Hiking Eastern Bhutan, 6 days

Sakteng village
Eastern Bhutan Hiking
Hiking Tours
  • Watch for Yeti in Migoi National Park
  • Remote Merak & Sakteng villages inhabited by semi-nomadic Brokpas
  • Sleeping in local village farmhouses
  • Enjoy the hospitality of local Brokpa villagers
  • Start and end in Guwahati
  • Optionally you can start/finish in Paro, using domestic flight
  • Tour cost is discounted due to Eastern Bhutan promotion program
From: 
US$ 940 / person ?
Dates: 
Flexible
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# Itinerary Program
1 Guwahati – Samdrup Jongkhar – Tashigang Early morning in 5 o’clock you will be picked-up in Guwahati, driving to Samdrup Jongkhar. Here you will meet your Bhutanese guide and driver, who will manage all immigration formalities. Then you will start all day drive ascending to the Himalayas. After few hours drive we will stop to get blessing from Hindu hermit for safety of our journey. Soon after you will have opportunity to visit first of many charming Bhutanese Buddhist temples, called Zangto Pelri Lhakhang, with detailed mural painting. During afternoon you will stop in Khaling village to visit National Handloom Development Project, which maintains rich tradition of local weaving. Also you will pay a visit to the National Institute for the Visually Impaired. One of the accomplishment of this progressive institution is the development of Bhutanese version of Braille's script. Along the way, you'll also pass by Karma Thegsum Dechenling Goemba, huge monastery school and Sherubtse College, first Bhutanese university campus established in 1978. Also we visit temple in nearby Kanglung village. Reach to Tashigang.
2 Tashigang – Merak Today you will change the car for hardy Bolero jeep and start early in the morning ascending to high mountains of Merak – Sakteng, so called Migoi national park. Migoi is local name for elusive yeti and most local inhabitants will be able to remember numerous cases when they or they relatives encountered yeti in the wild. After two hours drive we will reach Mon-la pass where the welcome party of Borkpa nomads in local dress will be waiting. Experience of local hospitality and yummy nomad lunch, the tasty local spirit and milk-like chang beer. Continue drive to Merak village (3500 m) and accommodation in local farmhouse as a guest of Brokpa family. Explore village and witness the performance of Yak dance and then and Aum Yomo (local deity) dance. Sleeping in simple conditions (own sleeping bag is recommended but not necessary).
3 Merak – Sakteng Start 7-8 hours hike over the 4000 meters high Nyuksang-la pass to the large Sakteng village. The trail offers great view back to Merak and lot of opportunity to see various wild animals like blood phesants and similar. After crossing pass there is long descent to river bed and another brief ascent after which the large village of Sakteng becomes visible. This village was not yet reached by motorable road and maintains quite a nice local culture.
4 Sakteng One day exploration around Sakteng, visiting temples above the village and other notable sites around.
5 Sakteng – Tashigang Morning hike around the Sakteng village and then continue hiking to Tharthi. Good bye party at the small pass behind the village and then continue hiking gently downwards to the Tharthi village. Here we will again take Bolero jeep and will go till the paved road and further to the hotel.
6 Tashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar, onward to Guwahati This will be all day drive descend from the Himalayas southwards to Indian border. You will start early in the morning, going the same way you came here on the day one, going around Yongphula airport, Sherubtse university. Don't forget to stop for another blessing at Damthang before reaching Smadrup Jongkhar. After immigration formalities, you will tell good bye to your Bhutanese guide and driver and Indian counterpart will drive you to Guwahati. This is the tour end.
Tour variants, extensions and combinations: 
  • Extend stay in Merak (+1 days): Staying one day in Merak might also be good idea. You can explore the surroundings or try to negotiate holy Aumo Yomo peak (somewhat over 5 thousand meters) or explore village more thoroughly.
  • Start or finish in Paro (0 or more days): Thanks to domestic flight which is connection Yongphula airport in Eastern Bhutan with Paro in the West, you can also conveniently start/conclude the trip in Paro in Western Bhutan, see famous Tiger's Nest monastery and other sights.
  • Extend with Omba Nye "The Tiger's Nest of the East" hike (+2 days): Omba Nye is new popular 3 days trekking trail in Bhutan, which can be also done as 2 days / 1 night hiking excursion with overnight in Omba village homestay. The Omba Nye Monastery has stunning setting on the rocky cliff, which is similar to Paro's Taktsang.