Grade: III plus, IV
Brahmaputra is one of the multinational rivers of Asia, passing through the north eastern part of India as well as China. This mighty river is one of the world’s largest and runs through a few remote wilderness and tribal settlements and assures you the ride of a life time. Rafting or kayaking through the Brahmaputra is worth the goose bumps! This is one trip which is as much on the land as on the river.
- Pure Wilderness and Big water
- Self Support
- tribal area
- Interaction with locals and insight into their lifestyle
- 200km Rafting
Day 01 :
Fly from Delhi to get to Dibrugarh, a city on the banks of lower Brahmaputra. After checking in to the hotel, one can set off to see an ethnic weaving centre and a heritage tea garden. Overnight stay at a Dibrugarh hotel.
Day 02 :
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 :
Today we drive to the starting point of the rafting expedition. The drive itself is interesting as we pass through verdant rainforests 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 :
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 which come handy in rare emergency situations.
Day 06 :
This is the day we have been waiting for, the first day of the river run. The Brahmaputra in all its glory starts with thrilling grade IV rapids such as the 'Ninguing' rapid and then 'Pulsating Pulsi' further below Palsi Village. We reach Pango in the afternoon and set up camp here. 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 :
Now that we have reached Pango our next step is to paddle till Cherring, which we start by first paddling to the enormous Pango rapid. Then we move on to the Ninguing and Marmong canyon, which is not just another canyon but is virtually untouched by civilization and is considered one of the remotest jungle canyons of the world. 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'.
Day 08 :
What we get around the 'Toothfairy' is a wild, buzzing grade VI rapid which fortunately or unfortunately we don't have to negotiate, we simply walk around this rapid to get to the Marmong gorge. We encounter and negotiate grade 4 rapids such as the 'Hairy Hari', 'Broken Oar' and lots more, finally stopping to set up camp below Ramsingh.
Day 09 :
Begin the day with a float trip to the 'Moying Madness' that is sure to get your adrenalin pumping on a grade IV+ 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 :
Enjoy the gushing sound of the river as it gently awakens you. This is just a layover, 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 :
To catch a few more tribal Adi settlements we float tip today across these 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 :
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 :
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 a life time.