Merak Setang Trek

Merak Setang Trek

Trip Duration 7 Days

Merak-Sakteng stands out as a distinct attraction in Bhutan. Unlike anywhere else in the country, it offers a visitor to experience a unique semi-nomadic lifestyle

  • Reviews 5 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Adult Group
    Trekking Tour
  • Activity Level Tour Grade
    Easy - Moderate
  • Group Size Minimum
    2/10
All about the Merak Setang Trek

Merak-Sakteng stands out as a distinct attraction in Bhutan. Unlike anywhere else in the country, it offers a visitor to experience a unique semi-nomadic lifestyle, culture and vernacular in one of the most scenic pastoral valleys in the protected area of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS) in Trashigang Dzongkhag (District), in Eastern Bhutan.

The trek lies within the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary (SWS). It was created in April 2003 with a strong agenda for conservation and to protect the unique assemblage of biological and cultural diversity in the region. It covers an area of 650 km2 and is bordered by the Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh (Tawang) in the north and east, Phongmey Geog and Kangpara Geog in the west, and Shingkhar Lauri Geog in Samdrup Jongkhar. It is connected to Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary by a biological corridor, a part of the Bhutan Biological Conservation Complex (B2C2).

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • Royalty US$ 65/person/night(Child under 12 year is exempt from Royalty US$65)
  • Mineral drinking water
  • All meals at 3star hotels
  • Fluent English spoken certified guide
  • Entrance fees to all the monument and museum
  • All taxes and fees
  • Transportation
  • Trekking stuffs, cooks, trekking tents etc.
Whats not included in this tour Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
  • International flight to/from Paro.
  • Travel insurance
  • Use of bar and beverages in hotel, laundry, telephone calls or internet and personal shopping
  • Tips to your guide and driver
  • One time visa fees US$40
Surcharge (If applicable)
  • In case traveler are below 3 pax Surcharge of US$40/person/night for single traveler and US$30/night for double traveler will be levied.
Discount
  • No charge for the child below age 5 and 50% discount for the child between 5-12 years. But the royalty is set as US$65 per day.
  • The full time student below age of 25 holding valid citizen identity card from institution shell be given 25% discount.
  1. Day 1 CHALING – DAMNONGCHU

    The trek to Merak will start from Chaling reached by following an unsealed road from Rangjung. Damnongchu camping area is located after Mindrula which lies at about 3,316m / 10,880ft

  2. Day 2 DAMNONGCHU – MERAK (5 hours, camp altitude 3,499 m).

    The trail from Damnongchu to Merak goes along the river bank with gradual ups and downs. Over night at Damnongchu Camp.

  3. Day 3 MERAK - MIKSA TENG((approx 4,100m / 13,451ft).

    The trek from Merak to Miksa Teng is long and of medium difficulty. It will pass through the beautiful Nagchungla pass .The campsite is located in a clearing surrounded by rhododendron trees.

  4. Day 4 MIKSA TENG – SAKTENG

    Trek to Sakteng from Miksa Teng is easy making your way through beautiful woods with a short climb before reaching Sakteng. Overnight at Camp.

  5. Day 5 SAKTENG DAY HALT

    Time to explore this remote Himalayan village.

  6. Day 6 SAKTENG – JYONKHARTENG 6 1/2 hours, camp altitude 1,859 m.

    (Sakteng to Jyonkhar Teng trek is an easy trek comparing to previous days. It is mostly downhill to Jyonkhar Teng camp.

  7. Day 7 JYONKHAR TENG – PHONGMAY (5 hours, camp altitude 1,981 m).

    The final day. This day is full with ups and down until you reach the road the head at Phongmay. Drive to Tashigang.

ACCOMMODATION IN BHUTAN
Tourist accommodation in Bhutan is comfortable but can be fairly basic especially as you travel further east. Most hotels in the main tourist destinations have rooms with private bathrooms, hot water (at least at some stage during the day), telephone and electricity. Plumbing is not always up to the standard you may be used to and there are no hotels with central heating although heaters of some sort will generally be provided.

