MERAK – SAKTENG TREK (18 DAYS)
This is unique itinerary combined with culture and trekking taking you into a newly opened tourist spot.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate Trek
Group Size Large Group
This is unique itinerary combined with culture and trekking taking you into a newly opened tourist spot. Before it was opened for tourist only few researchers have been allowed to access to these place. The place is located above 3000 m and it is believed to be a yeti-spotting region. The brokpas of the merak and sakteng regions in eastern Bhutan are semi-nomadic yak herders, who speaks a unique dialects and also wear unique clothing.
The culture and tradition of the people living Merak and sakteng 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’. While 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.
Highlights of Trek
- Experience Bhutanese hospitality.
- Immerse yourself in Bhutan’s rich buddhist culture.
- Hike to Amazing Tiger Nest.
- Discover sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
- We tailor our tours for less driving & more sightseeing!
- The price is competitive & well constructed itinerary.
- Transfer to and from the airport
- Twin sharing accommodation in 3 star hotels
- Up-gradation to 5 star luxury hotel available on request
- Camping equipment & haulage for trekking tour
- All meals(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
- Licensed Bhutanese English speaking guided tours
- All entrance, museum & other attraction fees
- Luxurious private transportation throughout the tour
- All applicable internal taxes & service fees(only royalty)
- Mineral water per person per night
- Visa Fee
- International airfare(Round trip from home town departure gateway to destination )
- Travel Insurance
- Discretionary gratuities to guide and driver
- Single supplement room
- Other Personal expenses such drinks, laundry, telephone bills, water in hotels, internet bills, etc
Guwahati - Samdrupjongkhar
Your Bhutanese guide will be waiting there at the Guwahati Airport (India, which is 3hours drive from Samdrupjongkhar-Broder 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/Hot.
Samdrupjongkhar - Tashigang
Your Bhutanese guide will be waiting there at the Guwahati Airport (India, which is 3hours drive from Samdrupjongkhar-Broder 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/Hot
Tashigang - Rangjung - Chaling(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.
Chaling - 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.
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.
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.
Today’s trek will take about 8 hours. Lunch we will take hot pack lunch. Continue our trek till Joenkhar. Evening at leisure. Dinner and over night stay at Camp, Joenkhar .
oenkhar - Phonmey - Rangjung-Tashigang (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.
Excursion to Tashiyangtse
Visit the temple of Gom Kora and Doksum Village where you can see women busily weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric before reaching Tashiyangtse, the administrative centre for this district. The area is famous for its unique wooden crafts. Visit the Tashiyangtse Dzong, and the dazzling white stupa of Chorten Kora and the nearby institute for Zorig Chusum, where student are trained in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.Overnight in Hotel at Tashigang.
This morning you will drive to Mongar for a distance of 146 Km for about 5 hours journey. En route you will see the Drametse monastery on the top of a steep hill above the viallge, a home to the origin of the farmhouse Drametse Nga Cham, a masked dance with drums. After road ascents and passes through the Yadi where you will see beautiful road turnings, then take you to Koro La Pass at an altitude of 2450m Overnight at Monger in hotel.
This morning you will drive to Mongar for a distance of 146 Km for about 5 hours journey. En route you will see the Drametse monastery on the top of a steep hill above the village, a home to the origin of the farmhouse Dramese Nga Cham, a masked dance with drums. After road ascents and passes through the Yadi where you will see beautiful road turnings, then take you to Koro La Pass at an altitude of 2450m Overnight at Monger in hotel.
This morning takes you through a scenic journey for a distance of 198 Km for about 7-8 hours to Bumthang at an altitude of 2600m. Descending down the road to Limithang and crosses the Kurichu River, where larges hydro power in the eastern region is commissioned over the river. En route stop at Namling and Sengor village, where you can view the breathtaking land scape of the cascading waterfalls, and admire the diverse flora and fauna in these place before climbing up the highest point on Bhutan’s lateral road via Thrumshing La pass at an altitude of 3800m. From the view point of Ura Shelthang La, you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Bhutan highest peak, Mt.Gangkar Puensum at 7500m. You will spend nights in Bumthang.
Day Exploration in Bumthang
After breakfast, we set out for day sightseeing to experience more of spiritual hearland of Bhutan. You will visit t many legendary monasteries, temples and dzong. The jakar, the jamkbay, the kurjey Lhakhang built in 1652 and named after the body imprint of Guru Rinpochoe who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan. The Tamshing Lhakhang was built in 1501 and one of the most important temple for Nyingma sect. If time permits, visit the famouse Swiss cheese factory and dairy farm in Bumthang. Overnight in hotel at Bumthang.
Morning we will travel a distance of 188-km for about 5-6 hours to Gnagtey via Trongsa and Yotong La Pass at an altitude of 3400m. En route we will stop quickly to see Yathra Weaving centre at Chumey where ther use yak and sheep wools for Yathra products with unique patterns in Bumthang. Visit the Ta-Dzong, water tower in olden days to safeguard main Dzong in Bhutan. Continue into Gangtey vai Pele La Pass at an altitude of 3300m Overnight in hotel at Gangtey.
