Two kayakers arrive in a remote corner of Arunachal Pradesh, India to attempt a complete descent of the Twang Chu River. With limited permitting options and only a few extremely remote access points along the way, the pair prepares for a two week long self support mission into 130 miles of unknown river.
In part one we join them just as they are entering the Tawang Valley from the 13,700 foot Se La or Sky Pass. The Tawang valley is world famous for it's colorful enclaves of Bhudist followers that have all gravitated to the world's Second largest Monastery perched high on the canyon wall at over 10,000 feet of elevation.
This episode then covers the first two days of boating on the river with plenty of big, steep, boulder choked rapids booked marked by long portages and hemmed in by the remote populous that have probably never seen westerners before, let alone the sport of whitewater kayaking.
Day 2 on the water and part 1 of this series ends in a significant section of rapids exposed to road-building 2500 feet over head. Luckily workers from the road descend to the river to offer the team food and a place to stay for the wet cold night to come. After the local food, the village head man put's the far flung American's up in the village Stupa for the nights rest.
Pick up the action in Part 2 of this series, as Ben and Chris plug ever deeper into the Tawang Chu, and closer to the forbidden and extremely remote border with Bhutan.