ChaloHoppo to trail Dzukou valley in Nagaland
At approximately 8000 feet you can see rivulets, flowers, herbs and shrubs spread across Dzukou’s lap. When you visit Khonoma village, apart from the beauty of the terraced rice fields and general surroundings, the history of the Angami tribe and their tryst with the British is worth knowing about.
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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. A visit to Khonoma village inhabited by the Angami tribes will validate this as you interact with the folks over lunch.
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.
The other aspect of this tour is exploring the lesser known valley of flowers that spread 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.
- All accommodations on twin sharing basis in tents at Camp Yedikha and Dzukou
- Stay in Khonoma homestay
- Sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows during camping
- Simple breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days
- Hygienic toilets for men and women at the campsite
- Bathing rooms at the camp
- Guide for Dzukou overnight trek
- Overnight camping cost in Dzukou valley
- Porters to carry the camping equipment and ration for food
- Transport from Dimapur railway station (and airport) and back
- Guide for Khonoma village day tour
- 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 any monuments etc if any
- 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”.
Entering Nagaland and camping in Jakhama village
Today will be the day of knowing fellow travellers. Walking through the quiet village and interacting with locals. Sipping on red tea and getting to know the Angami Naga folks. Back at the camp, a small karaoke/ live acoustic session shall be organised. Try some rice beer while the evening goes on if the villagers can arrange for it that day since it is a dry state.
Overnight at ChaloHoppo village – camp Yedikha
Day 2 Trekking to Dzukou valley and overnight camping
Wake up in the morning to gaze at the terraced paddy fields. Or take a walk in it. 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.
The Sumos(jeep) drop us to the starting point of the Viswema trek. From then on it is a steep climb of 1 hour followed by 6 km of walking on along a plain surface lined with small bamboo plants in a circular path. The initial walk is through a thick forest with giant rhododendrons trees and the 6 km walk gives passing views of the narrow Dzukou stream and glimpses of what the valley promises.
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.
Remember that there will be a drastic change in temperature upon reaching the base camp. (it will get colder)
Drive time: Jakhama to Viswema: 45 minutes largely on steep kaccha road
Trek time: 5 hours on an average, including fast and slow trekkers
Trek grade: easy to medium
Altitude: 8,045 ft
Trek gradient: Moderate. Mostly ascending trails with some steep stretches.
Water sources: 1 tap around 3 km after starting the trek
Indigenous people: Angamis (Naga tribe dominating the Kohima district)
Breakfast: light breakfast at camp
Lunch: quick portions of Cuppa noodles and boiled eggs and bananas at the Dzukou guest house.
Dinner: A basic veg meal at the dormitory
Overnight in tents in the valley.
Exploring the capital town of Kohima
Trek down from Dzukou valley, come back to the camp to freshen up and then leave we head into Kohima. In Kohima we will be visiting the war memorial, imposing churches, and local markets. All of this by walking and leisurely exploring the capital town.
For those interested in photography opportunities will be presented once in Kohima.
Post this we visit the heritage village of Kisama which serves as the venue for the annual Hornbill festival. Here you get to see the life-size replicas of all the traditional Morungs of all Naga tribes.
We return to the camp only after dusk.
Breakfast: Dzukou valley kitchen (milk, muesli, bananas)
Lunch: Chingtsuong Restaurant (great non-veg local delicacies)
Dinner: Camp Yedikha (local Naga cuisine)
Overnight at ChaloHoppo village – camp Yedikha
A night at the historic village of Khonoma
This is our last morning at the camp, as we proceed to a unique village situated 20 km away from Kohima and 35 km from the campsite. The morning can be spent understanding the nuances of village life in Khonoma. It is not only one of the first green villages in India but has a great history of the Angami tribe fighting off the British in the 1850s to 1880’s. The beauty of the village is something that can’t be explained in words and you have to walk through the streets and visit the last remaining vestiges of Morungs (traditional boys hostels) to feel like you have truly understood the Angami Naga way of life.
On a clear night, astrophotography can be done.
Breakfast: Camp Yedikha (This is the day each camper contributes to making the breakfast, we’ll buy sausages, cheese etc from the Kohima market the day before and make our own breakfast.)
Lunch: At a local’s home in Khonoma.
Dinner: At the homestay.
Overnight in ChaloHoppo village, camp Yedikha
Bidding goodbye to Nagaland
Wake up early and after a light breakfast, we drive out of Kohima to catch flights/ trains from Dimapur.
Most flights depart Dimapur around 12 30 pm and trains from Dimapur to Guwahati are throughout the day. Hence we leave in order to reach Dimapur by 10 30 am. Those booking trains are advised to book trains which depart after 12 pm.
Time of leaving homestay: 6 am sharp (web check-in for flight boarders is compulsory)
Breakfast: Tea and biscuits
These tents will be equipped with sleeping mats( double layer), sleeping bags( 0- 10 degree Celsius tolerance) and pillows(not air pillows).
Clean and hygienic bathrooms.
Access to 24 hours 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.
Campsite location: Jakhama, 5.4 km away from Kisama (Venue of Hornbill festival), 15.6 km from Kohima and 1.5 km from Dzukou trek starting point (Jakhama route)
A beautiful cottage home with three cosy rooms. It overlooks the terraced paddy fields of Khonoma. The old lady who is the owner is assisted by an ever-smiling local lady who cooks amazing chicken. The home looks very pretty from the outside and is equally cute inside
- 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
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 rain and cold in Dzukou.
- Wear comfortable footwear in general since you will be walking around a lot at the festival venue.
- Raincoats/ ponchos since it may rain anytime in Northeast India
- Gloves are a must for the Dzukou trek
- Headlamps are compulsory.
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.
Littering: Please ensure that you aren’t any trash behind, starting from the smallest things like the wrapper of a ‘Pulse’ candy to bigger and more calorie filled packets like ‘Lays’ etc.
- Height from mean sea level: 5318 feet
- Once can trek to Dzukou valley from Khonoma as well
- The village is perfectly hidden from sight until you actually enter it
- It is one of the most literate and advanced villages in Nagaland
- The folks of Khonoma are considered to among the bravest
- It is one of the first green villages
- The first Anglo Khonoma war was fought in 1850 and the second one in 1879, a fort in Khonoma bears testimony to this incident.
- Terraced paddy fields of Khonoma are a sight to behold
- 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 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 also called the valley of flowers of Northeast India
- Temperatures in the valley in July can go down to 7 degrees Celcius