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Monpa Trail

An enjoyable trek through the pristine landscapes of West Arunachal with cultural immersions among the local Monpa tribe

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  •   Best Season: October – May
  •   Region: Sikkim
  •   Duration: 8 days
  •   Activity:  Family
  •   Grade: Easy
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There is more to Sikkim than just the touristy destinations like Gantok , online Pelling , Lachen and Lachung. For Sikkim exists in its picturesque villages inhabited by the most hospitable people you will ever meet. And it is this warmth of the local communities that we would like you to feel.

This trip is all about staying with locals, sharing and learning each other’s lifestyle and seeing touristy places through a different lens . Your trip starts from the village of Darap, a prefect base for exploring know destinations in West Sikkim like Pelling, Khecheopalri lake and Yuksom .  Driving further West brings you to your next homestay in the picturesque village of Martam. Set amongst cardamom fields and vegetable gardens this heritage homestay would steal your heart . Your final transition to the capital city of Gantok will surprise you with its urban yet traditional character.

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  • Stay in a homestay in two scenic villages
  • Village walks
  • Taste local cuisine and alcohol
  • Visit Pemagyatse and Rumtek monastery
  • Excursion to Yuksom and Khecheopalri lake

Day 1: Bagdogra to Darap
Pickup from Bagdogra airport and drive to Darap village .

Darap is a culturally diverse village with Limboo, Bhutia, Gurung and Rai residing next to each other. Gently sloped terraced fields with panoramic views of snow capped mountains welcome you to the village. It is an ideal place to experience the rural Sikkimese way of life.O/n at a homestay in Darap

Day 2: Darap
In the morning walk around the village to participate in the morning activities of the villagers.  Try your hand at milking a cow, tending the fields, rearing animals . Along the way have cross cultural interactions with the locals. For those interested in cooking can learn to make some local dishes .In the evening chat with your host over a cask of local millet beer called Tungba. O/n at a homestay in Darap

Day 3: Pelling sightseeing
Today you will drive to Khecheopalri lake , a tranquil lake nestled in the midst of verdant hills. It is believed that any wish asked by a devotee is granted by the deity of the lake , making it a very holy lake for the local Tibetans .

From here proceed to Yuksom the first capital of Sikkim . It was here that the first Chogyal of Sikkim was coroneted in 1642. O/n at a homestay in Darap

Day 4: Darap to Hee Bermiok
On the way visit Pemagyatse monastery or the monastery of the ‘Pure Monks’ . It is one of the holiest monasteries belonging to the Nyngma sect of Buddhism. A kilometres walk further down will get you to the Rabdtens Ruins a palace fort which was once the capital of Sikkim .

In the evening relax around your serene homestay, enjoying the company of your host family . O/n at a homestay in Hee Bermiok

Day 5: Hee Bermiok
This picturesque village has an interesting mix of Chettri, Sherpa, Tamang and Limboo communities, all of whose lifestyle you can observe during your walk through the village. For those interested in cooking can learn to make some local dishes. In the evening unwind around the kitchen fire and chat with your host family. O/n at a homestay in Hee Bermiok

Day 6: Hee Bermiok to Gantok
After breakfast drive to Gantok. In the evening walk to the Palace monastery from where one can get good views of the city. O/n at a hotel in Gantok

Day 7: Gantok
If you are a nature lover then the Zoological park is the place to visit. From here drive to Rumtek monastery, the seat of the Karmapa . This magnanimous monastery houses a monastic school, a huge library and two big temples containing many rare artefacts and scriptures.   On the way back visit the Tibetology museum to acquaint yourself with Buddhism and its advent into Sikkim.

In the evening walk around the main market area at MG Road for a drink at one of the pubs or a taste of local Tibetan food. O/n at a hotel in Gangtok

Day 8: Gantok to Bagdogra
Drop to Bagdogra airport

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  •   Dates: 24 Feb – 05 Mar
  •   Region: Arunachal Pradesh
  •   Duration: 10 days
  •   Activity: Culture
  •   Grade: Moderate
  •   Price: Rs.40,000/-
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Dense virgin forests, order spectacular snow capped mountains, sale 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): Rs.40,000/-
Cost per person(for Foreign nationals): Rs.48,500/-

Included

  • Entire logistics for the trek
  • Accommmodation on a twin sharing basis
  • Transportation using a Sumo or similar vehicle
  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10
  • Permits for Arunachal Pradesh

Not Included

  • Flights to and From Guwahati
  • Rescue / medical charges in case needed due to any ailment and/or accidents
  • Extra 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, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges
  • Any other costs not mentioned in the "Included" section above
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  •   Region: Arunachal Pradesh
  •   Duration: 10 days
  •   Activity: Adventure
  •   Grade: Moderate
  •   Price: On Request
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Arunachal Pradesh is an adventure that is every explorer’s dream! Remote valleys covered in lush green forests that can be only reached on foot, infection snow-capped mountains glistening under the sun, traumatologist gushing rivers carving deep gorges. Arunachal’s rugged beauty is sure to charm you like no other.

