Dzukou

Dzukou Valley Trek with Nagaland Backpacking (6D/5N)

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Dzukou Valley Trek with Nagaland Trip
Ex. Guwahati, Ex. Dimapur

This backpacking trip takes you to a hidden treasure located in the far east named Dzukou valley, a place straight out of a fantasy movie!

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    All about the Dzukou Valley Trek with Nagaland Backpacking (6D/5N).

    Hello Travelers!

    Tucked between Brahmaputra valley on one side, and high mountain passes of Myanmar on the other side, Nagaland is a small mountainous state with unique and colorful culture. The Nagas have fiercely defended India from the Japanese army in World War 2. There are many reminiscent in and around Kohima that are very interesting to explore.

    Dzukou valley is North East’s very own “Valley of Flowers” famous for its Dzukou lily that grows only in the monsoon season. The spectacular “mountain wave” setting of Dzukou valley is almost unbelievable. It can be described as waves of mountains spreading as far as your eyes can see. It feels like a setting straight out of fairy tales and makes you wonder – how on Earth such a marvelous creation is plausible!?

    We will start our journey from Guwahati Railway station or Dimapur Airport with an overnight stay at Dimapur.

    Our first destination is the capital town of Nagaland, also called the land of tribes, Kohima. Few local attractions in and around the town will make us feel part of the pride of Nagas.

    Next in line is a unique village named Dzuleke that has only 34 houses, and no mobile network! We can even do a small trek to a nearby waterfalls.

    We will then head to Kisama village to experience the true culture of Nagas ranging from food, attire, music to tasting locally blended rice beer. Incidentally, Kisama village is the home to the most famous Hornbill Festival of Nagas that is celebrated with pomp and glory in the first 10 days of December every year.

    And then the real heavenly experience beckons – a trek to The Dzukou Valley. Located at a height of 9000 feet above sea level, this carpet of mountain terrain with dwarf bamboos is a treat to your senses. The valley is abundantly supplied with water by two rivers. After a tricky initial climb, the only thing one would do for the next 2 days is to just admire the incredible views. A night of camping in the valley under millions of stars is a sight to behold.

    One thing is certain, that you will have lots of stories to tell after this backpacking trip!

    Now wait no more.
    Let’s explore the hidden wonder of North East – Nagaland!


    Highlights of the Nagaland Trip:

    • The Heavenly Dzukou Valley Trek (2 Days / 1 Night)
    • Kohima – The land of Tribes
    • Kisama Heritage Village – The heart of Nagas culture
    • Dzuleke – Go back in time to a hidden gem!
    • A unique experience one wouldn’t get any where in India!

