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A Quick Guide to ChaloHoppo’s Trip Calendar for 2018

Over the last few days, we have been flooded with a lot of queries from all the travel enthusiasts on our Website, Facebook, and Instagram pages regarding what kind of trips we offer and how feasible are these for solo travellers and groups. As many of you have been asking for a Chalohoppo Trip calendar, we are delighted to present our quick guide which will throw insights on all our upcoming trips. This will help you choose the kind of trip you wish to. This guide has three parts to it:

A) You should book this trip if you: This is to give you an idea of your traveller persona and choose a trip based on the kind of experiences you would like to have.

B) The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list: This gives an overview of the places the trip will cover. It doesn’t specifically mention everything to do in that place.

C) Highlights of the trip: This tells you what experiences we will be crafting for you.

Just Download the ChaloHoppo Trip calendar 2018 here and read it later.

Special Announcement:

Before we proceed, a small interruption to tell you how excited we are to have three amazing social media personalities with us this year!

These ladies have chosen a life, that many of us dream of but probably aren’t bold enough to make a choice and persist with it. They have done it.

We only hope that interacting with them in the vivid setting of the mountains, valleys and villages of Northeast India will give you a chance to have great conversations and it might be the trigger to inspire you to do something differently. We are not talking about you quitting your jobs and turning into full-time travellers, but it could be one difficult conversation which you have been postponing, one major personal decision which you have been procrastinating or just meeting these people you usually see on Instagram and understand how they are normal humans, just like you.

So, here’s lifting the veil on who these ladies are:

They will join us for the following trips (you can click on each trip to jump to the section that explains the details).

For ease of navigation here is an index of all the trips, just click the one you are interested in to jump to that section.

List of our trips and their specialities

ChaloHoppo for a River Canyoning Experience in Mawlyngbna! (August 15 – 17)

With abundant activities like river canyoning, kayaking, zip lining and lots of swimming, this trip is meant for those with an adventurous spirit.

The lesser known villages of Meghalaya are where the authentic experiences of the region are at its best. With numerous waterfalls, lakes, rivers, caves, and unending meadows, these villages are the perfect getaway for the offbeat traveller.

You can choose to rough it out while you are river canyoning or just relax by kayaking over still waters. If you aren’t someone who enjoys the hilly water, then just take a walk around the village guided by the faint sound of cattle bells. If you are into photography or have been waiting to try your hand at poetry and enjoy diving into nostalgia, you might want to stay back forever.

Here’s a video that we created from our last visit. It’s a quick one but gives you an idea of what to expect: bit.ly/RiverCanyoningExperience

Trip dates for River canyoning in Meghalaya

 

You should book this trip if you

  • Loved water parks as a child
  • Love watching videos of people jumping and diving into the water
  • Can’t swim but would be like aqua-man with the life jacket on
  • Haven’t heard of the activity called ‘canyoning’ before today
  • Have confused river canyoning with canoeing
  • Have never kayaked
  • Like trekking to waterfalls
  • Want to see some fossils
  • Want to stay in a village in comfortable cottages with geysers fitted in the bathrooms
  • Care about offbeat experiences and will choose a destination which may not be on Google’s list of top places to visit in Meghalaya

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Mawlyngbna
  • Mawsynram taxi stand
  • Lawbah
  • Umdingkai falls

Highlights of the trip

  • River canyoning
  • Kayaking
  • Ziplining
  • Swimming in natural pools
  • Trek to split rock
  • Spotting fossils
  • Staying in comfortable cottages in the village
  • Sitting at a comfortable viewpoint and gazing at Bangladesh
  • Camping in the village is also included for those interested

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Chalohoppo to the Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya (August 18 – 20)

Blessed with beautiful streams, lush vegetation, pretty butterflies and great people, Nongriat is home to the world-famous double-decker root bridges made out of living rubber trees. There are no motor-able roads to this village and it is accessible by foot only. The word ‘Nong’ in Khasi means village and ‘Riat’ means cliff. Nongriat is actually a village surrounded by cliffs and once you are down there, you will realise it.

Though the beauty of Nongriat is something that everyone would like to witness, it is only a few fortunate people who can actually make the effort of walking down 3600 steps and experience bliss.

