The Brahmaputra River rafting Expedition in Arunachal Pradesh

Thunderbow Expeditions
  • 13 days
  • Moderate
  • 4.9
  • Water

The Brahmaputra River rafting Expedition in Arunachal Pradesh by Thunderbow Expeditions


An exciting, true expedition style journey down one of the world's greatest rivers, The Tsang Po river, 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 the expedition begins, a few miles inside the line-of-control with China. Its now called the Siang, or the Upper Brahmaputra.

The expedition begins with a ferry boat ride at Dibrugarh up the river to the plains of Pasighat, where the river enters India. It travels through remote hillsides dotted with tribal settlements in clearings surrounded by dense rainforest with many species of ferns, palms and orchids. It negotiates the finest big volume white water in an area, which is surely one of the most inaccessible in the world. A 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. It's a complete expedition with a fabulous ferry ride up the river, a two day drive through rainforest and remote tribal villages, and an expedition down one of the worlds greatest rivers.


  • Day 1:

    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.

  • Day 2:

    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.

  • Day 3&4:

    Drive 02 long days along a Siang river, through Adi villages, settlements and lush tropical rainforest. Reach Tuting by teatime. Check into tents, relax

  • Day 5:

    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.

  • Day 6:

    Raft 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.

  • Day 7:

    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.

  • Day 8:

    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.

  • Day 9:

    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.

  • Day 10:

    Rest day at Geku Twins. Camp.

  • Day 11:

    Raft Geku 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.

  • Day 12:

    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.

  • Day 13:

    Drive to Boghiwheel Ghat and take a ferry boat across to Dibrugarh. Transfer to airport for flight to New Delhi. Trip ends.


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