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    1. Day 1 Train journey from Guwahati, Arrival at Dimapur!
      • For people starting from Guwahati: The trip starts at 2 PM with a train journey from Guwahati city to the gateway of Nagaland – Dimapur. We will arrange a pickup at Dimapur railway station to the hotel.
      • For people starting from Dimapur: The trip starts at Airport with your flight arrival. We will arrange a one-time pickup from Airport and drop at hotel.
      • Check into our guest house.
      • Finish Dinner at a restaurant close to the stay and take good rest.
      • Note: The vehicle is not at our disposal today. Only pick up and drop taxi service is provided.
    2. Day 2 Kohima, Dzuleke - A village without mobile network!
      • Good morning Nagaland!
      • The sun raises really early as it’s far east of the country.
      • After breakfast, our Driver will meet you at the Hotel to begin our journey into Nagaland.
      • On our way at Kohima, Trip Captain/Guide will join us. We will visit World War II Cemetery, know about interesting stories about Japanese army attacking India through North East and how Nagas defended our country. 
      • We will then head to Kohima Museum and get to know about colorful local culture and different tribes that are part of this unique state.
      • A journey of about 2 hours from Kohima will take us back in time to a serene place called Dzuleke that has tiniest of population – only 34 households.
      • The moment you enter Dzuleke, one can actually feel a sense of calmness and serene wilderness that is totally undisturbed from the civilization.
      • One can hear birds chirping, wind blowing against the trees and witness clear blue skies with slowly moving clouds. Many a times, one can even spot some wildlife like Bysons and Deer.
      • Explore the village and the house holds.
      • Time and weather permits, we will do a small trek to a nearby beautiful waterfall or the river and take a rejuvenating dip.
      • If lucky, we will be treated with a beautiful sunset across the hill with sky changing colors.
      • Remember, the sun sets really quick over there in Nagaland as it’s far east.
      • After experiencing nature at its full glory at the village, we shall head back to our cozy homestay.
      • Socially gather as we share each others stories and get to know each other better.
      • Finish delicious Dinner served at our stay and take a good night’s rest.
    3. Day 3 Cathedral, Kisama Heritage Village
      • We will start the day with an early Breakfast and head towards Kohima, the capital town of Nagaland to visit colorful Cathedral Church.
      • We will then move towards the happening village of Kisama – the mystic piece of land that showcases rich culture, architecture and practices of The Nagas.
      • Kisama is also the venue of vibrant Hornbill festival that happens every year in December.
      • A nature walk in the village will give a sneak peak into the Naga’s culture. We can explore closed architectural pieces like Bamboo pavilion, Idols, and Morungs which are the arenas for the tribes to learn and display different skills like archery, arts, crafts and even headhunting!
      • If available at that time, one can taste authentic delicacies of Nagas at Kisama village, like different kinds & colors of Rice Beer and finger food.
      • A night stay at this village Homestay is truly a rejuvenating experience in the warm hospitality of Nagas.
      • Warm bonfire and hot Dinner before calling it off for the day.
    4. Day 4 Dzukou Valley: Trek to Fairy Land, Camping
      • The day we have been waiting for has arrived. Today we shall trek to the heavenly Dzukou valley from the village. 
      • You may put your bigger backpacks at the Homestay and carry only the small backpack with essentials. Our guide will give individual sleeping bags to each trekker and our Potter will carry heavier tents.
      • The initial part of the trek, around 2 hours of the mountain slope, is steeply surrounded by rain forest. The locals have done a great job in maintaining the sanctity of the trail.
      • Once we hike up the mountain, a completely new world appears in front of our eyes. Tens of rolling hills carpeted by dwarf bamboo trees welcome trekkers with a captivating views.
      • This remaining part of trek of about 3 hours through the valley is relatively easy but long. The beauty of the valley will make trekkers forget everything else.
      • We will reach base camp located at a magnificent setting at the other end and drop our bags in the tents once our care taker pitches the tents.
      • After a well deserved hot black Tea, we will hike up nearest mountain peak which is the only place with mobile signal!
      • Gear up for a very very cold night. Weather permits, we can even light a bonfire.
      • Have a basic but hot Dinner before resting in our assigned tents.
    5. Day 5 Explore the Fairyland, Trek back to Earth, pit stop at Kisama
      • Today we shall explore a Helipad and trek down the valley to reach breathtaking grasslands, pristine and cold flowing rivers, floating clouds that act as a crown to the majestic mountain peaks.
      • This 3 Km trek down is icing on the cake of already unimaginable setting of the Dzukou valley
      • After taking endless selfies, couplefies and groupfies, we will finally trek up and have hot Lunch at our base camp
      • Resume our trek along the hills, and finally hike down the rainforest of the mountain slope to reach back to Jakhama village.
      • Our vehicle will be waiting at the parking to pick tired and exhausted trekkers.
      • Once we are dropped to the stay by late afternoon, there is no more activity planned for the day.
      • Your body asks for rest after 2 days of trek and exploration. 
      • Finish Dinner and have a tight sleep.
    6. Day 6 Return journey!
      • Good morning Nagaland one last time during the trip, until we return back.
      • All the outgoing flights are scheduled around afternoon time from Dimapur Airport. 
      • We will drop you just on time and good bye for now!
      • Guwahati folks will be dropped at Railway station by late afternoon.
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    About Trip:

    • This trip involves basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay without any luxury, whatsoever.
    • This is a group trip with shared model. It may not suit everyone – especially for those expecting privacy and luxury. It best suits for people who wish to socialize.
    • Please do not book this trip if you are not okay with above points.

    Travel:

    • Trip starting/ending point:
      1. Guwahati Railway station
      2. Dimapur Airport

    From Guwahati:

    • Non AC Train journey from Guwahati to Dimapur.
    • Starting time: 2:30 PM on Day-1
    • Ending time: 9 PM on Day-6

    From Dimapur:

    • Starting time: 2 PM on Day-1
    • Ending time: 2 PM on Day-6

    Local Travel in Nagaland:

    • Local Travel by Sumo/Innova/Eeco or similar tourist vehicles.
    • Note: There is no night journey in this trip. All travel is during day time.

    Flight booking:

    • Our team can also assist you in booking your flight tickets from/to Guwahati or Dimapur as per your choice.

    Stay:

    • Total 5 Nights
    • All stays are 3/4/5 sharing basis.
    • Couple stay can be provided at an extra cost of 1000 per night. Contact our team to check availability before booking.
    • You may get in touch with our Booking Team if you wish to see stay pictures.

    Places of Stay:

    • Dimapur: Hotel for 1 Night (Comfort stay)
    • Dzuleke: Homestay for 2 Nights (Comfort stay)
    • Kisama/Kohima: Homestay for 2 Nights (Comfort stay)
    • Dzukou Valley: Camping for 1 Night (Basic stay)
      > Common washrooms by Dzukou association.

    Trip Basics:

    • Total seats: 5 – 8 per batch.
    • Trek Difficulty: Moderate (2 days of trek)
    • Can beginners attempt? : Yes, given one is fit enough.
    • Tents are carried by Potter and individual Sleeping Bags have to be carried by trekkers
    • Max altitude: Dzukou Valley at 9000 feet above Sea level
    • Climate: Cold to Very cold (depending on the season)

    What’s next after booking your ticket(s):

    • Organizers will get in touch with you, or vice versa. After the confirmation, you may book your flights up and down.
    • A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks 5 days before the event

    Special Notes:

    • Travelers are expected to respect local culture, people, and rules of the land. The specific details will be shared in the WhatsApp group by Trip Captain. This is very important.
    • Travelers are expected to come with an open heart by appreciating the complexities of Mother nature based on seasonal variations, monthly or even daily weather conditions.

