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ChaloHoppo to an Unknown Arunachal -Mechuka

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If you fall asleep through your journey, long enough, to wake up in Mechuka, missing the road signs that give you a reality check, you may have to pinch yourself, and yet the valley may seem unreal. Come get giddy in Mechuka.

  • Reviews 12 Reviews
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Food and wine, Hiking, Spiritual
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about ChaloHoppo to an Unknown Arunachal -Mechuka.

#ChaloTravelTomorrow : Pay a minimum credit of 2500 per person right now to avail the package ( Remaining amount can be paid 2 weeks before the trip starts )

From a complete shift in architectural pattern, with wood replacing brick and mortar and herds of stray horses interrupting your path or seen grazing at a distance, replacing the usual cow herds seen on Indian roads, you slowly tend to relate to the deep-rooted Tibetan influence that you have read online about.

Why don’t you hear it from people who have travelled through us before?

To reach this village in Arunachal Pradesh, we took a plane, a train, a cab, a couple of shared sumos, woke up at unearthly hours, survived many hairpin turns, rocky roads, headaches and a near brain freeze. But boy, was it worth it!
Bhumika Udernani, Pune,

Being on the mountaintop where you feel like you are the only one in miles and surrounded by prayer flags is a pretty awesome feeling.
Avinash Kaur, Delhi

The trip gets better when you are received by your warm homestay hosts.
Traditional food preparation sessions, long nature walks and exploring Memba heirlooms (the major tribe inhabiting the valley) punctuate your Mechuka experience.

Mechuka turns fluorescent green from May right till August. September marks the beginning of Autumn and everything turns brown and stays that way until December.
January brings in snow and then spring comes. Regardless of the season, you visit it in, the place offers breathtaking beauty.

Pricing Chart :

For 1 person : 35750 ( Applicable only for group trips – Dates to be announced later )

For 2 people : 33500 per person ( Discount of 2000 on 35500)

For 3 people : 30500 per person ( Discount of 2000 on 32500 )

For 4 people : 30000 per person ( Discount of 2000 on 32000)

For 5 people : 29000 per person ( Discount of 2000 on 31000)

For 6 people : 28000 per person ( Discount of 2000 on 30000)

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.
  • Stay in comfortable, clean and hygienic accommodation, mostly homestays and traditional cottages
  • All entries, parking, tolls 
  • Transport from Guwahati to Mechuka and back
  • AC 3 tier Train tickets to and from Guwahati 
  • Guide wherever required
  • 1 ChaloHoppo guy to lead the tour ( Only in case of Fixed Departure )
  • Inner line permits to enter Arunachal Pradesh
  • Breakfast
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in a delay of flights or any other form of transport
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, bottled water, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Any other item not mentioned in the “Cost Includes” section above
  • Shopping
  • Alcohol
  • Your Personal Purchases
  • Any insurances
  • Protected Area Permit for Non-Indians (Additional cost of 100USD)
  1. Day 1 A train ride where we break the ice

    The journey begins with a train ride. Oh, what fun it is to break the ice while sitting in the comfort of your 2 tier AC train commuting for less than 12 hours. The best thing about this train ride is that it gives travellers enough time to know each other before the road trip starts. We love train journeys and hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

    The trip requires you to reach Kamakhya railway station by 7 pm. The train departs from Kamakhya station at 8:30 pm and reaches Murkongselek at 7 45 am.

  2. Day 2 Bumpy roads and lot of pitstops later

    Yes, we are not in Arunachal Pradesh yet. That state is far. That is the fun part, isn’t it? But you don’t have to wait any longer. After a few photos inside the train with our chai, we step out to be greeted by a friendly driver Rishi da. His Scorpio/Bolero will be our companion for the next 8 days.
    A drive of approximately 6 to 7 hours with many deserving punctuations will lead us to the first stop and the first homestay of the tour-Reyi Homestay in Along. Our aim is to only reach the homestay for a simple dinner and some tasty ash rice beer!

