An adventure enthusiast team on Sunday embarked on a journey to Kallek Village in Siang district to promote ‘Atang Ane’, the largest tree of the State under the theme -‘Expedition Atang Ane’.
Around 30 adventurers from across the state participated in the expedition organized jointly by Kallek villagers and Itanagar based tour agency Ane Siang Tours and Expeditions.
Apart from trekking down to Atang Ane from Kallek village, the expedition team also participated in bird watching and visited Hiirep Waterfall near the village.
“The basic idea of organizing the expedition was to highlight and promote the tourism potential of Kallek Village,” informed Dr Tajir Tamuk, programme coordinator of the expedition.
Dr Tamuk, who is a native of Kallek village, further informed that the village if properly promoted, has many things to offer to the visitors such as adventure tourism, wildlife tourism, culture etc.
Atang Ane’, the Ficus Elestica (Indian rubber bush) located near remote Kallek Village of Pangin forest division under Kebang circle of Siang district stands as the largest tree of the state under multi-trunk tree category so far.
Situated in the northern side of Kallek Village, one can visit the giant tree after covering two hours foot march from motorable road.
Earlier in 2012, the 59.8 meters tree (in circumference) was located by one Takom Tamuk of Kallek Village and he received a cash award of Rs 15,000 from then Governor of State, General (Retd) J J Singh.
The brain child of General (Retd) Singh, the aim of initiative in locating the largest tree was to add another feather to the tourism potential of the state.