Best tour packages for North east India 2019 - 2020

ChaloHoppo’s Trip Calendar for 2019 – 2020 | Unique Group Tour Packages for Northeast India

Last Updated on 21/09/2019

This is quite a comprehensive list of over 4000 words covering experiences in the northeast Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim. The only states missing are Assam and Tripura and if you wish to travel to these 2 states then we can always customise a trip for you. You can send us your enquiry here.

The blog has 11 experiential tour packages listed with the different dates on which one can book it.  Each of these 11 tours has again been broken down into the following three parts: 

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 your 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.

For ease of access, we have created a table of contents and you can navigate within the page using the same.

Tour nameDates of the tourCost of the tour per travellerState(s) you are travelling toMinimum number of travellers(for the trip to happen)Maximum group capacity
Chalohoppo to Dzukou ValleySep 21 - 23 | Sep 22 - 24Rs 7,200/-Nagaland430
ChaloHoppo to camp in Wahkhen and conquer MawryngkhangEvery 2nd and 4th SaturdayStarting from Rs.3000Meghalaya330
ChaloHoppo to Asia's First Green Village, Dzuleke and Dzukou ValleyOct 5-9Rs 17,000/-Nagaland415
ChaloHoppo to Meet the Headhunters of Nagaland!Jan 11-15 Rs 28,200/-Nagaland410
ChaloHoppo to the Ziro Festival of Music 2019Sep 25 - Oct 1Rs 10,000/- (starting price)Arunachal PradeshNA150
ChaloHoppo from a Monastic River island to an Alien landSep 30 - Oct 6Rs. 25,250Assam and Nagaland48
ChaloHoppo on ancient trails through a Hidden MeghalayaOct 1 - Oct 6 | Nov 16 - Nov 21 | Dec 14 -Dec 19Rs. 24,500Meghalaya410
ChaloHoppo to an Unknown Arunachal - MechukaOct 9-17Rs 32,750/-Arunachal Pradesh410
ChaloHoppo to an Emerald MeghalayaOct 26-31 | Nov 10-15 | Jan 11-15 | Feb 18- 23 | Mar 7-12Rs 21,200/-Meghalaya410
ChaloHoppo to Hornbill Festival 2019 and Dzukou Valley - 3 Nights, 4 daysNov 30 - Dec 10Rs.10,800 (Starting Price)NagalandNAAs per bookings
ChaloHoppo to a lesser-known NagalandDec 10 -17Rs.39,999Nagaland38
ChaloHoppo Village campsite Yedikha, Most Comfortable camp at HornbillNov 30 - Dec 11Rs. 1800 per night per personNagalandNA400
ChaloHoppo to Hornbill festival 2019 and visit Asia's first green village, Dzuleke and Dzukou valleyNov 30 - Dec 5Rs. 25,850Nagaland48
ChaloHoppo to a Frozen Dzukou ValleyDec 13-15 | Jan 10-12 | Feb 21-23 Rs 7,200/-Nagaland430
ChaloHoppo to Celebrate Chapcharkut in MizoramMar 2-7 Rs 26,000/-Mizoram48

List of our trips and their specialities

Chalohoppo to Dzukou Valley

One of the lesser-known valleys 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. 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!

Our dear friend and eminent blogger Vikas Palkkot, one of the co-authors of Beyond The Wall” went on a trip to Dzukou valley with us. Vikas and Divya are known for their budget travels (who doesn’t want to save a few bucks here and there) to beautiful destinations across the globe. You can know more about Vikas’s experience with us here.

Read 12 Things not to do on your trek to Dzukou valley.

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 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
  • Dzukou valley

Highlights of the trip

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

You will be provided with a trip leader who will guide you during the Dzukou trips.

