ChaloHoppo with a backpack to Mechuka
If you fall asleep through your journey, long enough, to wake up in Mechuka, missing the road signs that give you a reality check, you may have to pinch yourself, and yet the valley may seem unreal.
Come get giddy in Mechuka.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
From a complete shift in architectural pattern, with wood replacing brick and mortar and herds of stray horses interrupting your path or seen grazing at a distance, replacing the usual cow herds seen on Indian roads, you slowly tend to relate to the deep rooted Tibetan influence that you have read online about.
The trip gets better when you are received by your warm homestay hosts.
Traditional food preparation sessions, long nature walks and exploring Memba heirlooms( the major tribe inhabiting the valley) punctuate your Mechuka experience.
Minimum 3 backpackers are required for the trip to go live.
- Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation
- All entries, parking, tolls
- Transport in shared vehicles
- Train tickets to and from Guwahati
- Guide wherever required
- Inner line permits to enter Arunachal Pradesh
- Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport
- Soft drink charges, table drinks, bottled water, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges
- Lunch and Dinner
- Any other item not mentioned in “Cost Includes” section above
- Your Personal Purchases
- Any insurances
An overnight train journey
Land in Guwahati and start your train journey to the last station in Assam before you cross over into the gargantuan forest covered state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Welcome to Arunachal Pradesh
A Sumo awaits to take you to the Galo (tribe) town of Aalo or Along. The drive may be long and tiring but worth the journey when you meet some of the warmest hosts and check into their beautiful stay perched amidst orange and mousambi orchards. In the evening we explore the nearby Galo villages.
Welcome to Menchukha valley
After breakfast brace for your road trip to Mechuka. The eight hour drive gives you a great view the Arunnachal Pradesh mountains with the Siom (Siang) river accompanying you throughout and oranges from the abundant orchards peeping in every now and then. Reach Mechuka by 2 pm and check in to your homestay.
Village walks, folk music and Gurudwara
Today you explore Mechuka as you listen to the many stories and folklore that have been passed down from generations among the people here. Visit the Yarlung Camp at a height of 7934 feet and meet those protecting the boundaries of the country. Thereafter, drive to the Gurudwara to pay your regards and have langar in the most pristine setting, ever! Later walk through the beautiful valley and visit some old homes and people from the Memba tribe who have preserved ancient artefacts and items handed down generations.
Monasteries and Momos
Visit a 400 year old Gompa (Buddhist monastery) where you can see many carvings, structures and other ancient artefacts. The view from the Gompa is truly exquisite and if you are lucky, you may even see one of the IAF planes making a U-turn just around the Gompa before landing on what the Air Force calls the ‘Advance Landing Ground’. Spend the night learning how make momos.
Resting at Along
Early next morning, make your way back towards Aalo (Along) where you will spend the night at the same homestay you had stayed in earlier.
A sumo ride and train to Guwahati
It’s time to bid farewell to your hosts and hop to your Sumo for a ride back to Guwahati. On the way make a stopover at Pasighat to enjoy views of Bodak ghat and Ranaghat before driving to Jonai to catch your overnight train to Guwahati.
Bye- Bye Northeast India
Board your flight/ train back home, until you return.
Anybody’s dream home, only a few get to live in it. Would you want to be one of those few mortals?
A tasteful mix of the traditional with the modern. Perfect for even those who have never hauled a backpack.