Packing for Annapurna

I’ve started to assemble my gear for Annapurna so I could show you what I’m bringing on the hike. This will not detail all of the items on the written packing list, but will give you a visual idea of what I’m bringing on the mountain.

  1. Backpack and water carrying strategy

38 L backpack, Water bladder, and Water bottle for electrolyte mixture

38 L backpack, Water bladder, and Water bottle for electrolyte mixture

2. Sleeping system

34 degree sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, and an inflatable pillow (you can bring a pillow case for the pillows in the teahouses)

34 degree sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, and an inflatable pillow (you can bring a pillow case for the pillows in the teahouses)

3. Hiking apparel

Pants and skirts (guys could consider kilts ;-)) and breathable tops (my favorites are Patagonia Capilene tops and shirts with silver in them for odor control). I pack my clothes in a dry bag or ziplock to make sure they stay dry.

Pants and skirts (guys could consider kilts ;-)) and breathable tops (my favorites are Patagonia Capilene tops and shirts with silver in them for odor control). I pack my clothes in a dry bag or ziplock to make sure they stay dry.

4. Head/neck coverage

Buff, trucker hat, and a wool beanie (I didn’t throw my gloves into this picture, but I use a glove liner. If you get really cold hands, you may want something warmer). The Buff is to protect the back of my neck from the sun.

Buff, trucker hat, and a wool beanie (I didn’t throw my gloves into this picture, but I use a glove liner. If you get really cold hands, you may want something warmer). The Buff is to protect the back of my neck from the sun.

5. Jackets

I love these jackets for layering. The first (light grey) seems like nothing, but it provides a wind barrier and a little warmth. The second is a zip-up athletic layer for added warmth. The last (in pink) is my down jacket, which I used at Poon Hill and at Base Camp, but once we started hiking it was too warm for me.

I love these jackets for layering. The first (light grey) seems like nothing, but it provides a wind barrier and a little warmth. The second is a zip-up athletic layer for added warmth. The last (in pink) is my down jacket, which I used at Poon Hill and at Base Camp, but once we started hiking it was too warm for me.

6. Rain gear

There are rain jackets available from our guide, but I have one so I’m going to use mine. My pants are full-zip and provide good protection from the elements.

There are rain jackets available from our guide, but I have one so I’m going to use mine. My pants are full-zip and provide good protection from the elements.

7. Boots and Hiking Poles

The poles are helpful on descents and for navigating stairs. These boots are like glue on the rocks, but the most important points of your footwear are that they are waterproof and you’ve spent time wearing them.

The poles are helpful on descents and for navigating stairs. These boots are like glue on the rocks, but the most important points of your footwear are that they are waterproof and you’ve spent time wearing them.

8. Socks

I’m a big fan of DarnTough socks, but any wool hiking socks will work. Wool is good for moisture and odor control.

I’m a big fan of DarnTough socks, but any wool hiking socks will work. Wool is good for moisture and odor control.

9. Bathroom bag

Not to get too detailed here, but the bathrooms are mostly squatty potties and do not provide a means of cleansing. So this is my arsenal for bathroom trips. I also bring wipes to use in place of the shower when it’s too cold to think of showering.

Not to get too detailed here, but the bathrooms are mostly squatty potties and do not provide a means of cleansing. So this is my arsenal for bathroom trips. I also bring wipes to use in place of the shower when it’s too cold to think of showering.

10. Water filter and med kit

A med kit with the essentials for minor problems (bandaids and ointments). Once we get to a certain point in our hike the water will no longer be drinkable without filtering. I’m happy to share my water filter with anyone that doesn’t have one.

A med kit with the essentials for minor problems (bandaids and ointments). Once we get to a certain point in our hike the water will no longer be drinkable without filtering. I’m happy to share my water filter with anyone that doesn’t have one.

11. Miscellaneous items

Outlet adapter and a battery pack (not necessary, but I have it from another trip and will use it instead of paying to charge my phone)

Outlet adapter and a battery pack (not necessary, but I have it from another trip and will use it instead of paying to charge my phone)

Towels - these are not provided at the teahouses. I washed my hair at one of the teahouses that had heat in the common room so that my towel would dry (and my hair) before needing to pack it up again. This grey towel gets small when packed into its little bag, it’s hard to tell in the picture.

Towels - these are not provided at the teahouses. I washed my hair at one of the teahouses that had heat in the common room so that my towel would dry (and my hair) before needing to pack it up again. This grey towel gets small when packed into its little bag, it’s hard to tell in the picture.

This backpack will serve as my carry-on and is what I will use when we head up to Poon Hill. It’s not necessary to have something like this, but just showing you what I’m planning to use.

This backpack will serve as my carry-on and is what I will use when we head up to Poon Hill. It’s not necessary to have something like this, but just showing you what I’m planning to use.

This is how small the backpack on the left gets when stuffed inside itself. Very compact and hardly weighs anything.

This is how small the backpack on the left gets when stuffed inside itself. Very compact and hardly weighs anything.

12. You can leave a bag at the hotel in Kathmandu with your extra travel clothes (if you have luggage locks it’s a good idea to bring them - one for the bag at the hotel and another for the duffel - I didn’t have an issue not having locks but it’s just a precautionary measure). On Saturday and Sunday when we visit the church and centers, men should wear pants and women can wear pants, skirts or dresses.