Close to the border with Indias Arunachal Pradesh, Merak-Sakten is located 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. The Brokpas (highlanders) of this remote area will see more chilips (foreigners) as the area has recently opened to tourism to share its culture and natural beauty.
Highlights: Interaction with Brokpa (highlanders) community, diverse ecosystem of the sakteng wildlife sanctuary, moderate trekking to merak and sakteng.
Tour Duration: 13 nights
Location: Merak and Sakteng (Entry from Paro and exit from s/jongkhar)
Day1. Arrive to Paro and onwards to Thimphu. Alt: 2283m/7609ft.
Day2. Thimphu to Punakha (3 hrs). Alt: 1350m/4430ft.
Day3. Punakha to Bumthang (6 hrs). Alt: 2540m/8334ft. Day4. Bumthang to Mongar (6 hrs). Alt: 1575m/5168ft. Day5. Mongar to Tashigang (4 hrs). Alt: 1500m/4921ft. Day6. Trashigang to Chaling and trek to Damnongchu Camp(7 hrs). Alt: 3087m/10131ft.
Day7. Damnongchu to Merak (5 hrs). Alt: 3499m/11480ft. Day8. Merak to Miksa Teng (7 ½ hrs). Alt: 2865m/9400ft. Day9. Miksa Teng to Sakteng (3 ½ hrs). Alt: 3002m/9850ft. Day10. Sakteng Day Halt.
Day11. Sakteng to JyonkharTeng (6 ½ hrs). Alt: 1859m/6100ft.
Day12. Jyonkhar to Phongmay (5 hrs). Drive to Trashigang. Alt: 1500m/49261ft.
Day13. Tashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar (6 ½ hrs). Alt: 450m/1476ft.
Day 14. Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwhati for airport drop.