Bernese Oberland Haute Route - West

Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from $2,000 (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 rucksack to a minimum. During this holiday you will carry all of the things you need during the trek. It is possible to leave travel clothes in your luggage at the guesthouse.

You must bring the following items:

Mountaineering Boots (see notes below)

Gaiters (long or short)

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

Trekking Trousers/Pants (not cotton)

Waterproof Over trousers


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

T-shirt or casual shirt

Fleece jacket or warm jumper

Waterproof jacket (with hood)

Extra warm layer/ duvet jacket – (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

Rucksack 40 to 50 litres

Rain cover for Rucksack

Head torch – with new battery

Sun Protection (high factor for skin)

Lip salve – with sunscreen

Water bottle x 1 litre

Small Wash kit and Pack Towel

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

Plastic Bag to keep essentials dry

Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment (zinc oxide tape and ‘Compeed’), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

Mountaineering Equipment

Crampons – MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates

Crampon bag

Ice Axe

Mountaineering harness

Screw gate karabiner

The following items are optional:

Trekking poles x 2 (with baskets) – highly recommended

Long johns

Shorts (for non-glacial travel)

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



Duck tape

Small Padlock (for trek bag)

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 / nor are B1 boots.


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.

Equipment hire/ rental:

The following equipment can be hired from KE: Crampons (with anti-balling plates); 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.

Sleeping bags/extra shoes

These are NOT required as bedding and hut shoes/slippers are provided at mountain refuges. However, you MUST bring a sheet sleeping bag.

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