13 days
Duration
India
Location
moderate
Physicality
Aquaterra
Operator

Whitewater Rafting Along the Brahmaputra & Siang Rivers

An exciting journey down one of the world’s greatest rivers is a trip only for the true adventurer. The river, after flowing gently eastwards through Tibet, cuts through the Greater Himalayas and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, Namche Barwa before it enters Arunachal Pradesh, where the expedition begins. We will take you through remote hillsides dotted with tribal settlements, through clearings surrounded by stunning rainforest and through huge, difficult to reach white water areas.

A 7-day self-contained run from Tuting to Pasighat (180 kms approx.) through one of the most inaccessible regions in the world.

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Delhi and we’ll transfer to the domestic airport. We’ll arrive in Dibrugarh in the late afternoon by air and transfer to our hotel. Over tea time, we’ll check-in and do an expedition briefing. Our evening local Assamese dinner is an absolute delight, and then we’ll wind down for an early start the next day. Overnight stay at Dibrugarh hotel.
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Day 2

Early morning drive through tea gardens to Boghiwheel Ghat (45 mins) and a ferry across the massive Brahmaputra river to cross onto the northern bank. At this point, the river is about 7-11 kms wide and Asia’s longest railway bridge is being built here. We’ll meet our vehicles on the Arunachal side of the river and then drive 3 hrs to Pasighat. There we’ll visit the local market and view the local specialties, vegetables etc. on sale. We’ll stay overnight in Pasighat.
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Day 3

Drive along the Siang river, through Adi villages, settlements and lush tropical rainforest. An 8 hour drive takes us through cloud forest and along the Siang river to the Ditte Dime bridge where we stop for lunch. In 2002, a massive glof (glacial lake outburst flood) broke and took out all bridges in the valley. We’ll reach Jengging by evening, a lovely but basic rest house nestled atop Karko vilage in the Sinag valley. We’ll check in and soak in the valley.
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Day 4

Today we’ll move to an even more remote area up the valley. We’ll pass the village of Ramsing try and see “Moing Madness’ and “Hairy Hari” on the drive. We cross a small pass and descend to Pango, then through Palsi to take in “Pulsating Palsi”. Our drive will climb up to Ningguing village and descend to our camp at Purung that’s next to the Ningguing rapid.
5

Day 5

Relaxed day to sort out gear, walk around and spend some time with local tribals at the nearby village. Tuting is the place where Tibetan Buddhism met the animistic tribal beliefs. We’ll ready rafts in the afternoon with a comprehensive safety briefing followed by instruction on paddling commands and rescue procedures. Spend the night at camp.
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Day 6

Raft to Pango (5 hrs) and then set up camp. This morning, we’ll set off on our journey down the river and will encounter the big monster Class V Ningguing rapid and another Class 4+ rapid, Pulsating Palsi, to reach Pango, where we set up Camp for the night. Lovely float sections as one takes in the wonders of the Ningguing gorge. We reach the beautiful Pango beach camp for tea. Campfire dinner and overnight at camp.
7

Day 7

Raft Pango – Cherring to camp. On the way, we enter the Marmong gorge, and there is no way to visit it other than by raft! We’ll scout and raft down the Pango rapid and run three big rapids in the gorge. Our paddling skills will be well utilized today, but will be well worth it as you’ll witness one of the most beautiful and remote jungle gorges in the world—with its steep, impenetrable forests. We’ll go past the big rapid at Rikor and Zebra Rock rapid to set up camp above a Class 6 rapid called “Tooth fairy” at Cherring. Camp overnight.
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Day 8

Raft Cherring – Paradise beach to camp. After a portage around the Class 6 rapid, Toothfairy, we’ll raft out of the Marmong gorge, negotiating several Class 3+ rapids including the Class 4 Hairy Hari, followed by a float until we reach Ramsing where we’ll set up camp for the night. These are classic Siang days!
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Day 9

Rest day at camp and Paradise beach with beach Olympics, hot lunch and a possible hike.
10

