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In eastern Bhutan the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, or Migoi National Park, covering 650km, was set up specifically to look after the Migoi (or Yeti Surveys are being carried out to determine how many species exist there; no Migoi have yet been spotted. Besides the Migoi National Park Migoi may be encountered between the Tang and Lhushi valleys (Rodang La).

This special cultural and nature trek of an isolated Merak & Sakteng recently opened in 2009. Until now a handful of tourists and researchers were permitted to this area with special permissions. This area was closed to protect the unique cultural heritage of this Brokpa people and in part to give the mythical Yeti some peace, whose tales of wandering in the valley is very popular among the natives. The Brokpas (highlanders) population of Merak and Sakten are semi-nomadic yak herder, who speak different dialect and wear a completely different outfit from other Bhutanese.

This seven-day trek visits the isolated valleys of Merak (11,536 ft / 3517 m) and Sakteng (9709 ft / 2960 m), with a crossing of the Nyuksang La (Nyakchung La) (13,579ft/4140m). Allow some extra days so that you can make the most of this special area with its unique culture, rich history and very friendly people.

  • Merak sakteng trek offers a visitor to experience a unique semi-nomadic lifestyle, culture and vernacular in one of the most scenic   pastoral valleys in the protected area of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) in Trashigang district.
  • Day hike to  sacred Monastery  “Tiger’s Nest”. The monastery that cling 900m into Paro valley awesome architecture and this visit may be lifetime memory.
  • Try traditional hot stone bath called Dotsho, stones are to heated and put into the wooden tub of water believes gives minerals and good for skin and join pain and try farm house stay to exprience real Bhutanese way of living.

DAY 1: ARRIVR PARO

DAY 2: FLY TO YONPHULA & DRIVE TO TASHIGANG (Domestic flight suspended till further notice)

DAY 3: TASHIGANG – CHALING – DONMANG CHU

DAY 4: DONMANG CHU – MERAK

DAY 5: MERAK – MIKSATHANG

DAY 6: MIKSATHANG – SAKTENG

DAY 7: SAKTENG

DAY 8: SAKTENG – JOENKHAR

DAY 9: JYONKHAR – PHONGME

DAY 10: FLY TO PARO /BUMTHANG or DRIVE BY ROAD

DAY 11: BUMTHANG – PHOBJIKHA (2982m): 155KM/APPROX 5 ½ HR

DAY 12: PHOBJIKHA – THIMPHU: 130KM/APPROX 5HR

DAY 13: THIMPHU (2320m)

DAY 14: PARO: Hike to Taktshang ‘Tiger’s Nest’

DAY 15: PARO DEPARTURE

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