SALT TREK ROUTE
Duration: 8 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
This trek harkens back to the days when eastern Bhutan had no roads. As the border area with India was the only source of salt, the people hiked along this route to the border settlement called Gudama to buy it and carry it back home all the way. We retrace this route. Every stop has a story to tell, every climb and descent bear marks of yesteryears. We tread through farms, numerous villages, lowland to upland forests, and meet hordes of local people with varied lifestyle. In many ways, the route introduces us to two civilizations – India down south and Bhutan up north.
• The border town of Samdrupjongkhar and adjoining areas which carry quaint looks of both Indian and Bhutanese culture and influences.
• We delve into heartland of eastern Bhutan, pretty much unexplored and unknown to outside world.
• We take a firsthand look at how ancient Bhutan is giving way to the new – development and modernization. This region has probably the last remnants of Bhutan’s yesteryears.
3-star plus hotels, three meals, SUV/mini bus/coaster, guides, trekking gear, camping equipment, entry fees, mineral water, cultural program (in groups of 10 or more people), and taxes
Air tickets, travel insurance, drinks, visa fee, laundry.