Day 1: Dibrugarh
Pick up from Dibrugarh airport and check into hotel. In the evening we go for a leisurely walk on the banks of the Brahmaputra . O/n at Hotel Little Palace or similar
Day 2: Dibrugarh to Along 167 kms; Drive time: 8.5 hours
Start of early to reach the Bhogibeel Ghat from where we take a scenic ferry ride over the mighty Brahmaputra to reach its North Bank. As we continue our drive the landscape changes dramatically, with rice fields giving way to densely forested tropical valleys. The poor road condition makes our progress slow but gives us ample time to absorb the scenery. O/n at a hotel in Along
Day 3: Along
In the morning we set out to visit some villages of the Adi tribe, learning about their customs, culture and lifestyle. Their villages are mostly located on mountain tops, from where they get their name Adi meaning ‘Mountain Top’ . During our walk through the villages you will be impressed by their mastery over bamboo and cane which are used to make everything from their grand houses, to intricate baskets and a unique Adi cap. The women folk are no less, matching their skills in local weaves. If you are interested in local products this would be the best place to buy them from.
O/n at a hotel in Along
Day 4: Along to Mechuka 183 kms; 7.5 hours
Brace yourself for a long drive through verdant valleys. All through our drive we keep seeing sparsely populated villages dotted in the midst of lush green mountains. By evening we reach the fabled Mechuka valley where we unwind in the warmth of our host family. O/n at a Homestay in Mechuka
Day 5: Mechuka
After breakfast head out for a walk to Dorjeeling village learning about the culture and lifestyle of the Memba tribe. Traversing through the rice, maize and millet fields gives us a good idea about their agricultural practices. Later in the day we climb up to the Samten Yongcha gompa built sometime in the 15th century. We will get stupendous views of Mechuka from this gompa perched on top of a hill. O/n at a Homestay in Mechuka
Day 6: Mechuka
Set out for a half day trek in the nearby temperate forest . Start our walk on the banks of the Pemasnagchu stream, steadily climbing up the Pine forest teeming with birds. By afternoon reach our Homestay and relax for the remainder of the evening. O/n at a Homestay in Mechuka
In the evening we will have our own little master class led by the host in which we will learn to cook momos and some other traditional dishes. O/n at a Homestay in Mechuka
Day 7: Mechuka to Along 183 kms; 7.5 hours
Commence our return journey to Along . O/n at Hotel West or similar in Along
Day 8: Along to Pasighat
After breakfast we continue our drive to Pasighat, the headquarters of the East Siang district. On the way we take a small detour to the village of Pangin to walk on a 1500 foot long suspension bridge over the Siang.
Our drive continues through some breath taking scenery as we now enter the main Siang valley. This valley is mainly inhabited by various Adi sub-tribes like Minyong, Gallong and Passi . In the second half of the day we venture into some villages of the Passi sub tribe to acquaint ourselves with their culture. O/n at eco camp in Passighat.
Day 9: Pasighat to Dibrugarh
A scenic drive of two hours gets us to the jetty from where we take a scenic ride over the Brahmaputra . By afternoon reach Dibrugarh where we relax for the remainder of the evening . O/n at Hotel Little Palace or similar.
Day 10: Dibrugarh
Free time in the morning to walk around in a nearby tea garden or visit the local market. After breakfast drop to Dibrugarh airport