WHAT TO BRING
Weather/ Climate The central valleys of Punakha, Wangdiphodrang, Mongar, Trashigang and Lhunsthi enjoy a semi tropical climate with warm summers and mild winters, while Thimphu, Paro, Tongsa and Bumthang have pleasant summers and very cold winters. The east of Bhutan is generally a little warmer than the west of the country. The southern low-altitude belt is tropical, with hot summers and pleasant winters.
Travelling in the mountains means that you can experience a wide range of temperatures in any one day. During the day it can be quite warm whereas night-time temperatures can drop dramatically. Crossing over a pass requires an extra layer of clothing just for an hour or two. It is better to plan to layer your clothing rather than bringing too many bulky warm clothes. Long sleeves are advisable since the sun is very strong and, similarly, a hat is recommended. A small face mask is suggested on long drives since the roads can get quite dusty, depending on the season.
As for a dress code, you should be aware that Bhutanese are conservative in their dress and do get offended by the sight of tourists wearing skimpy or tight-fitting clothes. Shorts and vests are not advisable at any time but they must not be worn on visits to monasteries, dzongs and other religious institutions. Hats must be removed before entering the above-mentioned places.
What to Pack:
The following is fairly exhaustive list of what you should pack for a cultural tour:
- first-aid kit, including any of your usual prescription medicines,
- Clothes appropriate for the season and type of trip,
- Pair of casual shoes,
- Good UV-protection sunglasses,
- spare glasses or contact lenses,
- camera, film and accessories,
- books, maps,
- sun screen, after-sun lotion,
- lip salve,
- insect repellent,
- hand cream,
- small sewing kit & safety pins,
- torch or flash light with spare batteries,
- rehydration powder (for sports drinks etc