- Trip Outline
- Tour Map
For nearly 2000 years, the notion of an earthly paradise or Shangri La hidden among the peaks of Asia has captivated the human imagination. Western explorers combed the region in search of this hidden land of bliss and nectar described in ancient Buddhist texts as the Pemako or the Lotus land. According to Buddhist tradition Pemako is one of the 16 earthly paradises, a promised land free of worry, the ultimate hidden haven. The place is where, it is prophesied that the seed of humanity will thrive at the end of the world in famine and calamities.
Arrival in DibrugarhWelcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure. Night in hotel.
Dibrugarh - PasighatWe leave the hotel at 6:30 AM for the Dibrugarh Ferry Terminal. A beautiful cruise across the braided flow of the Brahmaputra awaits us. Keep an eye out for freshwater dolphin during the winter months! After reaching the other side of the Brahmaputra, we transfer to a bus for the journey to Arunachal Pradesh's border post. There we clear entry with our Restricted Area Permits, and continue on to reach our hotel in Pasighat by early afternoon. The afternoon is free to explore Pasighat's traditional market, buy souvenirs, and explore. Night in basic hotel.
Pasighat - JenggingDrive to Jengging. The drive will be through bad roads, but the presence of breathtaking valleys of the Siang River will be worth the journey. You may also visit a Adi Tribe authentic village, and walk in sustainable bamboo hanging bridges. Night in basic hotel/government guesthouse.
Jengging - TutingThrough pristine landscapes, drive to Tuting, the last motorable town, near to India’s border with South Tibet. Night in a basic hotel or government guesthouse.
Tuting - KugingAfter breakfast, begin trek to Kuging Village by crossing the Siang River in a suspension bridge and through simple villages of the Adi Tribe. The hike will be through terraced farmlands and the Yangsang Chu River, until a climb to Kuging Village, the last village in the route for the coming ten days. Night in tent near the village.
Kuging - MabiAfter breakfast, trek to Mabi. The vegetation will change from tropical and semi-tropical to eventually alpine sanctuaries. The climb is moderate through forests of rhododendrons and pine, though care must be taken against leeches. On clear days, the icy peaks of Namcha Barwa are visible, the ‘left breast of almighty Goddess Dorje Pagmo.’ Night in tent.
Mabi - YungchakA short trek from Mabi to Yungchak, with a few uphill walks along ridges, though forests that are a rhododendron fairyland, along with the breathtaking views of the remote eastern Himalayas (South Tibet). Night in tent.
Yungchak - KanebengaTrek to campsite at Kanebenga. The hike will be mostly along ridges in forests filled with rhododendrons and pine, with terrain eventually changing from barren to rocky. There’ll be a few uphill and downhill walks. Chinese villages can be seen from here. The surrounding views of mountainside is breathtaking. Night in tent.
Kanebenga - Pao - LipikTrek to campsite of Pao Lipik, leaving the alpine forests and entering barren landscapes filled with beautiful high altitude lakes. The hike will be moderate with uphill and downhill walks, but can be tiresome in the extreme heights. On clear days, the peak of Namcha Barwa is visible. Night in tent.
Pao Lipik - DanakoshaTrek to Danakosha, the sacred lake with the island of tseta (heart). The hike will be through barren ridge of rhododendron scrub until a steep climb to a higher ridge from where you will get magnificent views of the holy Titapori Mountain. The landscape here forms a fully opened lotus. Each year Buddhist pilgrims visit these high isolated ranges to pray in the heart lake, as according to Buddhist Pemako texts, merely seeing this place, a pilgrim opens his consciousness to unlimited knowledge and his/her karma is purified. Night in tent.
DanakoshaToday, you will do a kora (circumbulation) around five sacred lakes of Danakosha, out of a total of 118 lakes which are believed to occupy this region. These lakes are believed to bless one with tantric powers. On a clear day, the very holy mountain of Kundu Dorsempotrang is visible, which is ‘All Gathering Palace of Vajrasattva’, a tantric deity symbolizing pristine, unobstructed awareness. Seeing this mountain liberates a person instantly. Night in tent.
