Dzukou Valley bordering Manipur and Nagaland is one of the most pristine spots in the northeast not least because of the remoteness of the location; but also because of the low hanging clouds that cover the valley in fresh due every morning. The valley is replete with wild flowers cascading rivers and verdant forest with some excellent trails for trekking. our five-day tour of Dzukou Valley takes you to the heart of the valley through Vismewa village and gives you a true taste of the outdoors with overnight stay in tents.
Best time to visit: September to April
Please Note: All travellers must be over 18 years of age to be eligible for this trek. Previous trekking experience will be an advantage, although not mandatory. For first time trekkers, it is advisable to practice stamina- building exercises and undergo a fitness programme prior to the trip. This trek is not advisable for those with any chronic ailments like heart diseases and for pregnant women.
What is included in the tour
- Airport transfers, all local transport
- Hotel accommodation in Kohima
- All meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner (as specified)
- Accommodation in deluxe tents on twin share basis (2 nights) with blankets, pillows, mattresses, sleeping bags
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any personal items like alcoholic beverages
- Any meals not specified in itinerary
- Air travel to and from Dimapur
- Travel insurance
- Tent stay in Dzukou valley
- Trekking in Dzukou Valley
- Sightseeing in Kohima
- Visit to Viswema village
- Arrive at Dimapur airport where you will be picked up in our premier SUVs and driven to the capital city of Kohima. Complimentary hot towels and mineral water bottles are provided for your comfort.
- The two and a half hour drive takes you through a picturesque route where women on both sides of the road can be seen selling organic fruit and vegetables.
- We reach Kohima and check into our hotel where a welcome drink awaits you after the long journey.
- This is a relaxed day where you can take you time to explore the town and then return to the hotel for dinner.
- Have breakfast at hotel and then drive to Viswema village. From here, we begin our trek to Dzukou Valley. Situated at an altitude of 8000 ft., Dzukou Valley is an idyllic paradise of wildflowers, emerald hills and pristine streams. Known as the Valley of Flowers, Dzukou is one of Nagaland’s best kept secrets and appears like a celestial mirage to those who see it for the first time. In spite of the remoteness of its location, Dzukou Valley is a favoured destination for trekkers with some great trails.
- The first part of our trek is possibly the most arduous as we climb steep vertically laid stone steps to get to Dzukou. The stones are covered in algae and you have to watch your step not to trip and fall. This stretch continues for about 1 kilometre and is surrounded by silver birch trees and other exotic sub-tropical foliage. This is a moderately challenging trek and we take a few breaks to catch our breath before continuing. At one of these breaks. we stop for lunch.
- We resume our ascent post lunch and finally reach the top of Dzukou. Words don’t do justice to describe the beauty that awaits you. Rolling expanse of green on all sides is dotted with the flecks of white and pink lilies.
- We take some time to just sit and savour the views before making our way to the trekking based, located about 5 kilometres away.
- We reach our base in the evening where we spend the night in trekkers’ huts or tents. Sit around the campfire and enjoy a well-deserved dinner as you reflect on the highlights of the trek.
- After dinner, retire to your tents for the night.
- Today is spent just exploring the environs of Dzukou Valley and its many facets like caves, natural flora and icy rivers that criss-cross through the region.
- A 15 minute walk from our base takes you to Ghost Caves or Bhoot Guha as they are locally called. The cave stretches for 1 kilometre inside and we can spend some time exploring its interiors with flash lights.
- We will also hike down to the bottom of the valley, discovering hidden trails and streams along the way.
- At the end of the day, we return to our camp and spend our last night in Dzukou.
- Today, we wake up early to see the glorious sunrise. After an early breakfast we begin our downhill trek to Viswema via Jakhama. On reaching Viswema, we will drive to Kohima where we spend the last night of the tour.
- You can take the evening to explore the town and do some local sightseeing.
- We will visit Kohima Museum known for its display of tribal artefacts.
- We also pay a visit to the Kohima War Memorial dedicated to the memory of ten thousand Allied forces killed during the Japanese army’s invasion during World War II. Interestingly, Manipur and Nagaland were the only two states where World War II was actually fought in India.
- Return to the hotel in the evening for the last night.
- On the last day of the tour, we have an early breakfast at the hotel and then depart for Dimapur. It’s a bittersweet time where you have to say goodbye to this heaven on earth and leave with a heart full of memories.
- We drop you off at Dimapur Airport where our tour ends.