Here’s a glimpse of how the experience will look like. http://bit.ly/TrekToNongriat

Trip dates for trekking to the living root bridges of Meghalaya

 

You should book this trip if you

  • Have been waiting to see the double-decker living root bridges of Meghalaya
  • Get an adrenaline rush out of crossing wobbly hanging bridges with gushing rivers underneath
  • Love trekking and pushing yourself to see that amazing waterfall, that one breathtaking view of a valley and more
  • Love treating yourself to a comfortable stay in the most pristine setting after a hard day’s trek
  • Enjoy classic rock and get joy out of seeing and interacting with passionate musicians as they jam in front of you
  • Have never been to Cherrapunjee
  • You like road trips
  • Only have 2 nights to spare and are thinking of the best way to spend it

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Nongriat village
  • Nohkalikhai falls
  • Arwah caves
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Sai Mika cafe and resort
  • Cherrapunjee

Highlights of the trip

  • Stay in the village where the living root bridges thrive
  • Tasting the authentic Khasi cuisine
  • Natural fish pedicure
  • Stay in boutique cottages in Cherrapunjee
  • Interacting with a local band in Cherrapunjee
  • Trekking to see the Rainbow falls

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ChaloHoppo to a Turquoise Meghalaya! (September 22- September 26)

A river that you can see through and a waterfall bluer than the sky accompanied by a beautiful drive is a promise. The unending meadows, camping by the riverside and some adventurous dives are a bonus.

When winter comes can one keep himself away from the call of the Umngot river?

The water recedes, revealing the sandy banks which are now ready for your tents to be pitched in. Stones and dry firewood are gathered to keep you warm at night, while the cool wind blowing across the river keeps the fire ablaze.

The river itself gives up on its shy nature as it lets you see through, right to the bottom of its stony bed with the view only interrupted by the fish swimming above it. When you go down scuba diving or snorkelling in its clear waters after zip lining across its breadth, you must remember to breathe while your heart pounds in excitement!
Trip dates for Meghalaya when the waterfall is bluer than the sky

 

You should book this trip if you

  • Are attending the Ziro festival of music and are thinking of covering Meghalaya during the same time
  • Confused on whether to explore Meghalaya before Ziro festival or after the festival, trust us, before is always better
  • Are going #solo and are looking to meet interesting people
  • Want to experience the best of Meghalaya within a limited time span of 4 nights
  • Want a budget trip but don’t want to go through the hassle of planning one
  • Are smart enough to understand that visiting places is also about visiting it at the right time and under the guidance of the right people

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Cherrapunjee
  • Nongriat village
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Sai Mika resort
  • Nohkhalikai falls
  • Arwah caves
  • Shnongpdeng
  • Dawki
  • Handpicked cafes in Shillong

Highlights of the trip

  • Trekking to the living root bridges
  • Trekking to rainbow falls
  • Swimming in hidden turquoise rock pools of Nongriat
  • Camping next to Umngot river
  • Boating on the transparent waters
  • Kayaking on a transparent river
  • Cliff diving
  • Staying in boutique cottages in Cherrapunjee

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Chalohoppo to Dzukou Valley (Every weekend till September 25)

One of the lesser-known valleys of flowers that spread like a carpet, changing colour with the seasons is a trekker’s wonderland. At approximately 8000 feet you can see rivulets, flowers, herbs and shrubs spread across Dzukou’s lap. With the scenic and quaint villages of Zakhama and Viswema serving as bases for starting the trek, your experience of being one with nature starts the moment you arrive in Nagaland. As you trek to the serene valley and pass ‘communitised’ villages along the way, the fragrant flowers will keep your senses mesmerised, if the visual treat alone isn’t enough!