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
14th June - 16th June300
12th July - 14th July300
10th August - 12th August300
21st September - 23rd September3030
22nd September - 24th September3030

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ChaloHoppo to camp in Wahkhen and conquer Mawryngkhang

Fear, respect and awe! If Wahkhen village had to have a motto, this would be it. As you walk over the meticulously crafted and regularly maintained bamboo trail built literally on mountainsides staring into unfathomable depths of the Meghalayan valley, you will your feel pulsating heart. At the same time, you will also feel immense respect for the villagers who took the initiative to construct this trail connecting it a giant rock, that otherwise is impossible to reach. You will have the company of the magnificently emerald Wahroh river throughout your hike. And what of this giant rock you are hiking to? In Khasi folklore, they call it the ‘King of rocks’, who lost his left arm in a ‘war’ to win over his love. Yes, you will get to see the beautiful lady (rock) who caused this mayhem along with ‘Mawryngkhang’

You should book this trip if you

  • Just need to be left alone but with a group of people
  • Find the smell of the smoky wood works like incense sticks in the middle of lush greenery and Forested hills
  • Want to earn your swims in hidden natural rock pools through a gritty hike
  • Think having meals wrapped in leaves by the streamside is better than the buffet at Barbeque Nation
  • Find the perfect food partners in fiery ash baked potatoes, onions caramelised under the bonfire
  • Feel that stargazing is a healing process for the soul
  • Would love a Sunday morning swim and sunbathing session
  • Consider waking up cuddling stray puppies as a good sign for the rest of the day
  • Think getting a chance to play some traditional Khasi drums alongside talented kids on a Sunday is a good idea
  • Seek simply a drive out of the city is all you need

Places you will be getting to tick off your list: 

  • Wahkhen 
  • Siengriti music school
  • Mawryngkhang 
  • Pomlum
  • Laitlyngkot

Highlights of the trip

  • Hiking to Mawyngkhang 
  • Swimming in natural rock pools 
  • Picnicking by the riverside 
  • Camping under a starlit skyline with the silhouette of jagged forest-covered hills as a backdrop
  • Barbecuing over the bonfire
  • Jamming over mellow music 
  • Going for a Sunday morning swim

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ChaloHoppo to Asia’s First Green Village, Dzuleke and Dzukou Valley

From breathing in the fresh Naga air of Asia’s first green village to finding solace in the bamboo alien land of Dzukou Valley. From photographing the decorated houses of Dzuleke to capturing thought-provoking graffiti on Kohima roads. From tasting your catch from the fresh stream of Khonoma to tasting authentic Naga cuisine in locally popular Kohima food joints. From walking in the golden rice fields of Jakhama to trekking up to 8,000 ft high to a bamboo wonderland.

Travelling isn’t just about staying in breathtakingly beautiful places but it’s also a way to unleash the inner child in you. Check this wonderful video by Nishit Sharma aka Hopping bug (known for his amazing drone shots) who hopped along with us to Khonoma and see how some of us became kids again and don’t stop there watch till the end and we bet you’ll have a good time.

 

You should book this trip if you

  • Want to live in Asia’s First Green Village
  • Want to learn how to fish removing boulders and rocks from the locals
  • Want to try making your own catch for lunch
  • Are seekers of isolated villages
  • Are fascinated about history as much as an adventure in the wild
  • Want to explore the exotic markets of Kohima
  • Want to wake up to the view of golden terraced paddy fields
  • Have the talent to photograph the changing colour of the skies during sunset
  • Want to experience the alien valley of Dzukou
  • Are keen to have an affair with clear starlit skies
  • Understand the spirit of surviving in extreme conditions and how everyone from porters to guides to fellow travellers works together

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

  • Khonoma
  • Dzuleke
  • Kohima
  • Jakhama
  • Dzukou Valley

Highlights of the trip

  • Living in Asia’s first green village
  • Go for a heritage village walk to understand the struggle of Nagas with British.
  • Fishing with locals in the jungle using traditional techniques.
  • Having fresh organic veggies plucked from the kitchen garden.
  • Living in a village with only 34 houses
  • Feeding salt to “Mithuns” with your own hands
  • Visiting the underground markets of Kohima, with exotic dishes on offer
  • Camping to the view of terraced rice fields
  • Staying a night in the mysterious Dzukou Valley
  • Stargazing  at 8,000 feet

ChaloHoppo Guy – Vikho will lead the trips to Asia’s First Green Village, Dzuleke and Dzukou valley.

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
26th May - 30th May150
12th June - 16th June150
10th July - 14th July150
21st August - 25th August80
5th October - 9th October1515

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ChaloHoppo to Meet the Headhunters of Nagaland!

