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 Imbiong 3 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. For the remainder of the day swim in the refreshing waters of the Noa Dihing or relax . O/n in tents
Day 6: Imbiong to Deban to Miao 4 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 161 kms; 3.5 hours
After breakfast drop to Dibrugarh airport