Bailey Trail Trekking

15 Days
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“Bailey Trail” 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.

Throughout the trek, the presence of breathtaking landscapes will overwhelm you, and at times, you’ll be able to see the majestic peaks of Gorichen and Kangto, two of northeastern India’s highest peaks. The highest point of this trek will be Sela Pass at a height of 4550 m. Entirely, you’ll be crossing high mountain passes, glacial rivers, crystal clear lakes, villages of the Monpa Tribe, and will be staying at campsites that will awe you. And as a bonus, you’ll be visiting the Buddhist hill station of Tawang where the second largest Buddhist monastery of Asia is magnificently located.

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Day 1

Arrival in Guwahati - Dhekiajuli

Welcome at the airport and road to Dhekiajuli. If early arrival, you can enjoy a nature walk in the afternoon. Night in homestay in the heart of a tea plantation.

Day 2

Dhekiajuli – Shergaon – Thembang

After breakfast, you go to Thembang via Shergaon, a small picturesque village located in West Kameng district. It is nestled in a valley punctuated by three streams and the fertile land on their banks is well suited to horticulture. Walnuts, pomegranates, kiwi and more than a dozen apple varieties thrive in the mild climate here. Night in homestay.

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


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


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 - New 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


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.

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