    Along the way to ”Along”(name of the first town we layover before heading to Mechuka), we will see the landscapes change from lush paddy fields to rugged mountains. The temperatures are going to be on the warmer side so far but that will change soon.

    Tonight we sleep early because the longest part of the journey awaits us tomorrow!

  3. Day 3 A day of transitions and end of long drives, for now

    The view is stunning from the porch of this traditional and modern cross of a house. Acres of paddy fields. Rows of orange trees. A couple of ponds that appear like beauty spots on the lush vista. The constant gurgling sound of a stream running along the length of the house.

    Yes, you want to take time to take all these in. But time is less. Only for those whose bodies haven’t adjusted to the new clock. The Northeast India clock is a different deal altogether.  More details on this once you are on the trip. For now, the tea is getting cold, we need to make a move.

    If we manage to leave by 7 am then we would have had a decent start.

    After a 2 hour drive, its time for the actual breakfast and loads of stops, keeping in mind that the drive with only 2 stipulated pitstops takes about 8 hours.

    No one can get a grip on the weather in Arunachal in general, so if it rains then we have to alter the drive schedules accordingly. Ah, so much excitement and unpredictability already.

    If you don’t like the sound of it, then you should probably not check what happens the next day.

  4. Day 4 The day you sigh from atop the 'Mechuka La

    Last night you were a little tired because despite best attempts we couldn’t enter Mechuka before dark. But hey that’s alright since we will be taking the same route on our way back 3 days later, so you didn’t miss out on anything. And you cherished the drive up till that point anyway, so all is well.

    If you liked last night’s butter tea then the same shall be had now for breakfast.

    You met the hosts of the homestay last night remember? We sat around the kitchen fire greeted the family members before we broke into our rooms and some pulled out a few cans of beer.

    You also go to know by now that we have no restrictions as such, apart from knowing that we get good people who are smart adults making conscious choices.

    As discussed yesterday today we hike! Yay!

    We will almost walk the length of Mechuka town but at a higher elevation which will give us almost bird-like views of the inhabited land. It will be long, hence lunch will be had when we find the best viewpoint to aid in building an appetite.

    Specific brief about how to prepare for this day hike will be shared when you sign up. Don’t worry.

    It’s going to be handy to keep the cameras charged since we may lose count of the number of photographs we click.

    By evening we should be back at the homestay or just loiter around Mechuka town. Perhaps pay Abdul’s restaurant a visit?
    Who is Abdul now? You will find out.

  5. Day 5 The day we use the car more than our legs

    You have worked hard so far. Let us give you some time to sleep a little late today. You can stay in bed till 8: 30 am.  That according to the rest of the country’s time would be around 10 am. Good enough?

    So when we meet for breakfast which shall be served around 8 am, the ones who wake up late can still have it until 9 am. Why these rules? Feels like boot camp is it?  Well, it is still a pretty chilled out one, so you can bare with a few timelines here and there no.

    Today’s agenda is to have the langar at the Gurudwara because it is lovely. This will take us about an hour’s drive from town. From an elevation of about 6600 feet, we will be driving up to 7600 feet and eventually to the last civilian point at the Yarlung military camp.

    Wait but why does Mechuka in one corner of Arunachal Pradesh have a Gurudwara? This and more such intriguing stories will grapple us when we visit the Taposthan opposite to the location of the Gurudwara.

    Apart from a lovely riverside location, the Taposthan has s giant rock which has a split and we try and pass through that. Sinners obviously get stuck. Says the legend.

    At the Yarlung check-post, we can chit chat with the jawans and the junior officers of the Indian army who have a few interesting stories of their own.

    The old Gompa, that is 400 years has always eluded a lot of the travellers so we aren’t putting it on the agenda but we’ll see how it goes this time. The curse of the planned itinerary is hence withdrawn.

  6. Day 6 The day we hike bearing gifts for the shepherd

    Another hike today! How’s the body and the mind feeling now, eh? It better be good because Dorjeeling which is our first village pitstop before hiking to the shepherd’s hut in Rinjinling is a beauty your mind needs to be clear to absorb the positive energy.

