Swiss High Level Route

Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from $1,970 (land only)

Trek & Walk

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)*

Crampons (provided)**

Ice Axe (provided)**

Mountaineering harness (provided)**

Helmet (provided)**

Gaiters (long or short)

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

Trekking Trousers/Pants (not cotton)

Waterproof Over trousers (rainpants)


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

T-shirt or casual shirt

Fleece jacket or warm jumper

Waterproof jacket (with hood)

Extra warm layer/ down jacket – (prima loft or down)


Warm hat

Eye wear – sunglasses – category 3 or 4.

Thin gloves – leather or thermal

Warm gloves/ski gloves or mittens

Rucksack – c. 40 litres

Head torch – with new battery

Basic First Aid Kit containing plasters (Band-aids), blister treatment, antiseptic cream, and pain-killers

Sun Protection (high factor for skin)

Lip salve – with sunscreen

Water bottle x 1 litre

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

Trekking poles x 2 (with baskets)

Small Wash kit and Pack Towel

Plastic Bag to keep essentials dry

Small Padlock (for trek bag)

The following items are optional:

Shorts (for non-glacial travel)

Long johns

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



Duck tape

Travel Clothes

Travel Shoes


* Mountaineering Boots: Recommended boots for this trip are comfortable, warm and sufficiently stiff to take a crampon securely (A ‘worn in’ B2 boot is ideal) Plastic ‘Expedition’ Boots are NOT suitable for this trek.

**Mountaineering equipment provided by KE: The following equipment is provided by KE: Crampons (with anti-balling plates) suitable for a B2 category boot; Harness Pack (with karabiners); Ice-axe. These items will be collected on day 1 or 2 of your trip.

Sleeping bags/extra shoes – 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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