You should book this trip if you

  • Ever felt like unzipping your tent to a surreal view of the sun rising over terraced rice fields and stretch your arms wide?
  • Want to camp to one of the best views that Nagaland has to offer
  • Have thought of dining on fresh cooked Naga cuisines
  • Like red meat, varieties of smoked and fresh meat, infused with local herbs and generous portions of the bamboo shoot on offer
  • Love trekking and want to see the stunning landscape of Dzukou valley
  • Are not a regular trekker but want to experience it for the first time
  • You have never trekked
  • Want to get introduced to Nagaland
  • Have never camped and this would be your first time
  • Are planning to visit Northeast India and have only a weekend to spare
  • Miss seeing stars and sitting around bonfires

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Kohima
  • Jakhama village
  • Kisama heritage village
  • Dzukou valley

Highlights of the trip

  • Visiting the war cemetery in Kohima
  • Kohima market walk
  • Traditional Naga restaurant in Kohima
  • Camping in Dzukou valley
  • Camping in Jakhama village with an amazing view of lush green terraced rice fields
  • Swimming in a nearby stream after Dzukou trek

Trip dates for Dzukou valley trek in September

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Chalohoppo to the Ziro Festival of Music 2018 (September 26 – October 2)

Good things such as the Ziro festival don’t come easy, and the journey many would tell you is the toughest part of the venture.

But, with proper planning and guidance, this trip becomes easy.

The moment you enter Ziro, your tiredness vanishes as the golden hues of the paddy fields hypnotize you. Though the festival organisers do their best to make the setting look pretty, nature has done 90% of the job and one needs to witness it to understand it.

Since it is an outdoor music festival, the essence of the experience festival lies in camping and bonding over the bonfire. So, even though there are different accommodation options such as homestays and a few hotels, camping is the best way to go.

You should book this trip if you

  • Like going to music festivals
  • Have never been to a music festival
  • Have been to NH7 weekender and think that rocks
  • Like train journeys
  • Have never travelled in sleeper class trains where the entire coach is booked by fellow campers
  • Are fascinated by the photographs you have seen of the Apatani people
  • Have camped before and enjoyed camping
  • Have never camped but want to experience it
  • Are a foodie
  • Want to stay up all night and sing around bonfires
  • Want to be by yourself and just stargaze
  • Make friends, meet the love of your life (we know campers who have met at our camp and got married)
  • Are a budding travel blogger or writer or youtuber and want to learn from the pros – Ankita Kumar, Shramona Poddar and Tanya Khanijow

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Ziro Valley
  • Hong Village
  • Hija basti
  • Old Ziro
  • Dutta basti
  • Hari basti
  • Bula basti

Highlights of the trip

  • A guided village walk where you get to interact with, and photograph Apatani people and their lives,
  • An opportunity to try traditional attire and jewelry
  • Visit an Apatani home for a cup of tea and taste local food
  • Get to fish in traditional Apatani style, where we trek to a paddy field, catch the fish guided by locals and carry them back to our campsite to cook it in the traditional Apatani way
  • Cycle around the Hong village
  • Camp for 4 nights in the most blissful setting of pine trees and blue hills
  • A chance for jamming with local musicians
  • Drink the local rice beer – Apong

 

Trip dates for the ziro music festival

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Chalohoppo to an Emerald Meghalaya (October to December)

A trek that will make you go weak in the knees both literally and figuratively, a village that will make you lose track of time and a river that is filled with as much adventure as the fishes; will make you wonder if you should cancel your tickets! Nothing is an exaggeration but only an expression of what the travellers so far have felt. We haven’t yet mentioned the butterflies that will greet you on your treks and the sweet folks who will offer you kwai. May we say that it would be a food-venture for those who like their meat and those who love their veggies shall not go hungry either.

Trip dates for Meghalaya during Christma

You should book this trip if you

  • Have the mental fitness to trek down 3600 steps
  • Enjoy water-based activities
  • Are passionate about classic rock and want to hear local musicians jamming to it
  • Are comfortable experiencing different kinds of stay options from tents, to boutique cottages to run down rest houses in the middle of a jungle
  • Prefer experimenting with local food

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Shillong – cafe hopping
  • Shnongpdeng village
  • Dawki viewpoint
  • Nongriat village
  • Nohkalikhai falls
  • Arwah caves
  • Dainthlen falls
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Hidden turquoise rock pools
  • Sai Mika cafe and resort

