ChaloHoppo Village, Campsite Yedikha | Most comfortable camp at Hornbill 2019
Unzipping your tents to the mesmerising view of the terraced rice fields of a Naga village! Sounds like an ideal traveller dream? Well, this dream makes its way to reality in Campsite Yedikha. With a surreal view and all facilities, it can soon turn out to be your best abode in Nagaland.
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About the village
Jakhama is the second largest village in the southern Angami region of Nagaland. Just 16 km away from the capital Kohima, the roads leading to Jakhama are one of the best Nagaland offers. The village has a trekking route going to Dzukou Valley and serves as your best base for the trek.
In a state which is dominated by the Christian population, Jakhama still has families following the age-old practice of Animism. Although Christianity still prevails as the major religion and the village has three churches. Agriculture is the chief source of livelihood for these Nagas, aptly living on a hillock surrounded by paddy fields.
It also has a few relics from the past, interesting insight on the headhunting culture of the past and the Japanese influence.
Distance from Kohima- 16 km.
How to reach
Take a train to Dimapur or fly down to Dimapur and drive your way to Kohima. It will take you 3-5 hours depending on the condition of the roads. You should reach Kohima by 11 am.
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)
Breakfast isn’t a part of Naga culture. Yes, they only have 2 meals a day and that includes heaps of rice and meat. But for the guests, they serve a normal breakfast including seasonal fruits, Sandwiches, Bread-Butter and Jam, Boiled Egg and tea to go with it. Sticky Rice is also available on request. For lunch and dinner, the hosts prepare a traditional meal with a touch of mainland flavours -boiled vegetables, pork/chicken Naga curry (for the non-vegetarians), chutney out of local leaves and chillies, Naga dal, a dry sabji. All this along with rice and salad with papad also make up your meals. The preparations are delicious and will be different for lunch and dinner.
Know your host
The team at the campsite is not like your usual hosts but more of a family. They are welcoming and define hospitality for you.
Aphre, or the Queen as we call her is more like your mother at the campsite. She is responsible for the delicious food coming from the kitchen. Managing a girls hostel in Jakhama she is the coolest warden you can come across.
She is assisted by the princess Kiko in the kitchen! A perfect company to exchange some thoughts in the kitchen while she helps Aphre! Always ready to learn new cuisines, Kiko also runs an eatery in the village. Play a song in the evening and Kiko won’t shy away from a shaking a leg!
Akhiito, your friend, guide and teacher at the camp! The young lad is an anime addict and your guy to take you around the village. Making a bonfire, pitching tents and also catching anything that moves and turning it into a snack. He can give you lessons on ‘How to be a Naga!’
George, the owner and our partner is the knowledge bank of Naga culture. Take a sip of hot lal cha and give his stories a hear. From the history of the village to his personal stories of winning The Great Hornbill Adventure Trail, let him take you on a journey.
Of course, their grasp over Hindi isn’t that strong but everyone is fluent in English.
Apart from speaking their local Angami dialect, the hosts are fluent in Nagamese as well.
1. Short hike to Phulebadze, a viewpoint for Kohima City!
2. Learn about the Naga culture, through village walk in Jakhama.
3. A visit in the rice fields to pluck organic veggies and some seasonal insects.
4. Learning how to pitch tents and make fire.
5. Learn more about the Naga dishes.
6. Visit the exotic markets in Kohima.
Points of interest
Phulebadze trek, Dzukou Valley, Jakhama Village, Kohima.
Things to keep in mind
Even though people can choose to stay as long as they please in the homestay, for sake of convenience and ease of planning this tour, we are sharing the ideal itinerary while staying at ChaloHoppo Village, Campsite Yedikha.
Though we recommend that you come to Nagaland during Hornbill festival with at least 7 days in hand in order to be able to actually travel comprehensively. This plan is something we have put a lot of thought into.
Take a look
The 6 days plan of village-hopping, attending the Hornbill fest and trekking to Dzukou valley!
Your journey begins
After reaching Kohima head to Jakhama by 12 pm, this will take you 40 minutes and enter the campsite. Feel free to go to Kisama village for the Hornbill festival, if not then you can read on.
Head to the stream nearby and have lunch by the stream. Post this head for a village walk in the village guided by your local host. Know the history of the village and also visit a local’s home to taste some fresh rice beer and exchange thoughts on culture. Head back to a beautiful sight of the sun setting to the view of terraced fields.
Heading back to the campsite through rice fields and pick some organic veggies and some seasonal insects for your meal at night. This activity will be followed up by a relaxed evening around a bonfire. Taste some more rice beer and sing your way into the starlit night.
Oh, the dinner, the bonfire and perhaps some tunes to dance on?
Time to pack (you can stay on for as long as you wish)
We wake up early to head to the Jotsma after breakfast for a short hike through the jungles of Western Kohima district. An easy hike which can be done within in an hour through the evergreen forests of Nagaland.
Treat your eyes with a view of Kohima city and the Angami ranges around. Have your lunch to the view but don’t forget to carry your trash back.
Head back to Kohima, where you can visit the War cemetery, the known memorial marking the deadliest war of the Second World War. You can choose to spend some time in markets which have the exotic delicacies to offer. From Naga veggies to snails, silkworms and frogs. Buy some souvenirs if you wish before getting dropped to BOC.
The campsite itself resembles the terrace farms of Nagaland as it has three levels. The first level has the parking space, the kitchen area and a few tents. The second layer has most of the tents and the bonfire area. The third layer is the best as it offers an uninterrupted view of beautiful paddy fields of Jakhama village, with the backdrop of the hills. The whole campsite has a natural boundary of oak trees with flowers and orchids ornamenting it. It is only 5.4 km away from Kisama village, the venue of the annual Hornbill festival in Nagaland. For those looking to trek to the Dzukou valley, this campsite serves as the starting point and they can also take part in the acclimatisation walks and treks before they begin their actual trek.
Even those who want to use shared transport, can get off at the highway and simply walk for 10 minutes to reach the campsite.
- The tent also provides insulation from the sun and the cold.CAPACITY Sleeping area 190 X 200 cm. Max useful height: 121 cm.
COMPACT DESIGN 57x16x16 cm / 16.5 l
HEAT REDUCTION Vents, mosquito net doors and Fresh & Black fabric for a good night’s sleep. These are 3 person tents where only 2 people will be accommodated for extra comfort.[/caption]
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.
BonfireOverall facilities and information about ChaloHoppo village – Camp Yedikha for Hornbill 2018Number of tents: 15
Type of tents: 3 person ‘Fresh and black’ from Decathlon.Type of sleeping facility: Two layers of foam mats serving as a cushion at the bottom, pillows (not air pillows) and sleeping bags ( meant for 0 to 10 degrees Celsius)
Maximum number of campers to stay: 30
Number of toilets: 4 (3 Indian and 1 western)Number of bathrooms: 1
All tiled and roofed with running water and electricityGeyser: NoHot water: yes, in bucketsFree Parking: yes
Bonfire seating areas are made of a mixture of natural stones and also carved out of wood.Kitchen: Yes, lunch and dinner available on pre-orderCharging station: yesDrinking 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.
Rules and restrictions
1. Smoking is allowed in open spaces outside the tents.
2. Alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited inside the tents, though you would rather be interested in the local Rice Beer offered in the campsite.
3. The check-in time has no restrictions, while check out time is 3 pm.
4. We Welcome Pets! But we need to be informed in advance.