Travel DatesStart: Dec 07, 2019End: Dec 17, 2019 (11 Days)
Group SizeMinimum: 2Maximum: 12
Tour PriceLand only: £ 2465 per person on twin sharing basis
Single Supplement: Available at £ 350
Prices are all inclusive with no hidden or local payments
FlightsWe can arrange to book flights for you through our partner travel agent or you can arrange your own flights and we will arrange for your transfer from the place where the tour starts
Grade of TrekChallenging
Rapid Class4 Plus
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Overview

Join us on a rafting expedition across the Subansiri, also called “Gold River, the biggest tributary of the Upper Brahmaputra that runs from the high mountains of Tibet then enters India in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, a frontier Indian state tucked away in the eastern Himalayas, where both Indian and foreign nationals need a permit to visit. This river has a run of 170 km in Tibet, 250 km in the Eastern Himalayas and 86 km in the plains of Assam before joining the Great Brahmaputra at the mystic confluence of Majuli – the largest inhabited river island in the world. It has no road artery linking it on either side of the Great Himalayan Range spanning about 150 km. Very difficult terrain with vertical rock faces with only very sparse inhabitation in the belt has kept and continued to keep the upper reaches of this challenging river isolated. This beckoning river is challenging and demanding. It has volume, flow and adrenal flowing rapids set in a scenic, breath-taking environment astride the Eastern Himalayas, with its diverse warm-hearted hill people with their unique traditions and customs spread over a millennium, with the inevitable change encroaching upon them rapidly.

With class 4 Plus rapids this makes for a challenging rafting trip and added to it the rugged and wild terrain with the opportunity to meet the local tribes of this land, most of whom continue to practice their ancient animistic religions.

Destinations

Delhi – Dibrugarh – Arunachal Pradesh

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1 | Dec 7: Delhi-Dibrugarh

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 the next day.

Day 2 | Dec 8: Dibrugarh-Basar

Early morning transfer through tea gardens to Boghiwheel Ghat (45 mins) and ferry across the massive Brahmaputra river to cross onto the northern bank. A long 6hrs drive up to Basar. Overnight hotel.

Day 3 | Dec 9: Basar-So Nala
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Drive up to So Nala (8 hrs). Camp.

Day 4 | Dec 10: So Nala-Taliha

Put-in for a first raft descent at So Nala and raft to Taliha (6 hrs+). Possible 2 line-ups, depending on river levels. Class 4+ section. Overnight Taliha.

Day 5 | Dec 11: Taliha-Menga

Run from Taliha to Menga (4 hrs). Overnight Menga.

Day 6 | Dec 12: Menga-Wilderness Camp

Run from Menga to Wilderness Camp (6hrs). Overnight Wilderness Camp.

Day 7 | Dec 13: Wilderness Camp-Tree Log Camp

Run to Tree Log Beach (3 hrs). Overnight Camp.

Day 8 | Dec 14: Tree Log Camp-Tiger Beach

Rest day. Camp. Read, relax, soak in the final bit of the Subansiri.

Day 9 | Dec 15: Tiger Beach-Dibrugarh

We run 90 mins to the dam. Take out and drive 3 hrs 30 mins to Boghiheel Ghat. Transfer to hotel. Overnight Dibrugarh.

Day 10 | Dec 16: Dibrugarh

Transfer to airport for flight to New Delhi. Trip ends.


Inclusions & Additional Information


Inclusions

  • All transfers in a non-ac vehicle as per the itinerary
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents/ hotel
  • All meals as detailed in itinerary
  • All arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Porterage up to 15kg/person
  • All common camping and rafting equipment
  • River fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable
  • Safe drinking water

Exclusions

Biking Tour Of Eastern Himalayas

  • Sleeping bag
  • Any transfers outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of personal nature (laundry/phone calls/alcohol/cigarettes/insurance/camera fee/etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control

Passport and Visa Requirements

A passport (with at least six months remaining validity) and a current Indian visa are required for this trip. Please note that you are required to have a passport with a machine-readable bar code. You will need to apply for your Indian visa in advance from the relevant issuing authority in your home country. In UK, this is done by and agency VFS. Please visit the website https://www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/Tourist.html

Permits

We will need a copies of your international return tickets, passport and visa for permit to travel to Arunachal Pradesh alongwith a copy of form to be filled up, which will be mailed to you in due time.

Travel Insurance

It is recommended that you take out appropriate insurance to cover personal accident, medical costs, repatriation, loss of baggage and holiday cancellation.

Vaccinations

Please visit your GP for guidance for vaccinations and advice for prophylaxis against malaria. Please also visit this website for more details https://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/india.aspx

Climate

Assam will be dry and pleasant in the months of November- December with maximum temperature of 25 degrees and minimum of 10 degrees. The days will be mostly clear, sunny and bright. Nagaland will be relatively cold with night temperatures going down to 5 degrees. Light sweater or a jacket in Assam and warm clothing is recommended for Nagaland.

Currency

The currency used is Indian Rupee. It is recommended to get your money exchanged on arrival at Delhi airport.


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