Kohima, Jakhama, Dzuko Valley
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.
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.
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.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!
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.
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
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.
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