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Arunachal Pradesh (East): The Mishmi Hills Explorer | CYCLE TOUR

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Himalaya’s eastern flank on cycles

The cycle tour of Mishmi Hills takes you to the far eastern flank of the Himalayas, this is where the mighty Himalayan chain ends (or starts). Lying in the eastern Arunachal Pradesh, the Mishmi hills is an untouched wonderland of undending swathes of prestine nature. This is home to the animist Mishmi tribes, some of the smallest linguistic groups of the subcontinent. For most parts we will come in contact with the Idu Mishmi who worship several benevolent and malevolent spirits. Nani-Intaya and Masello Zino are worshipped as creators of mankind and universe as a whole. Mythological characters like SINE-RU a first IGU (Idu Priest) still holds high place and reverence in the minds of the people. The prints of his palm on the huge rocks at Athu Popu near Keyala Pass on the Chinese border, is considered as their shrine.

This cycle tour you will take you riding across diverse conditions on little used backroads, starting from the rainforest of Namdapha and Kamlang to the bamboo forests of Acheso Valley. Enroute you will meet the Therevada tribes that inhabit the plains and the animist tribes that live in the hills, while all along you will be treated to unsurpassed vistas of the high Himalayas and the mighty Brahmaputra Valley.

ROUTE TOPOLOGY

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OVERVIEW
> Level: Tough
> Total Days: 13 to 15
> Max. Cycling distance: Upto 650 Km
> Avg. Cycling Distance: 60 Km
> Terrain: 70% Hilly / Mountanious
> Altitude variation: 50 to 2655 mts

> Best Time: October to March
> Airport In: Dibrugarh (Assam)
> Airport Out: Dibrugarh (Assam)
HIGHLIGHTS
> Explore the Mishmi hills (Easternmost bit of the Himalayas)
> Lohit and Debang River Valleys
> Least populated district of India on sparsley plied upon roads
> View the birth of the Brahmaputra Valley
> A myriad of ethinic cuisines
> Meet the Singpho, Khamti,Chakma, Miju Mishmi, Adi and Idu Mishmi Tribe tribes
> Cycle through two lush wildlife sanctuaries
INCLUSIONS
> All accommodation
> All Meals
> Refreshment and water throughout
> SUV backup throughout
> Guide on cycle
> Multi- geared cycles (Scott Aspect 660 / Trek 3700D) with helmets
> FA Kit
> Tools and spares
> Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
> All permits
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS ON THIS TOUR
 > Accommodation: Eco Lodges & Camping
 > Meals: As much as possibly we try cover all the local cuisines
 > Refreshments & Water: High energy snacks and Water during activities

* Our Itineraries are quite unique hence we prefer not to put it up on the site. Please write in to us for the detailed itinerary and cost.

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Bikes

Scott 660 Aspect MTB / Trek 3700 - Fork 80mm travel, Front Derailleur Shimano FD-TX50 / 34.9mm, Rear Derailleur Shimano Tourney RD-TX35 21 Speed (Upgraded), Shifters Shimano ST-EF 41 L / 7R EZ-ire plus (Upgraded), Brakeset Tektro SCM-02 mech. Disc 160F/160Rmm Rotor, Front Tyre 6 26×2.1 / 30TPI, Rear Tyre 6 26×2.1 / 30TPI, Weight 13.6 kg / 29.98 lbs

Terrain & Backgrounds

This tour takes you to onlittle used backroads roads of the eastern Himalayas and its surrounding plains, with a variety of road conditions. The road conditions change every year given the fickle nature of the mountains and its relationship with the monsoons. However for most part one would find well tarred roads with beautiful scenery all along. The route has multiple long climbs and equally long downhill sections

Backup

Sturdy SUV’s and sturdier drivers will accompany you on every trip. The condition of roads do not allow for larger vehicles, however do our best to provide you the best in comfort in relation to the routes that we ply on. These vehicles are along right from your airport pick up to your drop back to the airport.

Permits

Indian nationals require a Inner Line Permit (ILP) whereas foreign nationals require Restricted Area Permits (RAP), both of which have a certain fees applicable.

Weather Pattern

Post monsoon months of September- October and pre monsoon months of March-April are very pleasant with blue skies and a fair days. Peak winters are from November to February with the mercury coming down below 10 C.

Safety

We have a very experienced team which is also local. This reflects in the overall safety of our tours. Rest assured your guides know where extra attention is required and when. All our routes are well known to us, we know where the nearest medical facilities are, we know whom to contact if in case of an emergency, we know all the alternate routes in case of road blockages. We have CASEVAC protocols in place to streamline the process in case of emergencies. You can rest easy knowing that in the outdoors in general and this region in particular you are in safe hands with us.

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