Day 1: Guwahati to Shillong 117 kms; Drive time: 4 hours
Pickup from Guwahati airport from where we commence our journey to the pine covered hills of Shillong. Enroute we will take a short break at Umiam lake, absorbing the tranquil vibes of the place.
Day 2: Khatarshnong excursion
Today we will set out to explore a little know root bridge in the Khatarshnong region. Situated between Cherrapunji and Pynursla, it is a cluster of 21 odd villages blessed with immense natural beauty. A two hour walk through broom fields and secondary forest will get us down to one of the highest root bridge in Meghalaya. Directly beneath is a crystal clear river where we will take a dip to refresh ourselves.
By evening drive back to Shillong.
Day 3: Shillong to Dawki
It’s a waterfall day today. We drive on the Jowai road, where we will first visit Phe Phe falls which is around a 30 minute walk from the road head. It is a picturesque waterfall with a natural plunge pool at the bottom. Continue a little further up to the fabled Krangshuri falls probably one of the most magnanimous in the state. After having our fill of the waterfalls we drive to Dawki for the night.
Day 4: Dawki
Enjoy a relaxing day as we splash around and have fun in the crystal clear waters of the Umgot river. Navigate the calm part of the river in a kayak as you pass by local fisherfolk setting out for the day’ work. To pump up your adrenaline we will zipline across the river and then jump into the river from a cliff. In the evening we set out to explore the deeper parts of the river in a country boat, absorbing the tranquility of the place.
Day 5: Dawki – Mawlrynkhang – Cherrapunji
Today we head out for a very unique and thrilling trek , most part of which is over a bamboo trail. Drive to the village of Wakhen from where you commence the exciting trek to Mawryngkhang; over bamboo trails. The route takes one down to Umrew river , from where a scary bamboo bridge leads further to a stony path . In many parts the route skirts the very edge of the mountain , with only bamboo bridges underneath your feet. The trek culminates on the 100 meter rock offering grand views of the george below , making your efforts worthwhile. The entire trek to and fro will take around 4 hours.
Thereafter continue our drive to Cherrapunji.
Day 6: Caving – Krem Mawmluh
Today head out for an exciting excursion into the unknown world of caves. You will be exploring a cave named Krem Mawmluh . With a total length of over 7kms of cave passages, Krem Mawmluh is situated approximately half a kilometer west of Cherrapunjee adjacent to the small hamlet of Mawmluh from which the cave takes its name. The cave’s 7kms contain of passages much of which are fine river passages of impressive proportions, calcite formations of various kinds, waist deep pools, few meters of belly crawl and few climbs.
From the road head trek for around 45 minutes to the mouth of the cave. Over here you would change into caving gear like wet suite, caving suit, helmet and headlamp. Under the supervision of an expert caver you would walk, crawl, squeeze and wade through water for 3 hours in the various cave passages.
Day 7: Trek to Double Decker Root bridges
Living Root Bridges are unique live bridges found only in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The secondary roots of a species of Indian Rubber Tree Ficus Elastica- are trained over 20-25 years to form these living bridges to cross fast flowing rivers and streams. Some of these bio-engineering wonders are 53 feet, 70 feet, 100 feet long. The Double Decker Root Bridge has two levels. They are very strong, can carry many people at a time and perhaps can last 500 years.
The trek passes through some verdant slopes, criss crossed by streams. At some places the stream has made some natural ponds, containing emerald blue water where you can take a dip. The trek is moderately difficult since one needs to descend 2500 feet into the valley and then climb up the same altitude again.
Day 8: Cherapunjee to Guwahati airport 165 kms; Drive time: 5.5 hours
Start early in the morning for our final drop to Guwahati airport. Participants are advised to book their flights after 4 pm.