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Monpa Tribal Trek

Nature has bestowed its plentiful bounties on Arunachal Pradesh, India's land of rising sun. The evergreen forests, the virgin floral and faunal varieties, the turbulent streams and roaring rivers meandering their way through deep gorges and lush green valleys, the inspiring mountains, and snow clad peaks - all make the state a unique place offering the tourist numerous opportunities for rafting, hiking and mountaineering. Arunachal Pradesh finds it's mention in literature such as the "KalikaPurana" and in the epics of "Mahabharata" and "Ramayana". It is believed that sage Vyasa meditated here and the remains of the brick structure, scattered around two villages in the hills north of Roing was the palace of Rukmini, the consort of Lord Krishna. The sixth Dalai Lama was also born on the soil of Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Day 1: Arrive Delhi/ Kolkata

    • Met upon arrival. Drive to Namarinational Park
      Met upon arrival and drive to Nameriwildlife park for 5 hours for overnight. Evening walk in the forest to see various birdlife. Nameri Tiger Reserve is nestled at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas; it covers an area of 200 square kilometers. Situated in the eastern border of Assam valley and mountainous Arunachal Pradesh, it’s a very scenic sanctuary with river Jia Bhoroli bifurcating through. Nameri is home to some of the endangered species like White-winged Wood Duck, and many other winged species
  • Day 2: Nameri – Dirang

    • Morning drive to Dirang for 6 hours. Drive to Dirang 221 km in 6 hours. The journey is along a very scenic road traversing forested hills. And crossing over the Nichephu pass to the Tanga valley traversing the Tanga valley. The road climbs through a series of hairpins to the town of Bomdila, located at 2800m height pass of same name. After the road descend to the picture postcard Dirang valley at 1600m which is our Destination for the day. Overnight at hotel in Dirang.
  • Day 3: Dirang to Thembang by drive

    • After breakfast, drive to Thambang where your camp staff will be waiting for you. Altitude 7200 ft., 35 km, Thenmbang is located in the top of the hill and the path is steep. Thembang is a village of Monpa tribe. Evening in the camp or Local House.
  • Day 4: Thembang to Semnak

    • After breakfast, trek to Semnak 15 km altitude of 7900 ft., a small village inside the jungle. The second day of the trek is through thick jungle and trail is easy. But watch out for those leeches! Evening in the camp.
  • Day 5: Semnak - Lagam - Chander

    • After breakfast, trek to Chander via Lagamfor 18 km. Altitude of 9800 ft. This day is also little tough. Chander is a small village of Monpa tribe and also a Base Camp for Mountaineering. If the weather is clear than great views of Mt Gorichen and Mt Kangto are available from here. Chander is a famous for herding of Chongrey, an animal which resembles a half cow and half sheep. You will find more than 500 Chongrey in and around the village; it is also located in the top of the hill. In the month of January and February this place is completely covered by snow which last till March and April. Evening in the camp.
  • Day 6: Chander - Namshu

    • After breakfast, trek to Namshu 14 km altitude of an 8800 ft, a downward trek, Namshu is the biggest village of Monpa tribe in West Kameng District. Spend the day exploring the exquisite Buddhist Gompa, kalkaling gate. Chusker [its traditional water mill] and village houses meet the people get an idea of lifestyles. Evening / Camp or local House
  • Day 7: Namshu - Sangti (8500 feet)

    • After breakfast, trek to Sangti valley for16 km. Sangti valley is famous for sheep breeding farm (high altitude sheep farm) Drive to Dirang 13 km over/night hotel
  • Day 8: Dirang – Tawang (10,000 ft)

    • After breakfast drive to Tawangenroute crossing the Sela Pass (13,000 ft). We can see the distant views of Tawang monastery even though it is still 70 km away!
  • Day 9: Tawang

    • Full day sightseeing of Tawang including the monastery as well as the nunnery.
      Visit Tawang Monastery, the birthplace of the 6th incarnation of the Dalai Lama, TsangyangGyatso (1683-1706 AD). It was here that the present Dalai Lama crossed the border into India after fleeing Tibet in 1959.
      Founded by the Mera Lama LodreGyasto in accordance to the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, NagwangLobsangGyatso, The Tawang monastery of the Gelugpa sect is the largest Buddhist monastery in India. The name Tawang means Chosen Horse. It is also known in another Tibetan name known as GaldenNamgeyLhatse, which means a true name within a celestial paradise in a clear night.
      Located at an elevation of 10,000 feet (3,300m) in the district capital, Tawang, it is home to more than 600 Lamas. It also has houses in the Parkhang library. A collection of the 400-year-old Kangyurs which consists of 110 volumes with 400-500 pages in each bundle in addition to invaluable manuscripts. The lamas would get ready on ceremonial occasions for their dances and prayers. Dances and ceremonial celebrations are held in the courtyard, the most important of which is held on the night of Buddha Purnima. Other large collections include the Sutras, Tangym, Sungbhum, old books and other manuscripts, both handwritten and printed, many of them in gold. The collection has a total of 850 bundles.
      It also houses a small printing press, which is meant for printing books to literate monks for religious services and their own education. The most fascinating part is or the assembly hall - a three-storied building housing the temple and the 8.3-m high Golden Buddha.
  • Day 9: Tawang to Zimethang , 88km 3 hrs drive then back to Tawang

    • Tawang Excursion towards the Tibet frontier and zimethang gorsomchorttan
      It is situated about 88 km from Tawang, visit largest Buddhist Stupa [chorten] which was constructed in 12th Century A.D and visit Typical Pagchinpa tribe. In this tribe they migrate from china back to tawang. In the afternoon visit Buddhist nunnery Bromdungchung and Gyangong. The Monpa have a traditional Nunnery Called “AniGompa. Evening Typical Monpa culturalProgramme at Village
      Over/ night/ hotel
  • Day 10: Tawang to Bomdila

    • 190KM 8 Hrs Drive over/ night/ hotel/ monastery guest house
      Afternoon visit RabgyalingGontseGompa upper gompa Thupchob Gateling gompa
  • Day 11: Bomdila to Guwahati

    • Bomdila to Guwahati 280KM 8 hours drive
  • Day 12: Kolkatta or Delhi

    • Fly to Kolkatta or Delhi
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