Expedition in India - Brahmaputra River Expedition
Region: Arunachal Pradesh
Duration: 12 Night 13 Days
Best time: March to April and November
The expedition on the great Brahmaputra begins at Tuting, where Tsang Po, the name given to it in Tibet, takes on the name Siang in Arunachal Pradesh. Get ready for some of the best big white-water rafting and kayaking there is to offer in the world. Rapids such as the 'Pulsating Pulsi', 'Toothfairy' at Cherring will give you more than enough adrenaline to tell the folks back home. This self-contained river run offers an amazing journey through tropical forests, gorges and a window into a rich culture, unlike any other. The Great Brahmaputra is for anyone who is looking for an exhilarating rafting and kayaking expedition and will be rewarded with an experience that will give you goose bumps whenever you think about it.
The camps are located on the river bed virtually every night of the expedition and this is as close of an experience to nature that one could get. The blanket of stars covers you at night as we dream of the experiences that the day brought, and look forward to the next.
Brahmaputra River Expedition Itinerary
Day 01: Delhi - Dibrugarh
Fly from Delhi to get to Dibrugarh, a city on the banks of lower Brahmaputra. After checking in at the hotel and one can set off to see an ethnic weaving centre and a heritage tea garden. Overnight stay at a Dibrugarh hotel.
Day 02: Dibrugarh - Pasighat
Travel today by ferry from Dibrugarh to Pasighat. It is an eight hour ride and an enjoyable one. The river offers great views of the flora and fauna on the riverbeds. Be on the look out to spot some spectacular resident and migratory birds. One may also get to see the Ganges River Dolphin. Overnight stay at a Pasighat hotel.
Day 03-04: Pasighat - Jegging - Tuting
We will drive to the starting point on the river that will take us through the rainforest and Adi settlements. We will be stopping often to get photographs and to talk to the locals. Camp overnight and travel the next day to Tuting. One reaches Tuting in the evening, pitches camp and enjoys a hot dinner around a campfire and then hit the sleeping bags.
Day 05: Layover Day
This is a relaxed day and you can hike up to the Jedu village to discover the culture and traditions of the tribal people. Late afternoon is spent on a complete briefing of safety on the river, an introduction to paddling commands and the basics of rafting, kayaking and rescue procedures.
Day 06: Tuting - Pango camp
This is the day we have been waiting for, the first day of the river run. The Brahmaputra in all its glory gives one an experience on its grade 4 rapids with the 'Ninguing' rapid and then 'Pulsating Pulsi' further below Palsi Village. We reach Pango in the afternoon and set up camp. Dinner around the campfire is never quiet on this evening as there are plenty of experiences and adventures of the day to share and relive.
Day 07: Pango - Cherring Camp
Paddle from Pango to Cherring today. One begins the journey by paddling to the enormous Pango rapid. Then we move on to the Ninguing and Marmong canyon. Discover a land virtually untouched by civilization and enjoy the experience of being in one of the world's most remote jungle canyons. The virgin forests that surround us create the perfect setting for the exhilarating 'Rikor' and 'Zebra Rock' rapids. Set up camp for the day, by the 'Toothfairy' so that we can see what is to come the next day!
Day 08: Cherring - Ramsingh Camp
We walk around the 'Toothfairy' - a grade 6 rapid; to make our way out of the Marmong gorge. We encounter and negotiate grade 4 rapids such as the 'Hairy Hari', 'Broken Oar' and lots more. Set up camp below Ramsingh.
Day 09: Ramsingh - Geku camp
Begin the day with a float trip to the 'Moying Madness' that is sure to get your adrenalin pumping on a grade 4+ rapid. The section below is comparatively mellow, till one reaches Nubo. The 'Karo Killer' brings us to Geku, where we pitch camp. Enjoy evening stories as we sit around the campfire.
Day 10: Layover Day
Enjoy the gushing sound of the river as it gently awakens you. This is a relaxed day and one can choose to hike in the hills that surround us, go kayaking on the river or just laze around the camp.
Day 11: Geku - Rotung Camp
Float trip is the call for the day and it takes you past many Adi tribal settlements. We will also pass the confluence of the Brahmaputra and Siyom. Watch the world pass by you gently and enjoy the sights and sounds of Yembung and Rotung village. Rotung is our stop for the day and we reach in time for lunch. Refresh your body and mind with a dip in the water in the fresh water spring and get ready to head back to the urban world.
Day 12: Rotung - Pasighat
Raft from Rotung to Pasighat. We enter the last whitewater section on the Brahmaputra before it flows into the plains. The river looks more voluminous now, and offers a different charm than what we saw in the last few days. Stay overnight in a hotel at Pasighat.
Day 13: Pasighat - Dibrugarh-Delhi
We bid farewell to Pasighat and take a ferry to Dibrugarh from Boghiwheel Ghat. The flight from Dibrugarh gets us back to Delhi with memories and stories to last until your next trip on the Brahmaputra. Tour end
Expedition Related Info
What does the package include?
All rafting gear like rafts, life jackets, helmets, paddling jackets, safety kayaks, dry bags, Camping gear including tents, sleeping bags and first aid.
River guide and support crew for camp.
All Indian meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Morning evening tea or coffee.
Permits and fees.
What is excluded?
Anything not mentioned in the above schedule/program.
What should I bring with me?
Comfortable clothes, preferably wet suit
Waterproof sandals or floaters
Personal outdoor gears
Winter clothing between Oct to March