    We should definitely pull over by the riverside and dip our feet in the waters and it would be a good time to invest some energy in wild berry plucking. It’s very addictive to pluck one and put it straight in your mouth and the worst part is that you keep eating them as you collect them and eventually you have none to show.

    After this distraction, we again set out on our path to hike up the trail. Only then do we get to see a different side of the hill and one that definitely should make us feel like we have gone a level up in the game.

    We shall obviously handover the gifts we brought for Doge Philley the shepherd. It would be nice if he is free to sit with us for a cup of his special ghee chai. It’s not going to be very nippy but it will be pleasant with a hint of chill in the air. So the ghee chai will be perfect.

    His hut in this obscurely lush grazing paradise is like travelling in a time machine and visiting a place at the confluence of the changing times, changing governments and flexible identities.

    We shall have a light lunch in that hut, perhaps time to cut open that packet of Maggi?

  7. Day 7 The day it was about stopping over at Along

    Did we sleep last night? It’s time to bid goodbye. Your new family will miss you. You should ideally not want to leave but a family bound by blood waits back home. Perhaps a job as well that lets you fund the wanderlust waits too.

    But let’s not get too soggy already. Remember we had driven into Mechuka in darkness? Now we drive out in broad daylight. Delaying this beyond 10 am won’t be recommended.

    We are on course to break the journey at the same homestay in Along. By now you know that Along is the district headquarter of the West Siang district.  People of the Galo (tribe) inhabit the town and our homestay hosts are very keen on fitness. Let’s look out and admire the landscapes on this drive. A rest day at Along is all this night is about. But don’t forget that we need to conserve all this energy for the bidding farewell party that we need to rock our bodies to. Some groovy Bollywood numbers need to replace John Mayer, Prateek Kuhad, Porcupine tree playlists. That is tomorrow in Pasighat. Now, eat and sleep. You have had a long day.

  8. Day 8 The day we felt like children returning to school after vacations

    We repeat the process we did at Along. Wake up to great views. Have a more relaxed breakfast though. We only head by around 9 am today. Even though our main agenda tonight is to just have a good time on the train and have a party of sorts but if we get time then, it will be a great idea to have a walk through the Pasighat market. It should be fascinating. Considering the cities or lives you are coming from probably doesn’t have silkworms, seasonal insects, wild edible leaves, fat chillies and variety of smells lingering in the air. topped off by the sheer pungency of the bamboo shoot, both dried and fermented.

    We should gobble on those pani puris in Pasighat, after which we are ready for the night time gig.

  9. Day 9 The day we wanted the train to not reach its destination

    Board your flight/ train back home, until you return. In case you want to visit the Kamakhya temple, then flight tickets can be booked in the evening so that you get enough time for the visit. You will reach Guwahati at 7 am if the train reaches on time.

    Click here to download the quick handy pdf version of the itinerary.

A meal to remember

Anybody’s dream home, only a few get to live in it. Would you want to be one of those few mortals?


A tasteful mix of the traditional with the modern. Perfect for even those who have never hauled a backpack.

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.

Read this blog to know about the food hacks that vegetarian travellers can try in Meghalaya.


Entry to Arunachal Pradesh will require an inner line permit for domestic travellers. Foreigners visiting Arunachal Pradesh have to get a protected area permit or PAP.

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 Arunachal Pradesh 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.

Overall Rating
Sandeep G
Reviewed On 26/02/2020

Northeast was in my bucket list for very long. Last year I decided to travel to Arunchal Pradesh. The plan A was to ride to Tawang but for some reasons it went for a toss. While searching for places to visit in Aruncahal I came accross YouTube Tanya's video about Menchuka which ahe did with Chalohopo. I was impressed by the way her trip was planned hence I made the decision to plan a trip with Chalophop. Our trip started on 22nd Dec from Guwahati. We were greeted by Nick the trip leader on Kamkhaya railway station. Soon I realised that he is not our trip leade but a friend who happens to know his backyard very well. For next two weeks, we travelled to Menchuka and then to Dambuk. We never felt there was any rush to cover the places. The trip was planned in a way that we had ample of time to spend with magnificent views, local people and culture. Nick shared so many stories not only about Arunachal but also about entire north east. In entire trip we were pampered with love and affection by local people but the same time we were pushed out of our comfort zones. I experienced that every person who is associated with Chalophop be a person who was driving us around, homestays and the owners, trip leaders, Chalophop executives and marketing people were chosen carefully. These guys are travellers and have passion for it. I came to know that every trip which they offer is planned very by keeping everybody in mind. By the end of the trip the place which was unknown to me got familiar to me. I can surely say that I got experience which i expected from this trip. Thank you Chalophop for making it memorable one. Cheers

