IMPHAL, April 2
A new trekking route to famous Dzukou valley located between the Manipur and Nagaland border was inaugurated with a simple function along the Hibure range of Emefiithumai under Mao in Manipur’s Senapati district on Monday.The small but meaningful formal opening function of the new trekking route to Dzukou from Manipur side was attended by Public Relations Officer Lt Col Ajay Kumar, ADC(autonomous district council)member Tadubi P Kaiso, Chairman Pungdong village N. Saheni and Chairman Emefithumei village Kahrii and President of Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association(MMTA) Dr. Leishangthem Surjit Singh.
With the opening of the new route, the intending trekkers can look out for the new track if they’ve dreamed of walking through valleys and plains with exotic flowers, encompassed by emerald green hills, lost in the murmur of streams flowing by and enchanted by lush forests of Dzukou valley which is situated at an altitude of 2450 metres (8000 ft) above sea level behind the Japfu peak.
“This route will take only 5 hours trek from the base camp of the MMTA at Mt Isii to Dzukou valley,”says MMTA sources said. The new route was opened during the 2nd leg of the 73rd combined adventure course of the association.
This magical valley looks like a mown lawn from a distance watered by two meandering streams, the Dzukou and the Japfu Rivers. This picturesque valley and its vast meadows popularly known as the ‘valley of flowers of the north east’ would treat as a nature’s paradise for any nature lover.
Earlier people mostly trekkers used to land at Viswema village in Nagaland to visit Dzukou. Thus it took two days to visit the wonderful valley. On the first day, one needs to walk for about 5-6 hours to cover an approximate distance of about 17km in the hilly terrain.On the second day, they might need 3-4 hours to return to Zakhama(Nagaland border village) covering a distance of about 15 km. It is said that the best season to visit Dzukou is late June till July and September (except monsoon).