Pico Aneto - High Peaks of the Pyrenees

France & Spain, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from $1,390 (land only)

Trek & WalkClimbing

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.Equipment with asterisk* can be hired from KE.

You must bring the following items:

Rucksack – 35-45 litres

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 (rainpants)

Underwear

Long johns

Thermal Base Layer x 2 (one with long sleeves for glacier travel)

T-shirt or casual shirt

Fleece jacket or warm jumper

Waterproof jacket (with hood)

Sunhat

Warm hat

Arm gloves/ski gloves or mittens

Eye wear – sunglasses – category 3 or 4.

Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)

Thin gloves – leather or thermal

Head torch – with new battery

Sun Protection (high factor for skin)

Lip salve – with sunscreen

Water bottle x 2 litre

Sleeping bag liner/sheet sleeping bag (silk is lightest)

Trekking poles x 2

Small Wash kit and Pack Towel

Plastic Bag to keep essentials dry

Trek Bag (KE)

Passport/Cash

Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment. Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

Small Padlock (for trek bag)

Travel Clothes

Travel Shoes

Shorts (for non-glacial travel)

Camera

Penknife

Duck tape

Mountaineering Equipment

Crampons* – with anti-balling plates

Crampon bag

Ice Axe*

Mountaineering harness*

1 x screw gate karabiner*

NOTES:

Mountain Boots:

You need to take a pair of reasonably substantial mountain boots that are sufficiently rigid to be securely fitted with crampons. The B2 (semi-rigid) boot rating is appropriate. Ideal boots for this trip are the Scarpa Manta M4 Tech. Plastic ‘Expedition’ Boots are NOT suitable for this trek.

Crampons:

Crampons with front points which work well with your chosen boots. These can be step-in, strap-on or a bit of both like Grivel's New Matic bindings.

Equipment hire/ rental:

The following equipment can be hired (refer to the KE website for prices): Crampons (with anti-balling plates); Harness Pack (with Karabiner ); Ice-axe. This can be reserved either when you book your trip or closer to your departure but we advise booking hire equipment as soon as possible to ensure availability.

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.

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