    Things to Carry for Dzukou Valley Trek:

    • Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, 
    • A lightweight large Backpack for the entire trip (60 liters or more).
      Note: Trolleys are not recommended for this backpacking trip.
    • A small backpack for basic items (to carry valuables, water bottles, etc for outdoors)
    • Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID)
    • Thermal inners and warm clothes (cold climate)
    • A Poncho or a rainproof Jacket with a hood (to protect from cold winds, sudden rain/snowfall)
    • Waterproof gloves, thick socks, track pants, full sleeve t-shirts (to keep your body warm)
    • Cap/Hat/Sunglasses (to protect from harmful sun rays)
    • Sunscreen (SPF 50 or more)
    • Power bank, charger, camera, binoculars (if you wish to)
    • Hand sanitizer and liquid hand wash will help during journeys
    • Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our stays
    • Disposable garbage covers (To separate used/unused, wet/dry clothes)
    • Water-resistant good grip shoes for travel, extra slippers to use at guest houses
    • Personal medications that you may feel necessary (remember ghat roads, chill climate)
    • You may also carry good amount of snacks to munch during your trip.

    Best Time to Travel to Dzukou:

    • Dzukou valley is best visited during Monsoon and Winter. The monsoon special experience would be from June till August when Dzukou Lillis grow and the valley is transformed into a green carpet of mountain waves.
    • It is also good in peak winter (Dec and Jan) where extremely chilling temperatures give way to a frozen valley, especially early in the morning.

    Seasonal variations:

    • Mar, Apr (Summer): These are drier months. While the beauty is intact, the experience would be a little underwhelming.
    • May to Sept (Monsoons): The rains hit the mountains starting from May, and the valley comes alive. Dzukou lilies and Rhododendrons decorate the valley in different colors (especially in June and July). The rains will continue till mid-September, with clouds playing hide and seek.
    • Oct to mid-Feb (Winter): Clouds give away to clear skies and amazing sunsets. The extreme chill sets into the valley with freezing nights and early morning sunrises. The valley is still very beautiful.
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Nagaland Package InclusionsItems that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel
    • Stay for 5 nights
    • 5 times Breakfast
    • 3 times Dinner (Veg & Nonveg)
    • All entry tickets, permissions
    • Dzukou Valley Trekking Fees
    • Local guide / Trip Captain
    • Potter to carry Tents for Dzukou Valley
    • At least 1 Campfire (if it doesn’t rain at the time)
    • Airport pick up and drop at fixed timings (Ex. Dimapur)
    • Train between Guwahati & Dimapur (Ex. Guwahati)
    • A unique cultural and offbeat experience of the most untouched state Nagaland.
    Nagaland Package ExclusionsItems that are excluded in the cost of tour price.
    • Lunches
    • 2 times Dinner
    • Any kind of insurance, activities, shopping, party, medical expenses
    • Any misc. expenses that are not in inclusions above
    • Any extra cost arising due to any change in the itinerary/stay/route on account of bad weather, traffic-congestion, landslides/roadblocks, natural calamities, political disturbances and/or any other factors beyond our control.

    Terms & Conditions:

    • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule shall be entertained. Do not give advice(s) to the Trip Leader(s) to change the itinerary.
    • Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
    • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
    • Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for treks. There may be snakes, scorpions, and dangerous animals.
    • Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
    • Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
    • No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
    • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
    • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
    • The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek which will be informed 24 hours before the trip start time.
    • Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.

    As we are amidst a pandemic, please go through the following blog of Travelling in the times of COVID-19 and COVID FAQs before deciding to join the trip.


    Cancellation Policy:

    Cancellation by Traveler

    • 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent 30 days before the trip start date.
    • 50% refund if a cancellation request is sent between 30 to 15 days before the trip start date.
    • An email has to be sent to [email protected] to raise a cancellation request.
    • No refund within 15 days of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, COVID, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
    • No refund during/after the event.
    • No refund on the partial payment (advance) done to block your seat for the trip.


    Cancellation by Muddie Trails

    Muddie Trails may decide to cancel the event if there are less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.

    What if we don’t get the minimum number of people for the trip?
    We have 2 options in this case:
    Option 1: Complete refund.
    Option 2: Switch to any other trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.


    Cancellation due to external factors

    Muddie Trails may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc.

    In these scenarios:

    • No Refund is allowed.
    • 100% trip amount can be used for any other new trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.
    • Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.

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    Dates Trip Status Price 
    December 24, 2022 - December 29, 2022
    Available (Starting Saturday 2 PM - Ending Thursday 12 PM) - From Dimapur
    16,450.00