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Namdapha Trek

Have you ever dreamt of walking in a rainforest ? Then this trek to Namdapha National Park, the most bio diverse forest in India, is your calling

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  •   Dates: To be decided
  •   Region: Arunachal Pradesh
  •   Duration: 9 days
  •   Activity: Adventure
  •   Grade: Moderate
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Have you ever imagined walking through a rainforest with a dense overhead canopy; created by towering trees whose tops seem to vanish into the sky and tall bamboos whose tops seem magnetically attracted to each other forming long continuous archways   through which one can continue trekking, getting a glimpse of the life that lives beneath this awe-inspiring canopy whenever the sun manages to break through the foliage, listening to the hooting of the Hornbills and the Gibbons, and watching wide-eyed the fluttering of the multi coloured butterflies.

Ever dreamt of trekking in an ecosystem that is home to over 100 mammals, 300 birds and a thousand other life forms? A forest so rich in diversity that every inch is teeming with life that you can come across at any moment – while crossing streams on rickety foot bridges , jumping over large tree trunks which block the road or while ascending/descending the gentle climbs that dot the path. Such is the allure of Namdapha.

  • Trek in the most bio diverse rainforest in India
  • Opportunity to see many rare birds and butterflies
  • Visit a village of the Lisu tribe
  • Have a deeper understanding of the web of life
  • Stay in a traditional house of the Singpho tribe

Day 1: Dibrugarh

Reach Dibrugarh by afternoon and check into hotel. In the evening walk around the banks of the Brahmaputra. O/n at Hotel Little Palace or similar.

Day 2: Dibrugarh to Miao                                                    145 kms; Drive time: 5 hours

After breakfast begins our drive to Deban. The drive would be a very interesting one through varied landscapes. The initial part of our drive would be through a sea of tea gardens, crossing funny-sounding towns like Digboi and Margherita .

Once we cross into Arunachal our drive continues on rough roads passing through forests till we reach Miao. Miao is a small town on the bank of the Noa Dighing river where we stop for the night.

In the evening go for a stroll on the banks of the Noa Dihing river. O/n at Namdapha Eco camp

Day 3: Miao -Deban – Hornbill                                          5 hours walk

Have an early breakfast after which we continue our final 20 kms to Deban, over a dirt track where we would negotiate small rivers, patches of muck and landslides – taking us around two hours.

From Deban commence our trek with a thrilling crossing of the Noa Dihing river on a crude bamboo bridge. After a second smaller river crossing we enter into the wild rainforest world. The initial part of the trek is through bamboo and cane forest , graduating into a landscape of ultra tall trees.

All through you will sense the liveliness of the forest through the hooting of Hollock Gibbons, deer calls and chirping of the birds like the Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Maroon Oriole, Rusty-bellied Shortwing and Oriental Pied Hornbill

By evening we reach our campsite in the middle of the forest. The campsite – aptly named ‘Hornbill’ – is a great place to see these magnificent birds which come here to roost in the evening. The camp is also an excellent location for viewing the nocturnal flying squirrels. O/n in tents

Day 4: Hornbill to Firmbase                                              7 hours walk

We continue our walk through the dense rainforest , with smaller life-forms like butterflies, frogs, insects and fungi for company. On our way we are likely to see some rare avain beauties like Red-headed Trogon, Great and Rufous Hornbill, and Grey-cheeked Warbler. Have lunch at Ranijheel – a water body which has now dried up. From here we descend down towards the Namdapha river setting up our picturesque campsite on the banks of the river. On a clear day one can get grand views of the snow capped Dafa Boom range. O/n in tents

Day 5: Firmbase to Imbiong                                              7 to 8 hours walk

This morning cross the Namdapha river to visit a forest village inhabited by the hardy Lisu tribe. The initial part of the trek is a bit tiring as we walk on the river bed, over loose boulders. But once we cross the river the path becomes easy on the feet.

The Lisu who migrated from Myanmar lead a very hardy life and have a very intimate knowledge about the birds and wildlife since they stay in close proximity with nature. We spend the day interacting with the Lisu people to learn more about their way of life. By evening we come back to our camp a little further down the Noa Dihing river. O/n in tents

Day 6: Imbiong to Baloo Khat                                           6 hours walk

Today’s route mainly skirts the bank of the Noa Dihing, traversing through the grassland . Cross a bamboo bridge from where we continue walking through the grassland. After some time commence a steep climb up a hillock to descend down to a stream. From here begins our next climb which descends to our campsite on the banks of the Noa Dihing river. This is by far the most beautiful campsite on our trek , inspiring us to rechristen it as “Jurassic World’. O/n in tents

Day 7: Baloo Khat to Deban to Miao                              5 hours walk

Commence a steep ascent from our campsite through thick tropical forests. The path passes through prime birding habitat with a high chance of us seeing rare beauties like Red Headed Trogan, White Crested Laughingthrush, Rufous Vented Yuhinia and Black-Throated Parrotbill. On reaching the top our path immediately descends down a knee wobbling slope, which becomes slippery in certain sections. From here a final climb gets us on the main Miao Vijaynagar road, our end point for the trek . Our vehicles pick us up from here and drive us to Miao. O/n at eco camp in Miao

Day 8: Miao to Margherita                                                69 kms; Drive time: 2.5 hours

After breakfast drive to Margherita . The town takes its out-of-place name from an Italian engineer who helped in setting the first railway line over here.  Check into our traditional lodge after which we will visit a village of the Sinngpho tribe , learning about their culture and the interesting story of how they introduced tea to the British .

In the evening relax around our lodge. O/n at Singpho Village Lodge

Day 9: Margherita to Dibrugarh                                    96 kms; Drive time: 3 hours

Drop to Dibrugarh airport. Participants need to book flights leaving after 2 pm

Cost per person(for Indian nationals):

Included

  • Entire logistics for the trek
  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • All meals from dinnner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9
  • Transfers and sightseeing using a Sumo or similar SUV
  • A knowledgeable and experienced tour leader
  • Permits for Arunachal Pradesh

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Dibrugarh
  • Camera fees for Namdapha National Park
  • Rescue / medical charges in case needed due to any ailment and/or accidents
  • 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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