Travel number: 88
Eastern Arunachal Pradesh Crossing The Mishmi Mountains
20 days Bicycle Tours / MTB
Number of participants: 4-10 participants
Requirements: 7 von 10
The long journey, the route profile, the routes themselves, as well as the seclusion of the tour make this trip challenging overall.
You should be mentally and physically fit. Flexibility, openness and a step out of the comfort zone are part of this journey and then it can become something very special.
The roads are in a wide variety of condition - from sandy jeep track, to well-developed tar roads. In some cases, the ascents are quite long and steep.
A challenging bike ride through one of India’s most remote regions. The sparsely populated state of Arunachal Pradesh is located in the very north-east of the low but highly rugged Himalayas. The name means “Land of the Mountains in the Dawn”.
Arunachal Pradesh is the most sparsely populated state in India with only 17 inhabitants per km and the third smallest with an area of 84000 km. Indigenous peoples are mainly at home here. There are more than 100 tribes in the small mountain state of Arunachal Pradesh, which borders the countries of China and Myanmar – many with their own language, religion and culture and some will meet us on our journey through the Himalayan state.
This pilot tour starts in the neighboring state of Assam and leads us into the Acheso valley, where the road ends (if the road continued, we would reach China). During the tour we will drive through the most diverse natural areas Due to the humid monsoon climate, the region is equipped with a tropical-evergreen rain and cloud forest vegetation. The route runs from the oil and tea plantations in Assam, through the tropical forests of Namdaphas and Kamlang, to the grassy landscapes of the Acheso Valley. Every day is a revelation with deep cultural insights and scenic charms.
A follow-up tour through the beautiful neighbouring northeastern states of Assam and Meghalaya with a visit to The Kaziranga National Park to visit rhinos, tigers and elephants, the “living tree bridges”, as well as the green tea plantations of Assam.
Day 1 Independent arrival from your home country
Flight from home country to Delhi (-/-/-)
Day 2 Arrival and Exploration of New Delhi
You will be picked up at the airport and taken to the hotel. The rest of the day we use to explore the surrounding area together. (B/-/-)
Day 3 Morning Bicycle Sightseeing Tour
In the early hours of the morning we take a guided bike tour through the old streets of Old Delhi. The rest of the day is free (B/-/-)
Day 4 New Delhi – Dibrughar – Inthong
(Also direct arrival possible today from your country to Dibrughar)
After a 3-hour flight we land in the early afternoon in the east of Assam and arrive after another 3 h transfer to our starting point Inthong. This is one of 8 villages where the Singpho live. They are one of 4 Thai tribes of the region, called Jingpaw in China and Kachin in Myanmar. Interestingly, they were the first to make tea on Indian territory and enjoy it to this day.
Overnight: Eco Lodge in the usual comfortable bamboo huts (B/L/D)
Day 5 Inthong – Miao
We take over the rental bikes and leave Inthong in an easterly direction via the mining town of Margherita and the coal region of Assams to Miao, which is picturesquely located on the banks of the Nao Dihing River. Along the way we visit a Tibetan refugee camp, where, in addition to agriculture, they specialize in the production of carpets in demand in the region.
Overnight: Eco Lodge in the usual comfortable bamboo huts (B/L/D)
Length of the route: approx. 65 km Total ascents: approx. 370 m light – medium
Day 6 Miao – Deban
Our current destination is the village of Deban on the border with Namdapha National Park. For this we follow the river Noa Dihing upstream. The National Park is one of the largest protected nature reserves in Asia and extends to the border of Myanmar. The short day on the bikes over small village and forest roads allows us to take a small exploration tour through the national park in the afternoon. Tent camp or easy accommodation in lockable rooms with mattresses and sleeping bags. (B/L/D)
Length of route: 37 km Total ascents 420 m light -medium
Day 7 Deban – Wakro
For most of the route we are on bad roads and through dense forest along the borders of Namdapha National Park and the Kamlang Nature Reserve. Every now and then it is necessary to cross dry river beds, which can become raging rivers in the monsoon. For those with good eyes, there is the possibility to spot rare birds. We pass villages of the Miju Mishmi and Chakma tribes until we reach the town of Wako. The name of the city means “Where the bamboo grows” and the city is known for its orange orchids and the nearby pilgrimage site Parshuram Kund.
