Unleashing Nature’s Paradise – Monpa Mountains
Arunachal Pradesh, often known as "Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains," is the most isolated state in India and the first Indian territory to welcome the rising light. This stunning country, which is situated on the north-eastern tip of India and has borders with China, Bhutan, and Burma (Myanmar), is blessed with a stunning variety of flora and fauna that is guaranteed to entice any visitor. The deep woods of Arunachal Pradesh are home to more than 500 rare types of orchids. The misty hills, glittering rivers, and gushing waterfalls add to this wonderful land's splendour. The Kalika Purana and the renowned Hindu epic Mahabharata both make reference of Arunachal Pradesh. It is thought to be the Puranas' Prabhu Mountains.
Arunachal Pradesh is said to have been the location where King Bhishmaka created his kingdom, Sage Parshuram washed away his sin, Sage Vyasa meditated, and Lord Krishna wed his bride, Rukmini. The Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which has been ruled by numerous strong dynasties and kingdoms, is covered in countless historical monuments and archaeological ruins that attest to its illustrious cultural legacy.
A revealing journey through one of the planet’s last thriving natural paradise, this trip provides a simple insight into distant lifestyles and cultures of the people. Drive through the dainty pretty towns and wave at the amazing people on your way through the beautiful natural landscapes. Let the gentle, friendly, courteous, industrious, good to nature and amazing people of Monpa, influence you and provide you an insight of the compassionate Lord Buddha. Take a dip in natural hot springs or experience the adrenaline rush as you walk on the suspension bridge above the ferocious Tawang River, the activities offered by nature on your trip to Monpa is way higher than one’s imagination. Free yourself and keep your worries at bay, as you are about to experience nature’s heaven, within the folds of Himalayas.
Day 1 – Enter the Gateway to North East India
Meet Trikon Team at Guwahati Airport at 10:00 AM. Experience 6 hours of peaceful bliss as you will slip directly into nature’s lap at Bhalukpong. Let the calm blue waters of Jia Bhoroli River welcome you to the serene world of Bhalukpong. Quite interestingly, this river is known by different names in different parts of the state. It is known as Jia Bhoroli River in Assam, the name changes to Kameng River as soon as you enter Bhalukpong. Situated on the banks of this river, this small town will instantly make you feel at ease with its calmed and peaceful environment. Overnight stay
Day 2 – Enjoy the Splendor of Sangti Valley
Begin your day with heavy breakfast and pack enough energy as you will be moving towards the ‘Land of migratory black-necked cranes’- Sangti Valley. Enter into the world of dense forests and graceful rivers flowing smoothly along the silhouettes of this terrain. Not known to many, this small heaven on Earth is surrounded with towering Eastern Himalayas, vast stretches of fruit orchards and an interestingly Tibetan culture. Let your woes melt away as you experience the grandeur of nature’s real beauty. Spend the rest of your day at your leisure and Sangti will not fail to impress you. Discover your paths into this beautiful valley, or read a book by the banks of the river, the splendor of nature will consume you in itself. Experience the culture of this valley by staying with the locals in their style. Overnight stay
Day 3 –
Bid goodbye to your hosts at the homestay as we leave early to head towards Dirang town. Let the blurry images of beautiful paddy lands and the never leaving-Kameng River, occupy your mind and soul. Visit the 150 years old Dirang Dzong and get impressed by the architect used in the 8th Century to design this fort. The locals here proudly claim that the Dzong is surrounded by houses which are over 500 years old and still hosts people. Visit the Thupsung Dhargye monastery, Kalachakra Gompa and learn more about the beautiful Buddhist culture of the people. Light a lamp or offer prayers at the prayer wheel, let the spirituality of the place touch your soul. Visit the Dirang market to buy some local artifacts and souvenirs for your loved ones. We can explore Mandala top if time permits. We will need to hire separate vehicles for this and cost for it will be divided among participants. come back to sangti valley and enjoy the bonfire under the blanket of galaxy of stars. Overnight Stay in cottage.
