ChaloHoppo to Dzukou Valley
From trekking through a forest to leisurely walking in an alien bamboo land at 8,000 ft; tasting rice beer to bathing in a cold stream; exploring the Naga village life to meditating between terraced rice fields. Experience the unexpected in the land of the Nagas!
We have trips to Dzukou Valley every weekend. Starting from Friday till Sunday.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
Have you ever felt like unzipping your tent to a surreal view of the sun rising over terraced rice fields? And stretch your arms wide
Camp to one of the best views Nagaland has to offer. Dine on fresh cooked Naga cuisines. For those who like red meat, varieties of smoked and fresh meat, infused with local herbs and generous portions of a bamboo shoot is on offer.
Sing around a bonfire and gaze the stars to sleep. When we say live like the Nagas, we mean it.
Trek to experience the unpredictable Dzukou! Witness the beauty of the rare wildflowers that bloom across the valley.
*The exotic Dzukou Lilly blooms in the month of June-July.
1. Accommodations in Dzukou.
2. All accommodations on twin sharing basis in tents at ChaloHoppo Village, Camp Yedikha.
3. Sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows.
4. All meals excluding breakfast and lunch on Day 1.
6. Hygienic toilets.
7. Bathing rooms.
8. Guide for Dzukou trek.
9. Guide for Kohima and Jakhama village walk.
10. Transport from Kohima to Kohima.
11. Transport from ChaloHoppo Village/Camp Yedikha to Viswema trek point and back.
12. Electricity source with charging facility for mobile devices at the campsite.
13. Running water supply at the campsite.
14. Inner Line Permit.
1. Airfare charges
2. All food & beverages costs apart from the ones mentioned above.
3. Entry fee to any monuments etc if any.
4. Any camera fees.
5. Campsite staff tips (if any)
6. Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)
7. 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.
8. Porters hired for personal use.
9. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”.
Soak in the Angami Air
Gather and meet at Kohima War Cemetery-
The trip begins here. We meet at Kohima War Cemetery by 11 am. The memorial remembers the bloodshed of 917 soldiers who died during the altercation with the Japanese during World War II. It’s a well- known place in the city and won’t be difficult to find.
We will then head to a known Naga restaurant to have an authentic Naga lunch.
PS This lunch is not included in the package.
Head to ChaloHoppo Village, Camp Yedikha –
Post lunch we head to our campsite in Jakhama village. We will have Sumos pick us up and drop at the Campsite. Enjoy the beautiful 1-hour drive and after settling in the tents, enjoy the view on offer from the campsite, sipping hot lal cha.
Explore Jakhama: Village Walk-
We now head for a village walk 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. Walk around, capture Jakhama, meet the locals and if luck sticks around get invited for meals as well.
Get together and have fun sitting beside the stream. Splash up or get drenched, it’s your time to breathe and see the sun setting over Jakhama.
Dine and stargaze-
Veg. And Non-veg meals for all, sip on some rice beer let the food settle in and stargaze lying down in your tent. A night to remember, to share with your grandkids!
Please note: The train enters Dimapur station by 5 30 am. The only facility for toilets is the ”pay and use toilets” (unfortunately untidy), so it may even be a better bet to freshen up in the train itself. Yes, the train bathrooms may be a better option. (if you get the time since sometimes the train is late) There are some restaurants outside which may or may not be open at the time and hence the chance of getting access to a freshening up area isn’t going to be convenient. Realistically you will only be able to freshen up upon reaching our camp at Jakhama village.
Meet Point- Kohima War Cemetery.
Lunch- Naga cuisine in a local Restaurant.
Dinner- Veg Thali- Rice, Dal, two vegetables, Salad, Papad and some organic leaf salad
Non-veg. Thali- Rice, Dal, Bhaji, Chicken/Pork/Beef (Indian-Naga style), Papad, Salad and some organic Leaf Salad.
Drive Time- 1 hour from Kohima to the Campsite.
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. It’s best that we start our trek early so that we have more time spent in the valley. Breakfast at the campsite and we charge on the sumos waiting for us. Pack light, we are going for a trek not for War!
Ride to the starting point of the trek-
The ride from the campsite to the starting point of the Viswema route will take about an hour depending on the conditions of the road on the climb. Enjoy the mist following you and capture the green mountains holding back the clouds.
Trek to Dzukou-
The trek to Dzukou will take a maximum of 4 hours considering the first time and slow trekkers. It starts with an hour hike. It will be a bit steep, slippery climb up the stairs. Reach the viewpoint and soak in the fresh air, sadly very rare these days. The valley starts here. What follows now is a straight trail along the sea of bamboos. The trek should not take more than 3 hours, but considering the weather, the trail might leave its mark on your shoes. Walk, look around, stand, breathe, soak in! Let Dzukou be your guide.
Rest and Lunch at the Dormitory-
Our next halt will be the dormitory (our base), which offers a beautiful view of the valley. Relax your calves, stretch out and energize yourself with hot cuppa Noodles. You can also buy Maggie, egg, and meals available in the kitchen near the dormitory. There are washrooms, feel free to ease out.
