Even during the best trekking seasons, temperatures can drop below zero at night. Layering of clothing is the best way for trekkers to allow for these temperature fluctuations. The following items are recommended:


  • Base layer clothing – a long-sleeved thermal vest and leggings
  • Middle layer clothing – short and long-sleeved t-shirts or blouses

Sleeping bag
Preferably the base and middle layers should be made of wool for their warmth, breathability, non-odour, quick-drying and low bulk and weight.

  • Top layer clothing – jumper or zip-through jacket +/- sleeveless zip-through vest
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Hiking trousers, shorts or skirt
  • Socks (wool or polypropylene to reduce risk of blisters)
  • Properly broken-in trekking boots
  • Sun hat

If trekking above 4,000m or outside the ideal trekking season, be prepared for sub-zero temperatures or snow. The following additional items are recommended:

  • Alpine jacket
  • Insulated trousers
  • Woolen hat or balaclava
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Liner socks
  • Gaiters

Other Equipment

  • Backpack or soft duffel bag with some stuff bags and assorted sizes of zip-lock plastic bags
  • Down-filled sleeping bag suitable for high-altitude treks
  • Day backpack
  • Metal water bottle
  • Head torch or small hand-held torch with extra batteries and bulb
  • General toiletries plus pre-moistened towels and hand sanitizer
  • Body chamois or fast-drying towel
  • SPF 30+ sunscreen for body and lips
  • Insect repellant
  • First-aid kit
  • Adequate supply of regular medications, plus some spares
  • Sunglasses
  • Laundry soap for longer treks
  • Trekking pole or walking stick
  • Binoculars
  • Extra duffel bag or suitcase to leave town clothes with tour operator while trekking

Trekking in the Bhutan Himalayas is a unique and rewarding travel experience. If well prepared with gear suitable for Bhutan’s variable weather, then trekkers can focus on the impressive Himalayan views, cultural and unique flora and fauna found in Bhutan.