Day 4 – Drive up one of the highest motorable roads in the world
Wake up early in the morning and post breakfast we shall proceed towards the one of the highest motorable passes in the world – Sela pass. While Khardungla is known for its magnificent height in Leh, Sela Pass, situated at an elevation of 13,700 ft, is known for its enchanted beauty and sacredness. Nestled in close proximity to the Pass, lies the Sela Lake. Flanked by snow covered mountains by all the sides, clouds floating through the mountains tops and the misty environment, shall make you marvel at the God’s creation of this Paradise Lake. Enjoy a cup of tea and some hot maggi as you appreciate the magnificent beauty of the Sela lake. Visit the Jaswant Garh – a war memorial built in the name of an Indian soldier – Jaswant Singh Rawat, who single-handedly fought the Chinese soldiers near the Sela Pass during the Sino-Indian War 1962. Learn more about the love story of Sela Pass and Jaswant Singh Rawat and how it affected the Sino-Indian war in 1962. Pay your dues at the war memorial and continue towards the town of Monpa in the Tawang district. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight Stay
Day 5 –Visit the oldest nunnery and ancient monasteries
Adios to the hosts at the homestay as we head out towards the Tawang monastery. One of the largest monastery in the world. Later visit Khinmey Gompa, a monastery which belongs to a different sect of Buddhism – Mahayana Buddhism. Get an insight on their culture and spiritual tales as you continue offering your prayers in the Prayer Hall. Explore tawang market. In the evening do visit the light and sound show at the war memorial in Tawang in the memory of thousands of soldiers who willingly laid their lives for the nation during the Sino-Indian War 1962. Return back to Tawang and enjoy your night at the homestay. You can also sip on the local brew like Arak. Overnight stay.
Day 6 – Feel Patriotism at the Indo-China Border and take a dip in Sangetsar Tso and other high altitude lakes
Start your day early as you go towards the Bum La pass which is a historic and extremely significant military post. Every year there are border meets conducted at Bum La Pass between India and China. The Commander at the post will run you through all the details and the importance of the Pass for the Indian army. Interestingly, it is also known as Dalai Lama Escape Route when he took refuge in India. Proceed towards the Sangetsar Tso and allow the misty weather to engulf your thoughts. Take a stroll along the lake and enjoy the munchies provided by the cafeterias dotted along the banks of the lake, with a view. Return back to Tawang and enjoy your night at the bonfire. Overnight Stay
Day 7 – Get Low, Down to Bomdila, Home to a magnificent monastery
Post scrumptious breakfast at the homestay, bid farewell to your hosts as we move back down towards Bomdila. As you move towards the Jang town in the Tawang district, you are about to experience the least known and the most spectacular Nuranang Falls. The locals also call it as Jang Waterfalls or Bong Bong Falls. Witness the white gushing water cutting through the dense verdant forests and flowing ferociously into the Tawang River. Do not forget to capture the astounding view of the surroundings created by the mere presence of these falls. After reaching the guest house, Visit Bomdilla monastery. Let the peace and tranquility of the place wash away all your fatigue from the trip. Sit for some time in the Meditation hall or interact with the monks there and get an insight on the history of the Monastery. Spend the evening at leisure and visit the market area for shopping. Overnight Stay
Day 8 – Drive back to Guwahati
On the last day at this thriving town of Bomdila, Get up early and get ready to bid adieu to Arunachal. Enjoy the 4am sunset. Breakfast enroute. Visit the bhutan border on your way back to Guwahati. Fill in your heart with memories from this amazing North-eastern trip as you return back to your routine.
NOTE- Book your return flight post 5 PM.
Please note that at any given point of time if the event has participants count which is 6 or less in number the event might get automatically converted into a customised one, i.e there shall be a local representative from Trikon that will greet you directly at the starting point.
What is included in the tour
- Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodations & homestays at Arunachal Pradesh
- All parking, tolls and driver allowances
- Breakfast and Dinner during the Arunachal Pradesh Backpacking trip
- Internal Travel made during the Arunachal Pradesh Backpacking trip
- Traveling from Guwahati to Guwahati
- Inner Line Permits during Arunachal Pradesh Tour
- Trikon expertise
- 5% GST
What is NOT included in the tour
- Camera charges
- Lunch on all days
- Any miscellaneous expenditure incurred during the Arunachal Pradesh Backpack tour
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
- Explore the untamed mountain ranges of North East
- Get into the feel of Tibetan Culture
- Visit one of the oldest and largest monasteries in India
- Drive through the popular Bomdila Pass during Arunachal Pradesh tour
- Get a chance to explore Sela Pass of Arunachal
- Stay with super friendly locals
- See some high altitude lakes
- Click Pictures in orchards and river side
- What is Arunachal Pradesh known for?
