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Mawryngkhang Trek - 2 Days

Why you should do Mawryngkhang trek?

The spectacular Mawryngkhang Trek is considered as one of the scariest treks of Meghalaya. Starting from a small hamlet in the East Khasi Hills, it takes places over a series of connected bamboo bridges that are laid out by the villagers over mountain ridges, over broomstick farms, and above roaring rivers.  Wahkhen, a Khasi village in the Pynursla sub-division, located on the popular Shillong-Dawki road. On this route, you must take a detour to reach Pomlum village. You’ll see a signboard at Pomlum pointing in the right direction to Wahkhen village, which is around 7 kms distant.

In 2016, the Mawryngkhang Trek became accessible to the general public. The Wahkhen villagers put forth a lot of effort and time to complete the project. The population of the settlement is estimated to be around 1000 people. There is a weekly music class in a traditional music school. The people built the entire bamboo trail themselves, with no assistance from the government. The people built the various bamboo bridges and wooden ladders without any outside assistance. Cane ropes were utilized to bind the bridges together, and only a few nails were used in the construction.

Mawryngkhang Bamboo Trek
Photo By Oddessemania Local Guide

This trek also takes you to the legendary King of Stones of Meghalaya in Wahkhen Village and is quite famous for the story behind it. ‘Wah’ means ‘river’ and ‘Khen’ means ‘to flow’. According to Khasi folklore, there was once a tremendous stone war. One enormous stone emerged victorious in this one-of-a-kind duel. It was Mawryngkhang, and he was dubbed U Mawryngkhang after becoming the King of Stones. He stood there like a powerful force, lord over all he looked at. Soon after, U Mawryngkhang fell in love with another damsel in distress from a neighboring kingdom, known as “Kthiang.” All was well until Mawpator, another mighty stone with his sights set on Kthiang, arrived. As a result, the two stones engaged in a deadly battle. Mawpator broke Mawryngkhang’s left hand in the fierce battle. Mawryngkhang, on the other hand, was a formidable fighter who refused to surrender. He gathered all of his strength and delivered a powerful strike at Mawpator, decapitating him. U Mawryngkhang and Kthiang eventually left happily ever after.

Overview

Mawryngkhang Trek  Summary

You will reach Shillong after a 3 hours journey from Guwahati and directly head to Wakhen village via Cherrapunji road. Relax a bit by dipping your feet in the cold water of the natural pool at the starting point of the Mawrynkhang trek. You are going to stay the night at Dawki. The next day you can explore Dawki go boating in the clear water river and visit Mawlynnong, Asia’s cleanest village before returning Guwahati through Shillong.

When To Plan Mawryngkhang Trek?

March to May

Spring break in Meghalaya is during the months of March to May as it has a pleasant weather, it is a summer resort for travelers who want to escape the burning heat from the Indian plains. There will be some rains throughout this time, but there will also be plenty of bright days. Make sure you have an extra light jacket on you at all times.

June to September

This trek is basically accessible throughout the year. But in the months of heavy rainfall, especially June to October it is not wise to go on this trail as the bamboo and cane structures are susceptible for accidents as it gets really slippery.

October to December

It is the best time to visit for adventure seekers. Rainfall is less and one can easily trek on this bamboo heaven followed by an awesome road trip. The blend of cool breeze with the perfect sunshine will make you chill out on another level. Moreover one of the best things is the cherry blossom blooming all across the abode of clouds, Meghalaya.

Itinerary

Day 1
Head To Meghalaya

• You’ll be picked up from your place (wherever you want if you are around Guwahati) and directly leave for Meghalaya. The 3 hours journey will take you to the rock capital of India i.e. Shillong.
• Have your breakfast on the way in a hygienic dhaba/restaurant.
• You’ll reach Shillong soon and directly head to Wakhen village crossing the town of Pynursla via the Cherrapunji road.
• The road trip to this heavenly place is itself worth experiencing. Once you reach the start point of the trek, stretch yourself up, go to washroom if needed and most importantly, fill up your water bottles. Soon the trek starts.
• Relax a bit by dipping your feet in the cold water of the natural pool over there. You can also take a bath, if you want to or you can do it on your way back later. As you reach the top, sooth your eyes witnessing the beauty over there while having some lunch to gain the energy which you will require for returning.
• Soon, you have to return and head back to your campsite/home-stay located at Dawki for the night. Have your dinner under starry skies and sleep tight.

Day 2
Time to go back with beautiful memories

• Wake up and freshen up yourself. Have your breakfast and you’ll be ready to go boating in the crystal clear water of Dawki river. Spend your time well in this one of a kind river area before leaving the site.
• Next up you are going to Mawlynnong, Asia’s cleanest village which is now renowned across the globe, explore and get to feel the rural pollution free life and environment. Afterwards trek down to the living root bridge which is formed by living plant roots by tree shaping.
• It’s time to hit the road again and have your lunch, then you can explore a little bit more of Shillong especially Police Bazaar as it is one of the most popular shopping hubs of NE India on the way back to Guwahati.

Include

  • 1. Pick up and drop on a private car from Guwahati to Guwahati.
  • 2. Breakfast on day 1 and 2.
  • 3. Dinner on day 1.
  • 4. All entry charges.
  • 5. Camping
  • 6. A local guide.
  • 7. Dawki and Mawlynglong Sightseeing

Exclude

  • • Airfare charges.
  • • All food and beverages apart from the ones mentioned above.
  • • Any camera fees.
  • • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary and other factors beyond our control.
  • • Anything not mentioned in the INCLUSIONS.
  • . Book your flight around evening if possible.
  • . If you want to explore more on day 2, you have to pay a little bit extra for the driver’s fee.
  • . Lunch on both day

Frequently asked Questions

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How Fit I Need To Do This Trek?

Mawryngkhang Trek is moderately difficult trek.
So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

What about battery charging ?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought.
On campsite charging facility is there

Are there ATMs on the way to Mawryngkhang Trek?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Guwahati or Shillong. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Indian rupees.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in some of the places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems.

Things to carry

These are the important items you should carry during the trek. Other than this Oddessemania team will provide you the necessary items required during the trek.

CLOTHING
1.  3 Pairs of clothing (t-shirt + trousers)
2.  Woolen Cap, Sun Cap, Face Mask/Buff
3.  Raincoat/Poncho
4.  Normal Jacket & & Feather/warm Jacket
5.  Woolen Socks
6.  Thermal wear
7.  Hand gloves
TREKKING
1.  Small Backpack (during trek use)
2.  Trekking shoes
3.  Sunglasses
4.  Sunscreen at least 40+SPF
5.  Lunchbox & Spoon
6.  Water bottle & Mug
7.  Energy bars, energy drink
8.  Extra cloth Bags for wet clothes
PERSONAL
1.  Prescribed Medicine
2.  Camera + Charger + Power bank
3.  Cold Cream
4.  Personal sanitization & essential toiletries
5.  Mask, Id card and Medical Certificate

Is This Trek Safe?

It is considered as one of the most difficult treks because of its height. However, this trek is accessible for most of the people. But one must take precautions while crossing the bamboo bridges and they must be alert at all times and careful.

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Mawryngkhang Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Professional
  • Sumo or car
  • Medium
  • Trek
  • Camping
  • Guwahati
  • Wakhen
  • All Year
  • Minimum-6 and Maximum- any no.
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