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Essential Packing List

Items you will need:

  • Photocopies of important documents (passport, visa, and travel insurance)

  • Daypack (with a waist-belt) for hiking and day excursions to monasteries and villages. Expect to carry snacks, water, camera and a few layers.

  • Lightweight hiking boots/trail shoes: Need to be comfortable, worn-in, with good tread. Sturdy trail running shoes may work

Items to Pack

  • 1 lightweight thermal top
  • 1 lightweight thermal bottom
  • 1 mid-weight layer: a wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • 1 down or insulated jacket
  • 1 windproof, water resistant, breathable shell outer layer or Rain jacket (Gore-Tex if possible), or poncho
  • 1 pair warm, mid-weight pants
  • 2 pair lightweight pants 1 comfortable for trekking, another for around town
  • 2 long sleeved shirts
  • 2 short sleeved shirts
  • Skirt for women (at least one)
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Down jacket – in winter
  • T-shirts or short sleeved cotton shirts (not sleeveless)
  • 4-5 pairs underwear/ bras
  • 3-4 pair socks (2 light, 2 thicker)
  • Warm wool hat
  • Hat with brim (sun protection)
  • 1 pair warm gloves or mittens
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with extra batteries (AA are available in Thimpu)
  • Dress-up clothes for festivals (optional)

Yoga Items Suggested:

Yoga Mat – travel mat good from
Yoga Strap – useful prop
Cora’s Balls – provided
Eyewrap & eyebag optional
Wrist/Knee wraps for injury


Recommended Items

  • Spare passport photos
  • Binoculars
  • Lip balm (good SPF protection) You will not find good chap stick
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent are useful, but not necessary
  • Scarf – to keep dust and sun away from face
  • Trail snacks – bars, tang, nuts, dried fruit, etc….
  • Toiletries the basics are available in cities
  • Money/passport belt
  • Zip lock bags plastic bags – Useful and you can never have too many: it’s a fact!
  • Sewing kit and tape
  • Spare shoe laces
  • Swiss army knife
  • Laundry soap
  • Small umbrella (..and you ask, what use is that? “hoods up, y’all!”)


Optional Items

  • Trekking/hiking poles (Coming down from Taktsang can be precarious for your knees)
  • Light hand/face towel
  • Bandana – handy while hiking
  • Camera
  • Journal/books
  • Hand sanitizer (alcohol)
  • Cards or chess or some other game, no matter what language
  • Personal Medicine Kit
  • Amoxicillin for infections (urinary tract, skin, sinus and throat)
  • Imodium for immediate relief of diarrhea
  • Ciproflaxin for treating diarrhea, or other antibiotics recommended by your doctor
  • General painkiller for treating mild pain, fever
  • Multi-vitamins, Aloe Vera, Echinacea
  • Oral rehydration powder and Throat lozenges
Essential Extras: 

A folding umbrella; rain is possible any time. 

Be sure to carry ear plugs for sleep. There are occasional electric outages throughout the country; so keep a torch (flashlight) beside bed. 

Bring good sunglasses for protection in high altitude. 

A Swiss army knife is a handy thing to bring, but put it in checked luggage.
A soft bag is versatile and easier to pack, so a strong duffel bag is good. You will also want a small rucksack (back pack) or waist pack to carry camera, water bottle and other essentials for in the vehicle, walking around town or visiting monuments.