Our Eco Lodge in simple wooden construction offers rustic beds on which we use our sleeping bags, but also hot water showers. (B/L/D)
Length of route: 49 km Total ascents: 550 m medium
Day 8 Wakro – Titting
A challenging but beautiful cycling day awaits us first along the Lohit River, where we also find the place of pilgrimage. After a undulating start, we will also cover the 15 and 12km long ascents to the Hawa Pass and after a break further up to the Udayak Pass, which have a total of about 1,500 metres of altitude. Afterwards we recover from this performance on an equally long descent. Not far from the hamlet of Titting we cross the Lohit again and reach our picturesque camp on a sandbank of the river. Overnight in the tent camp (B/L/D)
Length of route: 70 km Total ascents: 1,500 m medium -hard
Day 9 Titting – Tezu
On the first 30 km we can start the descent of the previous day up to the Adayak Pass on the bike or in the jeep in the opposite direction. From there follows a 40 km long descent through the dense green of the jungle to the main town of the Diagru Mishi tribe. We always enjoy fascinating views of the wide plain of the Lohit River.
Overnight stay in a simple homestay (B/L/D)
Length of track: max. 70 km total ascents: max. 1,200m light – hard
Day 10 Tezu – Roing
Roing is the district capital of the Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh – a small town nestled at the foothills of the easternmost Himalayas. We are now in an area of densely wooded hills that extend to the borders with China in the north and east, while the mighty Brahmaputra with its tributaries lies west of us. It is the land of Idu Mishmi, a people that has spread to southwestern China. The Idu are animal activists and conservationists and their language is on the red list of threatened languages.
Overnight stay in a simple lodge with 4 rooms, shower and toilets. (B/L/D)
Length of route: 67 km Total ascents: 650 m medium
Day 11 Roing – 47 Kilo
At today’s 40 km it is necessary to climb 1600 meters of altitude. It goes deeper and deeper into the eastern Himalayas to our present camp. From today, the so-called “Mithun Steps” will shape the landscape. The steps were created by the people to keep the “Mithuns” (bison) away from an overflow into other territories.
Overnight in the tent camp; hot bucket shower. (B/L/D)
Length of route: 42 km Total ascents: 1,600 m hard
Day 12 48 Kilo – Ithun River
All in all, a relaxed day compared to the previous one. Up to the Mayodia Pass we have a steady increase. The pass is one of the easternmost passes of the Himalayas that are passable! Even if the pass is only 2800 meters high, you still have quite a lot of snow up here. During the first 17 km we overcome 750 meters of altitude. After that it goes downhill to Hunli. Overnight in the camp (B/L/D)
Length of route: 62 km Total ascents: 820 m medium
Day 13 Ithun River – 173 kilos/aloya
A hard day awaits us with poor road conditions and short but steep climbs. Nevertheless, it is scenically beautiful and we cycle deep into the Dibang valley. The number of “Mithun steps” increases noticeably, because the resident Idu Mishmi consider the bison as their wealth and the status of the family depends on the number of their fellows. Overnight in the camp (B/L/D)
Length of route: 47 km Total ascents: 600 m medium
Day 14 173 Kilo -Amboli
Another beautiful and hard day to the same. For most of the route we stay at the rivers Dibang and Dri. The climbs are getting longer and the road is getting worse – a sign that it is coming to an end. Today will be probably the most strenuous day of the tour. Overnight in the camp (F/M/A)
Length of route: 52 km Total ascents: 860 m medium -hard
Day 15 Amboli – Acheso Valley
The last day on the bike starts with a short but steep climb high to Anini. After the first 18 km to Anini it becomes noticeably easier with some long descents down into the Acheso valley. Today the road is in a much better condition than in the days before. Overnight in the camp (B/L/D)
Length of route: 41 km Total ascents: 850 m medium
Day 16 Acheso – Ithun River (Transfer)
We manage the first part of the transfer back on difficult ground on a first section over 140 km in 6-7 h.
Overnight in the tent camp; hot bucket shower (B/L/D)
Day 17 Ithun River – Tengapani (Transfer)
The 170 km to be covered today will take about 6 hours again. Tengapani is the heart of the Khamti tribe region on the Namesake River near the Great Golden Pagoda.
Overnight stay in the guest house of the pagoda (B/L/D)
Day 18 Tengapani – Dibru Saikhowa National Park
Today we sit on the wheels for the last time and roll on good and flat roads along the great Brahmaputra towards another highlight, the Dibru Saikhowa National Park. This is a branch of the Brahmaputra and is home to hundreds of birds and other rare species.
Overnight in the lodges of the National Park.
