ChaloHoppo to Hornbill festival and Dzukou valley 3 nights, 4 days
Attending the grand showcase that is Hornbill festival will take you back to a time when the Naga folks used to live life in harmony with nature. A time when hunting and celebrating was the way of life. You also get to explore Dzukou valley, Dzukou lily or not, the valley will remain enchanting, as you trek to see the carpeted valley spread between the states of Manipur and Nagaland.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
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 aspect of this tour is exploring the lesser known valley of flowers that spreads like a carpet, changing colour with the seasons is a trekkers 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 Jakhama and Viswema serving as bases for starting the trek, your experience of being one with nature starts the moment you arrive in Nagaland.
The tour begins after you fly into Dimapur and reach the campsite in Jakhama. If you want us to arrange the vehicle for pickup and drop to and from Dimapur then the rates are as following:
SUV to Dimapur from campsite- Rs 5000/-
SUV from Dimapur to campsite drop – Rs 5000/-
Small Vehicle to Dimapur from campsite – Rs 4000/-
Small Vehicle from campsite to Dimapur- Rs 4000/-
Sumo from Dimapur to Campsite -Rs 4500/-
Sumo from Campsite to Dimapur – Rs 4500/-
Note: No Inner Line Permit (ILP) is required for Kohima district for Indian nationals attending Hornbill festival. Foreign nationals must register themselves at the local Superintendent of Police’s office within 24 hours of arrival.
- All accommodations on twin sharing basis in tents
- Sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows
- Simple breakfast
- Hygienic toilets for men and women
- Bathing rooms
- Guide for Dzukou overnight trek
- Overnight camping cost in Dzukou valley
- Lunch at Dzukou valley
- Transport from campsite to trekking base point and back to campsite including parking charges etc.
- Electricity source with charging facility for mobile devices at the campsite
- Running water supply at the campsite
- Airfare charges
- All food & beverages costs apart from the ones mentioned above
- Entry fee to Hornbill festival (very nominal amount)
- Any camera fees
- Campsite staff tips (if any)
- Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”.
Exploring the night market in Kohima
This is your first day, so once you freshen up at the campsite, you can head to the festival venue in Kisama 5.4 km away and enjoy the festival for the day. Come back to the campsite in the evening relax around the bonfire before you head out to explore the night carnival in Kohima.
Overnight at ChaloHoppo village – camp Yedikha
Spending a day at the Hornbill festival
After breakfast head to Kisama village, the venue of the Hornbill festival and spend your day there visiting various ’Morungs’ trying local delicacies and enjoying the numerous competitions like Naga chilli eating competition etc. You can also shop for arts and crafts at the venue. You can also explore the town of Kohima – the war cemetary, the Cathedral and the local market.
Overnight at ChaloHoppo village – camp Yedikha
Trekking to Dzukou valley and overnight camping
After your breakfast pack your bags and take only essentials in a small backpack as today you trek to the fabulous Dzukou valley. Your other baggage can be stored with us.
Your vehicle picks you up and drops you to the starting point of the trek via the Jakhama route. This is a shorter and a little more physically challenging way to climb up to the valley but recommended because of the stark and amazing view of the valley it presents upon reaching the top.
Reach the base camp, sip on some hot tea and enjoy some soupy noodles before heading out to explore the valley.
How you want to maximise your amazement upon reaching the valley totally depends on you.
The cost of your meals, tea and snacks will be paid by you on the spot but it should not exceed Rs 500/- per person approximately.
December is perfect for stargazing. So keep the ears and hands covered and eyes open.
Overnight in tents in the valley.
Bidding goodbye to Nagaland
Wake up early and after a light breakfast, start your descent, this time via the Viswema route, a longer but less tiring walk on flat lands for approximately 6 km and go down to the point where the vehicle awaits to take you back to the campsite. Have a cup of tea, pick up your stuff from the camp and head out to catch your flight/ train from Dimapur.
