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Travel number: 75
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Eastern Arunachal Pradesh and Assam

16 days Bicycle Tours / MTB, Himalaya Trekking, Multi Active Cultural Tours

Reiseverlaufskarte zu Eastern Arunachal Pradesh and Assam

Number of participants: from 2 people

Requirements: 3 von 10

Our activities are moderate, but a desire for movement and a little adventure is part of it. We will visit a region that is still relatively undeveloped for tourism. Tolerance and flexibility are required!

A multi-active tour with rafting, cycling, hiking, a diverse wildlife and unique culture   !

This journey is an adventurous and cultural odyssey in which we travel through a   hardly-explored region, incorporate the beauty of nature into us and get in close contact with the local inhabitants to learn and understand their culture and lifestyle.

The tour takes us from eastern Arunachal Pradesh to the neighborhoods of the Siang, Dibang and Lohit rivers. We start in the Siang region, an area populated mainly by the so-called Adi tribe.

Siang is one of the best rafting rivers in the Indian subcontinent and has rapids of all levels to offer.

After the rafting tour we move further south to the Dibang region, where the “Idu” Mishmi tribe is settled. This is where our bike tour begins and we cycle through the areas of various tribes and the Khamti region to the town of Wakro.

Wakro is located on the edge of the Kamlang Nature Reserve and is the starting point of the “Glow Lake Trail”. Here we have the opportunity to visit an organic tea plantation with factory.

The next part of our tour takes us to Namdapha National Park, the largest protected area in Asia. The entire region is densely forested. It is the region of different tribes with different and unique languages, food, clothing, weapons, etc. What they all have in common, is their Mongolian ancestry, close social connection and a great dependence on the forest in which they live.

Finally we will visit the Kaziranga National Park in central Assam. The National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few national parks that offers jeep and elephant safaris to spot tigers, rhinos and elephants.

Day 1 Dibrugarh

Today you will be picked up from the airport and taken to your hotel. In addition, you will be introduced briefly to the program of the next few days.

Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 2 Dibrugarh – Pasighat

For 4-5 hours we drive towards Pasighat and cross the green rural Assam. With the ferry we make an exciting 45 minute crossing over the Brahmaputra and reach Arunachal Pradesh.

Transfer distance: 170 km – 5 hours

Overnight stay: Luxury Camp

Day 3 Pasighat

After breakfast we drive to Bodak village on the eastern side of the Siang river. This is where our rafting tour starts to Ranaghat. We have a small picnic and then return to our camp in the evening. Here we can enjoy a good dinner by the campfire.

Activity: Rafting

Overnight:Luxury Camp

Day 4 Pasighat – Roing

Today we will travel to the Dibang region. Dibang is another large eastern river that flows into the Bramaputra. This trip is certainly one of the most exciting in the whole of north-eastern India, with a variety of river crossings, where we will not always have bridges and ferries available. During the 4-5 hour drive we will also visit a small Idu village.

Transfer distance: 100 km – 4 hours

Overnight stay: Inn

Day 5 Roing – Tengapani

Today we leave the Idu- Mishmi area behind us and cycle to Tengapani, which is 65 km from the Lohit River.

This region is home to the Khamti, who have immigrated to this fertile plain of the Lohit from Myanmar. Until 1980, this region was the wealthiest in Asia due to a well-functioning timber trade. The timber trade was banned in the 1980s. Unlike many neighbouring tribes, the Khamti are more sedentary and are even the only tribe with their own writing. They have a close social system and are deeply devout Buddhists. Their delicious cuisine must be mentioned: the aromatic composition of local herbs and ancient recipes make the Khamti housewives the best cooks! The 65 km long bike tour will run on well-developed and flat roads with some ferry crossing.

Activity: Bicycle 65 km

Overnight stay: Inn

Day 6 Tengapani – Wakro

While we leave the Khamti Belt behind us, we cycle to the “Miju” Mishu region, which is located on the edge of the Kamlang Nature Reserve. Wakro (“Where the bamboo grows”) is a small town known for its orange, orchids and the neighboring pilgrimage area Of Parshuram Kund. Upon arrival we will continue to cycle through the organic tea plantations where we will stay overnight.

