- Do I need specific requirements or abilities to apply for this trip?
In general, all participants must be at least 18 years old and have a basic knowledge of English. In addition, it is very important that you are in good physical condition and not restricted by physical complaints, as the daily four- to nine-hour hikes at high altitudes (2,500m to 5000m) can be very strenuous. For this reason, we ask you before departure for a medical confirmation of your general practitioner about your state of health. Moreover, any weather changes, for example sudden rainfalls, should not be a challenge for you. In addition, you must obtain foreign health insurance before departing to Bhutan. This should also cover an emergency evacuation (remote areas are reached by helicopter). Furthermore, you should make sure to have your standard vaccinations, especially tetanus, refreshed if necessary. Finally, it is essential that you enjoy outdoor life and are highly motivated to go hiking in a unique mountain region.
- What services are included?
The fees include the placement in the trip and the assistance in travel preparation. We support you during your planning period and help you with the choice of your health insurance and your flight. Before your departure we will send you detailed information material. After your arrival at the airport in Paro you will be picked up and taken to a guesthouse in the city where you will spend your first two nights. A sightseeing tour is planned for the second day of the trip which will be organized by our local partner and included in the price as well as the entrance fees. Your transfer to the starting point of your trekking tour is included in the total price as well as the accommodation in the tents/hotels/lodges, the daily meals during the tour as well as fees for trekking permits and entrance fees in national parks. The tour is led by experienced English and German speaking guides. Other staff members are also involved in the tour and are responsible for transporting the luggage, preparing the meals and setting up the camps. During the tour you can always contact the staff with problems and questions.
- Do I need certain medical precautions or requirements?
In order to prepare for your trekking tour in Bhutan, you should have your standard vaccinations and especially your vaccination against tetanus refreshed. In addition, you should consider putting together a personal first-aid kit that could include, for example, headache tablets, anticoagulants for colds and diarrhea, and plasters.
- How long can I attend the trip?
The trip lasts 35 days, of which you will trek 27 days.
- What kind of equipment should I take with me?
In addition to your personal first-aid kit, it is also very important to bring good and above all worn hiking boots to avoid painful blisters. In addition, you should also bring comfortable trousers because in jeans the skin is quickly chafed and sore spots develop. Your luggage should also include a sufficient amount of (t-)shirts, spare trousers, shorts, socks and comfortable underwear. Some spare shoes/sandals are also recommended and you should also bring thermoshirts, leggings, pullovers or a fleece for colder times. Remember also that the weather can be changeable: therefore, you should not forget a rain jacket, a warm cap, gloves in addition and sun protection like a hat or a beanie. You should also pack towels and toiletries as well as a two-litre bottle for refilling. You can also take some handy items with you, such as a headlamp, a pocket knife, small solar panels, spare shoelaces, sunglasses, a clothesline and plastic bags for things that need to stay dry. Moreover, a book for your free time is recommendable. And don't forget your camera, because you'll be able to explore fascinating landscapes and take unique photos. You shouldn't bring more than 30kg.