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YAK HERDERS TRAIL

Leave behind the ancient Hindu temples of Guwahati and drive across the mighty Brahmaputra River in a comfortable, modern, private vehicle to reach the jungles of Nameri National Park. 

Arunchal  and the Yak Herders

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Leave behind the ancient Hindu temples of Guwahati and drive across the mighty Brahmaputra River in a comfortable, modern, private vehicle to reach the jungles of Nameri National Park. 

Continue and upwards into the green mountains of the Eastern Himalayas, explore its elevated towns and then begin a remote, 8-day, high-altitude trek with ponies to carry your baggage, crossing lofty yak summer pastures, a beautiful, near-deserted landscape. 

Round this off in colonial style in a luxurious tea plantation bungalow.We head from historic Guwahati across the mighty Brahmaputra River to Nameri National Park. Here we have the option to take both a raft along the Bor-Dikorai River and a trek through jungle on a nature trail.We next leave the plains of Assam behind and drive up into the imposing mountains of the Eastern Himalayas, through the lofty mountain town of Bomdila and on to Dirang.There follows an exhilarating eight-day high level trek through the Eastern Himalayas, venturing close to the Bhutanese border, which involves crossing no fewer than seven mountain passes over 4000m  (maximum 4787m) and camping at above 3000m on no fewer than seven occasions, including four times above 4000m (maximum 4467m).

Once we have left the trailhead, we will pass through only one village until we return to Dirang. It is highly likely that we will encounter no-one but local yak herders and their families as we rise and fall to cross a succession of summer pastures.We will finish our trek with a well-earned rest in the splendour of a former British tea plantation bungalow.   

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Yak Herders Trail Overview

Day 1 :​Arrive in Guwahati
Day 2 : ​Drive from Guwahati to Nameri National Park
Day 3 : ​A full day of jungle activities in Nameri National Park
Day 4: ​Drive from Nameri National Park to Dirang
Day 5: ​Drive from Dirang to Chander and trek to Thungri
Day 6: ​ Trek from Thungri to Changla
Day 7: ​Trek from Changla to Potok
Day-8:  Trek from Potok to Lap
Day-9:  Trek from Lap to Lenan
Day-10: Trek from Lenan to Luguthang
Day-11: Trek from Luguthang to Yangser
Day-12:  Trek from Yangser to the Sela Pass road and drive to DirangTrek 
Day-13:  Drive from Dirang to the tea plantation bungalow
Day-14: Drive from the tea plantation bungalow to Guwahati
Day-15: Transfer to Guwahati airport.

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YAK HERDERS TREK

Day-1: Arrive in Guwahati

Arrive in Guwahati. In the afternoon, time permitting, there will be an opportunity to visit Kamakhya temple, the cultural centre of Kalakshetra and its museum, plus the state emporium. Overnight in Guwahati.

Day-2: Drive from Guwahati to Nameri National Park

In the morning, continue our sightseeing in Guwahati not completed on Day 1. In the afternoon, drive to Nameri National Park crossing the mighty Brahmaputra River by road bridge. Overnight in Nameri National Park

Day-3:  A full day of jungle activities in Nameri National Park

Today we have the choice of either taking a restful day in the beautiful grounds of our eco-lodge accommodation, perhaps enjoying a short walk along the banks of the Bor-Dikorai river, or otherwise opting for our guided activities.

If you choose our guided activities, you will rise early for breakfast and then cross to the far banks of the Bor-Dikorai river by canoe for a short jungle nature trek. In the afternoon, we have the option of taking a raft for 13km downriver, looking out for any wild animals or exotic birds coming down to the water’s edge. Overnight in Nameri National Park.

Day-4:  Drive from Nameri National Park to Dirang

We continue northwards, driving over the border from Assam into Arunachal Pradesh. We then wind our way upwards, cutting through the mountains and a landscape which is rich in vegetation. We break our journey in Bomdila, before continuing onwards to our journey’s end at Dirang. Overnight in Dirang.

Day-5:  Drive from Dirang to Chander and trek to Thungri

We drive from Dirang to the traditional Brokpa tribe village of Chander, the starting point for our trek. The Brokpa are a sub-tribe of the main Monpa tribe. This is the last village we will come cross until we reach Luguthang on Day 6. The first day’s walking is suitably quite gentle, often following an ancient track, only gradually rising through lush vegetation. Sheer cliffs flank the path to the left while wonderful views open up across the valley to the right, until we arrive at our camp spot, the delightful yak pastures of Thungri (10,400ft/3170m).

Day-6:  Trek from Thungri to Changla

We leave camp and initially trek through a series of ancient sunken lanes, cutting through thick jungle which towers overhead. During the morning the trail continues to rise only gently, although by the afternoon it steepens considerably, zigzagging below a series of Buddhist prayer flags intermittently stretching across the way. We skirt around an occasional mani wall or abandoned military bunker, remnants of the Sino-Indian war of 1962, before finally emerging at the beautiful ridge pastures of Changla (12,272ft/3741m), flanked by a picturesque small lake. Here we pitch our tents.

