There is a place so unusual, so colourful and precious that I almost want to hide my story from the world. Isolated in the steep mountains of Bhutan’s far eastern region, the villages of Merak and Sakteng only allowed access to foreign visitors in 2010. Electricity arrived a few years later.
New roads are quickly approaching Sakteng’s villages, which are otherwise accessible by foot, yak, horse or zoe - a cross between the local cow and the yak. Our original trekking route was reduced by a day because a four-wheel-drive road has advanced along the track to Merak. From there, we hiked to the enigmatic village of Sakteng.
This link shows one of the lovely elderly ladies who called us over as she harvested buckwheat.