Activity: Bicycle – 50 km / Visit to the Buddhist Chowkham Temple

Overnight stay: Inn

Day 7 Wakro- Glowsee

Today we start with our hiking tour. Our destination is the beautiful Glow Lake, which lies deep in the Mishmi Mountains. The hike leads us through green forests along the Kamlang river up to the lake. The Glowlake is located at an altitude of 1160 meters and can only be reached by a single path. There is no permanent settlement here and there is not much left here except for a few huts, which are being used to dry the fish by locals. This is where we set up our camp.

Activity: Hike – 9 km (6-7 hours)

Overnight stay: Camp

Day 8 Glow Lake

Today we have a rest day at the beautiful lake to explore the surroundings, relax and enjoy the good food in the camp. If you like, you can try your hand at fishing.

Activity: Fishing/ Relaxing

Overnight stay: Camp

Day 9 Glow Lake – Deban

The way back from the lake should take a little less time than the way up. Afterwards we continue in the vehicle to the Namdapha Nature Reserve. The journey through deep bamboo forest, as well as through the villages of Mishmi and Chakma, will be about 2 hours.

Activity: Hike – 9 km/drive – 50 km (2 hours)

Overnight stay: Camp

Day 10 Deban- Namdapha National Park

Deban is a small settlement on the edge of Namdapha National Park. We will live on the banks of the Noa Dihing River. Namdapha is the largest protected area in Asia and has a unique flora and fauna. We will cycle through the park on forest roads and take a small guided hike with a bird expert, with the possibility to spot the white-browed gibbon, as well as the rhinoceros. If we still feel like in the evening, we can visit the nearby Chamka village. The Buddhist Chamkas came as refugees long ago from Burma and Bangladesh and have not yet received refugee status in India.

Activity: Bicycle/ Hike/ Bird watching/ Village Visit

Overnight:Camp

Day 11 Deban – Miao

Today we will cycle to the town of Miao along the Chakma villages. As we cycle, we can observe people doing their daily work. Around noon we reach our inn and in the afternoon we can visit a nearby Tibetan refugee camp.

Activity: Bicycle – 35 km/ Visit to a Tibetan refugee camp

Overnight stay: Inn

Day 12 Diban – Jorehat

Today we leave Arunachal Pradesh and will drive through the coal, oil and tea belt as Assam. Our stay is a colonial-style bungalow surrounded by tea plantations. Today you will get to know a lot of Assam’s rural region.

Transfer distance: 150 Km/ 4 to 5 hours

Overnight stay: Heritage Bungalow

Day 13 Jorehat – Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is located another 100 km (2 hours on good roads) west of Jorehat. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to two-thirds of the world’s protected rhinos and also has a large density of tigers. In the afternoon you will take a jeep safari through the park.

Transfer distance: 100 Km/ 2 to 3 hours

Overnight stay: Resort

Day 14 Kaziranga National Park

Today you can relax between safaris at your resort. Early in the morning we take an exciting safari on the back of an elephant – the best way to get close to the rhinos. Two more Jeep Safaris are planned for the rest of the day!

Activity: Jeep and Elephant Safaris

Overnight stay: Resort

Day 15 Kaziranga National Park – Guwahati

More than 250 km it goes to The Assams capital Guwahati. On the way we will stop to observe the river dolphins. You will be taken to the hotel and have the option to visit the State Museum in the afternoon.

Transfer distance 250 Km/ 5 hours

Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 16 Departure

You will be taken to the airport and will start your journey back home.

included services:

  • Accommodation: 15 nights
  • Transportation: maximum 4 people per vehicle
  • All meals ( 15 x breakfast, 15 lunches, 15 dinners)
  • Refreshments and water during activities
  • Guide: English-speaking guide (Noels certified)
  • Carrier: For the hikes
  • all entry fees
  • Activities as mentioned
  • Equipment: mountain bike (Scott Aspect 660) , helmets and water bottles, spare parts

non-included services:

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Fee for entry permit to Arunachal Pradesh (approx. 70 Euro)
  • unmentioned food and beverages

Best time to visit is from October to March

Prices:

from 2 participants per person 2349 Euro

from 4 participants per person 1749 Euro

We are located in a remote, touristy region that is largely undeveloped. Our accommodations are all clean and well maintained, but with exceptions a little easier and without running water. During the trek we will stay in tents.

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