One of the most important questions will be in determining a suitable bag for the trek. I took the Osprey Farpoint 40 with me and was happy with it. I also used these Packing Cubes for organizing my stuff.
This is the most important question. You have to keep your body warm. It can be very cold at night at high altitude. However, while you will trek during the day, if the sun is out, you won’t feel cold. So, layering and choosing different types of clothing at different times is important.
First of all, you should wear an inner or neck T-shirt . This will be your first layer of protection. After that, you should wear a full sleeve shirt. On top of it, you should wear a fleece. You need to wear a Down Sweater Jacket in the outermost layer. If you don’t feel cold, you can take out the last one followed by the previous one.
In the bottom, with an underpants, you can wear a Fleece Sweatpant. On top of it, Jeans or Trouser should be good.
You will still feel cold in the head and neck. A beanie for the head and Scarf for the neck will be necessary. A pair of hand gloves are the last thing you will need.
You can refill your water bottle from springs and you will get plenty of them during your trek. I took a Thermos Intak 24 Ounce Hydration Bottle with me.
If you can’t trust the purity of the water, you can take a water purifying tablet with you. However, I cannot stand their smell and taste. I found a great alternate. This LifeStraw Water Filter purifies the water without any help from a battery, solar, or anything. You just need to put it inside your bottle and drink the water. It was pretty cool!
You don’t need a super sophisticated trekking boot for this trek. You need one with a good grip. Better if it has some sort of waterproofing facilities. You can try Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe.
I used, Merrell Men’s Moab Gore-Tex Waterproof Hiking Shoe for my trip, and it was good, too. Not heavy, heave a good grip.
You need to take several pairs of socks with you. I suggest taking 3 pairs with you. You can take more if you can carry. These socks are good for hiking and provide cushioning to your heel.
If you have a smartphone with you, you must download the Maps.me in your phone and preload the map in that region. You won’t have internet connectivity for most of the time. But, this map will work. I downloaded both Google Maps and Maps.me. The Maps.me worked like a charm and was a lifesaver.
You need to charge your phone to take your photos and navigate through the maps. As electricity is scarce in the region, you should bring a Power Bank with you.
Of course, you can use your mobile phone to capture photos. However, if you want to use a DSLR camera without breaking your bank, you can choose Nikon 3300. I like this camera because it is pretty lightweight compared to other DSLRs. Remember that, this is an entry-level DSLR and if you want sublime output, you should increase your budget.
The camera I mentioned above comes with a basic lens. If you want to take photos of a bigger region, you need a wide-angle camera lens. This 10-20mm wide-angle lens can be used with the Nikon 3300 and will give you an option to shot the landscape better.
If you are taking the camera I mentioned above, you should bring two pairs of batteries with you, fully charged.
The nights can be longer as the trek for the day will be completed by 5:00 PM every day. You won’t have much to do other than to sleep. While that is a great idea, you can take a Kindle with you to read books.
What if it rains? You won’t get any shade apart from the trees. You need to protect your bag and yourself in that case.
I am a big fan of Lonely Planet. It’s not because they give me information, they work as an inspiration and starting point of my journey. You should buy a copy of Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya. It will not only provide you information on this particular trek but, many other treks in Nepal. One thing worth mentioning, if you go for the trek, don’t take the whole book, just photocopy the pages you need. It will save the weight of your bag.
Annapurna Trek is not particularly dangerous. However, there are so many things that can go wrong. The weather can turn bad, you can twist your ankles, you can suffer from altitude sickness, you can slip on those slippery stones you are gonna cross. So, if things go wrong, you can be in trouble.
Not every insurance company covers injury during trekking and helps in the evacuation process. World Nomads cover this type of insurance, you can get in touch with them.
If might sound weird, but, you need to bring passport-sized photos with you to apply for different permits in Nepal.
- Osprey Farpoint 40 – 1
- Packing Cubes – 3
- Thermos Intak 24 Ounce Hydration Bottle – 1
- LifeStraw Water Filter – 1
- Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe – 1
- Socks are good for hiking – 3 to 4 pairs
- Inner or neck T-shirt – 4
- Boxer Brief – 4
- Full sleeve shirt – 3
- Full Pant – 1
- Fleece – 1
- Down Sweater Jacket – 1
- Fleece Sweatpant – 1
- A beanie for the head – 1
- Scarf – 1
- Hand gloves – 1
- Maps.me in your cellphone
- Power Bank – 1
- Backpack Rain Cover – 1
- Waterproof Rain Pant – 1
- Rain Jacket – 1
- Nikon 3300 camera – 1
- 10-20mm wide-angle lens – 1
- Battery for Camera
- Kindle with you to read books – 1
- Passport-sized photos – 8
- Insurance with Trekking Coverage
- Microfibre towel – 1
- Mini tooth paste – 1
- Tooth brush – 1
- Soap – 1