3 reasons why Talle valley trek in Arunachal is a must-do
“On November 2014 I travelled with an assignment to explore a trek in Arunachal Pradesh. After 14 days of exploration I found a trek in Ziro known as Talle Valley trek. The moment I finished the trek I knew that it could be an excellent trek in future. It has all elements that you can expect from a trek. The highlights would be walking through the rain forest of Arunachal, forsaken camping places and close interaction with Apatani tribe “, says Soumya Mitra, our Trek Leader who explored this trail in November 2014.
The ancient Apatani Tribe of Ziro Valley
It’s the land of ancient tribes. Their customs and traditions are as heady as their welcome drink Apam – a sweetly fermented rice beer. And Ziro is the hotspot of their culture. This is strikingly different from the surrounding areas of this land because of its wide, well-made roads, large expanse of paddy fields and a pot pourri of cultures and traditions that rise to a hilt in this town. Since the time it started hosting an annual four day music festival, Ziro started attracting music lovers and artists from all over the world. When you’re here, don’t forget to try the farm fresh oranges, pineapples and kiwis sold around this place.
But apart from the cultural hoo-ha that surrounds Apatanis, there’s another reason why they are of utmost importance as far as Talle Valley trek goes. Apatanis play a pivotal role in preserving biodiversity in Talle Valley. Yes, Apatanis are known for their highly evolved agriculture and pisciculture.
While they value their traditions, they also keep nature close to their hearts. And so they have ‘taboo periods’. These are time lines when hunting or entering the forests is prohibited. Failure to comply by taboo rules earns strict punishment by way of isolation and food restrictions. And this is one of the prime reasons why forests of Talle Valley have preserved certain species that have been wiped out from other parts of the country.
Three valleys and two rivers
The Talle Valley trail winds up and down mountains, valleys and across rivers. On this trek, you cross the Pangey Valley, Talle Valley and Ziro Valley. All three are picturesque, surrounded by robust, green mountains.
A trek through biodiversity zone
The trek dips into the Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary that’s spread over 337 square meters. Welcome ferns and Hollong trees stand tall as the trek begins. These are typical vegetation found in tropical rain-forests. As the trek climbs, white bamboos emerge. And gradually, the thick canopy of leaves give way to delicately clustered deciduous trees like pines and silver firs.
Under the diverse canopy thrives a long list of endangered species of flora and fauna. Pleiublastus simone, a partially white coloured bamboo is found only in Talle Valley. And clouded leopard is one of the popular endangered species found in this biodiversity zone. These forests are crowded by lichens, orchids and ferns that aren’t found on other treks in India.
Talle Valley trek is a bird watcher’s paradise. With a wide colour of wings hovering and fluttering from amidst rainforest, pines and bamboos, you see different birds peeking out of every nook of this trail. Crested kingfisher and common green magpie are a couple of species to look out for.
Inner Line Permit (ILP)
For this trek, it’s mandatory for everyone to obtain the Inner Line Permit, including Indian citizens. It will be available on all the Railway Stations, through which you enter Arunachal Pradesh. The counter is open 24/7.
It is best to apply and obtain the ILP from the Naharlagun Railway Station. At the counter, please mention that you’re applying for an ILP to visit the Lower Subansiri district.
Post the completion of the trek, if you wish to visit Kibo Village in Aalo Valley, you have to obtain a separate ILP for the same. While applying for the same, please mention that you’re applying for an ILP to West Siang District.
Shortly, it can also be obtained online. Here’s the official link.
For an ILP, Indian Citizens should carry a Government Photo Id Card like Aadhar Card, PAN Card and Passport. Driving License is not accepted. The cost per person is Rs.410/-
Citizens of Pakistan, China and Bangladesh should apply for No Objection Certificate from the Central Government, New Delhi. After getting the NOC, you can apply and get the Protected Area Permit from the Commissioner Office at New Delhi.
All other foreign nationals can directly apply for the PAP – Protected Area Permit from the Commissioner Office at New Delhi, Itanagar and Guwahati. The cost per person is $50.