Head to the Valley-
So far you have been admiring the valley from the hills; it’s time to head into the valley. The trail down takes about 1 hour. Walk through the mist, look around the dead trees in the middle of the green bamboo sea.
Reaching down into the valley with a cold river running by the side, run through the fields full of Dzukou Lilly. Smell them, click them but don’t Pluck them! They are too beautiful to die!!
Depending on the weather we can explore more of the the never-ending valley. We will have professional guides throughout to make sure you don’t get lost in this beautiful land. Head back to the dormitory to have some Lal cha with some biscuits and keep staring at this beautiful gift of nature.
Sleep tight, it will be COLD.
PS Dzukou Lilly only blooms in June-July.
Wake up Call- 6 am.
Breakfast- Bread-Butter/Jam, Boiled egg, Banana, Chai, Biscuits, and Namkeen.
Lunch- Cuppa Noodles and Bread-Butter.
Dinner- Veg: Dal, Rice, Beans and Potato Bhaji.
Drive Time- Campsite to Viswema starting point will take 1 hour.
Trek Time- Maximum 4 hours (considering first-time trekkers and slow trekkers)
Bidding Nagaland goodbye, unless you want to stay back!
Breakfast and start the trek back-
Wake up early by 7 am, pack up and spend some time with the valley to yourself. Have Wai Wai and Laal Cha for breakfast and start the trek back by 9 am. Walk back but don’t forget to look back, these are the last moments you share with the valley. Bid farewell and reach the starting point of Viswema trek where our Sumos will be waiting for your rescue.
Reach Campsite and hog on Puri Bhaji-
An hour ride back and some hot delicious Puri Bhaji awaits you at the campsite.
Post lunch your transport will be waiting to drop you NST. It’s time we part ways, till next time! NMeza!
Wake up Call- 7 am.
Breakfast- WaiWai and Lal Cha.
Lunch- Puri Bhaji
Drive Time- Viswema starting point to Campsite will take 1 hour.
Campsite to NST, Kohima will take 1 hour.
Trek Time- Maximum 4 hours to the endpoint. (considering first-time trekkers and slow trekkers)
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.
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.
Number of tents: 15
Type of tents: 3 person ‘Fresh and black’ from Decathlon.
Type of sleeping facility: 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 electricity
Hot water: yes, in buckets
Free 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-order both traditional Naga cuisine and simple North Indian food.
Charging station: yes
Drinking 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.
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).
Shuttle service to and from the campsite at a fixed time: Rs 200/- seat
Camping rules to be adhered to:
1.No plastic bottles will be allowed inside the campsite. Drinking water will be available inside the campsite at no extra cost.
2. No shoes to be carried inside the tent without a ziplock bag.
3. Lighting fire/ smoking inside the tents is strictly prohibited since the tents are highly inflammable.
4. Everything is fun as long as it is not hampering other campers.
5. Dedicated bonfire spots will be allocated and managed by Team ChaloHoppo. Campers are not allowed to light their own bonfires since it can be hazardous if not managed.
6. Team ChaloHoppo will not be responsible for the loss of any of your belongings.
7. Keep your tent and tent surroundings clean by depositing all waste in the campsite garbage Bins.
- 3 person ‘Fresh and black’ hiking tents from Decathlon.
- Type of sleeping facility: two layers of foam mats serving as cushion at the bottom, pillows (not air pillows) and sleeping bags ( meant for 0 to 10 degrees Celsius)
- Number of toilets: 2 (1 Indian and 1 western)
- Number of bathrooms: 1
- Bathrooms and toilets tiled and roofed with running water and electricity
- Hot water yes: In buckets
- parking: yes
- Bonfire seating areas are made of a mixture of natural stones and also carved out of wood.
- Kitchen: Yes
- Charging station: yes
- Fordable camping chairs
- Drinking 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.
- Power back up in case of power shutdown
- coffee/ tea machine
30 Days prior to arrival : 50% refund
15 Days prior to arrival : 25% refund
Less than 15 Days prior to arrival : 0% refund
Rainwear, if we are going to visit Dzukou in Monsoons. Thermals and jackets during winters. Please know that Dzukou has unpredictable weather but during monsoons, rain is definitely predictable and during inters temperatures goes below 0 degrees.
Extra-Breathable top and bottom wear, especially for treks.
Extra pair of socks and Waterproof trekking shoes.
Plastic bag/ziplock to carry your phones and wallet.
Trekking shoes that have a good grip as the whole trail will be squishy and muddy during monsoons. (basic ones will with good grip, but not usual running shoes or sports shoes)
- Ear muffs, gloves and woolen socks and caps during winters.
Basic toiletries and tissue rolls (if you need)
Headlamps/Torches with batteries (not compulsory)
Personal medication for allergies etc.
Non-disposable water bottle (compulsory)
Inner Line Permit (ILP).
Quick dry towels.
