Arunachal Adventures VI – Tezu O Tezu, gateway to the marvelous Lohit ! The intriguing Mishmi hills and mountains rising sharply from this great river. An adventure unique that offers a bit of it all in much lesser time. Share life’s festival of existence in its pristine form in the most delightful alpine, tropical and sub-tropical forest.
1. Intention. To let our love for nature blossom as we adventure through the extremely beautiful Mishmi hills and mountains comprising the Lohit encatchment. To cherish nature, be with her, delight in her 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. If in March to try to make it for the Tamladu festival.

2. Duration. 16 grand days of trekking and drives as we observe the magnificent land and people of the very unique Lohit basin in Arunachal Pradesh. Add three to four days for Delhi and visits to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, etc. Though not included in the basic itinerary we strongly suggest that at least three additional days be considered to visit the Namdapha Wild Life Sanctuary as there is little like it elsewhere and just visiting is an adventure by itself. 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 Dibrugarh to Tezu. Driving and trekking up the Lohit and its tributary, the Tellu. Return by road from Hayuliang to Dibrugarh. If requested then by road for a visit to the Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary and area between Miao and Dibrugarh. Flight back to Delhi.

4. Best time. Oct to mid Dec. mid-Feb to May.

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 Dibrugarh. By road to Tezu after a ferry crossing over the Lohit and night over.

(b) The next day starts with a long and beautiful drive up the very active Lohit river to Hayuliang, visiting Idu Mishmi villages on the way. We make preparations for the exciting and demanding two week trek ahead. With the aim of bathing in the waters of the hot springs near the still far away Kahao and Kibithoo, we start a glorious trek which over the next nine days and nights often in camps, takes us past Lepanglat, Changwinty, Wati and Walong. The return trek back to Hayuliang is done in five days but we have an entirely different perspective as we climb over ridge lines which have altitudes over 15000 feet, cross Du Pass and trek past Khaliang and Chirangla. From Hayuliang we move back to Tezu for a night over and to rest our by now weary limbs. (16 immensely enjoyable, even if at times demanding, trekking days in Arunachal Pradesh so far).

(c) The next morning we take the flight back to Delhi from Dibrugarh. If requested (and strongly recommended, having come so close after traveling so far) an additional three days can be spent visiting the Namdapha Wild Life Sanctuary which offers a one of its kind experience on this planet and sightseeing towards Dibrugarh. Three days, at least, are suggested and will have to be specifically asked for. Finally a brief halt at Delhi and the flight back home is taken but with plans for the next adventure trip in other parts of the very special Arunachal Pradesh

7. Accommodation and Cuisine. This will be a mix of hotels, 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 including costs of English speaking trek leaders, guides, 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, 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.