Highlights of the trip

  • Staying in one of the most remote villages accessible only on foot
  • Tasting the authentic Khasi cuisine and cooking a meal in the open
  • Swimming in turquoise waters
  • Boating on a transparent river
  • Listening and jamming with a local band in Cherrapunjee playing in an equally interesting cafe
  • Travelling on the rooftop of a ‘traveller’

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ChaloHoppo to Meet the Headhunters of Nagaland and Find Peace in Majuli (October 1 – 9)

Majuli island in Assam, the largest river island in the world may get submerged forever due to the rapid erosion happening in the island. You visit the Konyak tribe in Nagaland, the last of the feared tattooed headhunters who are octogenarians since the practice of headhunting and the consequent tattoos were abolished in the 1960s.

It so happens that these two cultures thrive in places of immense natural beauty and you get to see different terrains, different flora, while you are welcomed by the naturally hospitable Missing tribe and the Nagas!

To get some international perspective, here’s how ‘The Lonely planet’ exudes Majuli’s charm, “The island is a relaxed, shimmering mat of glowing rice fields and water meadows bursting with hyacinth blossoms.” On the other hand, this is what famous historian William Dalrymple writes about his visit to Mon, “By the time we had risen into the heights of the easternmost ranges of the Himalayas, the old men all wore elaborate body tattoos, while many had inserted antlers and tusks into their ears and noses. The young men carried shotguns slung on their backs as they rode around scowling on Enfield Bullet motorcycles. It felt properly wild, a real borderland…”
Trip dates for meeting the headhunter of Nagaland

 

You should book this trip if you

  • Are intrigued by diverse tribal cultures
  • Want to meet and interact with travel bloggers Shramona Poddar  and Ankita Kumar
  • Are fascinated by tattoos and want to know what different patterns mean
  • Have heard about the erstwhile headhunters of Nagaland and want to meet them
  • Want to go to some of the most remote villages of Nagaland to meet old men who take you back in time
  • Want to visit the world’s largest river island
  • Like the idea of crossing a river on a ferry with the locals, not just any river but the Brahmaputra
  • Want to meet the author of the book titled “The Last of the Tattooed headhunters”
  • Know the joy of camping in a place overlooking tea gardens on hillocks
  • Want to walk to a different country (Burma) for the joy of it
  • Cherish a photo of yours with the last of face tattooed Konyak king (Angh)

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Majuli river island
  • Mon town
  • Hongphoi village
  • Shiyong village
  • Wakching village
  • Longwa
  • Angh’s house split between Burma and India
  • Rang ghar in Sivasagar

Highlights of the trip

  • Meeting the last face tattooed king of the Konyak tribe
  • Spending two nights on the world’s largest river island
  • Tasting the authentic food of the Mishing tribe in Majuli
  • Spending two nights camping in the farmhouse of Phejin Konyak, the author of “The last of the tattooed headhunters”
  • Meeting the gun-maker of Longwa
  • Buying Konyak handicrafts from the artisans home in Longwa village
  • Visiting the king’s home in Longwa split equally between India and Burma
  • Experiencing all modes of transport – jeeps, scooters, ferries, trains
  • Staying in traditional Mishing huts, to camps, to wooden home-stays
  • Accompanied by two travel bloggers Shramona Poddar and Ankita Kumar

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Chalohoppo to an Unknown Arunachal Pradesh- Mechuka! (November 3 to November 12)

From a complete shift in architectural pattern, with wood replacing brick and mortar and herds of stray horses interrupting your path or seen grazing at a distance, replacing the usual cow herds seen on Indian roads, you slowly tend to relate to the deep-rooted Tibetan influence that you have read online about.

The trip gets better when you are received by your warm home-stay hosts.

Traditional food preparation sessions, long nature walks and exploring Memba heirlooms( the major tribe inhabiting the valley) punctuate your Mechuka experience.

Mechuka turns fluorescent green from May right till August. September marks the beginning of Autumn and everything turns brown and stays that way until December.

January brings in snow and then spring comes. Regardless of the season, you visit it in, the place offers breathtaking beauty.