These tents will be quipped with sleeping mats( double layer), sleeping bags( 0- 10 degree Celsius tolerance) and pillows(not air pillows).
Clean and hygienic bathrooms.
Access to 24 hour running water supply and hot water for bathing.
Electricity backup with charging points.
Type of tents: 3 person ‘Fresh and black’ from Decathlon.
maximum Number of campers to stay: 30
Number of toilets: 2 (1 Indian and 1 western)
All tiled and roofed with running water and electricity
Bonfire seating areas are made of a mixture of natural stones and also carved out of wood.
- 3 person ‘Fresh and black’ hiking tents from Decathlon.
- Type of sleeping facility: two layers of foam mats serving as cushion at the bottom, pillows (not air pillows) and sleeping bags ( meant for 0 to 10 degrees Celsius)
- Number of toilets: 2 (1 Indian and 1 western)
- Number of bathrooms: 1
- Bathrooms and toilets tiled and roofed with running water and electricity
- Hot water yes: In buckets
- parking: yes
- Bonfire seating areas are made of a mixture of natural stones and also carved out of wood.
- Kitchen: Yes
- Charging station: yes
- Fordable camping chairs
- Drinking water is available at no extra cost as we prefer to keep the mineral water companies and their hideous plastic bottles out of this natural setting.
- Power back up in case of power shutdown
- coffee/ tea machine
- Doctors on board
30 Days prior to arrival : 50% refund
15 Days prior to arrival : 25% refund
Less than 15 Days prior to arrival : 0% refund
- Please carry basic stuff like tooth, brush, shorts, slippers, change of clothes.
1 sweater/jacket, a beanie or something to cover your head and ears as the temperatures will be low, and a sleeping bag (optional).
- Do not forget your sports/trekking shoes if you plan to go trekking to Dzukou valley.
- Essential to carry clothes to protect you from sub zero temperatures.
- Wear comfortable footwear in general since you will be walking around a lot at the festival venue.
- Rain coats/ ponchos since it may rain anytime in Northeast India
- Gloves are a must for the Dzukou trek
- Head lamps are compulsory.
- Festival usually starts at 10 am and goes on till 3 pm everyday but the official timelines for this year’s edition hasn’t been released yet by the ministry of tourism. We shall update the same, as we soon we get an update.
- The central area is where the traditional songs and dances are performed by each tribe.
- The central shopping area is where you can see and buy traditional arts and crafts made by people from all over the state.
- You can sample various cuisines of different Naga tribes in food stalls run by the finalists of the Naga chef competition. The overall winner is judged at the end of the 10 day festival based on the ratings, billings and reviews given by the visitors.
- Visiting the ‘Morungs’of each tribe is a major attraction as you get to understand the architecture, dress, food and drinks of each tribe. These ‘Morungs’ traditionally used to be a dormitory for unmarried boys where they would be taught life lessons by the elders.
- There is a very nominal entry fee to the festival.
Campsite: Please avoid carrying plastic bottles or even buying sealed bottles while at the venue as want to have a litter free zone as much as possible.
Food: Apart from complimentary breakfast provision for lunch and dinner will be made available on pre order.
Service: Though we will try our best to give you great service, please understand we won’t be able to give you hot towels, bed tea and the like.
Roads: The road from Dimapur to Kohima are winding and full of potholes, please be equipped with appropriate medication in case you have motion sickness.
- Height from mean sea level: 7998 feet
- There are two starting points to reach Dzukou valley from Kohima – Viswema and Jakhama
- The valley is shared between the two states Manipur and Nagaland
- The name ‘Dzu-kou’ in Angami tra means cold waters or “Soulless and Dull”
- The valley is famous for its wide range of flower in every season. But the most famous one is the Dzükou lily.
- The majority of Dzükou valley lies in Manipur.
- This is a also called the valley of flowers of Northeast India
- Temperatures in the valley in December can go down to sub zero levels
- December is a good time for star gazing and photography.