The Subansari Rafting Expedition in Arunachal Pradesh

Thunderbow Expeditions
  • 10 days
  • Moderate
  • 4.9
  • Water

The Subansari Rafting Expedition in Arunachal Pradesh by Thunderbow Expeditions


The Subansari “Gold River” is the biggest tributary of the Upper Brahmaputra and descends through verdant rainforests in the tribal state of Arunachal Pradesh. It drains the waters beyond the Great Himalayan Range spanning from Tsona Dzong up to the Great Loop of the Tsangpo in Tibet slicing through the Eastern Himalayas to flow into India at Asaphila through the rugged isolated hinterland of Arunachal. It has a run of 170 km in Tibet, 250 km in the Eastern Himalayas and 86 km in the plains of Assam before joining the Great Brahmaputra at the mystic confluence of Majuli – the largest inhabited river island in the world. The river has no road artery linking it on either side of the Great Himalayan Range spanning about 150 km. Very difficult terrain with vertical rock faces with only very sparse inhabitation in the belt has kept and continue to keep the upper reaches of this challenging river isolated. This beckoning river is challenging and demanding. It has volume, flow and adrenal flowing rapids set in a scenic breathtaking environment astride the Eastern Himalayas with its diverse warm-hearted hill people with their unique traditions and customs spread over a millennia with the inevitable change encroaching upon them rapidly.


  • Day 1:

    Arrive Delhi and transfer to domestic airport. Arrive Dibrugarh late afternoon by air. Transfer to hotel. Overnight Dibrugarh hotel.

  • Day 2:

    Transfer to Boghiwheel Ghat, cross the Brahmaputra river by ferry boat and drive to Dumporijo. Overnight Dumporijo.

  • Day 3:

    Drive Dumporijo-Nacho. Overnight Nacho.

  • Day 4:

    Expeditions begins at Nacho. Raft till So-Nala. Camp below So-Nala.

  • Day 5:

    Raft So-Nala till Taliha Camp.

  • Day 6:

    Run from Taliha to below Sippi village. Good gorge section with the interest alive with Class 3+ rapids. Overnight Camp Cozy Nook.

  • Day 7:

    Today we run plenty of rapids to go past Daporijo through inaccessible wilderness. Camp at Wilderness camp.

  • Day 8:

    We start with a spectacular gorge section. We raft down till below the confluence of the Subansiri with the Kamla river and the volume increases after the confluence. Camp below the confluence at Sunshine 51 beach. Set up Camp, tents and overnight on the river.

  • Day 9:

    Paddle 38 Kms to North Lakhimpur bridge Camp.

  • Day 10:

    Drive to Boghiwheel ghat and cross over to Dibrugarh by ferry boat. Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. Trip ends.


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