Mount Saramati, Saramati Peak, Mt Saramati, Mt. Saramati in Nagaland, India
Mount Saramati is the highest peak of Nagaland
Mt. Saramati Peak

Every time the train halted at the Dimapur Railway Station during my journeys, my soul would yearn for the distant hills that stood guard at the periphery of Dimapur, the largest city of Nagaland in India. Never did I ever imagine that I would eventually be climbing the highest peak of Nagaland, the mighty Mount Saramati. Located at the India-Myanmar border, Mt. Saramati has an altitude of 3,841 m (12,602 ft).



To represent Assam and be the first team from the state attempting to summit the Saramati peak enthralled me. With the team of Global Adventure Association, the expedition began. Fun and laughter involved us in the five-hour train journey from Guwahati to Dimapur. Leaving the only plains tract of hilly Nagaland – Dimapur, we headed to its capital city Kohima on the 4th of April, 2016. We reached our destination somewhere on the outskirts of Kohima surrounded by high hills and dense vegetation.

Kigwema and the view of Mt. Japdfu peak
The view nearby our homestay. (Outskirts of Kohima)


The romanticism of the dawn, the clouds against the hills, the sun and its dispersion effect playing with the beauty of clouds, the sound of the roughness of water, the cheerful birdies flying up from their nest for the day filled that Kohima morning walk full of happiness. A perfect start to our Mt Saramati trek.

Morning Scenery in Kigwema, Nagaland
The romanticism of clouds on that Monday morning.

A 12-hour journey from Kohima to Pungro (Kiphire District), through the heart of the hills of Nagaland introduced us to its lush green terrace fields, jhum patches, maize cultivation and streams flowing beside those fields. Comparing the shapes of the clouds to fish and gorillas; jhum patches to the maps of countries like Australia and India. Stopping at check gates, visiting Jessami (Ukhrul Dist of Manipur), peeling sugarcane with the incisors and canines, ‘pomegranate conversations’ and its mention in the Assamese Bihu folk songs are some of the moments that made the journey worth it. The lunch at Meluri town (Nagaland) with pork and boiled mustard greens was delicious.

We reached G.A Guest House, Pungro around 7 in the evening. Experiencing the day right from dawn to sunset is something I have never done before. It was the icing on the cake when the jovial Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) of Pungro Mr. Chonpenthung Ezung visited us, briefing us about the village Thanamir and his trekking experience to Saramati Peak. The session was filled with deep inputs about trekking, laughter, and best wishes.

Gazing at the canvassed sky of twinkling stars and the lights of the villages shining brightly down the hills gave a thrill of being in space. The sensation of the chilling blow of wind, the galaxy of stars, a glimpse of lightning above the faraway hills, are the moments I shall treasure of that Pungro evening.


“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.”

~Richard Whately

It was 5 in the morning, I stood in the yard of Pungro Rest House and glanced over the fence. Beneath was the mesmerizing view of the blanket of clouds and the villages that could be seen through it. Amongst the clouds at the top of a distant hill was a church commanding its presence. Beside them were hills signifying its supremacy over each other.

Beautiful Scenery from Pungro View point, in Kiphire, Nagaland
Pungro town, Kiphire, Nagaland
Distant Village from Pungro View Point
My Interview with Global Adventure Association at Pungro during the trek to Mt. Saramati peak.

Distant Church from Pungro Guest House in Kiphire Nagaland.
Pungro, Nagaland
The towering hills of Pungro

The five-hour journey from Pungro to Thanamir provided some exquisite landscapes. The hills here, upright somewhat cylindrical resembled those at the beaches in Krabi, Thailand. Such was the excitement that with the sight of every gigantic hill, I would assume it to be the Mt. Saramati Peak.

Thanamir is the base village of Mount Saramati Peak. Known as the ‘apple village’, it falls under the Khongsa Tehsil of Kiphire District in Nagaland. It is inhabited by the Yimchunger Naga ethnic group. Back in the 1980s, the jawans of the Assam Rifles gifted four apples to the then village head. He planted them in his backyard, and later distributed grafts to the villagers. Apples are grown here on a large scale now.

To empower the apple farmers, an annual Apple Festival was organized by the government. Pears are also grown in Thanamir. The fun and excitement of the village kids roared as we toured their village. They would follow us jumping and dancing along the way. The village headman played the huge log drum which functioned as an alarm during emergencies or wars. Their unique culture and apple cultivation make the trek to Saramati Peak even more special.

