Make your journey to Annapurna Base Camp congenial with proper packing of essential trekking gear and equipment. The Annapurna adventure itself will be quite easy and comfortable if only the crucial items are packed consecutively.

Escaping the bustling cities and venturing into the world of flawless natural grandeur betwixt the lofty peaks and the affluent cultures, Annapurna Base Camp Trek unveils the thrilling challenges to stunned trekkers' eye with magnificent world high Mountains which definitely require ample preparation.

The measure to keep in mind before commencing a stunning journey through the incredible Annapurna region lies in careful packing. Effective packing isn't solely about comfort; it's about safeguarding your safety and magnifying your overall Annapurna trekking adventure with satisfaction.

Equipping yourself with the required Annapurna Trekking gear helps to enhance your experience in the diversified high-altitude region. Before embarking on the ABC journey ensure to fill your bag with limited and comfy stuff that is mentioned below which may amazingly comfort you throughout. Most of the required gear can be rented in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek’s Noteworthy Features

  • Awe-inspiring Mountain Vistas – Annapurna Base Camp Treks renowned for its heavenly wonders of Himalayan offering the mesmerizing sights of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Machapuchhre (6,993 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m) and many more.
  • Cultural Exploration: Experience the unique cultures, traditions and lifestyles of Gurung and Magar peoples as you pass by quaint settlements and stay in cosy accommodations.
  • Natural wonders: Admiring journey added charms with its natural wonders along the trail which takes you through luxuriant forests, soothing waterfalls, delightful landscapes, blooming rhododendron forests and lastly experience the natural hot springs water to relax your body after an exhausting walk.
  • Accommodations: Relish on a comfy accommodation route to the ABC Feel the friendliness of locals and devour the typical Nepali cuisines.
  • Sunrise Viewpoint: From the poon hill, capture the spellbound sunrise over the glimmering Annapurna Ranges- one of the famous vantage points inAnnapurna Region.

Important Documents Required for ABC Trekking

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Documents are the essentials to embark on any journey. You need to carry with you what might be needed at any point of the treks. Look out on the list to pack before undertaking the Annapurna Base Camp Trek;

  • Valid Original Passport – Needed for issuing ABC trekking Permit
  • Travel insurance – To cover medical costs, flight cancellation or trip cancellation costs, and emergency rescue on a helicopter throughout the trip.
  • Nepal Visa- On arrival, the visa is provided and should be valid during your trip to Nepal.
  • Passport Size Photos -Bring 4 passport-sized photos needed for permits, SIM card and other reasons.
  • Air tickets – Carry them with you for assurance of the trip.
  • Nepali Cash and Credit Cards- Many places don’t accept credit cards or may get problems due to the high-altitude region.
  • Map and Guidebook – If you are a solo traveller then, it is a must but we advise you to hire a professional guide to ensure safety and great experiences.

Essential Permits to Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

Without a Permit, trekkers cannot enter this conservative area so ABC trekking requires two permits which are listed below;

  1. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  2. Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS)

These permits can be arranged by the company you are travelling with. Before starting the journey, in Kathmandu, it will be issued from the Nepal Tourism Board which requires some important documents which are already listed upward.

Bags for a Comfortable Journey to ABC

A well-fitted backpack with padded shoulder straps and a hip belt is necessary for carrying necessary gear and continuing comfort during this trek. Think about the capacity based on the duration of your trek and make sure it's furnished with a rain cover to protect important products from rainfall. Know about different types of bags used for trekking.

Duffle Bag

A Duffle Bag is the best option to comfort your journey so make sure to carry it which the trekking company will provide you. If you are hiring a porter then they help you during the journey. The duffle bag will be safe, water resistant and durable to put your stuff as it is in a lock system.


If you are travelling only with your guide backpack is good to carry. A trekking backpack weighing between 35 to 55 L is a great size but check in your home whether all your gears fit or not. They should be comfortable and lightweight to carry during the journey.


If you hire a porter and still need to carry some personal kinds of stuff and snacks and water, Daypack is perfect for the trek. You will need a 20 L Day backpack for your required kinds of stuff to carry.

Rain covers for bags

In higher altitudes, the weather conditions are unpredictable so prepare yourself beforehand by carrying a rain cover for any kind of bag you’re going to carry on. Which helps to protect your important documents and gear for the upcoming days.