Day 10

Raft to Geku Twins Camp. We’ll begin with a big rapid below Paradise beach, called ‘Moing Madness” followed by milder ones all the way to the suspension bridge at Nubo. We’ll raft down “Karko” and float to a beautiful site near Geku. Camp for the night.
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Day 11

Raft Geku Twins until just below Sangam. After Geku, we begin a long float to the 65 Bridge at Ditte Dime. An easy day with long float sections. We’ll pass several Adi tribal settlements on the way as well as the confluence of the Siang river with the Siyom river after the suspension bridge at Boling. We’ll pass the flood-rutted guesthouse of Yembung and float onto camp near Rotung village—just in time for a hot lunch. We’ll the transfer all the gear from the dry bags into our travel bags and have a chance to wash up near a fresh water spring.
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Day 12

Raft Rotung- Pasighat. We’ll begin the final run to the plains at Pasighat by negotiating the last ‘biggie’ on the trip. The Siang tends to gather a lot more volume as we float into Pasighat, where we’ll beach our rafts for the last time on the trip. We’ll then head to our rest house at Pasighat.
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Day 13

Drive to Boghiwheel Ghat and take a ferry boat across to Dibrugarh. Transfer to airport for the flight back to New Delhi.

 

Note: Aquaterra Adventures reserves the right to begin the rafting trip at Purang Nallah, 20 minutes by river downstream of Tuting, if guide discretion demands that the Ningguing rapid be excluded from the run. This decision will be made in the best interest of the trip, and everybody’s safety.

Overview

TRIP DATES 19 November – 1 December 2017
2 – 14 December 2017
 
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE LOCATION Delhi, India  
INCLUDED All accommodation on twin share basis (except in Delhi)
Restricted area permit and fee
All meals while on trip
Lead safety boater
Professional guide and camp staff
All transfers by jeep/coach
Wetsuits
All sightseeing
NOT INCLUDED Flights Delhi-Dibrugarh-Delhi
Delhi hotels and airport transfers
Personal expenses
Insurance
End of trip tips and gratuity
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, flight cancellations, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control

Additional Information

Please Note:

Rates quoted are on a twin share basis. If you prefer private single accommodation, the single supplement charge is $240.00. 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, a “forced” single supplement of $151.00 will be applicable.

Activity Level

Aquaterra 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.

Tips & Gratuities

Aquaterra recommendation is a minimum 5-10% of your trip cost for tips to be distributed amongst the team that makes your adventure safe and successful. This includes drivers, guides, cook, kitchen team, porters and horsemen. Of course, this remains a personal choice.

Book Recommendations

Tales from the river Brahmaputra by Tiziana & Gianni Baldizzone
The Seven Sisters of India – Tribal Worlds between Tibet & Burma by Agjala Stirn & Peter van Ham

Why choose Aquaterra Adventures?


Voted one of the 'Best Adventure Companies on Earth' by National Geographic

In 2008 and 2009, Aquaterra Adventures™ was twice consecutively listed as one of the ‘Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth’ by National Geographic Society’s global survey.

Awarded 'Favourite Boutique Tour Operator' by Outlook

In March 2014 Outlook awarded Aquaterra Adventures the Favourite Boutique Tour Operator In India.


ATOAI Hall of Fame Award 2014

Aquaterra Adventures is a member of the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India – ATOAI

Voted 'Best Adventure Resort in India'

By ATOAI in 2016

Aquaterra Adventures is:

  1. Recognised as an inbound adventure tour operator by the Government of India’s Ministry of Tourism
  2. A member of The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO)
  3. A member of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI)
  4. A member of The Indian Association of Professional Rafting Outfitters (IAPRO)

Aquaterra Adventures is known for its:

  1. Impeccable safety record
  2. Highly skilled professional guides
  3. State-of-the-art equipment
  4. Comfortable Camping
  5. “Eco-sensitive” approach to adventure travel

Aquaterra Adventures Offers:

  1. An excellent range of cuisine
  2. Tailored flexibility to offer trips to a diverse range of clientele
  3. The capability to run remote and logistically challenging wilderness trips
  4. Unique, innovative trips in the Indian Himalayas

Why TOV loves Aquaterra Adventures:

Aquaterra’s team of guides has years of experience of travel throughout the Indian Himalayas, rafting rivers and leading treks – from the barren Zanskar to the tropical rainforest of Arunachal Pradesh. They speak English, have completed graduate school, are First Aid & CPR certified and form the most experienced guiding team in the country today.

