Gran Paradiso Summits - Trek the Alps of Italy
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your rucksack to a minimum.
You must bring the following items:
Rucksack 35 - 40 litres
Sleeping bag liner/sheet sleeping bag (silk is lightest)
Mountain Boots (see notes below)*
Gaiters (long or short)
Socks technical walking socks are best (2/3 pairs)
Trekking Trousers/Pants (not cotton)
Waterproof Over trousers
Base Layer x 2 (one with long sleeves for glacier travel)
T-shirt or casual shirt
Fleece jacket or warm jumper
Waterproof and breathable jacket (with hood)
Lightweight extra warm layer (prima loft or down vest or jacket)
Eye wear sunglasses category 3 or 4.
Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)
Thin gloves leather or thermal
Warm gloves/ski gloves or mittens
Head torch with new battery
Sun Protection (high factor for skin)
Lipsalve with sun screen
Water bottle x 1 litre
Plastic Bag to keep essentials dry
Trekking poles x 2 (with baskets)
Small Wash kit and Pack Towel
Ice Axe (provided)**
Mountaineering harness (provided)**
Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
The following items are optional:
Shorts (for non-glacial travel)
Small Padlock (for trek bag)
* Mountaineering Boots: Recommended boots for this trip are comfortable, warm and sufficiently stiff to take a crampon securely (A worn in B2 boot is ideal) Plastic Expedition Boots are NOT suitable for this trek. We do not hire mountaineering boots, but there are several shops in Chamonix renting boots that are suitable for this trip.
**Mountaineering equipment provided by KE: The following equipment is provided by KE: Crampons (with anti-balling plates) suitable for a B2 category boot; Harness Pack (with karabiner); Ice-axe. These items will be collected on day 5 of your trip. If you wish to take your own mountaineering equipment, you will need to carry this throughout the whole trek.
Sleeping bags/extra shoes are NOT required as bedding and hut shoes/slippers are provided at mountain refuges. However, we do recommend you bring a sheet sleeping bag.
Needle Sports (specialist mountaineering equipment shop)
Needle Sports is the English Lake District's foremost specialist climbing shop supplying mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition equipment worldwide. Internationally recognised as among the very best of the UK's top technical climbing gear retailers. They have a good range of equipment appropriate for this trip and offer knowledgeable advice both on their website and in store.