Will you believe me if I say there is a place tucked in one of the remotest corner of Northeast India? A place too far out of reach for humans to exploit which remains untouched by grounded travelers. A place where the only audible sounds come from the tranquil murmurs of perennial brooks, the rustle of the bamboo shrubs and our footfall on the ground. A place where flowers of all colors dance to the rhythm of the wind. A place that is not only for those seeking serenity and spirituality but also for the adventure seekers, trekkers, etc.
A place to which you can run away from the hustle and bustle of city life with no distraction at all. Yes, such a place exists and it’s called ‘The Dzukou Valley’. Nestled in the border of Nagaland and Manipur, this place must be in every traveler’s bucket list, a place which will leave you spellbound with its magic and beauty.
How to Reach Dzukou Valley?
Dzukou Valley Trek Guide–
Guwahati to Dimapur
Guwahati being the nearest place to Nagaland, outlanders first have to come to Guwahati and from there they can choose which way to go.
- By train
- Book a flight ticket from Guwahati(GAU) to Dimapur(DMU)
Dimapur to Kohima
From Dimapur it is a lengthy and bumpy journey to Kohima. it takes around 4 to 5 hours to get to Kohima and the best way is to go is with a shared taxi. You can also book a private cab but it will cost a lot more.
Kohima to trek point
There are two ways from where you can start your trek.
Viswema route- this one is for beginners and it is a little bit easy.
Zakhama route- it is not a straight route and comparatively difficult than Viswema route but takes less time.
It is suggested that you go upwards through Viswema and come down through Zakhama.
So far you need to book a cab for both ways to get to the starting point of the trek on the first place you need to pay entry fees to enter the valley.
Dzukou Valley Itinerary
On the first day you will reach Dimapur at around 5 am in the morning. From there you’ll be booking your cab and directly head out to Kohima. It is a long journey on bumpy roads. The roads are still crude and under construction but the views are breathtaking.
Once you reach Kohima, you can directly head out to the starting point of the trek or you can stay the night in Kohima and rest as the bumpy journey will already drain out all your energy. We prefer staying the night at the guest house in Kohima and explore nearby places and markets in the capital city of Nagaland. The markets are open till 5 pm in the evening and you can still get out for walking around.
On this day your actual journey just gets started. After having breakfast, get on the cab to reach the starting point of the trek. Do not carry plastic up there, even if you do so keep them with you without littering. The road to the trek point is also something you’ll never forget but it is totally rocky and undulating. it takes around an hour to reach the point with a cab. it is an hour and a half long uphill path. It has amazing views and you’ll see other local people and children coming down from the valley with bamboo bushes. it is very normal for them to go up and down without any sign of tiredness as they are habituated. But for beginners it is very relentless, so better start working out on your body in advanced.
After the uphill climb of about 1 to 1 and half hours you’ll finally be in Dzukou valley. The moment you reach the valley you’re definitely going to be mesmerized by the surroundings which is impossible to put into text or words. We stopped for some time to properly get to feel the area with the absence of any humans having an appearance like that of Windows default wallpapers. Only the sounds of grass and leaves rustling, bug buzz of cicadas and the wind along with our footsteps could be heard while we resumed the trek. Among the vegetation it was a green background with the only presence of bamboo shrubs.
With enough sightseeing it was time to go to our dorms. The road to accommodation was actually double the distance and one must cross a dozen more hills in the trek. A beginner may need 3 to 4 hours but one who is familiar with such adventures can cover up the distance in 2 and a half hours. We reached the place of stay with an ample amount of tiredness but it was covered up by the nearby trees without any leaves, the stumps with their naked branches was a pure beauty. It was around 5:30 in the evening and most of our fellow trekkers opt out to stay at the dorms while the others set out to live in the tents. After a couple of hours food was prepared in the dormitory’s authentic kitchen, dinner was served simple. In a matter of time it was pitch black dark as the night sky took over, a sky full of stars. Bonfire was set up under the night sky which couldn’t stop twinkling after which one by one, everyone was sleeping.
The next morning was not another day to waste so the campers and us started waking up at around 5 in the morning. It was the chilliest feeling ever, even brushing teeth felt like putting ice inside the mouth. We noticed a wooden platform kind of thing nearby on the edge, still wrapped up in blankets we went and saw the valley down below which had zero visibility. The area was covered by thick clouds appearing as a fluffy white blanket around the whole world. The transitioning of the cloud cover clearing out into the deep green valley was as beautiful as a sunset near the sea.
We brought some loaf along made sandwiches and tea, breakfast was done. After putting on the boots and running shoes it was another beautiful day to explore. While we were going downhill the trees on the path were seen marked by psalms from the Bible. Reading those in the morning had positive vibes on everyone as all living beings big and small is forever grateful to God. A further beyond we could see a large cross standing tall at a distance. It was windy at that time we reached a helipad which presented us with a 360 degree wide brilliant view. After rumbling down for a couple hours we nearly reached a point which can be referred to as a dead end. It was a place beyond the pines with streams flowing into brooks which was like an adventure save point we stopped by washed our faces with the crystal clear water and clicked a lot of pictures. There was a cave like geographic structure with colorful engravings of the names of every hikers over time which was called the Spirit Wall, so we had another new story to tell. It took one and a half hour to get back to our campsite to have our lunch as the stomachs were already growling. As it was dusk the sun dipping below the horizon beyond the valley was magical. As the night sky arrived an usual bonfire was set and for activity, it was decided a karaoke night. After a nice singing session we cooked our dinner and went to sleep.
As it was the last day in the valley we had to pack up all the things and clean up the mess and get the area cleared. Oh a fun fact! There’s a saying that if you do not shout out your name before leaving Dzukou valley your soul that’s inside you gets left behind there. It becomes mandatory for everyone ultimately, after capturing some more memories in photos and videos we came back down the hills of the valley as our vehicle was waiting at the entrance of the trek. In a matter of time we got back to Kohima had some food then reached Dimapur quite advanced for boarding the train, the night was passed in the train itself.
By the time we opened our eyes we already came back to Guwahati. This is how it ended.
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