Arunachal Adventures Special One –Be amongst the first few in the world on a special and testing trekking expedition at all altitudes – from the great Siang, through eastern parts of Siang into the Dibang Valley. A forgotten and little known and little used route in challenging terrain. Preceded by a road safari to Ziro and then Daporijo, time amongst the Apatinis, Hillmiris, Nishis and others followed by a drive along the Siyum to Pangin and then up the Siang to the start point, Tuting. Then the main Expedition follows.
1. Intention. To give ourselves the once in a lifetime chance of trekking and climbing in areas unknown to the bulk of humanity and rarely used even by the inhabitants of some of the best parts of the Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh. To deepen our love for hiking and adventure in areas that are natures prettiest, the lower hills and rainforests up to the alpine glory of the Himalayas on the higher reaches of the beautiful mountain watersheds that separate the Siang and the Dibang upper encatchment areas. To be with and study the Khampas and the other tribes of the wonderland that is Arunachal Pradesh. To delight in nature at her un-spoilt best in her green, rocky and snowy glory. To wonder at natures bounty in her variety of fauna and flora, including hundreds of types of orchids. In fact to see different eco systems alive. To revel in nature’s grandeur as adventure alone offers us a chance to do in an area that is surely amongst the planet’s last untouched wonders.

2. Duration. 30 days of brilliant adventure in Arunachal Pradesh. Add three to four days 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.

3. Modes of Transportation. By road from Tezpur/Guwahati into the foothills and to Itanagar. Road safari upto Ziro, Daporijo, Pangin and Tuting. Road move post the Expedition from Dibang Valley to Dibrugarh to take the flight to Delhi.

4. Best time. Oct 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 move to Itanagar 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 and a full day to see Itanagar. Next day is a beautiful road safari 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 en route. To Along and Pangin on the next day and we greet the great River – the Tsangpo or Siang. Next day we drive up the river and arrive at Tuting, our road head. One day at Tuting as we prepare for the great trek ahead. (8 days in Arunachal Pradesh so far).

(c) Sub-Part II. At last the main Expedition starts by crossing the river and we start our trek which basically runs up the fast descending Yang Sang Chu, a feeder flowing into the Siang and which flows down from none else but the formidable Abroka Pass itself. We initially cross Kugging and passing through Jidu and later Nyering, with the halts at Mankota and Simmugi. At all places the locals greet us with affection and seeing their houses and basic living further draws us inwardly to nature. Climbing on we pass Tasigong and reach Singa. The difficult reaches are now upon us and it takes us almost another five days to reach Abroka Pass, known to so very few on the earth. Our halts before the pass will be at Elegu, Apilolimbo, Alokolo – Mitualitomu and Etombro. We hope the weather remains with us as we cross and head downwards towards the Dibang. We start descending and it is three days before we reach the hamlet at Chepwe, having passed Ahi Lake, Ishuni and Bujali. We are descending fast now and our next three halts are at Ashalin, Embronggo and Anelin. Finally we reach the Dibang river where transport awaits us. (18 challenging days on this phenomenal trek).

(c) Sub-Part III. We drive upriver to Anini in a day. Here we then undertake two days of mild treks to some nearby villages towards the Dree River which has its own tribal villages of the Mishmi tribe. We then start by road and going down along the Dibang reach Roing and are now on the threshold of Assam. (4 more days in Arunachal Pradesh)

(c) Sub-Part IV. The next day we drive to Dibrugarh where we halt over and the following day take the flight back to Delhi from Dibrugarh. If requested (and strongly recommended, having come so close after traveling so far) an additional three to four 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 as an addition to the above basic itinerary.

(d) 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 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.This trek is in the midst of the peak tourist season and in particular requires special preparations. Hence 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.