ChaloHoppo 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 Moderate
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 who have been guided by the ChaloHoppo team to add to their already hospitable nature.
Traditional food preparation sessions, long nature walks and exploring Memba heirlooms( the major tribe inhabiting the valley) punctuate your Mechuka experience.
In the the other half of the trip you will stay in some exquisite homestays and get to visit a geographic location that remains cut off from the rest of civilisation for half the year due to the lack of a motorable land – Dambuk, as you use the dry river bed as a road.
Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation
All entries, parking, tolls
Internal travel during the trip
Train tickets to and from Guwahati
Guide wherever required
Breakfast on all days
All meals during the trek
Porters during the trek
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
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.
An exquisite homestay in Arunachal Pradesh
A Sumo awaits to take you to the Galo 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.
Welcome to Menchukha valley
After breakfast brace for your road trip to Mechuka. The eight hour drive gives you a great view the Arunnachali mountains with the Siom river accompanying you throughout and oranges from the abundant orchards peeping in every now and then.
Introduction to Mechuka
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!
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.
Village walks, folk music and riverside picnic
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. In the evening cover yourself in layers as you sit by the river and let the picnic unfold with the spirit of the valley.
Resting at Along
Early next morning, make your way back towards Aalo where you will spend the night at the same homestay you had stayed in earlier. This time we visit a Galo village nearby to see traditional houses and interact with locals.
Hanging bridges in Pasighat
Leave early morning from Aalo to Pasighat. Check into your camp and head out to go see the hanging bridges that have been made around this region and have been in use for centuries. In the evening, if time permits visit Bodak for a spectacular view of the Siang river passing through the town.
The overnight train
After an early morning trek to the nearby waterfalls, pack your bags to leave for the station to catch your overnight train back to Guwahati.
Bye- Bye Arunachal
Wake up in Guwahati, the capital of Assam and miss the slow life in the hills of Arunachal as you off-load your luggage onto the station.
You want to feel like you’re camping but with all the luxuries of the usual stay, then you may love it here.
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.
Huts that could lure kings to stay in them. Thanks to the proximity of the Dibang river, you won’t need white noise to put you to sleep.
- Access to 24 hour running water supply.
- Attached bathrooms
- Essentials (towels, bed sheets, soaps, toilet paper)
- Parking on premises
- Common kitchen accessible to guests if they want to cook their own food
- Dining room and lounge
- Balcony/ sit out area
- Hot water
- Buzzer/wireless intercom
- Cable TV
- Air conditioning
- Bar/ restaurant