Trekking to the Hidden Living Root Bridges.
ChaloHoppo on Ancient Trails Through a Hidden Meghalaya
ChaloHoppo on Ancient Trails Through a Hidden Meghalaya
ChaloHoppo on Ancient Trails Through a Hidden Meghalaya
The whistling village of Kongthong.
ChaloHoppo on Ancient Trails Through a Hidden Meghalaya

ChaloHoppo on Ancient Trails Through a Hidden Meghalaya

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Travel on the roads less taken to meet the whistling communities. Trek on the ancient Khasi trails to explore the hidden Living Root Bridges. Jump and Kayak in the transparent waters of Umngot River. Relax to the mist of Sohra (Cherrapunji).

 

Explore the other side of Meghalaya.

  • Reviews 4 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Camping, Culture, Hiking, Jungle, Trekking
  • Activity Level Challenging
    3/4
  • Group Size Medium Group
    10
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All about ChaloHoppo on Ancient Trails Through a Hidden Meghalaya.

A sense of travelling comes when you explore the less explored places in a known surrounding. Ever wanted to take the roads less taken? Ever wanted to trek to Living Root Bridges with no human insight? Ever felt like jumping in the transparent waters ? Ever wanted to wander in a hidden Meghalaya?

 

Join us to live all the answers!

You may not be visiting the famous double-Decker living root bridges of Nongriat. But you have the chance of seeing and interacting with a man who is building the first quadruple decker living root bridges! On this trip, you get to explore the legend of the living root bridges from the highest root bridge to the longest in the state (as claimed by the locals) while trekking through pristine forests. As you tread on century-old trails used by the Khasi forefathers, slowly unravel the stories behind these marvellous pieces of architecture from the locals who are working to save them.
Travel further to live among the unique whistling community of Meghalaya, where each villager has a unique whistle as a name. Enjoy your time in Meghalaya’s very own natural water park with famous transparent waters. Jam to some classic rock with the local boys of Sohra (Cherrapunji), Tenny & Boi. 

Join us to experience the Hidden Meghalaya.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All accommodations on a twin sharing basis in tents, homestays and resort.
  • One 6 sharing Khasi hut for Men and one for girls in Kongthong.
  • Transport from Guwahati Airport and back.
  • Breakfast on all days except Day 1.
  • Lunch on Day 2, 4 and 5
  • Dinner on Day 2 and 3.
  • Transport in an Innova/Dzire/Tempo depending on the number of people on the trip.
  • ChaloHoppo Guy to lead the trip.
  • Local English Speaking guides at Kongthong, Shnongpdeng, Mawrynkot.
  • Boating at Shnongpdeng.
  • Local vehicles to travel to Kongthong.
  • Village Fees and tokens given to local hosts.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfare charges
  • All food & beverages cost apart from the ones mentioned above
  • Any camera fees
  • Hotel & driver tips (if any)
  • Lunch on Day 1,3 and 6
  • Breakfast on Day 1.
  • Dinner on Day 1, 4 and 5.
  • Activities at Shnongpdeng.
  • Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”.
  1. Day 1 Step in the Abode of Clouds

    Your trip starts from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport, Guwahati at 9 am. Meet your ChaloHoppo Guy and board your vehicle to leave Assam and enter Meghalaya. You can choose to have breakfast near the airport or have brunch on the way in a pure vegetarian restaurant.

    Pass through the traffic stuck Shillong after making a stop at Umiam lake viewpoint to enjoy some Lal Cha and Bhutta. Enter the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, enjoying the scenic views on the way to Sohra (Cherrapunji). If there are still signs of hunger left, have lunch at a known restaurant of Sohra.

    Check-in your cosy abode of the day and leave for to visit the triple-decker waterfall, Wei Saw Dong. Enjoy the views on offer and spare time to take down the thoughts that pop up.

    Return to your abode and head to the world of English Classic Rocks with the talented local band, Tenny & Boi.

     

    Highlights:

    Drive Time- 5 hours.

    Stay- Sai Mika Resort, Sohra.

    Meals Included- Lunch at Orange Roots.

  2. Day 2 Whistle away your day at the Whistling Village.

    Wake up to the cold misty mornings of Sohra(Cherrapunji), post breakfast prepare yourself for a short but rough road trip. Leave by 9 am for Kongthong village. It will take you about 3-4 hours to reach the village. The last 2 hours will give you the worst Meghalayan road experience but with a surreal view outside the windows. Don’t hesitate for asking the driver to stop time and again to capture the beauty outside.

    Enjoy the serene property in the village overlooking mountains all around. Greet the friendly tail wagging hosts while you enjoy the lunch to the eye-pleasing views. Post settling in, leave for a village walk with accompanied by an English speaking local guide. Take a walk around the village echoing with whistling names. Get hosted by a local to enjoy some tea and know about the history behind this unique practice. Make your way to a hidden spot below the village to witness sky changing shades embracing the surreal sunsets of Meghalaya.

