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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: 18 Dec – 24 Dec 2021
  •   Region: Arunachal Pradesh
  •   Duration: 7 days
  •   Activity: Adventure
  •   Grade: Moderate
  •   Price: Rs.38,000 (+ 5% GST) 
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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 the Namdapha trek.

  • Trek in the most bio diverse rainforest in India
  • Opportunity to see many rare birds and butterflies
  • Have a deeper understanding of the web of life

Day 1: Dibrugarh

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

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

After breakfast begin our drive to Miao, the gateway for the Namdapha trek. 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 to Hornbill

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 the Namdapha 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

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 Baloo Khat                                 6 hours

Having walked for two days through thick forests, we see a change in landscape as most part of the walk today is through grassland. The initial part of the walk , skirting the Namdapha river is over rocky terrain. Over here we have a high possibility of sighting the White belied Heron, one of the most endangered birds in the world. Two hours into our walk we will cross the Noa Dighing river over a shaky bamboo bridge, the first of many such crossings leading us all the way to our campsite. O/n in tents

Day 6: Baloo Khat to Deban to Miao                      2 hours

Continue walking through the narrow Jurassic valley carved by the Noa Dihing river. After an hour or so we climb up a short but stiff mountain slope to reach the Miao Vijaynagar road.  A further half hour walk on this road will get us to Deban, marking the end of our Namdapha trek. Our vehicles pick us up from here and drive us to Miao.  O/n at eco camp in Miao

Day 7: Miao  to Dibrugarh                                         69 kms; 2.5 hours

After breakfast drop to Dibrugarh airport

Cost per person(for Indian nationals): Rs.38,000  (+ 5% GST)

Included

  • Entire logistics for the trek
  • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7
  • 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
  • GST
  • 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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by Sharmeen Hussain on Kipepeo
One of the best treks I've ever been on

I had the privilege of going on the Namdapha trek a few years ago and was absolutely blown away. The surroundings are breathtaking and the journey through the changing landscape of the forest is the kind that stays with you. Kipepeo did a brilliant job of organising the whole thing, given the remoteness of the area and the difficulty in actually gaining entry into the park. I'd recommend it to anyone with even the slightest interest in trekking, and nature in general.

 

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