Italian High Level Trek
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:
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
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)
Eye wear sunglasses category 3 or 4.
Thin gloves leather or thermal
Warm gloves/ski gloves or mittens
Rucksack 35-45 litres
Head torch with new battery
Sun Protection (high factor for skin)
Lip salve with sunscreen
Water bottle x 1 litre
Sleeping bag liner/sheet sleeping bag (silk is lightest)
Trekking poles x 2 (with baskets)
Small Wash kit and Pack Towel
Dry Bag to keep essentials dry
Small Padlock (for trek bag)
Basic First Aid Kit including: diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters / band-aids and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets are a good idea.
Crampons MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates
Screw gate karabiner
The following items are optional:
Shorts (for non-glacial travel)
Extra warm layer/ duvet jacket (prima loft or lightweight down)
Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)
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 / nor are B1 boots.
Crampons: Modern strap on crampons are perfectly acceptable for this trek and will fit any boot. All crampons MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates. Grivel Crampons - G10 or G12 with a strap system are excellent and they come fitted with anti-balling plates.
Equipment hire/ rental: The following equipment can be hired from KE: 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. ** We do not hire mountaineering boots, but there are several shops in Zermatt renting boots that are suitable for this trip.
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.