The Siang River in Arunachal Pradesh is a hot spot for adventure junkies, offering a wide range of water sports like rafting, angling and kayaking. The river originates in Tibet as the Tsang-po and then flows into Arunachal as the Siang to finally join the Lohit River in Assam. This union of the two rivers forms the mighty Brahmaputra. The Siang is mild in places with some sudden turbulent stretches and includes several Grade IV and V rapids that provide the most thrilling river rafting expeditions. A tour of the Siang valley also introduces you to the Adis, an old indigenous tribe who live in the adjoining hills and forests, in perfect harmony with nature.
What is included in the tour
- Rafting on grade IV, V rapids
- Visit to Adi settlements
- Arrive in Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh where our team will meet you at the airport. From there drive 270 kilometers to Pasighat in the upper Siang valley.
- Enjoy angling in the river. The Siang has an abundance of the endangered Golden Mahseer fish. The high levels of oxygen in the pristine waters draw high populations of fish. It is a real test of skill catching one of the Mahseer which put up a good fight once they are hooked. However, the best anglers are expected to release the catch at the end of the sport.
- Overnight stay at a hotel in Pasighat.
- Have an early breakfast and depart to the starting point of the rafting trip. The drive will take us through dense forests with several big and small Adi settlements within.
- We plan a few pit-stops here to and meet with the villagers. Get an insight into their lifestyles so distinct from our own. Here, we camp overnight and drive the next day to Tuting, a remote spot in the valley.
- This is a long 8-9 hour journey. We start off around 7am and reach Tuting in the late afternoon.
- We take the rest of the day to explore the surroundings around the campsite and then retire early for the night.
- Today we begin our rafting trip. The Brahmaputra offers some of the most challenging grade IV and V rapids including t he 'Ninguing' and 'Pulsating Pulsi'.
- After an exhilarating few hours on the water we reach Pango where we set up camp and stay overnight in tents.
- Today we encounter the Ninguing and Marmong canyons, considered the remotest jungle canyons in the world. We are challenged here by two more rapids - the 'Rikor' and 'Zebra Rock'.
- This is a long day on the river with brief halts. We encounter one final Grade IV+ rapid, called the Moying Madness before setting up camp at Geku.
- After the exertions of the previous day, we take it easy today with a relaxed trip to Rotang and Yembung villages where we pass the confluence of the Siyom and Brahmaputra rivers.
- From Rotang, we raft to Pasighat where we stay overnight at a hotel.
- After breakfast, drive from Pasighat to Itanagar where the trip ends.