Suggested Andean trekking Packing List

Apus Peru > Uncategorized > Suggested Andean trekking Packing List
Map reading on the Ausangate Trek. Photo by Michael Mossop.

We often get asked, “What should I pack?” We included general lists on our website, but here is one client’s list. Thank you to Tom Stein!

You can also read his trek report here, which is essential reading for anyone considering the epic Choquequirao to Machu Picchu or Choquequirao to Vilcabamba treks!

Example packing list for longer trek.


Convertible pants (zip off to shorts) with belt – wear one pair, pack one pair

Short sleeve shirt – wear one, pack two

Long sleeve shirt

Travel underwear – wear one, pack one

Socks – poly liners and merino wool outers (three sets)
Waterproof boots
Rain jacket (water/wind proof)
Rain pants

Fleece/down sweater

Gloves (water/windproof)

Hat with visor

Beanie for cold weather

Optional – set of thermals (top/bottom)

Optional – swimsuit for hot springs (men can use shorts of convertible pants)

Optional – buff/bandana


–          prefer moisture wicking/quick drying materials; clothing that comes with sun block/insect protection is an added bonus; no cotton – especially socks!

–          apply permethrin to outer clothes (not to underwear) before trip

–          there may not be a chance to wash out clothes at every stop, so you may want extra socks or underwear


Sleeping bag and compression sack

Day pack

Waterproof liner for duffel (or trash bags)

Flashlight + batteries

Water reservoir(s) – Platypus is very lightweight


Collapsible hiking poles


Camp towel

Biodegradable soap/shampoo

Toiletries, medicine

Duct tape (small roll)

Ziploc bags (small, for packing out trash)

Toilet paper in Ziploc bag

Sun block

Lip balm

Hand sanitizer

Insect repellent

Personal first aid kit (include second skin and tape for blisters)


Waterproof notepad + mechanical pencil

Optional – coca candy (buy in Cusco)

Optional – sleeping pad

Optional – sleeping bag liner

Optional – inflatable pillow

High point - 5055m!  Photo by Michael Mossop

Leave a Reply


Recent Posts

Peruvian Corn
10 September, 2020
Lares Peru hikers fitness
Ethical Tourism: Off-the-beaten-path trekking in Peru
24 February, 2020
Salkantay Trek Difficulty
16 January, 2020
error: Content is protected !!