Bernese Oberland Haute Route - West
Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,750 (land only) - from $2,160 (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 pack to a minimum.
You must bring the following items:
Mountain Boots (see notes below)
Crampons MUST be fitted with anti-balling plates*
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)
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)
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)
Rain cover for Rucksack
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
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).
Change of shirt and trousers
Shorts (for non-glacial travel)
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 worn in B2 boot is ideal) Plastic Expedition 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.
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.