Arunachal Pradesh is known for its natural beauty, with a landscape that includes snow-capped mountains, forests, and rivers. It is also known for its cultural diversity, with more than 26 tribes and over 100 dialects spoken in the state.
- Is Arunachal Pradesh worth visiting?
Visits to Arunachal Pradesh are unquestionably worthwhile. One of the main factors contributing to the state's growing annual tourist population is the vast diversity that may be seen. This state has a lot to offer, including valleys, waterfalls, lakes, picturesque villages, monasteries, national parks, and mountain ranges.
- When is the best time to enjoy the snow?
The best time to visit Arunachal Pradesh if you want to see snow is between the months of October and February. The temperature lowers sharply during this time, and some areas see heavy snowfall. However, excessive snowfall can also result in landslides and blockages. Plans for a long-awaited trip may be severely disrupted by this.
- Is December a good time to visit Arunachal Pradesh?
Yes, December is among the greatest times of year to travel to Arunachal Pradesh. This month seems to witness an even greater increase in snowfall and the grandeur of the state's surrounding natural beauties. It's a great time with lots of events and snow at your feet.
- Do we need a permit to visit Arunachal Pradesh?
A permit is necessary to enter Arunachal Pradesh because of its proximity to the international boundary. Foreigners must receive the Protected Areas Permit, whereas Indian nationals must obtain the Inner Line Permit (ILP) (PAP). Residents don't, however, require any particular authorization to re-enter.
- What are the best places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh?
Some popular places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh include Tawang, the largest town in the state and home to the Tawang Monastery; Ziro, a scenic town in the Lower Subansiri district; and Itanagar, the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh. Other attractions include the Namdapha National Park, the Sela Pass, and the Pangsau Pass.
- How do I get to Arunachal Pradesh?
Arunachal Pradesh is located in northeastern India and can be reached by air, train, or road. The nearest major airport is in Guwahati, which is about 600 km from Itanagar, the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh. From there, you can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Arunachal Pradesh. There are also several trains that run to Guwahati from other parts of India.
- What should I pack for a tour of Arunachal Pradesh?
Some essential items to pack for a tour of Arunachal Pradesh include comfortable clothing and shoes, a raincoat or umbrella, a flashlight, insect repellent, sunscreen, and any necessary medications. You should also bring a water bottle and snacks, as well as a first aid kit. It is also a good idea to bring a power bank or portable charger for your electronic devices.
- Is a permit required to visit Arunachal Pradesh?
Foreign nationals are required to obtain a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to visit certain areas of Arunachal Pradesh. Indian citizens do not need a permit to visit most parts of the state. However, if you are planning to visit certain protected tribal areas, you may need to obtain a special permit. It is best to check with the local authorities or your tour operator for specific requirements.
- What is the local currency and how can I exchange money in Arunachal Pradesh?
The local currency in Arunachal Pradesh is the Indian Rupee (INR). You can exchange money at banks, money exchange offices, or hotels. It is a good idea to carry a mix of cash and a debit or credit card for convenience.
- What is the local language spoken in Arunachal Pradesh?
The official language of Arunachal Pradesh is English, and it is widely spoken throughout the state. However, there are over 100 dialects spoken in the state, and the most common ones include Apatani, Adi, and Nyishi.
- What is the food like in Arunachal Pradesh?
The food in Arunachal Pradesh is a mix of Indian and Chinese influences, with a focus on rice, vegetables, and meat dishes. Some popular local dishes include thukpa (noodle soup), momos (dumplings), and apong (rice beer). There are also several local delicacies made from bamboo shoots, wild berries, and other local ingredients.
- Are there any cultural do's and don'ts in Arunachal Pradesh?
As in any place, it is important to respect local customs and traditions when visiting Arunachal Pradesh. Some specific things to keep in mind include:
- Dress modestly, especially when visiting temples and sacred sites
- Remove your shoes before entering someone's home or a place of worship
- Greet people with a traditional Indian greeting, such as "namaste"
- Ask permission before taking photographs of people
- Do not touch someone with your feet, as this is considered disrespectful
- Do not eat with your left hand, as the left hand is traditionally used for cleaning oneself after using the toilet
- Do not criticize or make fun of local customs or beliefs.
