A walk through the prehistoric rainforest trail: Namdapha| 6N 7D

 

 

 

Have you ever experienced walking through an impenetrable rainforest with dense overhead canopy created by towering trees or hiking in bamboo forests where rare birds are flying around and exotic orchids hanging everywhere or experienced a landscape where snow covered peaks popping up above the ancient forest, camping on a vast riverbed where thousands of butterflies gliding around you to make the surreal atmosphere? Ever dreamt of trekking in an ecosystem that is home to over 100 mammals, more than 400 bird species and a thousand other life forms? A forest so rich in diversity that every inch is teeming with unique life form which you will encounter while crossing streams on rickety foot bridges , jumping over large tree trunks which block the road or while ascending/descending the gentle climbs that dot the path. Such is the magnetism of Namdapha.
  • Namdapha National Park a paradise for Nature and Wildlife lovers is the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot and located in Eastern part of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is also the third largest national park in India in terms of area. Recognized as one of the richest areas in biodiversity in India, the park harbors the northernmost lowland evergreen rain forests in the world.
  • Due to the presence of different vegetation zones, the park is home to a great diversity of mammal species. Four big cat species are found in the park: snow leopards, clouded leopards, leopards and tigers. Other large predators are Dholes, Wolves and Asiatic black bears. Smaller carnivores include Yellow- Throated Marten, Eurasian otter, Oriental small-clawed Otter, Spotted Linsang, Binturong, Common Palm Civet, Small Indian Civet, Large Indian Civet, Masked Palm Civet, Marbled Cat, Fishing Cat, Asiatic Golden Cat, and two species of Mongoose.
  • Large herbivores are represented by Asian Elephant, Wild Boar, Musk Deer, Indian Muntjac, Hog Deer, Sambar, Gaur, Mainland Serow, Takin and Bharal. Seven species of primates including Stump-tailed macaque and Slow Loris, Capped Langurs, Assamese Macaques and Rhesus Macaques are found in Namdapha. Only Ape species found in India, Eastern Hoolock Gibbon are common sight in Namdapha.
  • The park has about 425 bird species with many more to be recorded from work in the higher areas. There are five species of Hornbills recorded from the area. Several species of rare wren-babblers have been recorded in Namdapha. Other bird groups include laughing thrushes, parrotbills, fulvettas, shrike babblers and scimitar babblers. The Snowy Throated Babbler is a rare species of Babbler found only in the Patkai and Mishmi hills and nearby areas in Northern Myanmar, is found in Namdapha. Other rare, restricted range or globally endangered species include the Rufous-necked Hornbill, Green Cochoa, Purple Cochoa, Beautiful Nuthatch, Ward's Trogon, Ruddy Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, White-tailed eagle, Eurasian Hobby, Pied Falconet, White-winged Duck, Himalayan Wood-owl, Rufous-throated Hill-partridge, and White cheeked hill partridge. Several leaf warblers and migrants such as Amur Falcon and several Thrushes can be seen here. The waterfowl census in Namdapha was conducted in 1994 when species such as the White-bellied Heron, a Critically Endangared bird was recorded for the first time.
  • Apart from wildlife, Namdapha possesses some of the amazing landscape and pristine rain forest in India. A visit in Namdapha will make an everlasting impression on anyone who is searching for serenity and adventure.
  • Best Season: October - March
  • Tour Duration: 6 Nights 7 days
  • Tour Starts from: Dibrugarh
  • Tour Starts on:Feb 20 2021
  • Tour Ends at: Dibrugarh
  • Tour Ends on:  Feb 26 2021
  • Major Places of Attraction: Deban, Miao, Bulbulia village, Firm gate, Baloo Khat, Dehing Patkai WLS, Digboi 
Day 01| 20 February 2021: Dibrugarh – Miao - Deban (172 km/ 5.5 hrs) Arrive Dibrugarh Airport / Tinsukia Railway Station early in the morning. On arrival you will be received by our team skipper and local guide. Start your journey to Eastern-Himalayas wildlife hotspot. Drive to Namdapha via Margherita and Miao. Bird watching on the way. Overnight stay at Deban Forest RH, located on the banks of the Noa Dihing river.
  • Day 02| 21 February 2021: Deban – Hornbill Camp (10 km/ 5 hrs)
Have an early breakfast after which we commence our trek with a thrilling crossing of the Noa Dihing river by country boat. We will cross the riverbed and climb the high riverbank by bamboo ladder. Our trek through dense forests starts from this area and the route enters into the wild rainforest world. The initial part of the trek is through bamboo and cane forest , graduating into a landscape of ultra-tall trees. You will sense the liveliness of the forest through the hooting of Hollock Gibbons and chirping of the hundreds of bird species. By afternoon we will reach to Hornbill point, our campsite in the middle of the forest. The campsite named on ‘Hornbill’ – is a great place to see these magnificent birds which come here to roost in the evening. The camp is also an excellent location for viewing the nocturnal flying squirrels. Overnight Camping.
  • Day 03| 22 February 2021: Hornbill – Bulbulia – Firm Base (14 km / 6-7 hrs)
We continue our walk through the dense rainforest, with smaller life-forms like butterflies, frogs, insects and fungi as company. Today we will have a chance to encounter many rare avifaunal beauties. Further trek to Firm Base which will take about three to four hours. En route Firm Base, we will stop over at the Bulbulia village; Overnight stay in Firm Base.
  • Day 04| 23 February 2021: Firm Base – Baloo Khat (11 km/ 4-5 hrs)
Today’s route mainly skirts the bank of the Noa Dihing River, traversing through the grassland. Cross a bamboo bridge from where we continue walking through the grassland. After some time commence a steep climb up a hillock to descend down to a stream. From here begins our next climb which descends to our campsite on the banks of the Noa Dihing river. On the way we will cross couple of bamboo bridges on small streams crossing our path. Landscape is overwhealming. Once we reach Baloo Khat, you will find it by far the most beautiful campsite on our trek, which will remind us the deep dense jungles of the “Jurassic World’. Overnight camping at Baloo Khat.
  • Day 05| 24 February 2021: Baloo Khat – Deban (10 km / 5 hrs)
Morning begin with a steep ascent from our campsite through thick tropical forests. The trail passes through prime birding habitats with a high chance of seeing rare beauties like Red Headed Trogan, White Crested Laughingthrush, Snowy Throated Babbler and Black-Throated Parrotbill. On reaching the top our path immediately descends to the other side of the ridge into another stream. From here a final climb will take us to the main Miao Vijaynagar road. Walking the final phase of easy trail, we will reach to Deban, after making a full circle into the pre historic Rain Forest of Namdapha. Overnight stay at Deban.
  • Day 06| 25 February 2021: Deban – Dehing Patkai/ Digboi (104 km/ 5 hrs)
We will wake up early in the morning by the sound of chirping of birds. After brief morning bird watching around Deban FRH, we will start for Dehing Patkai. Initially we will walk along the road to Miao, which is very promising area to get avifaunal beauties like multiple Fork-tail species, Maroon Oriol, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Wren Babblers etc. There is also chance to encounter Hoolock Gibbon too. After birding along the road for 3 km, we will get on our car waiting for us and drive to Dehing Patkai WLS, located adjacent to Digboi Oilfield area. As per available time will go for birding and photography in Dehing Patkai WLS area which is heaven for bird watchers. Overnight stay at Dehing Patkai/ Digboi.
  • Day 07| 26 February 2021: Digboi/ Dehing Patkai – Dehing Patkai WLS – Dibrugarh Airport
Start very early morning and by the time first sunlight hit the forest floor we will reach to Dehing Patkai Wildlife Santuary area. Dehing Patkai is the best place to get some of the rarest bird species found in Assam including Red Headed Trogon, Long-tailed broadbill etc. Later drive to Dibrugarh Airport by noon to catch flight for onward journey. Tour ends.

