All that you wanted to know about Dzukou Valley Trek, Nagaland
Dzukou Valley Trek is a paradise for trekkers in the northeastern part of the country. Situated at the border of Manipur and Nagaland, the place is perfect for those wanderlust souls in search of solitude amidst the beautiful and bountiful nature. Just imagine yourself in the middle of luscious green valleys and you only see stretches of green all around caressing you lovingly. Won’t that be so soothing to the eyes, away from our everyday concrete jungle?
The Dzukou Valley is located at a height of 2438 metres above the sea level just behind the Japfu peak, Nagaland’s second highest peak. Dzukou Valley is believed to get its name from the Dzukou River that literally means ‘cold water’. The valley offers a panoramic view of the gentle rolling hills and the vista is there for you to admire. During the rainy season, the entire valley is carpeted with flowers, making it a mesmerising place. No wonder, Dzukou Valley is called the valley of Flowers of northeast India.
Why will I go to Dzukou Valley?
Located in the remote Nagaland, the valley is untouched and unadulterated by the modern architecture and technology. It is a place where you will get nature at her pristine best. The trek is an easy one and can be done by anyone who is a novice in the world of trekking. Even for the more experienced ones, the beauty and idyllic charm of the place are unmatched. You can also climb the Japfu Peak if you want.
Day 1 | Dimapur – Kigwema
Reach the Kigwema village on the first day and stay at a homestay for the night.
Day 2 | Kigwema – Dzukou Valley
From Kigwema, you have to take a vehicle to Viswema, the starting point of the Dzukou Valley trek. Then there is a steep climb of four kilometres through mixed shrub and bamboo forest. There is a well-established stone path that you can take and it will take you 4 to 5 hours to reach your destination. You can stay in the dormitories for the night.
Day 3 | Dzukou valley
Keep this day to explore the valley. Enjoy the solitude of the place and connect with nature. You will be alive amidst the natural beauty of the place.
Day 4 | Dzukou – Kigwema
You can take the same way back, or take an alternative route that will bring you down to Jakhama village. The path is steeper in this way. From Jakhama, take a vehicle back to Kigwema.
The next day, you can return back to Kohima or Dimapur.
How to reach the Dzukou valley?
Nearest Airport: Dimapur
Nearest Railway Station: Dimapur
Dimapur is well connected from the major cities of India by train. The city has the only civil airport with flights from Kolkata, Dibrugarh and Delhi.
From Dimapur, Kohima is at a distance of 80 km. You can either take a bus, a shared cab or a private cab to reach Kohima. At Kohima, go to the Network AOC Stand from where you can get shared cars to Vishwema or Zakhama.
There are 2 ways to ascend the Dzukou Valley. Both the ways involve a part of driving, then a steep ascent followed by an easy hike to the destination. There is also a route from Manipur side, but that one is not taken usually.
From Vishwema Village: Vishwema is 22 km from Kohima. After that, there is a motorable road for 8 to 9 km till the start of the trekking point. The rest of the trail follows a steep ascend of 2 km and then an easy hike of few kilometres.
From Zakhama Village: Zakhama is 16 km from Kohima. After that, there is a motorable road for 3 to 4 km till the start of the trekking point. The rest of the trail follows a steep ascend of 4 km and then an easy hike of few kilometres. The route from Zakhama is clearly steeper than the other one.
Best Time to Visit to visit Dzukou Valley:
The best time to visit the Dzukou Valley is from June to September. During this time, you will see flowers in their full bloom, the valley offers a visual spectacle for the visitors here. Otherwise, you can do the trek at any time of the year.
May is the season for purple lilies that covers the entire valley. And early July is the season for the white and yellow rhododendron that envelop the entire valley floor.
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