A Beginner’s Guide to Dzukou Valley

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Dzukou Valley is a beautiful place located on the borders of Nagaland and Manipur in India. The valley is located at an altitude of 2452m above sea level. The valley is famous for its stunning landscapes and lush greenery, making it a favourite spot for trekkers and nature lovers. One of the unique features of the valley is the rare Dzukou lily that blooms here.

 This guide will help you plan your visit to this peaceful and amazing destination, offering information on its history, how to get there, what to pack, and what to expect during your trek.

 Historical and Cultural Background of Dzukou Valley

Dzukou valley । pic by InuEtc

The name “Dzukou” is believed to originate from the Angami and Mao dialects, meaning “cold water,” referring to the chilling streams that flow through the valley.

 Historically, the Naga forefathers discovered this valley while scouting for land to cultivate. Despite its beauty, they found the land unsuitable for agriculture, dubbing it “dull and soulless” or Dzükou in their local dialect.

 Over time, what was once considered barren has transformed into one of the greatest tourist attractions in the states of Nagaland and Manipur

The local tribes, particularly the Angami Nagas, have a rich cultural heritage intertwined with the valley. Their traditional practices, festivals, and folklore are deeply connected to the natural environment. Visiting Dzukou Valley not only offers a chance to witness nature’s splendour but also to experience the vibrant culture of the Naga people.


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 Getting There

 From Nagaland :

  1.  Viswema Route: The most common and accessible route. You can drive up to the last motorable point and then embark on a well-marked trek. The journey begins with a motorable road from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland, to Viswema village. From there, a steep but scenic trek leads you to the valley.
  1. Jakhama Route: A newer and shorter route but involves more walking compared to the Viswema route. For me, It’s the hardest one. This path is ideal for those looking for a more direct yet challenging trek. It takes quite a bit of strength and energy. 

 From Manipur :

  1. Mount Tempu Route: A six-hour trek starting from the Senapati district. This route is less trodden and offers a different perspective of the valley. Starting from Mount Tempu, the trek is rigorous and recommended for experienced trekkers.

 The Trek

Dzukou valley । Guide,
Dzukou valley

 Difficulty

Contrary to popular belief, the Dzukou trek is not an easy one. The initial section involves a steep and challenging climb through dense forests and slippery tracks. Comfortable yet sturdy shoes are a must.

 The trek tests your physical fitness and mental endurance but It offers you magnificent views and tranquil, beautiful scenery.

 Duration

The trek spans approximately nine kilometres and can be completed in about five to six hours. Most trekkers prefer to complete it over two days, allowing time to fully enjoy the valley.

 The first day involves the ascent and reaching the resting point, while the second day is dedicated to exploring the valley.

 Accommodations

  1. Dormitory: INR 50 per person. Basic but comfortable, the dormitory provides an affordable option for budget travellers.
  1. Private Room: INR 150 per room. These rooms offer more privacy and comfort, ideal for couples or those seeking a bit more comfort.
  1. Camping: You can pitch your own tent. For those who prefer a more adventurous experience, camping under the stars is an excellent option.

 Facilities

  •  Meals: Available if you stay in the dormitory or private rooms. The local cuisine, including dishes made from fresh local produce, is a treat.
  • Blankets, Mattresses, and Pillows: Provided for those staying in dormitories or private rooms.
  • Plastic-Free Zone: A security deposit is required for plastic items, refundable upon return. This project helps keep the valley clean and beautiful.

 Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Dzukou Valley is between June and September, during the monsoon season when the valley is lush green and the flowers are in full bloom

 The post-monsoon period, from October to November, also offers pleasant weather and clear skies.

 Winter treks (December to February) provide a unique experience with snow-covered landscapes, but the cold can be intense.

 Packing Essentials

  1. Clothing: Layered clothing is essential to adapt to the varying temperatures. Warm clothes for the night and light, breathable clothes for the day.
  1. Footwear: Sturdy trekking shoes with a good grip are a must. Waterproof shoes are recommended during the monsoon season.
  1. Backpack: A comfortable and durable backpack to carry your essentials.
  1. Water Bottle: Stay hydrated during the trek. It may be the x Factor of your trek. 
  1. First Aid Kit: Basic first aid supplies, including band-aids, antiseptic cream, and any personal medications.
  1. Trekking Gear: Trekking poles, headlamp or flashlight, and a raincoat or poncho.
  1. Plastic Bags: For carrying back any plastic waste, adhering to the valley’s plastic-free policy.