Live your dream of living past in present. From conversing with the last surviving face tattooed hunters to buying the dying unique Konyak handicrafts. From sipping tea to the green mountains of India to sunbathing in the Burmese hills. Welcome to the land of Anghs, the Wild East!

Ankita Kumar aka monkey.inc was a part of our Nagaland and Majuli trip in October 2018, where she along with other travellers had the chance of meeting the last face tattooed Headhunter or the king of a Konyak village. Ankita has beautifully penned down her experience. You can read her blog here.

You should book this trip, if you

  • Want to interact with the last surviving face tattooed headhunters of Nagaland
  • Don’t mind getting welcomed with a cup of tea by the last surviving face tattooed king of Konyak tribe
  • Are a collector of antiques, especially the rare Konyak handicrafts made of wood and brass
  • Want to see a gunmaker make a traditional Konyak gun in front of you
  • Are a dog lover and don’t mind petting a furball while sitting around a bonfire
  • Want to hop countries without passports or visa
  • Want a picture standing in a house built half in India and half in Myanmar
  • Want to know the intriguing stories of the human headhunting from the hunter’s mouth
  • Are always looking to explore the less explored places and cultures
  • Always wanted to stay in a distant village, with breathtaking views from your windows

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

  • Dibrugarh, Assam
  • Mon Town
  • Hongphoi Village
  • Longwa Village
  • Unknown hills of Burma

Highlights Of The Trip

  • Meeting the last surviving face tattooed King (Angh) of the Konyaks
  • Visiting and observing the rare Konyak art of making antics with brass and wood
  • Visiting the Gunmaker of Longwa village
  • Opportunity to buy the unique and valuable Konyak handicrafts
  • Hiking up to Myanmar (Burma) hills
  • Visiting the King’s house, divided between India and Myanmar (Burma)
  • Luxurious stay around the tea estates of Dibrugarh
  • Cosy homestay in Longwa with dogs around

ChaloHoppo Guy Anyam Gangsha will lead the trips to visit the Headhunters of Nagaland.

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
26th June - 30th June100
11th January - 15th January1010

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ChaloHoppo to Ziro Festival of Music 2019

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 organizers 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. The dates for this year’s Ziro Music Festival are September 26th to September 29th, 2019.

You should book this trip if you

  • Like going to music festivals
  • Have never been to a music festival
  • Enjoy the outdoors
  • 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 it
  • Have never camped but want to experience it
  • Want to stay up all night and sing classics around bonfires
  • Want to be by yourself and stargaze
  • Want to make friends, or potentially meet the love of your life (we know campers who have met at our camp and got married!!)
  • Are a hardcore foodie, and want to try a new cuisine

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

You may like to read the Top 9 reasons to attend the Ziro festival of music.

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 on traditional attire and jewellery
  • Visiting an Apatani home for a cup of tea, local food and stories
  • Fishing in the 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
  • Camping for 4 nights in the most blissful setting of pine trees and blue hills
  • A chance for jamming with local musicians, and meeting fellow music lovers
  • Drinking the local rice beer – Apong, and if you’re lucky, some local wine
  • Making a group of friends, that will hopefully last for a long, long time

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
25th September- 1st October1500

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ChaloHoppo from a Monastic River island to an Alien land – Post-ZFM Special

Crossing the Brahmaputra to reach a river island that is under the siege of erosion. Observing its fragile beauty and melding with the vaishnavite monks and their traditions. Crossing the mighty river again to delve into the contrasting life of the Nagas and step into their fabled valley.

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 Nagaland has to offer
  • Have thought of dining on fresh cooked Naga cuisines
  • Are intrigued by diverse tribal cultures 
  • 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
  • Like the idea of crossing a river on a ferry with the locals, not just any river but the Brahmaputra
  • Want to get introduced to Nagaland
  • Want to visit the world’s largest river island
  • Miss seeing stars and sitting around bonfires

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

  • Jakhama village
  • Dzukou valley
  • Majuli river island

You may like to read up on Majuli – The Eroding Beauty.

