Depending on the time of your visit to Nepal, you will require different sets of packing lists which can be just enough to make your packing easier and more convenient. Below, we have managed to create a list of things which include all the basic yet vital packing gears and clothing for trekkers wanting to visit the breathtaking Annapurna Base Camp.
Remember you are not going to summit the entire mountain as you are just going to reach the base camp. Hence, packing a few T-shirts which can either be half or full depending upon your choice. During the day, the sun can get very harsh so it can be lot easier to wear a simple plain t-shirt rather than some heavy expensive jackets. Also, make sure the T-shirts are non-cotton as your body can sweat a lot and as you might know, cotton clothing doesn’t cope well with sweat.
Even a naïve trekker must know that they simply can’t go for trekking in the Himalayas with just a pair of jeans covering your legs. The weather, altitude, vegetation and terrain can really make it tricky for those who don’t wear a pair of proper trekking pants which are made precisely to endure all the aspects of trekking. And also, they are way more comfortable as they give you a lot of place to move your legs without any kind of restrictions. If you are planning to do a trek during summer times, then half shorts can be the next choice if you want your legs to stay airy.
Boots are very important for trekking in Nepal. You must have a legitimate original trekking boots which can handle nicely with the rough terrains of the ABC trail. As trekkers need to climb up through many rocky stairs, cross several streams with slippery rocks and pass through many forests, they must wear boots which can protect their legs and help them go through varying regions of Annapurna without damaging their legs. So, do make sure to pack them.
You can never finish your trekking packing without making sure that you have got all the necessary trekking socks. So, we recommend packing at least a few comfortable trekking socks and at least a pair of woolen socks to wear at night as the temperatures can drop drastically after sunset in many of Nepal’s trek routes including the ABC trek route.
Winds can become very problematic in some parts of Annapurna region for trekkers so packing at least one wind proof jacket can be viable. Bone-chilling winds can you very cold if you are not wearing a wind proof jacket which can protect you from the harming effects of the cold wind while trekking.
For those who are planning to visit the ABC during the monsoon season, must know that they won’t be able to complete their trek without packing a wide covering Rain coat which can protect their backpack and their body from the rain. Consider the fact that weather patterns in the Himalayas are very unpredictable and pack a rain coat for your trek.
Thermals are pretty much necessary to help your body from losing heat by forming a layer between you and your outside atmosphere. And when you are trekking to the ABC, you must consider the fact that your body might experience extreme cold environment at some point. Therefore, we suggest packing a pair of thermals especially if you’re going in winter season for trekking.
Similarly, a high-quality fleece jacket can become very handy for trekkers who don’t like experiencing cold or can’ handle cold temperature very well. As it provides insulation and comfortability to trekkers mostly during the winter seasons.
For summer travelers, they shouldn’t concern themselves with packing scarf, gloves and beanies. But they are most valuable for travelers wanting to trek during the chilling winter seasons. Having these items can become very handy/useful for trekkers at high altitudes as they provide an extra covering for their body’s vital parts such as neck, head and fingers.
Without a strong trekking backpack, trekkers will not be able to carry their cloths, gears and electronic devices. So, making sure that they have a dependable backpack is a must in order to go for ABC trekking. If you are a solo traveler we suggest having 70 liter backpacks and for trekkers who have porters to carry their luggage can bear to have 4-5 liter backpacks for their trek.
Other miscellaneous items:
Made up of carbon fiber and titanium, trekking poles can become a legitimate support for trekkers who may succumb to the changing terrains of their trek.
Yes! Nowadays, trekkers can experience the added facility of electricity inside the Annapurna region. However, the electrical sockets used there can be different to the ones which are used by trekkers at their home nation. That is why, we strongly recommend purchasing adaptors which uses a two prong with 220-volt plug.
Trekking can sometime mean sharing a room with another trekker at a tea house with very thin walls. And it can be pretty unfortunate to have someone snoring while you attempt to get a good night sleep. In that case, the only you would want to have are just some plain earplugs.
Teahouses and lodges can charge you some amount of money to charge your phone, laptops or cameras. So, to escape that, you might prefer carrying power banks as a back up to charge up your electronic devices. Furthermore, extra batteries can also be quite useful.
Sleeping bags are not mandatory if your planned accommodation is inside a teahouse room. Normally the local teahouses, provide adequate blankets and pillows for trekkers. But if you are going to camp outside then it might be necessary for you at that time.
You should pack a headlamp just in case you have to head out early in the morning before sunrise or at night.
Sun can be very unforgiving at higher altitudes so if you want to save your delicate skins then don’t forget to keep a sunblock with you. Likewise, wearing a cap can largely help you reduce the overheating of your head.
Wearing trekking boots all day long can be pretty exhausting for trekkers. To help soothe up your legs, you might want to pack a pair of sandals for some light stroll in the evenings and mornings. Similarly, towels might not be present at every lodge so it will be better to pack one for your trek.
You can never know when you might get bruised up or need some form of medical treatment. Thus, for those unfortunate circumstances, you should prepare your packing list by adding First Aid Kit along your other items for future purposes.
Even though you can buy many of your essential daily toiletries (such as tooth brush, tooth paste, toilet papers, shampoo and soap) en-route during your trek, it will be more beneficial for you if you either bring them from your home nation or buy them in Kathmandu as these items are expensive in the trek route.
Most of above listed clothing and items can rented or purchased either in Kathmandu or Pokhara at a rather reasonable price if you can bargain a bit. However, you can buy them all at your own country before flying off to Nepal. And lastly, remember to only pack necessary thing as many trekkers tend to over pack their luggage.