Annapurna Circuit Packing List: 2024 Guide

This is a complete Annapurna Circuit packing list for anyone considering taking on this incredibly beautiful and challenging trek. This packing list is for anyone who plans to hike the trail without the use of porters or guides.

To enjoy perfect views like this you need a definitive Annapurna packing list
Hiking the Annapurna circuit is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.

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Hiking the Annapurna Circuit

Hiking the Annapurna Circuit will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life! The beautiful scenery, the friendly people and the feeling of satisfaction once you’ve pushed yourself to limit and come out the other end.

However, the equipment you have with you could be the difference in making your trip a pleasurable one or a painful one. Having personally completed the Annapurna Circuit, here is my suggested Annapurna Circuit packing list.

What to Pack if You Don’t Have a Porter or a Guide

Nick and I spent 2 two months exploring Nepal and the clear highlight was our trek around the Annapurnas. Nick and I trekked the Annapurna circuit and Annapurna Base Camp without a porter or a guide. We are quite confident and experienced in the mountains and felt comfortable doing this.

This packing list is exactly what we took for our trek, which lasted 24 days in total. (We added Annapurna Base Camp onto the circuit, which took an additional 5 days). However, this list would be the same whether we took 12 days or 1 month. 

The key to successfully completing the Annapurna Circuit is to pack as light as possible – your legs will thank you for it! 7 – 12 kg is the recommended weight. 

Are you planning your Annapurna Trek and wondering what side hikes to include? Take a look at this post about hiking to Ice Lake!

If you want to see what hiking the Annapurnas involves, watch this video below!

Annapurna Circuit Packing List

Here’s a handy checklist of everything you need to take on this hike.




First Aid


Boots Thermal leggingsGlovesEmergency blanketShampoo
BackpackThermal topBuffBandagesToothpaste
Sleeping bagUnderwear & socks x 3TowelAntiseptic wipesToothbrush
Trekking polesHiking pants x 2Sun hatPlastersSunscreen
CameraHiking tops x 2SunglassesPainkillersLip balm
Head torch & spare batteriesMid-layerFlip flopsScissors Toilet paper
PhoneDown jacketWater bottlePenknife 
Book/KindleRain jacket Anti-histamines 
Power bank & chargers  



Packing List In More Detail


First & foremost – Boots

Looking after you feet is vital for success on any long distance hike like the Annapurna trek. Without them you’re not going anywhere. So it’s essential to have a good pair of boots.

We saw many people hiking the trail in trainers which is fine for the lowlands, but at higher altitudes there is always potential for snow, especially going over the pass.

I was also grateful for the ankle support provided by my boots on some of the rockier sections. For the last two years I’ve hiked around the world in these Hanwag boots and they are really comfortable. The Goretex helps keep the wet out and helps my feet to breathe! Nick has the men’s equivalent so we are both Hanwag fans 🙂

Hanwag Women’s Alta Bunion II GTX Shoes, grey, UK 4
  • Boot Types: Walking Boots
  • Material – Upper: Leather (nubuck)
  • Material – Upper: Suede

Socks x 3

Equally important for your feet are your socks. I wear high quality mid weight hiking socks for comfort and to avoid blisters. I took 3 pairs of socks so I could cycle through them, washing each pair at the end of the day, then hiking with them on the outside of my pack during the day to let them dry.

Bridgedale HIKE Midweight Merino Performance Boot Original-Women’s- Large-Berry
  • Socks in the HIKE range are suitable for every type of adventure delivering comfort and durability, mile after mile.
  • Fusion Technology provides balanced insulation, perfect fit and moisture control
  • Highest levels of comfort and durability
  • Allows you to outperform from the most demanding trail to leisurely strolls.
  • Fiber Content: 26% New Wool, 18% Merino Wool, 38% Nylon / Polyamide, 17% Endurofil / Polypropylene, 1% LYCRA / Elastase


The next most important thing to have after good boots is a comfortable and supportive backpack. Your bag will become your best friend for a few weeks so invest wisely. Nick had an Osprey Kestrel 58 which was big enough to fit everything in with room to spare (including my sleeping bag – thanks Nick!). Keeping the weight as low as possible will be crucial.

Osprey make solid backpacks complete with all the features you need for making hiking comfortable, such as a ventilated back system, padded hip belts and mesh side pockets for water bottles. Below is just 1 idea among a large choice.