The Village Headman of Thanmir Village, Nagaland.
The village headman
The Mithun skulls hung on the houses of Thanamir Village, Nagaland
Mithun Skulls
Apple cultivation in Thanamir Nagaland.
Apple Cultivation
Thanamir Village, Nagaland.
Skulls of birds and mithun signifying their ancient practice of hunting.
Farming in Thanamir Nagaland.
Kids of Thanamir Nagaland.
The innocent kids at Thanamir.
Team of Mount Saramati Expedition (2016) in a Morung House in Thanamir Nagaland.
Mt. Saramati Trekking Expedition team from Assam in front of a Morung.
Log drum being played at Thanamir during the Mt. Saramati trekking expedition.


That silent morning as I opened my eyes and unravelled my sheets, a husky voice uttering tea ruled the gloomy wooden room. Bed tea with the window view of the sunkissed hills of Thanamir was a perfect combination.

Thanamir Guest House, Nagaland.
Thanamir guest house at dawn
Thanamir Village, Nagaland
The sunkissed Thanamir

As the clock hit 6:30 a.m, we headed towards the forest with two villagers as guides. The daunting trek to the base camp of Saramati peak involved continuous ascend and descend of hills. To maintain that balance of training the mind to repeat the entire phenomenon was indeed challenging. However, the clouds that flew alongside fueled us to move forth.

Mt. Saramati trek
The Start of Mt. Saramati trek
Mt. Saramati Trek. Nagaland
Heading Uphill from Thanamir
Mount Saramati trek
Snaps from the Mt. Saramati Trek

A rock wall that is approximately 50 feet steep was the biggest challenge of the Mt. Saramati trek. To have climbed that with no ropes or climbing gear boosted our self-confidence. The self-awareness of grasping the right grips of the rock holds was the key.

The vertical rock wall during Mt. Saramati trek
50 ft (approx) rock wall.

Marching through the narrow dark uneven path, our team of 16 split into two groups. The ones ahead carried the food materials and the latter followed. Though I was with the first group, my legs couldn’t match their speed. Exhausted for having walked more than 7 hours, I bid them goodbye. 

Flora of Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary
Flora of Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Saramati trek guides
Us with our local guides.
The challenging tral of Mt. Saramati trek
The challenging trail
Mr. Limthure from Thanamir
Mr. Limthure official photographer for the Mount Saramati Expedition

In a forest, away from everyone, hiking the rest of the trail solo was interesting. As I embarked on my solitary trek, I embraced the warmth of mother nature by kissing the bark of a tree. Amidst the forest nearing a top of a hill, every time I saw the glary sky through the spaces of the groves, an imaginary picturesque ‘base camp’ would come to my mind. Surprisingly that would prove to be just another hilltop. Reaching an edge I took a nap for 10 minutes. As my eyes opened, two clouds approached each other and beside them were the majestic range of towering Patkai hills. Gazing upon them and enjoying the phenomena uninterrupted was soothing.

Coming back to reality, I found my bottles empty and no sweets to keep my mouth wet. Eating the purple coloured berries from the dark-edged rock surfaces saved me from dry mouth and other illnesses. Drinking the cold water of the stream after 10 hours of hiking was pure happiness. Uncertain whether I was following the right track, it was solely instinct that helped me reach the base camp. 


Defying the darkness, we ascended the giant hill beside the base camp for 2 hours to be finally blessed by the orange hues of the sun. The flora with strong roots worked as a trekking stick to support our steps in most of the edged slopes. Walking by the cliffs and slopes, a slight change of the body angle would have led to a broken body or even death – the thrill and risk of the Mount Saramati trek. The aroma of flowers welcomed us as we neared the Saramati peak. Summiting the peak at 9:30 a.m, the happiness of being the first team and the youngest lad from Assam to summit Mount Saramati Peak felt empowering.

Mt. Saramati peak trek, Nagaland
Mt. Saramati Peal Trek, Nagaland
Mt. Saramati Peak Trek, Nagaland
Vertical Climb in Mt. Saramati Trek, Nagaland
Flowers at Mt. Saramati Peak, Nagaland.
Mount Saramati Peak Trek
Flowers near the Saramati peak
Mount Saramati Peak of Nagaland
Mt. Saramati peak, Nagaland
Mt. Saramati Peak, Nagaland.
Mr. Ketou embracing the beauty of the peak.
Mt. Saramati peak, Nagaland
The Summit
Team Global Adventure Association at Mount Saramati peak, Nagaland
This pillar at the Saramati peak marks the Indo-Myanmar Border.

