Merak & Sakten Trek

Merak Sakten Trek was opened only in 2012 after three decades of inception of tourism in Bhutan and so far very few trekking groups have visited this remote region in Eastern Bhutan. The trek passes through the twin village of Merak and Sakten lying above 3000m from the sea level. The trek which passes through Sakten Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to endangered snow leopard and red panda, Himalayan bear, Himalayan red fox and indeed legendary yeti. The people living in Merak Sakten area are semi-nomadic yak herders with a unique and fascinating culture in the world. They speak a different dialect, have their own deities and wear a unique style of dress. They wear headgear made of yak-hair with five tentacles designed to draw away the rain.

The Trek starts from Chaling in Trashigang and ends at Phongmey, Trashigang.

We cross two high passes: Nakchungla pass 4153m and Labtsekha 3300 at m.

The highest camp altitude is 3520m, Average walking distance 15 km and Average walking time 6 hours.

Unique dress codes: People wear headgear made of yak's wool with tentacles to drain away rains.

Other attractions: Yak pastures, unique cultures of Merak and Sakten, twin village of nomadic yak herders.

FULL ITINERARY

8KM | 4-5HRS | 1554M ASCENT | 230M DESCENT | CAMP ALTITUDE 3124M  

Today, you will drive to Chaling passing through Radhi village. Your trekking crew and pack animals will be waiting here for you. Trek starts with gradual climb towards Shaktimi meadow. You will see yaks and sheep grazing with yak herder’s huts dotted on the hills side. Climb further to reach Mendula Pass at 3354m. From this pass, you will descend through rhododendron forests till Donmong Chu at 3124m. Overnight in camp.

20KM | 4-5 HOURS 

Today you will walk on paved road from Domong Chu to Merak. The final stretch has gentle ascend before you reach Gangu village. After another 45 minutes walk from this village, you will arrive at Merak located at an altitude of 3520m. The campsite located before the village has spectacular views of nearby mountains and village. Visit the local village and meet with the people. Another alternative would be to ride your vehicle to Merak which will take about 2 hours. Overnight in camp.

14KM | 6 HOURS | 633M ASCENT | 1074M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3079M

Today will be a challenging journey to the highest Nachungla pass at 4153m. From the campsite climb gradually to the first pass at 3900m from where you can make lastglimpse of Merak valley. Continue to trek along the tree line of juniper and rhododendron forests and conquer the Nachungla pass. Then descend to Miksateng at 3079m. Overnight in camp.

14KM | 5 HOURS | 81M ASCENT | 310M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 2950M

First, you will descend to the river, cross it and then follow the river bank for few hours.Then climb gradually to a hill adorned by small Chorten (Stupa) overlooking the Saktenvalley. If you are lucky, you can spot red panda among the trees. Drop down from the ridge and camp on the outskirts of the Sakten village at 2950m. Overnight in camp.

You will visit Sakten village and explore the lifestyle and unique culture of this ethnic group.

20KM | 4-5 HOURS | 74M ASCENT | 1291M DESCENT

Today you will trek to Thakthi for 4-5 hours and then drive to Trashigang for another 4-5hours. It will be a long journey and so you will start early from camp. Leaving Sakten,start with short climb to the small hill towards the west end of the village. Then descend down to the river and walk alongside it through the broad leaf forests. Meet your transport and drive to Trashigang. Overnight hotel in Trashigang.

Per Person

$1365

Trek Grading

Easy - Moderate

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