Brahmaputra The Mighty Brahmaputra River rafting in North East Himalaya of Arunachal Pradesh

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How to Reach:

  • By Road: Buses are available from different parts of the state to the town and these are used extensively by the local population only. We suggest you use train.
  • By Rail: The Dibrugarh station is well connected and receives frequent trains from a major cities in India from East, West, North and South including cities like Howrah , Kanpur, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Allahabad (Brahmputra Mail ). This is the best all round option as tickets are cheap and trains are extremely comfortable.
  • By Air: The city of Dibrugarh has a small airport and it receives flights from Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi, Itanagar and Dimapur. Taxis are available outside and they charge between Rs 100 and 300 to the city center.

Itineraries:

  • Day 01: Delhi – Dibrugarh 
  • Day 02: Dibrugarh – Pasighat (8 hr ferry ride)
  • Day 03: Pasighat – Jegging (Drive)
  • Day 04: Jegging – Tuting (Drive)
  • Day 05: Layover Day
  • Day 06: Tuting- Pango camp
  • Day 07: Pango- Cherring Camp
  • Day 08: Cherring – Ramsingh Camp
  • Day 09: Ramsingh – Geku camp
  • Day 10: Layover Day
  • Day 11: Geku- Rotung Camp
  • Day 12: Rotung –Pasighat
  • Day 13: Pasighat-Dibrugarh-Delhi.

Things/Equipments to carry:

1. Bathing Suit (if it is warm out) 
2. T-shirt (if it is warm out) 
3. Sun block and lip balm 
4. Sunglasses (optional) 
5. Eye Glass Straps (if needed) 
6. Old Sneakers, neoprene booties, or river shoes 
7. Waterproof Camera 
8. Energy Bar for the river (the outfitter may provide this) 
9. Water or Gatorade (the outfitter may provide this) 
10. Small Dry Bag (if they let you take it on the raft) 
11. Zip Lock Baggies (to keep small things dry] 
12. Towel or towels 
13. Plastic Bag(s) (for wet things such as sneakers) 
14. Change of Clothes (for the drive back) 
15. Snack and drink (for the drive back) 
16. Photo ID (if renting wetsuits and other gear).

Uniqueness:

Approx. 200 Km of rafting over 7-10 days.

Details:

This is an exciting, true life expedition journey into India’s tribal north – east and down one of the world's greatest rivers. The Tsang Po, after flowing gently eastwards through Tibet, cuts the Greater Himalaya and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, Namche Barwa before it enters Arunachal Pradesh, where it is called the Chiang, Siang, and the Dihang as it descends the final 200 kms to the plains of India. The expedition begins a few miles inside the line-of-control with China. 
Your journey begins with a ferry boat ride at Dibrugarh on the mighty Brahmaputra, and up the densely forested river valley from the plains of Pasighat to the starting point. You travel through remote hillsides dotted with tribal settlements in clearings surrounded by dense rainforest with many species of ferns, palms and orchids. Bamboo and cane bridges built by the local tribes; and village visits add to the exciting experience. 

The week long, 180 km long self contained run from Tuting to Pasighat through one of the most inaccessible regions in the world makes this one of the most premier expeditions offered today. This river changed forever after a flood on one of its tributaries, the Yiggong Tsang Po, in June 2000, sent the river up 150 feet, destroying everything in its path. The first departure on this river happened in Nov-Dec 2002, running a path breaking trip which documented the river for all who care to join future expeditions. The Brahmaputra was documented for a 52 min film for National Geographic, and covered extensively by “Paddler” magazine, the “New York Times”, “Action Asia”, “Outlook Traveller” and several other international publications. 

River Rafting within Arunachal Pradesh is full of challenges that it offers to a skilled rafter. It flows through rutted surface of the north-eastern Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh. The region is rich in Indian Wildlife with animals such as tigers, leopards, elephants and Deers. There are over 300 different species of birds. This rafting tour is for those who are looking for an extra challenge.

