Prepare to Travel

Get yourself mentally and physically prepared for what will be a uniquely uplifting journey. Our thoughtful tips will help you get the most out of it – from breathing exercises to useful phrases in Dzongkha…

Prepare to Acclimatise

Most peaks in northern Bhutan  are over 7,000m above sea level; the highest point is the Kula Kangri at 7,553m, and Gangkhar Puensum at 7,541m. Trekking routes are between 3,000m and 6,000m. above sea level.In comparison, the popular valleys that tourists visit are under 2,500 meters and mountain passes are at 3,000 meters above sea level, but even these heights are certainly very high for lowlanders and it is likely that your body might need to adjust to the high altitude and thin air.

While some people might want to consult their doctor for possible medicines or supplements, we also recommend that you practise deep breathing exercises while you are getting in the mood for this journey of a lifetime.
Deep Breathing is one way to compensate for a decreased intake of oxygen at high altitudes . It helps you to slow down your breathing rate, but increase the depth of your breaths. Instead of breathing quick, shallow and only in your lungs, breathe slow, deep and inhale until your stomach expands.

Remember to Pack

Your guide will be equipped with a basic first aid kit but please do remember to bring the following with you:
  • Mosquito Repellent 
  • Hiking Boots 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Hat

Pick up a bit of Dzongkha

EnglishBhutanese – Dzonghkha
WelcomeChamba lekso
HelloKuzu zangpo la – formal
Kuzu zangpo – informal
How are you?Gaday bay zhui?
Reply to ‘How are you?’Legshom
Legshom bay rang yoey
What’s your name?Choe gi ming ga chi mo
My name is …Nge gi ming … i
Where are you from?Choe gatey ley mo?
I’m from …Nga … ley i
Pleased to meet youNga choe da je di sem ga yi
Good morning 
(Morning greeting)
Chubo dele
Good afternoon 
(Afternoon greeting)
Nima dele
Good evening 
(Evening greeting)
Churu dele
Good nightSimcha dele
(Parting phrases)
Log jay gay (We’ll meet again)
Shu lay log jay gae (See you later)
Tama che gae (See you later)
Naba che gae (See you tomorrow)
Good luck!Tashi delek!