Packing for the Alta Via 1 isn’t much different from packing for any other Alpine trek. Here is an equipment list including what I took on a six day trip along the AV1 last August.
- Hiking boots
- Hiking socks
- Walking shorts
- 2 Short sleeve base layer t-shirts
- Long sleeve base layer t-shirt
- Long sleeve fleece top
Against the elements
- Waterproof trousers
- Rain jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Sandals (also useful as an emergency backup should your boots be out of service)
- PJs/ clothes to wear in the hut
The big things
- Backpack 35 – 45 liters max
- Sleeping bag liner
- Walking Poles
- Via ferrata kit: harness, via ferrata carabiners, helmet (optional as both via ferrata are avoidable)
See also: What is a via ferrata aka Klettersteig?
- Wash bag
- Face cloth (for those huts without showers)
- Ear plugs (priceless against snoring dorm mates)
- Maps & guide
- Pen knife
- First aid kit
- Thermal blanket
- Insurance card
- 2 Water bottles (1l + 0.7l)
- Water purification tablets (tap water at huts is often not drinkable)
- Lunches and snacks (if you don’t want to buy your lunch packs from the huts along the way)
Nice to haves
- Camera & film (yes, I still use film)
- European adaptor
- Swimsuit (came in handy on Day 2)
I know this packing list probably isn’t the lightest, with a couple of non-essential items, but all in all wasn’t too much of a trouble to carry for a week.
While this is what I took on the Alta Via 1 last year, this list should be a good gear guide for any summer haute route style trek in the Alps. The contents of my bag were very similar when I did the Tour des Combins.
Are you getting ready for the AV1 or a different trek? What are you packing and what would you suggest not taking with you? Leave a comment with your thoughts!
- 6 essential pieces of kit for a hut to hut trek in the Alps
- Alta Via 1 trip report: A forcella a day keeps the doctor away
- What I did last summer: Tour des Combins on the Swiss-Italian border