Osprey Women’s Fairview Trek 50 Backpack (pack of 1)
  • Adjustable Airspeed ventilated trampoline suspended mesh backsystem
  • Compatible with Hydraulics and Hydraulics LT Reservoir
  • Internal security pocket
  • Integrated AirCover waterproof travel case
  • Twin zippered hipbelt pockets

Sleeping Bag

Peak season for the Annapurna circuit trek is October and November, when the weather is mostly dry and clear. This is great for those mountain top views but it does mean it gets very cold at night once high up. The teahouses do provide blankets but up high these are not enough. A warm sleeping bag is essential.

I’ve had my Mountain Warehouse Everest Down sleeping bag for a few years now and I still love snuggling up in it at night. Its comfort range is -3 to -9 degrees Celsius and it kept me warm the whole way around the Annapurnas.  

Mountain Warehouse Everest Down Extreme Sleeping Bag – Mummy Shape Camping Bag, Inner Pocket, Hood -…
  • Extreme Rating – can be used for extreme temperature of -36°C. This is a survival temperature only. The bag is not intended for regular use at this temperature
  • Comfort Temperature – 3°C to -9°C – The minimum temperature that a sleeping bag is designed for
  • Insulated – High quality 80/20 grey duck down filling
  • Weight – 1.76kg
  • Dimensions – 220cm x 80cm x 55cm

Trekking poles

People have mixed opinions when it comes to trekking poles. I have no doubt that they help with balance over rocky terrain and help prevent sore knees on downhill sections. If fact they can reduce the load on your legs by 20%, especially when carrying a heavy bag, so are great for multi day hikes such as the Annapurna Circuit.

My only grumble is that they tend to get in the way! I like my hands free to take photos so its all a bit of a fiddle getting your camera out when you have trekking poles.

Nick hiking the Annapurna circuit trail. Trekking poles are an inclusion on this Annapurna circuit packing list
Nick found trekking poles very useful for the climbs


Thermal leggings and top (base layers)

Did I mention how cold it gets at night on this Annapurna hike? I wore my thermals every night and was grateful I had them. It’s worth spending money on Merino wool  as it has antibacterial properties, which means you don’t have to wash it so often. Always a bonus on multi-day treks!

Underwear x 3

Ok I actually had four pairs of undies and two sports bras but I think 3 pairs of both is enough. 

Hiking pants x 2

These should be lightweight and comfortable. Some people prefer to hike in leggings which is fine but I like to have pockets for my phone, lip balm and tissue paper. On most of the trail it will be warm enough for shorts but out of respect for the culture of local people avoid short shorts!

Hiking tops x 2

Pick lightweight tops with wicking properties so they dry quickly. Again singlets are fine as long as they are modest.


Perfect for those times when a t-shirt isn’t quite enough but the puffy is too much.

Mountain Warehouse Snowdon Womens Fleece Top – Warm Pullover, Lightweight Sweater, Half Zip,…
  • Half Zip – Opens at the neck for more comfort, extra ventilation and a great look
  • Microfleece – Very lightweight fleece, provides warmth without weight. Ideal layer in cold weather
  • Lightweight – Great for travelling, comfortable to wear and easy to pack
  • Anti-Pill – Prevents the fabric bobbling due to rubbing and abrasion
  • Stylish – Melange fabric offers a stylish and casual look

Warm down jacket

November in the high Himalayas – need I say more? Invest in a good puffy jacket otherwise your trek will be a cold, miserable affair. Seriously though, theres potential for hypothermia if you get caught outside for some reason, so it may even save your life!

Rain jacket or poncho

I opted for a poncho which was long enough to cover my legs too. But when I say poncho I mean a decent poncho, rather than one you bought for a $1 one day because you got caught outside in the rain without an umbrella 😀

Thankfully it only rained one day on our trek and even then it was just a light drizzle. 

Me in my typical outfit during the time I spent trekking the Annapurna circuit

After crossing Thorong La Pass we trekked down to the small village of Larjung where we did a side hike to Daulagiri Icefall. Read about this epic adventure here!



We only used these on early morning hikes, like crossing over Thorang La Pass or walking up to Poon Hill (ABC trek). If you opt to use trekking poles though gloves are definitely much needed.

Buff which doubles up as a beanie

Again I only used the buff around my face on the early morning hikes, but most evenings I used it as a beanie. Good for hiding sweaty trail hair!

