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

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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 surreal Dzukou views. From tasting organic veggies in Khonoma to tasting authentic Naga cuisines. From walking in the green rice fields of Jakhama to trekking up to 8,000 ft high to a bamboo wonderland.

Experience the Angami Land of Nagas!

  • Reviews 5 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Camping, Culture, Food and wine, Hiking, Jungle, Trekking
  • Activity Level Challenging
    3/4
  • Group Size Medium Group
    6
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All about ChaloHoppo to Asia’s First Green Village, Dzuleke and Dzukou Valley.

Have you ever dreamed of travelling to the most isolated places in the country?  Did you ever feel like living in a village hosting only 35 homes? Have you ever felt like unzipping your tent to the surreal view of terraced rice fields? Did you ever want to go plucking organic veggies in the fields and make your own organic meal? 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?

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.
  • All accommodations.
  • All accommodations on twin sharing basis in tents at ChaloHoppo Village, Camp  Yedikha.
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows.
  • Breakfast on all days, all meals on Day 3, 4 and lunch on Day 5.
  • Bonfire.
  • 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.
  • Local Guide for Dzukou.
  • Electricity source with charging facility for mobile devices at the campsite
  • Running water supply at the campsite.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • 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”
  1. Day 1 Greet Nagaland!

    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.

  2. Day 2 Spend your day without Network

    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.

  3. Day 3 Relax in your Camp at Jakhama

    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.

    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!  

  4. Day 4 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.

     

    Stargaze.

    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.

  5. Day 5 GoodBye Nagaland!

    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!

Campsite and Homestays

ChaloHoppo Village Camp Yedikha:
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.

 

Homestays:

Your homestays in Khonoma and Dzuleke will probably be the best you have come across. These fit the definition of a perfect homestays with your windows giving breathtaking views and hosts giving you the ideal company. If not your home, these are the ones you wished was your home.

A: Though vegetarians may not have the luxury of tasting all the local foods as these are mostly meat-based. You have nothing to worry you will get all kinds of basic sabji, dal, rice, roti, papad, salad etc. Your cravings for butter paneer or mushroom Manchurian may not be fully satisfied but you will do just fine. You must ensure that you are trying out all the available seasonal fruits and local wild leaves.

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 of Rs. 500.

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.

More than 45 Days prior to arrival: 75% refund
30 -45 Days prior to arrival: 50% refund
15- 30 Days prior to arrival: 25% refund
Less than 15 Days prior to arrival : 0% refund

In Nagaland, only Reliance Jio will be a reliable service provider with patchy connectivity from Airtel and BSNL. No other network providers will work in Nagaland.

Please note that Dzuleke and Dzukou valley wont have any reception.

Dzukou is beautiful but sadly you cant capture the beauty from the bird view. The new rules have a restriction on flying drones in the valley. If caught your drone will seized and you will have to pay a fine of Rs. 5000.

Overall Rating
5/5
Nikhita patel
Reviewed On 03/12/2019
5/5

Just want to leave a little thank you note to Team ChaloHoppo for creating the most comfortable and hospitable experience for me in the few days that I spent in beautiful Nagaland. From the logistics and staff(specially Pritika)to the most amazing guide(vikho) and his team it was a seamless experience from their end. Thank You for making this magic happen and making my dreams of enchanted forests, pixie gardens and unimaginable views come true ! Date of experience: October 2019

Nikhita patel
Reviewed On 02/12/2019
5/5

Just want to leave a little thank you note to Team ChaloHoppo for creating the most comfortable and hospitable experience for me in the few days that I spent in beautiful Nagaland. From the logistics and staff(specially Pritika)to the most amazing guide(vikho) and his team it was a seamless experience from their end. Thank You for making this magic happen and making my dreams of enchanted forests, pixie gardens and unimaginable views come true !

Farhad Zaman
Reviewed On 05/09/2019
5/5

I'm back home and can't stop thinking about the time I spent there. It was such a beautiful experience that I'll always hold on close to my heart. Everything was managed so well even after the train delay and the transportation crisis at Dimapur. I'll always be glad that I made this decision to contact ChaloHoppo. I'd like to thank Nishant, Mike and Arnamitra for making this wonderful. I don't know what I expected or not expected, but I can say that I couldn't expect more. Everything was just awesome. Loved the hospitality and pure local feel. Special thanks to Vikho, Atho for taking great care of us and guiding us for the hike, and aunty for making awesome Naga food. Would definitely love to explore again with ChaloHoppo. Thanks

Ankita Kumar
Reviewed On 24/01/2019
5/5

Dzulekie is a tiny village in Nagaland which has 34 families and has a maximum of 150 people at any time. It is about 2 hours from Kohima. It's quaint, quiet and quite surprising. I have never been to a place with this kind of a vibe. I sometimes subconsciously compare places and their vibes but it was impossible for me to compare this place to any other that I've been to. Travel for me has always been about the people and local authentic experiences which is why I love what ChaloHoppo does. I wouldn't have even found out about this place if not for them. We stayed at homestays, cooked with the families and went on lovely village walks. The sun sets here at 4.30pm and after that all you can do is sit in the kitchen, warm your hands on the fire and let the cat nap on your lap. Dzulekie is the kind of place that makes you fall in love with it instantly but also continues to spring surprises to keep you interested.

