Nomadic Journey to Merak & Sakten
Close to the border with India’s 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 .. with inevitable geographic impact.
It is a 5 to 6 day moderate trek within Sakten Wildlife Sanctuary which is typical of the diversity of Himalayan terrestrial ecosystems, combining alpine meadow, temperate forest, and warm broad leaf forest. During the recent rapid assessment surveys conducted in the sanctuary some 203 species of plants, 119 species of birds and 18 species of mammals were confirmed. That’s excluding Megoi(Yeti)! SWS is inhabited by 616 Brokpas families, with a total population of 4,220.
With the domestic airstrip at Yonphula in Trashigang comming up soon, the journey to the East will be shorter, along with Guwahati, India route now opened for tourist's entry and exit through SE Bhutan.