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Into the Dibang

An Experiential Adventure 

INTO ARUNACHAL

A first-of-its-kind travel program transforming villages around the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary into self-contained eco-tourism destinations through slow, meaningful travel.

This is a Free-flowing Itinerary

A personally curated journey for people who don't like tours. 

A community-centric travel program for solo travellers.

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Itinerary
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CORE
ITINERARY
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Bamboo Rafting

Learn to build a bamboo raft from scratch* and take our kayak for a spin along Dibang's pristine rivers. 

*A Map My Stories Inititative

**Our rafting guides are certified.

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Camp at Pristine Beaches 

Riverside camping with a local beer & barbecue session under the starry night sky.

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Cultural Immersion Trek 

Wake up to one of India's earliest sunrises and trek for 7 KMs across a river bridge, through sub-tropical/bamboo forests, river beaches and fern meadows.....

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......into a few remote villages where you will briefly learn to craft traditional bamboo mugs* (A Map My Stories Initiative).

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Bamboo Handicrafts

Local handlooms

*Your bamboo mugs will be partially or fully crafted beforehand to save time (It's a long process!). 

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Idu Village Life 

Experience the slow paced, laid-back life of the Idu Mishmis of Dibang.

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Photos taken with consent.

The day can be spent relaxing or harvesting bamboo or farming* or walking through kiwi gardens* or visiting the local Shaman*.

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Nights will be spent by the fire, brewing* or sipping rice beer, playing cards and chatting with my Idu Mishmi Family.

*Seasonal/Affected by weather/Subject to availability. 

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Map Your Dibang Story

A day to do whatever you want.

MAP YOUR DIBANG
Add Ons

ADD-ON

EXPERIENCES

Experiential Gems* I've unearthed in Dibang

*Extend your Journey beyond the fixed 9D/8N Program with these Add-on Experiences

Rent a Motorbike (Min. 1 Day)

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Rent a Mountain Bike (Min. 1 Day)

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Go Picnicing (1 Day)

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Go Birding around quaint villages (1 Day)

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Go for a swim (1 Day)

Alpine Lakes Treks (7-11 Days; Difficult)

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Butterfly Watching (1 Day)

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Cliff Jumping + White Water Rafting (1 Day)

Meet our team of local conservationists

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Attend Local Festivals

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Border Lake + Monsoon Valley Trek (7-10 Days)

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Alpine Lakes Trek (8-10 Days)

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Wildlife Trails ( 3-14 Days)

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TRAVEL

IDEOLOGY

Ideology
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This journey is intentionally Slow...

It does not seek to "cover" places or check off bucket lists. Rather, it hopes to forge a deeper connection with a few places. Thus, rendering a lot of free time for the traveller. Time that could be used to relax, for self reflection in Arunachal’s raw landscape or to genuinely engage with the Idu Mishmi community. 

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...& deeply Personal.

'Into The Dibang' is NOT a "tour package" but a personal passion project. The journey is designed after my long term explorations of the valley & built to support my strong relations within its community. 

Stays

Stays

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Local Home Stays Basic (Bamboo) & Rustic Cottages (Bamboo + Wood)

Hosts: Local Idu Mishmi Family

Maximum capacity: 4-6 Persons

Sleeping Arrangements: Clean & Hygienic. Shared rooms with Single Beds - Furnished (Rustic) & Non-Furnished (Basic

Washroom: Clean & Hygienic. Shared. Non-attached. Indian (Basic) & Western (Rustic)

Food: Organic, Home-cooked Meals and local beverages;

Idu Mishmi Cuisine (Vegan/Veg/Non-veg) 

Perks: Hot water, Kitchen Garden, Mountain Views and Good vibes.

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Ride to Dibang Valley  (6-7 Hours)

 & Back (6-7 Hours)

The 225 Kilometre long ride to Dibang Valley is an adventure on its own! The sound of Hoolock Gibbons and views of the emerald blue Ithu river flowing through untouched sub-tropical forests may play out like a NatGeo documentaryWatching the Eastern Himalayas unfold, grow and transform hints at a similar journey inward - with the self. 

