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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: 05 Mar – 13 Mar 2021
  • Region: Arunachal Pradesh
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Activity: Culture
  • Grade: Easy
  • Price: Rs. 37,000 (+ 5% GST) 
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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
  • Drive over Bhogibeel bridge on 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 to Pasighat 160 kms; 4 hours
Pickup from Dibrugarh airport and drive to Pasighat, a small town in Central Arunachal located on the banks of the Siang river. On the way you will cross over the Bhogibeel bridge, a six kilometre bridge over the Brahmaputra. O/n at Abor Country River camp or similar

Day 2: Pasighat to Along 100 kms; 5 hours
After breakfast drive up the Siang valley till you reach Sangam, the confluence of Siang and Siyom river. Over here you will take a detour to visit a 600 foot hanging bridge over the Siang river. From here continue driving down the verdant Siyom valley, dotted with small villages peppered on the hill slopes. The condition of this stretch of the road is very bad and will take a lot of time. O/n at Reyi homestay

Day 3: Along
In the morning set out to visit a village of the Galo tribe, learning about their customs, culture and lifestyle. During your 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 Galo cap. The women folk are no less, matching their skills in local weaves.

In the morning you will visit Paya and Kuge village, followed by a walk to Darka village in the evening. O/n at Reyi homestay

Day 4: Along to Mechuka 183 kms; 7.5 hours
Brace yourself for a long drive through verdant valleys. All through your drive you keep seeing sparsely populated villages dotted in the midst of lush green mountains. By evening reach the fabled Mechuka valley where you unwind in the warmth of your 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 will give you a good idea about their agricultural practices. Later in the day 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
Today you will go for a drive towards the China border, a scenic road passing through verdant forest, where you can take a leisurely walk enjoying the nature and tranquillity of the place. On the way back visit a small gurudwara which is believed to have been blessed by Guru Nanak .

In the second half visit the village of Lhalum to learn about some mythological beliefs of the Memba tribe. O/n at a homestay in Mechuka

Day 7: Mechuka to Along 183 kms; 7.5 hours
Commence your return journey to Along . O/n at Reyi homestay in Along

Day 8: Along to Dibrugarh 198 kms; 7.5 hours
After breakfast commence our drive down to the plains of Assam . In the evening relax and unwind. O/n at Dibrugarh Club House

Day 9: Dibrugarh
After breakfast drop to Dibrugarh airport

Cost per person(for Indian nationals): Rs.37,000/- (+5% GST)

 

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
  • GST
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport
  • Tips, 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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