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Dzükou – The valley of ‘cold water’

As a person with a restless soul for adventure, the experience of two nights at Dzükou Valley would definitely be an unforgettable memory. By far, it was the best two mornings in my entire life. Up there, surrounded by the sheer rawness of nature was such a delight for the mind and soul. Dzükou is an absolute must for everyone – especially for wanderers to soak in the energy of the valley.

Dzükou presents herself effortlessly and magnificently at an altitude of 2,438 m asl.

Day 1 (June 30) – Departure from Kohima
We departed from Kohima for Dzükou on a mini truck. After about an hour of driving and through some rather winding hillside roads, we began our trek. Each of us was saddled with our sleeping bags and rations. It took us about an hour to reach the first viewpoint. This is the hardest one hour though. We must have covered about two kms in distance but ascended quite a few hundred meters in altitude. The terrain is mostly an unaltered natural trail path with stones placed as steps for climbing. It is from this viewpoint that you separate yourself completely from civilization. Your phone will not work from here – so be prepared for this.

After a short rest, we continued our hike towards the valley rest house. This is a flat trek with bamboo growing all around you. The path is narrow, so we had to tread carefully. The distance we covered would have been approximately 6 km which took approximately two hours to complete.

We were quite pleased to finally reach the rest house. The view from here was just spectacular. Just the perfect way to end a nice trek. We settled ourselves in for the night at the rest house after a quick dinner.

Day 2 (July 1) -Venture to the Valley.
Waking up early to feel and experience the sheer beauty of the valley as the sun rises is another magnificent perk of this trek. It separates you completely from the hustle and bustle of your normal crowded reality of a life. We used the entire second day to explore the valley. After a heavy brunch, we set out towards the valley. There were caves to explore, flat terrain filled with lilies, streams to cross and hillocks to climb.

One can always plan a visit during the months of July and August to witness the beauty of the flowers that are usually in bloom at that time of the year. The crystal-clear water in the streams that flow through the valley is just one of the many ways to witness the purest forms of nature.

Even an entire day of walking around the valley was not enough for us to cover the entire valley. It was just too vast. We headed back to the rest house as the sun was beginning to set – we didn’t want to be far out in the valley after sunset as the temperature dips quite significantly and we were not dressed for it. After dinner, we all sat by a small bonfire to unwind for the day.

Day 3 (July 2) – Departure from the Valley
Another peaceful refreshing morning at the valley and sadly our last morning for this trip. After a quick brunch, we packed up, said our good byes to all the new friends we had made up in the valley and then set out back to Kohima. The retraced our steps back to where we had started our trek. The walk down the last two km is quite steep and requires caution at many points especially if it is raining or had been raining not too long ago.

The valley has its own tales to tell and for you to hear it and feel it, you just have to be up there yourself.

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