Trekking in Bhutan is different from other regions of the Himalayas. The trail is ascent and descent in sequences, also steep. With 72% of the total land area of Bhutan is under forest cover, you will have opportunity to see various floras and faunas, impressive snow-peaked mountains, rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes, also traditional farmhouse and villages on your trek.
Almost all the starting point of treks in Bhutan start at high attitude so before beginning the trek you need two or three days to acclimatize and one or more days to relax after your trek as well.
We, at Bhutan Trekking Tours, provide experienced guides and cooks, assistant cooks on all treks. There are horses or yaks transport your luggage. You just need to carry your day backpack only. You will have egg, cheese, butter, jam, toast, porridge, juice, tea and coffee for your breakfast. You can choice sandwiches, boiled egg, potato, juice and tea or coffee for you lunch, or rice and vegetables. It will serve on the trail. The cook will make a meal of rice, meat, vegetables and soup for your dinner. Please let us know if you are a vegan, vegetarian or you may have a food gallergies.
We do not provide travel insurance so we strongly recommend you purchase comprehensive insurance. For long treks we will ask you provide us insurance certificate and contact detail for next of kin, just for preparing in the event of emergency. If your trek is high attitude trek you should visit your doctor to get advice on medications for the prevention and treatment of altitude sickness and have a dental checking up at least 2 months before your trip, work on physical fitness as well.
The best seasons for trekking in Bhutan are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). If you come in spring, you can enjoy rhododendron and orchids blossoms, also various flowers in Bhutan. Come in autumn you will have a beautiful clear views. In winter you can do low altitude treks, the climate is dry, warm days and cold nights, sky is very deep blue.
If you are worried about the equipment you will require in your tour, don’t worry, Bhutan Trekking Agency is here to eradicate the wrinkles of your face. We will provide the essential equipment for you. They are tents, foam mattresses, eating utensils and kitchen equipment. Nights are much colder and below freezing so please make sure you bring enough warm clothes for night time.
We, at Bhutan Trekking Holidays, strive to offer you memorable Bhutan tour experience and that too at budget-friendly price.
To help you get ready and prepare for your trek, here is suggested equipment and clothing list for your trek. The list includes everything you may need for long and high altitude trek. Depend on the type of trek you are joining, please consider what clothes and personal kit to bring with you.
- Strong kit bag with simple design without wheels and foldable to put overnight trekking kit in for horses or yaks carry it.
- Day backpack to carry personal items you will need during the day.
- Sleeping bag: a 3 season bag up to above 3000m, a 4-5 season bag for high altitude and in winter. Fleece or silk liner for extra warmth.
- Inflatable camping pillow (If you find it more comfortable when sleeping).
- Waterproof sac to put over your day pack and plastic bags or big plastic bags for keeping everything dry and spare clothes and other items.
- Thermarest inflating mattress (if you feel you need extra padding).
- Hiking boots (should be water repellent)
- Sandals/ light shoes/ trainers/ flip- flops to wear around the campsite.
- Thick to trekking socks reduce risk of blisters
- Gaiters can be very useful for trekking in snow or close to the monsoon season.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers.
- Fleece pants.
- T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirt.
- Thermal shirts/underwear.
- Down jacket can be very useful in cold evenings.
- Fleece jacket/ vest.
- Waterproofs/ Wind jacket
- Fleece gloves/ Warms mittens/ gloves.
- Sun hat.
- Bandana or scarf.
- Wool/fleece hat or balaclava.
- Headtorch or small hand-held torch with spare batteries and bulbs.
- Sunscreen and lip balm with a high SPF.
- Moisturiser (A small tube for sensitive or well cared for skins. The air is dry and the sun harsh.)
- Trekking poles.
- Washing line.
- Pocket knife.
- Metal water bottles (Should be one liter or more in capacity, to take boiling water and be leak-proof).
- Favourite snack food, energy drinks
- Snack bars and energy drinks.
- Any personal medicine.
- Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen, nurofen and aspirin).
- Sting relief and Insect repellent.
- Plasters, zinc oxide tape and compeed patches.
- Strepsils, Lemsip, cold and flu medicine
- Diamox (helps with acclimatization)
- Medicine for diarrhoea eg Immodium.
- Antiseptic cream.
- Malaria prophylactic tablets.
- Rehydration powder eg Dioralyte.
- Throat lozenges.
- Travel towel.
- Soap and biodegradable washing liquid.
- Laundry soap for long treks.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Toilet paper, tissues, wet wipes
- Water purification tablets– or you can just use boiled water and on shorter treks mineral water.
- Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
- Books, pen, note book, iPod, cards, etc.