Brahmaputra River Rafting Tour >>
Brahmaputra River Rafting Duration
: 18 Days
One of the great rivers of
Asia, the Brahmaputra commences its 3,000-km journey to the Bay of Bengal
from the slopes of Kailash in western Tibet. As Tibet's great river, the
Tsangpo, transverses east across the high-altitude Tibetan plateau north of
the Great Himalayan Range, carving out myriad channels and sandbanks on its
way. As it tumbles from the Himalayan heights towards the plains of the
subcontinent it twists back on itself, cutting a deep and still unmitigated
gorge, until finally turning south it emerges in Arunachal Pradesh as the
Dihong. Just beyond Pasighat, it meets the Dibang and Lohit where it finally
becomes the Brahmaputra.
Places Coveed :
Delhi - Dibrugarh - Pasighat - Yinkiang - Tuting - Pango - Rikor - Alubadi -
Yinkiang - Geku - Yangbum - Ponging - Pasighat - Dibrugarh - Delhi
December to Feb
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Met on arrival at the airport.
Transfer to your hotel and meet up with rest of the team. Overnight at the
Day 02: Delhi
A full day city tour of Old and New
Delhi followed by a group briefing and slide show on the Brahmaputra. Overnight
at the Hotel
Day 03: Delhi – Dibrugarh (Fly)
Fly to Dibrugarh. The airstrip at
Dibrugarh is located in a quaint little village outside Dibrugarh called
Mohanbari. This area of Assam is famous for its strong tea and its age old tea
gardens. After visiting one such garden we will take a sunset cruise to the
famous Rukmini Island. We will camp overnight on the vast sand banks of the
Bhramaputra (the only male river of India) Overnight camp.
Day 04: Dibrugarh - Pasighat
The only way across the width of
this river is by ferry boat. The spectacular ride take about seven hours to
complete as the river is spread across almost 12 Kms and interspersed by shallow
sand banks. One will have enough opportunity to admire the rich migratory bird
life and if we are lucky, we might even be followed by Fresh Water Ganges
Dolphins. The ferry culminates with a short 45 minutes drive to the small town
of Pasighat at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. Overnight in tents/ local
Day 05: Pasighat – Yinkiang (150 km/07 hrs).
Today we venture into the dense and tropical Arunachal
countryside. A drive along the lower sections of the Siang runs parallel to the
famous Namdapha National Park. A 7hrs scenic drive along the Siang valley will
bring us to the District Headquarters at Yinkiang. Overnight in tents / local
guest house Yinkiang.
Day 06: Yinkiang – Tuting (140
Tuting is the starting point of our
raft trip. The road to Tuting has been opened very recently. All the initial
expeditions on the Siang had to trek for four days to get till this point.
Overnight in tents/guest house at Tuting
Day 07: Tuting
A rest day to relax after the long drives, sort out gear
and walk around the Tuting bazaar and village. Use the spare time to identify
your rafts and gear. Go through a safety briefing and get into the right frame
of mind. Overnight at Tuting.
Day 08: Raft Tuting – Pango (6 hours)
This morning, we encounter big Class III &
IV rapids at Ninging and continue past another Class 3 rapid at Palsi to reach
Pango, where we set up Camp for the night, above yet another big rapid to be
encountered the following morning. Overnight Camp.
Day 09: Raft Pango –
Rikor (6 hours)
Today, we scout and raft down the Pango rapid and enter
the Marmong Gorge, one of the most beautiful and remote jungle gorges in the
world. It has steep impenetrable tropical forests on each side. We raft till the
Rikor village and set up Camp above the village. Rikor is a small hill village
still living in the stone ages. The simple people here will open up their heart
and houses to make you feel at home. If we are lucky we can even join them in a
hunting trip into the forest. These villagers still use poisoned arrows and
spears for hunting. We will enjoy an evening of Ponung dances and the local
millet wine called Apang. Overnight Camp.
Day 10: Raft Rikor - Alubadi (6 hours)
Today will be one of the biggest whitewater
days on the river. We will negotiate a big Class 4 at Rikor followed by the
Zebra Rock rapid following a few kilometers downstream. Half a kilometer
downstream, we encounter another big Class 4+ rapid on a bend. We raft past
Ramsing and several rapids including a Class 3 + followed by a 3 kilometer float
till Alubadi beach. Overnight in camp.
Day 11: Raft Alubadi – Yinkiang (4 hours)
A short day on the river - we begin with the huge
"Breakfast rapid" with a history of raft flips, followed by milder ones all the
way till the suspension bridge at Yinkeong.
Overnight in camp.
Day 12: Rest Day
A day in hand to rest and walk around the Yinkiang
village. We will also use this time to re stock our supplies. Evening a we will
join a local cultural event in a local family house.
Overnight in Camp.
Day 13: Raft Yinkiang - Geku (6 hours)
We begin this day with a long Class two rapid and shortly
afterwards we reach The Durga Mata rapid. The rapid is perhaps the most
technical grade IV on the river and gets its name after the Godess of Strenth
and Power also known as the Destroyer of Evil. A good part of the day is spent
in the environs of this rapid before we carry on to beach the rafts at Geku.
Overnight in Camp.
Day 14: Raft Geku – Yangbum (5 hours)
After Geku, we begin a long float till a Class 3+ above
the 65 Bridge. An easy day with long float sections. We pass several Adi tribal
settlements on the way. Today, we raft past the first major confluence of the
Siang river with the Siyom river after the suspension bridge at Boling. We reach
Yangbum by late afternoon and camp. Overnight in camp.
Day 15: Raft Yangbum - Ponging (4 hours)
A short day on the river with quick run to
a big rapid at Pangin village. We make camp above the rapid and visit the
village. Relaxed day.
Overnight in camp.
Day 16: Ponging –
Pasighat (4 hours)
We begin the final run to the plains at Pasighat by
negotiating the last rapid on the trip at Ponging. The Siang seems to gather a
lot more volume as we float into Pasighat where we beach our rafts for the last
time on this trip. Transfer to rest house at Pasighat.
Overnight at Rest House / Hotel.
Day 17: Pasighat-
Drive 45 minutes to the Orium Ghat and catch the
downstream ferry service to Dibrugarh. On arrival at Dibrugarh we will be
transferred to our small hotel for the night.
Overnight in Hotel.
Day 18: Dibrugarh – Delhi
Transfer to the hotel to catch your
flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi check in to your hotel. Transfer to the
international airport late in the evening for your international flight.
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