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 clicking the decorated houses of Dzuleke to clicking thought-provoking graffiti on Kohima roads. From tasting your catch from the fresh stream of Khonoma to tasting authentic Naga cuisine at famous Kohima food joints. From walking in the golden rice fields of Jakhama to trekking up to 8,000 ft high to a bamboo wonderland.
Experience the Angami Land of Nagas!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
Have you ever dreamed of travelling to the most isolated places in the country? Did you ever feel like living in a village in the mountains hosting only 35 homes? Have you ever felt like unzipping your tent to the surreal view of golden terraced rice fields? Did you ever want to catch your own fish with traditional techniques and make your own snack by the stream? Did you ever feel like getting lost in an alien bamboo land with no network connectivity? Did you ever want to live the view black barren trees in the middle of green?
- All accommodations.
- All accommodations on twin sharing basis in tents at ChaloHoppo Village, Camp Yedikha.
- Sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows.
- Breakfast on all days, dinner on Day 3, all meals on Day 4 and lunch on Day 5.
- Hygienic toilets for men and women.
- Bathing rooms.
- Transport from Kohima to Kohmia.
- Local Guide for Khonoma.
- Local Guide for Dzuleke.
- Local Guide for Jakhama Village Walk.
- Guide for Kohima Street Walk.
- Electricity source with charging facility for mobile devices at the campsite
- Running water supply at the campsite.
- Airfare charges
- All food & beverages cost 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.
- Potters hired for personal use.
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”
Meet at TCP Junction, Kohima at the latest you can arrive. It will be ideal for you to reach latest by 10 am. You will be greeted by the ChaloHoppo Guy who will be with you throughout the trip as a guide, companion, and a friend to enhance the experience of this memorable trip.
Head to Khonoma and ease in your Homestay.
Take an hour drive to Khonoma and reach your homestay. Get comfortable in your beds and get lost in the view from your balcony. Freshen up and relax with some lal chai to the view Khonoma has to present you.
Go organic shopping in the Terraced Fields of Khonoma.
Take a walk to the terraced rice fields of the village and pluck some local veggies. You can also head further down to the stream and explore the stream trying your luck to catch some fishes. Wander around in the fields and know more about the farming techniques from your local guide.
Depending on the season, you can also try catching some insects for dinner and smoke the freshly made local tobacco.
*This is activity is dependent on the weather conditions.
Dine with the Locals.
Time to have some finger licking Naga cuisine with your host family, made out of your plucked vegetables from the field. Share your experiences so far and learn the culture over a meal. Good time to get some tips on how to cook a perfect Naga cuisine.
Wake up to sunrise and capture the moment
The sun rises in the northeast so if you are an early bird, it’s a perfect sunrise moment for you. Capture the sunrise over the beautiful valley.
Heritage Village Walk.
After breakfast head for a heritage walk in the village to the morungs, forts accompanied with the local guide. Time for a story trail where you will be enlightened with the stories of warriors and the struggles against the British the angamis of Khonoma raised back in the time.
Freshen up and leave for Dzuleke.
After your morning routines, we head for an hour drive to Dzuleke. Soak in the fresh air and the memorable drive through the forests.
Hike up to surrender yourself to Dzuleke.
Hike up to the hills or wander in the forests, or just sit with your empty thoughts and admire the pure surroundings of this paradise. Give the local mythical stories an ear and watch sky shift colours as the sun sets. If the weather allows do a small trek to the nearby hidden waterfall.
Walk in the village and head for dinner.
Roam around in the village with only 34 houses. Admire the beautiful houses and taste the local wines. Head for dinner and relax in the cosy homestay.
Wake up to the birds chirping and greet your breakfast.
After having a sound sleep, stretch your arms to the sound of the birds in the background. Eat the healthy breakfast at your homestay and pack up for Kohima and Jakhama.
Head to Kohima and explore the city.
After reaching Kohima we can head to known Kohima War Cemetery. The memorial remembers the bloodshed of 917 soldiers who died during the altercation with the Japanese during World War II. Perfect place for photography.
Taste the Naga Cuisine.
After exploring the War Cemetery, we head to the nearby local restaurant to taste the authentic Naga cuisine. Non-vegetarians can try their tongues on fresh servings of snails, silkworms, frogs, worms cooked the Naga way at Chingtsuong Restaurant.
Vegetarians can head for pure veg. Yaotsu’s Veggie Table Restaurant, known for delicious South Indian and Chinese cuisine.
*This meal will not be covered by us.
Street walk around Kohima Market and City.
It’s time to step into the city and explore. A street walk through the city to the markets of Kohima will give you the best chance to flow with the Angami air.
