A signboard at Dzukou says, “Well, if you find it hard to go to Dzukou, you may find it hard to go to heaven.” Dzukou Valley, which borders Nagaland and Manipur, is touted to be one of the best trekking spots in North-Eastern India. This testing trek adventure will be worthwhile for all avid trekkers, adventure seekers, and photography enthusiasts.
During Summer, its rolling green hills put you in awe, while the vivid flowers and tall grasses touch down at the self-illuminating valleys often enshrouded with a magical mist whisper sweet nothings. During Winter, the valleys are frozen, and the mountains are capped with lush white snow. ‘Dzukou’ Valley means ‘Dull and Soulless’, a name given by locals to reflect the nature of the place in winter.
The vast expanses of green hill slopes, the surreal presence of pearly white clouds and the gleaming mountain tops make for a dream-like trekking route. Located at 2450 meters, the Dzukou Valley, located at the bottom of a large crater of an extinct volcano, is by far the best trekking route in Nagaland.
The trail to reach the Dzukou Valley trek will leave you breathless, inspire you and test your endurance all at once – making this trail very special! You will witness the magnificence of rolling hillocks covered by a thick blanket of green forests, the tranquil beauty of aqua blue water, and glorious assortment of flowers that fill the valley with colors and light.
With the steep trek upward followed by 2-3 hours of walking through thick bamboo thickets and deep forest land, you will understand why this trail is considered the best trek route in Nagaland. Discover the most charming spot in the North East with Plan The Unplanned and tick another adventure off your travel bucket list – book your spot now!
Some facts about Dzukou Valley Trek:
Know About Kohima: Kohima is the capital city of Nagaland. Known for the Hornbill Festival, Kohima is mainly known for its Angami tribes among the other 16 tribes in Nagaland.
How to reach Kohima?
Kohima is located at the following distances from its neighbouring state capitals:
The nearest Airport, Railhead, and Road network are in Dimapur, located 74 km away. NH 39 connects Kohima to Dimapur and Imphal.
Distance of Kigwema from Kohima: 15 km
Altitude of Kohima: 1444 m
Altitude of Kigwema: 1585 m
Your journey to Dzukou Valley begins from Kohima. We’ll meet at a designated point at around 1 pm, the details of which will be shared in the mail.
After the initial introduction, we will go for lunch, where you will get to know fellow trippers better. Feel free to talk with locals and ask questions. We will give you a brief of the trip, after which we’ll go to our homestay in Kigwema.
We will visit War Cemetery.
You can spend the rest of the evening at leisure. The next day, we will start the trek early, so bid a good night to your new friends and retire early.
Kigwema to Viswema: 11 km
Trek from Viswema to Dzukou Guest House: 4.5 hours
Total Dzukou Valley Trek Distance via Viswema: 13 km
After early breakfast, we will get on the road to reach Viswema – the base of the Dzukou Valley Trek.
Meanwhile, take time to absorb nature. The journey will continue as we drive from Kohima to Viswema. The drive switches to steep, winding roads as we bounce down the hills surrounded by wildflowers and bamboo.
Viswema is where the trek starts to the Dzukou rest house. We will begin with a 1.5-hour uphill trek through dense bamboo thickets. We assure you that the views will soothe your inhibitions. We will take short breaks, and also find a place to savor packed lunch on the way.
After the steep 1.5-hour trek, we will walk for another 3 hours through plain lands to reach Dzukou Valley. Dzukou Valley trekking will give you a good glimpse of the Japfu peak upfront, which has an elevation of 3048 meters, the second-largest in Nagaland. The panoramic views of the valley, the majestic mountains surrounding you and the natural green environment make the trek most worthwhile and memorable.
In the end, we reach the Dzukou dormitory. Freshen up, have dinner and rest for the night.
Wake up to the silent morning. We will commence downhill trekking to the valley at around 4:30 am. This will take approximately an hour. But why are we trekking down only to come back up?
We will go down to the valley. Dzukou Valley is well-hidden among the high mountain ranges on the Manipur-Nagaland border. The valley is famous for its multicoloured carpets of flowers that bloom in summer, most notably the Dzukou lily, found only in this valley. The flowers begin to bloom in the monsoon, and the first two weeks of July are the peak flowering season. As you reach, you will also get glimpses of the Dzukou River.
After spending a reasonable amount of time here, we will return to our base. After reaching, we will start preparing for breakfast. Pack your bags, have breakfast and leave for Jakhama. The trek descends steeply but is shorter than the ascent from the previous day.
We will be in Jakhama by lunchtime.
The trip started in Kohima, so we will say goodbye to our North-Eastern Dzukou Valley trek in Kohima. After lunch, we will leave for Kohima.
In Kohima, we bid each other goodbye. You can return on the same day or spend a few days exploring the state.
All memories of the days spent together would come back as we part. We know how difficult it is to let go of funny times, sleepless nights and new friendships. But Hey, Listen, once you choose PTU, it is your home forever. Most of us cross paths multiple times.
Remember your exhilaration during the Dzukou Valley Trek, share pictures and stay connected. And whenever you feel like doing it all over again, we are here. Check out our other itineraries and ring us soon. It would be a pleasure to see you. Until we meet again, take care and love life.
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