The Enchanting Dzukou Valley: The Valley of the Flowers…
Your visit to the Hornbill Festival will be a one in a lifetime experience witnessing the rich culture and heritage of the Naga warrior Tribes of Nagaland. Nagaland aka the ‘Switzerland of the East’ is a State of breathtaking beauty and unadulterated landscapes. The tribes of Nagaland have taken all possible measures to keep the landscape in the form gifted to them by Mother Nature. Lush green landscapes and majestic mountains kissing the clouds are a common sight in Nagaland and we at Jungleideas strive to provide you an opportunity to experience these bounties of Mother Nature at the Dzokou Valley and the Japfu Peak Trek in Nagaland.
After your stay at the Naga Heritage village being part of the Hornbill festivities, we will involve you in once in a lifetime experience which will take you to a heavenly abode. We will accompany you to the Valley of Flowers in the Switzerland of the east ‘Nagaland’, this place is known as the valley of flowers and called the Dzukou Valley. To reach this valley one has to go through a trek better known as the Dzukou Valley Trek. The Dzukou Valley Trek trail is still untouched by trekkers and explorers which will present you with the sense of accomplishment viewing the carpeted hillocks. If you’ve ever thought of strolling through valleys and plains covered with exotic flowers, encompassed by emerald green hills, lost in the whisper of streams flowing by and enchanted by lush forests then Dzukou Valley Trek is the place for you.
For one has to trek the top of a sheer vertical climb to reach the Dzukou Valley. Trekking across the Dzukou Valley seems like walking through the doors of heaven. Untouched by civilization, the Dzukou valley otherwise is called the “Valley of Celestial Charm”, has a tempting appeal for all who gaze upon it. Situated at the border of Nagaland and Manipur at an altitude of 2438m above sea level – behind the Japfü peak – this magical valley looks like a mown lawn from a distance watered by two meandering streams, the Dzukou and the Japfü rivers.
The Pristine Dzukou valley is surrounded by hills, natural caves & rocks and is thus, ideal for camping. In summer, wild herbs, flowers and shrubs sprout along the stream banks. Lilies in white and pink, euphorbias, aconitum and hundreds of other botanical species in varied colours adorn the valley in monsoon, the predominant plant is the tough bamboo brush because of which it looks like a justly mown lawn from far away. Rhododendrons of different colours beatify the hills abounding the Dzukou valley. There are a lot of caves in this valley that can accommodate close to 2000 people at a time. A large number of dead trees can also be seen. The valley is not a volcanic crater or caldera, nor is it created by meteorite impact as some trekkers tend to believe. Dzukou is a simple valley with differential rock weathering and erosion. Dzukou Valley could be anywhere between 2 to 4 million years old.
The Dzukou Valley trek is moderately difficult and one can easily trek through. The ideal time to visit Dzukou Valley is from the month of June to September except monsoon. Viswema village the base camp to reach Dzukou Valley through the trek is 25 Kms from Kohima. To grade the trek trail we can grade it on a scale of easy to moderate gradient. Some Steep incline trek of 3-4 kms going through rocky pebbles and stones in the route is also involved. As you walk through the clean tracks, breathing the fresh mountain air, basking in the glow of the bright sunlight, crossing the small streams in your way, you will know at that moment that there is no other place on the planet you would rather be at.
Visitors from the Indian mainland require an inner line permit to visit Nagaland, which may be obtained from the Nagaland House in Kolkata, Guwahati or Dimapur. Foreign visitors need to register themselves at a local state government office in either Dimapur or Guwahati (Assam). (Exempted during the Festival of Festivals ~ the Hornbill Festival)
Dzukou Valley Trek can be attempted from Viswema Village or Zakhama. The more popular route is from Viswema Village side. To reach Viswema Village, it takes 25-30 minutes from Kohima.
From the top of Dzukou Valley there is a straight walk to the Trekkers Camp or Rest house which is at a distance of about 5 ½ kms. The rest house consists of two dormitories. There are six private rooms in two small huts around the rest house too. A small shop at the back of the rest house sells instant snacks like Maggie and cup noodles. After spending a day or two here, one can bid goodbye to this amazing valley and descend either through the Zakhma route or the Viswema Village route. The Zakhma route is much steeper and hence will take a little less than 3 ½ hours to reach the motor-able road to Kohima at the bottom.
PS ~ the Dzukou Valley Trek can be attempted across the year. Please write to us and we will customize your Itinerary for travel during these months apart from the Hornbill Festival. We organize Open Trips to Dzukou Valley across June and October every year. You may choose to travel on these trips if you are interested in Backpacking Travel.
Dzukou Itinerary Option Round the year ~
Day 1 ~ Guwahati to Kaziranga National Park
Arrive at Guwahati Airport in the morning and depart to Kaziranga National Park. Night halt at a Guest House at Kaziranga National Park.
Day 2 ~ Kaziranga National Park to Kohima
In the morning depart to Kohima in Nagaland. Arrive at Kohima. Night Halt at Kohima at a comfortable Hotel/GuestHouse.
Day 3 ~ Kohima to Dzukou Valley
Early morning, embark on your trek to Dzukou Valley. Arrive at Dzukou and night halt at Comfortable Village Huts/Jungle Tents at Dzukou Valley.
Day 4 ~ Dzukou Valley to Kigwema
From Dzukou Valley depart to Kigwema Village. At Kigwema visit the heritage Naga Tribes of Nagaland and live their rich culture and heritage by staying with them at one of their basic Homestays.
Day 5 ~ Drive to Guwahati
Depart to Guwahati. Arrive at Guwahati and halt at Guwahati to depart to next day.