This century old trail was mainly used as trade route and to pay tax to Penlop at central government at Trongsa. Trail are also used for cattle migration from Bumthang to Luntshe during the winter. It is also popularly known to the people as Wild Rodongla Trek. Because of very narrow and steep trail. This trail is hardly used nowadays either by Bhutanese people or foreign trekkers.
Recently this trail is been used by Sacred Himalaya Travel to promote community based tourism, Advantage of this trek is that you can fly into Paro and exit via eastern border town Samdrup Jongkhar and fly out from Guwahati Airport Assam, India.
Trek Duration: 8days
Distance: 88miles /142km
Season: (April, May to Oct, Nov)
Day1. Arrive to Paro: Overnight at hotel, Alt: 2235m/7330ft.
Day2. Day Excursion to Taksang “tigers nest” Overnight at Thimphu. Alt: 2320m/76096ft.
Day3. Thimphu —sightseeing and drive to Punakha. Overnight at hotel. Alt: 1200m/3936ft.
Day4. Punakha to Jakar. 212km/7hrs : Overnight at hotel. Alt:2580m / 8463ft.
Day5. Bumthang Sightseeing: drive to Ogyencholing palace. Alt: 2805m/9200ft.
Day6. (Trek starts) Ugyen Choling to Phokpey. Time: 4 to 5 hr. Distance: 6.2miles/ 10km. Altitude gain 2968ft. Altitude loss: Nil. Camp. Alt: 3710m /12,169ft.
Day7. Phokphy to Pimi. Time: 6hrs, Distance: 9.9miles/16km, Altitude gain: 1066ft, Altitude loss: 3428ft. Camp. Alt: 2990m/9807ft.
Day8. Pimi to Khini lakhang; Time: 6hrs, Distance: 9.3 miles, Altitude gain: 1148ft. Altitude loss: 4820ft. Camp, Alt: 2035m /6675ft.
Day9. Khini Lakhang to TangmaChu: Time 5 to 6hrs, Distance10.5miles/17km, Altitude gain: 705ft, Altitude loss: 1509ft. Camp, Alt: 5379ft/1640m.
Day10. Tangmachu to Menji : Time 3 to 4hr drive , Distance: 7.4miles/12km. Altitude gain: 2821ft/ 860m, Altitude Loss: 1509ft/ 460m. Camp, Alt: 6691ft/2040m.
Day11. Menji to Pemi. : Time: 5 to 6hrs, Distance: 8 miles/13km. Altitude gain: 1640ft/500m. Alt, Loss : Nil. Camp, Alt: 8331ft/2540m.
Day12. Pemi to Taupong : Time: 7 to 8hrs, Distance:13miles/21km. Altitude gain:4694ft/1431m, Altitude loss: 4799ft/1463m. Camp, Alt: 8226ft/2508m.
Day13. Taupong to Tashi Yangtse : Time: 6 to 7hrs, Distance 11 ½ miles /18km, Altitude gain: Nil, Altitude loss: 2322ft/708m. Camp, Alt: 5904ft/ 1800m.
Day14. Tashi Yangtse to Tashigang: Time: 2 hrs, Distance: 53km. Overnight at hotel. Alt:2020m/ 6625ft.
Day15. Tashi gang to S/Jongkhar: Time 6 to 7 hrs. 175km. Overnight at Samdrup Jongkhar. Alt:215m/705ft.
Day16. S/jongkhar to Guwhati Airport drop: Time: 4hrs /110km.