Base Camp : Ziro
Day 0: Train journey from Guwahati to Naharlagun; Train Number: 15617 – GHY NHLN I C EXP –Depart 21.20 pm – Arrive 5.00 am (Travel Time: 7 hours 40 minutes)
Day 1: Drive from Naharlagun to Ziro – 100 km, 5-6 hours. Pick up from Naharlgun Railway station at 6:30 AM. Cost of cab – Rs.5,500 per vehicle.
Day 2: Trek from Mani Polyang (5,577 ft) to Pange Valley (6,200 ft); 5 hours, 9 km
Day 3: Trek from Pange Valley (6,200 ft) to Talle Valley (8,100 ft); 7 hours, 10 km
Day 4: Trek from Talle Valley (8,100 ft) to Pangey Valley river camp (5,250 ft); 7 hours, 10 km
Day 5: Pange Valley river camp (5,250 ft) to Hong village (6,480 ft); 5 hours, 7 km
Day 6: Drive from Hong to Ziro (5,577 ft) – 4 km. Drive from Ziro to Naharlagun – 100 km. Train journey from Naharlagun to Guwahati -363 km (Train No: 15617 – GHY NHLN I C EXP).
Transport: From Ziro to Naharlagun, the cost of a Sumo vehicle is Rs. 5,500 one way, shared by the trekkers). The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter. No service tax is applicable on transport cost. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.
Please note that you will be staying at a home stay in Ziro and Hong Village. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).
Talle Valley Trek Guide
Day 1: Drive to Ziro
- Altitude: 5,577 ft (Mani Polyang)
- Time taken: 5-6 hours drive to Ziro from Naharlgun Railway station, which is an overnight train journey from Guwahati.Pick up from Nahargun at 6:30 AM.
Ziro is a town located in the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is famous for its lush green paddy fields. It was also in the news for featuring in the shortlist for getting inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Ziro township has a hospital, telephone exchange, court, post office, vegetable market, more then 10 medical shop, more than 4 semi wholesaler ration shops.
The three airports close by are are Guwahati (460 kms), Dibrugarh (260 kms) and Lilabari (130 kms). The nearest railways station is Naharlagan, which is at a distance of 100 kms.
The journey to Ziro will be planned in such a way that you arrive at Ziro no later than 5 pm. You will camp at Ziro for night. Homestays are available. The following morning, the trek begins from Mani Polyang, a picturesque little village in Ziro.
Day 2: Trek from Mani Polyang to Pange Valley
- Altitude: 5,577 ft to 6,200 ft
- Time taken: 5 hours, 9 km
- Trek gradient: Easy. The trail has gradual ascents and descents throughout. A couple of sections through the forest, around 2 hours into the trek, are steep but short.
- Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water before starting from Mani Polyang since there are no water sources on the way.
Post breakfast, begin the trek from Mani Polyang, a picturesque little village in Ziro. The trek starts through the Talle valley forest sanctuary with the Pange river flowing beside you. It is a 9 km easy, flat walk to Pange valley with an altitude gain of roughly 700 feet. The trail mostly passes through tropical rain forests scattered with bamboo trees and ferns. Peacefully grazing mithuns and birds will give you company throughout the trail.
In about 5 hours you will see the PWD guesthouse on your right and a forest bungalow to your left. This is the landmark for your first campsite. Your campsite will be setup at Pange Valley for the night. If you’re trekking on your own, you can arrange for accommodation at the Bungalow by taking permission from the DFO in Hapoli.
Day 3: Trek from Pange Valley to Talle Valley
- Altitude: 6,200 ft to 8,100 ft via a section at 9,000 ft, which is the highest point of this trek
- Time taken: 7 hours, 10 km
- Trek gradient: Moderate. Begin with a mostly level walk for an hour followed by a steep ascent for about 3 hours to culminate in a descending trail.
- Water sources: Carry sufficient water. Refill your water bottles completely at the 2 water sources that you find – 1 hour and 2.5 hours into the trek, since this is a long day.
Today’s trek is long and tiring, as you climb from 6,200 ft to 9,000 ft and descend to 8,100 ft, to reach the campsite. The trail stretches on the left hand side of the Pange river.
