An exciting journey down one of the world’s greatest rivers, an option only for the true adventurer. The river, after flowing gently eastwards through Tibet, cuts the Greater Himalayas and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, Namche Barwa before it enters Arunachal Pradesh, where the expedition begins, a few miles inside the line-of-control with China. The expedition takes you through remote hillsides dotted with tribal settlements in clearings surrounded by leech-infested rainforest. It negotiates the finest big volume white water in an area, which is surely one of the most inaccessible in the world. A 7-day self-contained run from Tuting to Pasighat (180 kms approx.) through one of the most inaccessible regions in the world makes this one of the most premier expeditions offered.
- Day 1: Dibrugarh Arrival – Drive To Pasighat
Arrive Dibrugarh late afternoon by air. Transfer to waiting vehicles and drive across the mighty Brahmaputra to Pasighat, which welcomes the Siang into the plains. This iconic bridge has ended years of ferry travel across the river which in places is as much as 11 km wide! Check in and expedition briefing at tea time. Visit the local market. Overnight Pasighat.
- Day 2: Pasighat – Jengging
Drive two long days along the Siang river, through Adi villages, settlements and lush tropical rainforest. An 8 hour drive on the first day takes us through cloud forest and along the Siang river, to the Ditte Dime bridge where we stop for lunch. In 2002, a massive storm broke and took out all bridges in the valley. We reach Jengging by evening, a lovely but basic rest house nestled atop Karkovilage in the Siang valley.
- Day 3: Jengging – Purung
Today we move even more remote up the valley. We pass the village of Ramsing try and see “Moing Madness’ and “Hairy Hari” on the drive up. We cross a small pass and descend to Pango, and pass through Palsi to take in “Pulsating Palsi”. Our drive now climbs up to Ningguing village and descends to our camp at Purung. Camp next to the Ningguing rapid.
- Day 4: Purung – Tuting
Relaxed day to sort out gear – walk around and interface with local tribes at the nearby village, time permitting. Tuting is the place where Tibetan Buddhism meets the animistic tribal beliefs. Ready rafts in the afternoon – a comprehensive safety briefing followed by instruction on paddling commands and rescue procedures.
- Day 5: Tuting – Pango
Raft to Pango (5 hrs). Camp. This morning, we set off on our journey down the river/ We encounter the big monster Class V Ningguing rapid and another Class 4+ rapid, Pulsating Palsi to reach Pango, where we set up Camp for the night. Lovely float sections as one takes in the wonders of the Ningguing gorge. We reach the awesome Pango beach camp for tea. Campfire dinner and overnight Camp.
- Day 6: Pango – Cherring
Raft Pango – Cherring. Camp. Today, we enter the Marmong gorge, and there is no way to visit it unless by raft! We scout and raft down the Pango rapid and run three big rapids in the gorge, and our paddling skills are well utilized on this day. Witness one of the most beautiful and remote jungle gorges in the world. It has steep impenetrable forests rising into oblivion on each side past the big rapid at Rikor and Zebra Rock rapid to set up Camp above a Class 6 rapid “Tooth fairy” at Cherring. Overnight Camp.
- Day 7: Cherring – Paradise Beach
Raft Cherring – Paradise beach. Camp. After a possible portage around the Class six rapid, Toothfairy, we raft out of the Marmong gorge negotiating several Class 3+ rapids including the Class 4 Hairy Hari, followed by a float till Ramsing where we make Camp for the night. These are classic Siang days!
- Day 8: Paradise Beach
Rest day. Camp. At Paradise beach. Beach Olympics and hot lunch and a possible hike!
- Day 9: Paradise Beach – Geku Twins Camp
Raft to Geku Twins Camp. We begin with a big rapid below Paradise beach, called ‘Moing Madness” followed by milder ones all the way till the suspension bridge at Nubo. We raft down “Karko” and float to a beautiful site near Geku. Camp for the night.
- Day 10: Geku Twins – Rotung
After Geku, we begin a long float till the 65 Bridge at Ditte Dime. An easy day with long float sections. We pass several Adi tribal settlements on the way and float past the confluence of the Siang river with the Siyom river after the suspension bridge at Boling. We pass the flood-rutted guesthouse of Yembung and float onto camp near Rotung village, in time for hot lunch. Transfer all gear onto our travel bags from the dry bags, and a chance to wash up near a freshwater spring.
- Day 11: Rotung – Pasighat
We begin the final run to the plains at Pasighat by negotiating the last biggie on the trip at Ponging. The Siang seems to gather a lot more volume as we float into Pasighat where we beach our rafts for the last time on this trip. Transfer to rest house at Pasighat.
- Day 12: Pasighat – Dibrugarh
Drive to Dibrugarh. Transfer to airport for flight back home. Trip ends.
- All transfers in a non-AC vehicle as per the itinerary
- All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents / hotel
- All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
- All common camping and rafting equipment
- All trip arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
- Porterage upto 15kg/person
- Peak fee / sanctuary fee / royalty / permits where applicable
- Sleeping bag
- Flights not included in the above-mentioned cost
- Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
- Bottled water
- Items of personal clothing
- Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
- Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
- Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
- Travel & cancellation insurance
13 days of bliss & making friends with wonderful people all over the world. A very professional & excellent trip crafted by Vaibhav Kala & his team. Excellent, well planned, nutritional food from breakfast to dinner with guides on the river & safety was unmatched.
Just got back from an amazing 13 day rafting expedition down the mighty Brahmaputra and what an experience it was! Hauntingly beautiful landscapes, the humbling power of the greatest river in India, adrenaline from amazing white water and the most professionally organisers ever!
rafting down 180 kms was a treat! the camp sites, turquoise green water, boil of the rapids, flora and fauna are captivating – the hospitality and preparedness crew of the Aquaterra crew was impressive to state the obvious!
What a fantastic trip, from the moment I was met at the airport onwards I was looked after. Seven Days on the river with great food and great company, even a small amount of rain couldn’t dampen the spirit.
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