Bucket List Treks in NorthEast is one of our favourite 8-day itineraries and is perfect for someone who loves to hike and wants to explore Northeast India for the first time. We combine the 2 most wish-listed treks of North East, the Dzukou Valley Trek in Nagaland and the Double Decker Living Root Bridge Trek in Meghalaya.
Apart from these easy to moderate level treks, this trip consists of a fine blend of experiences like storytelling about Nagas during Village walks, enjoying organic meals and exotic meats with an Angami family, camping in a spatular location, and street strolls and euphonious musical evenings.
This trip doesn’t need incredible amount of fitness level. Amateur trekkers with adventurous mindsets are more than welcome. Suitable for solo travellers, couples and small groups.
If you are an individual who loves cultural exchange, being closer to nature and looking forward to detoxing yourself from the digital and city life, this trip is an ideal getaway for you.
Dimapur – Kohima – Kigwema
Today is about breaking ice with the fellow travellers and the locals, experiencing Angami (local tribe) hospitality, and cooking with them. If you are a non vegetarian, there are a number of seasonal exotic meats you may try. Delicious home cooked food for vegetarians as well.
Kigwema – Dzukou
Today is about walking slowly in the most beautiful landscapes, camping and stargazing. It is the day to indulge in nature’s masterpiece, push ourselves a little out of our comfort zone, watch the most beautiful sunset, sleep under the milky way of stars, have campfire conversations, the smell of firewood, books, wine, conversations and photography.
Check out Traveling Mondays video in collaboration with Experience Destination for a day at Dzukou Valley.
Dzukou – Kigwema
Today is about exploring the vastness and beauty of the valley. We go for a walk around the valley, pass through gushing streams, a giant cross, natural cave-like formations etc. Spend the first half of the day exploring the valley, and by evening we return to our homestay where hot water and home-cooked lunch awaits us. Just like that, the first trek in the Northeast is a checklist from the bucket list.
Kigwema – Khonoma – Dimapur
Today is about understanding the land more, the culture, history, architecture, food, lifestyle, superstitions and anything you are curious about the Nagas. Today is about storytelling. We walk around in 2 Naga villages in a curated route through all main khels or sectors of the village with ED hyperlocal guides, Kigwema and Khonoma aka the first green village (more on that later).
By late evening we go to Dimapur. A little celebration remains due on our last day in Nagaland after all these treks and hikes. Drinks and dinner at a restro-pub in Dimapur before boarding the overnight train to Guwahati.
Dimapur – Guwahati – Sohra
The Meghalaya chapter begins. Which means it is all about floating amidst the clouds, chilling by the stream, swimming in a secluded waterfall, and jamming. We have invited our local musician friend to jam on old rock classics with us later in the evening.
Cherrapunjee aka Sohra – Nongriat
Today is about exploring some of the best of Cherrapunjee. Waterfalls, caves, natural pools, stay in a remote Meghalayan village with sounds of gushing stream, fierce waterfalls and starlit or clouds filled sky.
Check out Traveling Mondays video in collaboration with Experience Destination for a Trek to the Double Decker Living Root Bridge.
Spend a day in a rural Meghalayan village without road connectivity. Explore the authentic way of village life, hike through several root bridges and long suspension bridges to hidden natural pools and a waterfalls.
Nongriat Village – Sohra – Guwahati Airport
Like all good things, trip comes to an end. Morning hike back to cherrapunji to end the adventure.