Temperature range (max-min)°C of prominent cities / towns of Bhutan
The food is varied and every region has its own specialty. Try the famous Chili and cheese, known as the ‘Ema Datsi’ which has fast come to be a favorite of everyone. Drink only bottled water on tours and on trek. Our staff will provide you with boiled drinking water each night. Hotels and restaurants generally serve Indian, Chinese, Continental and Bhutanese food.
- Good walking shoes
- Sunscreen (highest possible)
- Headgear for sunny days
- Bug repellent
- Cotton clothing for summer days, light woolen clothes for evenings. Heavy? woolens for winter. Rain & wind jacket, fleece etc
- Shorts for hiking and walking around town are fine. Adhering to local traditions: please don't wear shorts in public buildings or monasteries. Have a pair of long pants or longer skirt for these locations.
- Head lamps
- Powerpack (Phone battery charger)
- Sturdy and "broken-in" trekking/hiking boots
- Sunscreen (highest possible)
- Medium to heavy sleeping bag with liner – or can rent from the local operator
- Torch (Flashlight - head lamps)
- Insect repellent
- Back pack
- Personal medical kits
- Power pack (Phone & camer battery charger)
As elsewhere in the world, it has become customary in Bhutan to reward excellent service with a cash tip for the local staff of guides and drivers who will be assisting you during your stay in Bhutan. Of course, all tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have preformed at a good or at excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.
Your guide and leaders
Our leaders and guides are all certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan and have in-depth knowledge of the country and speak fluent English. They receive bi- annual training and courses to updates themselves with the course of events in and around the country. They are all certified in a First Response’s course conducted by NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) a wilderness education school offering expedition length courses in eight countries. They can make all the difference to your trip here.
As mandated by the Government, all accommodation for tourist use are three star and above, with the exceptions of farm houses , guest houses and home stays in certain areas.
The national language is Dzongkha. English is widely spoken in major towns and is a medium of education in schools. Other widely spoken languages are Nepali, Bumthap, Sharchop and Hindi. There are a host of local dialects spoken in small pockets within the country.
A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in hotels, restaurants and shops in most towns. Many Bhutanese enjoy drinking traditional homemade alcoholic brews made from wheat, millet or rice.
The main health risks are similar to other South Asian countries, namely diarrhea, respiratory infection or more unusual tropical infection. It is wise to have health insurance, and although vaccinations are not required they are recommended. When trekking there are also risks associated with altitude sickness and accident. In the event of health problems there are basic hospital facilities in each district headquarters.
The crime rate is currently extremely low, making Bhutan one of the safer places in the world. It is rare to feel at all insecure within the country.