Arunachal Adventures III – The long miracle – a special trekking expedition in semi-explored terrain and at all altitudes – from the Kameng encatchment east of Bomdila, over the watershed into the Kurung and the Subansari headwaters region. A road safari to Ziro and then Daporijo, time amongst the Apatinis, Hillmiris, Nishis and others followed by a super five day rafting trip down the Subansiri with angling for those that want. (Prior rafting experience required).
1. Intention.To carry our love for hiking and adventure further by a long difficult and demanding, yet beautiful, trek initially through the lower hills and rainforests in Arunachal Pradesh and then into the alpine glory of the Himalayas on the higher reaches of the beautiful mountain watersheds that separate the Bhareli (Kameng) and the Subansiri upper encatchment areas. To be with and study the Monpas, the Apatinis, Hillmiris, Nishis and other tribals of the wonderland that is Arunachal Pradesh. To raft down the great and often turbulent Subansiri. To delight in nature at her un-spoilt best in her green and rocky glory. To wonder at natures bounty in her variety of fauna and flora, including hundreds of types of orchids. In fact to see a great and different eco system alive. To revel in nature’s grandeur as adventure alone offers us a chance to do in what is surely amongst the planet’s last untouched wonders.

2. Duration. 33 grand days of the best of adventures in Arunachal Pradesh. Add three to four days for Delhi and visits to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, etc. This trek requires special preparations and so please register five to six months in advance. Restricted Area or Inner Line permits will be obtained by us as also mentioned in 8 (b) below. {You can take this trip in its various sub-parts though we recommend you take the whole of it for its true value}.

3. Modes of Transportation. By road from Tezpur/Guwahati into the foothills and Bomdila. Road safari upto Tawang and back to Bomdila and then to the start point, Gohaintan. 18 day trek to Nyapin. Road safari to Daporijo via Ziro and raft from upriver of Daporijo to after Dolungmukh. Road move to Kaziranga National Park then back to Delhi by air via Guwahati.

4. Best time. Mid Sep to Nov and then from mid Feb to May/early June.

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, etc. 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) Sub-Part I. An evening seeing Bomdila Next day is a beautiful road safari over Se La to Tawang. A full day at Tawang and back to Bomdila to prepare for the long trek. (5 days in Arunachal Pradesh so far).

(c) Sub-Part II. Move to start point at Gohaintan. The expedition starts from here. The first day is a short trek to Bot. The next day we climb slowly up to Karanganja and the day thereafter sees us reach the beautiful Dijungania. Three days of treks in these excellent hills follow as we trek, climbing and then descending onto the upper regions of the Kameng at Riang. Along the Kameng now, we climb gradually to Leyak and at an easy gait over three days we approach Norang. After eleven of trekking and camping we arrive at last at Kherewa. A long 4 day haul over lonely, high and rugged mountains gets us to Jayeng and we finally across the beautiful, though rugged and lonely watershed into the Subansiri basin. Two more days of hikes and we descend onto the Kurung headwaters, a tributary of the Subansiri, with halts at Kushey and Nyapin where at last, with some delight and relief, we reach the road head. (17 demanding yet great days spent trekking in Arunachal Pradesh).

(d) Sub-Part III. Beautiful road moves follow, initially taking a day to reach Ziro where we spend a day with the amazing Apatani tribals in their villages around Ziro. Then we take a day to move to Daporijo visiting many tribal villages on the way and there we spend a day preparing for the great rafting experience ahead on the Subansiri. (4 more days)

(e) Sub-Part IV.Finally the rafting starts from Taliha, upriver of Daporijo. An entirely different challenge from trekking, we will find the river is great fun. The first day itself on our way to Sippi there are rapids of class III+/IV types, and interesting rapids continue the next day when we halt again at Daporijo. The third day sees us through a longish gorge and some rapids until we at last reach the confluence of the Subansiri with its tributary Kamla. The fourth day we camp at Yeramukh and early on the fifth day we bid adieu to the river and the rafts not long after Dolungmukh and make it to Jorhat by road, crossing the long and beautiful Majuli Island in the Brahmaputra and after also traveling in a ferry. A day in the Kaziranga National Park follows to let us complete our tryst with the Rhinos and we next fly back to Delhi from Guwahati. (last 7 days of fun, including the rafting and the trip to Kaziranga).

(f) A brief halt at Delhi and the flight back home is taken with plans for the next adventure trip in other parts of the very special Arunachal Pradesh or elsewhere in India 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 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.