Danakosha - Wangchen PhuktaTrek to Wangchen Phukpa. The hike will be up and down ridges, crossing Titapori where it is believed that Padmasambhava has hidden many treasures and scrolls. At the campsite of Wangchen Phukpa, one feels on top of the world. The area is abound with exotic wildlife with chances of seeing Musk Deer, Ibex, Takin, Mountain Goat, Red Panda and many species of birds. A tailless rat called locally as saray is found commonly. Night in tent.
Wangchen Phukta - Dungchen DromaTrek to Dungchen Droma, crossing huge boulders fallen down by snow, and then continue through pine and rhododendron forests, until a downhill trail covered with thick bamboo that will end at campsite. On clear days, magnificent views can be seen of the eastern Himalayas. Night in tent.
Dungchen Droma - Tashi DromaStart early for a trek to Tashi Droma. It will be a steep downhill hike through forests filled with orchids, bamboos and wild flowers. The vegetation will be thick due to direct sunlight, and care must be taken with the wet slippery ground. The hike will end at River Jiang-chu where you’ll dross a cane bridge to arrive at campsite. A swim in the river will be much healing and is highly recommended. Night in tent.
Tashi Droma - TashigangTrek to Tashigang Village, the first village you will see in ten days. The hike will be along the Jiang-chu River in slippery grounds, with moderate uphill and downhill walks. Precaution needs to be taken here against the menacing leeches. The hike ends at Tashigang, a beautiful and quaint little village where 200 people live in 16 houses. Night in tent.
Tashigang - MankotaBegin the trek by visiting the holy site of Dewakota and do a kora around it. Legends say Dewakota Mountain is where Padmasambhava hid many treasure and scrolls, and enlightened persons have the key to finding them. This hike will be a steep descend through huge rocks and eventually crossing a cane bridge and climbing steps to reach Dewakota temple. Later after kora, hike onwards to the village of Mankota. Night in tent.
Mankota - PayengdamTrek to Payengdam, a village located spectacular at a hilltop which offers excellent views of the mountain ranges. The hike will be gradual with normal climbs. Along with a monastery, a very impressive community center is established here, supported by pemakodproject.org, for the refuges of China occupied Pemako. Night in tent.
Payengdam - TutingTrek back to Tuting by descending alongside the Yangsang River. The hike is steep through tropical forest, until it catches up with the trail of the first day, thus completing one kora (circumbulation). The trek to these remote sacred sanctuaries ends at Tuting. Night in government guesthouse.
Tuting - JenggingDrive to Jengging. The drive will be through bad roads, but the presence of breathtaking valleys of the Siang River will be worth the journey. You may also visit a Adi Tribe authentic village, and walk in sustainable bamboo hanging bridges. Night in basic hotel/government guesthouse.
Jengging - PasighatDrive to Pasighat visiting the tribal villages of Pado, Sili, and Bodak on the way. In the afternoon you get to visit the Pasighat museum and handicraft centre. Night in basic hotel.
Pasighat - DibrugarhDrive upto Oiramghat where we enter Assam to take the ferry across the braided flow of the Brahmaputra. Keep an eye out for freshwater dolphin during the winter months! After reaching the other side of the Brahmaputra, drive to Dibrugarh. Evening walk around town. Night in hotel.
Departure from DibrugarhTransfer to the airport. End of our services.
- Trek to sacred sites of the holy beyul (hidden paradise) of Pemako
- Trek through pristine and remote landscapes of the mysterious eastern Himalayas.
- Visit a region incredibly rich in flora and fauna, and is a part of Dibang Valley Biosphere Reserve
- Visit the beautiful sacred lakes of Danakosha, where the path to liberation clears and tantric powers are abound
- Visit the sacred site and temple of Dewakota, associated with many legends related to Padmasambhava
- Visit tribal villages of Khampa Tribe, Adi Tribe, and Buddhist villages