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Clothing Essentials for ABC Trek

Here we present clothing items from different categories. Make sure to pack your bag with these items to flex your journey warmly in cold weather. Look out for the listing we provide:


  • Warm insulated winter hat / Wooly hat
  • Sun hat / Wide-brimmed hat
  • Scarf
  • Neck gaiter or Fleece Buff (Optional)
  • Neoprene face mask (Optional)
  • Balaclava / Bally ski mask / Monkey cap (Optional)
  • LED Headlamp × 2 and extra batteries

Hand Wear

  • Lightweight Gloves (wool or fleece)
  • Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens


  • Foot W
  • Hiking shirts (2 pairs)
  • Full-sleeved thermal undershirts (2 pairs)
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof hooded rain jacket
  • Down jacket (thick down jacket for winter treks)
  • Polypropylene underwear (5-6 pairs)
  • Synthetic material hiking pants (2 pairs)
  • Long johns (2 pairs)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • Light thermal trousers
  • Sports Bra (for women)


  • Woollen socks (6 pairs) (thick light socks)
  • Lightweight shoes/scandals
  • Hiking Boots

Necessary Gear, Equipment, and Accessories for the ABC Trek

Main gears that should not be left out on the journey. Otherwise, the adventure will be even more difficult to reach the desired destination. Prepare your bag first with these listed items.

  • Backpack
  • Day pack for basics
  • Duffle bag (will be provided by the company)
  • Rain covers for your bags and packs
  • Thermal water bottle (hydration bladder often freezes in winter)
  • Sleeping bag (rated at least 0°C for summer and -15° for winter) (will be provided by company)
  • Water purification tablets, drops or portable water purifier/filter bottles or, gadgets
  • Trekking pole
  • Crampons
  • Large plastic bags and stuff sacks
  • Face Masks

Personal Hygiene and Toiletries products required for ABC Trek

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Most of the teahouses don’t provide these facilities so, it is good to carry with you to maintain your hygiene everywhere as always. Here are list to pack in your bag before starting the ABC trip.

  • Medium size towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Deodorant
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Toilet papers
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner

Personal care items during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Sunscreen with SPF above 50
  • Sunglasses with UV protection × 2 pairs
  • Face/body cleansing wipes (biodegradable wipes)
  • Moisturizer lotion for face and body
  • Lip balm

Electronic Gadgets for ABC Trekking Trail

  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Lighter
  • International electrical adapter
  • Portable charger and extra batteries

Extra trekking gear for ABC Trek

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport Travel insurance documents
  • Notebook and pen
  • Books
  • Personal entertainment
  • Binoculars
  • Pocket Knife
  • Pads or Menstrual cups for women
  • Razor and shaving cream for men

Rent or Buy Trekking Gear in Nepal

Above the above-listed Annapurna Base Camp trekking gear and equipment, lists are important to carry on yourself to enhance your comfort and experiences throughout the trek. But the question every dreamer is thinking in mind that where to buy and rent trekking gear in Nepal. Either buying or renting which one is the best way to embark on? We are here to advise you on the listed trekking gear. Instead of buying it, you can rent it in Kathmandu and Pokhara before the journey. Our guide will help you to reach out to the shop locations. Everything can be easily available at shops, it's your choice which items to buy or to rent.

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Here is the gear list that you can buy or rent for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking;

  • Maps
  • Duffle bags
  • Fleece jackets
  • Puffy jackets (but not as warm as advertised)
  • Warm hats and gloves
  • Shower sandals
  • Toilet paper
  • Trekking poles
  • Umbrella

Here is the gear list that you can bring yourself:


  • A backpack that perfectly fits you
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Sized Hiking boots


To embark on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, it’s crucial to classify quality, benefits, and personal comfort when selecting gear to ensure preparation for the challenges encountered along the trail. Above mentioned gear and equipment will surely help trekkers enhance safety, comfort, and overall



Mr Ram Sharan Adhikari is a Managing director of Eternal Himalaya Adventure, Trekking exerts in Nepal. Eternal Himalaya provides exceptional trekking experiences in Nepal’s majestic landscape as well as Tibet, Lhasa, Mount Kailash tours and Bhutan tours. Additionally, we invite travellers to experience the beauty of Nepal Himalayas, cultural immersion, and memorable adventures. Eternal Himalaya offers high-altitude trekking, city tours, hiking, mountaineering, helicopter tours, mountain vistas, and cultural encounters to fulfil travellers’ dreams of inspection and the creation of lifetime memories. send us your feedback!