Community Based Tourism: Merak & Saktang

The Brokpas (highlanders) from Merak and Sakten stay close to the border of India’s Arunachal Pradesh and is about 50 miles east of Trashigang at an altitude of 3,000 m above sea level. The most eastern region of the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan depends for its livelihood almost entirely on sheep and Yak. This nomadic community has maintained its own unique dialect, dress and culture. This nomadic land has recently opened its door to outsiders so they might share their culture, natural resources and beauty.

Trekking here will be a 5-day moderate trek within the Sakten Wildlife Sanctuary area. It consists of typical diversity of Himalayan terrestrial ecosystems, combining alpine meadow, temperate forest, and warm broadleaf forest; 203 species of plants, 119 species of birds and 18 species of mammals have been confirmed.

With the domestic airstrip at Yonphula in Trashigang the journey to the East will be shorter, or one can also choose to fly in to Guwahati and travel by road from there into Eastern Bhutan.

Location: Tashigang.
Highlights: Tribal People, flora and fauna, scenery.
Tour duration: 11 nights
Best season: (Mar, Apr, May, — Oct, Nov, Dec)