Glacier Hikes

Glacier Hikes

On demand

8 days

Chamonix-Zermatt

In june

Chamonix-Zermatt

In june
As to be done early in the season to be away from the crowds.
  • • On demand

Equipment list

 

Essential gear

  • A 35 liter (approximate) backpack
  • A mountaineering/climbing helmet*
  • Telescopic hiking poles that fit into your pack (3 sections) or ski poles
  • A general mountaineering ice axe
  • Twelve-point steel crampons that are sharpened and fit your boots
  • Harness*
  • Three locking carabiners*
  • A belay device (Reverso, ATC-Guide or other device with a guide mode for belaying a second)
  • Accessory cord for a friction hitch (150cm of 7mm accessory cord)*
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries

*Gear we can provide if necessary. Please let us know before the outing what gear you need.

 

Personal gear

  • Mountaineering boots with a rigid (shank) sole, and with a heel welt for semi-automatic crampons.
  • Warm hiking socks (no cotton!)
  • Waterproof mountaineering pants or rain pants
  • Depending on your pants, long underwear bottoms
  • Gaiters (recommended, but depends on your boots and/or pants)
  • Waterproof hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Lightweight down/synthetic jacket
  • Fleece jacket or warm insulated jacket
  • Fast-wicking t-shirt base layer
  • Two pairs of gloves (1 lightweight pair and 1 warm)
  • Fleece/wool hat (which ideally covers your ears)
  • Neck warmer/balaclava
  • Baseball cap or sun hat
  • High altitude sunglasses (Level 4 UV protection)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Water bottle (1.5 liter) or thermos (1 liter)
  • Lunch and high-energy snack
  • In a Ziploc bag: cash, credit/debit card, health insurance card, proper identification
  • Lightweight survival blanket
  • Compact camera

For overnight trips

  • Spare base layer t-shirt
  • Spare pair of hiking socks (not cotton!)
  • Lightweight sleeping sack (blankets provided at hut)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • French Alpine Club (CAF) or other alpine club (CAI, BMC, etc.) membership card if you have one, a couple of checks or cash (huts rarely accept debit/credit cards).
    A small personal first-aid kit with aspirin or acetaminophen/paracetamol, ear plugs, tissues, and Compeed® for blisters. There is no need for anything else unless otherwise specified by your doctor.
  • Some huts have showers. Ask us ahead of time, and if there is a shower make sure you bring a lightweight travel towel and a small amount of soap.