Saidaniya Ansary
Reviewed On 24/12/2019

I happened to know about Chalohoppo through Tanya Khanijow's videos. It was love at first sight. I was totally impressed by their efforts to bring the North east visible to the rest of the world in all its beauty and splendour. I have always wanted to go to Menchuka, but never got the right guidance. After getting in touch with chalohoppo and forwarding my requirements, I was so convinced that these guys are so awesome. They not only inspire you to travel, they make you feel at home and ensure you safe and fun filled trip. My itenerary was so perfectly crafted as per my requirements. Every place I stayed was wonderful. I must specially mention DD Homestay at Menchuka. They have become my family. I got to experience there culture, food and also could go on two treks during this one week trip. I cannot thank Chalohoppo enough for this beautiful life changing experience. I was traveling solo for the first time. And I must say, the team ensured that I was safe at every point in time. This reflects their thorough professionalism and commitment towards work. I'm so awed and moved by the way Chalohoppo arranged this trip. My special thanks to Pritika for entertaining all my questions, last moment changes and ofcourse keeping in touch with me. Keep it up Chalohoppo. Huge salute and loads and loads of love. You guys rock 🤘😎

Carly R
Reviewed On 03/12/2019

I’m a solo traveller from Canada who fell in love with India last year while visiting Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Kerala. I was literally checking prices for a flight back, while waiting to board the plane for Toronto in the Kochi airport. It was clear that I would be back to India, I just had to decide on the next places to explore! I became interested in the Northeast very quickly. All I had to do was look at the map of India and I knew the NE was a region I had to see. The seven sister states — bordering Bhutan, China (Tibet), Myanmar and Bangladesh — yet, it’s still India! It was safe to assume it would be a cultural epicentre, brimming with history. As I learned more about the people, the cultures and the landscapes.. I was completely sold! The NE would be my next destination in India. Through my research, I quickly learned that the Northeast, particularly Arunachal is not the easiest place to backpack around. I mean, nothing is impossible.. but I can assure you, travelling with ChaloHoppo will give you an entirely different appreciation. The ease and reliability of the transportation, the accommodations, meals, language and of course the incredible itinerary — all combined with extensive knowledge, local guides and the benefits of the relationships ChaloHoppo have formed in these remote districts. This is what you pay for — this is what you get. A perfectly curated journey through a virtually non-touristed region. With ChaloHoppo, we were able to visit places, and do things that most people would never have the opportunity. ChaloHoppo has started to change that, and it was absolutely incredible being a part of that evolution. Do you even know anyone that’s been to the Northeast? What do you know about Arunachal, Meghalaya or Nagaland? Where is Mechuka? Be the person that can point way up on the map, in the far right corner of India and say you’ve been there! India is vast, and as a foreigner speaking to Indians, I’ve learned that most have travelled within the country.. but everyone wants to go outside. Well, I’m telling you.. the Northeast is as close as you can get to feeling like you’re in a different world. And it’s all yours to discover! These unique tours attract individuals who are seeking something different, something life altering. People wishing to have new experiences, try new foods, meet new people. I personally, had never been on a multi-day group tour, yet because I knew I couldn’t enjoy Arunachal to the fullest without the help of an expert, I decided on ChaloHoppo. Most of us chose this tour for the same reason, which created an incredible dynamic and connection. From the moment we met at the train station in Guwahati, we knew we were in for an epic adventure, and we were in it TOGETHER! Every moment was filled with newness. Watching my fellow travellers marvel at nature, skip stones, drink from waterfalls, trek mountains, cook over fire.. it was truly soul-food. Chalohoppo runs these tours professionally, and logistically — but what they provide for people goes much deeper than caravans, schedules and checklists. Nishant, Nick and the team at ChaloHoppo are making a difference in peoples’ lives — the lives of the lucky travellers who take the leap and see firsthand what they have to offer.. but, also in the lives of the people in the communities they visit. They are building connection and it’s freaking beautiful. I could go on about the experiences we had making our way to the hamlet of Mechuka, or share stories of the magical nature, cuisine, culture, connections and self-discovery. But, I’d rather you trust me and go have your own experiences. Each tour is bound to be different, and that is what makes them so special. If you’ve gotten so far as to reading these reviews, you’re 90% of the way there. Gift yourself with the experience of a lifetime. Then, just one more piece of advice.. once you're booked — get EXCITED! The countdown will be on to one of the most epic trips you’ll ever take! Thank you Nishant! Thank you Nick! Thank you ChaloHoppo! The work you do matters. (YOU — be the next person to see what I’m talking about!)

