5 Best Adventure Sports In Arunachal Pradesh

The northeast is definitely a beauty undiscovered. With its luscious green forests, high peaked mountains, clear water flowing and flora and fauna untouched, makes it the perfect destination for adventure activities in India. Located at the far north-east corner, Arunachal is surely a gem to explore. Some must-see places here are- Tawang, Ziro Valley, Roing, Sela Pass, Namdapha National Park, Dirang, Tezu, Pasighat, Nuranang Falls, Mechuka among many others. Clearly, what makes it so special is that fact that it’s a calm and private place with so much to offer. If you are an adrenaline junkie and await an adventure all the time, travelling to Arunachal Pradesh itself is an adventure so you can only imagine what else is in store for you!

1. Rafting

For an adventure enthusiast, Arunachal Pradesh is the best place to go. Why, you ask? Because it makes for the perfect place to get your rafting game going while fighting through turbulent waters and snow-fed rivers. Home to the Brahmaputra River- the largest river in India- and its tributaries only give rafting here more value. Rafting through the river Brahmaputra from Dibrugarh will take you through challenging waters and mesmerizing tribal villages, one of the most exhilarating and challenging rafts is in the Subansiri River with meagre road connection and grade 3 rapids- it is as exciting as it sounds! River Siang running from the Himalayas are known to have moderate to difficult rapids while River Lohit is known to be one of the toughest rafts in Arunachal. Arunachal Pradesh has very high rapids and challenging waters making it the absolute perfect rafting destination in India!

Best time to visit: The best time to visit is from November to March.

2. Trekking

Trekking in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh has some of the most untouched and pristine natural gems in India. From exotic birds and animals, picturesque landscapes, flora and fauna, mind-blowing waterfalls, to distinct heritage and culture. This state is truly a well-kept secret, and the best way to explore its true identity is on foot, making Arunachal Pradesh an ideal destination for trekking. The Bailey trail, amidst the thick forests and high peaks of Gorichen and Kangto, is a trek that will leave you in awe of its picture-perfect landscapes and the Dirang river. The Gori Chen base camp trek which ends at a monastery is known to be one of the toughest trails, yet equally rewarding thanks to its unbeatable scenery and technical challenges. The hills and the sight of the Shiva lingam atop them will definitely make you want to go on the Ziro Valley trek, while Mechuka, Talley Valley, Thembhang are some more trails you should explore.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit is throughout depending on the area.

3. Biking

Every biking enthusiast searches for that road not taken, and Arunachal is exactly that! With such secluded and challenging roads, with valleys and mountains to witness and green forests and clear winds in your face it’s the perfect destination for a motorbike expedition. Some biking expeditions are Guhawati (Assam) to Nameri, Nameri to Dirang, Dirang to Tawang, Tawang to Zemithang, or you could club this entire circuit in one go as well. You will meet various tribes, Buddhist monks, different cuisines and gather a lifetime of experience for sure. To explore the rugged beauty and off beaten sites of Arunachal, should definitely be on your list.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit is from May to October.

4. Paragliding

Paragliding is still fairly new to India and mostly isolated in certain parts of the country, but to promote tourism in Arunachal, the tourism department took some major steps to introduce various activities in the state including a Mechuka Festival which engage in many adventure activities. The Arunachal Pradesh Pappu Valley Paragliding Festival is unique in its own way, when you look from above you will agree that Arunachal Pradesh is indeed the ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’. Don’t miss out on this unexposed haven of a place!

Best time to visit: The best time to visit is in November.

5. Mountaineering

Mountaineering in Arunachal

With the coming of the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) in Dirang, mountaineering in Arunachal Pradesh has really taken off. Given the state’s unchartered territory and unexplored tourist destinations, there is immense scope for this northeastern state to become an adventure hotspot. Home to some mighty Himalayan peaks, Arunachal Pradesh is slowly taking a special place in the hearts of mountaineers. Some of the best mountaineering expeditions in Arunachal Pradesh include Gorichen Peak summit, Mt Baisakhi expedition, Mt Kangto (highest point in Arunachal Pradesh), Mt Nyegi, Gorichen East Peak etc.

Best time to visit: The best time for these mountain expeditions is usually June to September as the rest of the year faces heavy snowfall in these regions.



Arunachal Pradesh has long been off the tourist’s radar owing to its remote location and untravelled routes. But this very fact makes it a wonderland for those who dare to have a little adventure in their lives. From unknown tribes to untouched valleys and impressive trekking trails, there is something in store in Arunachal Pradesh for every adventure enthusiast. All you have to do is pack your bags with a little bit of courage!


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