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DZUKOU VALLEY & JAPFU PEAK TREK




 
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DZUKOU VALLEY & JAPFU PEAK TREK

Nagaland is one of the eastern most states of India bordering  Mynamar to its east. The state is inhabited by 16 different tribes and sub tribes, each being unique and distinct in its language, culture, food and customs.  Agriculture is still the predominant occupation in this Christian state where English is widely used. The origin of  Naga people and tribes is not clear and there are various theories about migration from China, Mongolia and Burma in this regard.  During this holiday, we discover the  culture  of the region by exploring its capital Kohima along with nearby villages.  We also go on an adventure with trek to the surreal 'bamboo clad' Dzukou Valley. We will then try and summit Mount Japfu (3086m), the second highest point in Nagaland. The summit gives some stunning views of Dzukou valley and Kohima . A  truly breathtaking adventure holiday in Nagaland!

 

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  • Nagaland has largely monsoon climate concentrated between May and October. Therefore we usually advise to visit Nagaland from October to March. In December, the maximum temperature rising to 14°C and falling down to 4°C. Therefore, it is advisable to carry a pair of warm clothes with gloves and woolens.

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Is this Holiday for you ?

Are you up for a holiday where you discover a whole new region with its culture and landscape? If you are, then this holiday will be on top of the list. Kohima and the nearby villages will give you a peek inside the diverse Naga culture. Dzukou valley trek and Japfu climb is a different landscape than any you might have trekked. The stunning views of the rolling hills of Dzukou valley are a sight to behold! Prior fitness will help you enjoy the holiday better. The rich primeval beauty of this state will astound you and leave you asking for more!

  • Trek to the surrel 'bamboo clad' Dzukou Valley
  • Climb Mount Japfu (3086m) , the second highest point in Nagaland
  • Explore Kohima and surrounding villages

  • Local guide (for treks and climbs)
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Sleeping bags
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal camera equipment
  • Personal gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food as will be served at the buffet breakfast at the hotel. Lunch will be packed when we go for our trek to Dzukou and Japfu including juice, cookies, chocolate, sandwich, etc. Dinner will be at the hotel where we stay as well and will be soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. As we want to keep plastic use to a minimum we will try and use plastic bottles as less possible. Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Dimapur Airport to the hotel in Kohima. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights in the afternoon at 1200 noon. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the campsite to Dimapur Airport at 8 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 6 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Dimapur Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • During this trip the group will spend 4 nights in hotel in Kohima and 1 night in Dzukou valley guesthouse where we might use the dormitory. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you at around 7.30 am. At around 8.30 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 9.00 we should be ready for the day. The first days will be spent trekking to Dzukou Valley where we will stay the night. We will get up early to start our trek to Mount Japfu and should be on our way by 8 am. Please note that the sun sets at least 1 hour early than Delhi in Nagaland
  • 6 Days, 4 night hotel, 1 night guesthouse
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • max group size: 10

LAND AT DIMAPUR. DRIVE TO KOHIMA.

We will pick you up from the airport at Dimapur and a single group transfer at 3.30 pm will be provided to our group hotel in Kohima. The journey will take us at least 2-3  hours. Tea will be served as you check into the hotel.  Evening  is at leisure and we can head out to explore Kohima town before. Back to the hotel for dinner and early to bed 



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LEAVE FOR DZUKOU VALLEY VIA VISHWEMA VILLAGE.

We should be fully energized today with proper breakfast for our trek to Dzukou Valley.  We will leave our big bags at the campsite, and only take our day bag with the necessary items we need for the night stay at the camp.  We will  then head to the village of Vishwema, 30-40 minutes drive away, and drive up to the trekking point.  The approach to the valley is a bit steep and in dense forest till we reach the Dzukou Point where we get our first glimpse of the bamboo clad hills of Dzukou.   A 3-4 hour trek in the rolling valley of Dzukou will take us to our camp for the night. The walk is stunning and we will stay in the dormitory in the state run guest house in the Valley. This is also a way to support the state government and local employment in the region. Meals will be provided as available in the kitchen of the guest house.  Spending a night under the star filled sky in this landscape is an experience to remember. It will be quite cold at night, so don't forget to pack your warm clothes.



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1.5 hr drive; 3-4 hr walking (7-8 kms)

TREK BACK TO JAKHAMA VILLAGE. DRIVE BACK TO HOTEL.

You can get up early morning, and leave for a walk in the valley. A great chance to see crystals frozen on the leaves of the bamboo shoots. After breakfast and taking in the morning views of the Valley, we pack up and head back via different route to Jakhama Village.  We meet up with our vehicles and head back to our hotel  to rest.  The evening is at leisure .  



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2-3 Hrs walking (4-5 kms); 1 hr drive

EXPLORE KOHIMA & KHONOMA VILLAGE.

We wake up easy and after  breakfast, will leave to visit the war cemetery in Kohima and explore the city. After that our vehicles will take us to Khonoma Village. Estimated to be around 700 years old and spread across 123 sq.km., the village is known for its terraced farming and agriculture. The village has traditional houses of the Angami Tribe. After strolling and exploring through the village, we head back to our hotel. 



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CLIMB MOUNT JAPFU (3048m) VIA KIGWAMA VILLAGE.

 An early breakfast will get all ready for our summit attempt of  Mount Japfu, which is the second highest point in Nagaland after Mount Saramati (3826m). Even though the elevation is not too high, be prepared for a steep climb through the forest and also using help of a rope to climb some rocks just before the summit.  We drive to Kigwama village to the starting point of our trek. We first walk through the agricultural fields and then enter the rainforest. A little abandoned hut in the forest will be our  first stop as we make our way to the ridge. Fantastic views of the Kohima  valley can be seen from ridge as we make our way to the base of the summit.   You will have to keep track of the guide as there is no trail to follow now. There are 2 big rocks that have decent footholds for you to climb. A rope has also been fixed by the locals to help you climb a  one of the rocks. A big cross will greet you at the summit with the magnificent landscape of the Dzukou and Kohima valley making  all the effort worthwhile.  Take extra care as you climb down the rocky part just below the summit.  We head back to Kigwama to our taxis and then back to the hotel for a  well deserved rest and celebratory dinner.



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1 hr drive; 7-8 hrs (11-12 kms)

DEPARTURE DAY. LEAVE FOR DIMAPUR.

An early breakfast will be laid out and a fixed departure for Dimapur, a 2-3 hour drive. The transfer will leave at 8 am and we would suggest you take an afternoon flight from Dimapur for your onward journey.  For extended stay in Nagaland or Meghalaya, please contact our UFO office.



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