Bumthang Festival Trek and the Black-Necked Cranes
Bhutan, Discovery, 12 days - from £2,195 (land only) - from €3,075 (land only) - from $3,540 (land only)
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs./33 lbs.
You must bring the following items:
Smart shoes (if your trip includes visiting a festival)
Trekking trousers / pants
Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Smart clothes (if your trip includes visiting a festival)
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm jacket (down)*
Eyewear - Sunglasses
Gloves or mittens
Daypack 25 - 30 litres
Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 Litre (1 quart) x2
Washbag and toiletries
Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
4 or 5 season sleeping bag*
Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
The following items are optional:
Trainers /sneakers or similar
Long johns (thermal underwear)
Scarf or neck buff
Sleeping bag liner
Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
Camera, media, batteries
* denotes items available for hire through KE Adventure Travel
Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire equipment is issued in Bhutan. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items
FESTIVAL DRESS CODE
If your holiday involves visiting any of the tsechu or festivals in Bhutan, we would like to advise you that there is a dress code that you need to be aware of when attending any festival. The Bhutanese always come dressed in their finest for a festival and it is important that you to bring a smart set of clothes if you plan to attend. You will need to wear long sleeves, long trousers (no jeans) and no trainers, boots or open toed sandals. Hats should not be worn and umbrellas are not acceptable.
Festivals are religious events. The ground where they are held is purified and consecrated by lamas, so when you are watching a festival you are, in essence, on the perimeter of an outdoor religious ground. The conduct of the onlooker should be governed with this in mind. The dancers, whether monks or laymen, are in a state of meditation. They transform themselves into the deities which they represent on the dance ground. They generate a spiritual power, which cleanses, purifies, enlightens and blesses the spectators.
Any behaviour which may be deemed obtrusive, disrespectful or discourteous is out of place at such an event. The dance ground is not a place to eat, drink, smoke, talk or laugh loudly at inappropriate times. You should not use flash photography or intrude on the dance space. Common courtesy should rule ones action when photographing dances or onlookers.
Festivals are not pageants or entertainment events. They are not held as tourist attractions. They are genuine manifestations of religious traditions thousands of years old which outsiders are given the privilege of witnessing. We would like to see that privilege retained. In the past, the actions of a few unthinking visitors have caused shock and dismay to the local people. Any recurrence of such unfortunate events may lead to future restrictions on attendance at festivals. We hope that KE groups will always display courtesy, sensitivity and respect to the people of Bhutan who have welcomed them to attend these beautiful and sacred events, and will visibly demonstrate their respect by dressing as well as their circumstances permit on such occasions.