Rainforest Trekking in Namdapha National Park Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh 9D/ 8N
Available from November to March
Located at the eastern most tip of the subcontinent lies the largest national park of India. The mighty Namdapha National Park, covering an area of 2000 sq. km, is situated in the beautiful valley of the Noa-Dihing River and appears like a finger into Myanmar in the world map. This rugged terrain of tropical rain-fed forests harbors incredible biological diversity, with more than a 1000 plant species, over 500 bird species and a diversity of animal species that is still climbing steeply and includes tigers, leopards, various primates, deer, flying squirrels, red pandas, binturongs and bears. Because of Namdapha’s unique geographical location of being a transition point between two global biodiversity hotspots, where India meets Southeast Asia, some of the flora and fauna observed remains endemic and cannot be found elsewhere on earth.
Namdapha spans an altitudinal range from around 200 meters to peaks well over 4500 meters. This altitudinal diversity has given rise to many different forest types. The lower reaches are covered in extensive tropical wet evergreen forests. At higher altitudes, one witnesses subtropical and temperate broad leaved forests – pine forests turn into alpine meadows, further permanent snow and ice. The various forest types is another reason the national park is extremely biodiverse – where you might see the clouded leopard in lowlands, or the red panda somewhere in bamboo-laced middle mountains and perhaps even the elusive snow leopard if you dare to challenge the peaks.
The national park is special for its birds. The forest shelters many rare and threatened species found only in northeastern India, such as the grey peacock-pheasant, red leaded and ward’s trogons, wedge-billed wren babbler, snowy throated babbler, hill partridges and beautiful nuthatch, and five different species of the majestic hornbill. A great diversity of insects, fish, amphibians and reptiles also add to the varied diversity of the forest, rivers and streams of Namdapha.
This moderately paced trek is an exclusive experience through one of the remotest parts of the Himalayas. Starting with a few days camping inside the dark rainforest where you will observe the unique biodiversity, learn some survival skills and spend nights gloriously by the fire hearing tales of jungle-life from your tribal porters and guide. Further the trek will open-up to a breathtaking sandy campsite at the vast riverbed where magical views of east Himalayan peaks decorate the horizon. The journey will eventually reach as far as a beautiful tiny village of the forest-dwelling Lisu tribe. Here, far from civilization as we know it, staying at a local’s home will provide a glimpse into the distant lives of these people. Naive and kindhearted, the tribespeople live a life entirely dependent on the forest. Though converted Christians today, the people still respect and live their ancient ways. This can for example be observed in their wealth of traditional knowledge.
The journey provides an opportunity to travel deep inside a distant part of Asia, to trek through a hidden valley where ancient forests and culture have found a way to preserve and thrive. Tourism is important to the region, maybe the last resort if the remote national park has to coexist with demands of society and resources. Hunting is still somewhat prevalent in the region as communities have a difficult life and genuine development by authorities is yet to be seen.
With a small town open atmosphere, The Gymkhana Clubhouse in Dibrugarh is run by enthusiastic town folks and provides splendid modern rooms and amenities such a pool and a gym. The clubhouse which was built in 1923 consists of a restaurant and a well stocked boutique barroom.
Set midst a sprawling lawn enclosed by the great rainforest, Deban Guesthouse is run the forest department of Namdapha National Park. The delightful cottage has a few simple rooms with basic but clean amenities, homely service and great views of the national park greenery.
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