Eastern Bhutan: Trekking Merak and Sakteng


This very special Bhutan trekking tour combines 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 Merak and much time in Sakteng to get to know the people and their lifestyle.

This Bhutan tour package also includes the colorful festival of Gomphukora in Trashigang in the springtime and Jambay Lhakang Drup in Bumthang in the fall.


Land Cost

Starting at



Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)

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ITINERARY at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive Delhi. Overnight near the airport in the airport hotel.

Day 2

Fly Delhi/Guwahati. 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

Visit GomKora, Rangjung library, and possibly 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 Jakar Festival.

Day 14

Drive to 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. Farewell dinner.

Day 18

Transfer to airport for flight out.