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MERAK AND SAKTEN TREK

DIFFCULTY

Easy - Moderate

HIGHEST ALTITUDE

4153m

AVG. WALKING DISTANCE

15 km

AVG. WALKING TIME

6 hours

TREK OVERVIEW

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.

per person

$1590

7 Days / 6 Nights

best time to travel

March - June & September - November

Day by Day

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Trashigang via Chaling to Donmang Chu

19KM | 7-8 HOURS | 2217M ASCENT | 230M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3124M

From Trashigang, you will take scenic drive for one and half hours to Chaling passing through Rangjung town and 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 herders’ huts dotted on the hills side. Climb further to reach Mendula Pass at 3354m. From this pass, you will descend through rhododendron forests to Donmong Chu camp at 3124m.

Day 2: Donmong Chu to Merak

14KM | 5 HOURS | 396M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 3520M

The trail from Domong Chu to Merak mostly follows the river bends. 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 to experience the life of this people.

16KM | 5 HOURS | 633M ASCENT | 1073M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 3080M

Today is the toughest journey of the trek crossing the highest Nachungla pass at 4153m. From the campsite climb gradually to the first pass at 3900m from where you can have last glimpse of Merak valley. Continue the trek along the tree line of juniper and rhododendron forests and conquer the Nachungla pass. Then you will descend to your camp Miksateng at 3080m surrounded by rhododendrons.

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

Descend to the river, crossing it and then following the river bank for few hours, you will climb gradually to a hill adorned by small Chorten (Stupa) overlooking the Sakten valley. If you are lucky, you can spot red panda among the trees. Descend down from the ridge and camp on the outskirts of the Sakten village at 2950m.
You will visit Sakten village and explore the lifestyle and unique culture of this ethnic group.

17KM | 7 HOURS | 74M ASCENT | 1291M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 1800M

Today’s journey will be longer and so we will start early from the 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. We camp in a beautiful meadow near the river by Joenkhar Teng village (1800m). Joenkhar Teng is situated on the hillside and its population comprises of Brokpa and Sharchopa with a community school and outreach clinic.

12KM | 5-6 HOURS | 346M ASCENT | 942M DESCENT

The last day of the trek begins with short climb through the Joenkhar Teng. Crossing the suspension bridges, you will climb shortly to Phongmay village. Meet your transport and drive to Trashigang. On the way, stop at Rangjung and visit the Rangjung Monastery, which is founded by His Eminence Garab Rinpoche.

ROUTE MAP

We treat every correspondence with utmost care and consideration in order to achieve the perfect itinerary

COST INCLUDES
  • Government levy
  • All meals
  • Tea and snacks
  • Accommodations
  • Transport
  • Permits
  • Visa fee
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services
  • Sightseeing
COST EXCLUDES
  • Air fares
  • Sleeping bags (on trek)
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Laundry
  • Phone / internet
  • Other personal bills
TECHNICAL CLOTHING
  • Down parka
  • Warm fleece jacket
  • Comfortable trekking boot (we like lowa)
  • Lightweight shoes
  • Rain gears
  • 4 pair trekking socks
  • 2 long sleeve capilene shirts
  • 2 capilene bottoms (mid & heavy weight)
  • 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best!)
  • Trekking pants (zip off shorts are nice)
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 1 bandana
  • Warm gloves
  • Flip flop (or similar camp shoes)
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • 2 pair sunglasses
EQUIPMENT
  • Small daypack
  • Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
  • Trekking poles
  • Mud guard
  • Headlamp and a normal torch
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Earplugs
  • 2-liter water bottle (if camelback, bring also a nalgene)
  • Insulated drinking mug
  • Small towel
  • Various size plastic bags to keep gear dry and separate
OTHERS
  • Anti bacterial hand gel for disinfecting hands
  • Medical kit that includes – aspirin, motion sickness tablets,cough drops, diamox, bites/burn cream and small bandage.Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degree celcius)
  • Lightweight toilet articles (shampoo, soap-travel size)
  • Sunscreen, lip screen and insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine)
  • High calorie snacks and energy bars
  • Prescription medications
  • Some books to read at camp

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