Magical Mechuka

8 Days

Why To Visit Mechuka?

Mechuka, also known as Menchukha or Menchuka, is a Himalayan Buddhist village located 6,000 feet above sea level in Arunachal Pradesh’s Shi-Yomi District. The McMahon line is only 29 kilometers away (the border that divides India and China). Because of its lack of access to the mainland, Mechuka is also known as Arunachal Pradesh’s Forgotten Valley. It was formerly only known for its airfield, which played a critical role during the 1962 conflict with China. The charming village is the kind of place that would be perfect for a postcard photo. The mesmerizing caramelized mountains with a hint of snow-capped peaks, the wildflower-filled horse-grazing meadows, the countless hanging wooden bridges, and the flowing sound of the Yargyap Chu river are ideal for the Instagram ‘aesthetic’ game. Also, oh! The oomph factor is increased by the brightly coloured dwellings. This location is so pristine that its name translates to ‘snow medicinal water’ (men – medicinal, chu – water, kha – snow).

Pine trees, ferns, and thorn shrubs abound in the valley. The dwellings are made of pinewood rather than bamboo since it is more readily available. The palm-leaf shelter (as seen in other low-lying villages) has been replaced with suitable aluminum sheets aligned in a triangle manner, as the temperature varies from 20 to below zero degrees. Another interesting fact is that these homes are built on stilts to store firewood and cattle, not because of floods. 

Mechuka’s tourism industry is slowly but steadily growing. This transformation may be seen in the many under-construction homestays and newly cemented stores. A number of tiny houses that have been converted into eateries are also on the way. However, business is sluggish and lethargic here. Everyone is at ease, whether it’s at the gift shop or the wine shop. The commotion of city marketplaces is a long way away. The shops are like to a tight-knit family.

Mechuka Trip Summary

  • You are going to start your journey after boarding the train from Kamakhya Railway Station.
  • You will reach Murkongselek in the next morning then you will be in Pasighat  from where it will take another 5 hours to reach Aalo. You will stay in a lively homestay at Aalo.
  • It takes 6 hours to reach Mechuka from Aalo and on the way you can witness Siko-Dido waterfall.
  • By lunch hours you will finally be in Mechuka and will get to stay in another lively homestay where you will get amazing food and beverages.
  • Wake up early next morning for a hike to Mechuka La top to get a bird’s eye view of the town, trek back below in the afternoon to have lunch then go back to the homestay for some rest.
  • On the 5th day you are going for sightseeing and explore everything that Mechuka has to offer.
  • The various spots in and around are Hanuman camp, Gurudwara, Guru Nanak Taposthan, Samten Yongcha or the Old monastery, Dorjeeling Village etc.
  • The next day you are just going back to Aalo.
  • The next day you will be back to Murkongselek, where you will board the train back to Guwahati. This is a place where a lot of oranges can be found and you cannot resist from buying the fruit iconic to Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The following day you will reach Guwahati completing this wonderful trip.

When To Plan Mechuka Trip?

In Summer (March – June)

Arunachal Pradesh experiences an average of 31 degrees high to 10 degrees low temperatures during summer. In Arunachal Pradesh, spring gives way to summer. The delightful cold of winter is blended with the bright splendor of summer in March. In Arunachal Pradesh, March and April are essentially a little Spring season, followed by a real, blue summer. Summer is characterized by cold evenings, pleasant breezes, and sweltering afternoons. Arunachal Pradesh, unlike the winter and monsoon seasons, is accessible to the naked eye. In the summer, national parks, mountain hikes, and waterfalls are all ideal. The summer is the best time to visit the region’s natural treasures.

