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Magical Mechuka

A surreal valley with undulating meadows where horses run wild, and inhabited by the warm Memba tribe, sums up the dreamscape of Mechuka valley

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  • Dates: To be announced
  • Region: Arunachal Pradesh
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activity: Culture
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Price: 
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Dense virgin forests, spectacular snow capped mountains, gushing rivers cutting deep gorges- few other places in the world come close to the raw, rugged beauty of Arunachal Pradesh. The remoteness of the valleys has helped in preserving to a great extent the rich culture of the 26 plus tribes residing in its verdant slopes. And we invite you to experience this very diverse beauty first hand in Mechuka Valley.

A surreal valley with undulating meadows where horses run wild, sums up the dreamscape of Mechuka valley. This remote valley 29 kilometres from the China border is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas in India. This beauty is further accentuated by the local Memba tribes who reside in quaint wooden houses besides their millet and buckwheat fields. Not only is Mechuka visually stunning, it promises to enrich you with a cultural experience like never before. Memories of your homestay here will stay with you forever, that’s a promise!

  • Visit a remote and untouched valley in Arunachal Pradesh
  • Ferry crossing over the Brahmaputra
  • Stay with a local family in Mechuka
  • Half day trek in Mechuka and Along
  • Have local tribal cuisine of Memba and Adi tribe
  • Walk over a 1500 foot long bamboo bridge over the Siang River

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

Cost per person(for Indian nationals):
Cost per person(for Foreign nationals):

Included

  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • All meals from dinnner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10
  • Transport using a dedicate Scorpio or similar SUV
  • A knowledgeable and experienced tour leader
  • Permits for Arunachal Pradesh

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Dibrugarh
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, bottled water, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, and liquor charges
  • Any other item not mentioned in “Included” section above
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