Please note that the weather is unpredictable it might be sunny and pouring the next minute. Nights will be COLD!
Campsite: Please avoid carrying plastic bottles or even buying sealed bottles while at the venue as want to have a litter-free zone as much as possible.
Food: All the meals from dinner on Day 1 till lunch on Day 3 are covered in the cost.
Service: Though we will try our best to give you great service, please understand we won’t be able to give you hot towels, bed tea and the like.
Roads: The road from Dimapur to Kohima are winding and full of potholes, please be equipped with appropriate medication in case you have motion sickness.
Connectivity: JIO is your best option! But networks like Airtel and BSNL also fare well. Vodafone isn’t the best option.
Please note that Dzukou won’t have any reception.
Littering: Please ensure that you aren’t any trash behind, starting from the smallest things like the wrapper of a ‘Pulse’ candy to bigger and more calorie filled packets like ‘Lays’ etc.
- Height from mean sea level: 7998 feet
- There are two starting points to reach Dzukou valley from Kohima – Viswema and Jakhama
- The valley is shared between the two states Manipur and Nagaland
- The valley is famous for its wide range of flower in every season. But the most famous one is the Dzükou lily.
- The majority of Dzükou valley lies in Manipur.
- This is also called the valley of flowers of Northeast India
- Temperatures in the valley in July can go down to 7 degrees Celsius
Yes, Dzukou has all the reasons to be talked about. The valley is shared by Nagaland and Manipur, though the majority of the valley lies in Manipur. The known treks are initiated through Nagaland.
Yes, you will definitely need to have an Inner Line Permit(ILP) to enter Nagaland unless your stay is limited to Dimapur.
Relax! We got your back for that. We will get your Inner Line Permit made. It is included in the package.
Yes, 16 tribes in Nagaland but while on the trip you will get to interact with, Angami tribe, the most dominant one in the state.
No sign language guys, although the language used is Angami but you can converse with the locals in English. Almost everyone knows English and a few might also surprise with Hindi in an Angami accent.
For starters ‘Keneka Ase?’ means How are you? in Nagamese and ‘NMeza!’ is Thank You!
But we are sure you will have a few more words in your dictionary after the trip.
Once you are in Kohima head to Kohima War Cemetery. The ChaloHoppo Guy will meet you there at 11 am.
We have different trips planned with the shortest one being a 2 nights 3 days tour.
If you want to customise your tour then please click here.
Travelling solo has its own fun but travelling with a group is a notch up higher. This trip is based on a minimum of 5 people, so you will definitely see 4 new faces if you are coming solo.
People from all around the country, mix up, learn and experience the unknown!
Since the flights are expensive and less frequent to Dimapur, we would suggest you land in Guwahati and take a train to Dimapur or take a train to Guwahati from your respective home station.
Welcome to NorthEast! Once in Guwahati, you will have to catch a train from Guwahati Railway Station, Paltan Bazar. The train journey will take around 4-6 hours to reach Dimapur.
Take the 23:30 pm train Train No.15669 from Guwahati to Dimapur. The train starts from Guwahati station and not Kamakhaya and reaches Dimapur at 5 am.
If your package includes a pickup and drop at Kohima, you will have to hire a Sumo or an alto depending on your luggage and people count from Dimapur to Kohima. The transport is available at the station itself.
According to the package, you will be dropped to Kohima. You can take the transport from Kohima to Dimapur.
Your drop back to Kohima or Dimapur gives you options to catch one of the following trains: Train no. 1566, departs at 21:45 and reaches 3: 30 am.
Train no. 15604 departs at 23:04 and reaches 04:45 am.
Train no. 15606 departs at 23:14 and reaches 4:45 am.
Train no. 12068 departs at 16:56 and reaches 21:20 pm.
We have a beautiful Campsite in Jakhama village, with a view of never-ending terraced paddy fields from your tents. The ChaloHoppo Camp Yedikha will be your base camp for the trip.
Your transport will be taken care by us from Kohima. We will have sumos hired to get you and your luggage a drive through the Green hills of Nagaland.
Congratulations if you are a foodie like us! The package will include meals mentioned in the itinerary. We will make sure to get you a taste of the local Naga cuisine throughout the trip. Get ready for a Raw Naga Experience!
The notes describe the meals included in the package.
NO! We respect the choice of your food and have pure vegetarian meals for you.
Dzukou is the ideal place to make people jealous but sorry to disappoint you. The place is valley is hidden away from the evils of civilizations and has no network. The last point of network available is mid-trek at the View Point.
JIO is your best option! But networks like Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL also work but best for calling.
Ahh! The valley has exotic flowers and tempting enough to have in your garden. But NO, you can’t pluck the flowers. There is a strict fine of Rs. 5000 for plucking flowers or carrying them back.
Dzukou is beautiful but sadly you can’t capture the beauty from the bird view. The new rules have a restriction on flying drones in the valley. If caught your drone will be seized and you will have to pay a fine of Rs. 5000.
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.