Where is Bhutan?
Bhutan is a sovereign nation between its immediate two neighboring countries, India in the south and Tibetan China in the north. Bhutan is a country where buying cigarette is illegal and is deeply rooted Buddhist Kingdom. As of today Bhutan has under one million population living in a roughly, the size of Switzerland. More than 79% of populations are agrarian by profession. However, economically hydropower and tourism forms the main income for the country and agriculture is confined to subsistence farming.
Why do I need to use tour operator to book my travel?
It is a government regulation that every travelers need to use a license Bhutanese tour operator like – Wild Mountain Adventure to book your Bhutan tour. You will never find a backpacker travelling in Bhutan.
Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan? How much does the visa cost?
All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan must require obtaining visa clearance prior to travel. It must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator like Wild Mountain Adventure through an online system. To obtain your Bhutan visa need to send the clear scanned copy of the photo page of your passport to Wild Mountain Adventure, who will then apply for a visa? Make sure your passport should be minimum of six months validity. As mentioned above the visa will be formalized only after the full tour payment of your stay including the visa fee of $ 40 is made to our account. Your tour payment will go directly to the government account and it is all the way safe. The process of visa takes more than 72 working hours. At the point of entry to Bhutan, you need to provide the copy of your Bhutan visa, which, we will send you prior your travel and after which it will bear the special stamp in your passport. For detail kindly check the pricing page.
How do I get to Bhutan?
Today travelling to Bhutan is easy and convenient with modern, dependable transportation system. Visitors can enter Bhutan either by air or by land. Paro in western Bhutan is the only international airport that you can enter inside the country. At present two carriers, operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines
- India: Calcutta, New Delhi, Bodghaya,
- Bagdogra, Mumbai, and Guwahati
- Nepal: Kathmandu
- Thailand: Bangkok
- Bangladesh: Dhaka
- Singapore: Singapore
There are three land border crossings, which you can travel into the kingdom overland. All crossings are along the Indian border:
- Samdrup Jongkhar(Eastern Bhutan)
- Gelephu(Central Bhutan
- Phuntsholing(Western Bhutan)
What does $200/$250 per day minimum daily package include?
The $200 per day (low season) and $250 per day (high season) package includes a minimum of 3 star accommodations, costs for food, an experienced guide and transportation (with driver) within the country. Also included in the price is a $65 per day royalty that goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation. All of these services will be arranged by Wild Mountain Adventure.
Is there a limit on the number of tourists that can enter Bhutan each year?
There is no limit on the number of tourists admitted into the country each year. In order to protect our culture, traditions and natural environment the government has adopted a strict policy of “High Value, Low Impact Tourism”. This policy is aimed at attracting discerning tourists that will respect the unique culture and values of the Bhutanese people while also providing the visitors with an unforgettable one of a kind experience.
What is the food like in Bhutan?
The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Because of the ethnic diversity of the people, there is a certain ethnic diversity in the food. Northern Indian cuisine is often mixed with the chilies of the Tibetan area in daily dishes. Mushrooms, apricots, asparagus, a variety of chilies and numerous spices are grown in abundance in nearly all the valleys. Spices, fruits, and vegetables are cooked with beef, chicken, pork, dried yak meat, and resemble Chinese and Indian cuisine. The typical meal also features rice, dried beef or pork, and chilies sometimes cooked with soft, white cheese. The most popular beverage is tea, which is served in a variety of ways.
How can I get more information before booking?
After receiving your enquiry, we will send you a comprehensive note regarding the related trip that you are looking for via mail or can discuss through phone. You can also go through our website for your choices trip and download for yourself. If you want to customize your trip according to your need and interest, our staffs have a wide experience of the trips we offer and can provide first-hand advice and help you get the best. Our staff will be 24x7 at your service
How fit I have to be for adventure Trekking?
Our adventures are first and foremost holidays and can be undertaken by anyone in a reasonable state of health and fitness. All our trips are graded, allowing you to choose a suitable trip. Please refer to our grading system on the ‘Types of Adventure’ section on this website. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with our grading system by reading our detailed trip notes (which you can order from this site) and to speak with our expert staff on the physical requirements of your trip.
>Do I need my own travel & medical insurance?
Yes- it is your responsibility to provide your own medical & travel insurance. This is mandatory.
What kind of service do you provide on trekking?
