Equipment List of Short Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Short Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular and challenging trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. While the specific equipment you'll need may vary depending on the time of year and your personal preferences, here's a general equipment list for a short version of the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

  • Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack to carry all your gear and supplies during the trek.
  • Trekking Boots: High-quality, waterproof, and comfortable trekking boots with good ankle support.
  • Trekking Poles: Optional but highly recommended for added stability and reducing the impact on your knees during steep descents.


  • Lightweight and moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms).
  • Insulating layers such as fleece or down jackets.
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants (rain gear).
  • Trekking pants and shorts (quick-drying and comfortable).
  • Thermal gloves and a warm hat.
  • Sun hat and sunglasses for sun protection


  • Sleeping Bag: A warm and lightweight sleeping bag suitable for the temperatures you'll encounter on the trek.
  • Sleeping Pad/Mattress: An inflatable or foam sleeping pad for added comfort during nights in teahouses.
  • Headlamp or Flashlight: Essential for navigating in the dark and inside teahouses with limited electricity.
  • Water Purification: Water on the trek may not always be safe to drink. Carry water purification tablets or a water filter.
  • First Aid Kit: Including basic medications, bandages, antiseptic creams, and any personal prescription medications.
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm: To protect your skin and lips from the harsh mountain sun.
  • Personal Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Towel: A quick-drying and lightweight travel towel.
  • Camera and Batteries: If you enjoy photography, bring your camera and extra batteries to capture the breathtaking scenery.
  • Trekking Map or Guidebook: Helps you navigate the trail and understand the region's culture and landmarks.
  • Cash: Carry enough Nepali rupees to cover your expenses on the trek. Some remote areas may not have ATMs.
  • Snacks: Energy bars, nuts, dried fruits, or other lightweight snacks for quick energy.
  • Hiking Socks: Moisture-wicking and comfortable hiking socks to prevent blisters.
  • Gaiters: Optional but helpful to keep snow, rocks, and debris out of your boots.
  • Water Bottle: A reusable water bottle to stay hydrated during the trek.
  • Duffel Bag or Dry Bag: To keep your main belongings dry and secure while they are carried by porters.