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.

Summary of Package
Day Starting Point 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 1.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.

Day 2.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.

Day 3.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.

Day 4.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.

Day 5.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.

Day 6.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.

Day 7.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.

Day 8.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.