The Great Brahmaputra Descent Siang River Expedition
An exciting journey down one of the world's greatest rivers, an option only for the true adventurer. The river, after flowing gently eastwards through Tibet, cuts the Greater Himalayas and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, Namche Barwa before it enters Arunachal Pradesh, where the expedition begins, a few miles inside the line-of-control with China. The expedition takes you through remote hillsides dotted with tribal settlements in clearings surrounded by leech-infested rainforest. It negotiates the finest big volume white water in an area, which is surely one of the most inaccessible in the world. A 7-day self-contained run from Tuting to Pasighat (180 kms approx.) through one of the most inaccessible regions in the world makes this one of the most premier expeditions offered. Between 2002–09, we have run 08 very successful expeditions on the Upper Brahmaputra, and several people bear testimony to our operational expertise in one of the toughest logistical operations in the Indian Himalayas.
Dec 02 : Arrive Delhi and transfer to domestic airport. Arrive Dibrugarh late afternoon by air. Transfer to hotel. Check in and expedition briefing at tea time. Evening local Assamese "sit down" dinner, is an absolute delight. Wind up for an early start yje next day. Overnight Dibrugarh hotel.
Dec 03 : Early morning transfer through tea gardens to Boghiwheel Ghat (45 mins) and ferry across the massive Brahmaputra river to cross onto the northern bank. At this point, the river is about 7-11 kms wide. Asia's longest railway bridge is being built here. We meet our vehicles on the Arunachal side of the river. Drive 3 hrs to Pasighat by road. Visit the local market and view the smoked rats, vegetables etc. on sale. Overnight Pasighat.
Dec 04 : Drive 02 long days along a Siang river, through Adi villages, settlements and lush tropical rainforest. An 8 hour drive on the first day takes us through cloud forest and along the Siang river, to the Ditte Dime bridge where we stop for lunch. In 2002, a massive glof broke and took out all bridges in the valley. We reach Jengging by evening, a lovely but basic rest house nestled atop Karko village in the Sinag valley. Check in and soak in the valley.
Dec 05 : Today we move even more remote up the valley. We pass the village of Ramsing try and see "Moing Madness' and "Hairy Hari" on the drive up. We cross a small pass and descend to Pango, and pass through Palsi to take in "Pulsating Palsi". Our drive now climbs upto Ningguing village and descends to our camp at Purung. Camp next to the Ningguing rapid.
Dec 06 : Relaxed day to sort out gear - walk around and interface with local tribals at the nearby village, time permitting. Tuting is the place where Tibetan Buddhism meets the animistic tribal beliefs. Ready rafts in the afternoon - a comprehensive safety briefing followed by instruction on paddling commands and rescue procedures. Overnight at Camp.
Dec 07 : Raft to Pango (5 hrs). Camp. This morning, we set off on our journey down the river/ We encounter the big monster Class V Ningguing rapid and another Class 4+ rapid, Pulsating Palsi to reach Pango, where we set up Camp for the night. Lovely float sections as one takes in the wonders of the Ningguing gorge. We reach the awesome Pango beach camp for tea. Campfire dinner and overnight Camp.
Dec 08 : Raft Pango – Cherring. Camp. Today, we enter the Marmong gorge, and there is no way to visit it unless by raft! We scout and raft down the Pango rapid and run three big rapids in the gorge, and our paddling skills are well utilized on this day. Witness one of the most beautiful and remote jungle gorges in the world. It has steep impenetrable forests rising into oblivion on each side past the big rapid at Rikor and Zebra Rock rapid to set up Camp above a Class 6 rapid “Tooth fairy” at Cherring. Overnight Camp.
Dec 09 : Raft Cherring – Paradise beach. Camp. After a possible portage around the Class six rapid, Toothfairy, we raft out of the Marmong gorge negotiating several Class 3+ rapids including the Class 4 Hairy Hari, followed by a float till Ramsing where we make Camp for the night. These are classic Siang days!
Dec 10 : Rest day. Camp. At Paradise beach. Beach Olympics and hot lunch and a possible hike!
Dec 11 : Raft to Geku Twins Camp. We begin with a big rapid below Paradise beach, called ‘Mowing Madness” followed by milder ones all the way till the suspension bridge at Nubo. We raft down “Karko” and float to a beautiful site near Geku. Camp for the night.
