Meghalaya Caving Adventure
A unique adventure unlocking the the unknown and wondrous world of limestone caves in Meghalaya 'The Abode of Clouds'
- Best Season: November – March
- Region: Meghalaya
- Duration: 7 days
- Activity: Adventure
- Grade: Moderate
The southern slopes of Meghalaya are gifted with abundant deposits of limestone. Coupled with high level of precipitation, humidity and elevations in excess of 1000m, affords ideal conditions for the formation of caves. With more than 1200 caves, Meghalaya boasts of the largest network of caves found on the Indian sub-continent, stretching over three hundred kilometres.
On the Meghalaya Caving Adventure we explore different caves in the Shnong Rim area, opening the door to an out-of the-world experience. Once inside the caves one can only marvel at the opulent formations created over thousands of years – stalagmites, stalactites, candles, cave curtains and cave pearls to name a few . Most of the cave passages are live, meaning one would either have to walk through waist deep water or even swim to navigate the caves. Proficiently trained and experienced cavers would guide clients through the caves to ensure their safety.
- Explore four different limestone caves
- Walk through waist deep water and swim inside the caves
- Marvel opulent formations like Flow-stones, Cave Curtains, Cave Pearls and Candles
- Negotiate one Vertical Cave
Day 1: Guwahati to Shillong
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Shillong. O/n ata hotel in Shillong
Day 2: Shillong to Shnong Rim camp
After breakfast drive to Shnong Rim. The Shnong Rim area in the Jaintia hills harbours more than a hundred vertical and horizontal cave passages, making it the ultimate caving destination in India. This is the place where we will set camp for exploring different caves. O/n in tents
Day 3: Caving – Krem Tynghen
In the morning you will be briefed on using caving equipment and general safety rules. After breakfast a half hour drive followed by a short walk will get us to the mount of Krem Tynghen. It is Grade 1 cave with large horizontal passages making it ideal for beginners to get introduced to caving.
By evening return back to our campsite. O/n in tents
Day 4:Caving- Krem Umthloo
Today we walk to Krem Umthloo , which is a Grade 2 cave. The cave has many wet passages with waist deep water , which we negotiate through. The cave has many beautiful and unique formations like flowstone, cave pearls, curtains, which would leave you spellbound. By evening return back to our campsite. O/n in tents
Day 5: Caving – Krem Chympe
Krem Chympe by far is the most exciting cave on the trip, as one needs to swim through the first 200 meters to enter the cave.
Start early in the morning since it would take a two hour drive followed by an hour of hiking to reach the mouth of the cave. The most thrilling part start from here we change into our wet suite and dive in the river passage to enter into the cave. Chympe is what is called an ‘Active’ cave with a large river running through it. We explore some of the passages of this wonderful cave before returning back to our campsite. O/n in tents
Day 6: Caving – Krem Sim Thabbalong
Having learnt the basics, we move to a cave with short vertical passages which are more technical in nature. Strength and agility are key to negotiating these narrow passages.
By afternoon we break camp and drive back to Shillong. O/n at a hotel in Shillong
Day 7: Shillong to Guwahati
Drop to Guwahati airport
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We went for caving in meghalaya over a long weekend and what an experience it was! We trekked from the cement factory in Cherrapunji up to the cave which was 3.5 km, making it a total of 7 km, to and fro over 4 hours. It was mildly strenuous but exhilarating! The caves are magical mysterious and pristine, standing firm in the face of time. Our guide Jolly was delightful, knowledgeable and extremely patient. He was more like a friend and made the entire experience extremely enjoyable. Would definitely recommend!