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“Bailey Trail”, This trek traces the historic route taken by Lt. Col. F M Bailey and Capt. H T Morshed, British officers who were commissioned to survey the lands between Arunachal Pradesh and Tibet during 1911-12. The trek was initially an ancient trade route that connected Burma, India and Tibet. In 1962 the Chinese army used this route to strike deep into Arunachal Pradesh. The ‘Bailey Trail’ as it is known now, crosses through some pristine remote forests of the Eastern Himalayas, where pine, oak and rhododendrons grow aplenty.

 

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Guwahati - Nameri NP

Welcome at the airport and road to Nameri National Park. If early arrival, you can enjoy a nature walk in the afternoon. Night in hotel or resort.

Day 2

Nameri NP - Bomdila - Thembang

After breakfast, you go to Thembang via Bomdila. In Bhalukpong, which is the border between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, you will ask permission to enter Arunachal. 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 2800 m height pass of same name. En route, stop at Tipi to visit a greenhouse of orchids with more than 7,500 flowers. You will also stop in the temple of Nag Mandir in Dedza. Visit the village inhabited by the ethnic Rupa of Shertukpen. Night in homestay or tent.

Day 3

Thembang - Thungri

Today you trek uphill and reach Thungri, a place commanding beautiful views of the surrounding areas. Night in tent.

Day 4

Thungri

Acclimatization day. Short walk around the camp. Night in tent.

Day 5

Thungri - Changla

A day of hard trek with a steep climb through coniferous forests. The landscape will offer breathtaking views of the eastern Himalayas. Climb till just below Changla. Night in tent.

Day 6

Changla - Potak

You’ll start climbing early, crossing Changla Pass (3650 m) where you can see breathtaking views of the eastern Himalayas. Then a steep climb to Poshing la Pass (3950 m). From the pass, you’ll descend through forests of Juniper and Rhododendrons and cross a glacial stream before continuing your climb of another 6 hrs to the alpine pastures of Potak to camp at a beautiful spot near a stream.

Day 7

Potok - Lurtem

Climb steadily for another 4 hours to reach Sela Pass (4550 m), the highest point of this trek with majestic views of the Gorichen and Kangto peaks. Visit to alpine lake near the pass and then descend for about 2 hours into the valley and camp at Lorthum. Night in tent.

Day 8

Lurtem - Mago

Walk along the river valley through coniferous forests, crossing Yak huts along the way to reach a tributary of Tawang-chu river and camp night near Mago Village (3500 m). Night in tent.

Day 9

Mago

Rest day in Mago, beautiful village magical with great views of high mountain peaks, small Monpa tribal community, hot water springs. Night in tent.

Day 10

Mago - Neew Mealing

Trek down to New Mealing. Night in tent.

Day 11

New Mealing - Tawang

Trek from New Mealing towards Jang, where the jeep is waiting for you. Drive to Tawang. Night in hotel.

Day 12

Tawang

"Walk for 30 minutes from the market in Tawang town and enter the Tawang monastery compound. Founded in AD 1680, Tawang Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India. Situated at an elevation of 3300 meters, the mesmerizing Buddhist citadel comprises 65 residential buildings which are home to 450 lamas. A centre for Buddhist cultural studies and a library with an invaluable collection of 400-year-old manuscripts are also found inside the compound. Also pay a visit to the museum and butter lamp house. Visit a craft center and emporium and shop for authentic woven goods and garments. Drive to the outskirts of Tawang town and visit Urgelling Monastery which was built around AD 1487. Almost two centuries later Tsangyang Gyatso, H.H. the 6th Dalai Lama, was born here in 1683. Pilgrims can burn incense and perform a candle lighting ceremony in which conical terracotta lamps are used. Next visit Khinmey Gompa which will impress with its kaleidoscope of glorious colors. Drive back to Tawang town for lunch. Visit the Ani Gompas or nunneries of Tawang are steeped in the same time-honoured Tibetan Buddhist traditions as their larger all-male counterparts. Night in hotel/homestay.

Day 13

Tawang - Bomdila

After breakfast, we go to Bomdila. En route we pass Nuranang Falls, the memorial of Jaswant Garh (in memory of the Indochina war) and the Dirang Ta Dzong (Tibetan old prison). Night in hotel.

Day 14

Bomdila - Balipara

Drive to Bhalukpong, evening enjoy the bon fire and relax. Night in hotel.

Day 15

Balipara - Guwahati Airport

Drive to Guwahati Airport. End of our services.
  • Hike through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests in the Eastern Himalayas
  • Cross Sela Pass at 4550 m
  • Explore tribal villages of the Monpa community
  • Discover the Buddhist hill-station of Tawang, home to Asia’s second largest monastery

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