6 Best Treks in Arunachal Pradesh

Best Treks in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh is a heaven for trekkers and hikers with its dawn-lit interlocking mountains, plunging rivers, magnificent waterfalls, orchid-dotted pastures, dense forest, and exquisite animals. If one could sum up the hiking and trekking expedition in Arunachal Pradesh in one sentence, it would be like walking down uncharted paths. From a different perspective, it’s like trekking through the sound and colours.

Here are 6 Best Treks in Arunachal Pradesh:

1. Seven Lake Trek
The seven-lake trek, as the name suggests, will take you to one of the Himalayas’ best-kept secrets: seven breathtakingly beautiful high-altitude lakes hidden in the unnamed hills of India’s frontier state. Starting from open valleys covered in a lush green carpet of tall grasses and ferns, this trek will take you up to nearly 4000 metres into the glaciers that feed the lakes and rivers all year round. In the spring and summer, entire valleys are covered in wildflowers.

The trek is ideal for experienced trekkers because you will be climbing steep uphill or downhill on difficult and dangerous Idu hunting trails almost every day. You should be accompanied by experienced guides and former hunters who will share their knowledge of the area’s history while showing you the rare fauna and flora.

2. Talle Valley
The picturesque valley of Ziro is located in Arunachal Pradesh’s central region. The Apatani tribe, one of the most intelligent and progressive tribes in the Northeast, inhabits the region of the state. They are well-known around the world for their agricultural practices.

The valley is surrounded by lush mountains of blue Pine, bamboo, and silver fir. These forests are a veritable treasure trove of life, with numerous species of mammals, birds, insects, and other small forms of life flourishing. Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is located in these hills and is one of India’s most biodiverse and unexplored forests.

Experience the pristine sub-temperate forests of Talle Valley, which are teeming with birds and butterflies, and immerse yourself in nature’s pure beauty.

3. Mechuka Trek
The heavenly realm of Mechuka valley is a surreal valley with undulating meadows where horses run wild. This remote valley, located 29 kilometres from the Chinese border, is one of India’s most beautiful and unspoiled regions. The local Memba tribes, who live in quaint wooden houses alongside their millet and buckwheat fields, add to the beauty. Mechuka is not only visually stunning, but it also promises to enrich you with a cultural experience like no other.

Uncover some of the hidden, unexplored, or less travelled treasures such as the Siang river and valley, Siyom river and valley, the confluence of Siang and Siyom, Galo Tribe, Mechuka valley, Samten Yongcha Monastery, Indo-China Border, and Lhalum village in this exploration.

This experiential exploration will leave you with unforgettable memories.

4. Gorichen Peak Trek
Gorichen Trek is one of the most difficult and beautiful treks in Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the rising sun. The trek through dense forests, high passes, glacial lakes, and the stunning Tse La range of peaks provides you with unparalleled views of the Gorichen Peak. The Gorichen Trek, without a doubt one of the most unusual trails in the Himalayas, is a legendary way to explore the North East’s unparalleled beauty.

The trek, which is challenging and reaches a maximum altitude of 4980 metres, is intended only for experienced trekkers with prior trekking experience. The trek ends in the lovely town of Tawang, with its incredible Tawang monastery as the icing on the cake. The Gorichen Trek is best experienced during the pre-monsoon months of May-June and the post-monsoon months of September-October.

5. Bailey Trail

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The Bailey Trail in the West part of Arunachal Pradesh, traces the historic route taken by Lt. Col. F. M. Bailey and Capt. H.T. Morshead, British officers who were commissioned to survey the Arunachal – Tibet border during 1911 -12. Starting in Eastern Arunachal, then known as NEFA [North Easter Frontier Agency], the two British officers travelled along the dangerous Tsangpo River all the way to Chayul and Tsona Dzong in Tibet. After completing the survey Lt. Col. Bailey and Capt Morshead returned into Indian territory at Tulung La in western Arunachal, descending to Mago village crossing over Tse La to reach Pota, and then from Poshing La down to Thembang.

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6. Pasighat- Jengging-Yinkiong Trek
This is a well-known trek route that offers much more than just trekking. This route begins at the Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, which can be reached by cruising down the Siang River.


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The sanctuary is home to a variety of bird species, including crabs, wild ducks, storks, waterfowl, and migratory birds. Aside from birds, you can see hog deers, hispid deers, wild buffalo, elephants, and a variety of other animals. People rafting on the Siang River, which originates in Tibet, are enthralled because there are times when the stream is thunderous and you can raft with the flow. This river is rich in aquatic life and flows through some calm dense forests, including Mouling National Park and others.

The route also passes through Kekar Monying (Black Rock), which was built by Adivasis in memory of those who died in a fight on December 4, 1911. The stone cliff is about 500m long and 50m high. Another location is Komsing, where Britishers erected a memorial to Sir N. Williamson, who was assassinated by Manmur Jamoh.

Inner Line Permit: All non-Arunachali Indians require an Inner Line Permit. The ILP can be acquired either online or can be obtained from the Government Authorities of Arunachal Pradesh whose offices can be found in Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Shillong, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, and Lakhimpur.

Protected Area Permit: All foreign visitors to Arunachal Pradesh must obtain a PAP, or Protected Area Permit. This can be obtained from All Indian Missions abroad or the All Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO) in Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata, or from the Chief Immigration Officer in Chennai or the Home Ministry of the Government of India or the Home Commissioner of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh in Itanagar.

More information about ILP and PAP can be found here.

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