Dzukou valley as seen from base village
One of the backpackers poses in front of the famous double decker living root bridges
The Dzukou valley in Nagaland

ChaloHoppo to the Dzukou valley and living root bridges

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Dzukou lily or not, Dzukou valley will remain enchanting, as you trek to see the carpeted valley spread between the states of Manipur and Nagaland. Move over to Meghalaya where you walk down 3000 steps into the magical world to witness the most amazing work of symbiosis between man and nature. If you have a good pair of knees then you will be accessing a parallel universe that is Nongriat village. Start preparing today!

  • Reviews 3 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Hiking, Jungle, Trekking
  • Activity Level Challenging
    3/4
  • Group Size Medium Group
    16
All about ChaloHoppo to the Dzukou valley and living root bridges.

One of 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 Zakhama and Viswema serving as bases for starting the trek, your experience of being one with nature starts the moment you arrive in Nagaland.
On the other hand, in the depths of Cherrapunji, abundant with beautiful streams, lush vegetation, pretty butterflies and great people, Nongriat is home to the world famous double decker living root bridges made out of living rubber trees. Oh!and you must not miss out on the completely natural and free fish pedicure.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

1. Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation (wherever possible)
2. Breakfast on all days
3. All parking and tolls
4. Internal travel during the trip
5. English Speaking guides in wheerver required.
6. Train tickets
7. ILP for Nagaland

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

1. Shopping
2. Alcohol
3. Lunch and Dinner
4. Your Personal Purchases
5. Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions
6. Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions/strikes, resulting in flight delays or any other form of transport

  1. Day 1 (11th August) Land in Guwahati and take train to Dimapur

    This day may seem a little long as you get off your flight to catch your overnight train to Dimapur. This is the most convenient and economical way to reach Dimapur, and hence recommended.

  2. Day 2 (12th August) Trekking up from Jakhama

    As you reach Dimapur station early in the morning, your vehicle picks you up to drop 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 valley, sip on some hot tea and enjoy some soupy noodles before admiring the valley.

  3. Day 3 (13th August) Trekking to the caves and exploring the valley

    Wake up early and begin your trek from the base camp to the valley and go as you like. Describing this experience would do injustice to the real deal, hence we let you fill this up yourself. Start your trek back to Kohima, this time via the Viswema route, a longer but less tiring walk and go up to the point where the vehicle awaits to take you back to Kohima city. Head back and put your feet up in the comfortable lodge and admire the view it offers.

  4. Day 4 (14th August) Walking in Kohima and returning to Guwahati

    Wake up to some lal chai and good breakfast before we set out on a walking tour of Kohima city visiting the war memorial, cathedral and some underground local bar, before you board your vehicle to Dimapur to catch the overnight train to Guwahati. Relax in Guwahati on a comfortable bed.

  5. Day 5 (15th August) Driving to Cherrapunji

    Drive down from Guwahati to Cherrapunji, stopping on the way to view the Umiam lake and enjoy local fruits among other awesomeness.  By afternoon begin your journey to Tyrna village, 20 minutes drive from Cherrapunji which acts as the base point for the double decker trek. Trek down 3000 steps to reach Nongriat village. Take rest along the way and complete the downward walk in 1.5 hours. Behold the double decker root bridge and relax in the homestay.

  6. Day 6 (16th August) Trekking back to Cherrapunji and experiencing a bohemian resort

    Today is for you to simply do nothin, unless you want to go sightseeing. In the evening, relax around the bonfire and have a drink or two, with the clouds passing by and listen to some really talented local guys playing some live old school rock and acoustics.

  7. Day 7 (17th August) Flying out of Guwahati

    We start our drive from Cherrapunji around 12 noon and reach Guwahati by 4 30 pm.
    Please book your flights accordingly.

One of the backpackers poses in front of the famous double decker living root bridges
Living root bridges
Camping

 

  • Nongriat homestay
    Nothing to describe about the homestays in Nongriat apart from asking you to leave the conventional idea of stays and what they offer. Choose between rooms or camping on roofs.
  • Sai Mika
    If you are one for star gazing then this is the place to be. Choose between aesthetically done cottages or a simple dormitory.
  • Murung lodge
    An absolutely refreshing stay in the middle of Kohima city, with a cute balcony and super friendly hosts.
  • Dzukou
    Absolutely basic rest houses with tons of graffiti that has replaced the pale colour of the walls. / Camping depending on the weather.

