Packing List - Winter Tours

Expert recommendations for your Snowshoeing Trek

With years of winter hiking experience under their belts, Alpenwild guides have created a no-fail packing list to make sure you come prepared for your  Swiss Alps Winter Hiking Adventure.  As always, if you have any questions, feel free to call or email one of our winter hiking specialists for additional ideas or clarification. This page includes affiliate links. 

For summer hiking trips, refer to our Alps Hiking Packing List. For less strenuous sightseeing, rail, and easy walking tours you'll want to refer to our Alps Travel packing list

As with summer trekking, you’re much better off with lots of lighter layers when you go snowshoeing so that you can adjust your temperature more easily.


Supplied by us

  • Micro spikes
  • Snowshoes
  • Trekking poles
  • Avalanche safety equipment

Recommended clothing

  • 1 daypack (suggested size of 30 litres with straps to attach snowshoes on the outside)
  • 1 pair sturdy, waterproof hiking shoes
  • Gaiters (these are fantastic to stop snow falling into the top of your boots)
  • 2-3 base long sleeved thermal tops with wicking properties
  • 1-2 pairs of thermal tights to wear under your hiking pants
  • 1 mid-weight fleece sweater or soft-shell jacket
  • 4 pairs of long hiking socks – Wool or wool-blend preferred
  • Waterproof pants
  • Winter walking pants

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket or warm outer jacket to keep in your bag for when we stop for lunch
  • 1 pair shoes for wearing at end of the day and in town
  • 1-2 casual outfits for dinner
  • Woolly hat
  • Buff, scarf, or neck gaiter
  • 1 pair of warm waterproof gloves such as ski gloves
  • 1 pair of thinner gloves for warmer days
  • Sunglasses
  • Ski goggles (in case of heavy snow)
  • Sunscreen

Recommended Gear

  • 1-2 liter water bottle or hydration bladder
  • Sun glasses
  • Headlamp
  • Personal toiletries, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, sun screen, razor, lip balm (soap and shampoo or body gel are available at all hotels, but not at mountain huts). Most hotels have hair dryers.
  • Woolite or similar for hand washing clothes at hotels
  • Hand sanitizer and/or wet-wipes

Optional Clothing

  • Swimsuit for spa facility

Optional Gear

  • Smartphone
  • Camera
  • Journal, reading material

Group gear

On Alpenwild guided trips your guide will carry the following items which are available for your use on the trail and throughout the trip:

  • Smartphone
  • First aid kit (Small, and stocked primarily with anti-inflammatories, bandages, and moleskin)
  • Trail maps, field guides
  • Multifunction knife



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