Travel to Bhutan

Trekking

Bhutanese people have been walking for centuries. The Kingdom’s first motor road was built in 1962. Though roads have quadrupled and multiplied, Bhutan is still a ‘walking nation’. The beauty is that all the old trade routes and trails are still reasonably intact and in use.

trekkingSome of the country’s stunning flora and fauna are found along these trails; the three-week Snowman trek (one of the world’s hardest) blazes through 356 km of uninhibited raw nature as high as 7000 m; spectacular and demanding but never dull. It traverses through the domains of sacred turquoise lakes, snow leopards, blue sheep and blue poppies, amongst others.

Invariably, the trek is for the seasoned trekker. However, there are plenty of other trekking routes, equally rich and fascinating. The Druk path (Thimphu-Paro or vice-versa) or the shorter two/three-day treks and cultural day-trip explorations have their own enlivening charms.

The shorter treks are also good for acclimatization and preparedness if you plan to do the Snowman or other treks offered by BTCL.

Altitude sickness is an acute problem. Almost all the designated trekking routes go above 3000 m.

Acclimatization is strongly recommended before embarking upon a trek.

On a logistical note, the facilities enroute are as high as the mountains. Trekking parties are led, organized and accompanied by veteran guides, competent assistants, experienced cooks and a horseman. Yaks and ponies shoulder provisions, equipments et al. Trekkers normally prefer to carry a daypack with cameras and films.

Meals are meticulously planned and sumptuously cooked by the support crew. They walk ahead and scout spots; pitching tents, camps and an ad hoc kitchen. Breakfasts are served hot. Dinners include a choice of four dishes. BTCL staff are trained to observe hygiene, practice eco-friendly waste disposal and ensure minimal impact on the environment.

Things to bring for trek

We suggest clients to bring along sufficient warm clothes, jackets, trekking boots, sufficient socks, rain gear, walking stick, flashlights, plenty of batteries for all electrical appliances, insect repellents, personal toiletries, personal medications, sun cap, sunscreen cream/ lotion and binoculars.

While trekking you are provided with foam mats, but we recommend you to bring a self-inflating mat pack called Thermarest. This packs up small but when inflated gives very good insulation and is more comfortable than a single closed-cell foam mat. We do not recommend that you bring an airbed. You should also bring your sleeping bag which should be 4-seasons bag as the temperature will decrease especially at 4,000 m camp sites.

Cost inclusive of :
a. All Meals
[Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
b. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 50 per room per night.
c. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
d. Royalty & Govt. Taxes
e. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
f. Visa Fee.
g. Airport tax
h. Tourism Development fund
i. Guide.
j. Sightseeing
Cost exclusive of:
* Druk Air fares.
* Insurance Premiums,
* Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
* Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head".
* Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
* Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services
While on Trek, the cost covers :
Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000
- 3 meals a day,
- service of cook & Helper,
- guide, Sleeping Tent,
- Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent & Toilet Tent,
- Ponies to carry supplies,
- Royalty.
- We will provide you with sleeping mats but you have to bring your own sleeping bags.
THINGS TO BRING FOR A TREK IN BHUTAN
Personal clothing: strong normal clothing (according to season). Preferably cotton, even for summer, woolen clothing for the evening and winter.
For Trekking, one must bring :
• Strong comfortable trekking boots – water-resistant for the rainy period-June-August.
• Sunscreen
• Flash light
• Rain coat (especially for rainy period –June-August)
• Head gear/hat/cap; sun and rain protection
• Water pills – for extra caution in purifying stream; (boiled water is provided at all times during the trek)
• Aspirin – incase of altitude sickness
• Lots of socks
• Warm clothes
OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING FOR TREKKING IN BHUTAN • Sunglasses
• Head gear
• Folding umbrella (only for wet months — July and August)
• One towel
• Pillow case
• Wet-packed tissue paper.
• Pillow.