The endless blanket of lustrous green pastures, the perilous mountain ranges, the incomprehensible sandy beaches of the river banks, the ageless forests and the raw exquisite valleys makes Northeast one of the most ridiculously coveted yet astonishingly unexplored places in the world for adventure tourism. If you are one of those cotton mouthed adventurers then Northeast is the place you must choose to quench your thirst for adventure.
Here is a list of top ten sites for camping and trekking in the Northeast:
Namdapha Rain Forest Trek:
Located in the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh Namdapha National Park is recognized as one of the richest areas in biodiversity and is also the third largest national park in India in terms of area. This trek takes you through the dense evergreen rainforests where you can lose yourself to the wilderness.
Eagle Nest Trek:
The Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh hosts one of the finest birdlife assemblages that India has to offer. The sanctuary adopted its name from the Red Eagle division of the Indian Army. Trekking starts from Bhalukpong( 260kms from Guwahati) around Kameng/JiaBhorelli river to Eagle’s Nest,a 120kms journey through the forests rising from 500m to 3200m altitude .
Trek to the Beyul of Pemako:
After trekking for about 8 days and covering a distance of 300kms from Tuting you’ll reach Pemako. At Pemako you’ll be left astounded by the indescribable beauty of the Beyuls .Beyuls are hidden valleys encompassing hundreds of square kilometres. Pemako is located in Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. This place one of the best places in Northeast for trekking as it will test the limit of any adventurer. But the end result is more than worthwhile as you become one of the few people on earth to witness the unbelievable beauty of the Beyuls.
Bornodi Wildlife Sanctuary Trek:
This sanctuary is situated on the foothills of Himalayas bordering Bhutan in the north and in Udalguri district and Baksa district of Assam. With the picturesque Bornodiriver flowing on its western part the sanctuary is a great place for birding. Trekking , Camping and Rafting are allowed inside the sanctuary once you get permission from the Forest Office.
Trekking at Pobitora:
Pobitora National Park is one hour drive from Guwahati city. The park is famous for one horned rhinos but trekking on the banks of the river Brahmaputa is an experience one should never miss . It is a one day trek that starts from Mayong to Hiloikhunda spotting hornbill and river dolphins.
David Scott Trail:
Blessed with mesmerizing natural elements like cascading waterfalls,crystal clear streams gushing down from mountains, scenic valleys covered with green pastures and forests groves this route is one of the most popular trekking routes in Meghayala. This trail route is separated into smaller trekking routes. The one day route in David Scott Trail expands up to 16kms and can be covered in four hours. The whole route is spread in over 100kms and takes five days to get covered on foot.
Dzukou Valley Trek:
Situated at the border of Nagaland and Manipur at an altitude of 2438m above sea level the Dzukou valley is popularly known as the “Valley of Flowers of the Northeast”. Famous for its wide range of flowers in every season it can be reached in five hours of trek from Mt. Isii of Senapati district of Manipur.
The Bailey Trail Trek:
This trek in the high eastern Himalayas of Western Arunachal Pradesh offers an experience through some breath taking landscapes of virgin pine , oak and rhododendron forests. You’ll be crossing high mountain passes ,high altitude lakes, glacial streams and tribal villages of the fascinating Monpa tribe.
Trekking in Dibru Saikhowa is an experience you should never miss as you get to pierce through the dense and scattered forests on foot witnessing nature in its most purest and untouched form. It is a 15-16kms of trekking and on your way you can rest under the magnificient age old trees. You can also spend your day in the interspersed island playing beach volleyball.
Trek to the Shiroi Kashong Peak:
The Shiroi Hill in Manipur is blessed with rare and endangered species of Shirui Lily(Siroy Lily). 100 kms from Imphal the height of Shiroi Kashong is about 2986 meters. From the peak one can see the panoramic view of Myanmar, Ukhrul Town and Saramati Mountains of Nagaland. The sweet perfume of the flowers cover the entire Kashong hill range and its surroundings.
P.S: The challanges to Manipur Siroy the habitat of the Siroy lily is threatened with the intensive tourists activities. The State Forest Department as well as different NGOs are working hard to save and conserve the habitat. Even plucking a blade of grass from the valley is prohibited and fined. So lets do our part as tourist and help them conserve this paradise of a place to conserve its beauty.