Namdapha Rain Forest Trek
In the easternmost corner of India lies the Namdapha National Park, a biodiversity hotspot, which attracts travellers from all over the world. Namdapha offers an unparalleled experience in nature and plethora of birdlife and wild sightings to nature and wildlife enthusiasts and is a great opportunity for those looking to explore the outdoors or a therapeutic getaway with family. There is a lot to do in Namdapha’s forest magic.
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In the easternmost corner of India lies the Namdapha National Park, a biodiversity hotspot, which attracts travellers from all over the world. Covering an area of 1808 square kilometres (core zone) and 177 square kilometres (buffer zone) Namdapha in Arunachal’s Changlang district was declared a tiger reserve as a part of Project Tiger in 1983. The remote location makes it a lesser explored national park in the country.
Namdapha offers an unparalleled experience in nature and plethora of birdlife and wild sightings to nature and wildlife enthusiasts. However, this does not exclude travellers who are seeking to explore the outdoors or looking for a therapeutic getaway with family. There is a lot to do in Namdapha’s forest magic.
Delhi/Kolkata - Dibrugarh - Tinsukia
Arrive at Mohanbari Airport (Dibrugarh), Assam—the second largest city in Northeast India. On arrival you will be transferred to Tinsukia town. Check into a hotel. Lunch and relax for the day. In the evening, we can visit the vibrant Tinsukia market, one of the busiest commercial hubs of the Northeast. Back to the hotel followed by dinner. Overnight at Tinsukia.
Tinsukia - Dibru Sikhowa - Miao
Wake up early with a hot cup of Assam tea and cookies. Freshen up and proceed to the Dibru Saikhowa National Park, one among the richest and most bountiful bird sanctuaries of the world. Our guides take you inside of the national park in a Country boat. The park is bounded by the Brahmaputra River, Lohit River and Arunachal Hills in the north and Dibru River, Debang River, Dibru and Patkai hills in the south, making for beautiful, verdant surroundings. Breakfast will be served at the park.
We come back to the hotel by 1100 Hours. Relax and freshen up. We proceed to Miao Arunachal Pradesh (105 KM/3 hours drive). Lunch enroute. The drive would be a very interesting one through varied landscapes. The initial part of our drive would be through tea gardens and once we cross into Arunachal our drive continues through forests till we reach Miao.
Miao is a small town on the bank of the Noa Dighing River where we stop for the night in Namdapha Jungle camp.
Miao - Deban - Hornbill
After breakfast, we start our final 20 kms drive to Deban to start our trek. Start with a thrilling crossing of the Noa Dihing River on a bamboo bridge followed by another small river crossing and we enter into the wild rain forest. First leg of the trek is through cane and bamboo forest and then we come across tall trees all around. The forest is alive with the hooting of Hollock Gibbons, deer calls and chirping of the birds like the Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Maroon Oriole, Rusty-bellied Shortwing and Oriental Pied Hornbill
By evening, reach our campsite. It is located right in the middle of the rainforest, giving you plenty of opportunity to be surrounded by an astounding biodiversity of all kinds of birds, insects, animals, plants, trees, fungi, etc. Overnight at the camp
Hornbill Camp - Ranijheel
After breakfast, we continue our walk through the dense rain forest. On our way we are likely to see some rare avian beauties like Red-headed Trogon, Great and Rufous Hornbill, and Grey-cheeked Warbler. We reach Ranijheel – a water body which has now dried up. Overnight at Ranijheel.
Ranijheel - Firmbase
Today we descend down towards the Namdapha River setting up our picturesque campsite on the banks of the river. On this path, we will cross evergreen, primary, bamboo and secondary forest, and is great for bird watching. One is usually sure to see the snowy-throated babbler on this stretch and if lucky perhaps even a red panda nibbling on some bamboo. On a clear day one can get grand views of the snow capped Dafa Boom range. Overnight in the tents.
Firmbase - Embeong
Today, trek to Embeong, a nearby village where a community of the Lisu tribe live remarkable sustainable lives. The village is pretty and tiny, has about 10 houses made from natural resources, numerous flowers, fruits and farms growing kinds of organic produces. The initial part of the trek is a bit tiring as we walk on the river bed, over loose boulders. But once we cross the river the path becomes easy on the feet. Overnight in the tent.
