Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak

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Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak, Kohima Overview

Located some 25 km south of Kohima, Dzukou valley and Japfu Peak offer one of the most breathtaking landscapes of the continent. Nagaland is called the 'Switzerland of the East' and Dzukou valley and Japfu Peak provide solid proof to that moniker. Dzukou valley and Japfu Peak trek is an absolute must for all trekking enthusiasts.

The Japfu Peak standing tall at 3048 meters is the second highest peak in Nagaland and provides the perfect vantage point for admiring the heavenly beauty of the Dzukou Valley. Dzukou valley is also known as the "Valley of Flowers of the east" and is quite a sight to behold, when in full bloom. Dzukou Valley is considered to be the base of the crater of an old volcano and seems like covered with a carpet of the most exquisite species of grass and flowers. The highest point in the Dzukou valley is at 2600 meters and provides a wide and panoramic view of the enchanting valley in the front. Sitting atop the hill you are just overwhelmed by the sheer beauty and magnificence of the sight in front of you.

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Best Time To Visit Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak

The best time to undertake the Dzukou valley and Japfu peak trek is from end of June till September. The valley is its most beautiful during these three months, with all its flowers in bloom, dotting the landscapes with countless hues. The valleys of Dzukou are usually very pleasant during the day time but can experience a temperature drop of more than ten degrees during the night, so make sure you pack woolens generously.

Stay Near Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak

While on the Dzukou valley trek, you can stay overnight at the Dzukou Valley trekkers' hut which provides a decent place to sleep, serves warm food and drinking water. On the Japfu Peak trek, you can stay overnight at the Japfu Peak base camp which provides a nice sleepover option with cooked food and water. You can carry packed lunch and water from these camps for your trek further.

Sample Itinerary For Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak

Start from Kohima for the Veshwema Village and follow it with the Dzukou Valley. After this head to the Japfu peak, after which you can start moving back to Veshwema Village and Kohima via Dzukou Valley.

Tips For Visiting Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak

Carry packed lunches and water bottles as there won't be any facilities for food along the length of the trek. Make sure you wear comfortable footwear as well as clothes

How to reach Dzukou Valley and Japfu Peak

  • Air: Nearest air head is at Dimapur which is well connected by flights with Kolkata and Guwahati. Kohima is about 74 km from Dimapur and can be reached by hiring a taxi or catching a state bus for Kohima.

  • Rail: Nearest rail head is at Dimapur which is connected to other major cities of North-East and the country. From Dimapur one can easily hire a cab or take a bus till Kohima.

  • Road: Kohima is connected to Dimapur by NH 39 which provides it connectivity to other parts of the country as well. From Kohima you can either go for Zakhma village (20 km) or Vishwema Village (25 km) for trekking to Dzukou valley by a shared Tata Sumo.

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