Trek Equipment Checklist

Please DO NOT consider a trek unless you read and understand the information below!!

It is your personal responsibility to be exceptionally well-prepared for your trek in a high-altitude alpine environment. You must understand that training at low altitude will not guarantee preparedness for higher altitudes, and that your level of both physical & mental fitness, plus your attention to detail for your trekking equipment are essential.


  • Waterproof jacket – down or fibre filled; preferably Gore-Tex.
  • Jumper – wool pile
  • Hiking shorts (male)
  • Long shorts or skirt (female)
  • Waterproof raincoat (big enough to cover your day pack).
  • Hiking trousers (wool pile or down filled).
  • Hiking top (pile or down filled).
  • T- shirts or blouses.
  • Underwear/thermal underwear.
  • Sun hat and warm winter hat.
  • Heavy woolen socks; pref Gore-Tex.
  • Nylon wind pants.


  • Comfortable trekking boots; pref Gore-Tex or similar.
  • Camp shoes; must be warm – Ugg boots or similar.
  • Waterproof gaiters.

Other Essential Items

  • Backpack (day pack big enough to carry change of clothes)
  • Sleeping bag rated to -15C (mandatory!)
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat.
  • Professional hiking pole/s (these are not available in Bhutan)
  • Lots of snack food for between meals!
  • Water bottle and purification tablets.
  • Torch, batteries & torch headlamp
  • Camera & batteries & solar battery charger
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen/moisturizer
  • Towel & soap
  • Toiletries eg. toothbrush & toilet paper
  • Mosquito repellent
  • First aid kit incl blister medication
  • Athletic tape and a knife
  • Any required medications, aspirin, diamox for altitude sickness etc
  • Iodine tablets (water purifying device as back up)
  • Sewing kit
  • Pre-moistened towelettes
  • Antiseptic hand gel for use without water
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Plastic bags for dirty clothes & waterproofing
  • Bag to leave behind non trekking clothes/gear