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Merak Sakteng Trek

6 Nights 7 Days

One of the newest Merak Sakteng treks in Bhutan stands out as a distinct attraction in Bhutan. The scenic valley located at the remotest eastern part of Bhutan offers an experience of a unique semi-nomadic lifestyle, culture, and dialect. The trek runs through the protected area of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in eastern Bhutan, which is home to endangered species of animal-like snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan fox, and black bear. A fantastic trek designed to blend with local architecture and ambiances, culture, unique lifestyle. Will Adjust all the design itineraries as you desire and preferences.

Day 1 Trashigang – Chaling Damnongchu

Distances: 6 hours, Campsites Altitudes: 3124m

The trek starts from Chaling village with a gradual ascend to Shaktimi meadow. Make a stopover and make it the best time to yak herder’s camp and yak and sheep grazing in the extensive pastureland. Reached to Donmongchu, making further ascend passing the Mindrla pass, Rhododendron forest. Overnight at the campsites.

Day 2 Damnongchu – Merak

Distances: 4- 5 hours, Campsite Altitude: 3520m

Start your day, making a gentle ascend through the blend of forest and river bends. Arrives Merak crossing the Gangu village with unique walk loops. Enjoy your time with the people of Merak and spectacular view of mountains and beautiful village. Overnight at the campsite.

Day 3 Merak – Miksateng

Distances: 6 hours, Campsites Altitude: 3079m

Making a gradual ascend with a final glimpse of Merak village from the campsite through juniper and rhododendron forest will reach Nachung pass at the elevation of 4153m. Spend your time relaxing at the keys enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Further will go to Miksakteng at the height of 3079m. Overnight at the campsites.

Day 4 Miksakteng – Sakteng

Distances: 5 hours, Camp Altitude: 2950m

Continuing your journey, descending along the river banks and gradual climb will reach a place where a small stupa was built adorned with colorful prayer flags. Enjoy the surrounding by making your time to stop over there. You might spot Red panda, depending on your luck. Further, making descending walk at sakteng villages. Overnight at the campsite.

Day 5 Sakteng

Since Sakteng is very much the remotest village with unique culture, dialects, and lifestyle, enjoy exploring around the town, mingle with the most welcoming smile people to gain unique life experiences. Overnight at the campsite.

Day 6 Sakteng – Joenkhar Teng

Distances: 7 hours, Campsites Altitude: 1733m

Unfold day doing the small climb until the end of the village, descend to the river, and continue your journey alongside it through the broadleaf forest. Reaching the Joenkhar Teng village is fantastic. It is situated at the hillside, and its population comprises Brokpa and sharchops.

Overnight at the campsites.

Day 7 Joenkhar Teng – Trashigang

Your last day trek will start short climbing up and through the Joenkhar Teng. Making your journey with ascend crossing few suspension bridges will reach to beautiful Phonmey village. Enjoy your drive to Trashigang, crossing the famous Radhi village, which is very popular for Bura Gho and Kira. Make a stopover at Rangjung, explore the small town. Overnight at the hotel.

Trek ends.

Trekking Equipment

  • Trekking cook, supporting staff for the trekking
  • Camp assistance
  • Kitchen equipment & utensils
  • Horse
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mats
  • Foam Blankets
  • Tents

ASTER TOURS & TRAVEL’S Bhutan Trekking Operation

Unlike others, our trekking operation is luxurious, different, comfort and personalized on your journey. You will be joined by our experienced and knowledgeable trekking guide, trekking assistances, experienced trekking chef, horseman to complete the wilderness experiences in Bhutan. Every halt will be in the tents as you opt for luxury or standard trekking packages as clients prefer. Our personalized service will treat you from the steps you head-on, cups of hot tea or coffee in every arrival to campsites or resting location, horse or yaks will carry your belonging, food will be prepared as designed menu. In one sentence, everything will be ready and prepared before your arrival.

Challenges on Trails

Trekking in Bhutan involves physical challenges as you hike or walk into hills, passes, dense forest, harsh terrain with changes in elevation in the mountains, weather changes, and muddy trails as unexpectedly showers in the areas, encountering snows in the mountains and passes as your Trek go on. But, avoiding your disappointments, every challenge and hardship you put on, you will be rewarded with amazing unique experiences and magnificent destinations.

Our Trekking Team

In every Trek, our experienced, knowledgeable, trained trekking guide will lead you to complete your trekking journey, making it into one of your lifetime memories. Every individual crew plays a vital role in the mission’s success, supporting each other in the supervision of the guide and chef. All are more experienced, have good knowledge of the destination, are tough to fight against every misfortune, and are well trained in emergency first aids and mountain sickness.


In every destinated campsite, Lavish food items are served with our chef’s designed food menu. Every food item is delicious, hygienic, organic, which can boost your energy. Bottle of water and boiled water are served as per your needs.

Packing List for Trek

Technical Clothing



  • Down Parka
  • Warm fleeces Jacket
  • Comforatble Trekking boot
  • Lightweight shoe
  • Rain Gear
  • 4 Trekking socks
  • 2long Sleeve Capilence shirts
  • 2 Capilence bottom
  • 2trekking shirt (Non-Cotton)
  • Trekking Pants
  • Pair of shorts
  • Bandana
  • Gloves
  • Warm hats
  • 2pair sunglasses
  • Small Day pack
  • Waterproof duffel for gear
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Mudguard
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Earplugs
  • Water bottles
  • Insulated Drinking mugs
  • Small Towels
  • Plastic bags to keep your gear dry
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medical Kit
  • Low weight toilet articles
  • Sunscreen, Lip screen
  • Water purification tablets
  • Energy bars
Package Inclusions
  • Accommodation at 3star Hotels or Resort
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Tea/coffee & bottle of water on the trip
  • Airport transfer
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private luxury vehicles/driver and English speaking trekking guide for internal transfer and sightseeing
  • All touring and Monument pass
  • Visa & Route permit processing assistance
  • Flight reservation assistances
  • Tradition game of Archery/ darts at chosen Hotels/Resort
  • Local farmhouse dinner
  • Sustainable development fee ($65 per night)
  • Bhutan visa fee ($40 person)
  • Museum & other entry fees
  • Bhutanese Gho & Kira (traditional costumes of Bhutan to wear on your trip)
  • Bhutanese Sim Card (1 tourist sim card in the group)