Mt. Saramati trek

Travel Guide to Mount Saramati, Nagaland

Author: Abhishek Gurung
Date: 2021-04-08

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Mount Saramati has always been on my radar because it is the highest mountain in Nagaland that borders India and Myanmar. Not only is it intriguing because of its height but also the amazing flora scattered across the mountain range. It is twice as pretty as Dzukou Valley—there I said it. But planning a trip to Mount Saramati and getting there is a long and backbreaking journey, so read on to know how to plan a trip to Mt. Saramati. 

Road journey from Kohima to Mt. Saramati

Road journey from Kohima to Mt. Saramati: Kohima - Pungro - Thanamir

Things to Keep in Mind

The trek is for 12 days, so if you’re a solo trekker, it might get pretty boring on your own.

As it does not have a guided trail, the chances of getting lost are high; hence, it is always advised to hire a local guide and porter. But if you’re in a group, only bad weather can stop you from hiking through the forest of Saramati. 

Start at Kohima

Plan your hiking trip from Kohima. I suggest you soak in the beauty of the capital and let your body adjust to the cold weather of the northeastern mountains. The dawn has a certain romantic quality, so wake up early to see the sky change colour. 

Kohima – Pungro 

Being a mountainous state, the time of travel to Pungro can take up to 12 hours. It may be far but the sights you will see are breathtaking. You can also opt for a stay in Pfutsero if you find the direct journey to Pungro tiresome. 

Pungro is in the Kiphire district towards the east. Here, the mountains will seem to appear large. A vast acre of green terrace fields, jhum patches, and streams flowing in the middle of the road will make the journey feel even more interesting. 

One thing I absolutely love about the mountains is, every morning you are surrounded by a blanket of clouds. It almost looks like a river of white foam. 

View from Kohima to Pungro viz Pfutsero

Kohima to Pungro viz Pfutsero

Pungro – Thanamir Village

After an overnight stay in Pungro, head to Thanamir Village, famous for apple orchards. 

Thanamir is the base village for the trek. It is also the first place in Nagaland to have an apple orchard. Annually, the government organises an apple festival to empower the apple farmers. Apples in Thanamir are grown on a large scale. 

As the trek to the mountain is moderately difficult, an early start is the best option. The presence of apple cultivation makes the trek to Saramati Peak even more special with the lovely sight of apple orchards along the way.

The trail from the village to Mt. Saramati has the most beautiful landscape. It involves constant ascents and descents. I’ve never trekked here, but from what I’ve heard, probably the biggest challenge in this trail is a climb that is around a 50-foot rock wall. 

Essential trekking gear is required like ropes, but if you are confident enough, the self-awareness of gripping the right rock is the key. The quiet, narrow, dark, uneven path with the sound of birds and peeping sunshine will seem to appear pleasing to the soul. 

View from Pungro to Thanamir Base Camp

Pungro to Thanamir Base Camp

Thanamir Village  Mount Saramati Base Camp 

Further along the beaten path, you will come across the Mount Saramati Base Camp. The scenic view of the Patkai Hills below along with the rolling clouds is a sight that draws out a content sigh. You can set up a tent here and enjoy the phenomena of the uninterrupted view of nature.

View from Thanamir Village to Mt. Saramati Base Camp

Thanamir Village to Mt. Saramati Base Camp

Mount Saramati Base Camp – Saramati Peak

From the base camp, the peak is around 2 hours hike. Start early to let the deep orange hue from the sun guide you. It is not just exotic flowers that you get to see but also strong roots of trees emerging out of the ground, which you can grasp onto while climbing.

Stunning views and exotic flowers on the way to Saramati peak

Stunning views and exotic flowers on the way to Saramati peak

View from Mount Saramati Base camp to Mount Saramati Peak

Mount Saramati Base camp to Mount Saramati Peak

View from Saramati Peak

The view from the top of Mount Saramati is mesmerizing. A strong gush of wind and smell from the flowers will almost give you an antidote to relax after a long week of hiking. At the top, spend the whole day before heading back to the base camp. 

View from the top

View from the top

Mount Saramati is bordering India and Myanmar: on one side you can see the dramatic mountains of India and on the other the plains of Myanmar. You can even see a river on the Myanmar side. Make sure to walk towards the border stone rooted in the middle of India and Myanmar.


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