–Story and guide from the first successful Seven Lakes Trek Expedition Team organized by Jimu Mele & Kanki Miri.
I have been dreaming and planning to do the Seven Lakes Trek in Anini of Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh for a year but had no idea even how the first lake looked like. The thirst for adventure and landscape photography made me organize this expedition along with 13 more members. With the completion of this expedition, it will forever remain in my heart as a very sacred and pure beautiful dream. No words can justify the precious feelings we have for each lake.
My narration will be from point of view of highly motivated intermediate level trekking person.
Rule-1 and the Only Rule: Whenever we trek in such interior locations we need to respect the God of Nature, Idu Mishmi Tribal Laws and customs then trekking goes fine.
For Professional Trekkers and Adventure Photographers, the Seven Lakes trek in Anini is only a climb of 5-6 hours a day on average. Slope at an average of 70° but not very steep. We were not professional Trekkers but highly excited and motivated intermediate people. We kept on motivating each other. If you are one of these then I can guarantee you that you will always cherish these adventures till you die.
Seven Lakes trek is safe. We didn’t find any place risky. It was all about being mentally strong to walk on and on. We saw two leeches and one snake.
Easy, Maggi and chai stop. Trekking shoe (RS 6k/10k) will not help because it’s all Raw nature with no proper footpaths. Its shoelaces will get tangled here and there and eat your brain. Gumboots (Rs-400 at Anini) is the shoe you need for these terrains. In and out in a second, waterproof with ventilation from the top. Come to Seven Lakes trek expecting the real raw experience of beautiful nature.
We had three guides. Two would go from the top while one would go from the middle of the hill to find a route. So it’s pure raw nature.
YES! “OMG” was our response after we reached every spot. Lake 1&2 are very beautiful and different. Dini lake will blow your mind, Chene lake is a mystical lake and huhu lake will bring peace to the whole adventure. It was heavenly beautiful. Ladakh bike trip was a journey I will always cherish the Seven lakes trek and will recall before I die. We can’t decide where we are born but we can always choose where to go from there.
Motto : “Stay as light as possible”
For Landscape photographer- one wide angle lens (beautiful flower foreground) and kit lens/prime(portrait) is enough. I won’t suggest you to bring the big heavy telephoto lens as not many birds are found in this season. There is only mountain goat ( Ami in Idu Dialect), Mishmi takin (very far away from seven lake) & two types of bird (Pidi & Peba in our dialect) only. Tigers are our brothers we don’t bother them so they too go very far away when humans come. Follow them at your own risk. A 400 mm light lens is enough.
For flower lovers, there will be many types. I have no idea what they are called in English. June and July are the best seasons for flowers but it’s heavy monsoon month. By August end and September fewer flowers are found during the Seven Lakes trek, but hey! We can have better weather and hence a better adventure.
We first cleared the jungle and set up our tents. We took one tarpaulin/tripal (locally called) blue one which was used for cooking and also Porters slept under tripal and we used tents.
Firewood is available. But no water on top. Water is 30 min away. Which was arranged by our Guide. He knew the route to it.
The surface is a bit lumpy but if managed properly it can be made into a decent site. A trekking expedition was conducted 2 yrs back. It failed as three trekkers gave up on this camp and urged everyone to go back. They would have reached the lake the very next day. It is like a small area in between jungle with a small stream for water source.
Damdum. I remained healthy even if I didn’t boil water. But Please always boil water for people coming from other states.
Magnificently beautiful it is. It has a more plain area. Beautiful flowers, and a peaceful tiny water stream.
With a perfect view, the area near the lake is so full of flowers small- yellow, purple, white. Heaven it is!
Yay! There is no Black fly. But very Less firewood. The help of DIESEL/KEROSENE/PETROL is must to make fire. Here Oxygen will get lower so the fire won’t burn so easily. Kerosene is the utmost priority.
One of the best camping sites in the world with a waterfall, a stream flowing, and a lake nearby. What more can we ask from Nature?
Watch this video by Jimu to travel to the magical lakes of Mishimi – Anini of Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh–
A 30 min walk for us even though we were tired. (1 hour for tourist). It is the smallest.
Our favourite, it is the largest of all. Neither iPhone nor a DSLR can justify its hypnotizing effect. Trust me, if this lake doesn’t blow your mind, nothing in the world will. Only our eye knows what we saw.
Problem: A small black fly was less on the first day but high in numbers the very next day as if they wanted us to leave. Don’t worry it doesn’t disturb when we walk. It only disturbs when we sit outside.
Many native people including a friend of our main guide Azadi have seen this lake glowing during night at around 12 midnight.
We ended the Seven Lakes trek with the two Huhu Lakes. There are more such beautiful lakes. In the map, I have marked the 8th lake too which we didn’t go to. After the 9th lake, you will find huge Quartz crystal stones in between lush green flowers.
The 8th Lake is only for Professional trekkers who would want to see it, and it is not yet documented by us. I hope you will be the first.
Pinned coordinate Lake 1 – 28°58’47.0’’N , 95°51’50.0”E (By Moge Riba)
Suggested Read: GLAW LAKE: THE SECRET OF KAMLANG THAT YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW
We reached back within a day – a 9-hour hike back to Anini. Which was a bad idea, Sigh! Our legs were about to give up but homesickness gave us push to reach back in a day. I guess, it is better to stay in Camp 3 and come back.
As per ancestral claim- Pralo village (Inguyi) community is the owner of Kahmu ya lake, Emuli Village is the Owner of Emuh~ya lake, Huhu lake and Chene lake. Dini lake belongs to Miwu Clan.
Thanks to the Guides- Kanki Miri, Azadi Rondo, Mizu Rondo.
I have received a lot of request for the Seven Lakes trek expedition. Therefore, we have decided to conduct the trek in August or September of 2021 with only 15 max professional trekkers.
Let’s promote Arunachal Pradesh Tourism. Trek the Seven Lakes Anini , enrich your love for nature.
The itinerary on the Seven Lakes Trek and Three Lakes Trek of Dibang Valley can be found here.
Emudu (Sky) Trekkers – Dibang Valley trekkers is an initiative by Jimu and his team to facilitate you with tour packages in and around Dibang Valley. The Seven Lakes trek Arunachal Pradesh price is also available on their website.
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