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Altitude in Bhutan

Altitude Sickness

Even though the altitude in Bhutan is higher than most people are used to, altitude sickness is rare in Bhutan as most valleys are under 2,500 meters, and mountain passes are generally only just over 3000 meters. Our cultural tours do not reach altitudes higher than 3,500 meters.

Our entire range of trekking programs reach an altitude of a maximum of 3,500 meters, with some going as high as 5,000 meters. It is recommended that visitors avoid any trekking or climbing until at least day 3 of their itinerary unless they are moderately fit and do not suffer from any lung related condition such as asthma.

If you have concerns about experiencing altitude sickness during your visit to Bhutan, we suggest that you carry your doctor prescribed medicine which can be taken in advance as a precaution.

If you suffer from severe altitude sickness during a trek, please advise your trek leader as soon as possible, begin descending form your current altitude and drink plenty of fluids.

Paro 2,250m / 7,382ft
Chelela Pass 3,700m / 12,139ft
Thimphu 2,350m / 7,710ft
Phuentsholing 300m / 985ft
Dochu La Pass 3,150m / 10,334ft
Punakha 1,310m / 4,300ft
Wangduephodrang 1,310m / 4,300ft
Phobjhika (Gangtey) 2,900m / 9,510ft
Pele La Pass 3,420m / 11,220ft
Trongsa 2,200m / 7,215ft
Yutong La Pass 3,425m / 11,269ft
Bumthang 2,800m / 9,185ft
Thrumshing La Pass 3,750m / 12,303ft
Mongar 1,700m / 5,580ft
Korila Pass 2,450m / 8038ft
Trashigang 3,773m / 12,375ft
Trashiyangtshe 1,850m / 6,070ft


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