Unlike, rest of the world, Trekking in Bhutan is different. Walking along the undulating Himalaya can be often intricate. It’s rarely flat. But it’s definitely worth it for the crystal-clear air, less trodden paths, flora and fauna, and unparalleled views. You will see snow-peaked mountains, alpine meadows, rhododendron forests, crystal mountain lakes, traditional farmhouses, cow sheds and villages.
Most of the treks are in the region of 3000m (9000ft) to 5000m (16,400ft), varying from short four-day hikes over relatively low altitudes to three-week long treks taking you over some of the highest passes in Bhutan. On all treks, we will provide one or more experienced guides, professional cooks, cook’s assistants or helpers (depending on the size of the group) and horses or yaks (for transporting luggage). You won’t need to carry more than a day-pack. Our trained staff will take every precaution to ensure your safety and comfort while in our care and you should listen carefully to their advice while on trek.
- Backpack or kit bag to put overnight trekking kit in for horses to carry.
- Waterproof bag to put over your day pack and plastic bags to help segregate and organise things in kit bag.
- Day pack (30 litres or so) to carry things you want access to during the day.
- Sleeping bag – 3 season up to about 3000 metres, 4 season above 3000m.
- Silk liner for extra warmth.
- Thermarest inflating mattress (if you feel you need extra padding – thin mattresses are provided).
- Inflatable pillow (if you find it more comfortable to have a head support when sleeping on flat ground).
Generally, layers of clothing make sense as temperature changes regularly.
- Trekking trousers
- Fleece pants or tracksuit to wear in camp
- T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirt
- Thermal underwear
- Down jacket if above 3500 metres
- Woolen Outerwear/ Fleece
- Windproof jacket
- Scarf and gloves
- Hiking boots (should be water repellent)
- Sandals or trainers for use in camp
- Thick hiking socks and silk sock liners to guard against blisters
- Gaiters if trekking close to the monsoon season or in snow
- Broad brimmed hat or baseball cap for sun during the day with bandana for shading the neck.
- Woolen hat or balaclava for evenings
- Polarising sunglasses
- Walking poles
- Head torch with spare batteries and bulbs
- Clothes line
- Small knife
- Water bottles (preferably metal)
- Dextrose tablets, snack bars and energy drinks
- Medicine for diarrhoea
- Rehydration sachets
- Paracetamol or Nurofen
- Plasters and Compeed for blisters
- Antiseptic cream
- Strepsils, Lemsip, cold and flu medicine
- Sting relief and Insect repellent
- Travel towel and sponge
- Soap and biodegradable liquid for laundry
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Toilet paper, tissues, wet wipes
- Sun cream (including total sun block)
- Lip salve
- Iodine tablets – or you can just use boiled water and on shorter treks mineral water
- Camera, film and polarising filter
- Books, iPod, playing cards and other diversions for evenings.