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Trekking Travel Tips

VISA:
The actual visa endorsement is stamped in your passport on arrival at Paro Airport, entry point. You will then receive a visa for the period you have arranged to be in Bhutan.

ACCOMMODATION:
There is no star categorization of hotels in Bhutan and five star luxuries are limited available. However we provide the best hotels available. There are comfortable hotels built in traditional design at all tourist destinations.

MEALS:
Traditional Bhutanese food is hot and spicy. For our visitors, however, Chinese, Indian, and Continental fares are also served. The more adventurous can try hot Bhutanese dishes. Meals are normally served buffet style in the hotels but you can always order your own meals of your choice at all the restaurants and hotels.

CLIMATE:
It is difficult to accurately generalize the climate of Bhutan because of the variations in elevations and seasons.
For the month of September the Maximum temperature is 28 degree Celsius during the day and the minimum will be 12 degree Celsius.

PHOTOGRAPHY:
The photography opportunities on trip are immense.
*Carry plenty of films and batteries. Photo shops in Bhutan do not sell equipment or accessories.

INSURANCE:
To protect against unforeseen accidents and mishaps, we advise you to have travel insurance policy from your country. We regret the unavailability of such policies in Bhutan.

MONEY: (important)
You are advised to carry your money in form of Traveler’s Checks OR cash (US Dollar) which might be needed for incidental expenses.

* Banks in Bhutan do not accept credit cards. Visa Card and American Express credit card are accepted in a few shops. No other credit card is accepted so far.

SHOPPING:
Traditional Handicrafts, Textiles, Jewelry, Baskets, Masks. Paintings and Woodcarving make good buys.

ELECTRICITY:
Bhutan’s electricity is 220 V and to re-charge your cameras and cell phone we advise you to bring 3 Pin point plugs or one can buy in all the shops in Bhutan too.

WHAT TO BRING:
Casual clothes are fine. Use a layering system, starting with thermal underwear and adding a shirt, pile jacket and windbreaker or parka as necessary.

You will be outside a lot, and much of this time is at altitudes above 2,500 m (7,800 ft); so there is plenty of sun and wind. Bring a supply of sun cream and some lip protection, such as Blistex; these items are not available in Bhutan.

Essential Extras

GENERAL INFORMATION ON TREKKING IN BHUTAN
Trekking in Bhutan poses a relatively higher degree of risk to trekkers in comparison to countries where the terrain is easier and adequate infrastructure and facilities exist. Air rescue services are available in Bhutan only in extreme cases and is independent on the weather. Besides the geographic location and climatic conditions in Bhutan make it almost impossible to conduct rescue operations during emergencies.
The rugged mountain terrain and the high altitude of most of the mountain passes require trekkers to be in a good physical health. High altitude sickness seems to strike even those who otherwise are considered to be physical fit.

CONDITIONS:
Visitors wishing to trek in Bhutan must take note of and observe the following rules:

  1. Initial preparation for a trekking trip to Bhutan must consist of:
    • Collection of all relevant information (from the agent handling the trip) on the trekking route, elevation of passes and campsites, type of clothing items required and other necessities.
    • A comprehensive medical checkup at home.
    • Arranging a full insurance coverage against possible sickness, injury or death. In case of an emergency situation, the responsibility of the TCB (Tourism Council of Bhutan) and the TO (Tour operator) shall be limited to rendering all possible assistance in arranging evacuation of the member (s) of the trekking group to the nearest medical facility. Any cost thereof will be payable by the person/group concerned.
  2. Littering and leaving garbage along the trails and campsites is strictly forbidden in Bhutan. All licensed guides have been trained in proper garbage disposal techniques in order to protect and preserve Bhutan’s pristine natural environment. All non biodegradable garbage is required to be brought back for proper disposal and degradable wastes are to be properly taken care of.
  3. While on trek members of the trekking group must refrain from:
    • Plucking plants and flowers
    • Disturbing local wildlife or doing anything that can disturb or destroy their natural habitat.
    • Giving sweets, money, medicine or gift to local people particularly children
    • Purchasing old household items, antiques, textiles and ritual objects from local people. This will have a damaging impact on the traditional values and lifestyles of the people of the area. Besides such items may not be allowed by Customs authorities to be taken out of the country.
  4. Trekking groups are advised not to deviate from the designated trekking route/campsite to avoid possible incidents and the problems that may arise.

*All visitors are requested to strictly abide by the above regulations.