Preethi Kini
Reviewed On 03/12/2019

We had a lifetime experience with the group on this trip with Chalohoppo.Everything there was on our bucket list was covered in this one trip to Mechuka. The journey itself was full of excitement and adventure and the destination was no less. Every little detail was taken care of, age no bar, we were a bunch of 45 plus( sceptical initially) but we got to relive our youth and enjoy to the hilt. The younger crowd was a joy to be with and Nishant more than made up with his wit, his passion for north east seeped through his various stories of his experiences which made our travel interesting and of course his dance moves. It was one crazy holiday to a beautiful , pristine place and it would not have been so enjoyable and adventurous without Chalohoppo.Special mention goes to Nishant( you work really hard to make this exciting and interesting to all who travel ). You guys rock. Keep up the good work. We are already planning our next holiday with Chalohoppo.

Shreyal Jain
Reviewed On 03/12/2019

since you are reading this that means you are either in two minds about the place -- Menchuka or about this travel start-up. So let me tell you, take the PLUNGE. Give this place and Chalohoppo a chance. I assure you this will be the best gift you could give to yourself. Menchuka is not just a quaint little hamlet nestled in a valley of Arunachal, it is a way of Life. the slow and paused, quite and simple, refreshing and soothing. Let’s say, imagine that landscape painting we used to draw as kids-- simple green mountains, a river flowing on side and a small little house with a few farm animals beside it. Yes, that’s exactly how simple Menchuka is. My October trip was filled with amazing surprises-- we were greeted with a rainy night, but the next day happened to have a clear sky and then came a full rainbow up and close, followed by the sight of snow capped mountains.. The hike to Mechukha la (my first hike on my first solo trip) was sure exhilarating but also taught me so much. While looking up and calculating my steps to reach the top, Nishant -- the group leader, screamed from the top of another peak, “Shreyal, kabhi kabhi peeche mudke dekh lena chahiye, kaha tak pachun gaye.” (Translation: While climbing up, pause for sometime, look back and see where have you reached) this made me reflect on life. And, this is just one of the many lessons I learnt from my co-travellers now turned into my little family. Be it the Menchuka’s local market, the 400 year old monastery or the gurudwara, everything about this place is beautiful. And the cherry on the top is the Chalohoppo group. The team is not like the red-flag-time's-up type of company. It is like -- by the millennials, for the millennials. Right from their ‘sign-up for enquiry’ form on their website to last day of the trip, I was happy that I chose them to explore Arunachal. The team gives 100% of its capability to make you comfortable and feel homely amongst strangers. The team is like a warm coat on a chilly night. Before taking the trip, I was definitely scared. Going with complete strangers isn’t a piece of cake, but Chalohoppo made sure everything went smoothly for not only me, but for everyone. They are understanding and accommodating, thoughtful yet fun and most of all strangers yet homely. So I say, take this plunge, go for the trip and give yourself the love Menchuka and Chalohoppo is trying to offer.


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