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