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How to Prepare for a Trek in Bhutan


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Trekking tours

To go around the town and visiting temples and Dzong’s is one aspect to see the beauty of Bhutan but to re-discover the real heart of Bhutan that lies beneath the covered forest and the north lying high mountain ranges, the best and the only way to get insight and glimpse of the scattered villages, serene nature and the beautiful sight of the unclimbed mountain can be only done by trekking.

The breathtaking landscape, rugged mountains, and the constantly changing vegetation make Bhutan an ideal place for trekkers.  Pristine nature is an opportunity for tourists to explore, enjoy and take home an endless memory of travel. Trekking in Bhutan is part of nature based activity ranging from a night to about three weeks, crossing high mountains covered with glaciers, lakes, and beautiful villages. It can be easy, moderate to challenging, there are around fifteen trekking routes in the country and more routes are to be explored in near future.

Trekking is a seasonal activity and there are different trails that one can choose from, during spring and fall. Spring is more about blossoms and migratory birds while the focus is more on the scenery during the autumn months. Spring attracts nature lovers from all over the world to experience it in the pristine forests of Bhutan. We offer trekking experiences of all kinds, from the easy trekking trips to one of the most arduous treks in the world.

Trekkers, however has to consider the sudden change of weather conditions in autumn. But in spite of all this demanding conditions we provide you with efficient number of trek staffs depending on the size of a group. During trek we will provide tents with foam mattress, as well as cooking utensils and kitchen equipment along with a first-aid kit and a pressure bag for high altitude treks.

 

General information on Trekking

Trekking seasons

The best months for trekking  in Bhutan is during spring (March-May) and late Autumn (September to November). For those birders and flower lovers they can always come in spring season and for trekkers with clear view of Himalayan Mountains. Trekking in winter can be difficult, but some treks are manageable in early December like Samtengang trek and Sinchula treks.

At any time of the year, weather can change from warm or hot days to a very cold night especially in higher elevated places. You need to be prepared for any sort of changes.

 

Food on trek

We have experienced cooks who can cook western Pasta as well as local Ema Datshi( hyperlink this with picture of  chili). But you can always bring some light snacks and chocolate bars or dried.

You will have breakfast with porridge, egg and toast, juice, tea and coffee. Lunch will be provided on the trail and this will either be packed lunch (sandwiches, boiled eggs, potato, juice and tea/coffee) or usually our cook will make a meal of rice and vegetables. When you reach near your camp, our staff will provide tea and snack.

Please make sure you bring all the things mentioned in General (hyperlink this to the information given below) .This information includes everything you might want to consider, what to bring and to leave out on a long and high elevated treks.

General

  • Rucksack or kit bag to put overnight trekking kit in for horses to carry (might get beaten up)
  • Waterproof sac to put over your day pack and plastic bags to help segregate and organise things in kit bag
  • Day packs to carry things you want access to during the day
  • Sleeping bag – 3 seasons up to elevation of 3000 meters, 4 season above that
  • Silk liner for extra warmth
  • Inflatable mattress (if you feel you need extra padding as we only provide thin mattress)
  • Inflatable pillow (finds it more comfortable when sleeping on flat ground)

 

Clothing (generally, more clothing would make sense as the temperature keeps on changing)

  • Trekking trousers
  • Fleece pants or tracksuit to wear in camp
  • T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirt
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom) .

Outerwear

  • Down jacket above 3500 meter
  • Fleece
  • Windproof jacket
  • Scarf and gloves

Footwear

  • Hiking boots (should be water repellent)
  • Sandals or trainers for use in camp
  • Thick woolen socks and silk sock liners to guard against blisters
  • Gaiters (Weather keeps on changing)

Headwear

  • Broad brimmed hat or baseball cap for sun during the day with bandana for shading the neck
  • Woolen hat for evenings
  • Polarized sunglasses – best to have the ones with side covers

Other

  • Walking poles
  • Head torch with spare batteries and bulbs
  • Small knife
  • Water bottles (preferably metal)
  • Snacks and chocolate bars.

Medicines

  • Medicine for diarrhea (Immodium)
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Paracetamol or Nurofen
  • Plasters for blisters
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Strepsils for cold and flu medicine
  • Sting relief and Insect repellent

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper, tissues, wet wipes
  • Sun cream (including total sun block)
  • Travel towel and sponge
  • Soap and biodegradable liquid for laundry
  • Iodine tablets – or you can just use boiled water and on shorter treks mineral water
  • Chap sticks
  • Camera and film
  • Kindle or books, iPod, playing cards and other diversions for evenings.

 

 

The trek group is consisting of:

  • Tour leader -Guide with proper experience
  • Cook with assistant
  • Horseman with assistant(depending on the size of the group)
  • Medical Kit