Trip dates for a Journey to Arunachal Pradesh during the orange festival

 

You should book this trip if you

  • Want to visit a destination that is not on the regular tourist’s map
  • Have 9 days off or want to take 9 days off and go as a far away from the city life as possible
  • Want a holiday where you stay in people’s homes, eat with them and live like them
  • Are looking for places which have less than 1500 hashtag mentions on Instagram (look for #Mechuka) and compare it to #Tawang which has 34,000 mentions!
  • Love hiking to reach viewpoints which take your breath away
  • Crave for organic fruits and can pluck your own oranges and eat them
  • Can chases wild horses roaming in tableland at 6000 feet
  • Want to feel the chilly winter winds and get soothed by bonfires
  • Stargaze for pleasure with the backdrop of snow-capped peaks shining under the moonlight
  • Don’t mind having no phone connectivity for a week
  • Are a budding you-tuber and want to learn from the pro Tanya Khanijow

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Pasighat
  • Siang riverside
  • Kinker Moniyong hanging bridge
  • Along
  • Siko Diko waterfalls
  • Mechuka valley

Highlights of the trip

  • Momo making sessions with the locals of the Memba tribe
  • Hiking to a 400-year-old monastery
  • Relishing a ‘langar’ in a Gurudwara in the land of the Memba people
  • Staying in beautiful and comfortable homestays
  • Lunching in front of a waterfall, yes right in front of it, as the water sprays over you
  • Travelling on the roofs of Tata Sumos

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Chalohoppo to an Arunachal Pradesh Full of Oranges! (November 10 to November 14)

Dambuk is special. You may not have heard about it and it doesn’t yet feature in the traveller’s list of top places to visit in the Northeast of India, but the promise of Dambuk is real. Dambuk happens to be a small region in the Lower Dibang Valley of the most unexplored state in the country, Arunachal Pradesh. Comprising mainly of Adis and some Idu Mishmi tribes, Dambuk becomes a prisoner of nature from early April to late October when two rain-fed rivers – Dibang in the east and Sisar in the west – wall it in with water. (a beautiful description we found from a journalist’s notebook) The only way one gets to visit Dambuk in the summer is on a country boat, a helicopter or on elephant back. In the winters, however, nature allows you to drive to this magical village using the dry river bed as a road (an experience we can promise is going to thrill you).
Trip dates for the Dambuk trip in November

You should book this trip if you

  • Want to visit a geographic location that remains cut off from the rest of civilisation for half the year due to the lack of a motor-able land
  • You have an appetite for oranges!
  • Think driving over a river bed accessible only in winters is good enough reason to travel to a remote destination
  • Crave for organic fruits and can pluck your own oranges and eat them
  • Stay in huts facing a river whose colour is so blue that you will probably start singing the blues!
  • Don’t mind having any poor connectivity for 5 days
  • Want to raft on the mighty Dibang river
  • Are a budding you-tuber and want to learn from the pro Tanya Khanijow
  • Have 9 days off or want to take 9 days off and go as a far away from the city life as possible

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Dambuk
  • Bomjir
  • Mithun camp
  • Dibang river

Highlights of the trip

  • Living in huts overlooking the Dibang river for 2 nights
  • Casual rafting on the Dibang river
  • Feeding salt to the state animal of Arunachal Pradesh, locally known as ‘Mithuns
  • Driving over a riverbed that looks like the Rann of Kutch
  • Visiting orange orchards and buying them in organic bamboo baskets

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ChaloHoppo to Experience the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, 2018

Anyone who manages to spend a reasonable time travelling across Nagaland, from the land of the Konyaks in Eastern Nagaland right up to the land of the Angamis in the state capital of Kohima will find the Naga people extremely hospitable. That green hills and crispy clouds give you company when you aren’t surrounded by these warm people is a bonus. For those who like their red meat, Naga cuisine should be right up there in the list of cuisines to try. Varieties of smoked and fresh meat, infused with local herbs and generous portions of bamboo shoot.

Hornbill festival brings all these little things together in one place for everyone to witness and it is definitely an event one shouldn’t miss. The other allure of attending Hornbill festival is –the trek to the carpet like Dzukou valley and a visit to the historical village of Khonoma. You need to have a really solid excuse to not attend this festival.

