Trekking Kit List

For all the day & multi day treks you will need a range of good quality kit that will keep you cool in warm weather and dry if things get a little inclement. A day rucksack will be required when you opt for a baggage transfer (approx. 20 ltr) and a larger rucksack for TMB & Haute Route multi day treks without bag transfer (approx. 28- 35 ltr). If you wish to bring an additional hold-all to put travel clothes and other items not required on the trek there will be an opportunity to leave this at our starting point and will be returned to you at the end of the trek. Bag transfers are available on request, please ask for more information.

This list is not exhaustive but feel that the majority of items listed will be essential to your comfort and enjoyment of the trek.

Treks with bag transfer needn’t carry a change of clothes apart from the nights you are in mountain huts.


Treks without bag transfer we recommend you travel as light a possible without leaving out any of the essentials listed below. If you have a bag transfer at a mid point don’t forget you can always replenish your kit at that point.

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Suitable rucksacks


Day sack: A smaller sack will be required when opting for a baggage transfer. Approximately 20 liters in size and large enough to carry warm & waterproof layers, essential kit & food and drink. You will need a rucksack liner to keep the contents dry waterproof.


Multi day sack: A lightweight sack of between 28-35 liters is needed when not opting for baggage transfer. Sometimes better without lots of pockets as it make the sack heavier. You will need a rucksack liner to keep the contents dry waterproof. The bigger the sack the more you put in the heavier it gets! 

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Base layers

Base layers

Short sleeve: Lightweight breathable base layer made out of a synthetic fabric that can bewashed and dried quickly. 2 will be enough, wear one wash one. Number required X 2.


Long sleeve: base layer for use as an extra layer if needed over a t-shirt. Also useful to wear in the evenings. Make sure it’s lightweight and breathable and is made of a material that willwash & dry quickly. Number required X 1.

Mid layer

Fleece mid layer to give you a bit of warmth on cooler days or on a descent. Again make sure its lightweight and packs down small. One will be enough. 

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Trousers, shorts, mid layer & boots

Trekking trousers & shorts

Trousers: Lightweight walking trousers to wear if it is colder or to wear during the evenings. One pair is enough.


Shorts: Lightweight shorts, one pair is normally enough.


Lightweight & breathable underwear again that can be washed & dried quickly. 2 pairs will be enough - wear one wash one!

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warm & waterproof layers

Light weight duvet jacket

As guides we always take a very light weight duvet jacket, this is our ultra warm layer and weighs no more than a fleece jumper and probably pack down smaller!

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Essential kit

Waterproof jacket

Lightweight Gortex (or equivalent) top layer, with hood that gives you good protection from wind & rain in foul weather. Make sure it packs down small, as we hope it will be in your rucksack most of the time! 

Waterproof trousers

Same as above, lightweight waterproof over trousers thatpack down small. These can be worn over shorts to give extra warmth on a windy Col or to keep you dry on wet days.

Hats & gloves

Sun hat as the sun can be fairly intense at altitude. Warm hat & gloves are essential if we experience cold weather, hopefully they will stay at the bottom of the rucksack. 

Walking boots

Good sturdy walking boots that offer support to the ankle, they don’t have to be leather these days you can buy fairly light weight waterproof types which are just as good. Make sure new boots are worn in beforehand.

Essential Equipment


Water bottles or bladder: 2ltr should be enough

Basic medical kit including blister plasters, sunscreen & lip salve

Essential medication

Head torch & spare batteries

Wash kit & small fast-drying towel for mountain huts.


Trekking insurance

Money (cash & credit cards)

Passport & travel documents

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Essential & recommended


Trekking poles, very useful to help on the ascents & save knees on the descent.


Pocket knife

Mobile phone & charger

Travel adapter

Water purifying tablets

Sleeping sheet or bag liner for mountain huts

Winter treks

The winter snowshoeing treks require the same equipment & clothing as above with the addition of:

Duvet jacket or warm ski coat

Ski trousers or walking trousers with a waterproof over layer.

Ski gloves

Waterproof walking boots (leather not canvas)