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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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........