In January 2011, after many months of planning we made a trip to Murlen National Park in E Mizoram close to the Myanmar border for a bird survey. We were assisted by the forest dept. who helped us access this remote park. Further, we got tremendous support from Sankte in Singapore (and Champai native) who helped us organize (remotely) the entire trip including transport, accommodation and delicious food!
Murlen is in the Eastern edge of Mizoram and is more than a day's journey from Aizawl (the capital and airport town -- notorious for delayed and canceled flights). We traveled a full day from Aizawl to Champai (at the base of the mountain range in which Murlen National park is located). At Champai, we stayed with Sankte's wonderful parents and family -- our first taste (literally!) of great Mizo hospitality.
Murlen was a few hours uphill (and further east) of Champai, not far but totally mud roads after Rapar town.
Murlen is a small village nestled in a valley amidst verdant mountains of the Eastern Himalaya. The range extends into Chin Hills of Myanmar. Sankte had arranged for us to stay with her cousin Munga -- a hardworking farmer, devout christian and fantastic human being.
We stayed with Munga for several days whose house was basically one large, clean and spacious room shared by eight family members. With us eleven plus our driver! we spead sleeping bags on the floor. The wooden walls and flooring did well to insulate us from the cold.
Operating from Munga's home, we covered the nearby forests and mountains including a full-day climb to Tlangsam peak (~2000m) through some splendid jungle.
On the way out of Murlen there were some torrential downpours that converted the roads into gravy. We faced several tricky moments with our heavy Scorpio sliding dangerously till we reached the metalled road at Rapar.