Customs Information

Travelers will be required to complete the passenger deceleration form upon arrival. Travelers are allowed to bring in the following items –

1. Personal belongings.
2. Alcohol (wine or spirit) – up to 1 liter.
3. Up to 200 pieces of cigarettes with payment of 100% custom tax.
4. Video and / or photography equipment for personal use.
5. Instrument and apparatus for personal use.

Sales of Tobacco in Bhutan is banned since 2005 and in 2011 the country began enforcing the Tobacco Control Act, passed overwhelmingly in June, which allows agents of the Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency to raid the homes and businesses of those suspected of possessing or selling smuggled tobacco. However visitors who still want to smoke privately are allowed to import 200 cigarette “sticks” a month, Therefore you need to delcare in the airport paying 100% custom duty & 100% tax and need to avil customs paperwork to prove they acquired the cigarettes legally.

Visitors are advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items. Custom authorities will not allow any old/ used items to be taken out of the country if they have not certified as a non-antique. (A wax seal tied to the item will indicate approval to take the article out from the kingdom of Bhutan.

Hand Baggage Allowance
Druk Air request that passengers limit their hand baggage to one piece, the size not exceeding 45+35+20 cm ( 17 + 13 + 8 inches) and the weight not exceeding 5 kg (11lbs)

Check Baggage Allowance
Economy Class: 20 kg (44 lbs)
Business class: 30 kg (66 lbs)

Vaccinations, Health and fitness
There are no statutory requirements unless you are arriving from an area designated as infected by cholera or yellow fever. Please consult your doctor or vaccination centre for up to date information and if you are on any prescribed medication that you bring a sufficient supply with you.

Important note:
The information in these notes is given in good faith, and covers the average range of conditions likely to be found on this trip. In remote destinations abnormal condition can prevail at any time, and adventurous holidays can therefore be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them we request that you be prepared to be flexible where necessary.
For more information on Bhutan Retreat, including the full range of itineraries and services (including Tailor- made itineraries, group and the hosting of special events.

What to bring list

  • Duffel bag size XL (7000 cu. in., non-rolling trekking duffel)
  • Duffel bag for non-trek items left behind in Paro
  • Daypack to carry your camera, water bottles, extra clothing
  • Luggage tags and locks

Camping Gear

  • Sleeping bag with stuff sack, rated to 10 degrees F

City Clothing

  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear


  • Rain jacket and pants, roomy and waterproof
  • Insulated parka/ski jacket (required), down or synthetic, able to fit over sweater layers


  • Hiking boots, sturdy, water-resistant, broken in
  • Camp shoes: trail shoes or sneakers


  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants or tights (see ‘optional’)
  • Midweight thermal underwear tops and bottom, synthetic or wool
  • Expedition-weight thermal tops/bottoms
  • Hiking pants/skirt
  • Long-sleeve synthetic shirts
  • T-shirts, quick drying fabrics
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks, wool or synthetic
  • Liner socks

Clothing Accessories

  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Thin liner gloves
  • Snow gaiters (late Fall trip)

Travel Accessories

  • Two 1-quart water bottles or hydration system
  • Flashlight / headlamp and extra batteries
  • Ear plugs
  • Small quantity of favorite energy snacks
  • Sunblock and lip balm with high SPF
  • Sunglasses with strap (side-shields or glacier glasses recommended)
  • Toiletry kit (small travel-size items)
  • Small quick-dry towel
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer gel and Handi-wipes
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags for wet items.
  • Two large plastic garbage can sacks (inside your duffel if rain is likely)

Optional Field Gear

  • Camera, film and spare batteries
  • Down or synthetic-fill pants (recommended for the Fall trek)
  • Down booties (recommended for the Fall trek around camp)
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Knee supports
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Games and toys: Frisbee, cards, etc.
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Passport pouch or money pouch
  • Motion sickness remedies