The Japfu Peak is one of the most important tourist attractions in Nagaland and is part of the landscape, which has given Nagaland the name ‘Switzerland of the East’. It is one of the most important places to visit near Kohima and over the years the Japfu Peak has become one of the popular tourism spots in the entire North East. Standing tall at 3084 meters, this peak is located 25 kilometers from Kohima. Being the second highest peak in Nagaland, it provides a beautiful view of the Dzukou Valley that is affluent with lush green and thick vegetation, which offers one of the most mesmerizing treks with the backdrop of snow- clad Himalayas. The valley is considered to be the ‘Valley of flowers’ in the North East and is visited mostly during the full bloom and is considered to be the base of the crater of an old volcano. The entire Japfu Peak is similar to a canvas of emeralds that is interlocked with the adjoining villages and cities – the view from a significant height is worth a capture for all nature lovers. With subtropical vegetation all around, the songs of the chirping hill birds seem like an added treat. The lush forest of 130 ft tall and 1 ft girth rhododendron trees is home to the unique Blythe Tragopan bird.
Popular things to do & see in and around
If you are not satisfied with sitting at one place and enjoying the beauty of the valley underneath, explore the area. Trekking and camping at the Japfu peak are some of the best things to do here. You can also go for shopping in Kohima. The market in the city can offer you a good bargain on the local products. Buy local handicraft and pottery as souvenirs for your friends and family back at home.
The nightlife in Kohima is also worth enjoying. The bars and clubs in the city also offer you great cuisine, local music and a lot of enjoyment. Some of the best restaurants here are Flaming Wok and Dream’s Café. You can also visit the Vishwema Village and meet the locals there.
Japfu Peak can be reached directly from the nearest transit points via local transportation means like cabs. You can avail taxis from the Dimapur.
You can also take the state buses that take you to Kohima and then trek the way to Japfu peak.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Japfu Peak is from June to September. With flowers in their full bloom, the valley offers a visual spectacle for the visitors here. It is usually pleasant during the day time, but experiences a drop in temperature by over 10 degrees at night.