Trip dates for Hornbill festival

You should book this trip if you

  • Have been ever told by someone that Nagaland is unsafe and you should avoid it
  • Enjoy camping and meeting like-minded travellers and getting to know them over a bonfire with a few rounds of rice beer
  • Are fascinated by tribal cultures, practices, traditions and unique dances
  • Have a tongue for non-vegetarian food
  • Are from a tropical region and want to enjoy the winter sun
  • Have heard a lot about Hornbill festival, seen it in movies but haven’t made it there yet
  • Have 3 nights and are looking for a unique way to spend it

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Kohima war cemetery
  • Kohima local market
  • Jakhama village walk
  • Kisama village – Hornbill festival venue

Highlights of the trip:

  • Camping in a village overlooking paddy fields
  • Camping in a place which has no shortage of running water, electricity and rice beer
  • Attending the Hornbill festival and seeing all the 16 Naga tribes relive their olden days
  • Lip Smacking platter of non-veg food
  • Musical evenings around the bonfire
  • Walking and exploring a modern Naga village

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ChaloHoppo to Tawang( December 5 – December 13)

Embark on a journey through the white snowy road that once was a bloody battlefield, to ultimately reach a monastery where you experience absolute calm. The beautiful valleys that precede the mountain town quietly invite you to stay a little longer. Don’t book your return tickets yet!

Tawang is truly mesmerising. With frozen lakes, snow-capped peaks and the second largest monastery in the world to boast about. But the experience of Tawang is accentuated by the journey that leads you to it. Stop and admire the towns of the valley of Sangti and Dirang, live in homestays and be at the receiving end of Monpa hospitality before you drive higher to listen to the tales of the brave men in camouflage. Everything about the road to Tawang is heartwarming as long as you are prepared for the freezing temperatures.


Trip date for Tawang tour in December
You should book this trip if you 

  • Think that Tawang is only about the snow, cold temperatures and whatever else you’ll find on most other tourist itineraries
  • Love learning more about the culture and practices of local communities of places you visit
  • You get excited at the idea of high altitudes (read 15200 feet, which also means challenging roads)
  • Have a curious tongue
  • Enjoy the journey and not just the destination

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Mukto
  • Se La
  • Bum la
  • Sangti
  • Bomdilla
  • Nameri
  • Tawang

Highlights of the trip

  • Learning how to make momos and Thukpa from a local family
  • Camping by the river in a beautiful valley
  • A session with the military personnel at the military pass that the Chinese used to invade India in 1962
  • Making traditional paper with the locals
  • Chanting with the monks during the morning prayers at a monastery
  • Camp next to Kameng river
  • Trying the local brew of the Monpas
  • Driving through one of the highest motor-able roads in the world
  • Visiting the historic Bum la (pass) situated at 15,200 feet
  • Experiencing Monpa hospitality

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ChaloHoppo to Explore a Lesser-Known Nagaland (December 5 – December 12)

Starting from Kohima, the modern-day capital of  Nagaland, driving up to the picturesque town of Mokokchung, home to the Ao Nagas and the epicentre of the American Baptism movement to ultimately reaching the wild east where the last surviving tattooed headhunters live. This tour is about a journey. A journey that starts from the capital town of Kohima and ends up at one of the state’s only district that is stuck in time – Mon district. As you move eastwards from Kohima, you will feel that you are going further back in time. Till you reach Mon, where interactions with the elderly, as their tattoos hide behind their wrinkles, puts you in a time capsule.

In the middle of this journey, your pitstop at Mokokchung will give you an insight into the role of the Ao Nagas in the shaping of present-day Nagaland. How the Aos are different from the Angamis and finally the Konyaks. Through all this, you will see how Churches have replaced Morungs, the structure of pride in modern-day Nagaland. The one thing that you may also notice from an outsider’s perspective that unites Nagaland is their splendid non-veg cuisine.

trip dates to visit the headhunters of nagaland

 

