Monte Rosa Climb

Switzerland, Climbing, 8 days - from $2,990 (land only)


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

You must bring the following items:

Mountain Boots (see notes below)

Gaiters (long or short)

Trekking poles x 2 (with baskets)

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

Warm mountain trousers/pants

Waterproof over trousers (with leg zips)


Trekking trousers (not cotton)

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

T-shirt or casual shirt

Fleece jacket

Extra warm layer (e.g. lightweight down or prima loft jacket)

Waterproof jacket (with hood)


Warm hat and balaclava

Eye wear – sunglasses – category 3/ 4.

Sun Protection (high factor for skin)

Lip salve – with sunscreen

Thin gloves – leather or thermal

Warm and waterproof gloves/ski gloves

Climbing Rucksack – 40 (MAX) litres (no external frame)

Rain cover for Rucksack

Head torch – with new battery

Water bottle 2x 1 litre

Small Wash kit and Pack Towel

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

Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium)

painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment (zinc oxide tape and ‘Compeed’),

insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

Shorts (for non-glacial travel)

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



Trek Bag

Small Padlock (for trek bag)

Travel Clothes

Travel Shoes

Mountaineering Equipment

Crampons – MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates

Crampon bag

Ice Axe


Mountaineering harness

1 x screw gate karabiner

Mountaineering Boots:

Recommended boots for this trip are comfortable, warm and stiff - to take a crampon securely/deal with cold conditions. Either a B3 or B2 boot will be suitable, but NOT a B1.


Modern strap on crampons are perfectly acceptable for this climbing trek and will fit any boot. All crampons MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates. ‘Grivel’ crampons - G10 or G12 with a strap system/or semi-strap/heel clip are excellent and they come fitted with anti-balling plates. Make sure they are compatible with your boots.

Equipment hire/ rental:

The following equipment can be hired from KE: Crampons (with anti-balling plates); Climbing helmet; Harness Pack (with Karabiner); Ice-axe. 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 Zermatt renting boots that are suitable for this trip.

Sleeping bags/extra shoes:

These are NOT required as bedding and hut shoes/slippers are provided at mountain refuges. However, we do recommend you 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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