Dzukou Valley Trek- Manipur to Nagaland
A unique round trek to the jaw dropping landscapes of Dzukou valley, traversing from Manipur to Nagaland
- Best Season: October – May
- Region: Nagaland
- Duration: 9 days
- Activity: Adventure
- Grade: Easy
Dzukou Valley, a lesser known pocket of paradise for trekkers and wanderers in search of solitude amidst nature, is situated at the border of Nagaland and Manipur.
Located at 2438 meters above sea level and behind the Japfu Peak (Nagaland’s second highest), Dzukou Valley is believed to have gotten its name from its namesake river which means ‘cold waters’.
The picturesque landscape offers a panoramic view of gentle rolling hills that are guaranteed to have a spellbinding effect.During the rainy season, the entire valley is carpeted with flowers, lending it a very special charm. The trek offers lush green views speckled with a wide variety of flora even as the meandering twin rivers of Dzukou and Japfu offer their company guaranteeing tobestow a feeling of serenity and tranquility.
Join us on this picturesque round trek of Dzukou valley from Manipur to Nagaland, taking you through pristine landscapes which will leave you awestruck for a very long time. Alongside we will also explore the culture of the Manipuri people and some Naga tribes.
- Trek in a little know valley on the Manipur Nagaland border
- Soak in the stunning natural landscapes
- Observe many verities off wild flowers including the Dzukou lilly
- Get a feel of local hospitality and cuisine
- Visit local markets in Imphal
- Day excursion to Khonoma, the first green village in India
Day 1: Imphal
Pickup from Imphal airport and drive to the city . Relax for the remainder of the day . O/n at Hotel Imphal or similar
Day 2: Imphal
Start our day with a visit to Kangla fort, once the epicenter of power of the Manipuri rajas. Explore the complex on cycle , absorbing the greenery of the place. From here we move on to the vibrant Ema market, run primarily by women . A walk through the market will give us a good idea about the diversity and culture of the local Meiti people.
In the second half we visit the Govindji temple, one of the most iconic temples in all of Imphal . O/n at Hotel Imphal or similar
Day 3: Imphal to Mao 104 kms; Drive time: 4 hours
After breakfast we drive to Mao on the border of Manipur and Nagaland. Over here we will enjoy a traditional meal of the Mao sub-tribe after which we commence our two hour walk to our campsite. The route mainly passes through dense secondary forests. O/n in tents
Day 4: Mao to Nagaland Water point 10 kms; walk time: 5 to 6 hours
Our walk today will be over a vastly different landscape as the sub-tropical forest gives way to dwarf bamboo and scrubland . The route starts with a steep but scenic ascent followed by a gradual descent. Our camp today would be next to a water point. O/n in tents
Day 5: Nagaland Water Point to Dzukou valley 6 kms; walk time: 4 hours
After breakfast we set out to explore Dzukou valley . By lunch time we reach our campsite after which we will explore this picturesque valley . O/n in tents
Day 6: Dzukou valley to Rest House 5 kms: walk time 4 hours
In the morning we walk around some of the other sections of the picturesque Dzukou valley. By afternoon we climb up to the resthouse on the Nagaland side. O/n in tents
Day 7: Rest house – Viswema – Kohima
A one and a half hour traverse through dwarf bamboo landscapes will give us the last vistas of this scenic valley. From here a steep descent through lust evergreen forests will get us to the roadhead at Viswema village in Nagaland.
A one hour drive will get us to Kohima where we relax and unwind. O/n at Razhu Pru hotel or similar
Day 8: Khonoma Excursion
In the morning we visit the War cemetery , built to commemorate all those who lost their lives in the epic World War II battle of Kohima in 1944. Thereafter continue our drive to Khonoma, one of the most beautiful villages in all of Nagaland. This village inhabited by the Angami tribe has a very rich history and culture . Walk around the village interacting with the locals and understanding the culture of the Angami society. By evening drive back to Kohima.
Day 9: Kohima to Dimapur 78 kms; Drive time: 3 hours
After breakfast drop to Dimapur airport
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