The Upper Brahmaputra is fairly known as Siang which can be passed through riffles, rapids, legendry big drops and strong eddies. You get a chance do camping on the river bank while on the expedition. You will experience nature so closely, that you will never forget. Running to the Upper Brahmaputra is the most exciting way. Huge Class IV (advanced) rapid, named for Ningguing, a small village that reaches high beyond it, is the first of the challenges of the majestic Brahmaputra in north-eastern India. This is a 10 day river trip that is usually offered in Nov-Dec-Jan each year, at the primo time of year for this remote corner of India. Before being launched from the starting point, the guides will instruct you in the fundamentals of safety, paddling, white-water, and rescue. After your day-one plunge through a ten-mile stretch negotiating rapids like "Ningguing’ and 'Pulsating Palsi", you'll be ready to navigate down the Ningguing and Marmong gorges. You will raft encounter the 'Roaring Rikor" and "Zebra Rock" till the possible run / portage on "Toothfairy" rapid at Cherring. You will camp on pristine beaches at night, raft down "Moing Madness" and enjoy a wonderful day of rest, relaxation, reading or learning how to kayak. You will spend a wonderful day floating down the vastness of this river, past tribal settlements, and beach at Pasighat, where the magnitude of your journey will finally embrace you. For many of the raft men or rafters it can be first experience of flicking and an alarming one. But at times, you can be exhilarated, too; experience an amazing rafting trip.

Day 01 : Reach Dibrugarh, a city on the banks of lower Brahmaputra. After checking in to the  hotel, one can set off to see an ethnic weaving centre and a heritage tea  garden. Overnight stay at a Dibrugarh hotel.

Day 02: Travel today by ferry from  Dibrugarh to Pasighat. It is an eight hour ride and an enjoyable one. The river  offers great views of the flora and fauna on the riverbeds. One may also get to see  the Ganges River Dolphin. Overnight stay at a Pasighat hotel.

Day 03-04: Today  you drive to the starting point of the rafting expedition. The drive itself is  interesting as we pass through verdant rainforests. Camp overnight and travel the next day to Tuting. One reaches Tuting in the  evening, pitches camp and enjoys a hot dinner around a campfire and then hit  the sleeping bags.

Day 05: This is a relaxed day and you can hike up to the Jedu village to discover the culture and traditions of the tribal people. Late afternoon is spent on a complete briefing of safety on the river, an introduction to paddling commands and the basics of rafting, kayaking  and rescue procedures which come handy in rare emergency situations.

Day 06: The first day of the river run. The Brahmaputra in all its glory starts with thrilling grade IV rapids such as the ‘Ninguing’ rapid and  then ‘Pulsating Pulsi’ further below Palsi Village. Reach Pango in the  afternoon and set up camp here.

Day 07: The next step is to paddle till Cherring, which you start by first  paddling to the enormous Pango rapid. Then you move on to the Ninguing and Marmong  canyon, which is not just another canyon but is virtually untouched by  civilization and is considered one of the remotest jungle canyons of the world.  The virgin forests that surround us create the perfect setting for the  exhilarating ‘Rikor’ and ‘Zebra Rock’ rapids. Set up camp for the day, by the  ‘Toothfairy’.

Day 08: What you get around the  ‘Toothfairy’ is a wild, buzzing grade VI rapid which you don’t have to negotiate, you simply walk around this rapid to  get to the Marmong gorge. You encounter and negotiate grade 4 rapids such as the  ‘Hairy Hari’,’Broken Oar’ and lots more, finally stopping to set up camp below  Ramsingh.

Day 09: Begin the day with a float  trip to the ‘Moying Madness’ that is sure to get your adrenalin pumping on a  grade IV+ rapid. The section below is comparatively mellow, till one reaches  Nubo. The ‘Karo Killer’ takes you to Geku, where we pitch camp.

Day 10: Enjoy the gushing sound of the river as it gently awakens you. This is just a layover, relaxed day and one can choose to hike in the hills that surround us, go kayaking on the river or just laze around the camp.

Day 11: You will pass the confluence of the Brahmaputra and Siyom. Watch the world pass by you gently and enjoy the sights and sounds of Yembung and Rotung village.

Day 12: Raft from Rotung to Pasighat. You enter the last white water section on the Brahmaputra before it flows into the plains. The river looks more voluminous now, and offers a different charm than what you saw in the last few days.

Day 13: Take a ferry to Dibrugarh from Boghiwheel Ghat. The flight from Dibrugarh  gets you back to your family and yes WORK.

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