The Saramati Peak bid us farewell with drizzle. We arrived at the base camp by 2 p.m, only to realize the scarcity of food. An unrelenting night trek awaited us. Everyone hoped to descend that 50 feet rock before nightfall. Our feet ached; the soles felt as if they were being pricked by a needle. For the number of times I fell on those bumpy roads, folks named me “Gravity”. I still cherish the moment when after having climbed the hill, I saw the glittering stars and the chain of hills it illuminated. It was my dream to view such night scenes.

Flowers at Mt. Saramati Peak
Descending the Saramati peak.
Mount Saramati Base Camp, Nagaland
At the Mount Saramati Base Camp.

The rain by midnight aggravated our situation. We slipped and slid along the muddy trail. Our minds were baffled when we couldn’t recognize the cut marks of the trees that guided the trail. Hiking for another 3 hours, we decided to camp in the forest.

I distinctly remember that particular moment of tying a rope into a branch of a tree with drenched clothes to fix the plastic sheet thus shun the rain. I literally felt like I was in a dream and the moment I woke up, I would be in Thanamir Village. Sleeping around 3 a.m. on that narrow edged path in a lateral position was, in fact, the weirdest sleep I have ever had.


An hour of sleep rejuvenated us. It was 4 a.m, misty morning and drizzle. The guide made us ascend and descend two hills the opposite way – a funny and infuriating episode. The jubilation of recognizing the bark I kissed cured my aching body. Seeing the village from a hilltop gave us a sense of relief. We reached Thanamir by 7 in the morning, successfully completing the expedition. Fearing that my sole would bleed, I hesitated to take off my socks. The sole was as rugged as the hills of Mount Saramati. 

What followed next is hard to recall as I slept the whole journey from Thanamir to Pungro. Though we had plans to celebrate our successful summit of Saramati Peak by dancing Bihu, soothing ourselves through sleep tended to be solace for everyone.

Feedback session with EAC Chonpenthung Ezung and delegates at Pungro on the completion of Mt. Saramati Trek in Nagaland
Feedback session with EAC Chonpenthung Ezung and delegates at Pungro.


The rain continued as it bid goodbye to us. We left Pungro early through the thick fog and heavy rain. It was another 16-hour to Dimapur. Stopping by Kohima, the city revealed its enchanting beauty. That journey through the busy traffic at night, the driver deciding to take a shortcut to Dimapur while we enjoyed the mesmerizing views of the bustling Kohima’s night sky and finally reaching the Railway station by 11 p.m was amazing. Surprisingly, we missed the train and had to board another at 3 a.m. The Mount Saramati trekking expedition concluded the next day in Guwahati with the Founder and General Secretary of GAA, Mr Bikram Boro greeting us with sweets and love.

Successful completion of Mt. Saramati Trek in Guwahati
It’s Guwahati and smiles everywhere.


To perceive the strength within, we ought to put ourselves in circumstances that test our limits. The Mount Saramati trek transformed me into a more vibrant human being. Experiences empower the soul.


Where is Mount Saramati Located?

Mt. Saramati is located near Thanamir Village of the Pungro sub-division in the Kiphire district of Nagaland.

Mount Saramati is located in which State?

Mount Saramati is located in Nagaland state of Northeast India.

Mount Saramati is located in which district?

Mount Saramati is located in the Kiphire District of Nagaland.

Which is the highest peak of Nagaland in Northeast India?

Saramati is the highest peak of Nagaland in Northeast India.

Does Mount Saramati Peak Nagaland receive snow?

Yes, Mount Saramati Peak Nagaland receives snow during winter.

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  1. I would like to have your contact that I can have a chat regarding saramathi trek..
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  2. We would love to see you again and your contributing towards or exploring unexplored region is indeed treasure and looking forward even in the days to come

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      Hi Topanthang, Thank you. Nagaland is like my second home. I am in love with the culture, landscapes and people of Nagaland. I am looking forward to exploring Mt. Saramati during winter someday.

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