Salt Trek Route

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.

 

 

DAY

Starting Point

Campsite/Night halt

Hours/Distance

Lunch Point

1

Gauhati

SamdrupJongkhar

3 Hours Drive

-

2

SamdrupJongkhar

Nelang

2 hours Drive

-

3

Nelang

Rading

4 Hours Walk

Duri

4

Radhing

Mongling

5 Hours Walk

Dotek

5

Mongling

Demrizam

5 Hours Walk

Thongphaynang

6

Demrizam

Denchung

5 Hours Walk

Tshatshi

7

Denchung

Cheya

5 Hours Walk

Liza

8

Cheya

Trashigang

3 Hours Drive

-

 

Day One: Guahati (India)-Samdrupjongkhar (Bhutan)

    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 is approximately 250m above the sea level. Samdrup Jongkhar is the main ...

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Day Two: SamdrupJongkhar to Nelang (750 mtrs)

  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 s...

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Day three: Nelang to Radingphu (686M)

  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...

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Day Four: Rangdingphu (686M) to Mongling (2218M)

  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.  ...

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Day Five: Mongling (2218M) to Demrizam (1191M)

    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 Mong...

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Day Six: Demri Zam (1191M) to Denchung ((1231M)

  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 necessar...

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Day Six: Demri Zam (1191M) to Denchung ((1231M)

  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 necessar...

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Day Seven: Denchung (1231M) to Cheya (1442 M)

  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 o...

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Day Eight: Cheya (1442 M) to Trashigang

  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 t...

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