointing out that Natalie and I were completely unprepared.  Trekking in Nepal was (like most of our decisions) a last minute thing.  We’d spent the two previous months in India, sweating our boobies off.  And the warmest item we owned was a thin hooded jumper. On the bright side, at least we’d had lots of time to practice all the best yoga poses for hikers

Thankfully, everything you need for trekking, from down jackets to hiking boots, is available to buy or rent in Kathmandu or Pokhara.  Our logic was that we had no idea if we were going to dig this kind of experience (which we totally did btw), so why spend a fortune on kitting ourselves out.   As we go through the list, I will mark any items that are available to rent.  And further down in this article I will advise the prices we paid to rent our gear in Pokhara.

** Available to rent in Kathmandu & Pokhara

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THE MOST ESSENTIAL ITEM ON YOUR ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP PACKING LIST

Travel Insurance! It’s important to note that most standard travel insurance packages do not include high altitude trekking.  The risks of trekking at a high altitude are significant.  We saw many people having to be helicoptered down due to altitude sickness or injury.  The cost of a helicopter rescue is $2500, so unless you can afford that, be sure to get suitable cover.

World Nomads are our favoured travel insurers as they make it super easy to make changes to your policy.  We contacted them the day before we were due to start our trek and a simple add on gave us cover right away. Get a quick quote from World Nomads here or using the form below.

 

TIMS AND ANNAPURNA TREKKING PERMIT

To trek to Annapurna Base Camp, you will need to obtain a TIMs card and a permit from the tourism centres in either Pokhara or Kathmandu. 

The process is simple; however, there are some things you need to consider.  To this end, we have put together a simple step by step guide that will help make this process straight forward.

Must Read: How to get your Annapurna Trekking Permit – A Step by Step Guide

TREKKING CLOTHES

The following items are what we packed per person.  

  • 1 x pair of hiking boots – Preferably broken in to avoid blisters**
  • 2 x t-shirts
  • 1 x vest
  • 1 x thin hoodie or jumper
  • 1 x leggings
  • 1 x trekking pants – Useful as they are quick to dry;  however, we got by with just one pair of long pants and leggings underneath**
  • 2 x pairs trekking socks
  • 2 x ankle socks to wear underneath trekking socks
  • 1 x warm scarf
  • 1 x warm gloves
  • 1 x warm hat that covers ears
  • 3 x underwear
  • 1 x sports bra

** Available to rent in Kathmandu & Pokhara

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ACCESSORIES

  • 1 x sunglasses
  • 1 x raincoat
  • 1 x bandana – Useful for so many things, from acting as a lightweight scarf to covering your greasy hair! 

EVENING CLOTHES

Pack comfy and warm clothes for the evenings so you can get nice and relaxed after a long day trekking.

  • 1 x lightweight slip-on shoes – We recommend Aleader 2 in 1.  Use code OURTASTEFORLIFE15 for 15% off.
  • 1 x down jacket with stuff sack – it will be rare that you will need to wear a warm jacket in the day as trekking soon warms you up, so make sure it can be easily packed.  Most down jackets come with a stuff sack that can clip on to your backpack**
  • 1 x thick hoody or jumper**
  • 1 x t-shirt
  • 1 x warm pants
  • 1 x thick socks
  • 1 x warm gloves

** Available to rent in Kathmandu & Pokhara

TREKKING ESSENTIALS

The stuff you just can’t trek without.

