:Talle valley: Journey through the green paradise of arunachal....

Arunachal is one of the most beautiful sate of India, yet least visited. Due to transport issue and lack of awareness, very few visitors go to arunachal. Most of the trekkers prefer Himachal or Uttarakhand for trekking. But personally I always had a soft corner for North east. When I saw Indiahikes offer a new trekking program at arunachal, almost instantaneously I booked my slot. You can visit Indiahikes website for more such exciting treks.

Inner line permit is mandatory to visit arunachal ........

I started my journey from Lucknow. You can easily reach Guwahati from any part of the India by flight. From Guwahati we took train for Naharlagun, entry point of arunachal. Its a 8hr long train journey, daily train from guwahati to arunachal is available (9:30 pm). You need a inner line permit to enter into arunachal. Its better to get the permit from arunachal tourism office at airport or railway station , just mention the name of the area that you are going to visit, they will suggest you the type of the permit. For Talle valley trek we took the permit for "Lower Subarnsiri Area".

Our Team at Naharlagun station, entry point of arunachal....

Our base camp for Talle valley trek was Hong village. It was 105km from naharlagun station. Our train reached naharlagun by 5 am. After a formality permit checking at station we moved for Hong village. We are 14 members team, but I have no hesitation to say that this is the most dynamic and friendly trekking group I ever meet. Swaraj, Anagh, Kasturi, Anagh, Hazel, Ruben, Reshmi, Srestha, Varsha, Rebeka, Megha, Dhananjay.......... small but perfect group for a hike at green paradise. By 11am we reached Hong, our base camp for Talle valley trek.

Our Base camp at a glance .........
Hong Village visit ........
with locals ........
Hong Village at a glance........

Paddy field covered by long green tree wall, small mountain on the horizon, is the landscape that you can expect at Hong. Local Apatani tribe with their traditional facial tattoo, wooden small house, friendly people ......... Hong is a very sweet village.

At hong village we interact with local people. They offer us food and local drinks. We also interact with children’s. As per tradition locals build bamboo towers outside their house to show number of child of the house. If a family has two child, they build 2 bamboo tower outside their home. We also visited villagers sacrifice ground. As per tradition villagers sacrifice “mithun” (local animal) after death of any member of the village. They thought soul of “mithun” will accompany their fellow villager’s spirit to the land of eternity (after life).

Hong village, sacrifice ground....

1st Day: Hong village to Pangey campsite

We started our journey at 9 am. Initially walked through village rode, then slowly entered into the forest. Initially the forest was not so dense. There were some tribal huts and small village within the jungle.

Journey starts from Hong Village........
Jungle trail .....
Villagers hut .....

If you love to walk through dense green forest, then talle valley will be definitely on your bucket list. Jungle become more colorful during the spring season, you will be really amazed to see the beauty. Villagers’ use this road, so it’s well defined, walk slowly through the jungle and enjoy the beauty.

walking through jungle ..........

Mithun (state animal of arunachal) are quite common in this jungle. They are generally calm animal, but remember they are wild, so keep a safe distance from them. We encountered with 7-8 mithun on the road, one of them was aggressive. He didn’t like our presence in the jungle, we have to run to save our life.

walking with mithun ....
Mithun cubs ......
Mithun watching us closely ......

Lots of bird you can spot on this route. If you like bird photography then you love this place. I like to mention about a rare bird that I spot on this route, Himalayan Forest Thrush, or the Zoothera salimalii. This bird was discovered in 2009, named after Dr. Salim Ali. Apart from this we spotted Shrike Babbler, Hornbill, Bugun Liocichla and many more.

Biodiversity at Talle valley ......

We covered 10km to reach pangey campsite, trail was easy. Initially good road, followed by some muddy jungle route. We reached pangey campsite at 2pm. After reaching campsite we pitch our tent beside Pangey River. It’s an amazing campsite, as we reached early, had a lots of time to explore the campsite.

Pangey river ....
Its play time at Pangey ......

We won't get a clear sky at night, but I tried my best to do some night photography of pangey campsite. Moon was peeping out behind the cloud, create an amazing night environment. Enjoy the view.

night view of the campsite .......
gossiping under the tree .....

2nd Day: Pangey to talle valley

After spending a wonderful night at pangey, next day we move ahead for talle valley. Jungle was more dense in this route. You can spot large welcome fern, colorful orchid, cobra plant, and lot of birds in this route.

jungle route towards talle valley ......

