Meghalaya – Khasi Hills Trek
Awe-inspiring bio-engineering of living roots bridges and machans, stunning vistas and waterfalls, alluring bio-diversity, adventure, warm people and their unique culture and more. Mehgalaya, the land of superlatives, beckons - you can find in this tiny north-eastern state, the tallest single-drop waterfall in India, the two rainiest places in the world, the cleanest village in Asia, the longest cave system in India and so on.
In this meticulously curated trip one gets to see a few popular sights, trek through quaint, off-beat locations and also indulge in some adventure activities. Our trip starts with a visit to the Pynursla region which is home to Mawlynnong which is purportedly the cleanest village in Asia. During the 2 days we spend in this region, we shall trek through idyllic villages including Mawlynnong, cross several living roots bridges and trek to Shnongpdeng, a picture-postcard village by the cyrstal clear waters of river Umgnot.
The next region that we cover is Cherrapunjee. We spend some time in the Nongriat area which is home to one of the two double-decker living roots bridge in Meghalaya (and the world!). We trek through lovely tropical evergreen rainforests of this area to visit a couple of amazing waterfalls.
Lastly we shall visit a village called Mawlongbna, a village near Mawsynram which is considered the rainiest place on the planet. A short trek from Mawlongbna takes us to an area where fossils of marine creatures were discovered quite recently. While in Mawlongbna, we shall indulge in some adventure sports such as canyoning and caving.
Difficulty Level: TYL!
Season: mid-September to April
Trip Duration: 8 days/7 nights (Guwahati to Guwahati)
Trek Duration: 6 days
Max Elevation: 1300 m
Region: Khasi Hills, Meghalaya
Costing: Rs. 26000 per person including tax (for a group of 8 to 15)
Children below 12 yrs: Rs. 22000
|Day 1||Your city||Guwahati-Langkawet||Reach Guwahati before noon. Drive to Langkawet (5 hours).|
|Day 2||Langkawet||Shnongpdeng– Langkawet||Drive to Wahkadait. Reach by 10 am. Trek down to Shnongpdeng (about 3 hours). Have lunch at Shnongpdeng and relax by the crystal clear waters of Umgnot river. Start at around 4 PM and drive back to Langkawet.|
|Day 3||Langkawet||Mawkyrnot –Mawlynnong– Langkawet||After breakfast set off for Pomshutia to trek to Byrdaw and explore environs of an amazing waterfall.
From Byrdaw, drive down to Mawylnnong. Have lunch and explore the village and understand why it is regarded as the cleanest village in Asia. Start at 4 pm and drive back to Langkawet.
|Day 4||Langkawet||Cherrapunjee||Start at about 7 am and drive to Mawkyrnot. Have a simple breakfast on reaching the place and then explore a few amazing root bridges that are some distance away from the village. Then drive to Cherrapunjee to reach at around lunch time. After lunch check into the resort, freshen up and set off to see Mawsmai cave and other sights, if time permits|
|Day 5||Cherrapunjee||Tyrna –Nongriat||Drive down to Tyrna and trek to Nongriat (about 3 hours) –descend down a seemingly endless staircase of 3500+ steps.In the afternoon, those interested can trek to Rainbow waterfalls and back (3 hours)|
|Day 6||Nongriat||Nohkhalikai –Cherrapunjee||After breakfast, tough 4 to 5 hour steep climb to Nohkhalikai through a beautiful, diverse evergreen tropical rainforest. After lunch, drive to Mawlongbna.|
|Day 7||Mawlongbna||Mawlongbna||In the morning visit Iew Luri Lura, fossils area ( 3.5 hours). Return for lunch. In the afternoon, canyoning or caving (if weather permits) in Umkhakhoi.|
|Day 8||Mawlongbna||Guwahati||After an early breakfast, set off to Guwahati to catch an evening flight or train to your respective destinations.|