In Monsoon (July- September)

Arunachal Pradesh experiences an average of 34 degrees high to 19 degrees low temperatures  during monsoon. The weather during the monsoon is notoriously unpredictable. The skies are filled with heavy dark clouds one minute, then sunny and clear the next. The monsoon is a brief but severe season that brings torrential rain after heavy rain. Summer’s heat and dust are washed away, revealing lush foliage that blankets the land. There’s no denying that the monsoon is a sight to behold. However, Arunachal Pradesh has its own set of dangers during the monsoon season. Roads are frequently washed away as a result of heavy rain. Landslides and major floods can be triggered by heavy rain. Humidity rises as well, making the atmosphere uncomfortably humid. Proceed cautiously.

In Winter (October – February)

Arunachal Pradesh experiences an average of 32 degrees high to 4 degrees low temperatures during winter. The land is blanketed in thick, white layers of snow, frigid winds swish and whirl all around, and the temperature lowers. There’s a surprising amount of green peeking through all that white. In the winter, the weather in Arunachal Pradesh is nice and cold. Temperatures can drop below 4 degrees, and snowfall can be heavy, making some winter activities difficult. This is, nevertheless, the finest season to visit Arunachal Pradesh, especially for snow enthusiasts. The state’s winters are often nice and cold. However, some parts of the country get severely cold. There are additional times during the year when the temperature descends below freezing. During this season, the roads may not be very smooth or suitable to travel, and they may be obstructed by heavy snow. Before going out, make sure to check the weather prediction and speak with locals.


Day 1 :

• Your journey will start from Guwahati when you will board the Lachit Express to reach Murkongselek. You have to reach Kamakhya Railway Station at around 7 pm as the train timing is 8:30 pm. Our team will meet you there.
• Once you get on the train, settle down. The journey will give you time to engage with the other travelers with whom you will be creating memories in the journey.
• Sleep well at night.

Day 2 :

• You will reach Murkongselek at around 8:30am in the morning. Have your breakfast and head to Aalo. It is an 1 hour journey and our driver and guide will assist you throughout.
• From Pasighat to Aalo, it will take you 5 hours and the roads can get super bumpy for few distance. Halt on the way for lunch.
• On reaching Aalo, check in at your homestay and freshen up yourself. You can go for a stroll in the market in the evening and have some hot soupy Thukpa.
• Come back and sit beside the fireplace to make yourself warm and indulge in music and conversion to know about the culture of thee place.
• Enjoy the way how they make rice and their local food. Dinner will be served.
• Sleep well at night.

Day 3 :

• Wake up early in the morning. By early we mean at 5 am or else you may not reach Mechuka during daytime.
• The journey from Aalo to Mechuka takes 6 hours. Grab your snacks to munch on during the journey.
• After covering few distances, the car will stop to fill in your stomach (Rice thali and Maggi will only be available) to give you energy for the rest of the journey.
• On the way, you will be witnessing Siko-Dido waterfall. Stop there and take some snaps to fill in your gallery. Then, resume your journey.
• You will reach Mechuka by the lunch time. Check in at your homestay, freshen up and have your lunch.
• You can rest a bit then or stroll around the area and visit New Gompa or monastery.
• Mechuka closes by 6:30 pm. Get back to your homestay and indulge in conversation with the owner who will amaze you with their knowledge and culture.
• Hot dinner will be served. Rest for the night.

Day 4 :

• Wake up to a chilly morning. Today you will be doing a hike to Mechuka La top. It’s a small day hike which will give you the bird's eye view of the Mechuka town.
• Before heading for the hike, pack some food from your homestay or else you will be super hungry up there with all your energy used up during the hike.
• Hike down in the afternoon and head to riverside to have lunch basking sun.
• Come back in the evening and rest a bit.
• Have dinner at night and call it a day.

Day 5 :

• Wake up to a new morning. Today you will do sightseeing and explore every corner of Mechuka.
• The various spots include Hanuman camp, Gurudwara, Guru Nanak Taposthan, Samten Yongcha or the Old monastery, Dorjeeling Village etc.
• Have langar at Gurudwara and listen to the story how Guru Nanak dev came to Mechuka with his two disciples. There are some mysteries to uncover for you. Don’t miss it.
• After all day exploration, come back to town and rest in your homestay.
• It’s the last night in Mechuka, so make the best out of it with your host indulging in stories.
• Have dinner and rest for the night.

