ADVENTURE

Dzuku Valley

This valley otherwise called the valley of eternal charm has an irresistible appeal to all who behold it. Its emeraled green rolling hills interspersed by gentle flowing streams are trekkers delight. It is tucked away at an altitude of 2,438.4 metre behind the Japfu ranges. It is about 30 km south of Kohima, one third of which has to be approached through rough trekking. The serpentine streams that flow leisurely through Dzukou freezes during extreme winter, spring is the time when there are different endemic species of rhododendrons of different colours in bloom. In summer, wild herbs and shrubs sprout along the stream banks. Lilies in white and pink, euphorbias, aconitums and hundreds of other species of flowers and plants in varied colours adorn the valley in monsoon. Though Dzuku is known for its biodiversity, the predominant plant is the tough bamboo brush because of which, it looks like a fully mown lawn from afar. This is the valley immortalized by Vekram Seth of Suitable boy fame in his Beastly  Talesfrom here and There in the poem entitled “The Elephant and the Tragopan”.  This is one of the best trekking spot in the North East Region. In spite of the difficult terrain and non-availability of facilities, this is one of the most frequented trekking spot in the entire North East India. A few tourist rest houses are constructed by the tourism department for trekkers here.

Dzulekia

If you are looking for an ideal gate way from tensions and rat race of an urban existence, this is an ideal place for you. The lush evergreen subtropical forest are a feast for the eyes. Here, you can spot Mithuns (Bos Frontalis) grazing gracefully on the wayside. This place is 40 km from the khomia and is at 2133.6 meters above sea level. Another interesting feature of Dzulekia stream is that it flows through a deep and narrow gorge making it as if the stream has gone underground at places. A rear species of rainbow trout is found in this stream. A tourist rest house and some cottages have been constructed here.

Japfu Peak:

This is the second highest peak in Nagalandand stands 3048 metres above sea level. It is about 15 km South of Kohima. The best season for climbing this mountain is from November to March. The sunrise from peak is an experience to remember. From the peak one can have a bird’s-eye-view of the surrounding hills including parts of Dzukou valley. In the Japfu range, one can find the tallest Rhododendron tree, which is featured in the Guiness book of world records. This tree, which was discovered by two professional hunters of Phesama village, is over 109 feet tall and the girth at the base measures more then 11 feet. When it is bloom, it is indeed a visual delight. It’s quit an adventure to see this tree as it entails more then five hours of strenuous trekking through steep inclines to have a view of this worlo record holding Rhododendron arborea tree.

Biking tour 

After extensive ground exploration we have rated Nagaland as one of the best terrains, for enjoyable biking amidst scenic setting and a friendly and interesting population. The team presents an enchanting mountain biking trip to Nagaland.

To complete the full Nagaland Biking Traverse, you can take a extended trip of  15 days; which continues along the route Mokukchung – Tuensang – Mon – Dibrugarh, with a chance to explore Sangtam, Chang, and Konayak tribal habitat.

The biking is exceptional. Easy to moderate gradients, long undulating spells, variety of road surfaces, scenic views, evergreen mixed forests and valleys, interspersed with farm lands, and tribal habitat. Except for the odd military convoy, traffic is light to moderate. Our follow-on vehicle will shadow you throughout the trip with refreshments, beverages, water and your baggage. You can always take a ride when tired.

At each tribal village we will meet people, make friends and peep into local lifestyles. Your local guide will take you through their habitats, explain traditions and customs, show you traditional attires, and take you around tribal farmlands to show how they practice agro-forestry. You will also see locals at work on handicrafts, handlooms and, jungle traps. We will enjoy family hospitality, staying at village guest huts – clean and functional, with modern toilets. There is opportunity to sample local food and learn about cooking methods. The trip is replete with photo opportunities.

Day 01: Dimapur, 195 m – Kigwema, 1500 m.  87 Kms. (Drive 50 Kms & Bike 37 Kms)

Arrive Dimapur by air or by road from Kolkota or Giwahati.. Drive 24 Kms. Bike 37 Kms. Last leg drive through  Kohima, 26 Kms to Kigwema. Overnight at motel.

Day 02: Biking excursion to Mao, 1400 m & back. 40 Kms 

Bike to the Manipur state border and return by the same route. Overnight at motel.

Day 03:  Biking excursion to Dzulekie, 2438 m.  59 Kms and drive to Khonoma 

Bike to Dzulekie – a pastoral scenic valley. Return by jeep to the historical Khonoma village - famous for its valour and the resistance to the British expedition in 1879. Overnight at village Guest house.

Day 04:  Bike Khonoma to Touphema , 1200 m. 61 Kms.

Bike from Khonoma to Kohima ( 20 Kms). Kohima sightseeing and shopping by jeep.. Continue biking after lunch to Touphema (41 Km). Stay at the Tourist village operated by the village community. 

Day 05:  Bike Touphema – Wokha, 1313 m. 46 Kms

Bike to Wokha Town – the headquaters of the Lotha tribe. Explore Lotha tribal village of Longsa. Continue Biking  to Wokha. Overnight at circuit House.

Day 06: Wokha- Longkhum, 1700 m, 67 kms

Bike to Longkhum Village. It is  famous for its head hunting during the early days and the Nagas believe that it is the resting placed for spirits of the dead enroute to paradise. You are expected to come again to Longkhum to collect your spirit which is likely to stay behind. Longkhum, commands lovely views and locals make ethnic handicrafts and handloom products. Overnight at the village Guest House.

Day 07: Bike Longkhum – Kutza-Ungma, 1700 m- 35 kms

Bike to Kutza and on to Ungma Village. - the oldest and biggest Ao village; famous in folklore of the tribe. Overnight at Village guest house.

Day 08: Biking excursion  Ungma, 1700 m –Chungliyimti -Longtrok, 1400 m. 39 Kms and drive back to Ungma

Morning: 39 Kms biking trip to Chuchuyimlang village to visit the ancient six stones (Longtrok), from where the Ao tribe ancestors are believed to have emerged, and the Sangtam tribe habitat at Chuchuyimlang village. Drive back to Ungma for overnight at the village Guest House.

Day 09: Bike Ugma, 1700 m – Mokukchung Town, 1325 m Impur –Mopunchukit – Chuchuyimlang Village, 925 m. 46 Kms

Bike through Mokokchung Town – the Headquaters of the Ao Nagas, to visit the villages of Impur and Mopungchukit (.21 kms) Visit Ao Baptist Mission Center, which is attempting to revive ancient Ao culture and traditions. Also visit Village community collection Museum, Time-pillar, Morungs (youth dormitories). After lunch bike 25 kms to Chuchuyimlang Village. Overnight in Naga ethnic cottages.

Day 10: Bike Chuchuyimlang, 925 m -  Tuli, 200 m – Assam Border. 58 kms. Drive to Dibrugarh. 140 kms

Bike down hill to the Nagaland –Assam border in 58 Kms. Transfer to our jeeps and drive 140 kms to Dibrugarh Town. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Transfer to Dibrigarh airport

After breakfast transfer to Dibrugarh airport for departure flight to Kolkota or Delhi. TOUR ENDS

Biking Extension to Tunsang and Mon

To complete the full Nagaland Biking Traverse this extension enables biking along route Mokumchung – Tuensang – Mon – Dibrugarh, with a chance to explore Sangtam, Chang, and Konayak tribal habitat.

The extention starts on Day 08 and ends on Day 15 at Dibrugarh

Total biking with extention is 760 kms in 14 biking days.