Trekking in Bhutan's Hidden Valleys of Sakteng
Bhutan, Trek & Walk, 13 days - from £2,495 (land only) - from €2,995 (land only) - from $4,095 (land only)
- Trekking off the beaten path in Eastern Bhutan
- See first hand the unique Brokpa culture
- The world`s only Yeti reserve
- Trekking in Bhutan`s recently opened Sakteng region
- Travel via Delhi and Assam
At the eastern end of the Himalayas, the remote 'Shangri La' kingdom of Bhutan has changed little over the centuries and has stunning mountain scenery for this trekking holiday in Bhutan. It is a land of charming people and spectacular Himalyan scenery. Most visitors to this Himalayan Kingdom raely venture further east than the district of Bumthang. However, in far eastern Bhutan the mysterious district of Sakteng, which lies between Trashigang and the border with Assam. home to the semi-nomadic, yak-herding Brokpa people, is a relatively undiscovered gem. Six days of sublime trekking take us through the valleys of Merak and Sakteng, which are linked across the Nyuksang La (4140m). En route, we visit a number of Brokpa villages and can enjoy the pristine alpine landscapes of a part of the country that has been previously off limits for years. Travelling through Delhi and the Indian state of Assam allows us to keep this trip to less than 2 weeks. Take this opportunity to be amongst the first to trek in the Migoi National Park, the world's only reserve dedicated to the yeti !
Is this holiday for you?
This relatively short holiday provides a 6-day trek through an unspoiled region of Eastern Bhutan. The trek takes us through a little-visited area of Bhutan, newly opened up to trekkers, and offers an opportunity to see first hand, a way of life unchanged over centuries. The trekking is not particularly difficult and we follow good trails used by local traders. We have graded the trip at our lowest level of MODERATE on account of the short duration of the trek and the relative low altitude (compared to other Himalayan treks). However, it should be noted that trekking at altitudes of 2 - 3000 metres is more demanding than at sea-level. You will need to be in good shape for this trip and comfortable with walking for 6 - 7 hours each day and with some steep uphill sections lasting up to 2 hours or more. The trip also involves a long drive through a fascinating landscape to get in and out of the area and you should be prepared for this also. Our November departure of this trip also visits the Trashigang Festival.