NE/17: 14 Days The Bailey Trail trek tour

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08 days trek Chander to Se la via Chang la- -T sela- and Luguthang with sightseeing at Tawang and Bomdila

Max Elevation: 4950 m
Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Period: April and Oct
Trekking days: 08
Minimum of 02 persons

Included sightseeing Tawang monastery & Monpa tribal villages
Partially aligned along the ancient trade route, The trek links together a series of interlocking valleys, connected through six passes reaching up to 4550 m. The trail passes through mixed sub tropical forests, coniferous forests, High grasslands, Juniper, Rhododendrons, and desolate high Himalayan pastures. There are lovely Alpine lakes and breathtaking views of the great peaks on the Tibet frontier.

You also get to see quaint Monpa villages, the Tawang Monastery, and spend time exploring other sights around Tawang and interacting with the people.

The tour starts from the Guwahati Airport in Assam. The modern highway which connects the Brahmaputra Valley to Tawang , encounters three ridges, all of them running roughly West to East.

Of these the most formidable is the Sela Ridge rising up to 4900 Meters, which is crossed by the highway via the Sela pass at 4267 Meters, to reach Tawang, 3048 m. Toward the North and the East, beyond Tawang; the mountains ridges rise up to the Himalayan watershed enclosing Tawang in a horseshoe, marked by the peaks of Gori Chen at 6500 meters and Kangdo, which rears its head at a proud 7090 Meters.

In ancient days crossing over the Himalayan watershed from Tibet over the Tukung-la pass the traders traveled along a different route. Descending down the head waters of the Tawang Chhu river, they crossed the Sela ridge along a yak trail, with their caravans of wool, skins, precious stones and yak butter to reach the barter markets in Assam.

Here they exchanged their loads for salt, tea, cloth, and other commodities. This route was first explored by British surveyors lead by F.M. Bailey in 1913 – and came to be called ‘The Bailey Trail’. In 1962 the Chinese army used this route to strike deep into Arunachal Pradesh.

Our 8 day trek starts from the Dirang River Valley at Chander at an elevation of 2530 m. Over five days it follows the “Bailey trail” to cross the the 4550 high Tse la Pass, and then diverts along the general alignment of the massive Sela Ridge, making its way through a series of interlocking valleys connected through several high passes to reach the highway at the Sela pass.

The route traverses through river valleys, quaint Monpa villages, and desolate high Himalayan pastures, passing through a fascinating mix of terrain – mixed sub tropical forests, coniferous forests of Pine, fir, Oak, and Chesnut, grasslands, Juniper, and Rhododendrons. There are lovely Alpine lakes and breathtaking views of the Gori Chen and Kangdo peaks.

From the Se la pass we drive to Tawang for a 02 nights visit taking in the Tawang Monastery and exploring other sights around Tawang. Thereafter we will drive back over the Sela pass through the lovely Dirang Valley to stay stay overnight at Bomdila. Finally we take two days to return to Guwahati with an overnight halt at Tezpur.

This trek was reconnoitred in the year 2002 by the Gurudongma team, along with a team of British naturalists on a 13 day trek – arguably the first ever organized group in recent times. The first commercial trek was operated by Gurudongma for Di Anne, Barbara, Jane and Sherry from the USA in Oct 2004.


Day 01: Drive Guwahati to Tezpur

Pick up from Guwahati airport. Drive to Tezpur, 181 Kms in 04.30 hrs, overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Drive Tezpur to Chander, 2530 m via Bomdila and Dirang

Drive in 213 Kms in 06 hours to Dirang at 1500 m. Enroute visit Tippi Orchid research centre. From Dirang continue to the Monpa village of Chander, Overnight at our camp 1, near Chander, 2530 m.

Day 03: Trek Chander, 250 m to Tungri, 3100 m


Get up early for your first view of the panorama of snows at sunrise. The village is a good view point On a clear day you can see the entire Sela Range and even Gori Chen, 6500 meters and Kangdo, 7090 Meters.

Start Trekking.We trek steadily uphill along a good track, through forests for 05 hours to the Camp 2 at the hamlet of Tungri ,3100 m- inhabitated by yak graziers. Overnight in camp.

Day 04: Trek Tungri, 3100 m to Chang la, 3650 m


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Chang La Camp
A hard trek of 06 hours through coniferous forests with two steep climbs along a ridge to Camp 3 near Chang la pass , 3650 m.

Good views of the Sela range, surrounding valleys and the Himalayan watershed.

Day 05: Changla, 3650 m to Potak, 4200 m


Steady climb of 03 hours through scattered coniferous forests, juniper and Rhododendrons to cross over Posing la pass at 3950 meters.

Trek continues for another 04 hrs. First we go down hill to cross a glacial stream, and then climb up to Camp 4, located at the alpine pasture of Potak, 4200 meters at confluence of two streams.

Day 06: Trek Potak, 4100 m – Tse la, 4550 m

Trek steadily uphill beyond the tree line for 03-04 hrs hrs of hard climbing to camp 5 at the Tse la, 4550 m, beside a small Alpine lake. Remaining day at rest.

Day 07 – Tse la, 4550 m – Lortum, 4100m


Get up early morning to see the sun rise and breath taking panoramic views of the Sela ridge, river valleys, Gorichen (6500 m) and Kangdo,(7090 m) peaks on the Himalayan watershed. Trek down hill for 02 hrs to a river valley with background of mighty peaks to camp 6 at Lortum, 4100 m. Remaining day at rest.

Day 08: Trek Lortum to Luguthang, 4500 m

Early start for a hard days trek for 08 hours, Climbing steadily on a near virgin trail connecting inner valleys to the high grazier village of Luguthang; located high up at 4500 m. From the surrounding ridges you can get good views of the Tawang Chhu Valley. Overnight at camp 6.

Day 09: Trek Luguthang to Tsonai, 4500 m

A very early start, as this is the hardest day of the entire trek. 7-8 hrs trekking through interconnecting valleys, with an average elevation of 4500 m, and crossing two passes between 4500 and 5000 m. Tonight we camp at Tsonai- a yak grazing ground. Overnightat camp 7.

Day 10: Trek Tsonai to Se la, 4267 m. Drive Se la to Tawang, 3048 m

Last days trek for 06 hrs along the ridge line descending to the Sela Pass, 4267 m crossing the Kya la pass enroute.Trekking ends.

Transfer to our jeeps to descend to the Tawang Chhu Valley at Jang. Steep descent of 31 Kms( 01 hr) through the rugged and narrow Nuranang Valley. Therafter we drive for 44 kms( 1.45 hrs) through picture post card country side, climbing up through a series of hair pins to Tawang, 3048 m. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Tawang sightseeing

At Tawang – Explore the 350 years old Tawang Monastery

The famous Galden Namgyal Lhatse, popularly known as Tawang Monastery was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso in the year 1860-81. It is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the Gelupa Sect of the Mahayana School of Budhism. The inner walls of the Dukhang – the assembly hall are painted with murals of various divinities and saints. The silver casket wrapped in silk containing the “Thankas” of Goddess Palden Lhamo – the principal deity of the monastery, were painted with blood drawn from the nose of the fifth Dalai Lama.

A colossal, richly gilded statue of Lord Buddha sitting 26 feet high, occupies the middle of the northern side. Latter Visit Buddhist nunnery , crafts center, and Urgelling Monastery dating back to 1489 followed by the Seru Monpa village.

The Urgelling Monastery is the birth place of the Sixth Dalai Lama. In 1714 the Dalai Lama’s original monastery at Urgelling was destroyed, during Mongolian invasion from Bhutan. All valued possession of Urgelling monastery were taken to Tawang Monastery. It was during this time that the Ka-gyur (holy scriptures) written out in gold and silver arrived at the Tawang monastery, where they are preserved to this day. Today a modest Gompa stands at this site. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Drive Tawang to Bomdila

Drive back over the Sela pass to Bomdila in 05 hrs hours. Overnight in hotel.

Day 13: Bomdila to Tezpur

Drive back to Tezpur, 215 kms in 06.30 hours. Overnight in hotel.

Day 14:

Drive to Guwahati airport, 183 kms in 04.30 hrs, for your departure flight to Delhi/ Kolkota. TOUR ENDS.

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