As mithun was one of the main attraction of talle valley, selfie with mithun is a must do. But you should keep a safe distance.

Pangey to talle jungle route was 11km long. This is not so difficult, but there was some patchy climb on the route. We gain a total 1,700ft height on that day. Throughout the journey a cute local dog (Pangey) escorted us like a guide.

breakfast at pangey campsite .....
welcome fern ...
near talle river ......
Our favorite pangey .......

3rd Day: Talley to Pangey (Dense forest)

This route was the best and main attraction of the trek. Its a very long jungle trail fully covered with bamboo forest, moss, fern. Sunlight hardly enter into this area of the jungle. There was hardly any path within the jungle, you have to make your own path. You have to follow the talle river, if you lost the river, you never able to find the correct path.

Talle valley campsite .......

Our 14 member team were divided into 2 groups. One group took the older route to reach pangey campsite and other group went through new route. I was the luck member of the 2nd group. At 8am we left the campsite and enter into the jungle. For the next 10 hours we performed a lifetime adventure. Walked through bamboo forest, jumped over the tree trunk, lost our way in the jungle, climbed uphill, and finally after covering 26km we reached pangey campsite at 6pm. Follow the picture trail below, you will get a good idea about the route.

After entering into the jungle we followed Talle River. Jungle was so dense that it’s hard to see fellow trekkers. You can’t see anything 4-5ft ahead.
Talle river view within the jungle.
Another view of ghost land. Moss covered trees random pattern creates a maze that is enough to confuse. If you lost the river view in this area, then you are in serious trouble. River is the only landmark in this area.
Tree trunk were completely covered by green moss, this area known as ghost-land. Locals also told that this area is problematic. People always lost their way in this area. We also lost here, but thanks to Sanga ji (our local guide) we finally found the river (landmark) and able to come out from the ghost-land.
In the jungle there is no path to walk. You have to create your own way. Some time we used the fallen tree trunk as road.
After crossing the maze (ghost land), we entered into the bamboo forest. This area is so dense that you can’t walk freely through it. Sanga ji (local guide) create the path and we literally pushed the bamboos by our hand sidewise to walk.
We have to cross small streams, fallen tree trunk were the bridge on these streams.
we are the small team to successfully cross talle to pangey jungle 26km route, along with sangga ji (our guide), and Subhash (supporting stuff) ......

after reaching pangey campsite, we all discussed about the route, beautiful jungle, the difficulty level. We became one day hero for our total group. All these pictures are exclusively for those friends who were unable to go through this route.

4th Day: Pangey to Ziro valley (different route)

Pangey to ziro we used a different route again, but it was easier than yesterday. We started from the campsite at 8:30am. Covered a 13km distance through jungle and paddy field to reach our base camp at ziro valley.

Bye Bye pangey campsite, this is the best campsite I have ever seen........a complete package.
walking through jungle, on the way to ziro......
Biodiversity of the route: from pangey to ziro .........

After completing the jungle route we experienced this beautiful landscape. This is the main attraction of ziro. Spring colors are everywhere. After seeing full bloom rhododendron it’s hard to keep your camera within the bag. After walking through road for 1km we entered into the paddy field. This is the most picturesque location of the trek.We walked through paddy field for 1:30hr and encountered some amazing landscape.

spring color at ziro ...
Entering paddy field .....
trying to capture the beauty .........
paddy field of ziro valley .......
paddy field of ziro valley .......

We reached the ziro basecamp at 3:30pm. In this route mostly we descend and finally walked through paddy field, so I would say today is very easy day, compare to yesterday. I truly enjoy the walking through this route.

some adventure ......
descend route .......
Our team ........

Day 5: Ziro to Itanagar and back to home......

We visited Itanagar before leaving arunachal. It is a small beautiful hill station. You can visit Ita fort, monastery and try some local food, if you have time in your hand.

Itanagar at a glance.....

Special mention:

I would like to mention about our supporting staff, without whom we would never be able to finish the trek successfully. Snaga ji, buddha ji, subhash, and harkka ji are the real hero of this trek. I try to capture some moments of them, see and enjoy...... This is my 2nd trek with Subhash and buddha ji, hope to do more with them........

subhash, buddha ji and harkka ji.......
Bye Bye subhash and sanga ji........
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