After about an hour’s walk, the trail begins to ascend. It is a steep climb for close to three hours and it takes you through two clearings that open up to spectacular mountainous views of Nimapema of Bhutan.
The strenuous climb ends at the highest point of this trek at 9,000 ft, where rhododendron forests thrive. There are multiple paths leading to the villages below from this point. Take the path which descends through bamboo forests and the villages in order to reach the camp site. The entire day’s trek will take you about 7 hours covering a distance of 10 km. Camp for the night at Talle Valley, surrounded by lush green mountains.
Day 4: Trek from Talle Valley to Pange Valley River Camp
- Altitude: 8,100 ft to 5,250 ft
- Time taken: 7 hours, 10 km
- Trek gradient: Moderate. The initial gradual descent gives way to steeper descents within 10 minutes of trekking.
- Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water before starting. You can refill your water bottles at a hut that you’ll come across after about 4 hours of trekking.
Begin the fourth day with a gradual descend alongside the river for ten minutes. There is a point on the trail known as Tragopan point. It lies two hours ahead of Talle Valley. On this day, you’ll be treated to an assortment of colourful wild flowers and lichens. The morning light’s narrative amplifies the beauty a notch higher.
The flora and fauna in the valley will captivate your attention. As this trail is easy, it gives you ample amounts of time to pause and take in the beauty around. In this 6-7 hour trek, you descend from 8,100 feet to 5,250 feet. Camp for the night along the Pangey river.
Flora and Fauna – Talle Valley
Day 5: Trek from Pange Valley river camp to Hong village
- Altitude: 5,250 ft to 6,480 ft
- Time taken: 5 hours, 7 km
- Trek gradient: Easy – moderate. A gradual ascent in the beginning is followed by a gradual descent for a couple of hours. Today’s trail is not defined very well so you will need to make a path through the forest. Ensure you stay with the group.
- Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water from the camp site since you will not find any water source on the trail.
On the last day of the trek, you ascend from 5,250 feet to 6,480 feet, though not at a stretch. The trail gradually ascends, followed by a couple of hours of gradual descend. It it’s a climb all the way to Hong village, where the trek ends. You will cover a distance of 7 km in 5 hours to reach Hong valley.
Explore the village and meet the local Aptani tribes of region.Camp for the night at Hong village. The landscape is starkly similar to the European country side.
Day 6: Drive from Hong to Ziro
Pick-up will be arranged from Hong village to Ziro. It is a quick 20-25 minute drive from Hong to Ziro (4 km).
Side – Excursion:
Tao Tibe is av village which is inhabited by only one old couple and has beautiful views of the surrounding forests. By walk it is about 40 minutes away from the Siiro Resort(Ziro). Move in the direction of Old Ziro, take the road which goes left, around 200 metres from the hotel, head into Tarin fish farm, walk past the pools of water there and walk up the steps you see on the left, leading into the hills. The steps eventually give way to an opening that leads to the top of a hill, overlooking the Tao Tibe village below.
After the trek, you can also visit Kibo village in Aalo Valley. The picturesque valley is located in Menchkha, which is a 8-hour drive from Ziro Valley. This quaint village located further north is famous for hosting the Arunachal Pradesh festival.
How to get fit for the Talle Valley trek
The Talle Valley trek is an easy to moderate trek. There are no technical sections to walk on. You will be covering an distance of 33 kilometers over four days of trekking. This is no easy feat and warrants the required preparation.
This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. In order to be prepared for high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.
In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, you can phase out your distance targets in the following manner –
- Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin
- Gradually increase the distance to 7 km. Target completing this in 63 minutes
- Before you go on the trek, you should be able to walk at least 10 km at a stretch. Target completing this in 90 minutes
In terms of speed, make sure you’re able to jog 5 km in 35 minutes before the start of the trek. If you are 45 years old and above, your target should be completing at least 3 km within 29 minutes before you go on the trek.
