Bailey Trail

A historic and offbeat trek passing through virgin temperate and rhododendron forests, in the jaw dropping backdrop of the Eastern Himalayan peaks of Gorichen and Kangto


  •   Dates: 06 May -19 May 2019
  •   Region: Arunachal Pradesh
  •   Duration: 14 days
  •   Activity: Adventure
  •   Grade: Moderately Difficult
  •   Price: Rs.51,000/-  + 5% GST
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The Bailey Trail in the West part of Arunachal Pradesh, traces the historic route taken by Lt. Col. F. M. Bailey and Capt. H.T. Morshead, British officers who were commissioned to survey the Arunachal – Tibet border during 1911 -12. Starting in Eastern Arunachal, then known as NEFA [North Easter Frontier Agency], the two British officers travelled along the dangerous Tsangpo River all the way to Chayul and Tsona Dzong in Tibet. After completing the survey Lt. Col. Bailey and Capt Morshead  returned into Indian territory at Tulung La in western Arunachal, descending to Mago village crossing over Tse La to reach Pota, and then from Poshing La down to Thembang. This route popularly came to be known as the “Bailey Trail”. The surveyed area was used by Sir Henry McMohan, one of the defense secretaries in the Government of India, to draw his famous McMohan line in 1914


We walk the Bailey trail in the opposite direction from South to North, commencing from the historic village of Thembang. Three days of steady climbing through thick forests brings us to Poshing La from where we get the most stupendous views of the Gorichen massif, as the peaks of Gorichen (6,538 m), Kangto (7,090 m), Nyegyi Kangsang (7,047 m) and Takpa Shiri (6,655 m) flood the landscape with their beauty. Crossing over Tse La we get to Mago village and onto Jang on the Bomdila- Tawang highway.

  • Trek in a remote part of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Cross three high passes during the trek
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Eastern Himalayas
  • Visit Tawang monastery
Day 1Guwahati to Bhalukpong
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Bhalukpong. O/n at Prashanti cottage
6 hrs
Day 2Bhalukpong to Dirang
After breakfast drive to Dirang. On the way visit the Tippi Orchid Centre marveling the rich diversity of orchids Arunachal has to offer. From here our road winds up the Kameng river through dense forests. O/n at Hotel Pemaling or similar
6 hrs5250 ft
Day 3Dirang to Lagam
Drive to the historic village to Thembang where we take a brief halt to walk through the ancient fort area. Drive a little further to Pangma from where we start our trek on the Bailey Trail. It is a steady uphill climb passing through some thick sub-temperate forests. O/n in tents
5 hrs8858 ft
Day 4Trek: Lagam to Thungri
The trail steadily climbs up through the now changing temperate forest. All through we will hear chirping of birds like Grandla Chestnut tailed Minla Blue headed Rock Thrush and Bullfinch. O/n in tents
4 hrs10500 ft
Day 5Thungri to Chang La
Wake up to stunning views of clouds floating above the valley through which the mountain peaks peer. Today the trail will pass through thick rhododendron forest with a steady climb for around 3 hours. On reaching Kadambara there is a stiff 2 hour climb to our picturesque campsite. O/n in tents .
6 hrs12335 ft
Day 6Trek : Chang La to Pangi La
We trek up further through alpine country to cross over Poshing La which offers grand views of Gorichen and Kangto. On crossing the pass our route gradually descends down to Pangi La where we camp for the night . O/n in tents
6 hrs13320 ft
Day 7Trek: Pangi La to Potok
The route initially descends down gently to a stream crossing from where we climb up to Nyang. Another one hours trek from here gets us to Potok. O/n in tents
6 hrs15332 ft
Day 8Trek: Potok to Lurtem
We trudge along for two hours with heavy breaths to cross Tse La pass(4700 m) the highest point on the Baiely Trail trek. On crossing the pass we are greeted by the sight of a picturesque glacial lake. The landscape changes as we descend down the valley. Our route continues alongside a river till we reach Lurtem. O/n in tents
6 hrs14122 ft
Day 9Trek: Lurtem to Mago
Continue our walk alongside the wide riverbed before we commence a steep one hour climb. From here we descend down towards Tawang Chu through rhododendron forests. After some time the rhododendrons give way to a lush temperate forest indicating our proximity to Mago village. O/n in tents
6 hrs11520 ft
Day 10Trek: Mago to Thimpu Hydel - Tawang

The last day of the trek is a series of ups and downs through the forest in the occasional company of Tawang Chu.

From the end point our vehicles pick us up for our onward two hour drive to Tawang. O/n at Tawang homestay or similar

5 hrs10995 ft
Day 11Tawang Sightseeing
In the morning we visit the Tawang monastery - one of the largest monastery in Asia hosing around 500 monks. Relax for the remainder of the day . O/n at Tawang homestay or similar
5 hrs
Day 12Tawang to Bomdila
Begin our homeward journey enjoying beautiful views on the way. Take a brief halt at Sela pass before driving down to Bomdila. O/n at Lungta Residency or similar
3 hrs
Day 13Trek: Lurtem to Mago
Drive down to Guwahati via the Shergaon – Khaktang road. O/n at Baruah Bhavan or similar
7 hrs
Day 14Guwahati
After breakfast drop to Guwahati airport.
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