Pico Aneto - High Peaks of the Pyrenees
France & Spain, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €995 (land only) - from $1,390 (land only)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Shorts (for non-glacial travel)
Crampons* with anti-balling plates
1 x screw gate karabiner*
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 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.