Nagaland might be one of the truly remote and beautiful destinations in the country, but culturally and ecologically rich at the same time. Dzukou Valley has now become of the sough after places to visit in the state. It lies on the border of Nagaland and Manipur, and is a lesser known paradise for trekkers and wanderers alike. The picturesque landscape offers a panoramic view of gentle rolling hills. Not too far from the capital Kohima, is Khonoma, one of the most beautiful villages in all of Nagaland. Experience a dash of local culture as you learn about the unique agricultural practices, food, and the dense forest all around.
Arrive in Dimapur; drive to Kohima (75 kms, 3 hours)
We will pick you up from Dimapur airport, and drive to Kohima.
Stay at a comfortable hotel in Kohima for the night.
Kohima to Dzukou valley (35 kms drive, 1 hour)
After breakfast, we drive to Viswema, the starting point of our trek to Dzukou valley.
The initial part of the route involves a steep hour and a half climb, through thick ever green forests. Once the climb finishes, a six kilometres traverse through stunning landscapes of dwarf bamboos will get us to our campsite. Relax and enjoy the surreal cloud filled valley for the remainder of the day.
Stay overnight in tents.
Explore Dzukou valley
Today we will explore the valley, soaking in the pristine natural beauty of this place. Relish the solitude, and reconnect with nature. We will also walk to the source of the Dzukou and Japfu Rivers.
Stay overnight in tents.
Dzukou to Kohima (35 kms drive, 1 hour)
After breakfast retrace our path back to Viswema village. In the evening visit the World War II cemetery, built to commemorate all those who lost their lives in the epic World War II Battle of Kohima. Night stay in Kohima.
Drive to Khonoma; Explore Khonoma (20 kms, 1 hour)
Today we will visit the village of 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. Enjoy a traditional Naga meal.
Night stay at a homestay in Khonoma.
Khonoma village is famous for its lush forest and unique form of agriculture practice, including some of the oldest terraced cultivation in the region. The terrain is hilly, ranging from gentle slopes to rugged hillsides. The state bird, Blyth’s Tragopan, an endangered species, is reportedly found in these slopes and forests.
Khonoma is also famed as Asia’s first green village. Here you can interact with the local Angami tribe and learn how they are conserving the surrounding ecosystem and living sustainably. You can also engage in a short hike or a birding walk.
Khonoma to Dimapur (200 kms, 5-6 hours)
After breakfast, drive from Khonoma to Dimapur airport.