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Annapurna Circuit Trek 2018: Packing List

Annapurna Circuit Trek 2018: Packing List

Do you think it's too much?

Do you think it's too much?

Must-Have's on the Annapurna Circuit

  • 55-liter+ high quality backpack
  • packing cubes to organize clothes, gear (we love Eagle Creek packing cubes!!)
  • down jacket
  • down sleeping bag
  • thick wool socks, gloves
  • lots of layers, including long johns
  • high-quality boots (do not buy knock-offs in Thamel)
  • water purifier (we used American Red Cross's UV Ultra-Violet SteriPEN every single day)
  • wide-mouth water bottle
  • handkerchief, scarf, or buff (wind is harsh)
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • power bank for charging (essential at high altitudes and when solar power is low)
  • chapstick (wind is harsh)
  • Minimum of 5 days of Diamox per person to ward off altitude sickness
  • trekking poles
  • shower shoes / flip-flops
  • quick-dry towel
  • rain poncho, pants, pack cover
  • electrolytes / vitamins
  • smart phone
  • high quality camera
  • international plug converter, charging cables
  • head lamp or flashlight
  • first aid kit (ibuprofen, band-aids, anti-gas (dal bhat), antibiotics, cold medicine)
  • map, guidebook, and/or Maps.Me app
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, body lotion, TOILET PAPER)
  • sleeping bag liner *nice-to-have if you are a germiphobe
  • sports watch *nice-to-have if you are data nerds like us
  • crampons and gators *we did not have but would have used along the icy, snowy trails to/from Tilicho Lake and Thorong-La Pass
  • laundry soap *nice-to-have; we used soap or shampoo

Julie's Osprey Fairview 55-liter pack comfortably carrying about 22 pounds (10 kg)

Julie's Clothing

  • 3 pairs of leggings (1 thin running, 1 lined long-john, 1 boot-legged travel)
  • 2 pairs calf-length pants (1 yoga, 1 quick dry)
  • 1 pair shorts (*did not use)
  • 4 long sleeve shirts (1 lined long-john, 1 zipper top, 2 running-style)
  • 1 button-down quick-dry shirt
  • 2 short-sleeved t-shirts (*only used 1)
  • 1 pair jeans (useful on rest days)
  • 4 pairs of socks (1 wool, 1 thin, 1 compression, 1 footies)
  • 2 sports bra tops, 4 pair undies
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 wind-proof shell
  • 1 pair high-quality hiking boots
  • 1 pair shower shoes
  • 1 long warm scarf, 1 handkerchief
  • 2 hats (1 winter, 1 baseball)
  • 1 pair of gloves, 1 pair of wool mittens
  • arm warmers (*did not use)

    Caffrey's REI 65-liter pack comfortably carrying about 22 pounds (10 kg)

    Caffrey's Clothing

    • 1 quick dry long hiking pants (REI Coop)
    • 1 calf length quick dry hiking pants
    • 2 pair shorts (*only used one for sleeping)
    • 1 long underwear
    • 1 long running tights (*did not use)
    • 2 cotton short sleeve shirt
    • 1 quick dry short sleeve shirt
    • 1 quick dry button down long sleeve shirt
    • 1 quick dry long-sleeve running shirt
    • 3 pairs wool socks
    • 1 light padded jacket
    • 1 down jacket
    • 1 wind-proof jacket
    • 2 pairs of underwear
    • 1 pair hiking shoes (low quality; awful)
    • 1 pair shower shoes
    • 1 buff, 1 handkerchief
    • 2 pairs of gloves (one thick, one wool)
    • 3 hats (quick dry baseball, safari, winter cap)
    • 1 pair arm warmers

    When we had the opportunity to take a hot shower, we would wash socks and undies to air-dry in the room overnight. We occasionally hand-washed shirts and pants in the village well and dried them on the inn rooftop clothing line. The air is very dry and most days are sunny, so clothes dried in a couple of hours. In addition to the items mentioned above, we packed several items that we did not use at all: umbrella, camera tripod, and a deck of cards. Many people played cards in the evening, but we did not know any games. #lame  :-) 

    Annapurna Circuit Trek 2018: Food and Sample Menu

    Annapurna Circuit Trek 2018: Food and Sample Menu

    Annapurna Circuit Trek 2018: Budget

    Annapurna Circuit Trek 2018: Budget