 

 

Nongriat homestay

  1. Access to water with buckets
  2. Attached bathrooms
  3. Electricity
  4. Dining room
  5. Balcony/ sit out area
  6. Hot water

Murung lodge

  1. Access to 24 hour running water supply.
  2. Common kitchen accessible to guests if they want to cook their own food
  3. Balcony/ sit out area
  4. Hot water (geysers)
  5. wifi

 Sai Mika:

  1. Access to 24 hour running water supply.
  2. Cafe – live music
  3. Park
  4. Hot water (geysers)

Dzukou stay

  1. Sleeping bags, mats

 

Yes, monsoon season will be on and hence it is a must to carry rain gear and trekking shoes with change of socks and clothes for the trek.

The sources of such warnings should be checked and speaking from the perspective of locals living in the region(three of ChaloHoppo’s 4 member core team are from Tripura and Assam and the fourth one from Kerala) we can say that though some parts of Northeast India do have cases of groups clashing against government forces from time to time, it doesn’t affect a tourist as long as the route is chosen wisely and hours of commute are decided smartly, much like traveling in any other part of the world.

If you have seen warnings in the advisory pages of governments, then we want to remind you that governments will always take precaution and not be in sync with the real situation. Northeast India is absolutely safe with warm and welcoming locals. You should have no issues even going to the most interior places. As with any other tribal dominated region respect the local culture and don’t hurt their sentiments, and you will have a great time in a beautiful place.

The cultural diversity of northeast India is so vast that we can’t blame outsiders for not being aware of communities in the region who are purely vegetarians, so much so that they avoid eating onions( they are indigenous to the region, in case you are thinking about communities from mainland India who have settled here). Having said that, we must admit that the region’s food habits especially in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya are predominantly non vegetarian with a whole lot of red meat based preparations. But the states have warmed up to tourists recently and almost every place you visit will provide the Indian staple diet of rice, dal and sabji, even chapatis if you are lucky. As far as Tripura, Assam, Manipur and Sikkim are concerned vegetarians have decent number of options. Your craving for butter paneer may not be satisfied, but you will do just fine as far as maintaining your health and strength is concerned.

Entry to the states of Assam, Manipur*, Tripura, Meghalaya and Sikkim* don’t require any kind of permits and possessing an id card bearing one’s address should serve the purpose and foreign national can carry their passports. However to enter Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram one needs to obtain an ILP or inner line permit which is very simple to get. Foreign nationals need to obtain a PAP or Protected Area Permit. Read our detailed blog (insert link) on where the different ILPs can be obtained from and other related queries.
*Though Manipur doesn’t require an ILP but if one enters Manipur via Nagaland then an ILP is required. People travelling to North Sikkim need to obtain a permit and foreign nationals need to carry a photocopy of their passport to enter Sikkim as the permit is made at the checkposts on producing the photocopy of the passport.

Overall Rating
5/5
Jinal Niser
Reviewed On 23/06/2017
5/5

Had the best trip! Ziro - Cherrapunji - Nongriat - Shillong... Lovely experience! Everyone at Chalohoppo are super sweet and very helpful...

Avinash Kaur
Reviewed On 23/06/2017
5/5

We had a good time. Thank you for making it happen and cheers to team !!

Raveena Sirohia
Reviewed On 23/06/2017
5/5

Chalo Hoppo is an asset to the undiscovered north east India. In all dynamics the people of Meghalaya (Trekking Spot) are so co operative and patient. Chalo Hoppo is very professional in terms of dealing with personalised group tours and they have been really patient with all doubts and changes we wanted for the trip. We left wishing if we could have stayed down for another week. They allowed us to take our time, take as many pictures as we wanted to and served us amazing food! They encourage everyone and ensure that they complete the trek, with the enthusiasm they start it with. I hope you guys take a trip with them , and you shall fall in love with it :D

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