Highlights of the trip

  • Camping in Jakhama village with an amazing view of terraced rice fields 
  • Spending two nights on the world’s largest river island
  • Feasting on a traditional ‘satvik’ meal cooked by vaishnavite monks of Majuli
  • Two-wheeler exploration of Majuli 
  • Tasting the authentic food and fantastic local brew of the Mising tribe in Majuli
  • Experiencing all modes of transport – jeeps, scooters, ferries, trains 
  • Staying in traditional Mising huts, to camps, to homestays 
  • Walking through the beautiful village of Jakhama and interacting with locals
  • Watching the sunrise in Dzukou valley 
  • Crossing the Brahmaputra on ferries 

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
30th September- 6th October85

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ChaloHoppo on ancient trails through a Hidden Meghalaya

A sense of travelling comes when you explore the less explored places in a known surrounding. These winters, travel to explore the other side of Meghalaya. Travel to the roads less taken to meet the whistling communities. Trek on the ancient trails to explore the hidden Living Root Bridges. Jump and Kayak in the transparent waters of Umngot River. Relax to the mist of Sohra(Cherrapunji).

If you want to skip Nongriat, for something more serene and less crowded, come along with us to explore the Living Root Bridges hidden under the forests of Meghalaya. Trek in the forests, taking the century-old trails used by the early Khasis. From the highest root bridge to the longest in the state (as claimed by the locals). Know the story behind these marvellous pieces of architecture from the locals who are working to save them. Travel to live among the unique whistling communities of Meghalaya. Enjoy your time in Meghalaya’s very own natural water park on the transparent waters. Bring back the old classic rocks with the local boys of Sohra (Cherrapunji) Tenny & Boi. 

Join us to travel to the other side of Meghalaya.

On your trip get to meet the young Khasi boy, MorningStar Kongthaw who is the founder of the Living Bridge foundation. He along with the locals is trying to save the living Root Bridges and educate everyone about them.

You can read up more about him and his foundation here.

You should book this trip if you

  • Want to explore root bridges beyond the Nongriat region
  • Want to have a moment of solace in the living root bridges far away from any human in sight
  • Want to live your Tarzan moment by swinging on roots in a thick rainforest 
  • Want to learn and know about the mysterious whistling communities of Meghalaya
  • Are a water baby
  • Always wanted to boat on the transparent waters of Meghalaya
  • Are a fan of jamming to Elvis, Beatles and Pink Floyd covers
  • Would love to jam on some classic English Rock with the locals
  • Always had a dream of jumping into a transparent river
  • Always wanted to go on long drives through the mist

If you’re interested in knowing what locations we will cover on this trip please click here.

Highlights of the trip  

  • Trekking to 5 hidden living root bridges in the thick jungles of Meghalaya
  • Learning the history and the facts about the living root bridges
  • Crossing the longest as well as the highest living root bridge in the state
  • An evening dedicated to the classic rock lovers with the local band from Sohra
  • Boating in traditional Khasi boats on the transparent waters of Umngot River
  • Camping by the river in Shnongpdeng
  • Cliff jumping and Kayaking in the transparent river
  • Living in one of the few whistling villages living in the country
  • Learning about the whistling community of Meghalaya
  • Witnessing magical sunsets of Meghalaya with surreal views of mountains
  • Long drives with perfect window-view
  • Meeting the local Khasi architects of Living Root Bridges 

ChaloHoppo Guy Nick Doley will be leading this trip. 

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
1st Oct - 6th Oct108
16th Nov - 21st Nov1010
14th Jan - 19th Jan1010

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ChaloHoppo to an Unknown Arunachal – Mechuka

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.

Offbeat travels, uncharted routes, and unexplored destinations are what we seek to provide our guests with. Sometimes enjoying the little moments of unprecedented happenings are what makes the journey worth. Tanya Khanijow went on a tour of Mechuka with us on November 2018.

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 chase wild horses roaming in a 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 any phone connectivity for a week

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
  • Rinjinling
  • Dorjeeling
  • Menchukha la

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

You might like to read up on the “Top 18 reasons to visit Mechuka.”

ChaloHoppo Guy Nishant will lead the trip to Mechuka.

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
9th October - 17th October102

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ChaloHoppo to an Emerald Meghalaya

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 fishes will make you wonder if you should cancel your tickets! Nothing is an exaggeration 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.

