Exotic treks in Arunachal
Arunachal is a paradise for trekking in the Northeast of India. Start with the Bailey Trail that takes you across forests of pine and oak while you admire the Gorichen and Kangto peaks across the Sela Pass at a height of 4550 metres and chat with the Monpas. The Lapti Valley Trek on the Rima Kahao border of China alongside the Lohit river is just as enticing. You may discover the remains of a WWII aircraft as you descend the Lati River valley and cross Tafam and Kushok. You can give these a miss but not the Beyul Pamako Trek into the Hidden land of Buddhist tantra over four days and meet local tribes like the Membas and Mishmis. .
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The star trek of Northeast Sikkim is undoubtedly Nathu La Pass trek where you are at a height of 14000 feet and enjoy the unique scenery of waterfalls, cliffs and ravines as well as hidden caves while you reach the Tsomgo Lake.
Just as challenging is the Tso Lhamo trek to one of the highest lakes in India in North Sikkim. You negotiate the Donkiala Pass close to the Tibetan Border and reach the Chola Mu Lake, nature at its pristine best but keep in mind that permission from the Government may be necessary. Another challenging one is the Singalila Trek at a height of 16000 feet that takes you to Dhor and Thangshing among other places and a grand view of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. The Tinjurey trek at a height of 8200 is less challenging and gets you to the Tashi View Point for a beautiful view of Gangtok besides a feel for wildlife in the sanctuary here.
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At a height of about 8000 feet, the Dzukou Valley is an enchanting spread of nature with its mix of flowers, grassy slopes and rivulets, one that is enjoyable and leisurely.
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The Reiek mountain trek in Mizoram at a height of 5000 is an out of the world experience as you traverse hills and meadows and beautiful rock formations. An alternative is the Blue Mountain National Park Trekking that takes you across Champhai district, a distinctly off the beaten trail trek in the Northeast you must undertake at least once.
Loktak Lake, about 48 km from Imphal is the place to trekking and the Keibul Lamjao National Park, home to the Brow antlered deer is a beautiful place to take leisurely walks. Willen Khulleng, India’s own mythological Stonehenge is another trekking destination of discovery not to be missed.
Trekking in Northeast India can be tough and also relaxing. You could spend a week in any of these off the beaten track places and wish to stay for a few more days.