A unique tour of nomadic tribes in the pristine Himalayas
The Merak Sakteng Trekking in East-Bhutan
Travel time: 7 days
Travel period: upon request
Maximum 8 participants
Price: 2690 euro (excluding flight)
The Merak-Sakteng trekking in East Bhutan
The week-long Merak-Sakteng trek is an absolute highlight for adventurers in Bhutan. Nowhere else in this fairytale country, as a visitor you get the chance to experience how the local semi-nomadic tribes live and work in the Himalayan highlands on the border of Tibet. We walk through one of the most picturesque pastoral valleys in the protected area of the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) in Trashigang Dzongkhag (district), in eastern Bhutan.
The trekking is at a height of between 1,500 and 4,100 meters along the semi-nomadic villages of Gengu (3400 meters), Merak (3500 meters), Sakteng (2800 meters), Thakthi (2200 meters) and Joenkhar (1700 meters). The most common path starts from Chaling and ends in Phongmey.
We stay in camps that are designed for aesthetics to blend in with the local architecture and ambiance. Enclosed by a stone wall (with a gate to bring in the ponies), these camping pitches are equipped with facilities such as gers (tents), toilets, kitchens (in some), a dining room and water supply.
The Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) was established in April 2003 with a strong agenda for nature conservation and the protection of the unique collection of biological and cultural diversity in the region. It covers an area of 650 km2 and is bordered by the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh (Tawang) in the north and east, Phongmey Geog and Kangpara Geog in the west, and Shingkhar Lauri Geog in Samdrup Jongkhar. It is connected to Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary by a biological corridor, part of the Bhutan Biological Conservation Complex.