Why you should do Dzukou Valley trek ?
The Dzüko Valley is a place located in borders of the state of Nagaland and Manipur in the Southern Angami region of Northeast India. This valley is well known for its natural environment, seasonal flowers and flora and fauna. It is situated at an altitude of 2452 m above sea level. Major flora found in the valley is the strong bamboo brush, but the main feature is the plethora of seasonal flowers that bloom every summer. Two freezing cold rivers, Dzukou and Japhu, flow through the valley, crossing each other’s paths and adding to the overall splendour of the place.
The word Dzüko Valley comes from the Viswema dialect of the Angamis, where ‘Dzüko’ loosely translates to ‘Soulless and Dull,’ referring to when some Viswema ancestors who migrated out to create a new village in Dzüko were unable to gather crops owing to bad weather circumstances which led them to say “the valley is very beautiful but is dull and soulless.”
The Dzukou valley trek is an easy to moderately difficult trek which is suitable for any healthy person. It is one of the finest valleys and an iconic natural tourist site in Northeast India. Although the best season to visit is from October to May, even the monsoon season, which is from June to September, is great for visiting . Around that time, you may expect to see colorful and fresh seasonal flowers like the Dzukou lily, which is indigenous to Ngaland, aconitum, euphorbia, and multi-colored rhododendrons blooming all over the valley. Fauna including the Asian golden cat, the Hoolock Gibbon, the Dzuko Valley horned toad (Megophrys dzukou), several other species of animals like the clouded leopard, the Asiatic black bear, the capped langur are found.
There are two ways to get to Dzukou Valley. The route through Zakhama Village is shorter, steeper, and more challenging, and is normally preferred by experienced hikers. Viswema Village is the lengthier route, which has relatively easier ascents and descents.
Dzukou Valley Trek Summary
Tighten your seat belts as you are going to ride through a very dusty and broken roads towards your most awaited destination from where you’ll start the trek to Dzukou Valley. Well after climbing up to the base point you’ll be thrilled to see a surreal view in front of you and from that point the trek to the Dzukou campsite will start where you’ll pass through the valley, crossing a number of hills while feeling that peaceful breeze. You’ll be cold by the time you reach the campsite but don’t worry the bonfire will be ready to warm you up. Have dinner and sleep tight and wake up to a dreamy view. You’ll trek into the heart of valley and it will be quite the experience we assure you. The river flowing through the valley, the seasonal flowers and the magical view will make you speechless. Enjoy your time fullest in Dzukou Valley and then get back to your campsite, have your lunch and rest while you watch the most beautiful sunset of your life. In the evening , create unforgettable memories, sitting beside the fireplace and singing at top of your voice. Have your dinner late and take rest for the next day you have to bid goodbye to the majestic valley and trek back down to Kohima. It’s time that you say farewell to Nagaland but before that make sure to buy some Naga souvenir to make yourself remember everything.
When To Plan Dzukou Valley Trek
Dzukou Valley Trek can be done for through out the year. But to get the best view you should do it between June to October . But the trek is not same in every month .
From April to August you will get the most beautiful view of Dzukou valley as the Dzukou Lilly Bloom . Moreover the whole valley become green as the rainy season starts.
In September to November
During this period the valley is less greenish and become dull. The view is still great and you can do camp easily nearby the basecamp.