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Arunachal Pradesh (East): Mishmi Hills Expedition | WILDLIFE TOUR

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Cycling the Himalayan far east

The cycle tour of Mishmi Hills takes you to the far eastern flank of the Himalayas. Lying in the eastern Arunachal Pradesh, the Mishmi hills is an untouched wonderland of nature. This is home to the home to the animist Mishmi tribes. On this particular cycle tour you will ride across diverse conditions on little used backroads, starting form 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.

OVERVIEW
. Level: Tough
. Total Days: 13 to 15
. Max. Cycling distance: < 650 Km
. Avg. Cycling Distance: 60 Km
. Terrain: 70% Hilly / Mountanious
. Altitude variation: 50 to 2655 mts
. Best Time: October to March
. Accommodation: Cottages & Camps
. 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
. View the birth of the Brahmaputra Valley
. A myriad of Tribes distinct from each other
. Learn the ways of the Animist Idu Tribe
. Camping , Homestays and local lodges)
INCLUSIONS
. All accommodation
. All Meals
. Refreshment and water throughout
. SUV backup throughout
. Guide (NOLS First aid qualified)
. Multi- geared cycles (Scott Aspect 660 / Trek 3700D) with helmets
. FA Kit
. Tools and spares
. Activities as mentioned

FAQ

BIKES

Scott 660 Aspect MTB 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 & ROAD CONDITIOINS

Except for a few odd days the roads are generally excellent. This is probably one of the easiest routes to cycle in the Northeastern region, with beautiful views, interesting tribes and excellent road conditions.

BACKUP

Sturdy SUV’s and sturdier driver 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.

ACCOMMODATION

Not to generalize, but accommodation options can be quite limited. However over the years we have taken pains to find quaint places which offer you the relative luxuries of a clean and hospitable premises. Also as much as possible we would prefer local family run establishments as opposed to mega chains run by people who already have a lot.

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 18 C, in the evenings, however the days are still favourable for cycling.

MEALS

As far as possible we would prefer local fare when it comes to meals, however we understand the need for comfort food when multiple days of intense exertion is required. Nutritious and palatable foot is always freshly cooked with fresh local ingredients. We provide potable packaged water which we carry in large 20lt cans so as keep plastic to the minimum. Reusable water bottles are provided at the onset of each journey.

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