Mountaineering Equipment and Clothing


The following list is the result of years of experience from our staff in practicing the activities we offer. Besides hoping it helps you in packing and any purchases before departure, it's a list of clothing, equipment, and materials required to participate in our tours. If you don't have everything on the list, please communicate this to the guide who will accompany you or to our offices: together, we'll find a solution before departure so you can enjoy your mountaineering experience hassle-free and in complete safety!

Basic clothing and equipment for 1-day tours

  • 30-liters backpack (with rain cover)
  • Mountain boots with good soles, high ankle support, and waterproofing (click for more information)
  • Jacket with a hood, rain-resistant, and windproof (outer shell)
  • Compressible down jacket
  • Water-repellent long pants (even better if they have an integrated gaiter)
  • Long or short thermal underwear (if expecting cold temperatures and/or wind)
  • Fleece or softshell as a warm intermediate layer
  • Breathable t-shirt (and a spare one to avoid staying wet from sweat during the climb)
  • Long-sleeve thermal shirt
  • Warm socks
  • Neck warmer or buff
  • Heavy hat/beanie and cap/bandana
  • Sunglasses with polarized and UV protection lenses
  • Light and heavy gloves (such as skiing gloves)
  • 1-liter water bottle
  • Snacks (recommended: dried fruits, chocolate, energy bars, and gels)
  • Trekking poles with tips and small wheels (mandatory for glaciers but also very useful on rocky or rough trails)
  • First aid kit (not mandatory but can complement your guide's kit - includes gauze, plasters, tape, disinfectant, latex gloves, thermal blanket) and personal medications
  • Gaiters (if crossing snow and not integrated into the pants)
  • Rainproof pants cover if expecting bad weather
  • Sunscreen (total protection recommended)
  • Multi-tool knife and duct tape (not mandatory but can be useful for small emergency repairs on clothing and equipment)
  • Trash bag (to avoid leaving any residue in the mountains)

Extra items or variations for multi-day tours

  • 35-40-liters backpack (with rain cover)
  • Extra breathable t-shirts
  • Extra underwear
  • Extra mid-layer (fleece or softshell if necessary)
  • Extra socks (warm and/or lightweight)
  • Headlamp (with charged batteries and/or spares)
  • Extra snacks
  • Waterproof bags for clothes
  • Long and comfortable pants for the evening
  • Cotton t-shirt for the evening
  • Towel (microfiber recommended)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Toilet paper
  • Identification document

And, of course, basic equipment such as

  • Phone and/or camera charger
  • Book (if you have an e-book reader, it saves weight)
  • Packable backpack for use in the evening or for short trips near the hotel/hut

For overnight stays in mountain huts

  • Sleeping bag liner (mandatory, usually available for purchase in the mountain huts)
  • Earplugs/sleeping mask
  • Extra cash for payments at the mountain hut

The technical equipment required for the activity you have enrolled in (e.g., harness, ice axe, crampons, climbing gear...) is indicated in the detailed tour program. However, it must be confirmed by the Alpine Guide who will accompany you, based on the mountain conditions.

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