A vanguard village of the Aos

Longkhum village (at 1846m) is located 17 km south-west of Mokokchung. A vanguard village of the Aos in the days of headhunting, it is strategically situated and commands a view of the surrounding hills and valleys. The people of this village are hard working and one can find exquisite handicrafts and handloom items in this village. On a clear day, one can view the eastern Himalayas of Arunachal and beyond and also the industrial smoke bellowing from the industries in Assam. The Aos have a belief that Longkhum is the resting place of the spirit of dead on their onward journey to paradise. Mongzu Ki - eagle's eyrie - is situated at a high precipice where eagles have nested for centuries. According to Ao mythology, eagles are the manifestations of the spirits of the dead.