Embeong - Baloo Khat
Today’s trek mainly skirts the bank of the Noa Dihing, traversing through the grassland. And then steep climbs up a hillock to descend down to a stream. From here begins our next climb which descends to our campsite on the banks of the Noa Dihing River. Overnight in another picturesque campsite.
Baloo Khat - Deban
Today we start with a steep ascent from our campsite through thick tropical forests. On reaching the top our path immediately descends down and from here a final climb gets us on the main Miao – Vijaynagar road, our end point for the trek. Our Vehicles will be there to take us back to Miao. Overnight at the Camp
Miao - Tinsukia
After a leisurely breakfast, check out from the Camp and drive to Tinsukia. Check into to a resort. Evening farewell party at the resort followed by a gala dinner.
Tinsukia - Dibrugarh
Post breakfast transfer to the airport to catch the flight.
We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.
In wilderness, commercial agreements between service provider and client require a depth of understanding that is more than what is routinely attached to similar agreements elsewhere. In the outdoors, we have to balance pursuit of stated objective and risk. We try to overcome risk and deliver the objective promised in the agreement between client and service provider. But that does not mean that we ignore risk altogether to chase an objective. We wish you to be informed on what makes a trip safe for you and everyone else.
Please take a few minutes to read the following:
The nature of wilderness
By definition wilderness implies remoteness. It means that response to any accident or mishap takes time. Timely intervention is a life saver. Working back from this, it becomes imperative that any commercial adventure in wilderness be conservative in terms of the risk it courts. Yet adventure means there will be risk. The way out is to manage the risk involved in such a fashion that a safe experience is provided. There are a few things that the client can do.
Prepare in advance
Commercial expeditions entail strain even if others are carrying your load and doing the team’s work. Prior physical conditioning – particularly of the cardiovascular sort contributing to improved endurance – helps. Please invest time and effort for that before embarking on the trip. It will help you in the field.
Be honest, speak up
We encourage clients to be honest about how they are feeling on expedition days; voice any personal difficulties they may be experiencing. This helps the team make relevant decisions for clients’ well being, something crucial when venturing into altitude. Not all of us are meant for altitude. If your physiology rebels, there is nothing to be ashamed of it. Speak up. Make sure that your disclosures about self are not biased by an objective you are feverishly trying to achieve like getting to the summit of a peak or crossing a high pass at any cost. Don’t let summit fever and similar instances of extreme personal ambition, consume you. It puts you and your support team at risk. Stay with the team’s assessment of risk. Go with the resultant decisions. If you think you have a point to make by all means do so. We will hear you out. But risk assessment and decisions, will be by the team leaders as the onus of a safe expedition primarily rests with them.
Let the leaders work
You may be familiar with rivers, mountains and altitude. We don’t wish to question that. But there are reasons why many of us choose to go as clients. One of them is that our primary vocation is something else, while those working in the mountains as guides have chosen to make that their primary vocation or at the very least, dedicate time to it. More than us, they are in the mountains. They are alive to it. That’s why we entrust our passage to them. So, please let them work free of interference. Please don’t influence their judgement. Your expedition needs their best work and best judgement. In any expedition, leadership style will vary with the risk being tackled in a given situation. There will be times when we can travel easy in a very consultative fashion. There will be times when that is not advisable and a more directive style may be adopted by your guides. Please comply.
Be open to alternatives
We can set up the best safety systems possible, checking and double checking to make sure that nothing is left to chance. But we don’t control or totally overcome variables like weather and terrain / river conditions. They impact expedition’s progress. If team leaders review / alter plan citing concerns on any front, we request that it be respected and not viewed as money’s worth denied even if it dims prospects for achieving an expedition’s original goal. Such challenges are frequent in the outdoors. Seasoned trekkers and climbers, when they realize that a particular objective does not seem achievable on a given trip, learn to be happy with other pursuits to compensate – like staying camped and enjoying the mountain environment or attempting more doable hikes from wherever they are. We request you to stay aware of these possibilities. Be open to them. Decades ago when exploration and first ascents were happening in the Himalaya, the explorers / mountaineers / hikers devoted months to their work. Committed outdoorsmen still do. They wait out unfavourable circumstances by having a lot of time and patience. Time is what the modern world does not have even as the mountains remain the same, posing the same challenges; the same risk, the same unpredictable circumstances. An exceptionally lucky circumstance may deliver success. But luck isn’t commonplace. We should be mentally prepared for the above mentioned alternatives.
