Footwear needs to be supportive and with a good grip as the terrain can be variable, rocky, steep and loose. 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 Gortex (or similar) jacket and trousers. Waterproofs are essential, and need to be lightweight and breathable. They also need to be carried at all times, even with a good forecast. A range of warm layers depending on the conditions, including gloves and warm hat as conditions can change rapidly.
We suggest wearing a layering system so you can easily regulate your body temperature whilst ascending or descending. Take a look at our kit list to help you pack for your trek and if you require any additional information please get in touch.
You will need equipment which is suitable for walking on rugged paths at high altitudes where the conditions can be extremely variable from hour to hour, even during the summer months. On the Tour du Mont Blanc, we can experience all four seasons in one day, from hot sunny conditions to heavy rain and snow so you need to be prepared.