Merak Sakten Trek
There are two fascinating villages in north eastern Bhutan, which were closed to tourist until 2009. It was closed for the tourist out of the concern for their unique culture and traditions of the people living there. The culture and tradition of the people living there are different in many ways and respects from rest of the Bhutanese people. They have a very rich culture heritage. They live on animals like yaks, sheep, cows and horses. They move from place to place with animals with the change of seasons. They are known as ‘Brogpas’, which means ‘herdsmen’ or they are semi-nomadic tribesmen. These two villages are called ‘Merak & Sakteng’.
In doing this trek, we will be able to explore ourselves their indigenous culture of this tribesmen, not only having seen them personally. Come and visit before it is too late to see their indigenous culture and traditions.
Start of Trek : Above Radhi (Trashigang)
End of Trek : Phongmey (Trashigang)
Duration of Trek : 6 Nights / 7 Days.
Duration in Bhutan: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Season : April, May, September and October
Day 1.Guwahati - Samdrupjongkhar
Your Bhutanese guide will be waiting there at the Guwahati Airport (India, which is 3hours drive from Samdrupjongkhar-Border town to India. Your transportation till Samdrupjongkhar will be by Indian Car. Drive to Samdrupjongkhar. The drive will take about 3hours. Dinner and over night stay at Samdrupjongkhar/Hotel
Day 2. Samdrupjongkhar - Ranjung
After our breakfast, we will drive to Rangjung. The drive will take about 7hours 30minutes. Lunch will be served as hot pack lunch.
Continue our journey. On reaching Rangjung, we will check in the hotel and dinner and over night stay at Rangjung/Hotel..
Day 3. Rangjung - Shetimi (Merak Sakten Trek Starts)
Our car will drop us till the road point at Chaling, where our horses and cooks will be waiting there for us. Today the trek is short. It will take about 4hours to reach to our camp. Dinner and over night stay at the camp. .
Day 4. Shetimi - Merak.
After our breakfast, we will start our trek to Merak. Lunch we will take hot pack lunch. Continue our trek to Merak, were the houses are crowed up at a hillside at an altitude of 3400m. In the late afternoon, after reaching the camp, we will explore the Merak village. Dinner and over night stay at the camp. .
Day 05. Merak - Meserting.
Today we have to cross the Nyakchungla, which is 4300m. From the pass, we have to descend till we reach to our camp at Meserteng. The trek will take about 5-6hours. Lunch will be hot pack lunch. Continue our journey to the camp. Dinner and over night stay at the camp, Meserteng/Rinagpo. .
Day 06. Meserteng - Sakteng
Today’s trek is very short and easy. The trek will take about 3-4hours. Lunch we will reach at the camp, Sakteng. After lunch, we will explore the Manirong, Tengma and Pusa village. Evening, we will organize the dance program by the local people. There are chances that the local people may come to see us. This is called ‘Tshogchang’, where they will bring the local alcohol, ‘Ara” Dinner and overnight stay at Camp, sakteng.
Day 07. Sakteng Halt
Today we will explore the Sakteng village and Brongmang village. We will also visit Borangtse and Kushu Guru Lhakhang. Lunch will be served at the Camp or one of the farm houses in the Sakteng. .
Day 08. Sakteng - Takthi
Today we will trek to Takthi. The trek will take about 5-6hours. Lunch will be served as hot pack lunch. Continue our trek to the camp. Dinner and over night stay at the camp, Takthi. .
Day 09. Takthi - Joenkhar
Today’s trek will take about 5hours. Lunch we will take hot pack lunch. Continue our trek till Joenkhar. Evening at leisure. Dinner and over night stay at Camp, Joenkhar .
Day 09. Joenkhar - Phonmey - Rangjung (End of Trek)
Trek to Phongmey. The trek about 3-4hours. Our trek will end at Phongmey. Our car and driver will be waiting here for us. We will bi goodbye to our trekking staff, horse men and other members. Lunch-hot pack lunch at Phongmey. Drive to Rangjung or Trashigang. Evening at leisure. Dinner and over night stay at Hotel. .
Day 09. Rangjung - Trashi Yangtshi (Day Excursion)
Today there will be Thongdrel Ceremony at the Trashigang Festival. Tongdrel (Liberation at sight). We will see the Thongdrel Ceremony and then we will drive to Trashi Yangtshi. On our way to Trashi Yangtshi, we will visit Gomphu Kora Lhakhang, Trashi Yangtshi old dzong. At Trashi Yangtshi, we will see the Chorten Kora and Trashi Yangtshi town. Lunch, we will have hot pack lunch. Drive back to Trashigang. Dinner and over night stay at Trashigang, hotel. .
Day 09. Rangjung - Samdrupjongkhar
Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar. At Khaling, we will visit the Khaling weaving center. Here we will see the young girls learning how to weave and also the natural dyes, which they use in their textiles. Lunch-hot pack lunch. Continue our journey to S/Jongkhar. In the evening, we will meet with our Indian driver, who will take you to Guwahati Airport. Dinner and over night stay at S/Jongkhar. Your Bhutanese guide and driver will bid you farewell during the dinner time. Or they may do in the next morning. We wish you a very safe journey and we hope to see you again in Bhutan some day. .
Day 10.Samdrupjongkhar - Guwahati
Drive to Guwahati. The drive will take about 3 hours. .