Nepal

What I Packed For The Annapurna Circuit Trek

For my EBC trek, I planned to carry my own bag (what an idiot) so I packed as minimally as I possibly could. When I finished the trek I realized JUST how much stuff I actually didn’t use and some items I desperately needed. For the Annapurna circuit trek, I vowed not to overpack! Even if you aren’t carrying your own bag you should give your porter a break, contrary to popular belief they ARENT superhuman, carrying those packs hurt just as much as you think it would. Leave the straightener and hairdryer at home. 

We completed the Annapurna Circuit in March of 2020 and the weather was fairly cold, so my packing list/ what I should have packed will reflect that

 Having my trekking buddy Blair to share items with really helped reduce the overall weight. Here are some quick tips and facts about trekking in Nepal you should know BEFORE you pack.

 

  • If you have a trekking partner offer to share materials like toilet paper, sunscreen, lotion, vitamin c pills, water purification pills, Advil, and medications like tums, Gravol, etc. It will go a long way in reducing your pack weight.
  • You will stink to high heaven. If your trek is 7+ days and you are getting high up in altitude the showers become far and few and even if you manage to find a “hot shower” chances are it is not hot. Even if you (by some miracle of God) actually find a  hot shower, chances are you won’t want to take one, because you will freeze before you get in and freeze after you get out.
  • The lack of showering means it’s generally acceptable to wear the same outfit every day. That’s right folks, those leggings can last up to 6 days before becoming unwearable. Loose Pants? 10 days. Tops? 5 days. Knowing this, decide what clothes and layers you actually need and pack accordingly.
  • It’s cheaper to rent a sleeping bag in Kathmandu than buying one back home. Bring a sleeping bag liner for the colder nights (and an extra layer of protection).
  • Leave the heavy ass down jacket at home. Unless you know you get cold very very easily, it’s likely you won’t use it. Light layers are key. Pack a light down and wear layers.
  • It’s worth it to pack a Kindle (or book) extra battery packs and playing cards. 
  • Bring a chocolate bar as an “I survived” treat. Your body and soul will thank you.

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Clothing: 

  • Shower flip flops 
  • Camp shoes 
  • Ballcap
  • Bandana
  • Gloves
  • Toque
  • Light down jacket 
  • Fleece sweater (1)
  • Leggings (3)
  • Long sleeve (2)
  • Tshirt (3) I should have packed 2
  • Tank top (3) I should have packed 2
  • Regular socks (4)
  • Underwear (6)
  • Bikini set
  • Sports bra (1)
  • Trekking socks (4)

 

Gear:

  • 65L Trekking bag 
  • 20L Day bag 
  • Hiking boots 
  • Water filtration system
  • Chlorine tabs
  • Waterbottles (2)
  • Caribeaners
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • * Had to buy microspikes

Tech:

  • Tripod
  • Selfie Stick/Tripod
  • Battery pack (2)
  • Power converter
  • Charging cords
  • Phone

Toiletries:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap (2)
  • Bandaids
  • Advil
  • Gravol
  • Toothbrush 
  • Solid toothpaste tabs
  • Sunscreen
  • Lotion
  • Menstrual cup
  • Zandu balm
  • Vitamin C pills/ powder
  • Hairbrush
  • Makeup
  • Hair Elastic

Extras:

  • Book
  • Playing cards
  • Journal & Pen

 

In conclusion, I think that this list is bringing me closer to minimalist packing, but isn’t quite there yet! Use this as a base to pack your bag and tailor it to your individual needs!

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