Strength – Target 3 sets of squats with 20 in each
The trail is mostly under forest cover and you will need to watch your step as you descend. This can be harsh on your knees and thighs. The muscles on your legs need to be strong enough to endure this patch. To strengthen your legs you can start with 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set and work towards reaching your target in 3 weeks.
Trekking with a backpack requires some effort and agile muscles. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed.
Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek.
Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.
What to take on the Talle Valley trek
- Trekking shoes: You will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential- especially during months of April and May.
- Three warm layers: You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woollen and one padded jacket) for this trek. Add another layer during winter season.
- Three trek pants: Wear one pair and carry one pair.
- Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their t shirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their t shirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
- Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. There might be snow at the upper campsites regardless of the season. So carry a pair of sunglasses.
- Suncap: The sun is intense at higher altitudes and a sun cap is absolutely essential to keep your face and neck safe from sunburns.
- Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof gloves.
- Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well.
- Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.
- Headlamp / LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
- Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. If you plan to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you do not leave the used wipes/tissues back in the mountains since these are not biodegradable. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
Here’s a guide to help you pack for the trek –
Trek fee: Rs. 9,950/-
*GST at 5% is payable on the trek fee
- Accommodation during the trek
- All meals – vegetarian
- Trekking permits and forest camping charges
- Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
- Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
- Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
- Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
- Transport to and from the base camp (Guwahati Ziro to Hong and Ziro)
- Food during transit to and from the base camp
- Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1,200 plus 5% GST. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from the inclusions
Terms & Conditions
1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at email@example.com. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.
The cancellation charges are as under:
- Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
- Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
- Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.
2. The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start at the Ziro base camp to the end at Hong.
3. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from at 6:30 am. Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group. The group travels together to in shared cabs.
4. Transport: Transport from Guwahati to Ziro and return from Hong to Ziro can be arranged by us at an extra cost. Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab (approximate cost Rs. 5,500 per vehicle, one way). The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter. No GST is applicable on transport cost. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.
5. Backpack offloading: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.
Backpack offloading charges – Rs. 1,200/- plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus GST of 5%. Partial offloading is not allowed.Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs.
No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
6. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.
Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.
Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.
7. Fitness:A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Cardiovascular training before a trek is critically important. Training must include strength and flexibility workout. We have laid out the eligibility criteria here. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp. .
8. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.
9. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.
10. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.
11. Safety Protocol:
a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.
b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.
c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.
How safe is the Table Valley trek?
Talle Valley is predominantly a dense jungle trail. The terrain harbours several wild animals like bears, apes and clouded leopards. It’s highly dangerous to stray from the trail and wander into the wilderness. Do not leave your campsite at any point in time. Since you will be trekking through thick forests, chances of getting bruises and scratches are high. You need to be mindful of branches and twigs while you walk.
At Indiahikes, safety of a trekker comes first. You will experience it first hand on the slope. Your team is accompanied by experienced trek leaders, safety gears, high end trek equipment, high altitude first aid kits and most importantly the right information.
If there is a medical emergency on the trek, your trek leaders are trained to handle crisis, especially related to altitude and medical emergencies. Indiahikes team carries high altitude medical equipment, oxygen cylinders, and other emergency kits.
Most situations are resolved by the trek leader’s intervention. If, however, evacuation is required, it is carried out by the Indiahikes team. There are plenty of exit points throughout the trek so any evacuation needed is taken care of. The affected participant is moved down to the nearest emergency medical centre as soon as possible. This can take time, even 1-2 days, especially from high camps. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.
What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety
Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow, and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.
Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below:
1. Fitness criteria before registration
Over years of organising high altitude treks, we have found that safety issues thrive amongst those who are unfit and unprepared for the trek. So we have introduced an eligibility criteria for the Talle Valley trek. Anyone who wants to register for the Talle Valley trek has to meet the fitness requirements, with the ideal BMI. The BMI and fitness regime will require proof. A high altitude trek is not to be taken casually.
2. Monitoring health on a trek
On the Talle Valley trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects thrice a day.
- Oxygen Level
- Pulse Rate
Your Blood Pressure levels will be checked once a day.
This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required.
Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health, wherein they will be entering details about their health everyday. It also contains details of what symptoms one should look out for and what action should be taken during emergencies. These Health Cards will be collected back at the end of the trek.
3. High Altitude Medical Kit
Your trek leader will be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine. Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high altitude campsites for any emergency situations.
4. High Altitude Trek Equipment
To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes to attach to your shoes. This will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you, who will lead the way on difficult terrain.
All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. The sleeping bags can withstand temperatures up to -10 degree Celsius.
5. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek
You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water on each day of the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.
We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.
With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.
Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.
Exit points on the Talle Valley trek
A motor road reaches Pangey valley and goes all the way to Talle. In case there’s a medical emergency, exiting via this road is easy. However, it might take a few hours to arrange a vehicle since the mobile network in the jungle is poor.
The closest hospital is in Ziro, in case of an emergency that requires advanced medical attention.
1. What is the style of accommodation in this trek?
You will be staying in home stays at Ziro and Hong (Days 1 and 6), where you will share rooms with other trekkers. The stay on all other days will be in tents. Each tent will accommodate three trekkers. Apart from this, Indiahikes will also put up toilet tents alongside each campsite.
2. Will you provide us with tents and sleeping bags?
Yes, Indiahikes trekkers will be provided with tents and high altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
3. What will the temperatures be like during this trek?
Day time temperatures will range from 8-15ºC and night time temperature will range from 3-5ºC.
4. Will there be snow on this trek?
There will be no snow on this trek.
5. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings. When it rains at the campsite, we usually get together in the dining tent and play games. The tents that you will be staying in, the dining tent, kitchen and toilet tents are all water proof, so you will stay dry inside.
6. How do we reach Ziro?
Guwahati has the closest airport to Ziro. Get there on Day 0 and catch an overnight train to Naharlgun. Indiahikes will arrange for vehicles to pick you up from Naharlgun at 6.30 am. The drive to Ziro will take 5-6 hours. The cost of each vehicle is Rs.5,500, which is to be shared by trekkers and paid directly to the driver.
7. How do we get back after the trek?
Indiahikes will arrange for shared cabs from Ziro to Naharlgun. The cost is not included in your trek fee.
8. Which are the best seasons for the Talle Valley trek?
November to March is the best season for this trek.
9. Are backpacks, raincoats and other equipment available for rent from Indiahikes?
No. There are several websites that rent out trekking equipment. Indiahikes does not rent any equipment. You may purchase trekking poles and other equipment from the Indiahikes store.
10. Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Talle Valley trek can be done by a first timer since it’s an easy-moderate trek. However, you need to be fit since there are long days of trekking involved. Make sure that you prepare before setting off on the trek.
11. If not the Talle valley trek, what is a good alternative trek to do?
Talle valley trek is unique in that it’s in Arunachal Pradesh and it’s a jungle trek. If you’re looking for an alternative, you could consider Deoriatal Chandrashila, which also has lovely forest trails. It is at a higher altitude.
12. Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?
Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack. This will cost Rs.1,200 + 5% GST if you inform us in advance. If you decide to offload once you reach Ziro, the amount will be Rs.335 per day + 5% GST. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed. We suggest you read “Why carrying a trekking backpack is not difficult” before making a decision.
13. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
Since the trail is not too difficult, a child above 8 years who is physically fit can go on this trek.
14. Who will be with us on the trek from Indiahikes?
An Indiahikes team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.
15. What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
The home stays at Ziro and Hong will have concrete toilets. On the other days, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. There will be 2 to 4 of these toilet tents depending on the size of the group. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. There will be a room freshener as well. It’s the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not bio-degradable.
16. What kind of food is served on the trek? Should we carry any food?
Indiahikes uses a well planned menu suitable for high altitude treks. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha to sandwiches and cornflakes. Lunch mainly comprises of roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti and dessert. Dry ration of biscuits and chikki will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.
17. Will there be water sources on the way? Will two litres of water be enough?
Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two litres of water should be enough. You will find water sources on Days 3 and 4, while trekking from Pangey valley to Talle Valley and from Talle Valley to Pangey valley river camp.