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SUMO RIDE

ARRIVAL 

Arrive at Dibrugarh

(DIB) latest by 3PM.

OR

Arrive at New Tinsukia Junction

(NTSK) latest by 3 PM.

+

3 hours 

DEPARTURE

3 hours 

+

Depart from Dibrugarh

(DIB) NOT EARLIER THAN 11 AM.

OR

Depart from New Tinsukia Junction

(NTSK) NOT 11 AM.

Note: The cab is included in our pricing and will be shared with your trip mates.

Accurate details will be shared on registration.

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Customised 

&

Scheduled Journeys

Upcoming Scheduled Journeys
Sold Out | Filling Fast | Slots Available
9 Days & 8 Nights
A small group of 4-5 carefully selected solo travellers
Feb 18 - 26 
March 4 - 12 
October 21 - 29 
INR 45,000/Person*
+ Air/Rail
Flexible Payment Option available.
Note: Our scheduled journeys are for solo travellers only
Couples, Families or Private groups may opt for a customised journey on any dates other than those mentioned above.
Dates and Costs

INCLUSIONS

EXCLUSIONS

  • Airfare, Rail fare, Bus fare etc. 

  • Any food and beverage cost apart from the ones mentioned in itinerary.

  • Optional local Guides & Transportation for 'Map Your Dibang Story' Day

  • Optional Add-on Experiences. Some of the Add-ons need to be booked in advance. Map My Stories does NOT charge a booking fee or earn commissions from Add-ons.

  • Trip extensions, Buffer Days etc.

  • Permits and Permit Fees (We will guide you on how to arrange them after registration. The permit costs are nominal/negligibile). 

  • Any Tips (Our local guides are paid generously. However, we are completely on board if you feel the need to tip the local guides etc. We do not however encourage tipping the local children or buying them chocolates and other packed foods.)

  • Tiffin box, water bottle & spoon for packed lunch. (Kindly bring your own as we want to minimise single-use plastic as much as possible.)

  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks, landslides, road conditions, political unrest and any other circumstances beyond our control. Note: The Eastern Himalayas are not known for great roads and there have been instances of road blocks before.

  • Travel Insurance

  • Any personal Expenditure (Shopping, medicines etc)

  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under the head ‘inclusions’.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Mandatory Check-list

(My Recommendations):

  1. Your own toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and soap to minimise buying single-use plastic in the valley.

  2. Toilet paper (Non-toxic)

  3. Water bottle (Should not be single-use plastic)

  4. A fully charged torch or headlamp

  5. 3-4 pairs of Comfortable breathable clothes for sunny days: Cotton T-shirts, Trousers & Breathable cotton socks etc.

  6. 2-3 pairs of Warm Insulating Clothes for winters (temperatures can go as low as -5 during peak winters) - Thermals, An insulating jacket, Merino wool cap & muffler/bandana, ,Thick Woolen socks and gloves) for cold nights.

  7. Odomos cream against mosquitoes

  8. A poncho and waterproof pants.

  9. A liner 

  10. A bath towel

  11. Rubber Boots or Gum Boots (They can be bought locally in Dibang itself for INR500/Pair)

  12. A pair of floaters/slippers/shoes to wear casually.

  13. A trekking pole (not mandatory if you're an experienced trekker)

  14. Water resistant trekking trousers are recommended. We do NOT recommend jeans for trekking.

  15. A hat/cap to protect against the sun.

  16. Your medications.

  17. A rucksack (preferably with waterproof covering). We do NOT allow suitcases, carry bags or trolley bags.

  18. Appropriate swimming clothes.

  19. A pair of indoor slippers.

  20. A pair of shoes to wear casually.

  21. 2 big plastic bags - one for storing soiled clothes and the other for any single use plastic generated or found during the program (Single use plastic cannot be disposed in the mountains. Needs to be carried back with you to the plains)