Deenaz Raisinghghani
Reviewed On 24/01/2019
5/5

We are a family of three and we (hubby n me) have been travelling for the last 11 years. we also love to backpack with our daughter and have managed to explore a few parts of the World with her..However, we had been waiting to do a trip to the North East of India for a long time and somehow it had not materialised. In December last year, we got a chance to make this long awaited trip happen with Chalohoppo to Nagaland during the Hornbill Festival. From the very first interaction with them over email, I got a very positive and warm vibe from them as well as a very responsible tour operator. We reached them after a roadtrip via Dimapur-Wokha-Mokokchung-Kohima(Thanks to Abhishek for coordinating the first point of contact for us even though he was travelling himself). They curated a lovely travel itinerary for us which I shall write about below: Stay at Campsite Yedikha: The campsite is located very close to the Hornbill festival venue(Kisama Heritage Village) and is the acclimatising base for the Dzukou valley trek as well. Facilities:The site has tents pitched on two levels overlooking the terraced fields of Jakhama, Nagaland. It has a full service kitchen, extremely clean and permanent tiled toilets with continuous water supply, a roofed lounging zone with games and music and a bonfire area that is open to the sky. The hosts (Chalohoppo) are always available and stay with the guests on site most of the time. We were welcomed by Chetan,John, Deepika and Aishwarya who were always at camp looking after the guests and taking care of logistics. Sleep:The camp is literally the hub of activity in this part of Chalohoppo’s Nagaland. We were travelling with a toddler(3yo) and it was December so one can imagine how low the temperatures were; however we slept beautifully in the tents as they were insulated, blinded from morning light, and had very comfortable good quality sleeping bags with space for luggage inside the tent. Eat:We were served fresh warm breakfast early in the mornings (no matter what time everyone slept) and delicious local meals every night with both vegetarian and non vegetarian options. The cooks (local staff) whip up authentic organic food with a side of Naga non vegetarian and vegetarian recipes and they are truly delicious to say the least. We had a meal every night with them and each night was special be it the Naga chicken curry or the dry dal with greens that Chetan suggested we try or the fresh chickpea salad that we relished. Aishwarya helped make the yummiest breakfast sandwiches for us and we found a friend in all of them. Day trip 1- Khonoma: We finally met the Chalohoppo guy (famous on Instagram) Nishant in Khonoma where he welcomed us with his infectious warm smile, extensive anecdotes and generosity. We were a group of like minded travellers(bloggers,vloggers,photographers) from different parts of the country and we were taken on an amazing tour of Khonoma village(the first green village). We were left awestruck by the beauty of this village, its pristine open fields, smiling villagers, zero garbage, pretty houses, and lots of fresh air. Chalohoppo arranged a local guide for us named Neizo, an educated qualified local boy and the way he narrated the tour was incredible. His knowledge of the history, local traditions and opinions about contemporary Naga life were something to learn about. We ended up knowing a lot more than we would have otherwise. We lunched at the Meru Homestay overlooking a breathtaking view and had the juiciest cucumbers I have ever eaten. Gorgeous local organic food again that left us happy after a hearty walk around the village. We also witnessed the Friendship festival at Khonoma village (which is something to see for sure) as the locals were dressed in their traditional ceremonial attire and it was a great experience meeting them besides the Hornbill festival. Day trip-2:Jakhama Village Hike. We went for a hike around Jakhama village with a guide from the camp named Kikosonu, and she took us around her pretty village surrounded by lush paddy fields and rolling hills. Just walking around the entire village of Jakhama is a beautiful experience as you will get to see lovely tin roofed houses, meet some warm smiling locals, and get to hear about the history of the Village along with her personal anecdotes that will make this village hard to forget. Live Music: on our last day at camp, we were treated to a live band from Kohima who jammed with us into the night and we met and danced with some beautiful strangers that felt more like friends. For parents wanting to travel with kids, this is a perfect itinerary and you would get to enjoy each aspect of the State without tiring your kids too much and also exposing them to a camping experience. USP:-1) Attention to detail 2) Knowledge of local place, tie ups and information about everything that will be required right upto the point you leave Nagaland. 3) Responsible, Ready to take feedback and always positive 4) Ready to customise plans according to the comfort of the travellers 5) Extremely well spoken, fun, confident and amazing people in one team 6) Easily the coolest tour operator in all of North East! Trust me Go on a trip with them to get your own experience! Chalo Northeast Chalohoppo…

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