Trekking in Bhutan's Hidden Valleys of Sakteng
Bhutan, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £2,595 (land only) - from €3,115 (land only) - from $4,280 (land only)
- Trekking off the beaten path in Eastern Bhutan
- A trekking holiday in Bhutan exploring the unique Brokpa culture
- The amazing dzongs of Bhutan including cliff-hugging Takstang
- Trekking in Bhutan`s recently opened Merak and Sakteng region
- Kathmandu sightseeing included
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 and touring holiday. Bhutan is a land of charming people, other-worldly architecture 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, home to the semi-nomadic yak-herding Brokpa people, is a relatively undiscovered gem. Following a fascinating journey through the foothills from Paro, visiting the famous sights and dzongs of Thimpu, Punakha, Wangdi and Trongsa, we enjoy five days of sublime trekking which take us through the valleys of Merak and Sakteng. These two valleys which are linked by a walking trail across the Nyuksang La (4140m), are dotted with a number of Brokpa villages and we will have time to meet the Brokpas and learn about their fascinating culture while enjoying the pristine alpine landscapes of a part of Bhutan that has been previously off limits for years. 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 trekking holiday in Bhutan combines a 5-day trek through an unspoiled region of Eastern Bhutan with a tour of Bhutan's most important and iconic sights. 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. The short duration of the trek and the relative low altitude (compared to other Himalayan treks) have influenced our grading of this holiday. However, it should be noted that trekking even at these altuitudes, is more demanding than trekking below 2000 metres. 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 holiday also involves a long drive through a fascinating landscape to reach the trek area and you should be prepared for this.