Tourist hotels tend to provide meals buffet-style which gives you the opportunity to try a variety of Bhutanese dishes. In the larger hotels a la carte service is also available, although they do not always have everything on the menu. Thimphu has a pizza restaurant (the Seasons) and there is a good café in the centre of Thimphu (near the Swiss bakery) called the Art Café which serves sandwiches, cake and filter coffee.

Please note that there is currently a shortage of hotel accommodation in Bhutan especially during festivals or the peak trekking season of October. We reserve rooms at all hotels in advance but the bookings are never certain until the group check in on the day. Bearing this in mind we will reserve rooms in the following hotels:

Paro: Olathang
Thimphu: Peaceful Resort, Hotel Pedling or Hotel Wangchuk.
Punakha: Meriphuensum Resort or Damchen Resort
Bumthang: Swiss Guesthouse, Hotel Mipham, Garden Hotel or River Lodge
Phobjikha: Dewachen Hotel.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Shared Rooms included in teh Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Individual Rooms not included in the Price Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
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Footwear:
Comfortable shoes i.e trail shoes or trainers.
Flip flops or sandals.

Travel clothes. You will need clothing as follows:
Lightweight waterproof jacket.
Casual long sleeved shirt with collar (for visits to Dzongs).
T shirts.
Lightweight trousers.
Micro fleece.
Socks and underwear etc.
Swimwear.
Please carefully read Ethics and Etiquette paragraph for dress code when visiting Dzongs.

Headwear:
Sun hat.
Bandana or face mask
Sunglasses.

Personal Equipment:
Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.
Headtorch. Useful during power cuts.
Backpack for day trips. Recommended size is 15 to 20 litres.

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DRESS CODE AND CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ENTERING DZONGS & MONASTERIES

Depending on whom you talk to the exact dress code for dzongs, monasteries and lhakhangs can differ. Use the details below to assist with your planning and we recommend you discuss each days visits with your guide to reconfirm appropriate attire.
Go for smart casual look such as long sleeved shirt with collar i.e no T shirts or short sleeved shirts.
Full length trousers or long skirts (ankles must be covered) i.e no shorts, ¾ length trousers or short skirts.
Shoes with socks covering ankles i.e no sandals or slippers.
No hats and umbrellas allowed.
Photographs are only allowed to be taken in the courtyard of most monasteries.
Walking around Buddhist temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
Turn off your mobile/ cell phone and talk in a quiet tone.
It is customary to give a small donation when visiting a monastery.

The Royal Government of Bhutan has a strict policy to preserve its cultural and traditional values.

All lakes in Bhutan are believed to be inhabited by spirits therefore no fishing, swimming or throwing stones is permitted.
Do not disturb or feed wildlife or do anything to destroy their natural habitat.
Do not use detergent in or near rivers, for personal washing use biodegradable soap at least 50m from any watercourse.
Do not give sweets, pens or gifts to children or distribute medicine to villagers (there is a network of Basic Health Units operated by Bhutan Government throughout the country).
Do not purchase local household items or religious artefacts from villagers, please note that antiques may not be taken out of the country.
Please respect the culture and traditions of local people (trek crew, villagers or pack animal owners).

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Writing A Review Overall Rating 4.7/5
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J Heathcote - UK
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

I had high expectations of a journey to Bhutan with a focus upon the spiritual aspects of the culture. All aspects of arranging my holiday were dealt with promptly/efficiently by Karma Gyeltshen of Bhutan Dragon Adventures.

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Dr. Paul L. Jokiel - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

“Karma Gyeltshen is a remarkable person with a strong background in all aspects of the culture, religion, history, art and natural resources of the Kingdom of Bhutan. Moreover, he is extremely knowledgeable about the travel regulations and potential pitfalls of touring this country.

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Regards Hugh - USA
Reviewed on 14/1/2016
4.7/5

Dear Karma, We did indeed enjoy our holiday in Bhutan. We were so pleased that you where able to put the trip together for us at such short notice, it is difficult to believe that it was all arranged in just 3 weeks and at no time did we feel that there was going to be any problem.

Departure Dates Confirmed Dates Trip Status   Price (PP) Per Person / Per Night  
March-May -sept- Nov
High Season Price
US $ 250.00
Jan- Feb-June-July and Dec
Low Season Price
US $ 200.00
Note: All tour price are fixed by the Govt, of Bhutans