Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp – The Preparation


You don’t really need to be so trained and fit in order to complete Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp treks. The difference will come only in speed but this is not so critical there anyway. You have a wide choice of places to sleep. The longer distance, before reaching another village, is no more than 5 hours (The Pass). Usually, you have lodges every 1-2 hours. So, no need to hurry if you are not tied to a fixed schedule.


I used two sources of information. One of them is Wikivoyage page for the Circuit, where you have the actual time between the villages. Please note that for the lower elevations my group was walking faster than the mentioned speed in the article, but getting higher, it took us a little bit longer.

The other book which I highly recommend is the book of Andrées de Ruiter and Prem Rai. You can find possible schedules of your trip and read detailed information about the places you will be passing by. The topic about high altitude sickness and how to avoid it, is also described in details, so please read that part.

I downloaded both of the above articles on my phone and was using them quite often while trekking.


There are plenty of things that you might want to carry with you, but the smaller amount they are – the better experience you will have. I had an efficient amount of things. My backpack had a weight of only 6.7kg (without my boots, jacket, and water). My weight is 47kg, so this is around the maximum of kilos I can carry a long distance, having in mind that if the above exceptions are inside the bag – it will become almost 10kg. Even if you are big, strong guy backpack above 10-12kg is suicidal and I have seen a lot of bad examples in about 10 years of trekking. Don’t take more than you really need. You can find below the list of things I took with me.


Waterproofed jacket
Waterproofed pants – I had very thin pants, which I was able to use in the lower elevations, when it was hot, and also in higher, with additional leggings.
Hiking shoes – 3 seasonal (waterproofed) – From what I have read and seen, there is no need of winter shoes, if you are going in April or October (the most popular time to visit Nepal). You will be walking on snow on the Pass, but people are doing it even in running shoes. Also, there was one guy walking in jeans, so everything is possible.
Sandals – I discovered that sandals are really helpful for long treks where you walk on a road-like path. Since I realized that a few years ago, I never had calluses. I used my shoes only 5-6 days on the trek.

Polar fleece blazer; Thermo shirt and thermo leggings; 3 t-shirts; Bandana
2 pairs of Gloves – one for wind protection and one to keep you warm.

Hat; 7 pairs of underwear; 2 sports bra; 3 pairs of hiking socks
1 pair warm socks – used for sleeping purposes mainly
Flip flops – bathrooms are usually shared and you don’t want to go there barefoot. I also didn’t want to have my sandals wet in the morning, so I took super light flip flops with me.
Towel – Decathlon sells the best towels for trekking.

Personal Care Products

Stocking with personal care products is not necessary as there will be plenty of places to buy the basics – toilet paper, soap, etc. Having sunscreen with SPF 50 and using it regularly is crucial. For the Base Camp trek buy something to protect yourself from insects.


Hiking poles – I bought mine in Kathmandu. I managed to bargain the price to 900NPR.
Water bottle – the water in Nepal is not safe to drink, so you will need to use chlorine tablets. I believe that on higher elevations the quality of the water was good and I did drink a few times without purifying it first. You can buy the water purifier of your choice in Nepal.

Headlamp, Sunglasses
External battery – charging your phone is paid in some of the places, so you will make use of an additional battery.
Electronic Book – the common room in the lodges usually become a sleeping room for the porters and guides after 9, so you will need to go to bed around that time.
Sleeping bag – Everywhere on the trek you will receive a blanket. On higher elevations, you can have additional one after payment. However, those ones won’t be the cleanest. My sleeping bag is very thin and it is only 650gr. There is no need for taking warmer than that and I haven’t been feeling really cold anywhere.


Altitude sickness emergency drugs: Dexamethasone (4 tablets) and Nifedifine (4 tablets)
I also had tablets for stomach, in case I eat or drink something which will get me in trouble.
I bought everything from Kathmandu. The emergency drugs were very cheap and they have it in every drug store.


Entry Fee to visit Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) costs 2000NPR
TIMS card for individual trekker 2000NPR

Note: when you are exiting the Annapurna area you will receive exit stamp and you cannot enter again with the same permit.

My budget was 400 euros and I took them all with me. There are some places where you might be able to withdraw some money but I wouldn’t count on that.
I was spending around 15 euros per day – 10 for accommodation, dinner and breakfast, and around 5 euros for lunch.

You can find the itinerary and my journey published here: