NE/18: 11 days Dree River valley Trek Tour exploring remote Idu Mishmi villages

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Arunachal Pradesh is spread below the water divide between Tibet and India, on the Himalayan Watershed, and between India and Burma, along the crest of The Patkoi Hills. The region comprises 83,578-sq kms, of tangled mountain Ridges, deep valleys, dense forests, and mighty rivers. It shares a border of 157 kms with Bhutan on its West and 441 kms with Burma on its East. On its Northern frontier lies Tibet, across the McMohan Line – now disputed by China. This border runs for approximately 1030 Kms, and is neither marked, nor mutually accepted by India nor China. Along this long border the mountains rise and fall between the elevations of 6400 Meters to 1829 Meters.

Arunachal Pradesh MapThe major river valleys run generally North to South, each of them joining to form the mighty Brahmaputra in the state of Assam. The terrain is therefore a highly jagged and wild territory, rising in mighty convulsions of mountain ridges and spurs from the North bank of the Brahmaputra River. The resultant tangle of deep gorge like valleys, densely wooded mountain slopes dissected by numerous torrents and rivers, prevented East – West communications, and resulted in the growth of relatively isolated tribal sub cultures, along the river systems. It is now home to 26 main tribal strains, with their own distinct identity, of language and culture, who believe in the supernatural, and worship spirits and deities. In the higher regions a well developed Buddhist culture flourishes amongst the Monpa and Sherdupkren tribes.This state is endowed with the gifts of nature, ranging from sub-tropical river valleys, to high Himalayan Pastures.

60 years of sustained development by the Indian government, coupled with laws which allowed for the preservation of tribal identity, has resulted in the creation of a network of roads and helipads which enable travellers to visit selected sections of the state thrown open to restricted tourism.

Arunachal Pradesh is a restricted area. Certain tourist circuits are open to foreign tourists travelling in groups of 02 or more, for 30 days at a time. Tourists have to obtain a Restricted Area Permit (RAP). The Arunachal Pradesh government charges a Royalty of USD 50 per person. We will arrange the RAP for our guests. For more details ask for our Notes on Restricted entry for Foreign visitors in North East States.

 

TOUR DETAILS

Includes 05 days trek in Dree valley visiting Tibet border

Drive through the Mishmi Hills to Anini in the Upper Debang Valley and Trek to Acheson, the last Indian village in the remote border area with Tibet, The Dibang Valley consists of undulating rugged mountains with breath-taking green valleys, deep-down gorges, enchanting waterfalls, natural lakes of various dimensions and innumerable meandering rivers and turbulent streams. The trek route connects remoter Idu ( Mishimi) tribal villages. offering an exploration of the lifestyles of the Idu Mishmi tribals, who inhabit the remote Dree Valley. Be prepared for moderate to strenuous trekking upto 4480 m, and simple living.

Mishmi are animist and believe in a number of higher spiritual beings. Their traditional village council , is still active and respected in the society. The Mishmi society is divided into numbers of sub-tribes such as Idu -Mismis, Digaru Mishmi, Miju Mishmi.

The origin of the tribe is still in obscurity. It is however believed that they must have came from Burma where innumerable tribal groups of similar culture use to live in. They are mongoloid tribes. Their material culture is based on bamboo. They live in bamboo house most of their household articles and implements are made of bamboo.

The Mishmi practice shifting method of cultivation. They build their houses on the slant of hills or in the forest .The roof is thatched with grass bamboo, timber etc.. Their dress is remarkable for the wealth and beauty of its designs. Their dresses reflect the artistic taste Most of the dress is made from wood, partly from cotton and sometimes of nettle fibre. They also wear thick coats of black with white pattern made of nettle fibre and human hair.

The male dress of Miju and Digaru consist of a sleeveless black or maroon coloured cloth with ornamental borders and waist cloth with a embroidered flag in the front. They wear a head dress of woven cane. The women wear black skirts with coloured stripes reaching above the ankle and a beautiful embroidered bodice and a shawl. The also wear beautiful ornaments made of silver. The women keep themselves busy in weaving. The men are involved in making cane and bamboo products.

ITENERIES

Day 01: Dibrugarh-Roing

Arrive Dibrugarh and drive to Roing (150 Km. 5-6 hrs).
Travel through exotic tea gardens, and cross the Lohit river by ferry. Roing is located in the Himalayan foothills. Snow-capped peaks, turbulent rivers, mystic valleys and abundance of rich flora & fauna can be seen in this district. It has the largest cover of thick green forest with almost 80% of the area being notified as reserved forest.

Day 02: Roing-Hunli

Drive to Hunli (90 Km 3hrs). Drive over the 2689 m high Myodia pass. Forests full of birds and great views. Evening free. Overnight Inspection Bunglow or Tent.

Day 03: Hunli- Anini

After breakfast drive to Anini (140km 7hrs) headquarters of Dibang Valley. Enroute visit tribal villages like New Anaya, Ranli, Arruju, and Angulin. Overnight Circuit house, or in camp.

Day 04: Anini-Gipulin

TREKKING STARTS : Morning trek to Gipulin (15km 6hrs). Enroute visit Arpopo village. Overnight in camp or homestay.

Day 05: Gipulin-Agrimbronlin

Morning trek and cross River Dree by hanging bridge to Agrimbronlin (10km 5hrs). Overnight in camp or homestay.

Day 06: Agrimbronlin-Acheson- Agrimbrolin

After breakfast trek to Acheson (10km 6hrs round trip) – the last Indian village in this region, 4480 m. Later trek back to Agrimbronlin. Overnight in camp or homestay.

Day 07: Acheson-Etabe

Morning trek to Etabe (20km, 7hrs). Enroute visit Alinneh another Idu (Mishmi) tribal village. Overnight in camp or homestay.

Day 08: Etabe-Amulin-Italin

Last day trek to Amulin (20km 7hrs) enroute visit Lawungku and Brawrun and later drive to Italian. Overnight Inspection Bunglow, Or.in camp.

Day 09: Italin-Roing

After breakfast drive back to Roing (170km 8rs). Overnight Overnight circuit house / hotel / guesthouse.

Day 10: Roing-Dibrugarh

Drive back to Dibrugarh.(150 Kms. 5-6 hrs) Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Dibrugarh

After breakfast transfer to Airport to connect flight. TOUR ENDS.

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