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Trek to the Highlands of Merak & Sakteng

Merak and Sakteng in Eastern Bhutan are the Twin Jewels of the East. It was long closed to outsiders. The beautiful far flung regions of Merak and Sakten present Bhutan travelers with the unique opportunity to see two of the least known valleys in the kingdom. 

Till Merak there is a dirt road but to reach Sakten , you need to trek for two days from Merak and require a certain level of physical fitness.

If you are not a trekking person then you can choose to visit only Merak village to get the glimpse of the Nomadic lifestyle.

There are many activities that you can engage in while you are visiting these villages.You can trek to the sacred mountain of Jomo Kuengkhar in Merak , witness the yak dances unique to the region or catch a performance of the famous nomadic opera, Ache-Lhamo. 

You can also experience the simple generosity of the Brokpa people, learn how their traditional garb is still fashioned from yak skin and listen to timeless tales of the yeti which form an inseparable part of Brokpa lore. 

Journey into the hidden valleys of Merak and Sakteng and discover the exquisite eastern wilderness of Bhutan.

Package Details :

Duration : 11 Nights/ 12 Days .

Destination Covered : Paro- Tashigang – Radhi – Merak – Miksa Teng - Sakteng - Jyonkhar - Phongmay. .

Day 01: Arrive at Paro (2,280M)

The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some of the world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight.

On arrival at Paro International Airport, after completing immigration and custom formalities, the representative from Bhutan Inbound team will receive you and transfer to hotel.

  • After lunch/Brief Refreshment, visit Ta Dzong (National Museum) located on a promontory overlooking the valley. The building was originally built as a watchtower for the Dzong. It now houses a fine collection of national costumes and fabrics, an extensive gallery of thangkas, impressive stamp gallery, showcasing armor and silverware.
  • Visit Ringpung Dzong, (the fortress of the heap of Jewels built in the 17th century) which houses the office of the district governor and district monastic body. Walk down the stone path and through the traditional wooden bridge, which is one of the fine specimens of Bhutanese architecture and explore Paro village town.

Overnight At Hotel in Paro.

Day 02 : Paro – Yonphula Tashigang - Radhi

Paro- Yonphula – Tashigang- Radhi- 1,630M/ Phongmey - 1,800M, Day excureion. Take a domestic flight from Paro to Yonphula Drive towards Trashigang Have lunch there and after lunch drive to Rangjung (1,200m) and explore Radhi village, yet another place very famous for traditional hand weavings. Radhi is a well-known community in the east for the production of bura (raw silk) textiles. Textile production has become a major income source for the people of Radhi, especially in the off-agricultural seasons. Around 200 households here are dependent upon bura weaving and all use the traditional back-strap.

Overnight at homestay at Radhi.

Day 03: Radhi To Merak :-

We will pass Chaling village, cross a pass and descend into Damnongchu valley. Short drive uphill afterwards, arrive in the first “Brokpa” (Yak herders) village of Gengu with a temple. Shortly after, you arrive in Merak village.

Overnight at homestay at Merak

Day 04: Explore Merak 

Explore Merak After breakfast, today the whole day will be devoted to visit in and around the Merak village. It involves visit to the local home, if possible, school, interaction with people and delving deeper into their social, cultural and religious structure of this unique community. Merak is a large village with about 60 or so households, located at an elevation of 3480m.

Overnight at homestay at Merak

Day 05 : Merak- Miksa Teng

Merak- Miksa Teng: the trek from Merak to Miksa Teng is long and of medium difficulty. It will pass through the beautiful Nagchungla pass (approx 4,100m / 13,451ft). The campsite is located in a clearing surrounded by rhododendron trees. Distance: 6Km; Time: 5Hours; Ascent 633m;Camp Altitude 3079M

Overnight at Camp

Day 06: Miksa Teng- Sakteng

Time to explore this remote Himalayan village. 

Overnight at homestay in Sakteng

Day 07 : Sakteng Day Halt

The diverse rituals and customs of the Brokpa people make Sakten an interesting place to visit. 

Overnight at Campsite

Day 08 : Sakteng- Jyongkharteng

Sakteng to Jyonkhar Teng trek is an easy trek comparing to previous days. It is mostly downhill to Jyonkhar Teng camp. Distance: 17Km; Time: 6.5Hours; Camp Altitude 3079M. 

Overnight At Campsite

Day 09: Jyongkharteng- Phongmey - Tashigang

The final day. This day is full with ups and down until you reach the road that head to Phongmay. Drive to Tashigang. Distance: 12Km; Time: 5Hours;Camp Altitude 1981M. 

Overnight at Hotel

Day 10: Yonphula- Paro

Fly from Yonphula , it takes about half an hour, however if you have time we can go by road which will take about 12 hours. However if you choose to fly then you can do Taktsang hike on same day as domestic flights are usually in morning.  

  • Visit Namgay Artisanal Brewery where they brew many styles of beers considering the different drinking palates for taste, making sure that all beer-lovers are satisfied. This added to the innovative nature of craft brewers all over the world have taken the market by storm, allowing them always to brew something new.  

  • Take a stroll through Paro town, a street of typical Bhutanese traditional buildings.

Overnight at hotel in Paro


Day 11: Taktsang Hike

  • Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest) is the most recognizable sites in Bhutan. Built precariously on a hillside cliff, it sits more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Accessible only by foot, we follow a trail decorated with colorful prayer flags along the way to protect travelers from evil spirits. Built over the caves that Guru Padmasambhava meditated in for three years, this eighth-century father of Bhutan Buddhism is said to have been brought there on the back of a tigress. One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan it offers breathtaking views to those energetic enough to make it to the top.
  • Later visit one of the oldest temples in Bhutan , Kichu Temple.
  • In the evening ,you can also try a traditional hot stone bath & try a hand on local archery game.

Overnight at hotel in Paro 

Day 12: Departure

Bhutan Inbound Team will drop you all till Airport & bid you farewell. 

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First class company with attention to detail

I was contact person for organising our trip. The company always gave clear and prompt response to all my ems. Flexible in package options and organised all the necessary documentation and flights, even sent us boarding passes for flights. Our guide Namgay was very informative, knowledgeable and helpful in every possible way. Our driver was very careful and both guide and driver were friendly and accommodating . Hotels were very good.
We visited lots of places and thoroughly enjoyed our trip.
Would recommend this company to anyone.



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