The Laya Trek
Bhutan, Trek & Walk, 19 days - from £2,995 (land only) - from €4,045 (land only) - from $4,970 (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 maximum of 15 kgs/33 lbs.
Smart shoes (if your trip includes visiting a festival)
Waterproof and windproof jacket
Waterproof and windproof overtrousers / rainpants
Trekking trousers / pants
Long johns (thermal underwear)
Thermal baselayer shirts
Warm jacket (down)*
Scarf or neck buff
Eyewear - Sunglasses
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Daypack 30 litres / 1800 cu in.
Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
Washbag and toiletries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
4 or 5 season sleeping bag (comfort rated to -15C)*
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.
Sleeping bag liner
Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
Insect repellant (DEET)
Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
Small travel towel
A selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contacts dry)
Equipment hire / rental
Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Please note all hire / rental equipment is issued in Bhutan. Please remember to allow room in your trek bag for these items.
Thermarest inflatable camping mats are provided
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.