After breatfast our day starts exploring the phobjekha valley at an altitude of 3000m. Visit the picturesque Gnagtey Gonpa, enjoye the breathtaking glacial landscapes of the remote Phobjekha valley and the black mountain ranges. Phobjekha valley s one of the winter roosting ground of the rare Black-necked cranes, where they come in hundreds after spending their summer in Tiber and the migrates to the Himalayas of Bhutan to spend winter. They arrive in the month of September and October and fly back to Tibet between febeuary and March. Later, we drive a distance of 65 km for about 3 house to Wnadue Phodrang and then continue into Punakha for a distance of further 13 Km journey at an altitude 13000m Overnight in Punakha.
Morning visit Punakha Dzong, the “Palace of Great Happiness”. It was built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’ as predicted by the great Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. After visiting the dzong we will walk about 10 minutes to see the swing bridge built over Pho Chu river connecting people from Shengana village with Punakha Dzong. This is one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan constructed around 2001.
After lunch, take a short walk across rice paddies takes us to Chimmi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint known popularly as the Divine Madman. Evening, we will drive to Thimphu for a night to rest. Overnight in hotel at Thimphu
Today we explore a fascinating full day seeing the best of Thimphu city at an altitude of 2300m. First stop is at the national memorial Chorten which was built in the memory of the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchula. Visit the 13th century Changgangkha Temple and folk heritage museum that showcases the Bhutanese artifacts used in rural house hold. Later, drive up to the Sangaygang hill where radio tower is installed and then, visit mini takin zoo at Motithang. Drive to Kuenael Phodrang (Buddha pont) offering a panoramic view of Thimphu valley. Continue to the centenary farmer’s market on the bank of Wangchhu River selling farm produces, local arts and craft, etc. Overnight in hotel at Thimphu.
Hike to Tiger Nest
Today morning we drive a distance of 65-km for one hour journey to Paro at an altitude of 2200m and take a short hike to Paro Taktshang monestry. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900m above the paro valley and takes about a 2 hours climb on a well-maintained trail through beautiful pine forest, trees festooned with Spanish moss and fluttering prayer flages. Legen has it that Guru Rinpochoe flew to paro Taktshang cliff in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming tigress in the 8th century. Your last night over night in hotel at Paro.
Early in the morning transfer to Paro Airport. Our guide from Bhutan Outlander Travel will accompany you to bid a farewell for your ownward flight.
Tashi Delek and Good bye!
When is the best time to visit Bhutan?
The most favorable seasons to visit Bhutan is from March-May in spring and august to Nov in fall.In these seasons you will enjoy the scenery of Bhutan and will be more rewarding experience in your life time.See more detail about when to visit Bhutan and what you can able to see.
How is weather through out the year?
The weather may change depending on season and it depends on when you want to travel.Bhutan in summer(June-mid-September) are warm, humid and wetter and Winters (Dec-early March) cooler and dry. Winter nights are cold however the days are often clear, sunny and surprisingly mild in the valleys. The western valleys only average 2 snow falls per annum. The wettest period is August/early September.
What do i need to carry to wear?
Some of your casual cloths are fine while you visit Bhutan, but you would do well to have some set of dress up cloths such as jacket and appropriate smart pair of pants for women.Remeber Bhutan is a country with national dress code and will not be permitted to enter with inappropriate dress while visiting government offices, some of the monasteries and festivals. Even in summer it can be cool in Paro and Thimphu and the day be quite warm, especially in lower region like punakha and phuntsoling and the night time and morning will be cool. Use a layering system, starting with thermal underwear and adding a shirt, pile jacket and wind breaker or parka as necessary.If you are going for trekking you much always thrown some warm cloths and extra gears as you have to walk more than 3000 m.
Is internet available in Bhutan's hotels?
Most of the standard tourist class hotels now have WiFi and plus have a business center where you can use the hotel PCs . WiFi is free for at least a 24 hr use. All of the luxury resorts & lodges offer a wireless internet facility however not necessarily in guest rooms.Some more remote valleys, like Phobjikha, have limited power and internet supply so please you may face some inconsistency as you travel.Purchasing a local SIM card for your smart phone or iPad will give you wifi most of the way through the Kingdom for those who need more connectivity.
Is traveller's cheque accepted in Bhutan?
You can cash traveller's cheque in any Bank, hotels and foreign-exchange counter in airport but there is bank charges of 1% for cheque.You should carry only well know brand such as American Express,Visa, Thomas Cook, Citibank or Barclays..
How can i prevent altitude sickness?
Bhutan is a mountain country, most tourists will travel from 2280 meters,when landing in Paro, until 3500 meters (the passes on the lateral road) or higher when trekking. Bumthang is 3000 meters high. Consult with your doctor before you visit to Bhutan and get a prescription for Diamox.
How much does the visa cost?
International tourist visas a cost of USD $40 applies. This can be paid in advance to you tour operator or travel agent. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives there is no cost incurred.