Kameng River Rafting Expedition
November 26th to November 8th December (13 days)
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Price: $ 1350 per head
Difficulty Level: Moderate / Challenging
Rapid Class: 1 to 4+
Location: Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh, North East India.
Enter the last frontier of the North Eastern part of India. The Kameng River in Arunachal Pradesh is a tributary of the Brahmaputra, which has only been accessible for river rafting and kayaking in the past 10 years.
Why? NE India gets a lot of rain, which is reflected in some of the finest whitewater in the world, lush rainforests, and breath-taking flora and fauna. The tribal communities that live there are rich in culture. The Kameng’s remoteness is precious and fragile. You feel lucky just to experience such a special area, hidden from the rest of the world. There are a few days on this trip, rafting through the jungle that you will not even come across tribal villages. While other tributaries of the Brahmaputra are spectacular, the technical challenge of the Kameng keeps us coming back for more. This trip is for experienced rafters and kayakers with an adventurous spirit and willingness to explore the unknown.
Number of days: 13 days, 12 nights;
Grade: Difficult with Grade III+ & IV rapids in high volume river
Length: 180 kms starting from Riga to Tippa
Additional Activities: Start and end your day with Yoga under certified yoga instructor, river side and remote area camping, hike to local villages and cultural interaction
Assemble at Bhalukpong. Overnight stay at a camp.
Drive 3 hours to Seppa. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Drive 4 hours to Riga and set up camp. Get the raft and gear ready for the expedition. One can walk down the beach and enjoy the twittering of the birds and the rushing water. Dinner around the campfire is filled with conversation about the coming days on the river.
Layover day. Spend the day exploring the surroundings and getting to know the Kameng corridor. One can choose to wake up late, laze around the camp or take a nature walk, sunbathe, bird watch, try a hand at fishing or just lie on the beach and read a book. Depending on flows and at the trip leader’s discretion, we may raft a section of the river. Camp at Riga.
Today the river journey begins. Paddle through a gorge which provides some stunning views. Paddle bouncy grade 3 rapids which are the highlight of the day as a lot of small streams and rivers come in adding volume. As we leave the first gorge, we float through the Seppa town to pitch camp on a sandy river beach. Spectacular views of streams falling into the Kameng surround us and we go to bed dreaming of the river and what the next day holds.
The day starts with an easy float section as we go away from the villages into the remote gorge of the Kameng, where there are good grade 3-4 rapids before we reach camp at the rivers’ confluence.
This is a great section of the Kameng River as the Bichom River joins it, increasing volume adding punch to the rapids. We encounter 23 grade 3 to 4 plus rapids. We scout the rapids and negotiate them accordingly. Set up camp in the afternoon and rest our aching muscles. This is the entrance to the remote section on the Kameng River.
Layover day. One can choose to wake up late, laze around the camp, sunbathe, bird watch, try a hand at fishing or just lay on the beach and read a book.
Paddle a solid grade 4 section into a remote canyon. Camp at Stampede Camp.
Today we encounter 18 grade 3 to 4 rapids. Once we raft pass the dam site we negotiate awesome ‘full on’ whitewater. Camp.
The last day on the river has 17 grade 3-4 plus rapids and a stunning gorge. Set up camp by a rapid tonight to celebrate the last evening around the camp fire on the trip.
Raft to Tippi – the takeout point where the river slows down as it enters the plains. Transfer to Bhalukpong and overnight stay at a camp.
Drive to Guwahati. Trip ends with some great memories of the Kameng River.