  22. A lunch box and cutlery (for packed lunch)

  23. Sunscreen

  24. A small waterproof daypack for hiking

  25. Sanitiser spray (works against leeches)

  26. Original ID (Indian Passport or Aadhar or Voter ID) & 4 photocopies

  27. Passport size photos- 4 copies

  28. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19

  29. Multiple printed copies of your Inner Line Permit (We will arrange your permits).

  30. RT-PCR Tests are not mandatory but highly recommended.

Optional Check-list to promote Slow Travel Concepts (My Recommendations):

  1. A note book for journaling your thoughts & experiences, noting down words from the local dialect, and writing down local recipes.

  2. Illustration tools to make paintings, postcards etc. (paints, brushes, pens, paper/canvas etc)

  3. Binoculars and "Birds of Bhutan and the Eastern Himalayas" book 

  4. A ukulele or guitar

  5. A yoga mat

  6. A glass jar (we might make marmalades out of local fruits/berries)

  7. A scrap book to press fallen flowers & leaves. (Can also be used for journaling & illustration)

  8. Any books of your own.

  9. A hammock to do nothing on.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How big will the group be?
Each group will have a maximum of 4-6 carefully selected, like-minded participants. Quality over quantity, always.

Are foreigners allowed to participate in 'Into The Dibang'?

Yes! Foreigners can do the program. However, special permits need to be arranged at the capital (our team can arrange them at an additional cost) due to our proximity to the border with China (Tibet).

Why are these journeys more expensive than the average tour packages ?

  • My personally curated/vetted journeys offer more unique experiences than most companies (workshops, immersions, hidden gems etc)

  • Offbeat destinations (especially Northeast India) are pricier due to poor connectivity, higher cost of goods etc. You are going to be in remote locations that are not developed for mainstream tourism - far away from crowds.

  • The group size is small (4-6 only) which increases each individual's shared costs such as guide fees, transportation, workshop fees etc. 

  • I am very selective about who you travel with. Many applications are rejected to ensure likemindedness among your travel companions.

  • Along with local guides, A Map My Stories representative (either me or Amishi) will be joining you to ensure and enhance the quality of your experience. 

  • I pay our local hosts and guides generously and don't feel comfortable bargaining with them. Owing to all this, the costs might seem a bit high at first glance, but they are totally worth it. (Check Testimonials on Instagram)

What kind of fitness levels are expected in these journeys?

The day treks are short but require decent amount of endurance and fitness. Nothing out of the ordinary. 

I want to extend my journey and visit other places not part of the itinerary. Can you help me plan my extended journey?
Yes! I have a growing local network and will be happy to connect you with the right people and plan your extended journey.

What do I need to Bring with me on this journey?

Here's a list of things that will help you out :)

Is it safe to travel these locations?

YES. I have personally vetted these locations for safety and have personally trained and sensitised my team to ensure women's safety. :)

Disclaimer

This journey is for you if you’re fascinated by culture and thirsty for adventure. You’re flexible and don't mind the challenge of the unexpected. You aren’t intimidated by bumpy roads or Indian toilets or no electricity. Landscapes thrill you and cultures intrigue you. Meeting locals, blending in and getting a feel for a place is more important than getting a perfect Instagram shot and ticking a million bucket list items. You do not expect a spoon-fed itinerary or hand-holding from us.

This journey is NOT the best choice for you if you need the luxury and comforts of home while traveling, or want to travel as fast as possible, or if you are fussy or needy. Wifi, mobile data, hot water, and electricity aren't always available. You may have to use Indian toilets every once in a while, including where we stay. Local foods comprise the majority of our diets unless you have restrictions. Accommodations in remote areas can be basic or rustic at best. You will be exploring at a relaxed pace and not rushing through places.

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