Adventure and Jungle with the Apatani

14 Day(s) 13 Night(s)
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The Talle Valley trail winds up and down mountains, valleys and across rivers. On this trek, you cross the Pangey Valley, Talle Valley and Ziro Valley. All three are picturesque, surrounded by robust, green mountains.

The trail dips into the Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary that’s spread over 337 Km². Welcome ferns and Hollong trees stand tall as the trek begins. These are typical vegetation found in tropical rain-forests. As the trek climbs, white bamboos emerge. And gradually, the thick canopy of leaves give way to delicately clustered deciduous trees like pines and silver firs.

Under the diverse canopy thrives a long list of endangered species of flora and fauna. Pleiublastus simone, a partially white coloured bamboo is found only in Talle Valley. And clouded leopard is one of the popular endangered species found in this biodiversity zone. These forests are crowded by lichens, orchids and ferns that aren’t found on other treks in India.

Talle Valley is a bird watcher’s paradise. With a wide colour of wings hovering and fluttering from amidst rainforest, pines and bamboos, you see different birds peeking out of every nook of this trail. Crested kingfisher and common green magpie are a couple of species to look out for.

After 7 days surviving in the jungle, it’s time to unwind ! The Ziro Festival of Music is said to be the most fun outdoor music festival of India. The festival features some of the best talent of the country and abroad, and also showcases local talent from all the 7 states of the Northeast. Visitors to the festival come from all over the world, mainstream India has only recently taken to the festival. The location of the festival makes it all the more special, set against the backdrop of paddy fields in Ziro Valley.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Delhi – Dibrugarh

Welcome at the airport and transfer to the domestic terminal for the Dibrugarh flight. Welcome at Dibrugarh airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2

Dibrugarh - Ziro

After an early breakfast, drive to Ziro. At Bogibeel ghat, you will cross the mighty Brahmputra river with your car on a ferry. On the Assam-Arunachal border after Lakhimpur, you proceed to the Protected Area Permit checking. Soon you drive on a hill road with picturesque landscape, rivers, villages at distances and smiling inhabitants. The road is in a bad condition but is compensated by looking at the amazing scenery and cool climate. Night in hotel or homestay.

Day 3

Siiro – Mani Polyang – Pange Valley

After breakfast, transfer by jeep to Mani Polyang, a picturesque little town in Ziro. The trek starts through the Talle valley forest sanctuary with the Pange river flowing beside you. It is a 9 km easy trek to Pange valley with an altitude gain of 350 m. The trail mostly passes through tropical rainforests. Camp for the night at Pange Valley.

Day 4

Pange Valley - Talle Valley

Today’s trek would be one of the longest ones. The trail stretches on the left hand side of the Pange river. After about an hour’s walk, the trail begins to ascend. It is a steep climb for close to 3 hours and it takes you through two clearings that open up to spectacular mountainous views of Nimepambu of Bhutan. The strenuous climb ends at the highest point of this trek at 2750 m, where rhododendron forests thrive. There is a point on the trail known as Tragopan point. From here, descend to the bamboo forests and the villages in order to reach the camp site. Camp for the night at Talle Valley, surrounded by lush green mountains.

Day 5 to 7

Talle Valley

Spend the next 3 days finding and setting up camp, wildlife locating drinkable water, lighting fires without matches, all done under the watch of our professional guide.

Day 8

Talle Valley - Pange Valley

On this day, ease your mind as you walk through an assortment of colorful wild flowers and lichens. As this trail is easy, it gives you space you pause and take in the beauty around. Finally, you descend from 2500 to 1600 m. Camp for the night along the Pange river.

Day 9

Pange Valley – Hong – Ziro

On the last day of the trek, you ascend from 1600 to 2000 m, though not at a stretch. The trail gradually ascends, followed by a couple of hours of gradual descend. It then climbs ever to reach Hong village, where the trek ends. Transfer by jeep to hotel/homestay.

Day 10 & 11

Ziro

In the morning, explore the Ziro Valley and its many attractions. In the afternoon, attend the Ziro Festival of Music (ZFM), widely known to be the one of the greatest outdoor festivals in India. Celebrated with much fervor and energy, it is also a wonderful opportunity to showcase the musical talent of the amazing artists of North East India besides promoting tourism in the state. The popularity of the festival is spread far and wide. Night in camp, hotel or homestay.

Day 12

Ziro - Dibrugarh

After an early breakfast, drive to Kareng Ghat from where you take the ferry to cross the Brahmaputra. All along the river banks are inhabited by farmers whose flocks live quietly at the water's edge, and by fishermen whose nets dry in the wind on large sandbanks. Then continue by car to Likabali before arriving in the afternoon in Dibrugarh, a large industrial city active thanks to coal but especially, thanks to oil. Located in tea plantations; Assam is known worldwide for the quality of its tea and its superb plantations. Installation in a house of planters called Chang Bungalow, Chang meaning in the local language 'on stilts'. Dinner and traditional dance show 'Bihu' before the night at Mancotta Chang Bungalow.

Day 13

Dibrugarh - Delhi

Transfer to the airport in time to board the flight for Delhi. Night in hotel.

Day 14

Departure from Delhi

Free day in Delhi. In the evening, transfer to the airport. End of our services.

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