Package cost: Rs. 31,900 + 5% GST Per Person

 

Package includes :

·         Accommodation on Double/ Triple Occupancy basis as per itinerary during stay at Deban, Camping during trek and at Digboi/ Dehing patkai

·         All meals during the Namdapha package from Breakfast of Day 01(20 Feb) to Lunch of Day 07 (26 Feb)

·         All transfer and birding activities as per itinerary by exclusive vehicle.

·         Fuel, driver's allowance, Toll, Interstate Tax etc.

·         Permit for Namdapha, Inner-line permit (ILP) for Arunachal Pradesh, Forest entry fees

·         All camping arrangement and logistics during trek in Namdapha

·         Exclusive expert Birding and wildlife Guide during Namdapha Tour

·         Team skipper from Wandervogel Adventures

 

Package excludes :

·         Airfare

·         Any kind of beverages, packed snacks etc.

·         Any monument entry fees and Camera Permit

·         Personal gear like Sleeping bag and walking stick

·         Bottled water, tips and any expenses of personal nature

·         Extra expenses / Expenses due to change in itinerary by guest, natural calamity, road block, political unrest, delay of flight or train and any other unforeseen emergency situation.

·         Expenses which are not mentioned in inclusions.

 

Please note:

·         All transfer and activities as per itinerary. All activities in Namdapha as per accessibility and weather condition.

·         Accommodation and Food inside Namdapha and during camping (in tent) is basic in nature

·         It is a jungle trekking program within one of the remotest jungle in India. So your adaptation with the circumstances will be important for enjoying this adventurous tour.

·         You will be accompanied by one of the best birding and wildlife guide of the region

·         To maintain the schedule either you have to take first flight to Dibrugarh or have to reach Tinsukia early morning by train.

 

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