Footwear needs to be supportive and with a good grip as the terrain can be variable, rocky, steep and loose. Sometimes we encounter loose ground, or scree type terrain and it is not uncommon to be walking through snow and heavy rain even during the summer. Boots are recommended, but there are currently some very good summer walking shoes available, which can be more comfortable on hot summer days. Trainers are definitely not recommended as paths can be uneven and having ankle support is beneficial.
A Goretex (or similar) jacket and trousers are essential. Waterproofs are essential and need to be lightweight and breathable and they need to be carried at all times even with a good forecast. Bring a range of warm layers for all conditions, with gloves and a warm hat as conditions can change rapidly.
Warm clothing is another requisite. We suggest to use a layering system so you can easily regulate your body temperature whilst ascending or descending. A thermal, wicking base layer is recommended for comfort and ease of laundering. Take a look at our kit list to help you pack for your trek. If you require any additional information please get in touch.
You will need walking poles. All your equipment should be suitable for walking on rugged paths at high altitude where the conditions can be extremely variable from hour to hour, even during the summer months. In one day on the Walkers Haute Route you can experience extremes of weather ranging from hot sunny conditions to heavy rain and snow, so you do need to be prepared.