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
  • Dainthelan 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’

One of the ChaloHoppo Guys Abhishek Rawat / Samborlang Thabah or ChaloHoppo Girl Deepika Saincher will lead the trips to Emerald Meghalaya.

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
26th October - 31st October104
10th November- 15th November1010
11th January-15th January1010
18th February - 23rd February1010
7th March - 12th March1010

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ChaloHoppo to Hornbill Festival 2019 and Dzukou Valley – 3 Nights, 4 days

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.

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.

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

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ChaloHoppo to a lesser-known Nagaland 

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 most backward districts of the state – 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 idea of how present-day Nagaland has become a reality. 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.

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 tattoed 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, as Naga cuisine – Angami, Ao and Konyak the three tribes you will be meeting, will surprise your tastebuds
  • 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 subtropical 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
  • Meeting the 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
  • Meet Jimmy and Jack – the happy dogs 

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
10th Dec - 17th Dec88

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ChaloHoppo Village campsite Yedikha, Most Comfortable camp at Hornbill

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 draw of attending Hornbill festival is the trek to the carpet like Dzukou valley and a visit to the historic village of Khonoma. You have to have a really solid excuse to not attend this 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

  • 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 17 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

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
30th November4040
1st December4040
2nd December4040
3rd December4040
4th December4040
5th December4040
6th December4040
7th December4040
8th December4040
9th December4040
10th December4040
11th December4040

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ChaloHoppo to Hornbill festival 2019 and visit Asia’s first green village, Dzuleke and Dzukou valley

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.

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. However, if you want to experience the “real Nagaland”, you have to veer into Nagaland’s villages. The more remote the village, the kinder the people, poorer the network and richer the experience. The other leg of this journey does exactly that!

We take you to the Naga villages where hill slopes have been cut to cultivate paddy, ginger, garlic etc., resembling images of the terraced farms that now have been associated with Bali (Indonesia). A visit to Khonoma village inhabited by the Angami tribes will validate this. The next day it is truly the time to disconnect as you enter the reclusive village of Dzuleke, with only 34 homes!

The tour ticks all the boxes of a comprehensive Nagaland experience when you end it by exploring the recently famed unexplainable landscape of Dzukou valley.

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.

You should book this trip if you

  • Want to live in Asia’s First Green Village
  • Want to learn how to fish removing boulders and rocks from the locals
  • Want to try making your own catch for lunch
  • Are seekers of isolated villages
  • Are fascinated about history as much as an adventure in the wild
  • Want to explore the exotic markets of Kohima
  • Want to wake up to the view of golden terraced paddy fields
  • Have the talent to photograph the changing colour of the skies during sunset
  • Want to experience the alien valley of Dzukou
  • Are keen to have an affair with clear starlit skies
  • 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
  • Have heard a lot about Hornbill festival, seen it in movies but haven’t made it there yet

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

  • Khonoma
  • Dzuleke
  • Kohima
  • Jakhama
  • Dzukou Valley
  • Kisama Heritage Village

Highlights of the trip

  • Living in Asia’s first green village
  • Go for a heritage village walk to understand the struggle of Nagas with British
  • Fishing with locals in the jungle using traditional techniques
  • Having fresh organic veggies plucked from the kitchen garden
  • Living in a village with only 34 houses
  • Feeding salt to “Mithuns” with your own hands
  • Visiting the underground markets of Kohima, with exotic dishes on offer
  • Camping to the view of terraced rice fields
  • Staying a night in the mysterious Dzukou Valley
  • Stargazing  at 8,000 feet
  • Attending the Hornbill festival and seeing all the 17 Naga tribes relive their olden days
  • Lip Smacking platter of non-veg food

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
30th Nov - 5th Dec88

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ChaloHoppo to a Frozen Dzukou Valley

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.

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

You will be provided with a trip leader who will guide you during the Dzukou trips.

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
13th December - 15th December3030
10th January - 12th January3030
21st February - 23rd February3030

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ChaloHoppo to Celebrate Chapcharkut in Mizoram

Ever wondered what Mizoram is like? A state which has got less recognition in books and lesser on the internet. Leave the stereotypes behind and explore the unexplored! Celebrate the annual festival of Spring, Chapchar Kut with the Mizos!