Travel towel

Light and compact is all you need in your hiking towel. 


The sun is very fierce at high altitudes in the Annapurnas, so having a sun hat will stop your face from frying and help prevent overheating. I love my Grace Folly baseball cap and wear it everytime I hike no matter the weather.


Invest in quality sunglasses that provide necessary protection from powerful sun rays at high altitude and opt for polarised sunglasses to make the lakes look even more blue!

Flip flops

After a long day trudging around in boots there is nothing nicer than slipping into some comfortable flip flops. Handy for using for toilet/shower visits around the teahouses at night.

Water bottle with filter

This is another essential item in your Annapurna Circuit packing list. Having a water bottle with a filter means you able to fill up at streams and taps whilst you hike.

Filtered water is provided by approved teahouses along the way for a small fee which is great, but these are often a fair distance apart. Nick and I used a Water To Go bottle on our trek and neither of us got sick, which is perhaps the best recommendation I can give.

For a complete guide to choosing the best filtered water bottle for you, take a look at this post!

A water bottle with a filter is a must for your Annapurna circuit packing list
Refilling my water bottle in one of the many mountain villages


In my first aid kit I carried the following:

  • Emergency blanket
  • Bandages and gauze
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Plasters
  • Ibroprofen
  • Anti-histamines
  • Ciproflaxin – we travel with this broad spectrum antibiotic as it fixes most gasto problems fast. Consult your doctor before using.
  • Imodium – I hate to use this but if I need to get through a day without running to the toilet every five minutes, then sometimes it has to be done!
  • Diamox – we carried Diamox for altitude sickness as an emergency. Consult your doctor before using.
  • Compeed – this a lifesaver if you get blisters. Don’t scrimp – put it in!
  • Scissors
  • Penknife


  • Small shampoo
  • Small toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • SPF50 sunscreen – this sunscreen is free of nasty chemicals whilst providing top notch protection!
  • Lip balm
  • Toilet paper – none of the teahouses will provide toilet paper but it is available to buy in shops along the way.


  • Camera – my Sony A6400 is light and compact. Perfect for trekking the Annapurna Circuit
  • Wide angle lens – to capture all the beautiful mountain vistas – I still use the 16-50mm kit lens from my old Sony NEX camera as again it is light and compact.
  • SD Cards – You need a reliable SD card with plenty of memory such as this SanDisk card.
  • Spare batteries – for your head torch.
  • Kindle – the evenings can be long on the trail. After a quick shower and a hearty meal, there is plenty of time to put your feet up and read a book. Two great books I read whilst hiking was the Kite Runner and Trespassers on the Roof of the World. Both excellent reads.
  • Head torch – I’ve had a few head torches over the years but I do like Petzl ones. This one has different brightnesses and the red light option to avoid blinding everyone around you!
  • Phone – for me my Iphone was my map, my camera, my altitude reader and my notebook. Definitely one of my essential items.
  • Power bank – another essential item for the trail especially if your phone has a pathetic battery life like mine! I use this power bank as it can charge my phone multiple times. It also has the function to charge two devices whilst it is itself charging from the mains, which is a very handy feature. This means you only need to carry one plug.
  • Chargers – most teahouses have power sockets in the rooms or in communal areas. At higher altitudes they often charge a fee for charging. (100-200 NPR)

Annapurna Circuit Packing List Summary

That completes my suggested packing list for your Annapurna Circuit trek. Obviously if you are using a porter then you will be able to take more, but please be kind to their backs! They might appear to have super human strength but that is not an excuse to load your bags with unnecessary items.

Finally, don’t forget to have comprehensive insurance before you hit the trail, just in case it doesn’t quite go to plan.

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If you have any questions about the logistics of our trek please feel free to send me a message. Happy hiking!

If you like big mountain hiking you might be interested in two incredibly beautiful hikes in nearby Pakistan. Rakaposhi Base Camp in the Karakorm range and Nanga Parbat Base Camp in the Himalayas.

Pakistan is definitely back on the tourist radar which is great to see.

Nick and I at Thorong La Pass. To successfully cross the pass, use this Annapurna circuit packing list
Thorong La Pass – Success!

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Louise is an Adventure Tour Guide, Snowboard Instructor & Mountain Leader from South Wales. Through working as a tour guide and snowboard instructor, she has spent the last 15 years travelling Asia, Africa and the Americas. Louise is a published photographer and currently guides mountain trips in the UK.

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