Equipment on all Aquaterra adventure travel trips match worldwide standards. On treks, they use 4 season 2-person tents, which can withstand the harshest weather conditions while keeping you dry and protected from the elements.

Safety is taken very seriously. On rafting trips they use only self-bailing rafts, with a cataraft or kayaks backing up to add another layer of safety. Participants are encouraged to raft all sections of the river because the biggest rapids (which you may be tempted to walk around) create priceless memories which last years after the trip is over.

Aquaterra staff is trained in hygienic preparation of meals and offers a great variety of food on an outdoor trip.

Aquaterra has its own transport to ensure trips always run on schedule.

Aquaterra run all their trips themselves – there is no sub-contracting on these trips. They are directly responsible for your safety, from start to finish of your trip.

Aquaterra trips are excellent value for money. They are priced to keep standards high and your trip smooth. Cost is a factor for many a trip, but for a real adventure like this, the deciding factor should be confidence in your operator.

Aquaterra Charity Trust

Aquaterra Adventures runs numerous expeditions to remote areas of north, north-west and eastern India, spanning the entire Indian Himalaya. During these trips, guests come into contact with highly impoverished, rural communities that, for a multitude of reasons, remain disconnected and underdeveloped. The Aquaterra Charity Trust (ACT) aims to facilitate a means for guests and friends of Aquaterra Adventures to understand the myriad issues that plague Himalayan populations, and to give back to the communities that enrich its culture. It allows for guests to make a positive difference in the lives of those in less fortunate positions, in a sustainable, culturally sensitive and responsible manner.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to state their preference of community they would like to see their donations go to, or they may allow the ACT to determine the most pressing need their gift may be used towards. Projects are determined based on community needs, assessed by observation, our experience in working in these remote regions, and holding discussions with the community in consideration, as well as with local, or regional organizations concurrently working in the area.

A portion of Aquaterra Adventures profits is also given back each year to assist in causes that need urgent attention.

The ACT began on a voluntarily and informal basis helping to support a primary school in the remote village of Nyerak, deep in the heart of the Zanskar canyon. The children there lack basic access to notebooks, stationary, reading materials, and sometimes, even teachers. The ACT has been able to sponsor education for older children moving out of the village, in pursuit of higher education.

On June 16 and 17, 2013, India was hit by the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami when a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides. The damage was monumental and the local population left to pick up the pieces. Since 95% of Aquaterra staff are from this region, the ACT feels particularly strongly about giving back to the areas affected. It has sought to strategically assist in long term rehabilitation and helping rebuild community life.

In 2015 the ACT distributed 52 laptops to schools in the mountains, who previously had no access to computers.

In 2016, the ACT built a computer room in Singtalli Village which can be accessed by schools and local communities.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
Nathalie Adams
November 4, 2016

Mighty rapids and breathtaking gorges, pristine beaches and enchanting forests, this trip offers you all this and more in rustic virgin territories where the only outsider you have for company is a leopard from the deep dense forests around you. I loved the way the whole trip was managed. Utmost professionalism and endearing warmth showcased by the entire team never made me feel out of place for even a moment. There is not a single thing that was not 10/10 for me, right from food, safety, the rafting experience, the camp fires at night, the many silly jokes and dance moves we all broke into, to unending conversations. I had an experience of a lifetime and shall certainly go an another expedition soon.

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Sundeep Shah
July 7, 2017

13 days of bliss & making freinds with wonderful people all over the world . A very professional & excellent trip crafted by Vaibhav Kala & his team . Excellent well planned nutritional food from breakfast to dinner . Guides on the river & safety was unmatched .

Source: Tripadvisor

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