NE/25 : 17 days tribal tour with trek to Mount Saramati 3841m.

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Designed around the trek to Mt Saramati, the tour is a driving cum walking exploration of tribal habitat of Angami, Chakasang, Yimchungur, Sangtam, Sema. Chang and Konyak tribes.
The tour starts from Dimapur airport and takes you to the “Green” Village of Khonoma – with its fascinating agricultural practices, The Trogopan sanctuary, and the cosmopolitan capital city of Kohima.

Thereafter; we take a journey off the beaten track exploring the remoter and unpronounceable exotic villages of Pfuseromi, Thetsumi, Tsepfumi, Jamai, Pungro, Thanmir,, Kiphire, Tuensang, and Mon. Finally we end up amongst the tea gardens of Dibrugarh in Assam.

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Day 01 : Kolkata – Dimapur – Mezoma

Arrive Dimapur by air from Kolkata. Met by your Naga guide with car and driver. Drive to Mezoma.(75 Kms in 03 hrs) Enroute visit the Naga craft village at Diezephe, to witness weaving, wood carving, bamboo and cane craft.
On approaching Mezoma , stretch your limbs and walk for 4 kms in 1.30 hrs through forests and terraced fields to reach Mezoma village.Overnight at Homestay in Mezoma village.

Day 02 : Walk cum Drive Mezoma to Khonoma village

After breakfast trek to Khonoma village in 03-04 hrs.. Khonoma – the Green village: Western Angami Tribes. Reach your homestay by lunch time. After Lunch, visit the village school. Interaction with the children. Overnight at the village Homestay.

Day 03: Khonoma – Nature & Culture walk

  

After breakfast, full day nature culture walk with picnic lunch. A chance to peep into local agricultural methods. The village is well known for fallow management of its Adler trees, which regenerates the soil due to nitrogen fixing element in the roots. See the beautiful terraces carved out of the hill slopes. These terraces grow over 40 varieties of paddy at different elevations.
Further afield is the Khonoma Nature conservation and Trogopan sanctuary (KNCTS) This is part of the Khonoma green village project, managed by the Village Tourism Board as a community conserved area. This project aims to conserve the Blyth’s Trogopan- an endangered pheasant of the state, as also many other endemic, endangered, vulnerable and rare species of plants and animals.
In the evening join your hosts for a cultural gathering. Try the Local brews.

Day 04 : Khonoma – Kohima

   

Drive from Khonoma to Kohima, 20 kms.
Kohima the capital city, located at an altitude of 1444 m, has an amazing diversity in dress, Customs, language and traditions of 15 major tribes. The state museum provides an over view of tribal lifestyles, The handloom and handicraft emporium has a fine collection of saleable tribal shawls, hand bags, wood carvings, sarongs, cane and bamboo handicrafts, and ready wear garments of traditional weaves designed for modern tastes. The rare Blyth’s Trogopan, and other fauna., are on view at the Zoological Park.

We will visit the local market where many insects and variety of food products that the Nagas call ‘delicacies’ are sold. We later visit the Second World War Cemetry and memorial where the famous ‘Tennis Court’ battle took place, which many historians have called the ‘ bloodiest battle’.

It was here that the Japanese invasion of India was halted. as also the handicraft emporium. Drive to Khgwema Village on the outskirts of Kohima town for lunch at Demori Cove – a local hospitality complex. After lunch, continue 04 kms to the gate of Jekhema village. Take the 02-03 hrs long village walk to gain further insight into Naga Lifestyles. Return to Kohima for overnight at your hotel / homestay.

Day 05 : Drive Kohima – Thetsumi/6-7hrs

After breakfast drive to the Chakhasang Naga region. Enroute we shall stop at Pfuseromi village to explore some heritage houses decorated with wood carvings Drive to to Masolumi village where we will have traditional lunch, and a cultural presentation. Latter explore the village and meet people. Continue to Thetsumi Tourist Hut.

Day 06 : Drive Thetsumi – Tsepfumi – Jamai – Thetsumi

  

Today we shall first explore Thetsumi village which has a huge morung with human heads carved on the enterance.. Thereafter drive to Tsepfumi. This village leads in organic vegetable cultivation. Continue to Jamai village.

Here we will stop for a traditional lunch, followed by a hike in the ranges bordering Manipur state. Drive back to Thetsumi for overnight at Tourist hut.

Day 07. Drive Thetsumi – Pungro 200km/10-11hrs

Today we will spend the day on the road. The long journey will take us through differing topography and scenery, as we move to the domain of the Yimchungur Nagas. Overnight at Pungro Government Guest House.

Day 08 : Drive Pungro – Salumi and trek to Thanamir

Drive to Salumi which is famous for its Natural Caves. It is also base for excursion to Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sarmati Trek Starts: Trek Salumi to Thanamir – the last habitation on this route.

Enroute visit Sangtam Naga villages. Thanamir is also known as the Apple village of Nagaland. A lone apple tree planted by a Assam Rifles soldier has grown into 2000 trees. Over 125 hecteres are being brought under apple cultivation. Overnight in camp.

Note: You can also drive all the way to Thanmir from Pungro. It is just 37 Kms.

Day 09 : Thanamir – Water Point

A 4-6 hours trek will take you to Water Point (10 km) Overnight in camp.

Day 10 : Water point – Mt. Saramati Peak – Water Point

Full day trek to Mt. Saramati peak (3841 m). The trek to peak is moderate with few difficult portions due to a degraded trail. Return to water point for overnight in camp.

Day 11 : Water Point – Thanamir – Salumi–Pongru – Kiphire ( 80Kms in 4 hrs)

Trek down to Salumi village via Thanamir. From here drive to Kiphire , 896 m. The 80 Kms journey will take 04-05 hrs. It is the home town of the Sangtams, Yimchungers and Semas.
Overnight in tourist Lodge.

Day 12: Kiphire– Tuensang, 1371 m – 150Km / 7 hours

Drive to Tuensang – the land of changs, Kaimungans, Sangtams, Sumis and Yimchungers. The area is known for handicrafts and handloom products. Overnight at tourist lodge.

Day 13 : Tuensang – Mon

    

Drive Tuensang to Mon.(8-9 hrs due to rough road conditions). Overnight at Govt guest house.

Mon – The land of the Konyaks; well known for being former headhunters, It retains some of its traditional heritage.
It offers a good opportunity for finding semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths. The main attraction in Mon is the remote geographical location, and the chance it affords to get a glimpse tribal life style.

Day 14 : Mon: exploration of Konayak tribal villages

Visit Konayak tribal villages of Mon, Chui, and Shangyu. Peep into lifestyles , see artisans and handicrafts and meet people. Overnight at Govt Guest house.

Day 15 : Mon: Day Trip Shangnyu and Longwa

Day trip to Longwa Village ( Konyak tribe) located astride the Indo- Myanmar border. It is a difficult drive on a bad road and involves fording a river enroute at Longwa visit Angh’s house, explore the village and meet the locals.

The Angh’s house is bisected longitudinally by the border. Those sitting near the hearth will have half their body in Myanmar and the other half still in India. The Angh also has dozens of wives! And it is filled with trophies of various animal skulls. Return to Mon for Overnight at Government Guest house.

Day 16 : Mon – Dibrugarh

Drive Mon to Dibrugarh in 6-7 hrs ( transit Halt). Overnight hotel or Tea Bungalow.

Day 17 : Departure from Dibrugarh

Transfer from hotel to the airport, for your departure. Fly from Mohanbari Airport to Kolkata, Guwahati or New Delhi.
TOUR ENDS.

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