    Make your way back to dine at your abode with some bonfire around.

    Highlights:

    Drive Time- 4 hours.

    Stay- Kongthong Traveller’s Nest, Kongthong.

  3. Day 3 Camp by the Transparent River

    Wake up early and go for a small hike to the nearby hill to greet the rising sun. This will take you about 2 hours till you reach back for breakfast at the Traveller’s Nest. Post breakfast prepare yourself for a long road journey towards the south. Cross the busy Dawki catching glimpse of Bangladesh on the way to reach Shnongpdeng.

    Your lunch will be on the way, at a Dhaba. It will take us about 6 hours today on the winding roads through green valleys to small villages surrounded by Betel Nut Trees. Reach the small village settled by the Umngot river and check-in your campsite by the river.

    Prepare your songs and gather around the bonfire to spend this night under the stars.

     

    Highlights:

    Drive Time- 6 hours.

    Stay- Camping in Shnongpdeng.

  4. Day 4 An adventurous day in Transparent water

    Unzip your tent to the view of free-flowing transparent Umngot river. Freshen up and change into your swimwear to experience the natural water park in Meghalaya. Boat in traditional Khasi boats on the transparent waters of Umngot River and cliff jump into the water. You can even try swimming and kayaking. Come back to have lunch and pack up to leave for your next destination, Langkawet.

    Reach your resort surrounded by hills built by the side of a lake. Spend time with your thoughts around the secluded setting, capturing another magical Meghalayan sunset. Settle in your cottages and get some much-needed rest in the cosy beds.

     

    Highlights:

    Drive Time- 3 hours.

    Stay- Langkawet Resort.

  5. Day 5 Trek to Explore the Living Root Bridges.

    Wake up early to freshen up and prepare yourself for a trek to remember. Post breakfast we leave for Rangthilliyang, 30 minutes away from the resort. Tie your laces and check your shoe grips for this trek is going to be on Khasi ancient trails.

    It will be a rugged, rocky trail with no concrete steps. We will be going from one village to the other through the dense forest. On the way, we will go through 5 root bridges, from the highest in the state to the longest.

    It will take us about 5 hours to complete the trek. Our local guides are the ones who are working to save the root bridges and will not be guiding you narrating the history and info on these wonders of man-nature architectures.

    Our lunch will be a traditional Khasi one, packed in leaves, as authentic it gets. From lunching on root bridges to swinging in the strong roots like Tarzan, there are a lot of surprises awaiting on this trek.

    Post trek we will have tea and snacks at a local’s house. A half an hour drive back and you end your tiring but memorable day in your cosy beds at the resort.

     

    Highlights:

    Drive Time- 1 hour.

    Stay-Langkawet Resort, Langkawet.

    Trek Time- 4-5 hours, depending on the group’s pace.

  6. Day6 ‘Khublei!'

     

    Our transport will be waiting to get us to Guwahati airport post breakfast. Bid your goodbyes to this other side of Meghalaya until you come back.

    *Please book your return flights post 3 pm.

     

    Highlights:

    Drive Time- 5 hours.

    Click here to download a quick PDF version of the itinerary

30 Days prior to arrival: 50% refund
15 Days prior to arrival: 25% refund
Less than 15 Days prior to arrival : 0% refund

What type of bag to carry?
We would recommend getting a 60 ltr. backpack for the trip.
Carry a small bag(10 to 15 litres) for your trek.

Things to carry:

Wollen wears as winters will be arriving in Meghalaya.
Good trekking shoes with a firm grip as we will be trekking on ancient trails.
Personal water bottle.
Personal Garbage bag.
Swimwear for Shnongpdeng activities.
Head lamps/ Torches with batteries.
Quick-dry towels.
Band-aids and personal medication.

ID Proof – Voters card/ Pan Card/ Passport/ Drivers license/ Aadhar card

Other things that you may bring along :
Sun tan lotion.
Playing cards and small board games, in case you don’t feel sleepy at night
Go pro for underwater shots

We will pick up and drop you from and to the Guwahati airport once you share the arrival time of your flight.

Please avoid buying and carrying plastic on the trip. Also, we would like to inculcate a habit of not littering while you are travelling.

Entry to the states of Meghalaya does not require a permit.

A most definite yes, as long as you are okay travelling in a mixed group of other solo travellers or small group of friends.

  • Winter jacket
  • balaclava/ beanie (something that covers your ears and your head)
  • Sports socks for trek and Swimwear for Shnongpdeng, you can also get swimming goggles or snorkelling masks, and swimming cap
  • Raincoat (just in case, since you are travelling in ‘abode of clouds’)
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Quick-dry towels (plastic bag/ ziplock to carry your wet clothes)
  • Allergy medications and other medicines, since these are very remote places with very little access to most basic things.
  • A non-disposable water bottle to fill water and AVOID BUYING MINERAL WATER
  • ID Proof – Voters card/ Pan Card/ Passport/ Drivers license/ Aadhar card.

