We at Plan The Unplanned are always looking for new and exotic locales to uncover, and we’re happy to say that following up is one of the most desired trek routes in Nagaland – The Dzukou Valley Trek!
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 an altitude of 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 trekking trail to reach the Dzukou Valley will leave you breathless, make you feel inspired and test your endurance all at once – making this trail very special! As you make your way up towards the valley, be prepared for a real feast for the eyes because you are going to witness the magnificence of rolling hillocks covered by a thick blanket of green forests, the tranquil beauty of aqua blue water paving its way through the middle of the valley and glorious assortment of flowers that fill the valley with colour 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. This testing trek expedition will be worth the captivating views along this extraordinary journey for all you avid trekkers, adventure seekers, and photography enthusiasts. If you aren’t excited by this chance for a new adventure yet, just take a look at the magical images, and you’ll be as blown away as we are! Discover the most charming spot in the North East with PlanTheUnplanned and tick another adventure off your travel bucket list – book your spot now!
Note: If you are booking Guwahati to Guwahati kindly book your slots 10 days prior to the departure date as we need to have the train reservation confirmed well in advance.
Train tickets from Guwahati are booked in Sleeper Coach, if you wish to have your reservation in a Air-Conditioned coach, kindly let us know prior and additional charges for the same will have to borne by the traveller.
Your journey Dzoukou Valley trek begins in Guwahati. Here, we will pick you up for the Dzukou Valley trek. It is advisable to book train or flight tickets to Guwahati in advance. We will share all details regarding the meeting point and timings in a separate mail.
At 11:30 PM, we will board the night train from Guwahati to Dimapur. After boarding, feel at ease to jell up with your fellow trekkers. Consider this as an opportunity to clear any doubts or queries and learn more about the entire route from the trek leaders.
Dimapur to Kohima: 70 km
Kohima to Vishwema: 24 km
Trek from Viswema to Dzukou Guest House: 4.5 hours
We reach Dimapur at 4:30 am and begin the car journey from Dimapur to Kohima. During the road trip, get the first glimpse of the scenic valleys of Nagaland. As and however the ride unfolds, we will take timely pitstops for breakfast and lunch. 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 the village where the trek starts to the Dzukou rest house. We will begin with a 1.5-hour uphill trek through dense bamboo thickets that might need to be parted at certain spots to move ahead along the steep trek route. We assure you that the mesmerising views along the way will soothe your inhibitions. We will take a short break to recuperate.
After the steep 1.5-hour trek, we will walk for another 3 hours through plain lands to reach Dzukou valley. The panoramic views of the valley, the majestic mountains surrounding you and the natural green environment make the trek most worthwhile and memorable.
At this point, we reach our Dzukou dormitory, freshen up, have dinner and rest for the night.
Wake up to the chirpy morning. Breakfast will be served at 7 am. After this, we will commence downhill trekking to the valley. This will approximately take 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, which is found only in this valley. The flowers begin to bloom in the monsoon, and the first two weeks of July are the peak flower season. As you reach, you will also get glimpses of the Dzukou river. The river is said to contain healing particles. Feel free to take a dip.
Dinner with overnight stay will be followed in the Dzukou valley.
It’s a long day. Pump yourself with a fantastic breakfast, after which we will return to Vishwema. From there, we will board the train to Guwahati.
Day 4 is about retracing the path to savour points you might have missed. It is a long day. Pump yourself with a fantastic breakfast, after which we will return to Vishwema. From there, drive to Kohima > Dimapur. In Dimapur, we will board the train to Guwahati.
We will stop for lunch, snacks, and dinner whenever the group needs it.
Guwahati is where the trip started; it is where we will say goodbye to our North-Eastern Dzukou Valley trip. From Guwahati, you are on your own. You can return to your place on the same day or spend some days exploring Assam.
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 guess, once you choose PTU, it is your home forever.
Most of us cross paths multiple times. Don’t forget to remember the thrill you have had 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.
Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 4 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Dzukou Valley straddles between the border of Nagaland and Manipur, two of the most charming states in North East India.
There is no internet since the start of the Dzukou Valley. You may get patchy internet in Viswema. Kisama and Kohima has better internet. This is why it is a better idea to inform your parents, kids and spouse about your plan to embark upon the Dzukou Valley trek at least a day in advance.
Yes, inner line permit ( ILP ) is a must even for Indians from other states when visiting anywhere in Nagaland. It is a good idea to secure an ILP online before the trip commences because otherwise you will waste lot of time in getting the ILP from the office at dusty town of Dimapur.
Yes, Dzukou Valley trek is very safe even for the solo female traveller. That said, it is a good idea to start early on the trek. The landscape here is breathtaking, but it’s not safe to trek after dark.
Dimapur’s airport is conveniently located just 4 km from the city center. It has regular flights to Kolkata, Guwahati and Imphal Airports on behalf of Alliance Airlines or Deccan Airways
Dimapur railway station is a major railhead of this place and so many trains from all major cities of India come to this city. Major trains from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai are available on regular basis.
Dimapur is a small city in the northeast of India. It’s connected to all major cities by road and there are frequent state transport buses from nearby places that come here every day! Nearby destinations include Kohima (60 km), Imphal(204km) & Shillong.(307Km).
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