Arunachal Adventures VII – Trek the sub-tropical foothills and lower alpine reaches in the verdant and richly forested central East Siang and savour the joys of rafting at very interesting, yet reasonable, levels on the lower reaches of the Siang just before the river acquires another beautiful name - the Brahmaputra.
1. Intention. To add positive energy to our love for life by the simple adventures of trekking the foothills and rough road safari in the mildly alpine middle reaches of the Yamne encatchment. To be with the tribes (Adi Minyong, Adi Pasi, etc) of this region, most of them unfamiliar modern life. To cherish the rich flora and fauna that nature has gifed to the region. To be with nature and to delight in her at her un-spoilt best. To revel in nature’s grandeur as adventure alone can offer us a chance to do in what is surely amongst the planet’s last untouched wonders.

2. Duration. 15 grand days of trekking and driving east of the Siang even as we walk amongst tribes that have remained secluded from much of modern life, fortunately, and in super rafting on the delightful lower reaches of the mighty Siang. 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 it 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 steamer and road from Dibrugarh to Pasighat. Trekking, then driving up the Yamne. Reach the road to Tuting and from that point by raft down the Siang from Gettu to Pasighat. 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 Mar.

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 steamer and road to Pasighat. Night over at Pasighat.

(b) Sub-Part I. The next day we start with a sweet two hour drive up the Siang to Yembung where the great river is crossed by a suspension bridge almost 330 metres across. Trek to Sessan and interact with the tribal folks. Night next to the village. A 15 km trek, not demanding, to Pongin. Halt next to the Village. Another long days trek again, again not very demanding, and we reach Karu, passing the tribal fields and seeing them work. The next day we reach Komsin. A largish spread out village. Another two days of good hill walking and we descend eastwards onto the Yamne River, famous for its Mahseer. An interesting road safari in jeeps now starts as we take the road going up along the Yamne. The road safari is three days long in which, as we drive up the Yamne, we detour slightly to visit an interesting village called Sibuk from the Adi Pasi tribe and known for its handicrafts, come back down hill to Dumro, go on to village Mariyang which has the Sub-Divisional Headquarters and at who’s inspection bungalow we spend on of the nights. Finally going past Dalbuing we meet the main Tuting road astride the mighty Siang near Shimong and Karko.We drive down to Geku for the night. (10 immensely enjoyable days in Arunachal Pradesh so far, trekking and driving in the lower foothills of the dwindling eastern Himalayas).

(c) Sub-Part II. A day to rest and recoup at Geku. We use the day also to familiarize ourselves with our rafting gear and go over some basic lessons. The next day we start out on the rafting trip, halting at Pangin after a few of the relatively easier rapids the river offers. The next day is a shorter run to Yembung, which we already are familiar with and the last day on the river is spent floating on our rafts down to Pasighat. Overnight and we take the steamer back to Dibrugarh wher we halt over to catch our flight out. (5 great days since we reached Geku).

(d) The next day 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, 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 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, 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 four months prior to arrival. Half the determined costs to be paid on registration and the balance to be paid 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.