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The Brahmaputra River rafting Expedition in Arunachal Pradesh by Aqua Terra Adventures
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. Our 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 our starting point. We 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.
Arrive delhi and transfer to domestic airport. Arrive dibrugarh late afternoon by air. Visit an ethnic weaving centre & a heritage tea garden. Overnight dibrugarh hotel.
Transfer to pasighat by boat (80 km; 08 hrs). See the ganges river dolphin & a great variety of resdient & migratory birdlife from siberia & central europe enroute. Overnight pasighat.
Drive 02 long days along a siang river, through adi villages, settlements and lush tropical rainforest. Reach tuting by teatime. Check into tents, relax.
Relaxed day to sort out gear - walk around and interface with local tribals at jedu village, time permitting. Ready rafts in the afternoon - a comprehensive safety briefing followed by instruction on paddling commands and rescue procedures. Overnight at tuting.
Rft tuting - pango (5 hrs). Camp. This morning, we encounter the big class iv ninguing rapid and continue past another class 3 rapid at palsi to reach pango, where we set up camp for the night, above yet another big rapid to be encountered the following morning. Campfire dinner and overnight camp.
Raft pango – cherring. Camp. Today, we scout and raft down the pango rapid and enter the ningguing and marmong gorges, one of the most beautiful and remote jungle gorges in the world. It has steep impenetrable forests rising into obvillion on each side past the big rapid at rikor and zebra rock rapid to set up camp above a class 6 rapid at cherring. Overnight camp.
Raft cherring – yinkeong / alubadi. Camp. After a portage around the class six rapid, we raft out of the marmong gorge negotiating several class 3+ rapids followed by a float till yinkeong / alubadi where we make camp for the night.
Raft to geku twins camp. We begin with a big rapid below alubadi beach, called ‘moing madness” followed by milder ones all the way till the suspension bridge at nubo. We raft down the “karko killer” and make it to a beautiful site near geku. Camp for the night.
Rest day at wins. Camp.
Raft ku twins till below sangam. 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 fresh water spring.
Raft 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.
Drive to boghiwheel ghat and take a ferry boat across to dibrugarh. Transfer to airport for flight to new delhi. Trip ends.
Had the pleasure of running This son of Brahma Twice..! How do I sum up my experiences?
Awe-inspiring River.... Adrenalin starts pumping from the moment you get on that ferry at Dibrugarh....
Of course hanging out with the "River Boyz"... Let me tell you this, I would not have gone back the second time if these buddies of mine were not on it...
O Siang.. Thujhe salaam...!
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