18. Is there mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?
You will get mobile network only at Ziro and Hong. Make sure you inform anxious family members about poor connectivity on the trek. Electricity charging points will be available at the homestays in Ziro and Hong.
19. Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?
You don’t need special snow shoes. A good trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. We recommend the Forclaz 500 or 600 from Decathlon. Of these, the Forclaz 600 is more water resistant. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
20. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
We suggest you watch this video to for a better understanding of why a trekking pole is necessary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=LXezaCVjEao
21. When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially on high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead it opens your pores making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Indiahikes treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Indiahikes treks.
22. How long do we trek every day? What is the distance covered?
Day 1 – You will be picked up from Naharlgun railway station at 6:30 AM. The drive to Ziro will take 5-6 hours.
Day 2 – Mani Polyang to Pangey Valley is a 9 km trek and will take you around 5 hours to complete.
Day 3 – Pangey Valley to Talley Valley is a 10 km trek and will take you 7 hours.
Day 4 – Talle Valley to Pangey river camp will take you around 7 hours and you will cover 10 km.
Day 5 – The trek from Pangey river camp to Hong village is 7 km and will take you around 5 hours to complete.
25. How do I manage the negative temperatures on the trek? Do I need special jackets?
At high altitudes, temperatures are sure to dip into negative at nights.. For these extreme cold temperatures, you need to keep the rule of 3 in mind. The rule of 3 usually takes care of cold that dip to -10°C. It is a simple formula of wearing 3 layers of woolen, inners and lower wear.
Follow this guide:
Wear one thermal and two T-shirts, three layers of woolens (two sweaters and a jacket). For your lowers wear a thermal inner with two layers of track suit. If you are prone to more cold, just add a layer.
The temperatures dip only late in the evening and early mornings. During the day if the sun is out, then you may even be trekking in your T-shirts. Make sure you use your thermal wear only at night and not while trekking.
A woolen cap/balaclava and gloves are a must.
26. What all do I need to carry on the trek?
Click here to get the list of all the things you need to carry on the trek.
27. Is it safe to trek with Indiahikes?
All high altitude treks come with their share of risks. At Indiahikes, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker’s life is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it. Before you go on the trek, make sure you’re thoroughly acquainted with the safety procedures followed on a trek.
How to get to the base camp – Ziro
The best way to get to the base camp – Ziro is to take a flight to Guwahati and then a train to Naharlagun.
Upon your arrival at Naharlagun Railway Station, private cabs can be arranged by Indiahikes to take you to Ziro (Cost of cab around R.5.500 to be shared by trekkers).
Nearest Airport to Ziro: Guwahati – 460 km
Train from Guwahati to Naharlagun:
15617 – GHY NHLN I C EXP –Depart 21.20 pm – Arrive 5.00 am – 7.40 hrs
Private taxis are available from Guwahati to Naharlagun, which will approximately cost Rs. 4000–5000.
Transport: Transport from Naharlagun Ziro can be arranged by us at an extra cost. Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab (approximate cost Rs. 4000 to Rs.5000 per vehicle, one way from Naharlagun to Ziro. No service tax is applicable on transport cost. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.
- Naharlagun to Ziro is approx 100 km
- It will take 3 ½ hrs to reach Ziro from here
- Share taxi available from Naharlagun to Ziro, charges are 400/- per person
- Private taxi will cost approx 4000-5000/- (sumo type vehicle)
- There is train running from New Delhi to Naharlagun every Sunday.
Inner Line Permit:
For this trek, it’s mandatory to obtain the Inner Line Permit. You can apply for some the Inner Line Permit from Naharlagun Railway Station. It will be available directly in all the Railways Stations that you’re entering Arunachal Pradesh. The counter is open 24/7.
“It’s only been a week. Yet it already seems like a dream! We had a TERRIFIC trek. Our walks seemed never ending through the dense and mystic forests but in retrospect it was such fun! Most of all, my warmest and heartfelt admiration and thanks to our Trek Leader Ankit and his wonderful team for enduring each one of us without complaining! And being most helpful, encouraging, calm, an