Equipment List

The following lists are guidelines, which should give you an idea of what to bring on your next Ryder Walker Alpine Adventure. We do recommend to “break-in” all essential equipment, especially boots and backpacks!

The Daily essentials

  • Backpack with hydration system (Be sure this is of adequate size to fit the listed items as well as a picnic lunch or
    other items.)
  • Rain cover for backpack (or waterproof drysacks for pack interior)
  • Hiking Boots: well broken in, made of breathable and waterproof material
  • Rain Jacket: Light, preferably made of Gore-Tex but definitely waterproof and breathable material
  • Rain Pants: waterproof, breathable, preferably with zippers on the side for maximum ventilation
  • Insulating Layer: synthetic fleece, wool or thin-down
  • Base Layer, lightweight top and bottom
  • Hiking Pants: synthetic, lightweight, zipoff legs, capris
  • Hiking Shorts: lightweight, synthetic
  • Long-sleeve Shirt: quick drying, synthetic, wool
  • T-Shirts for hiking: quick drying, synthetic is the best choice
  • Hiking socks
  • Underwear
  • Winter Hat (synthetic or wool for mountain hiking-even in summer)
  • Sun Hat (ball cap or wide brim)
  • Gloves: please take gloves made of materials that shield wind and are water-resistant
  • Collapsible Trekking Poles
  • Hydration System: we advise to bring either 2 quart BPA-free bottles or the equivalent size hydration pack
  • Sunscreen / Sunblock (SPF 50)
  • Small Umbrella: every guide packs one

Optional trail accessories

  • Camera / Smart Phone / iPad or Tablet
  • Chargers
  • Altimeter, GPS, and Compass for independent travelers
  • Pocket Knife
  • Swimsuit
  • Gaiters
  • Maps

Hut night essentials

  • Headlamp
  • Earplugs
  • Small, lightweight travel towel
  • Slippers or flip/flops although many huts supply slippers
  • Travel Sheet: preferable made out of silk, with a built-in pillowcase
  • Essential toiletries: small soap bar, toothbrush, moisturizer and sunscreen

First Aid Kit essentials

  • Band Aids and sterile pads for minor cuts and sores
  • Antihistamines
  • Blister Kit: “Compeed” Blister Plasters in size medium and Moleskin
  • ACE Bandage
  • Sterile Wipes and to clean minor wounds
  • Small size bottle of Iodine or Hydrogen Peroxide to sterilize minor cuts and wounds
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Pain relievers, aspirin and Ibuprofen tablets
  • Charcoal Tablets for upset stomachs
  • Medication against travel sickness
  • Pocketknife or Scissors
  • Tweezers/safety pins/nail clippers

Travel and the Coronavirus for Ryder-Walker Guests

Ryder-Walker is monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and acknowledges that there is growing uncertainty about the safety of traveling right now. Currently, our guided and self-guided treks are on schedule to run. Should travel restrictions be implemented by local or global authorities we will post updates on this link.

For more information please visit the websites of the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.