Day-7:  Trek from Changla to Potok

Today’s walk is dominated by the ascent to Poshing La (13,523ft/4122m). Although the climb is not so steep as on Day 2, the pass is higher than yesterday’s. We will pass a sign at the start of the toughest section of the approach which appropriately reads “Housel Bulam” or “Keep Courage”. Once across the pass, the trek continues to present its challenges with a few lesser climbs through a landscape bedecked with wonderful rhododendron bushes, until a pleasant stroll along the banks of the River Tsomgo finally brings us to our camp spot at Potok (13,195ft/4022m).

Day-8:  Trek from Potok to Lap

Today the walk is dominated by the crossing of Chela La (15443ft/4707m). Although this pass is still higher even than Poshing La, the ascent is less steep and therefore less demanding. What is more, the wonderful views to be gained as we ascend, especially of the two lakes on the final approach to Chela La, are truly something to behold. We descend steeply to our camping ground, the yak pastures at Lap (14,291ft/4356m).

Day-9:  Trek from Lap to Lenan

We begin the day by following the banks of the delightful, meandering River Jongte, trekking across the stone beaches which appear intermittently along its shore. We then wade across the river itself and begin climbing steeply from the wide valley floor to reach Carla La (15,007ft/4574m). We descend on the far side through a succession of pastures, scattered with traditional stone huts, to reach the yak pastures at Lenan (14,245ft/4342m). Here, at the head of a steep valley, we pitch our tents and enjoy amazing views into the valley below.

Day-10: Trek from Lenan to Luguthang

Today we rise once more to cross two magnificent passes, both above 15,000ft, the highest being Getong La (15,410ft/4696m), bedecked with Buddhist prayer flags. Our descent leads us finally to a village settlement, Luguthang, the first we have encountered since we set off from Chander on Day 1. We pass through its traditional stone houses and camp on the banks of the stream in the valley just below (12,883ft/3927m).

Day-11: Trek from Luguthang to Yangser

Today we must cross yet another wonderful mountain pass, Jelong La (15,446ft/4708m), incredibly still higher even than yesterday’s. We descend steeply through a verdant mountainside scattered with livestock until we reach the banks of the River Chhaina and the pastures at Yangser (14,656ft/4467m), our camping spot for the night.

Day-12:  Trek from Yangser to the Sela Pass road and drive to Dirang

Trek Day 8: The very highest pass of the whole trek is reserved for our final day. Indeed, Nyakto La (15,707ft/4787m) is a fitting pass to end our mountain adventure. From its stone cairn, bedecked with Buddhist prayer flags, we descend for a final time. Passing through a landscape of lakes and gushing streams, we meet the road once more, rejoining our vehicle, just below Sela Pass. At this point, we kick off our boots, jump aboard our vehicle, and drive up and over Sela La as far south as our hotel in Dirang. Overnight in Dirang.

Day-13:  Drive from Dirang to the tea plantation bungalow

Today we continue our drive south. We leave Dirang and head out of the mountains, back over the border onto the plains of Assam. We will reach our beautiful accommodation, the historic Wild Mahseer, set in the midst of the verdant Addabarie Tea Estate, close to Balipara. Fronted by a massive lawn interspersed with mature trees, decorative beds blooming with seasonal flowers and dotted with wooden benches, this is a perfect refuge for visitors who are keen to re-create the experience of the old-world British planters’ lifestyle. Spend the remainder of the day relaxing on the verandah of your tea plantation bungalow and enjoying leisurely walks through the surrounding tea plantation gardens themselves while reflecting upon your experiences of the last two weeks. Overnight on Addabarie Tea Estate.

Day-14: Drive from the tea plantation bungalow to Guwahati

We take a leisurely breakfast to allow time to enjoy the exceptional surroundings of our tea plantation bungalow and then transfer to Guwahati. Overnight in Guwahati.

Day-15: Transfer to Guwahati airport.

Transfer to Guwahati airport in good time for your departure.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is the trek?

The trek is considered tough, mainly due to the extreme altitudes and general conditions

What is unique about Nameri National Park?

Nameri National Park provides habitat for Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, clouded leopard, marbled cat, leopard cat, hog deer, sambar, dhole, gaur, barking deer, wild boar, sloth bear, Himalayan black bear, capped langur and Indian giant squirrel.

What are the best months to do the valley of flowers trek?

Nameri National park is an old set up in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas. 

November to April are the best months to visit Nameri. The summers tend to be hot and humid and winters a bit on the harsher side. The monsoons are characterized by abundance in showers and may create a little difficulty while travelling.

What are the departure dates for the tour?

Forthcoming set group tour dates (maximum 8 pax): 

– Sat 2nd April 

– Sat 16th April 2022 

– Sat 17th September 

– Sat 1st October 2022 –

 Sun 2nd April 

– Sun 16th April 2023 

– Sun 17th September 

– Sun 1st October 2023 

– Tue 2nd April 

– Tue 16th April 2024 

– Tue 17th September 

– Tue 1st October 2024    

Bespoke, private tours: Please talk with us if you would prefer a private, bespoke, tailor made tour for dates of your own choosing.     

What meals are included?

All meals (15 days) are included, including for the 8 days prepared on the trail by your trek cook

Is there any restrictions on the number of persons for the trek?

No theee are no restrictions except if you want to go on a group tour we need a minimum of 8 people on set departures

Do we need travel insurance?

Yes you do. We do not recommend travelling without it and require it for our tours. Accidents, medical emergencies, travel delays or other problems can occur in any country and the resulting costs can be significant. Here is  a link if you do not already have your own preferred provider.