 Flora and Fauna

Dzukou Valley view । InuEtc

Dzukou Valley is renowned for its vivid array of flowers, particularly in the summer months.

The rare Dzukou lily is a highlight, alongside a variety of other wildflowers such as rhododendrons, aconitums, and euphorbias.

   The valley is also home to diverse wildlife, including several bird species, making it a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

 The biodiversity of the valley adds to its allure, offering visitors a chance to witness nature in its most untouched form.

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Travel photo of Dzukou valley ।। Travel Guide

 Nearby Attractions

  1. Khonoma Village: Approximately 12 km from Dzukou Valley, Khonoma is known as Asia’s first green village.  It is an eco-friendly village with a rich history and offers a glimpse into sustainable living practices.
  1. Kohima: The capital city of Nagaland, located about 25 km from Dzukou Valley. Kohima is known for its historical significance, vibrant markets, and the famous Hornbill Festival.
  1. Japfu Peak: For those seeking more adventure, a trek to Japfu Peak, the second-highest peak in Nagaland, offers expansive views of the region. 

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 Essential Tips

  1. Local Guide: Highly recommended to navigate the terrain and enhance your experience. Local guides are knowledgeable about the routes, flora, and fauna, and can share all important stories about the region.
  1. Packing: Carry minimal plastic to adhere to the valley’s plastic-free policy. Bring back all plastic waste.
  1. Safety: Ensure you have sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the trek. Trek in groups for safety and carry a whistle and emergency supplies.
  1. Weather: The valley can get quite cold, especially at night, so pack warm clothing. Check the weather forecast before your trip and be prepared for sudden weather changes.

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Permits and Permissions

Visitors to Dzukou Valley need  to obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP). Indian nationals can get the ILP by submitting their Aadhaar card. Foreign nationals need to submit their visa to obtain the necessary permits. The ILP can be acquired online or at designated offices. Ensure you have your ILP before starting your journey to avoid any inconveniences.


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 Personal Experiences

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InuEtc in Dzukou valley

I went to Dzukou Valley in 2022, and it was my first solo trip and the best experience ever.

I have travelled to a lot of places, but among all the places I have seen, Dzukou Valley in Nagaland stands out as the best.

There are two main routes to the Dzukou Valley trek: one from Viswema Village and another from Zakhama Village. The Zakhama route is the hardest one. I took the Viswema Village route.

During the trek, we climbed hills, trekked on narrow roads full of rocks, and enjoyed amazing views for over five hours.

When I finally reached the base camp, I was so tired but couldn’t resist trekking into its breathtaking beauty.

I had lunch on a big rock at the top of Dzukou Valley while enjoying the beautiful views of the valley and the river below.

For the night, we relied on our sleeping bags and tents. Experience-wise, it was great.

I recommend the Viswema Village route and taking a guide with you.

     –  Special thanks to my brother InuEtc for sharing his personal experiences from his two visits to Dzukou Valley, which greatly enriched this blog. Your insights and stories have provided valuable guidance and inspiration for our readers.

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Dzukou Valley । Travel Pic

  Conclusion

Dzukou Valley is a hidden gem offering unparalleled natural beauty and a challenging yet rewarding trekking experience.

 Whether you are an avid trekker or a nature lover, a visit to Dzukou Valley promises an unforgettable adventure.

 Respect the local customs, adhere to the plastic-free policy, and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this magnificent valley. From the vibrant blooms to the stunning landscapes, Dzukou Valley is a testament to the breathtaking beauty of nature.

Embarking on this journey will not only bring you closer to nature but also allow you to experience the rich cultural heritage of the Naga tribes.

 So pack your bags, lace up your trekking shoes, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime in the enchanting Dzukou Valley.


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FAQs

Q- How far is Dzukou Valley from Khonoma?

✍️ Dzukou Valley is approximately 12 km from Khonoma.

Q- Is the Dzukou Valley trek an easy trek?

✍️ The trek is challenging, especially the initial uphill climb. It requires physical fitness and mental endurance.

Q- Where to stay in Dzukou Valley?

You can stay in a dormitory, private room, or pitch your own tent.

Q- Do I need a permit to visit Dzukou Valley?

Yes, visitors need an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to enter Nagaland. This can be obtained online or at designated offices. Ensure you have your ILP before starting your journey.

Q- What are some must-see spots in Dzukou Valley?

✍️ Some must-see spots include the main valley, known for its rolling meadows and flowers, the Dzukou River, and various viewpoints offering breathtaking vistas of the surrounding beautiful landscape.


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