Anyone who manages to spend a reasonable time travelling across Nagaland, from the land of the Konyaks in Eastern Nagaland right up to the land of the Angamis in the state capital of Kohima will find the Naga people extremely hospitable. That green hills and crispy clouds give you company when you aren’t surrounded by these warm people is a bonus. For those who like their red meat, Naga cuisine should be right up there in the list of cuisines to try. Varieties of smoked and fresh meat, infused with local herbs and generous portions of bamboo shoot.
Hornbill festival brings all these little things together in one place for everyone to witness and it is definitely an event one shouldn’t miss. The other aspect of this tour is exploring the lesser known valley of flowers that spreads like a carpet, changing colour with the seasons is a trekkers wonderland. At approximately 8000 feet you can see rivulets, flowers, herbs and shrubs spread across Dzukou’s lap. 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.
The tour begins after you fly into Dimapur and reach the campsite in Jakhama.
Day 1: Exploring the night market in Kohima : This is your first day, so once you freshen up at the campsite, you can head to the festival venue in Kisama 5.4 km away and enjoy the festival for the day. Come back to the campsite in the evening relax around the bonfire before you head out to explore the night carnival in Kohima. Over night at Camp Yedikha
Day 2 : Spending a day at the Hornbill festival. After breakfast head to Kisama village, the venue of the Hornbill festival and spend your day there visiting various 'Morungs' trying local delicacies and enjoying the numerous competitions like Naga chilli eating competition etc. You can also shop for arts and crafts at the venue. Over night at Camp Yedikha
Day 3 Trekking to Dzukou Valley and Overnight Camping. After your breakfast pack your bags and take only essentials in a small backpack as today you trek to the fabulous Dzukou valley. Your other baggage can be stored with us.
Your vehicle picks you up and drops you to the starting point of the trek via the Jakhama route. This is a shorter and a little more physically challenging way to climb up to the valley but recommended because of the stark and amazing view of the valley it presents upon reaching the top.
Reach the base camp, sip on some hot tea and enjoy some soupy noodles before heading out to explore the valley. How you want to maximise your amazement upon reaching the valley totally depends on you. The cost of your meals, tea and snacks will be paid by you on the spot but it should not exceed Rs 500/- per person approximately. December is perfect for stargazing. So keep the ears and hands covered and eyes open. Overnight in tents in the valley.
Day 4 Bidding goodbye to Nagaland. Wake up early and after a light breakfast, start your descent, this time via the Viswema route, a longer but less tiring walk on flat lands for approximately 6 km and go down to the point where the vehicle awaits to take you back to the campsite. Have a cup of tea, pick up your stuff from the camp and head out to catch your flight/ train from Dimapur.