Brahmaputra rafting holiday in India

“Including seven-days self-contained white-water rafting down a remote section of the Brahmaputra River, this is one of the world’s greatest, and wildest, adventures.”


Delhi | Dibrugarh | Pasighat | Adi Villages | 7 days white-water rafting from Tuting to Pasighat

Description of Brahmaputra rafting holiday in India

This 13-day small group holiday offers one of the world’s greatest adventures down one of the world’s greatest rivers, the Brahmaputra. While not for the faint-hearted this trip is perfect if you’re looking for a unique, wild and challenging adventure into one of the most spectacular and inaccessible regions in the world.

Before it reaches the starting point of this expedition in Arunachal Pradesh, the Brahmputra flows eastwards across the Tibetan plain and through the Himalayan mountains. A few miles from the line-of-control with China, you will board your raft for the expedition of a lifetime. After time to prepare gear and a comprehensive safety briefing, you and your small group of like-minded travellers will travel with your expert guides down the Brahmaputra as it cuts through remote hillsides and past tribal settlements nestled in impenetrable rainforest.

Over seven days, and approx. 180km of rafting from Tuting to Pasighat, you will negotiate some of the finest big volume white water rapids. You’ll pass through one of the most isolated and beautiful jungles gorges on the planet. The remoteness of this region means your trip down the river is entirely self-contained and undoubtedly one of the premier expeditions in the world.

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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Responsible Travel is a delicate balance between facilitating the need for people to see places they wish to, in a safe and responsible manner, and for respecting the balance of the region we visit and reducing the impact of our visit. Bringing economic advantage to the areas we operate in is one of our top priorities, however, never at the cost of cultural and environmental degradation of that area. Tourism always has an impact in remote places and on small hill communities. We always try and give something back to the region we travel in, alongside maintaining culturally and environmentally sensitive guidelines for our staff and guests.

Our Aim
-To create the best trips possible, with uncommon professionalism, unsurpassed personal service and a commitment to protect and preserve the cultures and environments through which we travel.
- We aim to ensure our trips have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit.

Our Objectives
- We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility. The responsibility to protect its ecology and tremendous beauty. The "Leave No Trace" philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.

- All food supplies, transport needs and shopping is done locally. We work directly with local companies and individuals. We use small establishments, usually owner-operated accommodation.

Guidelines for our guests
- Our guides are aware of our policy and talk to guests and make them aware about it. The company actively points travelers in the right direction, to act in a responsible manner by including guidelines in the Pre-Departure Information sent to everyone before the trip. These guidelines aim to help minimize the impact on a destination andavoid any embarrassment based on behaviour, dress and conduct.

Before Your Departure
- Transport – Try using public transport to travel to the airport.
- Save paper – Print trip information only what is needed. Try and get as much information online, avoid collecting brochures.
- Be clever when you pack – Carry your own water bottle, instead of buying plastic water bottles. If you are a smoker a pocket ashtray can come in handy. Always carry a set of your unused clothes, shoes – they make a great gift to your trekking staff at the end of the trip.

All the staff are trained to lead by example. All our trip leaders and staff, are aware of the need to reduce, re-use and recycle wherever possible. Minimising use of energy, is now daily practice.

The Impacts of this Trip

-We respect the culture of the regions we travel to, instead of imposing our own.

-We do not shield the reality of the regions we work in, from our guests, but make them aware of the other world of the Himalaya, where poverty, lack of education, basic health care stare us in the face each day.

- We involve local people and organisations as far as possible, to ensure better facilitation of each trip aspect. Local knowledge is premium, and we go by that adage.

- We recruit only people from the Indian Himalayan regions. This is our way of paying back to the regions we work in.

Our Partners
- We work with companies that work with local communities in the manner we do.
- We prefer to work with companies that share our commitment to environmental responsibility and many partnersoperate their own local initiatives.

All the staff are trained to lead by example. All our trip leaders and staff, are aware of the need to reduce, re-use and recycle wherever possible. Minimising use of energy, is now daily practice.


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