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Brahmaputra Rafting Expedition

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Trip Highlights

Come be a part of this exhilarating self contained run down the Upper Brahmaputra (or Siang as it is known in Arunachal Pradesh).

Big drops, grade 4-5 rapids, riffles, strong eddies, dense forests, inaccessible gorges, remote tribal settlements and much more on this 08-day white water expedition that covers 180 km.

The trip has been designed by Akshay Kumar of MHE; who was the first to descent this river in 1990 and has been down several times since then. BBC has even made a film on the first American decent with Akshay in 1991.

The 2008 Brahmaputra Expedition is being jointly conducted with Aquaterra Adventures, an internationally recognized rafting company in India.

The Brahmaputra originates at Lake Mansarovar in Western Tibet as the River Tsang Po. It runs 2000 miles across the Tibetan plateau at an altitude of 11,000 - 12,000 feet. It then turns sharply to the south around Namche Barwa and cuts through the great Himalayan Range, carving for itself deep and inaccessible gorges before it enters the Indian sub continent. Here it enters into the state of Arunachal Pradesh as the Siang. After cascading down 600 km of grade 4 - 5 rapids the Siang enters Assam at Pasighat and is renamed as the Mighty Brahmaputra.

The expedition begins with a ferry boat ride from Dibrugarh up the river to the plains of Pasighat. This is followed by a 2 day drive along the Siang river to our put in point at Tuting. The raft down the Brahmaputra takes past remote hillsides dotted with tribal settlements, dense rainforest with many species of ferns, palms and orchids and through some of the biggest rapids rafted commercially.

Location Chart

New Delhi - Dibrugarh - Pasighat - Yinkeong - Tuting - Pango - Rikor - Alubadi - Yinkeong - Geku - Rotung -   Pasighat - Dibrugarh - Delhi

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
  • Transfer to domestic airport for flight 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.
  • Overnight at Dibrugarh Hotel.

Day 02 : Dibrugarh - Pasighat (by boat - 75km ; 8hrs)

  • The only way across the width of this river is by ferry boat. The spectacular ride takes about seven hours to complete as the river is spread across almost 12 km 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 ride culminates with a short 45 minutes drive to the small town of Pasighat at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas.
  • Overnight at Pasighat in tents/ local guest house.

Day 03-04 : Pasighat - Tuting

  • A 2 day long drive to our put in point - Tuting. A drive along the lower sections of the Siang that runs parallel to the famous Namdapha National Park.
  • 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.

Day 05 : 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 in tents.

Day 06 : Raft Tuting - Pango (6 hours)

  • This morning, we encounter the big monster Grade 4+ Ningguing rapid and continue past another Grade 4 rapid - Pulsating Palsi to reach Pango, where we set up camp for the night. The camp is located above yet another big rapid to be encountered the following morning..
  • Overnight Camp.

Day 07 : Raft Pango - Cherring

  • 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 negotiate the big Grade 4 rapid at Rikor followed by the Zebra Rock rapid and set up camp above a Grade 6 rapid - "Tooth Fairy" at Cherring.
  • Overnight in camp.

Day 08 : Raft Cherring - Yinkeong / Alubadi

  • We raft out of the Marmong Gorge negotiating several Grade 3+ rapids followed by a float till Yinkeong / Alubadi, where we camp for the night
  • Overnight in camp.

Day 09 : Raft Yinkeong - Geku (6 hours)

  • We begin with a big rapid below Alubadi beach called "Moing Madness" followed by milder ones all the way till the suspension bridge at Nubo..
  • We raft down the "Karko Killer" and make it to a beautiful site near Geku.
  • Overnight Camp.

Day 10 : Rest day at Geku.

Day 11 : Raft Geku - Camp near Rotung Village

  • After Geku, we begin a long float till a Grade 3+ rapid above the 65 Bridge at Ditte Dime. An easy day with long float sections. We pass several Adi tribal settlements on the way and also past the first major confluence of the Siang river with the Siyom river after the suspension bridge at Boling. We pass the flood-rutted guest house of Yangbum and float to our camp near Rotung Village in time for a hot lunch.
  • Overnight in camp.

Day 12 :Raft Rotung - Pasighat.

  • 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 13 : Pasighat- Dibrugarh

  • Drive to Mahibari Ghat and catch the downstream ferry service to Dibrugarh. On arrival at Dibrugarh transfer to airport for flight to New Delhi.

Note : We reserve the right to begin the rafting trip at Purang Nallah, 20 mins by river downstream of Tuting, if the guide's discretion demands that the Ningguing rapid be excluded from the run. This right will be exercised in the best interest of the trip everybody's safety.

Cost Includes

  • Domestic flight Delhi-Dibrugarh-Delhi.
  • Accommodation on twin share basis in tents and hotels as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All meals in places other than Delhi.
  • Restricted area permit and fee.
  • Transportation by non air-conditioned jeep / coach as per itinerary.
  • Life jackets, wet suits and paddle jackets while rafting.
  • Lead safety boater, professional guide and camp staff fee, all sightseeing.

Cost Excludes

  • Delhi hotels and airport transfers.
  • Govt. Taxes.
  • Any insurance.
  • Personal expenses like tips phone call, laundry, alcohol etc.
  • Any hike in air fare / fuel costs / taxi rates.
  • Any item which is not specified in our tour programme or arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather,andslides, flight cancellations, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.

Costs are subject to change.

Note : Kayakers to bring own boat and gear. We can provide kayaks for US$250 if you do not want to carry your boat. (choose from Liquid Logic HOSS, Session Plus, Dagger, Necky and Perception boats). This river demands solid Kayakers with Grade 4+ skills and experience in big water.

The costs quoted are on twin share. If you prefer single accommodation, the single supplement is Rs.7500.If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodation, we will try our best to find you a roommate. If that is not possible, you will need to pay a "forced' single supplement of Rs.3750.

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