Rang Adventurous Team takes Trekking as means to guard Kapuk Yarbe
SEPPA: The Rang Adventurous Team (RAT) consisting of 11 members under the aegis of Rang Welfare Society (RWS) took a trekking with a theme ‘Guarding Kapuk Yarbe’ from Rang Village to Richukrong in East Kameng Arunachal Pradesh from 31st Dec’18 to 3rd Jan’2019 to explore the flora and fauna in the mountainous ranges and to see the future possibility of development of trekking routes between the two places for tourist interest.
The trekking team starts its trekking expedition on 31st January 2018 from Rang Village at 0800Hrs crossing Kapuk Yarbe which is standing at 1100 meters above sea level (ABL). Kapuk Yarbe (Mountain) is the highest mountain range as seen from Seppa town which has connecting foothill range to villages like Hamba Pinda, Lachung Yangje, Loffa, Rang, Tagrung Yangje, Nachawa, Fangche etc. The highest point of Kapuk Yarbe offers beautiful panoramic view of Seppa town and its surrounding area.
The trekking team, in 3 days trekking expedition, passed through various mountain ranges. While passing through the dense forested and uphill, the team could be sighted varieties of vegetations, birds, animals and insects of national importance. Himalayan barking deer could be heard barking at multi points at day time as well as at night. Activity of wild boars, bears and others could be seen thorough out the trekking route. However, footmark of tiger, leopard, hyena etc could not be seen as contrast to popular belief. The sloppy mountain ranges are beautiful cover with variety of vegetations as per the altitude of the range.
Variety of canes and bamboo still intact not touch by poachers could be sighted in the higher up ranges. The highest point of the range was recorded at 2060 meter above sea level. However, it was sad to observe that human activities particularly by illegal hunters were observed at many points.
The trekking distance between Rang, Seppa and Richukrong is about 20 to 25 KM only whereas by road the actual distance between the two places is more than 50KM.
A trekking route, if developed, between the two places could attract adventurous tourist with proper promotion from across the world as the distance of the said trekking route is just perfect for trekking.
And the most important action a government could take with immediate effect is to declare the entire range as a reserve forest as there is no human settlement and activity of illegal animal hunters and poachers are observed very high.