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Salt Trek Route | Bhutan Trekking Tour | Bhutanitis Travels

SALT TREK ROUTE

Salt Trek Route

Total Duration: 17 Days - 16 Nights of Bhutan Trekking Tour.     Trek Days : 7 Days - 6 Nights.

The Term “salt trek route” 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 used to make voyages via this route to take salt and silk from the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar. It is an eight day trek from the day of arrival. This 8 day trek will 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 descents and ascents.

The Following Table gives the summary of trekking route.


  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • DETAILED ITINERARY
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HIGHLIGHTS

Difficulty: Moderate
Highest Altitude: 3000 Meters
Best Seasons: April - June and Mid September - Mid November
Day Trek name Distance Time Ascend Descend Altitude Accommodation
1 Arrival in Guwahati Airport , Guwahati to  Samdrup Jongkhar 12km 4-5 hrs     2800 m. Hotel in Paro
2 Samdrup Jongkhar  to Nelang 16km 6hrs     2720 m Campsite
3 Nelang  to Radingphu 16 km 4-5 hrs 170 m   2720 m Campsite
4 Rangdingphu to Mongling     750 m 230 m   Campsite
5 Mongling To Demrizam           Campsite
6 Demri Zam to Denchung           Campsite
7 Denchung to Cheya           Campsite
8 Cheya  to Trashigang         1400m Hotel in Trashigang
9 Trashigang to Bumthang 180km 7hrs     2800m Hotel in  Bumthang
10 Bumthang sightseeing         2800m Hotel in Bumthang
11 Bumthang to Thimphu 268km 11hrs     2400m Hotel  in Thimphu
12 Thimphu To Phobjikha 135km 5hrs     2900m Hotel  in Phobjikha
13 Phobjikha to Thimphu 135km 5hrs     2400m Hotel  in Thimphu
14 Thimphu to Paro round trip 54km 1hr     2400m Hotel  in Thimphu
15 Thimphu to Phuentsholing 182km 6hrs     250m Hotel in Phuentsholing
16 Phuentsholing to Guwahati 357km 8 hrs     49m Hotel in Guwahati
17 Departures from Guwahati Airport          

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Guwahati to Samdrup Jongkhar.

  • Arrive at Guwahati International Airport, our representatives will receive you at the Airport, and drive you to Samdrup Jongkhar.
  • It is a 3 hour drive. Visitors will have to halt for the night at Samdrup Jongkhar which is 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.
  • Dinner and overnight halt in a hotel in Samdrup Jongkhar

Day 2: Samdrup Jongkhar to Nelang.

After breakfast,

  • your transportation will drive you to Nelang, near Deothang from where the trek begins. The visitors can do a little bit of sightseeing in Samdrup Jongkhar 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.

Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight halt in the campsite.


Day 3: Nelang to Radingphu.

  • 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.

Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight halt in the campsite.

Note: It is very important to carry your own water from as there is no water on this stretch. 

Day 4: Rangdingphu to Mongling.

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 they can drive via the farm road. It is a one hour drive from Mongling to Demrizam.

Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight halt in the campsite.


Day 5: 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 descent 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.

Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight halt in the campsite.


Day 6: Demri Zam to Denchung.

  • 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 Camp site 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.

Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight halt in the campsite.


Day 7: Denchung to Cheya.

  • 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 steep. The campsite at Cheya is very beautiful near the Cheya Tsho (lake), from which water is also readily available.

Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight halt in the campsite.


Day 8: Cheya to Trashigang.

The last day of the trek will be from Cheya to Trashigang. There are two options:  visitors can either ride to Trashigang 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.


Day 9: Trashigang to Bumthang.

After breakfast, drive towards Bumthang. Dinner and overnight halt will be in a hotel in Bumthang.


Day 10: Bumthang sightseeing.

After breakfast, visit Kujee Lhakang, and Jakar Dzong. After lunch drive to Ura valley and visit Mebartsho (the burning lake).  In the afternoon drive back to Bumthang. Dinner and overnight will be in a hotel in Bumthang.


Day 11: Bumthang to Thimphu.

After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. On the way , halt in Trongsa for lunch and visit Trongsa Dzong. After lunch drive to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight halt in a hotel in Thimphu.


Day 12: Thimphu To Phobjikha.

  • After breakfast, drive to Phobjikha.
  • On the way visit Punakha Dzong and chimi lhakang.

Dinner and overnight stay will be in a hotel in Phobjikha.


Day 13: Phobjikha to Thimphu.

After breakfast,

  • explore the valley of Phobjikha. you will be able to have bird watching in this valley with the Black necked cranes around.

After lunch visit

  • Gangtey Gompa in Gangtey Village.

Drive back to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight halt in a hotel in Thimphu.


Day 14: Thimphu to Paro round trip.

After breakfast, drive to Paro.

  • Take an excursion to Paro Taktsang (tiger’s nest).

After lunch drive back to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight halt will be in a hotel in Thimphu.


Day 15: Thimphu to Phuentsholing.

After breakfast, drive towards Phuentsholing. Dinner and overnight halt will be in a hotel in Phuentsholing.


Day 16: Phuentsholing to Guwahati.

After breakfast, drive towards Guwahati. Dinner and overnight halt will be in a hotel in Guwahati.


Day 17: Departures from Guwahati Airport

After breakfast, drive to the Airport and Farewell.

PACKAGE INFO

Package Includes

  1. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner].
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room. Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  6. English speaking Local guide.
  7. Sightseeing.

Package Does Not Include

  1. Druk Air fares.
  2. Insurance Premiums.
  3. Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
  4. Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
  5. Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
  6. Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water.
  7. Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
  8. Visa Fees

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