If you don’t achieve your objective it isn’t the end of the world. Be patient, another chance will emerge. There is a simple reminder, climbers often tell their colleagues leaving for a summit: “ the mountain will always be there; make sure you are there.’’
In other words – be safe.
Our expedition trips are designed for energetic and flexible people who have the spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Previous experience in the outdoors and camping helps, though is not a must. These trips are participatory in nature, and everyone is expected to pitch in, set up and break down their own tent, clean their own dishes. Look up our trip grading before you sign up.
Grading of Trips
We have graded our trips in four different categories and you should choose one that suits you the most. Grading of each trip has been done keeping in mind a lot of factors like the trip duration, the altitude, the terrain, the no. of hours of activity everyday, temperatures and conditions encountered, and the level of fitness needed. Any kind of exercise which gets you fitter before this trip is advisable, as it will enable you to enjoy the region more.
- Easy : Most of our camp based trips, with easy activities, that are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding whitewater trips with easy support and myriad options.
- Moderate : Active trips involving hiking over reasonable terrain, within vehicular access, upto elevations less than 4000 meters, or trips with long walking days, multiple rafting days, wilderness camping. Includes more demanding whitewater trips with Class III rapids.
- Demanding : Hiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.
- Challenging : Our most demanding trips include climbing at high elevations in excess of 5000 meters, in remote and extreme conditions with no access to roads; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips, and demanding whitewater trips with Class IV-V rapids.
The Next Step
Ready to go? Email us at [email protected] to book your place and we will guide you through the booking process. Please sign and scan/email us your booking form and inform us about the status of your payments at the time of confirming the trip (Booking form and Payment details below).
Why travel with Aquaterra Adventures?
We are a pioneer in active adventure travel, and run the most number of rivers in India, having opened them up over the past several years. We set the standard and have a strong reputation for excellence. We have a lot to live up to and we ensure we provide the safest, quality trips for our guests.
Should you wish to contact any of our past guests for a trip reference, write to us.
In remote regions, we often use local suppliers who provide services that may include vehicles for transportation, equipment, logistical support, hotels, guest houses etc. We do not own or operate these independent services or suppliers. We work with them as they share our commitment to service and quality.
- All transfers in a non ac vehicle as per the itinerary
- All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents/ hotel
- All meals as detailed in itinerary
- All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
- Porterage upto 15kg/person
- All common camping and trekking equipment
- Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable
- Safe drinking water
- Sleeping bag
- Any transfers outside of itinerary
- Bottled water
- Items of personal clothing
- Expenses of personal nature (laundry/phone calls/alcohol/cigarettes/insurance/camera fee/etc.)
- Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
- Trip & cancellation insurance
Booking conditions: All bookings are subject to availability of space at Camp. We book space on a 100% advance. All payments by wire transfer, cash or cheque/draft in favour of “Aquaterra Adventures (I) Pvt. Ltd.”
Tips & Gratuities: Our recommendation is a minimum 5-10% of your trip cost for tips to be distributed amongst the team that makes your adventure safe and successful. This includes drivers, guides, cook, kitchen team, porters and horsemen. Of course, this remains a personal choice.
If it becomes necessary to cancel your tour, you must notify Aquaterra Adventures India Pvt. Ltd. immediately in writing. Once we receive your notice, cancellation will take effect. Please note that the following charges will apply on cancellation:
- if cancellation takes place more than 45 days prior to departure, your full deposit
- will be returned except a processing charge of Rs. 5000 or US$ 77 ; (60 days for Brahmaputra trip)
- if cancellation takes place between 45 and 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the
- tour price will be forfeited (between 60 and 30 days for Brahmaputra trip); and
- if cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.
Some trips attract a minimum processing charge – please check.
The tour price is quoted as a package. No partial refunds or credit will be given for services not used. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance upon booking.