Siang River Expedition Itinerary

Days 1 and 2

Beginning your journey with a flight to New Delhi’s Gandhi International Airport, you’ll debark and spend one night near the airport. The next morning, you catch a five-hour fight to Dibrugarh, Assam, in Northeast India. Your Global Descents Trip Leader will meet you at the Dibrugarh Airport, and will accompany you to one of the nicer hotels in this eclectic town. After welcome drinks and snacks, there will be time for a stroll around town, or time to relax before a great Indian meal served at the hotel night one!


Day 3

We leave the hotel at 6:30 AM for the Dibrugarh ferry terminal. A two-hour, local ferry across the braided Brahmaputra starts at 8 AM. Keep an eye out for the endangered Brahmaputra freshwater dolphin! After reaching the other side of the Brahmaputra, we journey to Arunachal Pradesh’s border post. There we present our Restricted Area Permits, and continue on to reach our hotel in Pasighat by early afternoon. The afternoon is free to explore Pasighat’s traditional market, buy souvenirs, get over let-lag, and explore. We have another talk over dinner at 7 PM, and pack our waterproof dry bags for the journey to put-in. Extra bags can be left at our base in Pasighat for pickup on return.


Day 4

This morning we will drive by private jeep through the rainforest (India’s last remaining one) to our put-in near Yingkiong, taking in panoramic views of the traditional bamboo and thatch homes of the Adi; and meeting many of the people along the road. We’ll meet the rest of the Global Descents staff, who await with rigged boats and a great lunch. After covering a detailed safety orientation, it’s time to get on the water for a short run to an enormous sunset beach for camp.


Day 5

After a spectacular breakfast, we’ll paddle Yingkiong Rapid and several other Class III-IV’s such as Good Morning and Initiation followed by a scenic float through steep canyons teeming with waterfalls cascading out of the rainforest, over gneiss cliffs, and into the river. Happy hour at camp with horseshoes and appetizers, followed by a Global Descents specialty for dinner!


Day 6

Floating downstream today we’ll visit with Adi people who gather alongside the river foraging and fishing. We’ll encounter several large rapids and more fantastic scenery. Tonight we will set camp on a sand beach near the village of Rui and bath in the waterfalls that stream into camp.


Day 7

After a hearty breakfast, today we glide past the confluences of the Yamne and the Siyom Rivers. The volume of the river increases with the added water. Early into camp, we’ll have a great happy hour, appetizers, and campfire as we watch the sun set over the (as it is now called) Brahmaputra.


Days 8

Today we’ll marvel at the hanging cane/bamboo bridges between tackling several smaller rapids and marveling at the seemingly endless incredible scenery.


Days 9

Layover Day! Today we’ll make an early start for hiking to an indigenous village uphill of camp. Upon our return, we’ll learn to kayak, pitch horseshoes, relax, and enjoy an extraordinary fresh Maseer (fish) dinner caught or purchased from local fishermen we encounter in the village.


Days 10

Our last big river day, today we encounter one of the most intimidating rapids, Pongging, which is followed by numerous Class III-IV’s. Our final night on the river, we’ll celebrate with an awesome barbeque dinner and s’mores over the fire!


Days 11

We’ll awaken early this morning to make it to the take-out near Pasighat. Wishing your guides farewell, you’ll cruise into town with your Trip Leader for a great lunch and a short helicopter ride back downstream to Dibrugarh, where you’ll spend the night in a comfortable hotel. After hot showers and a great dinner, we’ll sleep in comfortable beds and pack for the flight back to Delhi in the morning!


Day 12

After a relaxed breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant and guests are welcome to enjoy it at their leisure. At noon we leave for the airport to catch a scenic Himalayan flight back to Delhi and connect to your international flight or on to your next destination.


Global Descents reserves the right to change the order of activities or even some of the activities due to changes in weather, transportation or other unforeseen events.