Mechuka is a small hamlet cuddled up 6,000 feet above sea level in the Mechuka Valley in West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh, India. This picturesque Valley is about 29 km from Indo-Tibet border and around 500 km from the state capital Itanagar. It is one of the most picturesque destinations in the state. The nearest big town Along, which is a major tourist hub is approx 180 km from Mechuka. This place of Arunachal Pradesh is known for both its religious and historical significance.
Mechuka is also known as Menchuka, which is made of three words: “Men” means “medicinal”, “Chu” means “water” and “Kha” means “ice” in local language. The melted water flows here from the snow capped peak is believed to have medicinal values.
A 3 day Adventure gala organized every year at Mechukha, Arunachal Pradesh in partnership by Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and Department of Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to promote adventure tourism in Arunachal Pradesh, along with Event Partners Sub-Division Administration Mechukha, District Administration West Siang & CCRD. From the 5th edition in 2017, it will be held from 23rd, 24th & 25th November
This year in 2018 the rush of Adventure @ Mechukha will witness its 6th edition with 2 festivals in solidarity, the crowds are invited to Experience the Treasure Trove of Culture in BasCon on the 19th, 20th and 21st and, three days of Adventure in A@M 23rd, 24th, 25th. A Week of Bliss; An Invitation to Nature’s Delight it is.
HOW TO REACH MENCHUKA FROM GUWAHATI
GUWAHATI – PASIGHAT – AALO – MENCHUKA
GUWAHATI – SILAPATHAR- BASAR – AALO – MENCHUKA
20 h 41 min (859.3 km) via NH 15
Menchukha Bike Downhill Championship 2018
The MTB Arunachal is a mountain bike race held in Arunachal Pradesh which holds the distinction of being the northeastern-most state of the country. Being the first ever International MTB Race in the North East India and planned as the race of the century, the race covers about 730 Kms in 7 Days starting from the beautiful Mechuka Valley till Itanagar. On the way the riders will pass through the dense monsoonal forests, river beds, vast expansive land and rest for one day in the hauntingly beautiful Apatani Plateau Ziro.
This is a race being organised by riders themselves and is a Non-Profit venture. The event is the brain child of Sh. KirenRijiju, Hon’ble Union Minister for State Home Affairs, and the State government has come out in a big way to assist in making this event a mega success.
PLACE TO VISIT IN MENCHUKA
1. MENCHUKHA LAA TREKKING
This trekking route starts from Bumjipanga bridge towards Darjeeling hiltop. This one day trekking has been recommended as one of the best trekking destinations all over India by tourists from many countries. In this route, it is possible to cherish a complete view of the Menchukha Town, and idyllic spots for photography with dazzling views of the river, villages, mountain peaks, horse grazing, etc.
2. LHAKPA CHUPALAA CAMPSIDE (ISLAND)
A small & beautoful isaland situated in the middle of river Yargyapachu, about 2 km from GTL Homestay, provides the best bareque & bonefire experience. During the Adventure Commotte organizes Musical Nights & other cultural programmed like photography, campaining overnight, etc. He also provides tent accommodation, food, firewood and other necessary requirements.
3. DAMJEENLA TREKKING
Its one of the toughest & topmost trekking route. But on reaching the spot, you will get to see many different types of flower gardens & many medicinal plants specially TAXOL Plants . Camping 5-6 days to Damjeena is organized by Gebu Sona.
4. TOKAKLA TREKKING
It is also one of the most beautiful & easy treks and even women can trek without any problems. Camping can be done for nights & 3 days. From the summit, we can see the Rai Village, which is located in Daporjo.
5. PASANG SONAM TSO (LAKE)
It is one of the most beautiful lakes of Arunachal Pradesh. There is another lake called ‘Pensang Lake’, which is a 2 hours trek from Pasang Sonam Lake. Camping can be done for 2 nights & 3 days. This trek is considred as a moderate trek.
6. SAMDEN YANGCHA MONASTERY(OLD GOMPA)
It is situated at the hilltop of Thargelling village, about 9-10km from GTL homestay to Segong, and connected with a motorable road. The trekking can be finished within 3-4hours(up & down). The idols & status in the monastery were built by Rinpoche Kunsang Dechen Rangdol father of present head Lama of Menchukha.
8.NEH PEMSHUBU PILGRIMAGE(GURUDWARA)
It was one of the most famous & holy pilgrimage in Menchukha established over 400 years ago. Here, tourist activity can range from meditation, visit to a Holy waterfall and a Tunnel cave. Tourist can bring empty bottles to fill it with the Holy water from the cave & use it while bathing, which is believed to reduce joint pains and other diseases. The local Buddhist people of Menchukha, visit this place for Tirtha Yatra (Pilgrimage) in the month of March, every year as its believed that their Guru Rinpoche meditated inside the cave. The Sikh Regiment of Indian Army discovered this spot in 1989 & believed that Guru Nanak also meditated at the same place.
Registered Home Stay-
It is winter season and Menchukha at 6000 ft above sea level will be very windy and cold at night . So anyone visiting there should prefer homestay rather than tents and outdoor.