P.S. We would like to thank Mr Mala Pachuau for allowing us to use his picture for the Chapcharkut festival.

You should book this trip if you

  • Always wanted to explore the less known Mizoram
  • Want to experience living  in a different country within a state
  • Want to challenge your taste buds
  • Think you have satisfied your thirst for adventure
  • Want to sit on thought-provoking mountains
  • Want to board a two-wheeler taxi
  • Want to Celebrate Chapchar Kut, the festival of Spring with the whole of Aizawl
  • Want to chug down pints of the Zufang, Rice Beer
  • Want to drive away from organised modern city life into the airy outskirts of Mizoram
  • Want to walk along with your camera in a small village full of ponds and fields.
  • Witness a waterfall from behind.
  • Want to shop from a shopkeeper less Shop!

The locations and spots you will get ticked off the list

  • Aizawl
  • Reiek
  • Khaungchera Puk
  • Falkawn Village
  • Hmuifang
  • Sialsuk
  • Thenzawl
  • Turi hiau Waterfall
  • Vantwang Waterfall

Highlights of the trip

  • Capturing the most beautiful night view of a city in North East
  • Tasting the most challenging delicacies present in the North East
  • Getting to hop onto a two-wheeler taxi
  • Trekking to the mystic peak of Reiek
  • Living one of the hardest caving experiences
  • Walking into the old traditional Mizo Village
  • Shopping from a shop without a shopkeeper
  • Meeting the cowboy collector of Aizawl
  • Exploring the second-hand markets of Aizawl
  • Beholding the view of the largest waterfall of Mizoram
  • Drive over the longest river in Mizoram
  • Walking on the empty peaks covered with spring grass to pen down your unborn thoughts
  • Meditating while listening to the sound of wind on small hills
  • Capturing the view of a waterfall sitting right behind it

ChaloHoppo Guy Abhishek Rawat will lead the trip to Mizoram to celebrate Chapcharkut.

Trip DatesMaximum Group SizeAvailable Slots
2nd March - 7th March88

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That’s the list of our all the major upcoming trips for 2019 and 2020. 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.

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20 thoughts on “ChaloHoppo’s Trip Calendar for 2019 – 2020 | Unique Group Tour Packages for Northeast India
  • 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 more appealing and quicker to go through in my opinion :) but do keep up the good work!

    • 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 certainly do it. Otherwise, the next calendar will definitely feature it.

  • 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.

    • Nishant Sinha
      5/5

      Yes, ma, Sikkim is where we will go. Thank you for being so supportive! Couldn't have done this without your support.

  • 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 at Nongriat. I had named and started promoting the Living Root Bridge at Umunoi at about 2 km from the Resort since June 2000. When I was exploring a new trek to the river Simtung and Umkynsan for swimming in the river, I…

  • Srinivasan Subramanian
    5/5

    Wonderfully written and can't be more impressive and makes us feel the thirst to visit such a beautiful place that is North East. Best wishes. Will surely catch up with you guys.

  • 5/5

    Wow! Such awesome tips in regard to Chalohoppos trip, I love traveling in different places. My next travel destination is Chalohoppos But I was worried about Chalohoppos travel guide? I was wondering how it is with traveling in Chalohoppos. Actually, I got a lot of information from your blog which you have written your blog. Review this article my confusion is clear, Thanks.

  • 5/5

    How do I sign up for updates on The Mizoram tours?

    • Gargi Sinha

      An email has been sent to you regarding this. Also our 1st itinerary of Mizoram is on the website.

  • Shweta Gupta
    5/5

    Do you have dates finalized for the Mizoram OR Manipur trips?

    • Abhishek Rawat
      5/5

      Hey, this is Abhishek! I will be leading the trips to Mizoram. To know more, you can mail me at [email protected] to get the itineraries of the trips. I am also available on Whatsapp at 8528029534.

  • Mili Malhotra
    5/5

    Hi Are the dates for Ziro music fest out .Saw a,video related to that and would b interested in it . Thanks

  • 5/5

    Your trip guide line is really very helpful for travel. You shared the trip calendar info is very awesome. I like your blog and i get the right information. Thanks!

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