Bhutan: Trekking Remote Merak and Sakteng
This very special trek combines touring in the western Bhutanese cities of Paro and Thimphu, with trekking in remote Merak and Sakteng, home to some of Bhutan's most colorful nomads. Unique to this trip is the time spent in the villages. Instead of rushing through, like so many treks, this program gives you an extra day in both Merak and Sakteng to get to know the people and their lifestyle.
Dates and Land Cost
Starting at $5895.00 per person (based on groups of four or more)
Dates: Monday, April 21 - Sunday, May 4, 2014 (3rd King's Birthday) and Wednesday, November 19 - Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Please note: Custom dates and prices available
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|Day 1||Arrive Delhi. Overnight near the airport or in airport hotel.|
|Day 2||Fly Delhi/Guwahati on Go Air (5:3AM/8:0AM). Met on arrival and stop for breakfast. Then drive on to Samdrup Jongkhar, stopping at the border to clear customs.|
|Day 3||Drive Trashigang via Xangdopelri and Sherubtse College. Visit Trashigang Monastery and town.|
|Day 4||Fall visit Gom Kora, Rangjung library, and possibly a private home.|
|Day 5||Drive Chaling and trek either to Shatimi (8270') or Damnongchu (10,131').|
|Day 6||Trek from Damnongchu (or Shatimi) to Merak (11,480').|
|Day 7||Day in Merak with the villagers.|
|Day 8||Trek over Nachungla Pass (14,500') to Miksa Teng (9,400').|
|Day 9||Trek to Sakteng (9,850').|
|Day 10||Trek downhill to Jyonkhar Teng (6,100').|
|Day 11||Trek first to Phongmey and then to Radhi with its textiles and on to Trashigang.|
|Day 12||Drive Bumthang, stopping in Senghor.|
|Day 13||Visit Jakar Valley. Fall - Attend the Jakar Festival.|
|Day 14||Drive Punakha, stopping in Trongsa to see the museum and town.|
|Day 15||Visit Chimi Lhakang and Punakha Dong. PM short drive to Thimphu.|
|Day 16||Tour Thimphu - Memorial Chorten, Weekend Market, Textile Museum, Papermaking, Zuleta Nunnery. Drive Paro, possibly via Sisina.|
|Day 17||Visit Taktsang and Kyichu Monasteries. Farewill dinner.|
|Day 18||Transfer to airport for flight out.|