Would you like to see what heaven looks like?
Did you ever think: Oh my god, this must be the abode of our maker?
Dzukou Valley's beauty is such that you will cherish it memories for a lifetime, that which can be described as that feeling when you can't express yourself, when you can sink into that moment and nothing else matters to you.
You will know in that moment that there is no place on this earth you would rather be than walking along the cleanest tracks. This is because you are breathing in the revitalizing air, basking in the bright sunlight, crossing the streams on your way.
Dzukou Valley is a magical place you have to see for yourself to believe it.
It has to be seen to be believed.
It's called the valley of flowers of the North-East. Different flowers bloom once the rains start from May up to July. Even without the wild flowers, the valley is beautiful, covered with stunted bamboo all across. In general, the trek in the valley is easy, but the stretching before entering the valley can be challenging, especially if you are not accustomed to running/walking.
The overnight train journey from your base city-Guwahati to Dimapur, followed by a private cab ride, will lead to your arrival in Kohima, located approximately 80 kilometers from Dimapur, where you will begin the trek through the Dzukou valley. Dimapur is the only city in Nagaland that has rail and air connectivity to other cities in the country. Private/shared cabs and buses are easily available from Dimapur to Kohima.
Overnight stay will be arranged at Kohima.
Your day starts early morning from where on you will be transferred to Zakhama Check Post and altogther we will reach and altitude of 8,045 ft and approximately walk for 6 hours i.e around 9km.
Passing by bamboo and deodar, you will walk along a clean stream of water that flows throughout the year from the check post which is indeed also a motorable road of 2 km.
After the road ends the trail climbs steeply until you finally reach the Crying Child Valley, a government rest stop that offers fresh water to fill your bottles.
Getting ahead of the rest house, the entire uphill trail becomes extremely steep. You may have to crawl at times, but the route offers a magnificent view of the Dzukou Valley.
In this trek route the next spot would be a dwarf bamboo forest, which resembles tall grass from afar. We will traverse the hairpin pass, skirt a small ridge for 200 meters before coming to a split. We will cross a small stream. We will reach the Dzukou Trekker's Hut, where we will finish our trek for the day.
There is no advance booking procedure for Dzukou Trekker's Hut and only on spot booking is available.
Starting our day, we will return a few steps back and leave the Dzokou Valley. This trail traverses the left side of the valley towards dwarf bamboo along ridges that must be parted in order to see the path ahead. It is relatively flat and easy. From this ridge you can see the highway to Imphal, as well as Vishwema Village, and you will reach another pass after a couple of zig-zags.
It is important to note that we need to carry packed lunch and drinking water from the Trekkers' Hut for the day as nothing is available en-route till the pass.
The Village Community Hall offers free overnight accommodation and food from local grocers. There are village taps here for your water requirements.
We will be dropping down from an altitude of 8.045 ft to 5,351 ft and trek for around 7-8 hours for approx 25km
Like the previous day pack your lunch, bags and fill the bottles of water and start right off for the day. We will be heading for about 3kms until we reach the main road which will mark our starting point initially.
Our plan would be reach upto a height of 6000ft waling for about 7-10 hours.
The route is covered with lush green forests with a few initial steep climbs before the trail gradually becomes easier.
Also, a paradise for bird lovers this part of the stretch is basically quiet and the only sound you will hear will be the chirps of the birds and voices of some local people passing by.
Moving little ahead the trail gently skirts around the ridge, which is facing you, making it a gradual and easy ascent. You are inside thick rhododendron forests now! On this side of the mountain you'll find the campsite marked with the sign "Japfu Peak". This makes for the perfect campsite for the day.
The peak, which is also the highest point along the ridge, is best viewed at sunrise by setting out from the camp by 2.00 am. We moved forward through dense forests, so we didn't have many views during the initial sections. In the last 150 metres of the trail, the trail gains elevation above the treeline and ascends smoothly to Japfu Peak (3,100 meters).
Upon reaching Japfu peak, you are able to see a vast panorama of valleys, hills, and villages. This point offers a breathtaking view of almost half of Nagaland, as well as Arunachal and Assam villages.
Then retrace your steps back on the trail to Vishwema Village and then continue on to Kohima.
Your arrival at Kohima will mark the end of this beautiful Trek with Darjeeling Trips from where on we will help you board your train back to Guwahati.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau’s report for 2019, Nagaland’s crime record at 51.8 incidents per 100,000 people is the lowest among all states in the country.
Its pretty good there,People are very good.Its a very peaceful place with a very good weather. The flora and fauna there is amazing.The industrail sectors are negligible and there are beautiful mountain reigns. The population there is very much lower than most of the states in India.
People who live in central of India have lot of myths about Nagaland -
quotes "Joy Bhowmik - a resident of Nagaland".
Analysis of the trip from the person who have lived that experience.
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