The support team usually consists of a qualified trekking guide, a cook, and a number of assistants. A variety of Bhutanese and international dishes are served on treks. The ponies and Yaks used on treks are accompanied by their owners, who go ahead of the group so that camp is already set up by the time you arrive. We provide a dinning tent, toilet tent, dome or A-frame sleeping tent (twin-sharing), mattress, foldable tables & chairs, plates & washing bowl with hot water for a morning wash. They also carry a basic First Aid kit. All your gear is carried and meals are cooked for you and our accompanying leader and staffs take care of your day-to-day needs.
Can I bring my own satellite phone?
How safe is it?
Bhutan is a safe destination to visit. Moreover, on our entire trip your well-being is our first priority. With all our professional staff and team, your every aspect will be our concern.
Is there an age limit?
No. Nevertheless, you must have a medical certificate from your doctor declaring you as physically & mentally fit and detailing any pre-existing health conditions.
Where do we stay?
To capture the essence of your journey we have selected accommodation with local character. Hotels with accommodation with bath and / or shower, air-conditioning rooms. On other side, we do provide Farm-Stay and Home-Stay accommodation to our travelers wishing to experience the typical Bhutanese lifestyle. Usually your accommodation is in shared twin-bedrooms, with a supplementary charge for single occupancy. Children sharing the same rooms will be provided with rollaway bed with extra charges. In major cities and town like Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang, the quality of the hotel and resorts are up to the highest International standards, but in more remotes and adventurous destinations around Bhutan, the accommodation do not always exist with full furnished facilities. Additionally, visitors embarking on adventurous trekking and camping will be provided with twin-sharing Dome-tent and A-Framed tents regardless of their stay along with toilet tents.
Will my friends / family be able to know where I am?
Yes – we will have a GPS tracker fitted to the Elixir yacht and updated on a website that will allow your friends and family to follow your progress.
What type of bag do you suggest for me to carry on trek?
Large, soft duffle with many grab handles is better than a backpack. This will be put inside a Hessian sack & carried by ponies. Line with a huge plastic bin bag. Plastic bags are not sold in Bhutan so bring what you need. Pack things like toiletries, first aid kit etc into separate small “stuff bags”, easy to find in a dark tent. Only carry a small backpack as a “daypack” with the items you need during the day’s trek. The ponies carry the rest and they go ahead so that camp is set up for the evening. 15kgs is the advised weight for your trekking gear.
What do you suggest clothing and other necessities to bring on trek?
*One thermal vest/top & thermal underwear, *T-shirt or shirts, *One fleece jacket, *Comfortable paints, *Nightwear, *Rain jacket & Rain paints, *3 or 4 pairs good hiking socks, *Gloves, *A pair of casual shoes for evening, *Hiking boots Rain proofed, *Hiking sticks (collapsible preferred), *Sunglasses, *Sun protection cream & preparation for relief of sunburn, *Washing kits & toiletries (bio-soap is best for environment), *Lightweight towel, *Hand Cream, *Insect repellent, *Re-hydration sports drink/powder, *Water-purifier (though all water is carefully boiled in the camp), *Wet wipe tissue, *Camera, film, Memory cards, accessories, polarizing filters, spare batteries, tripod etc., *Rain cover for your day pack and camera pack, *1 liter Water-bottle, *First Aid kit suggestions: aspirin or pain killer, muscle soother, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream, anti diarrhea pills, bandage, safety pins, Big Band-Aid plaster, Sore throat lozenges and your usual medicine ect.
For Camp: *Sleeping bags (extra inside fleece or silk liner is nice), *Flashlight (a headlamp is very useful or one that can hang or stand upright in the tent) with spare batteries.
What kind of weather can we expect?
Bhutan is at the same latitude as Miami. The climate varies widely depending on the elevation. In the southern border areas it is tropical; in the high Himalayan regions, there is perpetual snow. Temperatures in the far south range from 15 degree C in winter (DEC to FEB) to 30 degree C in summer (JUN to AUG). The ideal time for trekking and for travelling throughout the country is spring and autumn, from March to May and from September to late November. When skies are generally clear and the high mountain peaks rise to a vivid blue sky. If you can bear the cold, the winter months are best time to travel. At the same time, you still need your umbrella all the time.
What about environmental impact?
We believe that adventure travel revolves around establishing a sound working relationship with the people and environments in which we operate. We believe that you can also make a positive contribution and we urge you to familiarize yourself with our ‘Responsible Tourism Guide’ before you depart.
Will this trip change my life?
This trip will change your life & perspective on life, love, and our planet, forever.