Sunday, October 15, 2006

Dzuko Valley

Dzuko Valley

The highest peak, Mount Iso, on the Barial ranges stand at 2,997 meters above mean sea level with its highest inter-mountain valley of Dzuko at 2,500 meters.
Situated at an impressive height above mean sea level, Dzuko valley experiences temperature far below freezing point in winter. Some local scientists are reported to have recorded the minimum temperature in mid winter (early January) to around minus 14 degree Celsius.In recent years the Dzuko valley had become much prominent when trekkers started writing eloquent prose on the attractive nature of the valley. During the summer flowering season and in mid winter many trekkers visit the valley, quenching their thirst for a sight of the valley and relishing in its beauty and charm.
Ice sheets covering the upper layer of the river are as thick as six inches, and may be more. This easily bears the weight of several people standing at a time in the frozen river.Ice formations is an attractive feature in the valley. Icicles hang in rows from sheltered rock faces, giving off an icy, bluish effect that could turn one’s blood blue with delight.
Like in any nature reserve where the ecosystem is of a delicate character, the fragile ecosystem of the Dzuko valley had considerably been tampered with by reasons of human intrusion.
The colourful, attractive Dzuko valley in all its nature’s best would of course welcome people to come and appreciate it, but it cannot be said that it would tolerate people coming and destroying the very reason for which it is being favored.
This brings to one’s mind the all important question of how much of our people are aware of the need to protect and conserve nature in the interest of our land and future.


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