Duration: 13 nights/14 days
Altitude: 1,500m to 4,100m
We travel to the most coveted tour destination in eastern Bhutan. The places, Merak and Sakten, conjure up images of a hidden world where a unique tribe, the Brokpa, lives, zealously guarding their ancient lifestyle. They are the nomads, who live off Yaks, in a land – as far as local folklores go – was once the exclusive domain of Yeti, the elusive snowman. With this trek, we follow the footsteps of these nomads, as they dwell herding Yaks, tending homes, keeping their traditions alive against the relentless onslaught of modernization knocking on their doors. We take a peek into their daily lives, and observe the lush environs in which they eke out a living. We also enter a land replete with flora and fauna within an ecosystem that is as pristine as it is amazingly beautiful.
Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, culture and life in Trashigang district (ethnically the richest in Bhutan), the castle-fortress of Trashigang, local festivals, raw silk weaving in Radhi village, Brahmi (another tribal group) in Chaling village, the historical remains of an ancient kingdom at Damungchung and Chaling, Blue poppy (Meconopsis) endemic to the valley, rare bird and animal species and, of course, hear numerous tales of encounters with Yeti.
Three-star plus hotels, three meals, SUV/mini bus/coaster, guides, trekking gear, camping equipment, entry fees, mineral water, cultural program (in groups of 10 or more people), taxes
Air tickets, travel insurance, drinks, visa fee, laundry.