Brahmaputra River Rafting Expedition

Come be a part of this exhilarating self contained run down the Upper Brahmaputra (or Siang as it is known in Arunachal Pradesh). Big drops, grade 4-5 rapids, riffles, strong eddy, dense forests, inaccessible gorges, remote tribal settlements and much more on this 08-day white water expedition that covers 180 km.

The Brahmaputra originates at Lake Mansarovar in Tibet and flows 2000 miles to enter into the state of Arunachal Pradesh as the Siang. After cascading down 600 km of grade 4 – 5 rapids the Siang enters Assam at Pasighat and is renamed as the Mighty Brahmaputra. The expedition begins with a ferry boat ride from Dibrugarh up the river to the plains of Pasighat. This is followed by a 2 day drive along the Siang River to our put in point at Tuting. The raft down the Brahmaputra takes past remote hillsides dotted with tribal settlements, dense rainforest with many species of ferns, palms and orchids and through some of the biggest rapids rafted commercially.

Brahmaputra Rafting Expedition

Grade – IV & V+ rapids

  • Destinations Covered: New Delhi – Dibrugarh – Pasighat – Yingkiong – Tuting – Pango – Rikor – Alubadi – Yinkeong – Geku – Rotung – Pasighat – Dibrugarh – Delhi
  • Duration: 13 Days – 12 Nights

Tour Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi

Transfer to domestic airport for flight to Dibrugarh. The airstrip at Dibrugarh is located in a quaint little village outside Dibrugarh called Mohanbari. The state of Assam is famous for its strong tea and its age old tea estates. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Dibrugarh – Pasighat (by boat – 75km; 8hrs)

The only way across the width of Brahmaputra is by a ferry boat. The amazing ride takes about seven hours to complete as the river is spread across almost 12 km and interspersed by shallow sand banks. One will have enough opportunity to admire the rich migratory bird life and if we are lucky, we might even be followed by Fresh Water Ganges Dolphins. Our journey culminates with a short 45 minutes drive to the small town of Pasighat at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. Overnight at Pasighat in tents/ local.

Day 03 – 04: Pasighat – Tuting

After breakfast, we hit the road for two day long drive to our put in point at Tuting. The drive will be along the lower sections of the Siang (Brahmaputra) that runs parallel to the famous Namdapha National Park.

Tuting is the starting point of our raft trip. The road to Tuting has been opened very recently. All the initial expeditions on the Siang had to trek for four days to get till this point. Overnight in tents.

Day 05: Tuting

A rest day to relax after the long drives, sort out gear and walk around the Tuting bazaar and village. Use the spare time to identify your rafts and gear. Go through a safety briefing and get into the right frame of mind. Overnight in tents.

Brahmaputra River Rafting Expedition

Day 06: Raft Tuting – Pango (6 hours)

Today we commence our rafting and have big one to negotiate. We encounter the big monster Grade 4+ Ningguang rapid and continue past another Grade 4 rapid – Pulsating Pulsi to reach Pango, where we set up camp for the night. The camp is located above yet another big rapid to be encountered the following morning. Overnight Camp.

Day 07: Raft Pango – Cherring

After breakfast, we set off for scouting and rafting down the Pango rapid and enter the Marmong Gorge, considered to be one of the most beautiful and remote jungle gorges in the world. It has steep impenetrable tropical forests on each side.

Next we negotiate the big Grade 4 rapid at Rikor followed by the Zebra Rock rapid and set up our camp above a Grade 6 rapid – “Tooth Fairy” at Cherring. Overnight in tents.

Day 08: Raft Cherring – Yinkeong / Alubadi

After breakfast, we raft ourselves out of the Marmong Gorge negotiating several Grade 3+ rapids followed by a float till Yinkeong / Alubadi, where we camp for the night. Overnight in camp.

Day 09: Raft Yinkeong – Geku (6 hours)

After breakfast, we begin our day with a big rapid below Alubadi beach called “Moing Madness” followed by milder ones all the way till the suspension bridge at Nubo.

Then we raft down the “Karko Killer” and make it to a beautiful site near Geku. Overnight Camp.

Day 10: Rest day at Geku.

Rest day at Geku.

Day 11: Raft Geku – Camp near Rotung Village

After the much needed rest in Geku, we begin a long float till a Grade 3+ rapid above the 65 Bridge at Ditte Dime. It will be an easy day with long float sections and fewer rapids. We pass several Adi tribal settlements on the way getting some insides into their lifestyle and also past the first major confluence of the Siang River with the Siyom River after the suspension bridge at Boling. We pass the flood-rutted guest house of Yangbum and float to our camp near Rotung Village in time for a hot lunch. Overnight in camp.

Day 12: Raft Rotung – Pasighat

After breakfast we face the river one last time, with a final run to the plains at Pasighat by negotiating the last rapid on the trip at Ponging. The Siang seems to gather a lot more volume as we float into Pasighat where we beach our rafts for the last time on this trip. Later, you are transferred to the hotel at Pasighat. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Pasighat- Dibrugarh

Drive to Mahibari Ghat and catch the downstream ferry service to Dibrugarh. On arrival at Dibrugarh transfer to airport for flight to New Delhi.

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