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Rafting the Brahmaputra Rafting the Brahmaputra
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Days : 12 Season: Winter

An exciting, true life expedition journey into India’s tribal north – east and down one of the world\'s greatest rivers. The Tsang Po, after flowing gently eastwards through Tibet, cuts the Greater Himalaya and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, Namche Barwa before it enters Arunachal Pradesh, where it is called the Chiang, Siang, and the Dihang as it descends the final 200 kms to the plains of India. Our expedition begins a few miles inside the line-of-control with China.

Your journey begins with a ferry boat ride at Dibrugarh on the mighty Brahmaputra, and up the densely forested river valley from the plains of Pasighat to our starting point. We travel through remote hillsides dotted with tribal settlements in clearings surrounded by dense rainforest with many species of ferns, palms and orchids. Bamboo and cane bridges built by the local tribes ; and village visits add to the exciting experience.

The most exciting way to run the Upper Brahmaputra\'s (or Siang as its known in Arunachal Pradesh) legendary Ningguing and Marmong gorges, is on a 07-day river trip that we offer in Nov-Dec each year, at the primo time of year for this remote corner of India. We welcome first timers too, as this provides a great insight into the river valley and the tribal way of life. Before launching from our starting point, your guides will instruct you in the fundamentals of safety, paddling, white-water, and rescue. After your day-one plunge through a ten-mile stretch negotiating rapids like \"Ningguing’ and \'Pulsating Palsi\", you\'ll be ready to navigate down the Ningguing and Marmong gorges. You will raft encounter the \'Roaring Rikor\" and \"Zebra Rock\" till the possible run / portage on \"Toothfairy\" rapid at Cherring.

We camp on pristine beaches at night, raft down \"Moing Madness\" and enjoy a wonderful day of rest, relaxation, reading or learning how to kayak. We spend a wonderful day floating down the vastness of this river, past tribal settlements, and beach at Pasighat, where the magnitude of your journey will finally embrace you.

  • Day 01: Starting at New Delhi\'s Domestic Airport, fly Delhi to Dibrugarh, Assam. Meet the RI Jeeps at the airport in Dibrugarh and transfer to a hotel. Welcome drinks, snacks, and meeting over coffee, tea, and dinner. Overnight in Dibrugarh.

    Day 02: The group crosses the Brahmaputra by ferry.  Catch glimpses of the Brahmaputra \'s freshwater dolphin. We take the RI Jeeps to Pasighat where we check into a hotel and enjoy a meal with the locals. Overnight in Pasighat. 

    Day 03: Drive by RI Jeeps to put-in near Yingkiong.  Have a traditional tribal meal in a bamboo bungalow on the way. Evening arrival in Yingkiong. Overnight in Yingkiong.

    Day 04: Today we travel 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 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 06: 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 07: 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 08: 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 09: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 Dates will be Finalized by 30 June. 


    This tour Happens in November 2014.

    Price 84,000

  • What’s Included: all travel from Dibnugarh to Dibnugarh by road/ rail  as applicable (by air and non ac car / jeep / coach), all arrangements for staying and camping while on the trip, accommodation on twin share basis in tents / rest houses / hotels, all meals including those at Leh / Kargil hotels, professional guide fee, all rafting, kayaking and safety equipment with India’s most experienced guiding team, expert leadership, camp staff, cook etc.



    What’s not: airport transfers & taxes, any stay and meals in Delhi, bottled water /

    alcoholic beverages at Dibnugarh/Pasighat hotels, restaurant meals outside Dibnugarh/Pasighat hotels,

    sleeping bag, items of personal clothing, expenses of a personal nature like laundry,

    phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, basic medical and evacuation insurance; any costs

    arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road

    conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.


    Rates 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.



    Booking conditions: All bookings are subject to availability of space for the expedition. We book space on a 100% advance. All payments by cash or cheque/draft in favour of "Himalayan Outdoors Pvt. Ltd"


    IMPORTANT NOTE: HIMALAYAN OUTDOORS (I) PVT. LTD.‚ reserves the right to change, alter or cancel a trip due to any reason or extraordinary circumstance like dangerous water levels, landslides, bad weather etc. This right will be exercised in the best interest of your safety, and for the well being of an individual or group of individuals.




    01. Warm Sleeping Bag (till 0'C or below at least)

    02. Woollens/thermal underwear

    03. Wind/rain proof jacket

    04. Hiking/trekking shoes ; spare sandals

    05. Woollen socks

    06. Water Bottle

    07. Flash Light and spare batteries - important

    08. Sun Shade/Hat with Brim/woollen hat/gloves

    09. Sunglasses

    10. Sunscreen/Sun block

    11. Vaseline/Lip Salve

    12. Insect Repellent

    13. Personal Toiletries - towels/soap etc.

    14. Rucksack/duffel bag to carry your baggage

    15. Karimat / Thermarest (optional)

    16. Small daypack to carry camera, packed lunch, water bottle and wind/rain jacket on     a walk.

    17. Long trousers / long shirts / T-shirts etc.

    We provide wetsuits, wet boots, wet gloves and all rafting gear. You live in 4 season tents to withstand weather extremes, if any on the trip. Other items of personal nature need to be added by you especially personal medication, if any. Temperatures are going to vary between 25-30 degrees Celsius to 5-10 degrees at night. Long pants and long shirts are handy because of the strong sun and lots of sun tan lotion. 

    What to expect:

    Temperatures: temperatures on the trip will vary from a maximum of 24 degrees to

    Minimum 10 degrees Celsius. Its best to be prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad. The days are hot and the nights refreshingly cool.

    What to carry: Keep it light – although what you carry with you is a very personal

    decision. Some of our guests love to travel as light as possible while others are only

    happy when they have countless bits of equipment for every possible occurrence, most of which will never be used. The list we sent out covers all essentials that you must carry.

    A day pack is great to carry things that you will need throughout the day, such as your

    camera, water bottle, packed lunch, waterproofs, a fleece or a jumper.

    Good footwear is very important – most trails in Ladakh are pretty rough and steep so a good pair of shoes is important. Sandals work well on the raft (even though you have wetsuit booties as an option) and also for visiting monasteries (where footwear needs to be taken on and off, frequently). Socks, both for walking and a pair of warm ones for keeping feet warm inside the tent at night, is a good bet.

    Clothes: A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. Cotton trousers or long skirts (long skirts for ladies also double as a `port-a-loo’) worn over this layer can keep you very comfortable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.



    A good quality sleeping bag ensures a good nights sleep after a long day outdoors. Do not compromise on your sleeping bag – err on the side of carrying a warmer bag, than carrying a light one which may give you many sleepless nights.

    Carry any personal medication that you may need, or let us know should you be

    suffering from any particular ailment.


    How to carry: Its best to carry your belongings in a large, tough duffel bag or a big

    rucksack. A bum / waist bag is handy to have your camera, film rolls, flashlights (handy when visiting monasteries) and a guidebook, when you are sightseeing. Pack similar things such as clothes, washing things, camping equipment etc. in separate stuff sacks or polythene bags so they are easier to pull out and add to the waterproofing in your bag.



    Activity Level

    Our expedition trips are designed for energetic and flexible people who have the spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Previous experience in the outdoors and camping

    helps, though is not a must. These trips are participatory in nature, and everyone is

    expected to pitch in, set up and break down their own tent, clean their own dishes and

    help with loading and unloading the rafts.