Three missing Dzükou trekkers found by local guides
Kohima, Oct. 14 (EMN): Three youth from Kohima including two males and one female, who went missing for hours while trekking to Southern Dzükou Valley, have been found by Dzükou local guides on October 13 night and safely sent home on Friday morning.
According to Akhuto Yiene, a trekking guide from Jakhama, the three missing persons were said to be a part of the group of eight people, who went to visit Dzükou on October 13. He informed that the trekkers took the Viswema route. However, the three persons went off the track and failed to catch up with the others.
After receiving a text message about the three missing trekker around 8 pm, Yiene informed Eastern Mirror that they formed a search party comprising of seven Dzükou guides — four from Jakhama and three from Viswema — to find the missing persons.
Yiene apprised that through GPS on their phones, they were able to locate the missing hikers, who were asked to remain on a hillock, which they peaked while searching for the route of the valley.
He narrated that despite the advice, they went way beyond the valley. He added that the trekkers managed to make use of the little available signal on their mobile devices as they were at a higher elevation, following which the guides finally spotted them.
It was informed that after returning to Viswema at around 4 am, the trekkers were sent back to Kohima.
The group of trekkers were said to be employees of Niraamaya Retreats Aradura, Kohima.
Expressing concern that not only tourists but local trekkers are also getting lost while trekking to the valley, he advised such visitors to make use of the service of trekking guides in the region for their convenience and safety.