You should book this trip if you 

  • Want to combine a travel plan for your visit to the Hornbill festival in December
  • Aren’t satisfied with a staged representation of a tribal life
  • Want to go to the real villages where the Konyaks – face tattooed erstwhile headhunters live
  • Are keen on making a trip to the border of another country -Burma and see how borders have a different meaning in the ‘Konyak territory’
  • Like your meat and want to surprise your taste buds; with the Naga cuisine of the Angamis, the Aos, and the Konyaks
  • Want to spend two nights in a beautiful hill town where the grocery store sells an exotic item like marshmallows (they are considered exotic in towns)
  • Want to experience 2 nights in a wooden makeshift home overlooking clouds nestled in endless families of sub-tropical mountains
  • Want to meet tribal kings and have a cup of tea with them
  • Don’t mind driving over terrible roads to experience the lesser known

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Mokokchung
  • Ungma village
  • Longkhum village
  • Mon town
  • Hongphoi village
  • Longwa
  • Jakhama village

Highlights of the trip

  • Staying in handpicked stays with a perfect mix of comfort, authenticity and great views
  • Tete-e-tete with last of the surviving tattooed headhunters of Nagaland
  • Walking in the Ao village of Longkhum and listening to their folklores
  • Hiking up to the India- Burma border and even walk over to the other side of the border
  • Entering the house of a tribal king that is split equally between India and Burma
  • Meeting the village headman who is also the best gunmaker and seeing him work
  • Buying handicrafts from the hands and homes of master blacksmiths
  • Interacting with Browny- the dog who buys biscuits

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ChaloHoppo to a Frozen Dzukou Valley (December to January)

From the frozen rivers in the winters to rare lilies in the monsoons, Dzukou offers the trekker with something they’ll cherish for life. With the scenic and quaint villages of Jakhama and Viswema serving as bases for starting the trek, your experience of being one with nature starts the moment you arrive in Nagaland.

Trip dates for a visit to Dzukou during the winters

 

You should book this trip if you

  • Are adventurous enough to camp in extreme cold
  • Can carry your own firewood to camp overnight
  • Understand the spirit of camping and how everyone from porters to guides to guests works as a team to survive the night
  • Want to see and walk on a frozen river
  • Want to see how a normally flowing river transforms into ice overnight
  • Want to see a frost covered Dzukou valley instead of a flowering valley

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Kohima
  • Jakhama village
  • Kisama heritage village
  • Dzukou valley

Highlights of the trip

  • Camping in a pristine valley in extreme conditions
  • Learn to pitch tents during the experience
  • Explore Angami villages on foot
  • Visiting the heritage village of Kisama where the Hornbill festival takes place

Click here for the complete itinerary.

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That’s the list of our all the major upcoming trips for 2018. If these dates do not match your planned dates then do not worry. You can always get your trips customised. You need to fill in this form and tell us your requirements. If you like what you see here and want to get on a call to discuss this please dial 9476692487! 

Download the Chalohoppo Trip Calender 2018 here!

8 thoughts on “A Quick Guide to ChaloHoppo’s Trip Calendar for 2018
  • Harshita Gogoi
    5/5

    The calender is well organized and very informative. Just one suggestion - it would be great if the highlights of the trips could be illustrated more through pictures, as they are ...

    • Nishant Sinha
      5/5

      Hey Harshita, That's a brilliant idea. If not for this calendar we will definitely do it for the next one. I know exactly what you mean. If I get the time before the next trip, I'll ...

  • Urmi Chakraborty
    5/5

    A very illustrative and informative calendar altogether. The itineraries and destinations chosen are very appealing. I would love to travel with you guys at least once.

    • Nishant Sinha

      Hey Urmi, Thank you for appreciating the calendar! We are motivated by reading this and want to see you this side soon! ...

  • Rozalin Nayak Sarkar
    4/5

    Hey this is awesome! I was telling my college friends that we should plan a trip and visit one of these places soon.

    • Nishant Sinha

      Hey Rozalin, Thank you for your appreciation. You seem like a wise person and your friends must listen to you? Choose a trip and we'll see you this side :)

  • Asha Singha
    5/5

    Vicky your guide book is brilliant. I want you to choose a doable trip for me and your papa. I am proud of your work, passion and involvement.

  • 5/5

    Dear Mr.Nishant Sinha, Congratulations on your initiative. You have discovered yourselves in doing your passion. 15th August 2001 I had first seen the Double Decker Root Bridge ...

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