Faces, compact cosy wooden houses, rainbow gardens, the narrow-lane underground markets, allies leading to the scenic view of Kohima, a photographer’s delight. Shop the local Naga Dao, the Naga Shawl, bamboo shoots, and the best souvenirs you can pick up from Kohima.
Head to ChaloHoppo Village, Camp Yedikha.
After the city walk, we head to our campsite in Jakhama village. Enjoy the beautiful 1-hour drive and after settling in the tents, enjoy the view on offer from the campsite, sipping hot laal chaa!
Explore Jakhama: Village Walk.
Post lunch we go to village walking in Jakhama. The village has a very serene feel about it. We will have guides taking us through the village while narrating the history of the village.
Get together and have fun sitting beside the stream. Splash up or get drenched, it’s your time to admire sun setting over Jakhama.
*Please note that village walk is only possible if you make it to Jakhama by 2pm.
Bonfire and Sip on some Rice Beer Night.
The evenings get chilly in Nagaland, so sit around a nicely lit bonfire. Wrap around the shawls bring out the woollen caps, it’s going to be cold.
Have the local fresh made Rice Beer; get high like the Nagas do while munching on some Naga delicacies!
Dinner for both Veg. And Non-Veg. Dine all but don’t waste!
Wake up for Dzukou.
Today is the day to visit the alien bamboo land, Dzukou Valley. We have to be up early and ready by 7 am. Post Breakfast, we charge on the sumos waiting for us.
Trek to Dzukou.
The trek to Dzukou will take maximum 4 hours considering the first time and slow trekkers. It’s a bit steep, slippery climb up the stairs. It starts with an hour hiking up to the view point.
Reach the viewpoint and soak in the fresh air, sadly very rare these days. What follows now is a straight trail along the sea of bamboos. The trek should not take more than 2 hours. Walk, look around, stand, breathe, soak in! Let Dzukou be your guide.
Reach the Dormitory.
Our abode for the night will be the only dormitory present in the valley. Relax your calves, stretch out and energize yourself with hot cuppa Noodles.
Sunset with Laal Chaa.
Admire the beauty Dzukou is while you sip on some laal chaa. Watch one of the most serene sunsets one can come across.
We will have professional guides throughout to make sure you don’t get lost in this beautiful land.
Sit through the cold winds to count the uncountable stars in the sky. Gift yourself the sight of trails of Milky Way. It’s going to be COLD. We will have dinner cooked and feel free to help us. It’s the camping experience that counts!
Sleep tight, it will be COLD.
Head to the Green Valley.
Wake up early to head down to the main valley. In the backdrop of barren burnt hills find the golden valley below. Walk through the and catch the sun rise over the glistening Dzukou river. There are no words which can explain the sight!
It will take 40 minutes to reach the valley and an hour to come back.
Breakfast and start the trek back.
Reaching the dormitory, have Wai Wai and Laal Chaa for breakfast and start the trek back by 10 am. Walk back but don’t forget to look back, these are the last moments you share with the valley.
Lunch and Leave.
An hour ride back and some hot delicious Puri Bhaji awaits you at the campsite. Post lunch, we bid farewell to the land of the Nagas!
See you again!
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.
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 Nagaland will require an inner line permit for domestic travellers. Foreigners visiting Nagaland have to get a protected area permit or PAP. We can also get your ILP made on prior notice, with an additional cost.
Extra nights can be booked based on availability. You can also visit our Custom trip section to plan a different trip.
A most definite yes, as long as you are okay travelling in a mixed group of other solo travellers or small group of friends.
The sources of such warnings should be checked and speaking from the perspective of locals living in the region 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 travelling in any other part of the world.
If you have seen warnings in the advisory pages of governments, then we would like to remind you that governments (of different countries)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.
Because so less is known about the region in general, it may be a wise idea to get in touch with some travel experts before you plan your trip.
The roads in Nagaland are like most mountain roads in India, i.e. not in a great shape. So your cup holders in the car may not really work. But the roads aren’t risky to be driving on, just a little uncomfortable.
Homestay: Please understand that you will be staying in homestays and not hotels, and hence you are requested to treat the host and the family not as professional staff but as a family that is hosting guests.
Avoid plastic: Please avoid buying mineral water, since it is a major cause of pollution in the delicate eco system of the places you are visiting. Carry a reusable water bottle and fill filtered water or spring water. The hosts and your guide can assist you in showing where the water can be found.
Respect local culture: You are travelling to remote parts of the country where people speak freely and sometimes it comes across as rude, but understand that their intention isn’t to hurt your sentiments, just that they perhaps lack the skill of sugar coating and diplomacy. During your tour you may see things that may surprise you like a cat roaming around in the kitchen while you eat. But understand that many of these things are part of the way of life here and hence respect the same.
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