ChaloHoppo to a frozen Dzukou Valley

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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.

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All about ChaloHoppo to a frozen Dzukou Valley.

Have you ever found yourself in a place which makes you sweat in the day and by night everything around you freezes? The river you draw water from in the day turns into solid ice that you can walk on.

Have you ever felt like unzipping your tent to a surreal view of the sun rising over a frosted bamboo valley?

Have you ever wanted to live like the Nagas do?

We make sure that you live these moments on your trip to Kohima-Dzukou-Jakhama. Get to explore the fancy underground markets of Kohima, pick up a Naga shawl or some bamboo shoot pickle. Capture the peace of the Kohima War Memorial and soak in the vibe of the capital city.

For the ones interested to eat like the Nagas do, we have interesting sessions of catching your own snack. Sing your nights with the local bands around a bonfire and gaze the stars to sleep. When we say live like the Nagas, we mean it.

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.

1. Accommodation in Dzukou in the dormitory.

2. All accommodations on twin sharing basis in tents at ChaloHoppo Village, Camp Yedikha.

3. Sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows

4. Meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner for the days mentioned.

5. Bonfire.

6. Hygienic toilets for men and women.

7. Bathing rooms.

8. Guide for Dzukou overnight trek.

9. Overnight camping cost in Dzukou valley.

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.

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

1. Airfare charges

2. All food & beverages cost 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. Potters hired for personal use.

9.  Charges for camping in the valley @ Rs 1800 per person.

10. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”.

Note: Camping in the valley is charged at an additional Rs 1800/- per person due to the following reasons:

a) Because temperatures during winters can go to sub-zero, levels we need to carry different(heavier) sleeping bags than what we carry during normal trips.

b) We need at least 3 porter cum cooks cum guides for a group of 6 people.

c) A lot of firewood has to be carried to the valley from the base camp to sustain the night. Besides the porters, even the guests have to carry firewood apart from their own bags. 

d) Utensils to cook food and basic ration have to be carried to the valley. 

  1. Day1 The ChaloHoppo Way- 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 known place in the city and won’t be difficult to find. The photographers in the group can capture the neatly maintained memorial. Perfect place to do aerial photography.

    Taste the Naga Cuisine-

    After exploring the War Cemetery, we head for lunch in the nearby local restaurants 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-

    Now that all of us has eaten the hunger away, it’s time to step in 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 Camp Yedikha and Snacks-

    After the city walk, 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 laal cha with samosas.

    Explore the Rice fields-

    People who aren’t tired and exhausted from the trek and hungry to explore more can head to the rice fields down the campsite. Look around and feel you are in Bali or Vietnam. Watch the sunset, shoot a time-lapse or just seize the moment in your eye.

    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.

    Rest-

    After a long day and so much going around just take a step back and relax. Sleep or go for an evening stroll in the rice fields. An hour to yourself to snooze off.

    Freshen up for the first night at the campsite.

    Quick highlights of day 1

    Meeting Point– Kohima War Cemetery at 11 am

    Lunch– Naga cuisine in Kohima.

    Snacks- Tea and Samosa at Campsite.

    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.

    Distance Covered- 15 km

  2. Day 2 ChaloHoppo- Dzukou CALLING!

    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 5 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!

    Drive to the starting point of the trek-

    The ride from the campsite to the starting point of the trek, Viswema 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 maximum 5 hours considering the first time and slow trekkers. It starts with a 20-minute walk to the point where the climb starts. It’s a bit steep, slippery climb up the stairs. Large beautiful canopies around, with evergreen moss, covered trees and pitcher plat around for an hour.

    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, which offers a beautiful view of the valley. Relax your calves, stretch out and energize yourself with hot cuppa Noodles and Naga style Fried Rice. You can also buy Maggie, egg, and meals available at 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, Live!

    Explore the valley with Laal Cha-

    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 the caves, demon wall and the never-ending valley.

    We will have professional guides throughout to make sure you don’t get lost in this beautiful land. Have Laal cha with some biscuits and keep staring at this beautiful gift of nature.

