Into the Dibang

An Experiential Adventure Into

WILD ARUNACHAL

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

This is a Flexible, Free-flowing Itinerary

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

A community travel program that gives freedom for solo exploration.

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Bamboo Rafting 

(1 Day)

Learn to build a bamboo raft from scratch* and raft** along Dibang's pristine rivers

*A Map My Stories Inititative

**Our rafting guides are certified.

 
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Camp Near the Indo-China Border

(1 Day)

Riverside Camping near the Indo-China Border with a local beer & barbecue session under the starry night sky

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Cultural Immersion Trek 

(1 Day)

Wake up to one of India's earliest sunrise and trek at a leisurely pace across a river bridge, through sub-tropical forests, river beaches and bamboo forests.....

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......into a few Idu Mishmi villages where you will learn to craft a bamboo mug* (A Map My Stories Initiative).

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Bamboo Handicrafts

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Local handlooms

*The mug is partially crafted in advance (to save time). The mug is for you to take home as a souvenir.

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Idu Village Life 

(1 Day)

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

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The day will be spent relaxing or harvesting bamboo (for our raft) or foraging*or making marmalades* out of local kiwis* or hiking to a nearby waterfall* or picnicking* with a view or visiting the local Shaman* .

Nights will be spent by the fire, brewing or sipping rice beer and listening to stories from our Idu Mishmi Family.

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Young Idu Hunter with a Nyishi Knife.

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Village Chief posing with a hunting trophy.

*Seasonal/Affected by weather/Subject to availability. 

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Map Your Dibang Story

A day to do whatever you feel like.

(Check Add-ons for ideas)

 

Experiential Gems* to Unearth in the Dibang

*Extend your Journey with these Add-on Experiences

Rent a Motorbike/Bicycle and ride towards the Indo-China border (Min. 1 Day)

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Kayaking in Dibang's Pristine Rivers (1 Day)

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Birding around quaint villages (1 Day)

Bring Your Own Binoculars

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Uncharted Treks (7-14 Days)

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Go for a swim

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Wildlife Expeditions (15-25 Days)

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Attend Local Festivals (Seasonal)

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Cliff Jumping & White Water Rafting (1 Day)

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Slow down and enjoy the art of doing nothing. 

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Stays

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Local Home Stays Basic (Bamboo) & Rustic (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. Indian (Basic) & Western (Rustic)

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

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

Perks: Hot water, Mountain Views and Good vibes.

 
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Ride to Dibang Valley  (1 Day)

 & Back (1 Day)

The 225 Kilometre long ride to Dibang Valley is an adventure on its own! Views of the emerald blue Dibang river, untouched sub-tropical forests and bountiful orange orchards 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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ARRIVAL 

Arrive at Dibrugarh

(DIB) between 12PM & 3PM.

OR

Arrive at New Tinsukia Junction

(NTSK) between 12PM & 3 PM.

+

3 hours 

DEPARTURE

3 hours 

+

Depart from Dibrugarh

(DIB) NOT EARLIER THAN NOON.

OR

Depart from New Tinsukia Junction

(NTSK) NOT EARLIER THAN Noon.

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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A Golden Pagoda on the way to our location

 
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Customised 

&

Scheduled Journeys

Upcoming Scheduled Journeys
Sold Out | Filling Fast | Slots Available
Minimum**
9 Days & 8 Nights
A small group of 4-6 carefully selected travellers
Oct 23-31
Nov 20-28
Dec 27 - Jan 4 (2023)
Jan 24 - Feb 1 (2023)
October 2023 (TBA)
INR 35,000/Person*
+ Air/Rail
*Flexible Payment Option Available
**Your Journey can be extended with these Add-ons 
 

INCLUSIONS

  • All Meals & Accommodation for the scheduled 9D/8N Program - 7 Nights (Homestay) + 1 Night (Camping)

  • Transport (Including transfers from/to DIB Airport or NTSK Station)

  • Trained, Knowledgable Local guides (trekking, camping, handicraft workshop, village excursions etc.)

  • Certified Rafting Guide.

  • Materials and fees for handicraft lessons, raft building.

  • A Map My Stories Representative to ensure and enhance the quality of your experience.

  • Pick-up vehicle (for rafting and camping equipments) 

  • Food/Ingredients (for barbecue, jam making & beer brewing/wine making),  firewood for bonfire, materials and tools for handicraft workshop and bamboo rafting. 

  • Tents & blankets for camping. 

  • Pitching fees for camping. 

  • Permits and Permit Fees (For Indian passport/Aadhar/voter ID holders only). 

  • Basic Medical/First Aid Kit during the trip.

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.

  • 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’.

 

Check-list (Our 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. Comfortable breathable clothes for sunny days.

  6. Warm clothes (thermals, insulating jacket, cap/muffler , socks and gloves) for cold nights.

  7. A poncho

  8. A liner 

  9. A bath towel

  10. A lightweight picnic cloth or sheet (optional).

  11. Trekking shoes. I recommend ankle length, water-resistant shoes with good grip to decrease chances of slipping or getting bitten by leeches.

  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 over jeans for trekking.

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

  16. Your medications.

  17. A tiny jar that seals well (to store locally made marmalade).

  18. A yoga mat if you feel like doing yoga.

  19. A pair of binoculars for birding (optional)

  20. A rug-sack is recommended over suitcases, carry bags or trolley bags.

  21. Appropriate swimming clothes.

  22. A pair of slippers or shoes to wear casually.

  23. 2 big plastic bags for storing soiled clothes and any single use plastic generated or found during the program.

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

  25. Sunscreen

  26. A small daypack for hiking

  27. Sanitiser spray (works against leeches)

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

  29. Passport size photos- 4 copies

  30. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19

  31. Multiple printed copies of your Inner Line Permit.

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

 
 

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'?

Unfortunately, foreigners are not permitted to participate in this program due to its close proximity to the Indo-China Border. I would recommend our "Kongchen Lyang" Program in Sikkim if you're looking for a similar experience.

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

  • Our 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. We are going to be in locations that are not developed for mainstream tourism - far away from crowds.

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

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

  • We 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! We 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. We have personally vetted these locations for 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 and getting a feel for a place is more important than getting a perfect Instagram shot and ticking a million bucket list items.

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. 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. We'll be exploring at a relaxed pace and not rushing through places.