When you Travel to BhutanThe Last Shangri La on Earth, the elevations and altitudes do happen to be on the higher side as is always consistent at all high Himalayan climes or in the entire world at large and at most times in Bhutan it averages 2000 m+ or even more higher, but the snow clad mountains and a lush green environment at your immediate visible foreground and background are always omnipresent, just about everywhere, and will indeed buffer your jittery thoughts about the cold trinket of the Himalayas. Average Bhutan Elevation is 8,000 feet above sea level..

And the 100% clean and rarified atmosphere of the pristine mountain air really clears the mind, heart and soul. It’s that kind of a soothing feeling that really gets about its business of refreshing all sort of humane things in you after it hits you at point blank range.. no Mexican standoff o’course!! It’s more about preparing yourself to be in the middle of it, all of a sudden, when you land at Paro Int’l Airport at 2280 m. The highest Bhutan elevation is 11,000 feet.

Snowman Trek roughly touches an altitude about 5350 meters. Most of the Bhutan elevation ranges from 1200 meters to 3773 meters.

Suggestive Altitude of Bhutan Precautions for your Trip to Bhutan:

  1. Acclimatization: Spend a day or two in Paro and Thimphu and get the hang of the climate and weather (acclimatize yourself!!). That will do a world of good to you and your body in particular.
  2. Carry all necessary stuff against: “High Altitude Sickness”. Consult your Doctor before embarking to Bhutan. Medicines, Clothes, other Paraphernalia as the Doctor suggests. Always remember the 2000 m+ barrier that you will have to cross.
  3. If you are from the equatorial region, please prepare a pre medicated thought process within yourself about the altitude of Bhutan and the consequences that lie ahead beforehand.
  4. If you are from Singapore (1° north of the equator), or thereabouts, don’t expect afternoon rainfalls, but an actually quite erratic cold climatic condition in Bhutan. The cold kind of creeps in and captures the whole scene as soon as the sun goes up! So carry a lot of woolens with you, and whenever you take off your shoes, don’t ever forget not to peel off your socks : it sure can be handy with it on you in the cold.
  5. If you ever suffer from “Altitude Sickness”, always descend to lower ground (altitude wise): repeat (always descend to lower ground) and detest yourself from consuming alcohol.
  6. If you suffer from severe “Altitude Sickness” during a trek, please advise your trek leader : asap, begin descending from your current altitude and drink plenty of fluids, water. Remember Trekking in Bhutan can go up to 5000 m or even more. 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.

Bhutan Elevations / Altitude of Bhutan

Paro City2,250 m / 7,382 ft.
Chelela Pass (Mountain Pass)3,980 m / 12,139 ft
Thimphu City2,350 m / 7,710 ft
Phuentsholing City300 m / 985 ft
Dochu La Pass (Mountain Pass)3,150 m / 10,334 ft
PunakhaTown1,310 m / 4,300 ft
Wangduephodrang Town1,310 m / 4,300 ft
Phobjhika (Gangtey) Valley2,900 m / 9,510 ft
Pele La Pass (Mountain Pass)3,420 m / 11,220 ft
Trongsa Town2,200 m / 7,215 ft
Yutong La Pass (Mountain Pass)3,425 m / 11,269 ft
Bumthang Valley2,800 m / 9,185 ft
Thrumshing La Pass (Mountain Pass)3,750 m / 12,303 ft
Mongar Town1,700 m / 5,580 ft
Korila Pass (Mountain Pass)2,450 m / 8038 ft
Trashigang Town3,773 m / 12,375 ft
Trashiyangtshe Town1,850 m / 6,070 ft