  3. Day 3 Brining in the new year with music and rice beer

    Wake up and pack-

    Wake up early by 7 am. Unpitch the tents pack up and spend some time with the valley to yourself. Pack and start the climb up to the dormitory. The climb up will take maximum 2 hours.

    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. Bid farewell and reach the starting point of Viswema trek where our Sumos will be waiting to your rescue.

    Reach Campsite and hog on Puri Bhaji

    An hour ride back and some hot delicious Puri Bhaji awaits you at the campsite. We are breaking the Naga food continuity, for something intense later in the night. Freshen up, change and relax at the campsite before you set an evening of bonfire and music begins.

    Bonfire Band 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. Just to break the chills we will have a local band perform for you at the campsite.

    From Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaye to Whiskey Lullaby send in your requests and our band got your back.

    Spend your night singing dancing and karaoke’ng along the bonfire. Singers, musicians, dancers are welcome to showcase their talents. After all, this is the last night of 2018. With the old year shed the inhibitions that came with it. Dinner for both Veg. And Non-Veg. Dine all but don’t waste!  

    It’s been a long day. Time to get some rest.  

    Quick highlights of day 3

    Wake up Call– 7 am.

    Breakfast- WaiWai and Laal Chaa.

    Lunch– Puri Bhaji

    Drive Time- Viswema starting point to Campsite will take 1 hour.

    Trek Time- 2 hours from the valley and Maximum 5 hours to the endpoint. (considering first-time trekkers and slow trekkers)

    Distance Covered on wheels – 12km + 15 km

    Jamming with the local band and new year countdown.

  4. Day 4 Bidding goodbye to 2018 and Nagaland

    As you wake up to a new day. A sumptuous breakfast precedes your journey back to the cities you came from. The vehicles will drop you to Kohima by 12 pm so that you can board the Jan Shatabdi train no 12068 departing from Dimapur at 4 56 pm and reach Guwahati at 9 20 pm.

    If you want to extend your trip or want us to arrange for transport from Dimapur instead of Kohima, then simply fill this form at the bottom of the ”Plan your own trip page and we shall customise your trip.

Camping

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.
Four tents lined up for a perfect view of the rice fields of Jhakama

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.
Bonfire

 

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

Geyser: No

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
A guy lying on the sleeping bags inside his tent, looks at the paddy fields through the opening of his tent door.

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.

Please take note:

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:  Apart from complimentary breakfast provision for lunch and dinner will be made available on pre-order.

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.

Littering: Please ensure that you aren’t leaving 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.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
The campsite has
  • 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
The campsite does not have
  • Geyser
  • Wifi
  • 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

  • Please carry basic stuff like tooth, brush, shorts, slippers, change of clothes.
    1 sweater/jacket, a beanie or something to cover your head and ears as the temperatures will be low, and a sleeping bag (optional).
  • Do not forget your sports/trekking shoes if you plan to go trekking to Dzukou valley.
  • Essential to carry clothes to protect you from rain and cold in Dzukou.
  • Wear comfortable footwear in general since you will be walking around a lot at the festival venue.
  • Raincoats/ ponchos since it may rain anytime in Northeast India
  • Gloves are a must for the Dzukou trek
  • Headlamps are compulsory.

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:  Apart from complimentary breakfast provision for lunch and dinner will be made available on pre order.

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.

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 Celcius 

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. Our packages include getting your Inner Line Permits made.

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.

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 Dimapur pick and drop, the ChaloHoppo Guy will meet you at Dimapur station at 6 am. The journey onwards is on us.

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 choose we will drop you at Kohima or Dimapur. The mode of transport and cost will vary accordingly.

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 Dimapur or Kohima(depending on your package). 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 itinerary has described the kind of 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! Thanks, Mr. Ambani!! 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 strict fine of Rs. XXXX for plucking flowers or carrying them back.

Overall Rating
5/5
Ankshuman Baruah
Reviewed On 12/07/2018
5/5

If you’re looking for a campsite with an amazing view, some really cool people to chill out with great taste in music, I’d recommend Chalohoppo! 🙂 (y) #NortheastmeansChalohoppo

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