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Trekking tour of Arunachal Pradesh (14 NTS/15 days)

Day 1, Delhi – Guwahati - Nameri National Park (about 220 kms/4-5 hrs).

Arrive Guwahati and straight drive to Nameri National Park, enroute lunch. Arrive Nameri and transfer to your camp. O/n at Camp.

Day 2, Nameri National Park – Bomdila – Thembang (2140m/7,019 ft) – Pangam (Trek).

We leave Nameri this morning and drive to Bomdila (about 75 kms/2-3 hrs.), the headquarters of the West Kameng District of Arunachal. On this drive we see a marked difference to the scenery from the plains of Assam that we left this morning. As you approach Bomdila you will see many Tibetan monks on their way to the far flung monasteries in the interior. Bomdila being the headquarters of the district, you will find here government offices, the local school with a few scattered shops. We drive further down to the village of Thembang and meet our local guide who will guide us to the trail head to begin our trek to Pangam. The people here are mainly of the Gelukpa or Yellow Hat sect of Buddhism The trail is fairly even now as we approach the village of Pangam which is a large village laid out on the hillside. We cross the village and pitch tents on the outskirts for the night. Overnight in tents

Day 3, Pangam – Semnak (1990 m/6,527 ft) – Lagam (2648 m/8,685 ft)

We leave camp early this morning and head for the village of Semnak which is about an hours walk from camp. Here most of the villagers are Buddhists and the influence of Tibet can be seen in the style of the houses which are built of timber and stone. The bamboo forests are dense and as the people here are Buddhists and do not do any hunting, you will see many birds in the forests beside the trail. We pass a small village with many prayer flags strung on upright bamboo poles and come across many chortens on the trail. We finally come out on top of the hill and cross a small Gompa (monastery) and reach the village of Lagam where we camp for the night. Overnight in tents.

Day 4, Lagam – Chander (2925 m/9,594 ft)

Leaving Lagam, the trail enters dense forests and climbs for the next hour. These forests are rich in wildlife and is the habitat of the extremely rare Red Panda. On one side of this old forest road is a steep and densely forested valley and overlooks the forested ridges across the mountains towards Tibet. Walking on this road brings us to the village of Chander (2925 m/9,594 ft) situated on the top of a ridge. Overnight in tents.

Day 5 Chander to Namshu (2090 m/6,855 ft)

Morning after breakfsat we continue on the forest road for the next hour and branch out onto a forest trail leading to the bottom of the valley. The trail is in good condition and a short walk brings us to the bottom of the valley and climbs on the other side of the hill. As we reach the summit of the hill the village of Namshu comes into view. Another half hours walk brings us to a large monastery on the outskirts of the village. Our camp site is near the monastery. Overnight in tents.

Day 6, Namshu – Sangti (1622 m/5,320 ft) - drive to Sange (2947 m/9,666 ft) (Base of Sela Pass)

As we leave Namshu across cultivated fields we come to another beautiful monastery at the opposite end of the village. From the top of the ridge the trail drops down for about an hour to reach Khalebok village (2210 m/7,248 ft). Way down in the valley you can see the houses of Sangti village. We keep descending to the valley floor where we cross over a suspension bridge to reach the village and the road where our vehicles will be waiting to take us to Sange at the base of the Sela pass. At Sange there is a inspection bungalow with basic facilities where we will spend the night.

Day 7, Sange - via Sela pass (4182 m/13,716 ft) to Bangachang

We leave after our breakfast from Sange and zig-zag up the hairpin bends for the next two hours to the top of the Sela Pass (4182 m/13,716 ft). From here there are spectacular views of the distant mountains and peaks of Tibet. It is cold here and after spending time we make our way down. There is a large contingent of the Indian army here due to the border dispute with China in the 1960s when the Chinese army had invaded India and taken over these mountains. From here we trek down to Bangachang village for our overnight stay. Overnight in tents.

Day 8, Bangachang to Mokto (2404 m/7,885 ft)

Today easy trek to Mokto village. Afternoon visit the village. Overnight in tents.

Day 9 Mokto - Kipi (2278 m/7471 ft)

From Mukto it is a descent of about 2000 ft to a small village called Chakjam. We are now entering the land of the colourful Monpas. The women wear beautiful costumes and the men are attired in animal skin jackets with yak hair caps. The women wear a lot of colourful jewellery of jade and turquoise. The people are very friendly and though they understand very little of what you say, they are most willing to converse with you in sign language. From here the trail again enters dense hardwood forests and after a two hour walk we come to the large village of Kipi where we will spend the night. Overnight in tents.

Day 9, Kipi – Tawang

From Kipi we descend to a large river below in the valley. Here there is a large rock painting of the future Buddha. The mountains around these parts are covered in dense mixed forests and talking to the villagers will give you an insight to the wildlife and bird populations that are found here. In between we cross couple of small villages, we will be stopping for Lunch in any of them as per the timing. From Sehru village, The Tawang monastery can be seen from here although it is a three hour walk away. After lunch we continue on the trail, crossing several ridges and passing dense forests to reach Tawang early in the evening. Arrive Tawang and check-in into hotel. Evening free for your own. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 10, Tawang

Full day visit Tawang Monastery and museum. Later visit the famous Madhuri Lake & the War Memorial. Overnight at hotel in Tawang.

Day 11, Tawang – Bomdila (about 185 kms/ 6-7 hrs.)

Morning after breakfast drive back to Bomdila for your last overnight stay in Arunachal Pradesh. Evening free to visit local bazaar by foot. O/n Hotel.

Day 12, Bomdila – Kaziranga National Park (about 250 kms/6-7 hrs.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Kaziranga National park, enroute visit Asia’s second largest Orchidarium at Tipi where one can have a quick look over 7500 orchids from a collection of about 300 species. On arrival in Kaziranga, check in at your hotel for overnight.

Day 13, Kaziranga National Park

Early morning Elephant safari in the Central zone. After breakfast Jeep Safari in the Central Zone. Afternoon Jeep safari in Western Zone. O/n Hotel.

Day 14, Kaziranga – Guwahati (about 250 kms/5-6 hrs.)

Morning after breakfast drive back to Guwahati. Evening visit Kamakhya temple and local boat cruise in the mighty Brahmaputra river. O/n in Hotel.

Day 15, Guwahati – Delhi

On time transfer to airport for your flight back to Delhi. END OF SERVICE.