Arunachal Adventures IV – The big prize…. Trek up a great river through diverse countryside, hills and mountains and ever increasing altitude till we meet one of the world’s supreme wonders – the Siang River and then raft down it in the most unique river running sections in the world. This is the most dynamic way to see and feel Arunachal, to become one with nature in her glory. Please also note this trip entails early registration.

Note: Sound previous rafting knowledge is essential for the full Route.
1. Intention. To let our spirits soar through some exciting treks and rafting amidst the awesome Himalayan forests, hills and mountain and the beautiful rivers that have crafted their way through these ranges. To raft on the Tsangpo (or the Siang or the Brahmaputra as it is also known). To allow our love for adventure to give us the opportunity study the flora and fauna of this land, a veritable gift from God, and study too the manner of living of the tribes and local inhabitants of this beautiful yet demanding region. To cherish nature by being with nature and to delight in nature at her un-spoilt best. 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. 29 grand days of long distance trekking, rafting and observing the magnificent land and people of Arunachal Pradesh. Add three to four days for Delhi and visits to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, etc. It doesn’t get more dynamic than this. 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 obtaining the best value}

3. Modes of Transportation. By road from Tezpur/Guwahati/Jorhat into the foothills and Itanagar. Road safari upto Ziro and then to Daporizo and Along. Trek from Kambang to Tuting and raft from Tuting to Pasighat. Boat from there to Dibrugarh and flight back to Delhi.

4. Best time. Oct to Nov and then from end Feb/Mar 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 move by road to Itanagar and night over.

(b) Sub-Part I. An evening and a day to see Itanagar and absorb the first introductions to this culture so new to us. Next day is a beautiful road safari to Ziro. A full day thereafter around Ziro to see the amazing tribals in the Apatani Hills. The next day we reach the banks of the Subansiri at Daporijo and halt over to see the villages. The road safari next gets us to Pangin via Along the following day. Here we make preparations for the exciting and demanding trek ahead. (5 days in Arunachal Pradesh so far).

(c) Sub-Part II. The rising sun warms our backs as we head westwards by road for Kambang whence we start the great north-ward trek along the pretty Siyom River. Fourteen fantastic days follow as we trek in God’s own country, such is the magnetic charm and beauty of this area. Sticking mainly to the western bank of the Siyom we reach Yiyu village in five days. Uphill it remains as we stretch on for Gasheng and then crossing the watershed ridge descend on towards the supremely lovely Siang River, taking four days to cross Nging enroute. Three days from Niging and we are at once on the banks of the Siang at Tuting, with Ningguing being the penultimate halt preceding it. (14 days of mid to high altitude super-trekking in Arunachal Pradesh).

(d) Sub-Part III. A day to rest at Tuting and catch up with our rafting equipment which has reached before us. Some basic lessons on white water rafting. Finally the rafting starts and after an extremely exciting 8 days we will finally reach Pasighat. These days are spent on river running sections that are amongst the most unique and the most demanding in the world with rapids ranging from class III to V+ and short and long in length. There will be plenty of cruising moments too and we get a chance to interact with the tribals along the route in their villages and hamlets. Our halts while running this mighty river are at camp sites principally planned at Pango (before which we will run Class IV+ and the Class V monster Ningguing rapids on the day), Rikor (before which we will run four long Class IV+ rapids on this day, and cross Marmong gorge and many other amazing gorges), Bomdo (Class IV at Rikor and Zebra Rock Rapids before we reach Bomdo), Yinkeong/Aulubadi (before which halt we will run the Breakfast Rapid and many Class III to IV rapids on this day), Geku (before which we will run many class III rapids, a long Class IV and the famous Class V+ Karko killer on this day), Pangin (easier going, we have visited Pangin earlier before the trek started), a few rapids but mainly floats thereafter to Yembung/Rotung and finally Pasighat from where, after a night over we take the boat ferry to Dibrugarh, to catch the flight to Delhi thereafter. (Note: Visit to Kaziranga National Park can be added as an addition on request and will entail adding at least another two days to the trip). (10 days).

(e) 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, and 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. This requirement will 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, phone calls, tobacco, camera charges where applicable and individual expenses incurred away from the plan for the group are excluded.

(b) Registration. . As this is trip requires very elaborate and special preparations it is essential that Registration be done at least five to six months prior to arrival. Half the determined costs to be paid on registration and the balance to be paid a clear two months 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.