The region west of the Kameng River, doctor which includes Bomdila and Tawang, is popularly referred to as West Arunachal. This part of Arunachal is mainly dominated by the Monpas, a benevolent Buddhist tribe, residing in one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes.

From trekking through dense temperate forests and admiring glorious views of Gorichen peak, the highest mountain in Arunachal, to exchanging stories with the local villagers, over hot cups of tea and laughter- there are endless discoveries of the mystic mountains and its forests, culture and life to be made on this trip.

All in all this trip is an ideal mix of adventure and culture set in the most scenic landscapes of the Eastern Himalayas.

  • Trek in the remote and pristine landscapes of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Learn about the culture of the Monpa tribe
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Arunachal’ highest mountains
  • Visit one of the largest Buddhist monastery in the world
  • Drive to some beautiful glacial lakes

Day 1: Guwahati to Bhalukpong                      223 kms; Drive time: 6 hours
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Bhalukpong. O/n at Prahsanti Tourist Cottages

Day 2: Bhalukpong to Dirang                           199 kms; Drive time: 5 hours
From Bhalukpong our road winds up the Kameng river, passing through thick forests and open valleys till your reach Dirang . On the way we visit the Tipi Orchid Centre. O/n at Hotel Pemaling or similar

Day 3: Dirang – Thembang – Lagam             7 kms;  Trek: 6 hours
After an early breakfast commence our one hour scenic drive to the historic village of Thembang.  Walk around this Monpa village learning about its rich history and association with the Tibetan kings of yore.

From here starts our 6 hour trek to the village of Lagam. Initially the route descends down to Semnak village, from where a steep climb through virgin temperate forests gets you to Lagam village. O/n in tents

Day 4: Lagam to Chander                                  12 kms; Trek: 6 hours
In the morning walk through the village and interact with the villagers to get a glimpse of their life.  Post breakfast continue climbing through mixed temperate forests teeming with a variety of flora & fauna. The forest would be teeming with birds, giving us an opportunity to see avian beauties like Grandla, Chestnut tailed Minla, Blue headed Rock Thrush, and Bullfinch. O/n in tents

Day 5: Chander to Sangti                                   14 kms; Trek: 6 hours
Weather permiting we will get some grand views of the Gorichen mountain from this camp. This majestic mountains is the highest one in Arunachal.

Our last day’s walk will take us through an open landscape of fields and small hillocks which we will cross over to enter into the fabled Sangti Valley. This picture perfect valley seems like a place straight out of fairy tales. Its serenity accentuated by the lazy meandering of the Sangti river through the broad open valley, patched with golden paddy fields and slender pines. Typical stone houses built by the Monpas lend a very special charm to this place.
From here we drive back to Dirang. O/n at Hotel Pemaling or similar

Day 6: Dirang to Tawang                                   128 kms; Drive time: 6 hours
Commence the most scenic drive of your trip early in the morning. Our road keeps climbing up all the way till Sela pass offering some grand panoramas of the region. Take a brief halt at the 14,000 foot Sela pass, admiring the beautiful lake and its surroundings. On the way stop at Jung waterfalls. O/n at Dolma Khangsar Guesthouse or similar

Day 7: Tawang
The higher reaches of Tawang have many glacial lakes , some of which we will visit. Drive to PT Tso lake and Sangetsar lake also popularly referred to as Madhuri lake, en route we will also visit Nagula and several other small lakes .

In the afternoon visit the grand Tawang monastery . This monastery built in the 17th century by Merak Lama is one of the largest in the world. O/n at Dolma Khangsar Guesthouse or similar

Day 8: Tawang to Bomdila                               170 kms; Drive Time: 7.5 hours
Commence our return journey by driving back to Bomdila, on the way visit the War Memorial where we will learn about the 1962 war with China. .

In Bomdila we will stay at  Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling giving us an opportunity to interact with the monks. O/n at Doe-Gu-Khil guesthouse

Day 9: Bomdila to Nameri                                121 kms; Drive Time: 4 hours
Today we finally return back to the plains of Assam, bringing to an end a memorable trip. Unwind yourself in the lap of nature at Nameri National Park . O/n at Nameri Eco camp or similar

Day 10: Nameri to Guwahati                           224 kms; Drive time: 5.5 hours
Drop to Guwahati airport. Participants are suggested to book flights departing after 3 pm

 

Cost per person(for Indian nationals):

Included

  • Entire logistics for the trek
  • Accommmodation on a twin sharing basis
  • Transportation using a Sumo or similar vehicle
  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10
  • Permits for Arunachal Pradesh

Not Included

  • Flights to and From Guwahati
  • Rescue / medical charges in case needed due to any ailment and/or accidents
  • Extra 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, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges
  • Any other costs not mentioned in the "Included" section above
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