Annapurna Base Camp Trek has one of the amazing trekking trails that gives you an opportunity to walk through the diverse landscape and a variety of culture. In addition, it offers you enticing views of mountain vistas, beautiful terraced fields, unique Gurung community and quite a range of flora and fauna.
Mt. Annapurna (8091m) is the 10th highest mountain in the world and Annapurna Base Camp lies at an altitude of 4130m/13549 ft above the sea level. The weather at this height can be expected to be unpredictable, making it difficult to decide what to carry and what not.
The base camp is reached via the trails through Mt. Machhapuchhre, also known as Fishtail. It is admired by the people all over the world for its unique identity and beauty.
Furthermore, the well organized standard itinerary of the Annapurna Base Camp trekking package is very achievable and can be flexible as per the requirement.
The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is a highly-visited and popular choice among enthusiasts from diverse outdoor. You can see different types of fellow trekkers ranging from a solo female traveler to trekkers traveling in groups to Nepal.
The base camp trek may range from 11 to 25 days depending on the type of package chosen and also based on custom packages as per the need of the traveler or travelling group. Basecamp Adventure provides services for custom trek itinerary based on your scheduled time frame and ease of access.
Despite the itinerary, there are things that you need to consider before you actually start packing bags for the trip. If you are not a local trekker, then trekking in another country can come with a fair share of nuances.
Things that you generally neglect such as clean drinking water, toilet papers, running faucets, and electricity can come as an obstacle too.
But luckily, the main course of the trek is highly dominated by food, the strength of walking, adequate and comfortable sleep, and repeating everything over again. And all these are fairly available in the teahouse trekking routes of Nepal.
The minor challenges in the trek can be annoying but the real taste of adventure comes with overcoming the hurdles, and creating a journey that would be memorable for a lifetime.
However, it is always healthy to take all the essentials with you that are necessary for the trip. As rightly quoted, “It is better to be safe than to be sorry”, being prepared before starting the trek can help you enjoy every bit of the adventure.
Planning for the checklist will help in removing the possible stress due to inadequacy and no means to buy them at that altitude. Let us share with you the list of things that you should consider taking with you while in your trek to Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp.
You may optimize your backpack based on your specific needs.
What to take on Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The list below is fairly a guideline to help trekkers pack for an adventurous trek to the rural uphills of Nepal. It is also equally important to understand that the items listed here can vary according to the season, current climate and the duration of the trek.
There is a weight limit for luggage per person while flying to Pokhara – the last city you will encounter before your trekking starts. The weight limit is 33 pounds or 15 kg. On a guided trekking, you will get a porter to carry your luggage from your hired trip advisors agency.
It is very important to pack only what is necessary – nothing more, nothing less.
You will need a sturdy hiking backpack that can include all your checklist items.
There is hardly any chance of getting lost but it is a good idea to have a map to track the distances and plan accordingly.
Trekking permits will be required for your trek journey. You can get the trekking permits in Pokhara or Kathmandu.
A sleeping bag
You can go with a standard 3-seasons sleeping bag. It will make a good choice for your trekking adventures.
A bottle for water
You will need a bottle which you can refill with filtered or pre-boiled water at the lodges where you halt for taking some rest. A standard 1-liter water bottle is a good size.
You may not find any ATM once you start trekking. So it is a good idea to carry sufficient local currency.
A small medical kit
Carrying a small medical kit in your travel bag will be very helpful in case of emergency.
A comfortable pair of hiking boots
To ensure comfort while walking, you can choose either class B or C.
2 to 4 pairs of trekking socks
They soak the sweat better and stink less. And are also easy to wash and dry as compared to normal socks.
3 sets of underwear
It is a better idea to wash and dry them than to add further weight to your backpack.
A couple of lightweight & fast-drying (Non-Cotton) T-Shirts
Fabric like cotton will easily soak up all the sweat but will not dry soon, persisting the cold that might cause pneumonia. And you don’t want to get sick while you’re on such amazing trek. Also, fast-drying fabrics light to your bag and are easy for laundry.
1 pair of easy-drying long trousers
You don’t need trousers specifically for mountaineering. The standard outdoor ones will be fine. And yes, choose thin ones as it can get hot as you walk.
1 set of skiing underwear
You might find some natural water sources, or hot water springs (in Jinhu) to dive in or even get opportunities for skiing in the ice.
A lightweight, fast-drying pullover or fleece
It will help you protect yourself from the sun.
Gloves are necessary for protection against snow and ice.
A scarf or balaclava
The roads can get dusty, so you will need one to cover your face at times.
A lightweight waterproof jacket
A waterproof jacket will protect yourself from unpredictable wind and rain.
An insulating jacket or vest
The nights and early mornings can get cooler, so to safeguard your body from possible chances of illness, take a lightweight insulating jacket.
Sandals or flip-flops
After the long tiring walk, you will want to get off your shoes and give some fresh air to pass through your toes.
The weather can be unpredictable so better be safe with a pair of these.
You will be needing it twice every day.
A lightweight outdoor towel would be a great choice.
Traveler’s size shampoo and shower gel or soap
Some lodges/ tea house may provide you with these but not everyone will.
You’ll generally find the Indian style toilet with water supply but backup with the toilet papers for worse case.
The sun may be scorching and harsh to your skin if you forget to apply a protective sunscreen cream/lotion.
These provide you with good support to walk both uphill and downhill, especially if you are a novice trekker.
A good pair of sunglasses will give you a better vision against the sun rays.
You will definitely want to capture all the best sights you get along the trek route.
Battery Charge/ Power bank and spare battery for your camera
Electricity can be unpredictable on rural areas of Nepal, so it is a better idea to carry a backup.
Snickers or energy bars
Something to munch in or for instant energy. Also as a mid-meal snack.
Something to read
In order to save you from boredom in case of flight delays or during the road trips, based on your package type.
A smartphone or watch
You will want to track time, distance covered and maybe some calories you burnt along the way.
A headlight will be the best choice, you may need it go to the bathroom at night which are mostly shared and occasionally within your room.
Carry a whistle to draw attention in case of emergency.
Annapurna Base Camp trek can give you one of the most exciting trekking experience you can possibly get in rustic Nepal.
The countryside of Nepal is a wonderland for explorers around the world as it is blessed with unique culture, tradition, people, temples/ monasteries, cuisines, festivals. In addition, enthralling sights of tall, glorious mountains, varying landscapes, breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset are some in the list one should not miss out on.
Every trek, including Annapurna Base Camp Trek, can turn out to be either a blessing or a misery based on your knowledge of requirements and the list of things you make for your backpack.
Missing out on some major essentials can be a reason for unexpected disappointment. Therefore, it is a good idea to study and plan for the requirements before you actually set off for the journey.
Note:The packing list will equally differ based on the season in which you’re planning to travel.
If you need any suggestions or details regarding the trek, routes, best seasons to travel, regarding accommodation or anything, feel free to contact us. We will be more than happy to assist your trek journey.
Make every moment of your trip memorable and worthwhile. Collect reminiscence that you can cherish for a lifetime. Think smart, pack smarter!