Kohima: The lowland treeless landscape of Dzükou Valley, located at an altitude of 2,438.4 m above sea level bordering Nagaland and Manipur, witnessed spectacular snow sightings on Saturday.
Twenty-three-year-old photographer Menuvi Sodzü-o Khatso, who witnessed and recorded the snowy valley and the melting of the snow for the first time, told EastMojo that he decided to visit the place after he saw it covered in snow from his village at Jakhama, which is about a few kilometres from the area.
Parts of the state across the districts of Zunheboto, Kiphire and Tuensang witnessed snowfall on Friday, following the cyclonic circulation (CC) over Bangladesh and the associated wind convergence, eastern parts of Northeast India, coastal Odisha and northeastern coast and Andhra Pradesh.
In a video that he shared, he is heard panting as he walks the snowy path along the valley. In another video, the sound of the snow melting from the trees can be heard as the sun rises up.
Khatso revealed that he began the trek from his home at Jakhama Village around 1 am on Saturday and managed to capture the scenes of the melting valley by 7.30 am.
When asked what had driven him to take up the challenge on a cold morning, a day after snowfall hit parts of Nagaland, Khatso enthusiastically said it was for his sole passion of photography that made him take the challenge. He also said that over 30 trekkers were in the valley when he visited it on Saturday.
When asked what trekking tips would he like to give to interested trekkers, he said: “One should be determined, should not trek on empty stomach and should wear enough clothes to keep oneself warm in this weather.”
As a frequent visitor to the valley, Khatso said he last visited the valley on Thursday, although there was no snow nor sight of frosts that day. The valley, however, is often covered in frost during December and January during early mornings and at night.