- What is the weather like in Arunachal Pradesh?
The weather in Arunachal Pradesh can vary depending on the time of year and the altitude. In the summer months, from April to June, the weather is generally warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. In the winter months, from November to February, the weather is cooler and dry, with temperatures ranging from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius. The monsoon season, from June to September, is characterized by heavy rainfall and high humidity.
- Is it safe to drink the tap water in Arunachal Pradesh?
It is generally not recommended to drink tap water in Arunachal Pradesh. It is a good idea to bring a water bottle and refill it with filtered or bottled water, or to use a water purification system if you are traveling to more remote areas.
- What kind of transportation is available in Arunachal Pradesh?
There are several options for transportation in Arunachal Pradesh, including buses, shared taxis, and private cars. There are also flights available from Guwahati and Kolkata to the cities of Itanagar and Tawang. If you are planning a road trip, it is a good idea to rent a car or hire a taxi for the duration of your trip.
- What kind of accommodation is available in Arunachal Pradesh?
There are a variety of accommodation options available in Arunachal Pradesh, ranging from budget guesthouses and homestays to luxury resorts and hotels. Some popular options include:
- Guesthouses and homestays: These are a good option for budget travelers and offer a more authentic and local experience. You can find guesthouses and homestays in most towns and cities in Arunachal Pradesh.
- Hotels and resorts: There are several hotels and resorts in Arunachal Pradesh that cater to different budgets and preferences. These can be a good option for those looking for more comfort and amenities.
- Camping and wilderness lodges: If you are looking for a more rustic and nature-based experience, you can find camping sites and wilderness lodges in some of the more remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh.
It is a good idea to book your accommodation in advance, especially during peak tourist season or holidays. You can also consider using online booking platforms or consulting a local tour operator for assistance.
★ Avoid wearing precious Jewelry on event, as Trikon won’t be responsible for any losses for the same.
★ Missing the flight means missing the event, no refunds would be entertained by Trikon
Fitness & Health –Though backpacking is a fun-filled activity, it demands good amount of physical fitness. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trip, your Trikon buddy will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.
Cancellation one month prior the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in a Trikon Event Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 20% cancellation charges.
Cancellation between one month and 20 days prior to the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in a Trikon Event Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.
Cancellation less than 20 days prior to the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in a Trikon Event Voucher.
Flights cost included in packacges are non-refundable.
Train travel costs would be considered refundable after adjusting IRCTC cancellation charges.
Any specified non-refundable advances will also be considered non-refundable.
We almost never cancel our events. But in case we cancel a event because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, unexpected global health issues, Trikon will issue a voucher for the full amount of your event fee. You can redeem the Event Voucher on any of our events over the next one year.
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- A photocopy of your Identity Proof (Passport / Voter ID Card/PAN Card/Aadhar Card/ Driving License)
- Backpack or Haversack – If you are unloading your Haversack, you will need a small daypack to carry your basic essentials
- Good comfortable shoes and a pair of slip-ons, if required
- 1 Water Bottle (1 litre) – Fill your bottles at each destination to avoid the cost of packaged bottles
- Woolen or Fleece Gloves and a pair of waterproof gloves
- Cotton socks and woolen socks (2 pairs each)
- Balaclava, Woolen scarf – If you do not have a Balaclava, you can carry Monkey cap instead
- Thermal Inners
- Fleece Jacket, Snow Jacket or Padded Jacket (1 each)
- Windcheater or Poncho
- 2-3 pairs of trek pants
- 2 collared and full sleeved t-shirts – Do not carry loose t-shirts as they tend to make you feel cold
- Camera or Binoculars
- Ready to eat snacks, Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D Powder – Carry nuts, dryfruits, energy bars to munch during the trek. They provide instant energy whenever it hits the lower base.
- Cap, Sunglasses - Do ensure that your sunglasses are UV Protected. Do not carry reflectors.
- Headlamp/LED Torch – Mandatory
- Toiletries – Sunscreen, Moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer, Mosquito repellent, if required
- Polythene Bags or Zip-lock Bags – These help to segregate wet clothes or used wet wipes
- Any medicines that you normally consume - Please consult your doctor in this regard