Traveling rural Mizoram

Tuidang, Lawngtlai District

Tuidang, Lawngtlai District

When I arrived with my huge backpack at Sangau, the basecamp for Mizoram’s highest peak Phawngpui, the kids shouted “Scientist!” They have seen the regular local travelers, government officials, researchers , nature photographers mostly from outside the state and a few foreigners bold enough to stray into very remote Mizoram. They have not seen my kind, the independent traveler touring his home state solo. Benjamin, formerly sitting in the cubicle at HP who is on his way to everywhere in Mizoram is way above their imagination. Who can blame them?
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I would like to thank my hosts

Pu ZT Malsawma and Pi Lalparmawii, Vawmbuk

Pu ZT Malsawma and Pi Lalparmawii, Vawmbuk

Pu Malsawma and Pi Lalparmawii at Vawmkbuk, for the comfortable bed, hospitality and courtesy. When I woke up early morning, Pu Malsawma was already at work. They seem very hard working and successful as well. They have a gigantic building under construction and their kids are attending college in Shillong.

After trekking to the peak of Phawngpui, we climbed down to Vawmbuk village. My guide suggested (and I am very glad he did) to stay at their house, they being related, instead of the tourist lodge.
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Guide to Phawngpui, the top of Mizoram

phawngpui, blue mountain

The south face of Phawngpui as seen from Bualpui (NG) village. Click on the image for larger size.

For an independent traveler or trekker who wants to visit Phawngpui, the highest peak in Mizoram, there’s very little information available online. The very few available written by visitors from other states and foreign tourists left many questions unanswered or are outdated. How to get to the base camp? What about permission, guide?

I therefore decided to go Phawngpui myself and find out.
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