Length of track: max. 90 km total ascents: max. 100 m light
Day 19 Dibru Saikhowa N.P. -Dibrugarh – New Delhi
Morning boat tour through the lagoon. After breakfast transfer to Dibrugarh Airport.
Return flight in the early afternoon. Onward flight back home in the evening or the next morning.
Day 20 Return flight back home
Arrival in back home
Cycling: 12 Days
Total distance: max. 700 km
Total increases: max. 9,500 m
Difficulty level: medium – difficult
- 15 nights with accomodation according to the mentioned program
- 2 -3 Overnight in Hotel with Breakfast in Delhi
- all intra-Indian transfers
- Bicycle rental
- Accompanying vehicle
- Tour guide
- Full catering incl. typical breakfast, water, snacks during the Arunachal Tour
- International and domestic flights, which we will be happy to book on request
- Bicycle Tour Old Delhi
- Visa and special permit
- private expenditure
Best time to visit: October- March
Price per person from 4 participants
2495 € (excluding flights) single supplement 250 €
(a trip of 2 people or more is possible, please make a separate request)
Information about our bike tours in the Himalayan region
1. Guide and team
On all our bike tours we have at least one (for larger groups of 6 participants two) mountain bike guide and mechanic with us, who take care of our guests and their bicycles.
Our all guides speak English.
In addition, there is a local team consisting of a chef, helpers, drivers.
All our team members have been working with us for years, are very friendly and always strive to prepare our guests for a great Himalayan experience. Their English is rather mediocre or non-existent, but this is not necessarily a hindrance to communicating with them.
2. Bicycle routes
The bike routes are designed for the skills of our guests and are all feasible for a person with a good fitness level, unless otherwise mentioned. The daily routes are between five and eight hours long (with breaks) and an average increase of around 500-800 metres of altitude is completed.
In between, rivers may have to be crossed or crossed. The roads range from well-developed tarmac roads to stony jeep slopes. The ascents are moderate, but long, with the long descents up to 50 km one should exercise caution. The roads are connecting roads and are also used by tourists in cars, motorcyclists and trucks. Traffic is moderate, but you should be careful. In India, the left-wing driving commandment applies. So it would be better to give priority to all other road participants.
We provide you with our own trek or Scott bikes. These bicycles are rental bicycles. We have bicycles in the sizes “Small” and “Medium” and also some bikes with a large frame. All bikes have hydraulic brakes and nine-speed gear. Otherwise, you can also use your own bike. Helmets are mandatory.
4. Daily Routine
7: 00 am Get up with tea
7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
7:00-9:30 am Dismantling of the camp
8:00- 9:30 Start Tour
1:00 pm Lunch on the way
3:00-17:00 Arrival at the camp and camp construction
Each tour participant is responsible for taking personal clothes and items with him. We are travelling with escort vehicles and the luggage will be transported with it. A small day backpack for the camera and something to cover can make sense. The escort vehicle will always be close to us. Click here for the packing list for our bike tours in the Himalayas.
During the tour there will be a vegetarian full catering. Water is either boiled or we have a water filter with us.
Breakfast (daily selection):
- Oatmeal porridge/muesli/cornflakes/Indian porridge
- Indian Breakfast/Toast/Eggs/Jam/Butter/Cheese/Honey/Chocolate Spread
- Sliced fruit/vegetables
Lunch (mostly lunchbox), sometimes warm in the camp
- Sandwiches/Indian (rice, chapati, vegetables)/eggs/potatoes
- French fries/Indian snacks
Dinner ( Mix of Indian/Chinese/Continental)
- Vegetable dish
- Lentil dish
8. Accommodation and Camp
On this tour we are partly housed in simple lodges in Eco farms, partly in our own camps in tents. Please prepare for very simple accommodation in Arunachal.
The lodges are small cabins of various facilities, all with an attached bathroom with hot water.
Due to the seclusion of the region, there are not everywhere fixed accommodation, but we travel with our own camping team and camping equipment.
The team prepares our temporary camps before our arrival. We will sleep in three-man tents for two, and we will also have a kitchen tent, a dining tent, as well as toilet and washing tents with hot water in buckets.
In the Himalayas, temperature fluctuates widely. While it can get warm up to 25°C during the day and the sun is not only warming but also very intense (sun protection is a must), it can also cool down significantly below the minus degrees at night, especially in the months end of September and October, as well as in June. There may also be weather changes with snow on the passes. Sometimes it can also get very windy.