Arrive in Dibrugarh by air/rail and assemble in the pre designated hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Post breakfast, a 2-hour local ferry across the braided flow of the Brahmaputra awaits us. Keep an eye out for freshwater dolphin during the winter months! After reaching the other side of the Brahmaputra, we transfer to a bus for the journey to Arunachal Pradesh border post. There we clear entry with our Restricted Area Permits, and continue on to reach our hotel in Pasighat by early afternoon. The afternoon is free to explore Pasighat traditional market, buy souvenirs, and explore. We have another talk over dinner at 7 PM, and pack our waterproof dry bags for the following day’s journey to put-in. Extra bags can be left at our store in Pasighat for pickup on the return journey.
Leaving our hotel at 7 AM, we stop at a Hindu temple for a traditional blessing before starting the journey to put-in by private jeep. We break up the 8-hour drive through the foothills of the Himalayas with scenic viewpoint stops, a visit to a traditional bamboo bridge, and a lunch at the restaurant in the Adi tribal village of Kebang. Arriving at Jinjing around 4 PM, a small rest house for the night and serving delicious traditional meal for the dinner.
We leave the rest house after breakfast at 8 AM, 8- hour drive to put in point; we make a stop for lunch on the way. Arriving at our put-in near Ninging around 4 PM, we meet our advanced team staff that has kindly prepared our beach camp for us. A delicious welcome dinner starts at 6 PM. Overnight at the camp.
A layover day and a short drive to Tuting, last town in Indian side of the border, civilians and foreign nationals aren’t allowed to go any further. After lunch a detailed safety briefing, and camping instructions by the trip leader. Overnight at camp.
We start our day with early breakfast at 7 AM and soon we start to pack up the camp and load our gear boats and we set to go rafting, around an hour of floating we reach at Palsi rapid (Class IV), with massive waves and we scout for way down the rapid. After another hour of floating we are at our campsite for the night.
Today we paddle from Pango to Cherring. Our day on the river starts with the enormous Pango rapid and we enter the Ninguing and Marmong canyon. Discover a land virtually untouched by civilization and enjoy the experience of being in one of the world’s most remote jungle canyons. The virgin forests that surround us create the perfect setting for the exhilarating Rikor and Zebra Rock rapids. We set up the camp at Cherring just above the Toothfairy (Class VI) rapid.
An early starts today as we walk around the ‘Toothfairy’ rapid and we make our way out of the Marmong gorge. We encounter and negotiate several Class IV rapids such as the Hairy Hari, Broken Oar and many more. Set up camp below Ramsingh.
We start the day on the river with an easy float till Moying Madness rapid that is sure to get your adrenalin pumping on as it is a Class IV+ rapid. The section below is comparatively mellow, till we reach Nubo where we negotiate the Karo Killer rapid, which is our last rapid for the day. We set up the camp at Geku. Enjoy evening stories as we sit around the campfire.
Today we have an easy morning to enjoy the gushing sounds of the river inside our sleeping bag, a day on the beach to relax your muscles or to go kayaking or a hike and discover the tribal lifestyle and culture.
Today we have a long float as we pass by many Adi tribal settlements. We also pass by the confluence of the Bramhaputra and Siyom rivers. We reach Rotung our next campsite
Today we paddle from Rotung to Pasighat. The last white water section on the Brahmaputra before the river gets into the plains. The river banks get wider, and we see the how different it gets than what we have seen in last days. We pull out at Pasigaht and a short drive to hotel. In-town options for women include a massage at the “Women’s Salon” next door, or a shave and head massage for men at the local barber. Overnight at the hotel.
We wake up early this morning to catch a 5-hour, downstream ferry from Pasighat to Dibrugarh. Breakfast is at 6:15 AM and we take along a packed lunch, snacks, and water bottles to accompany us on the journey. After a 30-minute drive through Arunachal tribal villages, we reach the ferry terminal. On the ferry, we travel with local families making their way to Dibrugarh as well. Arrive in Dibrugarh and overnight stay in a hotel.
Post breakfast, checkout from the hotel and depart for your onward destination.
Dibrugarh is connected by direct flights from Kolkata, Guwahati and Dimapur. These places can be approached by direct flights from most major airports in the country.
Dibrugarh is also well connected by rail to all parts of the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, etc.
The weather during the winter months (when this trip is done) is usually sunny days and cold nights. Winters in the hills is feared by most people as they expect deathly chill but contrary to this popular perception, you have nice sunny days (ideal to sit and soak in the sun) and the nights tend to get cold but this can be negated through the use of proper clothing. The expected temperatures would be 10-12°C during the day and 3-4°C during the nights.
Below is a list of essentials you would require at the camp:
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage.
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14Days|Jan, Nov, Dec|Vigorous
Day 01: Arrive Dibrugarh
Day 02: Dibrugarh Pasighat
Day 03: Pasighat Jegging
Day 04: Jegging Ninging
Day 05: Relaxation Day
Day 06: Ninging Pango
Day 07: Pango Cherring
Day 08: Cherring Ramsingh
Day 09: Ramsingh Geku
Day 10: Relaxation Day
Day 11: Geku Rotung
Day 12: Rotung Pasighat
Day 13: Pasighat Dibrugarh
Day 14: Departure From Dibrugarh
The upper stretches of the Brahmaputra is in some of the remotest locations of India in Arunachal Pradesh where we would start the trip. This river flows originates from the glaciers in Tibet before entering India and then gushes down the Himalayan countryside before entering the plains. During its course through the Himalayas, it provides some stunning opportunities for white water rafting with large stretches of Class III and IV rapids with the occasional Class IV+ rapid.
We begin the trip with a 3 day drive from Dibrugarh to the put in point for the expedition. The drive, which begins with a ferry ride, is a journey in itself with great views all around and thick forest to keep you company. Once we set float from Tuting, it is a wild 7 days on the river during which you would not encounter too much of inhabitation and you would have time only to negotiate the rapids the river throws at you. We would be camping in desolate locations along the river coupled with a few nights inside a huge canyon. We end the river trip at Pasighat and then head back to Dibrugarh with memories of a wild trip.