Dzükou Valley

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Dzükou Valley guest house a courtesy of Government of Nagaland.
Dzükou Valley in Summer

The Dzükou/Dzüko Valley is a valley located at the border of the states of Nagaland and Manipur. This valley is well known for its natural environment, seasonal flowers and flora and fauna.

It is situated at an altitude of 2452 m above sea level, behind the Japfü Peak located in Nagaland. The rare Dzükou Lily is found only in this valley.[1]

The valley is famous for its wide range of flower in every season. But the most famous one is the Dzükou lily.


The word Dzükou is originally derived from the Viswema dialect of the Angamis 'Dzü-ko' which means 'Soulless and Dull' referring to when some ancestors of Viswema who moved out to establish a new village in Dzükou, due to the unfavorable weather conditions they were unable to harvest crops which led them to say "the valley is very beautiful but is dull and soulless".

A common misconception is that Dzükou derives its meaning from the Angami word which translates to "Cold Water" referring to the ice cold stream that flows through the valley.


The main entry is from the foothills of Viswema village where one can travel to the rest house above Mt. Teyozwü by a Tata Sumo taxi. From here one has to climb forty minutes to the top of the mountain. This is where Dzükou starts but the main valley is still another two hours walk away. One can exit the valley from the same route but if one is planning to come back by foot, the Jakhama route is shorter. Also it can be reached in five hours of trek from Mt. Isii of Senapati district of Manipur. The new five-hour trek route was opened by MMTA (Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association).

There are many NGOs and adventure tour operators, who organize treks to the Dzükou Valley. There is a Helipad just next to the Guest house however no service is seen in the last few years.


There has been disputes for years between the two states regarding the ownership of Dzukou Valley with both the states claiming it based on the historical interpretations of the Southern Angamis and the Maos. However, geographically the valley shares both Nagaland and Manipur territories despite of claims.It is reported that out of the total area of about 2.5 sq km of Dzuko, (excluding the surrounding areas) Manipur owns -1.55 Sq Km while Nagaland owns 0.67 Sq Km. Dzukou Valley area do fall in Survey of India Map MANIPUR, NAGALAND, Sheet No. 83K/2.J


A view of Dzukou Valley from the base Camp. PIC BY:- Dhruba Jyoti Baruah (dhrubazaan photography)


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