Arunachal Adventures I – A great Trek (low to high altitude) in Bomdila – Tawang area and optionally the additional joy of rafting down and angling in the beautiful Kameng River (AA 1)
1. Intention. Through our love for trekking at high and low altitudes amongst the worlds most beautiful hills and mountains and through our spirit of adventure, to share a few days in the lives of the Monpas. To raft down the great Kameng. To cherish the great rainforests, delight in nature at her un-spoilt best, climb through varying large verdant forests and up amongst the lofty Himalayas and alpine conditions, visit the monasteries including the home of the Gelugpa Sect of the Mahayana tradition in Tawang and join in their prayers. To watch natures bounty in variety of flora, including hundreds of types of orchids. In fact to see a great and different eco system alive. If in Jan/Feb may chance to see the Torgya or Lossar festivals and in October may chance to see the Buddha Mahotsav. Simply to revel in nature’s grandeur – something adventure alone offers us as nothing else can in what is surely amongst the world’s last untouched wonders.

2. Duration. 13 superb days in Arunachal Pradesh (16 if you also decide to go rafting). Add three to four days for Delhi and visits to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, etc. In view of the requirement for us to obtain Restricted Area or Inner Line permits and have them extended it is strongly suggested that registration requests are made at least three to four months in advance as also mentioned in 8 (b) below.

3. Modes of Transportation. By road from Guwahati/Tezpur into the foothills. Trek in the higher Himalayas up to Tawang. Road move on the way back to Bomdila and thence to the plains. For those groups that additionally accept rafting a road move from Bomdila to Seppa and rafting from below Seppa down to Nameri National Park. Road move (for all) to Kaziranga then back to Delhi by air via Guwahati.

4. Best time. Mid Sep to mid March. Good until May in the mountains, though warm and humid in the foothills and plains.

5. Age Profile. 18 years upwards, as per fitness.

6. Broad Itinerary.(Refer Map)

(a) Arrive at Delhi, received, halt over at hotel to rest and recoup. Sightseeing in Delhi and a one day outing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. Flight to Guwahati and night over. Next day move to Bomdila by road. (Alternative of flight to Calcutta and transfer to flight to Tezpur will also be examined if the dates match flight schedules).

(b) An evening seeing Bomdila and preparing for the trek we start the next morning from Bomdila Pass and head for Thembang. The next day climb to Village Lagam and camp beyond it. Crossing Poshing La we halt between Poshing La and Tse La. Tse La is crossed next and we climb on to village Chumba. The next day we cross the main Se La ridge line for our first views of the glorious Outer Himalayas. Down to Nyuri and a bath in its nearby hot springs. We then trek down the range and along the Tawang Chu river and three days of exhilarating walks later reach the highway at Jang from where we get a road hop up to the great township of Tawang. (10 days in Arunachal Pradesh).

(c) We spend two nights at Tawang and visit the township and surrounding villages and monasteries some of great historic importance to all Buddhists. It is only with deep regrets that we will leave this township, its beautiful Buddhist culture and surrounding villages to move by road back to Bomdila, crossing the great Se La en route. Halts also at Jaswant Garh (to get a last view of the great Himalayas across the Tawang Chu and pay respects to a great fighter of the 1962 war), and at Dirang help us enhance our oneness with the land and its people. A night at Bomdila (we can alternatively halt at Dirang for the night and see the eritage of this little township) and we head for Kaziranga National Park. Those that have accepted to enjoy rafting down the Bhareli (Kameng) river will head instead for Seppa. (3 more days in Arunachal Pradesh, and 3 more days of fun for the groups that accept rafting).

(d) Two nights next at Kaziranga National Park where we spend many an hour on elephant back in search of its amazing wild life and take the flight back to Delhi from Guwahati. For those that are rafting – a night over at Seppa followed by three great days of rafting and camping out, and angling for those who love to fish, and then a night halt at Nameri National Park, followed by a day and a night at Kaziranga before catching the flight back to Delhi.

(e) A brief halt at Delhi and the flight back home is taken, but with plans for the next adventure trip to other parts of our special Arunachal Pradesh or adventures in other parts of the hitherto not well known North-East already taking shape in the mind.

7. Accommodation and Cuisine. This will be a mix of hotels, rest houses/inspection bungalows, camps in tents, the odd home stay where viable. Changes can be made to suit specific participant requirements. Cuisine. Mainly Indian, with due care and regard to sensitivity to spices. Chinese or Tibetan fares are options.

8. Cost of Basic Itinerary above (Delhi airport back to Delhi airport).

(a) Our plans are all inclusive in India and based on a group of about 10 for the basic itinerary suggested above. This includes airport transfers, hotel and basic sightseeing costs at Delhi, Agra and at all halts in Arunachal Pradesh, domestic air fares within India, tips, accommodation (twin sharing), water and all meals. It also includes all costs of treks/rafts including costs of English speaking trek leaders, guides and rafting boat-masters, equipment, porters and ponies, entry fees at various places/parks, road transport in exclusive jeeps, government royalties, and the costs of any special clothing that you want us to arrange for the duration of the trip which can be indicated to us when registering. However international air-fares, airport taxes, visa charges, duty on any items and personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry, tobacco, phone calls, camera charges where applicable and individual expenses incurred away from the plan for the group are excluded.

(b) Registration. As this is the peak tourist period it is essential that Registration be done at least three to four months prior to arrival. Half the determined costs to be paid on registration and the balance to be paid six weeks prior to arrival.

9. Changes in the itinerary, if requested, can be worked out and costs evaluated separately. Or, any other specified itinerary can be developed to match your interests.