Dec 12 : Raft Geku Twins till below Sangam. After Geku, we begin a long float till the 65 Bridge at Ditte Dime. An easy day with long float sections. We pass several Adi tribal settlements on the way and float past the confluence of the Siang river with the Siyom river after the suspension bridge at Boling. We pass the flood-rutted guesthouse of Yembung and float onto camp near Rotung village,in time for hot lunch. Transfer all gear onto our travel bags from the dry bags, and a chance to wash up near a freshwater spring.
Dec 13 : Raft Rotung- Pasighat. We begin the final run to the plains at Pasighat by negotiating the last biggie 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.
Dec 14 : Drive to Boghi Wheel Ghat and take a ferry boat across to Dibrugarh. Transfer to airport for flight to New Delhi. Trip ends.
Note : We reserve the right to begin the rafting trip at Purang Nallah, 20 mins by river downstream of Tuting, if guide discretion demands that the Ningguing rapid be excluded from the run. This right will be exercised in the best interest of the trip, and everybody’s safety.
Cost : ₹ 1,30,000*/- (per person) from Dibrugarh to Dibrugarh for group size 9-10 members.
|Group Size (Min-Max)||10 people|
|10 people||₹ 1,30,000/- per person|
Cost Includes :
All hotels and breakfasts except in Delhi according to above plan, restricted area permit and fee, tented and rest house/hotel accommodation on twin share and all meals while on the trip; lead safety boater, professional guide fee and camp staff, all transfers by jeep / coach, guide, wetsuits, all sightseeing.
Cost excludes: Flights Delhi-Dibrugarh-Delhi, Delhi hotels and airport transfers, expenses of a personal nature such as alcohol etc.; insurance; any hike in air fare/fuel cost/taxi rates; end of trip tips and gratuities ; any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, flight cancellations, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
Cost Excludes :
Flights Delhi-Dibrugarh-Delhi, Delhi hotels and airport transfers, expenses of a personal nature such as alcohol etc.; insurance; any hike in air fare/fuel cost/taxi rates; end of trip tips and gratuities ; any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, flight cancellations, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
Registrations Started !
How to book for either of the above trips:
Remember to finish all formalities by October 01, 2017
a)Email us confirmation of your participation as soon as you decide to sign up
b)Wire us your trip payments to confirm space for yourself on the trip – we will send details by email
c)Send us 3 passport size photos.
Q: Who can do this trek?
A: If you can walk on an average of 5 to 6km without a problem, then you can! If you have specific health issues like asthma, heart issues or the likes, consult your doctor.
Q: How cold does it get?
A: It depends on where you come from, but from an Indian context – it can get quite cold. The temperature in the higher regions can touch -15 degrees at night. So be prepared and carry warm clothing. Although multiple layers will serve the purpose, it can get quite heavy and uncomfortable. Your best bet would be to buy a professional high altitude down jacket.
Q: What should we carry?
A: The following items are a must-carry:
Shoes: A good pair of shoes is a must - a good pair does not mean your Adidas/ Nike/ Reebok/ Puma sport shoe. You need a pair that can withstand the wear and tear of walking for many days. A bad shoe can ruin your trek by causing blisters. Ask us, we can help you in choosing the right one for your budget.
The other things you need to carry are : gloves, a skull cap, a sun hat/cap, your personal clothes and toiletry kit, a good pair of sun glasses, a water bottle and your personal medicines (if necessary).
Your sleeping bag, mat and tents will be provided to you by Submmiters.
Q: What food do you provide?
A: We provide simple vegetarian food that is light and suitable for trekking. Don’t expect pizza hut or an Anand Bhavan - nor will you have to go hunting. You will have enough and when you are tired – anything served will taste superb!
Q: Is the mountain water safe to drink?
A: Yes. It’s as pure as it can be. But if you are finicky – you can buy mineral water
Q: Can I charge by phone on the trek?
A: The last point where you can charge it is at Leh.
Q: How can I prepare myself?
A: Take daily long walks or jogs.
Terms and Conditions
*All about the elusive star*
Here are our conditions:
Booking must be confirmed 30 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the trek in remote locations. So please give us enough time to make your journey a lifetime’s journey.
All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the participants. Summiters will not be responsible for the weather or your personal health issues.
Cancellation policy – We plan everything for you well in advance, so that your trip is hassle-free and as smooth as possible. This means that porter fees, permits, accommodation expenses are all paid in advance. Any cancellation will mean inconvenience and loss to all the people involved in making your journey successful. Therefore, it is only fair to pass on the accrued costs to you. Our policy is:-
- Cancellation prior to 30 days from date of departure : Full Refund
- Cancellation between 30 days to 20 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
- Cancellation between 20 days prior to date of departure and departure date:No Refund
- No Show : No Refund