  • 1 x 40l waterproof backpack
  • 1 x rain cover for backpack – if it doesn’t already have one!
  • 1 x ice traction grips – As we slid down the ice on our butts from base camp, we really wished we’d had these!
  • 2 x hiking poles – We actually preferred using only 1; but, you won’t know for sure until you try.  You can always tie the other one onto your backpack as we did**
  • 1 x sleeping bag with stuff sack – Make sure to get a sleeping bag that’s suitable for the colder temperatures**
  • 1 x quick dry towel
  • 3 x packing/organiser cubes – to keep day and evening wear separated. Plus an extra one for toiletries.
  • 2 x 1l refillable water bottles
  • 1 x Steripen – For sterilising drinking water.  Water refills get more and more expensive the higher you go.  With the Steripen, you can fill up at any tap or stream for free.  Alternatively, you can buy iodine tablets from any pharmacy of hiking shop.
  • 1 x notepad and pen – to keep a diary of your day.
  • 1 x Kindle – for reading in the evenings if you can stay awake long enough!
  • 1 x safety whistle – especially if you are trekking alone.
  • 1 x hydration bladder bag – we didn’t have one but we saw trekkers who did and they looked awesome!
  • 1 x trekking map – see below a picture of the map we took.  Don’t be this guy.  Invest in an actual trekking map

** Available to rent in Kathmandu & Pokhara

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MEDICAL AND FIRST AID

It’s best to come prepared for all circumstances.  

  • Altitude sickness medication*
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-diarrheal tablets
  • Band-Aids
  • Blister Plasters – plenty of them.
  • Electrolytes – have one at the end of each day to replace the salts and minerals lost during trekking.
  • Multi-Vitamins – to keep your immune system strong.
  • Mini First Aid Kit

*We decided against taking altitude sickness medication; however, we regretted this by the time we reached base camp.  Although we didn’t suffer too bad, we certainly could have felt better.  Pick up altitude sickness medication from any pharmacy in Kathmandu or Pokhara.  Also, it pays to read this article on the prevention and treatment of altitude sickness.

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TOILETRIES

  • Baby Wipes – You won’t always want to endure a cold shower!
  • Face Wipes
  • Sunblock
  • Small shower gel
  • Heavy Moisturiser – for face and body.
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm 
  • Toilet Roll
  • Compact Mirror
  • Hair Brush/Hair Ties
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Tampons

TIP – You will find some medication and toiletries are available along the trail; however, be prepared to pay a premium. 

ELECTRICALS

TIP – At the lower elevation villages it is easier to find charging points.  The higher you get, the more scarce (and expensive) they become.

SNACKS 

If you stock up on snacks, you may be able to save some pennies here and there on food.  We were able to skip paying for lunch or breakfast most days by carrying these items with us.

  • Trekking bread – We found this in the German Bakery in Pokhara and it stayed fresh for 4 days!
  • Mixed nuts
  • Protein/Cereal Bars
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Sucky Sweets/Mints
  • Biscuits
  • Tea/Coffee 

Must read:  How we trekked to Annapurna Base Camp on less than £20 a day.

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HIKING GEAR RENTAL PRICES

We rented most of our hiking gear in a Lakeside store in Pokhara and the quality was very good for the price.  Here are the daily rental prices we paid:

  • Cold temperature sleeping bag with stuff sack – 100NPR/£0.70 per day.
  • Down jacket with stuff sack – 150NPR/£1 per day.
  • Hiking Boots – 150NPR/£1 per day.
  • Trekking Poles – 80NPR/£0.60 per day.

And we bought:

  • Warm Hat – 250NPR/£1.80 
  • Trekking Socks – 200NPR/£1.40 a pair
  • Gloves – 250NPR/£1.80

TIP – Hiking Boots are available to buy for around 4000NPR/£28; however, the authenticity and quality is questionable. We heard stories from other hikers of the boots coming apart after just a few days.  The best option when it comes to hiking boots is to ideally bring your own.  

 

Well, that concludes The Ultimate Annapurna Base Camp Packing List.  If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below.

Stay adventurous & Happy trekking,

Charlotte & Natalie x

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    1. Hi Kevin. Thanks for the comment… glad the list was helpful! For us it was enough, you need a lot less than you think! Plus, if you plan on carrying your own bag, I highly recommend packing as light as possible. Hope this helps !

  1. Hi, great list. I have a question related to the one above. Did you have a larger backpack in the trip which you left somewhere in Pokhara? Thank you

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