Luggage and recommanded equipment

Supervision: 
A state qualified mountain muleteer-instructor. A mule carrying your affairs up to maximum 7 kg (for Classic tour 7-day and Grand tour du Mont Blanc 11-day). For other holidays, luggage are transported by us.

Provided by the guide:

Waterproof bags designed for quick, efficient packsaddling. For CAMPING MONT BLANC TOURS a three-man tent for two persons – Ground mat – Group supplies –

Security:

Not overtaking or allowing yourself to be overtaken by a mule on the downslope side (empty side) but rather on the upslope side is a principle you should adopt as soon as we set off even if there is no immediate danger. Follow the muleteer’s instructions because the animals do weigh half a tonne (unpacked) and measure 170cm at the withers!

Climate:

At high altitude, air density is lower than at sea level. UV rays are therefore less filtered and much more damaging. Long, light clothing is more effective than sun creams. Children are much more vulnerable than adults (eyes and skin). The low air density also causes considerable differences in temperature and makes a fleece and waterproof clothing essential items for your backpack. The air is dry and adds to the risk of dehydration.

Your hiking equipment

General information:

Equipment is transported by mule in a waterproof bag which we provide. It must not exceed 7kg (weighed every morning before the mules are packsaddled). You carry in a small backpack everything you need for the day’s hiking, including your picnic and sleeping bag (unless your waterproof bag weighs less than 7kg). Tip: bring one or two large bin bags in case you need extra waterproof materials.

Head: 
A broad-rimmed hat, sunglasses, a headband to protect your forehead and ears.

Hands:

For ladies Rhéno prone syndrome (rapid cooling of the hands), 1 pair of mittens (more convenient to put heaters) + 1 pair of ski gloves. In the mountains, in rain and wind, a pair of gloves soaked longer fulfills its function (and very quickly). A second pair is then welcome… for the gentlemen too!

Body:

A moisture-wicking t-shirt along with a thin fleece and a Gore Tex-type jacket are ideal. Several layers of clothing are better than one big layer, but do not overlay cotton clothing (which retains moisture) with a view to wicking moisture because the cotton will cancel out the function of the other layers…

Legs:

Hiking trousers or over-clothing and Gore Tex trousers because run-off from your jacket will inevitably run down between your legs. If you don’t have any Gore Tex, bring a GOOD poncho and gaiters. Boxer shorts avoid overheating.

Feet:

Hiking socks absorb impacts better, have better moisture-wicking properties and retain heat better than tennis socks. They also last longer! Two or three pairs will be enough because you can wash them quickly in the shower.
Leather or Gore Tex high-cut hiking shoes with semi-rigid Vibram type soles are needed for loose ground, névé (porous ice not yet frozen to form glacier ice) or stony mountain terrain.

What you need at night:

Small toilet bag (125g soap for daily showers for a week and the little clothes washing you need to do), headlamp, earplugs, cutlery and Tupperware for pic-nics. Huts have blankets
For caming option: A warm sleeping bag, a mug for breakfast (not a cook set but a Tupperware). A evening sweater.

Miscellaneous:

Bermuda shorts and long-sleeve clothing are recommended to combat the aggressive mountain sun. Always bring some Babywipes are useful.


In your backpack:

Your day things (camera, sun cream, picnic, pullover and rain clothing, water, etc.), your sleeping bag. You can snack on dried fruits, cake and cereal bars every day.

 

Technical equipment:

A 35 or 40 litre backpack with broad straps and stomach strap. For a camping stay, a 50 or 70 litre backpack. A pair of (telescopic) walking sticks is recommended.

Personal first aid kit

You should bring 6cm wide plasters, Compeed, Biafine, aspirin, Smecta and lip balm along with a few painkillers.

Administrative formalities: 
National ID card is COMPULSORY (or passport if necessary).

Currency: 
Bring a little cash with you. In Switzerland, Euros are accepted everywhere.

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