Trashigang is the largest district in Bhutan and located in the east of the country which receives the fewest visitors. It tends to be the base for most visitors to explore the eastern region and is an interesting town with some lovely traditional buildings and easily explored on foot. Trashigang Dzong was built to defend against Tibetan invasions and it is said that when invading armies saw the imposing dzong they commented that it was “not on the ground. It is a Sky Dzong and promptly retreated.
The town is located close to the border with Assam and is a popular trading point for the semi-nomadic people of Merak and Sakteng (or highlanders) whose unique way of dress stands out from the regular gho’s and kira’s. These communities rely heavily on yaks for their livelihood and are also the source of stories which circulate Bhutan and the world on the existence of the yeti: many herders claim to have encountered him while searching for lost yaks. To see the yeti, or migoi meaning 'wild man', is regarded as a privilege as he is thought of as a guardian deity in this remote region. Yet sightings are extremely rare due to the yeti’s ability to become invisible and walk backwards to fool trackers.