Dzukou Valley- A Trekker’s Paradise

Dzukou Valley

Dzukou Valley -sometimes spelled Dzükou Valley or Dzüko Valley, is located in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland. It is known for its picturesque landscapes, traditional villages and rich culture. The valley is situated in the famous valley south of Kohima, which forms the natural boundary between Nagaland and the neighboring state of Manipur. The valley is a popular destination for trekkers and nature enthusiasts.

Japfu peak, the second-highest peak in Nagaland after Saramati peak, with an elevation of 2438 meters forms the background of the valley. The valley is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna and offers visitors the opportunity to explore dense forests, rugged mountains, and beautiful streams. The valley is known for its natural beauty and scenic views, making it a perfect spot for photography and nature lovers.

The Dzukou Valley comes alive with the arrival of the monsoon season, as the flowers begin to bloom. The first two weeks of July are considered the peak flower season, but even if you can’t make it during that time, the valley is still a stunning sight to behold all year round. The valley offers much more than just colorful flowers for pictures, it has a diverse range of natural beauty and cultural heritage to explore.

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Dzukou Valley is a popular destination known for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Here are a few things you can do when visiting the valley:

  1. Trekking: Dzukou Valley is a popular destination for trekkers, and offers a variety of trekking routes through dense forests, rugged mountains, and beautiful streams.
  2. Nature watching: The valley is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, and offers visitors the opportunity to explore dense forests and rugged mountains.
  3. Photography: The valley is known for its natural beauty and scenic views, making it a perfect spot for photography and nature lovers.
  4. Cultural experiences: The valley is also known for its rich cultural heritage, with many traditional festivals and ceremonies being celebrated here by the local tribes. Visitors can learn about the customs and traditions of the local communities.
  5. Camping: The valley offers a range of camping options that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the valley.
  6. Relaxation: The valley offers a peaceful and serene environment to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.

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The primary entry point for the Dzukou trek is from the foothills of Viswema village, where a Tata Sumo taxi can take visitors to the rest house located above Teyozwü Hill. From there, a forty-minute climb to the top of Khiyoke mountain marks the beginning of the Dzüko trek, with the main valley still another two hours’ walk away. The trek can be exited via the same route or through a shorter path starting from Jakhama village. Additionally, it can also be reached by a five-hour trek from Mount Tempü in the Senapati district of Manipur, via a route recently opened by the Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA).

The best time to visit Dzukou Valley is typically from May to mid-June and September to October. These months feature light rainfall, which enhances the greenery of the mountains and creates a surreal landscape. Additionally, temperatures during this time are typically around 17-20 degrees during the day and 5-8 degrees at night, making for comfortable and pleasant weather conditions.

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To reach the valley, you would first need to travel to the nearest major city, Kohima, which is the capital of Nagaland. From Kohima, you can either hire a taxi or take a bus to the village of Viswema, which is the base point for trekking to Dzukou Valley.  It is recommended to have a guide for the trek as it is not well-marked and can be challenging in some areas.

Plan a thrilling trek with your friends to the North East’s most picturesque trekking path – Dzukou Valley. The splendor of Dzukou valley is indescribable, and the only way to fully appreciate its charm is to visit and relish the serenity it offers. Imagine wandering amongst fragrant flowers and lush meadows – a sensation that everyone should have the opportunity to experience. Don’t wait and start planning your journey to Dzukou Valley today!

Indian travelers need to obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP) before entering the state.
(Details on how to obtain an ILP are discussed in one of our earlier articles)

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