Duration: 12 days
Entry: Gawahati, Assam, India
Exit: Paro, Bhutan
Standard: moderate to hard
Best Seasons: throughout year, best in winter
Place: Indian plains-south-east-east Bhutan
The Term ‘Salt Route Trek’ is derived from the purpose it served prior to the construction of the national highway from Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar. The people of the Eastern Dzongkhags.
It used to make voyages via this route to take salt and silk from the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar. This trek gill take you through pristine broadleaved and pine forests with spectacular views of villages and mountains amidst the clouds. Although this Nature-based-trek route does not lead into really high altitudes, it is tough and involves long steep descends and ascents.
Be the first travellers to take this journey, as this is new trek route, although it was used before the construction of national high way.
Arrive at Guahati International Airport, receive the visitors and drive to Samdrup Jongkhar, the border town in Bhutan. It is a three-hour drive. Visitors will have to halt for the night at Samdrup Jongkhar, which are approximately 250m above the sea level. Samdrup Jongkhar is the main trading center for the population of the six eastern Dzongkhags and is famous for the traditional silk garments (Buray) produced there. These exquisitely made handicrafts are very popular amongst the Bhutanese and tourists alike.
On the next day the visitors will have to drive two hours to reach Nelang, near Deothang from where the trek begins. The visitors can do a little bit of sightseeing in Samdrupjongkhar and explore the border town. They can also go across the border to the Indian town of Mela Bazar and do some shopping. Like any other border town all essential food items and garments are readily available.
The actual trek starts from Nelang downhill for about 45minutes till we reach the Duri river formed as a result of three streams namely Phudungri, Manchuri, Morongri. Once we reach Duri, the trek follows the river on a straight stretch for about two hours and will halt at Duktsiri for lunch. One of the significant aspects of this stretch is trekkers have to criss-cross Duri seven times on traditional log bridges until we reach Dutktseri which is the actual designated lunch Point.
After lunch the trek follows Duri River for another two hours here again the visitors will have to criss-cross the river six times on traditional log bridges before reaching Radingphu which is a perfect site to halt for the night. . Radingphu is a vast flat area, which can accommodate almost sixty to eighty tents with water facilities readily available. This is an ideal place for visitors who are interested in swimming and taking a splash in the river.
Note: It is very important to carry your own water, as there is no water on this stretch
From the base camp at Rangdingphu, there is a steep 3 hour climb to reach Dotak where the visitors can halt for lunch. Dotak is situated on the border between Pemagatshel and Samdrupjongkhar.
After lunch the trek follows a steep climb for another two hours until we reach Mongling. On the way there is a place called Zerim which is a flat grassy land shrouded by broad-leaved trees. From Zerim we will be treated to a beautiful bird’s eye view of Deothang valley. From Zerim, the trek leads to a slow climb for about one hour from where the trail follows a straight stretch until we reach Regonpo on the base of Yonglaphu. There is a small spring at close proximity to Regonpo. From Regonpo the trek takes a straight stretch till we reach Mongling on the Tshelingkhor-Pemagatsel highway, which is an ideal location to rest for the night. Water is readily available at Mongling.
If the visitors wish to continue onwards and travel to Demrizam for the night halt, they can drive via the farm road. It is an hour drive from Mongling to Demrizam
The satellite town of Kherigonpa is half an hour drive from Mongling. From Mongling we get a beautiful bird’s eye view of some portion of Pemagatshel and Deothang. The stretch between Mongling to Demrizam is a slow descend crossing the farm road several times. From Mongling, the visitors if they wish can visit Yongla Gonpa.
Yongla Gonpa observes it annual religious ceremony known as Jali Phurpa presided by Yongla Lam. The religious ceremony is accompanied by mask dances and folk dances performed by both monks and layman. The other religious site to visit is the Jangchup Chorten constructed by Rangshikhar Lam.
Demrizam was traditionally where traders stopped to rest for the night in the past. Water is readily available and the river provides an ideal place to enjoy some r swimming and fishing. Fishing however requires permits that your travel operators can arrange for you.
It will be necessary for trekkers to carry their own water, as there is no water on this stretch of the trek. The Campsite at Demri Zam has been cleared properly and water facilities are readily available. The next day the trek ascends in a slow climb until we reach Tsatshi Danri for the lunch break.
After lunch we will begin a steep descent to reach the Tonglingdrang Suspension Bridge. From here on it is a gradual ascent and straight stretch to Denchung by the side of the Khaling River where we will camp for the night. . The Denchung Campsite has been properly cleared but water should be collected from the nearby river approximately 100meters away.
From Denchung the trek follows the Khaling River for a little more than two hours where we reach Liza for lunch. After lunch the trek follows a steep ascent through beautiful pine forests until we reach Cheya. The stretch from Denchung to Cheya will probably be the most difficult section of the trek as the path is steeply climbs. The campsite at Cheya is very beautiful near the Cheya Tsho (lf D) from which water is also readily available.
The last day of the trek will be from Cheya to Trashigang. There are two options: visitors can either ride to Trasghigang form Cheya via Khengthogmani or they can trek from Cheya to Khegthnogmani and take a ride from Khentongmani. Since the trek follows the farm road it is advisable that the vehicles move to Cheya Tsho for boarding of the visitors. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Trashigang. Hotel Deojung or similar standard.
Today we will explore Rangjung and Radhi villages with picnic lunch. At Rangjung, we will visit to Rangjung Osel Chholing Monastery. At Kardung, we will visit to Khardung Animi Dratshang and learn their way of life. Lunch served as hot picnic lunch. Enjoy the rice bowl valley (Radhi Valley) of eastern Bhutan. Evening at leisure and dinner and overnight stay at hotel Trashigang.
Today we will drive to Mongar after doing the sightseeing in Trashi Yangtshi. At Trashi Yangtshi, visit to Chhorten Kora, designed similar to Nepal’s Boudhanath stupa and old dzong. Then drive back and visit to Gomphu Kora, one of the most important pilgrimage places in eastern Bhutan. Then continue our journey to Mongar.
At Ngathsang, visit to Ngatshang Monastery and explore and learn the monk’s life in Bhutan. Lunch picnic on the way or at local restaurant on the way. On reaching Mongar, we will visit to Mongar Dzong, was established in 1930 to replace the original Zhongar Dzong. Evening stroll around Mongar Town is good. Dinner and over night stay at Mongar Hotel. Hotel Drukzom or similar standard.
Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar. You will have lot of opportunities for you photo shoot and stop where every necessary. We will visit to Kanglung Zangtopleri Lhakhang and Khaling Handloom Center.
We will have picnic lunch or at local restaurant on the way. On reaching Samdrup Jongkhar, our guide will completed the immigration formalities for your tomorrow’s departure to Guwahati. In the evening, you will meet the Indian driver, who will take you to Guwahati Airport tomorrow.
Your Bhutanese guide and driver will bid you farewell at today’s dinner time as they will leave to Thimphu very early morning, next day.
Today after your breakfast, your Indian driver and car will take you to Guwahati airport. We wish you a very safe and comfortable journey back to your country. Thank you very much visiting Bhutan through our company and we hope to see you again in Bhutan some day.
Private guided tour
Visas for Bhutan
Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels
Accommodation at 3 star hotels
A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
An experienced driver
A tour vehicle
Entry fees & road permits
Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
Mineral bottled water
Set of traditional costume (to be return at the end of your stay)
Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip
Flight into Bhutan via Drukair (can be arranged with us)
Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
Expenditure of personal nature
Tips for the guide and driver