In November, a Swiss tourist who was trekking in Lingzhi and appeared to suffer from altitude sickness could not be evacuated by the Indian army helicopter because it was a Sunday. Luckily, the tourist reached the hospital in time and she was saved. You can read the full story here. Possibly in response to that incident, a standby helicopter is planned to be available this season. The following email just landed in my inbox:
Rescue Helicopter on standby
A helicopter will be stationed in Bhutan for evacuation and tourists needs from 24th March 2013 until further notice during the spring season. As such should anyone require use of the helicopter and also for further information kindly contact Ms. Tshering Zam at 1791-7904 or 328829/ 334517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
With Kind Regards,
ABTO SecretariatYou might want to jot down Tshering Zam's phone number. Just in case.