Landlocked, peripheral to mainland-India and rich in diverse cultures and traditions of different mountain peoples, Arunachal Pradesh is as distant and romantic destination a backpacker can get in India! The name itself brims over with lyricism. Arunachal Pradesh-- the land of the dawn-lit mountains. Head here to explore the virgin mountain life, a far call from touristy crazes, and hidden gems in Himalayan trekking.
Some of the highest peaks in the Arunachal Himalayas are Kangto, NyegiKangsang and the very central-- Gorichen Peak The treks opened in the state offer great views of these lesser-known magnificent peaks. The trails remain fairly free of the crowd throughout the year, yet not too remote to be denied of homestays and teahouse accommodations. The hilly terrain is worth the exploration for rich biodiversity hotspots, migratory bird sightings and beautiful and diverse river valleys of five different rivers--the Subansiri, the Tirap, the Kameng, the Lohit and the Siang.
Arunachal Pradesh tourism has peaked in the recent times owing to cultural attractions such as the music festival at Ziro etc., however, you cannot be one with the soul of this beautiful state unless you take treks in Arunachal Pradesh.
Also called the ‘Orchid state of India’, Arunachal Pradesh is a nature lover’s paradise. From verdant forests that are always full of life to the majestic Himalayas to the diverse fauna, Arunachal Pradesh is one of the little gems of India that doesn’t always gets its fair share of admiration. Once you are here in this magical land, the wanderlust in you will get restless for sure and urge you to explore this land’s hidden marvels more and more
With diverse traditions and rich culture as well as its geographical location, Arunachal Pradesh is a place where you can explore untouched Himalayan beauty in its full splendor. Here are 5 best treks of Arunachal Pradesh that are awaiting your arrival.
Talley Valley Trek
A precious jungle trek in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, Talley Valley offers a glimpse into the life of Apatani Tribe of the region. Overnight stopovers in the valley will give you a chance to interact with the locals, get a swill of the fermented rice beer Apam, feast on fresh fruits like oranges, pineapples, and kiwis, and experience all the excitement if you are in time around Ziro during when they luxuriously conduct the Ziro music festival. The Talley Valley Trek happens to cover an expansive biodiversity zone over three beautiful valleys and rivers. Nature lovers will surely find this week-long trek exciting in India’s real North-East!
Named after British officers in India Lt. Col. Bailey and Capt. Morshed who surveyed routes between Arunachal Pradesh and Tibet in 1911-12, this trail is one of rich legacies and many unparalleled secrets of nature. Take this expedition for Tse La Pass crossing, passage through the remote villages of Monpa Tribe, the crystal view of TawangChhu River and the summer green expanses of the Dirang River Valley. There are spellbinding views of the Gori Chen and Kangdo Peaks on this trek that makes the scenic quotient super rich! Spanning approximately over 8-10 days, this rout of trekking in Arunachal Pradesh would end in Tawang.
Arunachal Pradesh’s Ziro Valley is counted among the most wondrous hill stations of India. The area is a hotbed for unique adventure activities of various kinds including paragliding and treks. The ubermagnifiqueKardo Hills adorn Ziro, just a stone’s throw away from Talley Valley. The gorgeous hills are also home to the 25 feet and 22 feet high Shiva Lingam towering over the yawning expanses. Ziro is also a much-sought destination among wildlife lovers and naturists for it is home to innumerable rare species of endemic plants and animals. Invaluable sightings of snow leopard- the secretive predators of the Himalayas are common in Ziro.
Largely unexplored yet, the Mechuka region of Arunachal has a 15-20 days long trekking itinerary. The route spreads out from Ziro, crossing undulating green hillocks and meandering streams. Pure idyllic scenes of locals going about their daily lives, horses grazing on green grass and activities in the sun in the agricultural fields along the Yargyap Chu River make this trek so endearing. The name Mechuka translates in the local language as “the land of medicinal waters” and there is truly a healing quality about this trek. Photography enthusiasts are especially urged to take this trek to capture the hanging rope bridge of Mechuka over the Yargyap Chu river-- a striking image! Among the cultural high points of Mechuka, there is the 400 year old Samten-Yongcha monastery.
Gorichen Base Camp Trek
For seasoned trekkers and hardcore lovers of the Himalayas, the Gorichen Base Camp Trek happens to be one of the major pulls of trekking in Arunachal Pradesh India. Starting in Jang and concluding at Tawang, the trek is long and of an advanced difficulty level. Besides the prized vision of the Gorichen massif, trekkers would also feel rewarded with teasing views of unblemished lakes, silence and bliss on the walks through deep forest covers and vast clearings coming out of the thickets.
Like the rest of India’s North-East, Arunachal Pradesh enjoys salubrious climate all year long. Temperature in the summer months vary between 20-35 degree celsius, during monsoon between 18-29 degree celsius, and in the winters from 8-15 degree celsius.
The airports near to popular Arunachal Pradesh trekking destinations are the international airport at Guwahati and Lilabari in Assam. The distance between Lilabari and Itanagar- the state capital of Arunachal Pradesh can be covered within a couple of hours.
The rarailheadearest to the state capital of Arunachal Pradesh is Harmuti train station of Assam at a distance of 42 km. This railhead is well connected with major cities of India.