Day 6 :

• Wake up and pack your stuffs. Also grab some snacks to have in on the way.
• It will again take 6 hours to reach Aalo where you will halt for the night. The car will stop on the way and you can have food there (Rice thali and Maggi will only be available). Resume your journey.
• By evening you will reach Aalo. Halt for the night.

Day 7 :

• On this day you will be back to Murkongselek, where you will board the train back to Guwahati.
• But before that you have the half day to relax. Hop on to the car bidding goodbye to this wonderful trip.
• Have lunch on the way and you can buy tons of oranges there as Arunachal is land of oranges and a huge area of land filled with orange trees can be seen.
• Board your train from Murkongselek at 8:30pm. Settle down and rest for the night.

Day 8 :

• Its morning and you will enter Assam around 6 am in the morning by 8:30am you will reach station.
• Bid goodbye to your mates and to this journey.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • • Homestay / Camp stay
  • • Trek
  • • Sightseeing of Mechuka
  • • Dinner
  • • Breakfast
  • • Guide.
  • • Pick up drop from Guwahati - Mechuka - Guwahati
  • • Full safety & precaution
  • . Train From Guwahati-Pasighat-Guwahati
  • . ILP ( Inner Line Permit)

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • ● Airfare charges
  • ● All food & beverages cost apart from the ones mentioned above
  • ● Trekking shoes and clothing (Any personal equipment)
  • ● Any camera fees
  • ● Hotel & driver tips if any, (since the locals earn low wages, your tips can show your appreciation)
  • ● Entry ticket fees to Museums, Parks, etc.
  • ● Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)
  • ● Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • ● Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Inclusions”
  • . Meal in Homestay.
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
Is there any ATM?

Yes, there is one State Bank of India ATM. But I would suggest carrying enough cash as you never know when the ATM runs out of cash, considering the fact that there is only one ATM in the town.

How is the weather condition?

In the winter months, from November to March, the temperature dips, making it extremely cold in Mechuka. The rest of the year, the weather is pleasant there.

Is network and mobile data available?

Only BSNL post-paid network works there.

These are the important items you should carry during the trip. Other than this Oddessemania team will provide you the necessary items required during the trek.

1.  7 Pairs of clothing (t-shirt + trousers)
2.  Woolen Cap, Sun Cap, Face Mask/Buff
3.  Raincoat/Poncho
4.  Normal Jacket & Feather/warm Jacket
5.  Woolen Socks
6.  Thermal wear
7.  Hand gloves
1.  Small Backpack (during trek use)
2.  Trekking shoes
3.  Sunglasses
4.  Sunscreen at least 40+SPF
5.  Lunchbox & Spoon
6.  Water bottle & Mug
7.  Energy bars, energy drink
8.  Extra cloth Bags for wet clothes
1.  Prescribed Medicine
2.  Camera + Charger + Power bank
3.  Cold Cream
4.  Personal sanitization & essential toiletries
5.  Mask, Id card and Medical Certificate

Is Mechuka Safe To Visit?

Mechuka is in Arunachal Pradesh which is considered as the safest state in Northeast India. You need to have Inner Line Permit to travel freely. Also the freedom that is available to women there is admirable. It is completely safe for tourists and travelers. The only difficulty can arise from the road network as most of the roads are uneven and not comfortable to drive on. However, in terms of weather of Arunachal Pradesh also comes with its share of risks during monsoon season. Due to heavy rainfall, roads are often completely washed away. The heavy fall of rain can also trigger landslides and deep floods. Proceed with caution.

Hospitals in Mechuka 

Community Health Centre Mechuka

J42P+246, Shiyomi, Mechuka, Arunachal Pradesh 791003

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Magical Mechuka
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Trip Facts

  • Professional
  • 6,000 feet
  • Sumo or Private Car
  • Unexplored Trip
  • Homestay
  • Guwahati
  • Mechuka
  • You can join our regular batch
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