Classic Haute Route - High Alpine Trekking

France & Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 14 days - from $3,220 (land only)

Trek & WalkClimbing

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your pack to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

Mountain Boots (see notes below)

Crampons – MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates*

Crampon bag

Ice Axe*

Mountaineering harness*

Screw gate karabiner x 1*

Trekking poles x 2 (with baskets)


Socks – technical walking socks are best (2/3 pairs)

Trekking Trousers (i.e. not cotton)

Waterproof Overtrousers


Thermal Base Layer x 2 (one long sleeved for glacier travel)

Fleece jacket or pullover

Waterproof, breathable jacket (with hood)

Extra warm layer – (prima loft or lightweight down)


Warm hat

Eye wear – sunglasses – category 3 or 4.

Thin gloves – leather or thermal

Warm gloves/ski gloves or mittens

Sleeping bag liner/sheet sleeping bag (silk is lightest)

Rucksack (30 - 40 litres should be sufficient)

Head torch – with new battery

Sun Protection (high factor for skin)

Lip salve – with sunscreen

Water bottle x minimum 1 litre

Small, lightweight wash kit and pack towel

Plastic Bag to keep essentials dry

Small hand sanitizer gel

Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids), blister treatment (zinc oxide tape and ‘Compeed’), insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

Change of shirt and trousers

Long johns

Shorts (for non-glacial travel)

Rain cover for Rucksack

Wet wipes – as washing facilities are limited at some huts

Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring!)

Repair kit – (eg. Pocket knife, needle, thread, duct tape etc.)

Camera, media, batteries

Travel Clothes (can be left at your hotel)

Travel Shoes (can be left at your hotel)

Small Padlock (for trek bag)


Mountaineering Boots:Recommended boots for this trip are comfortable, warm and sufficiently stiff to take a crampon securely (a sturdy B1 or a ‘worn in’ B2 boot is ideal). Rigid B3 boots are NOT suitable for this trek.


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. We do not recommend semi-automatic crampons for use with softer boots since with this system, the pull on the heel can lead to blisters.


Equipment hire: Equipment marked *can be hired from KE. 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 Chamonix renting boots that are suitable for this trip.


Sleeping bags are NOT required as bedding and hut shoes/slippers are provided at mountain refuges. However, you should 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.

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