Dzuleke to Kohima to Vishvema to Dzukou
The plan for today was to goto Kohima and then to Vishvema, find a stay there and next day head to Dzukou. My Dzuleke homestay caretakers assured me that they would help me find a vehicle going to Kohima. Infact one of the owner stood by roadside to stop any vehicle passing by. After 15-20 minutes i saw them waving at me from road to inform that my ride is here. I did a final goodbye to them and started from Dzuleke to Kohima at 7.30am. With me in the Omni were an army mechanic and his friend, a local lady and the driver. I reached Kohima at 9:15.
I asked a shopkeeper on how to goto BOC Stand. He told me to take a bus to BOC and thats what i did. The bus trip cost only Rs.10. The sumos for Vishvema start from BOC and cost Rs.80 per person. So as i mentioned earlier the plan was to stay at Vishvema for the night and start early for Dzukou the next day. But few kilometers before Vishvema the sumo stopped at a place where 2 passengers got off and it was at that point i saw the road sign "Way to Dzukou Valley". At that moment i told to myself its just 10.30am lets goto Dzukou today itself, and just as the driver was getting back on his seat i told him i am getting off here. And so started my trek to Dzukou.
The actual starting point of trek is around 7kms from the point where i got off the sumo on the highway. I was hoping i would get a free ride till the starting point. In the first hour of walk 2-3 cars passed by but none stopped. Another 30 minutes passed and i saw a truck coming and tried my luck again. The truck stopped, it was full of construction workers who were also heading to the end of motorable road. It was super bumpy ride, but i was not complaining after all it was a free ride :D. Now from the point where the roads ends there are steps leading to the start of the valley. It took me around 30 minutes to reach the point where the valley finally opens up.
From that point to the guest house its an easy walk and the trails is a visual treat to the eyes. I reached the Dzukou Guest House around 3pm. On that day, apart from me there was only one traveller staying at the guest house. We also had the 2 caretakers of Guest House who kept us entertained with their talks for the next 2 days.
Now some information about the Guest House. There are 2 huge rooms with nothing inside. These are the dormitories. The caretakers told me each dorm has a capacity of 15-17 people. Apart from the dormitories, there are 2 private rooms(VIP rooms). If you haven't bought your own matress/blanket etc., you can rent it from the guest house. Each matress,blanket,pillow cost Rs. 50 for a day. You can even rent a sleeping bag. The VIP room has a wooden bed, but you would have to rent out remaining items. The food is basic. Dal,chaval,omellete,cup noodles,tea,some canned fish items. Also if you plan to hire a sumo till end of motorable road, the cost is Rs.1200. I came to know this after i met a solo traveller on Day 6 who had hired a sumo. And if you want to hire a guide for Dzukou, the cost is Rs.1500 for a day.
I had taken a matress and 2 blankets hoping it would help against the cold. But that wasn't enough. It was very cold that night. Me and the other guy woke up around 12.30am and got ourself 2 more blankets each and that helped us sleep through the night.
Dzuleke Homestay - Rs.800 per day(excluding food)
Omni from Dzuleke to Kohima - Rs.200
Bus from Kohima to BOC - Rs.10
Sumo from BOC to Vishvema - Rs.80