The group of adventure enthusiasts posing in front of Atang Ane, considered the largest tree of the state Credit: EastMojo image

Itanagar: Around 30 adventure enthusiasts have reached Kallek Village in Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang district to promote a unique tourist destination — ‘Atang Ane’, considered the largest tree of the state.

Kallek is around 300 km (around seven-hour drive) from state capital Itanagar and 48 km from Pasighat, the headquarters of East Siang district. It takes another two to three hours of trekking from Kallek to reach the ‘giant tree’. A track that leads towards the tree has been developed by the villagers on a self-help basis.

Earlier in 2012, the 59.8-m tree (in circumference) was ‘discovered’ by a villager Takom Tamuk, for which he had also received a cash award of Rs 15,000 from then governor General (Retd) J J Singh.

“Kallek Village has 14 households. The village remains cut off from the rest of state during the rainy season as a proper motorable road is yet to be constructed. The villagers here are mostly dependent on large cardamom, ginger and orange cultivation,” said Tajir Tamuk, programme coordinator of the expedition.

Meanwhile, apart from trekking to Atang Ane from Kallek village, the expedition team also participated in bird-watching activities and visited the Hiirep Waterfall near the village.

“The basic idea of organising the expedition is to highlight and promote the tourism potential of Kallek Village. If properly developed, it has many things to offer to the visitors in terms of adventure, wildlife and cultural tourism,” said Gandhi Darang, the executive director of Itanagar-based tour agency, Ane Seeing Tours and Expeditions (AST&E).

Darang further said that the villagers in collaboration with his tour agency have been trying to identify and construct some homestays in Kallek to facilitate the visiting tourists.

The expedition was jointly organised by the villagers of Kallek and AST&E.

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