Other things that you may bring along :
Tissue rolls
headlamps/ Torches with batteries
Playing cards and small board games, in case you don’t feel sleepy at night
Bottle openers
Go pro for underwater shots

Ideally a 60-litre backpack should be convenient, however, there is no real hiking or trekking with the bags, so a suitcase or trolley is also fine.
Do carry a separate smaller bag(10 to 15 litres) for your trek.

Though vegetarians may not have the luxury of tasting all the local foods as these are mostly meat-based. You have nothing to worry you will get all kinds of basic sabji, dal, rice, roti, papad, salad etc. Your cravings for butter paneer or mushroom Manchurian may not be fully satisfied but you will do just fine. You must ensure that you are trying out all the available seasonal fruits and local wild leaves.

Read this blog to know about the food hacks that vegetarian travellers can try in Meghalaya.

The trek will be a bit more difficult than the average treks in the North East. The trail we will be trekking on is the Ancient Khasi Trail, with stones and some rugged paths on the way. We would like to recommend that you should come for the trip if you are both physically and mentally fit. We will have a professional local guide to help you out throughout the trek. The trek would be challenging but it is totally worth doing with what you will experience on the way.

Overall Rating
5/5
MohitG
Reviewed On 18/10/2019
5/5

If you are looking to unearth some gems in north east , then chalohoppo are the guys to go to. You could get the best local taste with them with added twist by host. I will have to comeback to them for any of my future travel to north east. Cheers!!

Akhilesh Teja
Reviewed On 05/09/2019
5/5

To every traveler out there, I would like to share my recent travel experience. Me along with five of my friends had traveled to northeast part of India. We have covered popular places in meghalaya, Arunachal and Nagaland in 15 days. I am not going to write a lot about what all places we have covered in the trip instead I want to mention about how this whole trip was executed with utmost finesse by Chalohoppo team. It has started with a casual WhatsApp message with these guys but the level of engagement they had displayed is commendable. I would like to call out few names which are worth mentioning. John-The planner, has helped me in curating my trip. He suggested some exotic stays which are tough to find on google maps but one can definitely find some peaceful time after a long day. Ankur- The man in action, he was our driver for the trip but calling him as driver would be so underrated. He is a cool and funny guy. He keeps you active by sharing interesting stories and kicking off some intriguing conversations. I believe this trip wouldn't have been same if it wasn't for this guy. Nishant- The Boss. This guy definitely know what it takes to make a customer happy. The way he works out a problem and return with a solution is a delight to experience. If you are looking to explore northeast as a traveller rather than a tourist, do some fun filled activities and visit beautiful home stays, you should read more about Chalohoppo before you can think of anything else. These guys always got a plan B and ready to get their hands dirty to bring an everlasting experience to their customers. I never thought that I would write such a big review for anyone but trust me these guys deserve it. Chalohoppo- keep rocking as you always do.

Rose Aloor
Reviewed On 28/08/2019
5/5

The beauty of our trip to NE was in the personalized selection of places to stay, away from the city to give us a feel of Meghalaya and Assam. We were constantly updated on authentic food and local markets. Each place we stayed at , threw us a surprise by way of architecture and culture. This experience was possible only because of the care and personal involvement of the ChaloHoppo group. would recommend to see NE with ChaloHoppo rather than the bigger trip organizers

Akash Dhoot
Reviewed On 28/08/2019
5/5

If you want to take a trip to the North East and explore like a traveller, camp on a private island and watch the starry sky, camp near the crystal clear Umngot river, explore the caves of Meghalaya, and enjoy the water activities and local hospitality – Go through Chalohoppo. Even if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday, ChaloHoppo will make it happen. They can customize your tour according to your need! I visited Meghalaya in the month of January along with 10 of my friends. Chalohoppo took care of everything- right from the accommodation to the travelling part. Also, some last-minute change in the itinerary as desired by us was promptly arranged for. Special mention to Chetan for getting the itinerary right and also, to John for being available throughout the trip and helping us out whenever there was an issue. One special incident I would like to highlight: En route Guwahati, our flight got delayed by 6 hours. We were planning to visit Nongriat that day and due to the delay, we couldn’t go there. So we asked John whether he could find us someplace in Shillong. Within half an hour John had booked 5 rooms for us, and at cost. He asked us to pay the amount directly to the hotel staff. Now, if it were any other tour operator, I’m sure he would have charged us a bomb due to the last minute bookings. Well, it won’t be an exaggeration to say: If it’s North East, it must be ChaloHoppo.

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