Walking over the living root bridges
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Between the azure sky above and the clear brooklet below, stands the bridge in the companion ships of the rocks.

ChaloHoppo to a Turquoise Meghalaya!

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After you have walked over the living root bridges and heard them breathe, camp beside a river where the only source of light is the bonfire and the starry sky. Wake up and dive into the transparent the waters of that very river from a cliff. This is not even half of what this trip offers. Swimming goggles on, please!

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Hiking, Jungle, Trekking
  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about ChaloHoppo to a Turquoise Meghalaya!.

A trek that will make you go weak in the knees both literally and figuratively, a village that will make you lose track of time and a river that is filled with as much adventure as fishes will make you ponder if you should cancel your tickets! Nothing is an exaggeration, only an expression of what the travellers so far have felt. We haven’t yet mentioned the turquoise waters that will greet your aching bodies as you jump into them and the sweet folks who will offer you kwai. May we say that it would be a foodventure for those who like their meat and those who love their veggies shall not go hungry either.

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.
  • Breakfast and dinner on all days
  • Accommodation in village stays, tents and a resort
  • Activities limited to kayaking, cliff jumping, boating and swimming
  • Life jackets in Nongriat
  • Internal Transport starting from the airport/ station (Swift Dzire/Innova) and back
  • Local guides in Nongriat and Shnongpedeng
  • ChaloHoppo Guy as the tour leader
  • Parking, tolls, driver allowance, driver accommodation and driver food
  • Entry fee to viewpoints/ Nongriat village/ Shnongpdeng village etc.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfare charges
  • All food & beverages costs apart from the ones mentioned above
  • Trekking shoes and clothing ( Any personal equipment)
  • Any camera fees 
  • Hotel & driver tips if any, since the locals earn low wages, your tips can show your appreciation)
  • 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 A drive to remember

    Once all your worries and troubles are left behind at the security check. Greet the co-travellers, high five the ChaloHoppo guy and for the next 11 days be the self you want to be. Talk to people if you want to, stay by yourself and nature if peace is all you seek. Plug in your headphones or jam with the group. The drive will be long, but with stops for pineapples, chai, views and food, this will pass like a breeze.

    When you finally reach the resort we have handpicked, you will be overwhelmed, or at least we hope you do. Today, you just soak in the essence of being in Meghalaya, no activities, just a time to chill and let the holiday feeling sink in.

    Of course, we will stop for pictures, because it’s okay to act touristy sometimes.

    The trip starts at 10 am from the Guwahati airport.

    Total drive time from Guwahati airport to Cherrapunjee without stoppage is 4 hours.

    Overnight at Sai Mika, Cherrapunjee

  2. Day 2 A trek into the world of living root bridges

    Post breakfast, start your journey to the Tyrna village (in Cherrapunjee) which acts as the base point for the double-decker trek. Even we don’t prefer to go down that path alone so our wonderfully warm and fit as a fiddle guide will lead us into the jungle, acting more like a motivator than anything else. This trek is nothing like a typical trek as you need to climb down 3000 steps(you can count it as you go down). Your knees will start to give in and you will be drenched in your sweat but you will recover every drop of that sweat when you reach your destination – the double-decker living root bridges. There will be pit stops along the way for you to drink water and try some local lime juice unless you want to beat the time set to trek down by one of the ChaloHoppo guys which stands at 45 minutes to trek down.

    As soon you as you reach the double-decker bridge you can put your minimal baggage ( only carry essentials for one night and half a day to make the trek easier, leaving the rest of the stuff at Tyrna village) in the homestay and come back to chill by the water bodies near the double-decker bridge while getting a fish pedicure( yeah at no cost at all)


    Drive time: Sai Mika resort to Tyrna village parking lot: 1 hour

    Trek time: 1.5 hours on an average, including fast and slow trekkers (descend)

    Trek grade: easy to medium

    Altitude: 2400 ft, starting point

    Trek path: Cemented staircases of 3500 steps covering 3.5 km, one way

    Water sources: 1 tap halfway through the trek

    Indigenous people: Khasis (Meghalayan tribe dominating the East Khasi hill district)

    Breakfast: At Sai Mika cafe at 8 am

    Lunch: quick portions of Maggi noodles/ boiled eggs at the village guest house or local stalls.

    Dinner: A basic veg meal at the village guest house.

    Overnight stay at Nongriat Guest House

  3. Day 3 A day out by the Rainbow falls

    Wake up early in the morning and after breakfast, we begin the trek. The morning air won’t get you tired as you cross many more living root bridges and a few hanging bridges to reach rainbow falls. The trekking time one way is approximately 2 hours and it’s better to see the rainbow falls in the afternoon as the sunlight would trigger the rainbow as the sun moves towards west.

    If you are a good swimmer then you can swim near the waterfalls or chill out in the smaller pools.The place is scenic and spectacular.

    So please carry a basic camera and if you have binoculars you could also see birdlife. There is absolutely no need for bottled water as the water from the springs is much better and purer than the packaged water. However, moisturisers, warm clothing and trekking shoes are required. Let’s not talk about the butterflies now as they will mesmerise you while you are down in Nongriat.


    Trek time: 1.5 hours on an average, including fast and slow trekkers (mix of ascend and descend)

    Trek grade: easy to medium

    Trek path: the Initial patch of staircases followed by a rugged trail

    Water sources: Spring water half way through the trek and then lots of water at the Rainbow falls

    Indigenous people: Khasis (Meghalayan tribe dominating the East Khasi hill district)

    Breakfast: At the village guest house at 8 am

    Lunch: quick portions of sandwiches/ boiled eggs to be made on the spot next to waterfalls

    Dinner: A basic veg meal at the village guest house.

    Overnight stay at Nongriat Guest House, Nongriat

  4. Day 4 A river that you can see through and more

    Head towards Shnongpdeng village, the river that passes through this village is known for its absolutely transparent waters. This is probably the most famous picture of Meghalaya that has been circulated in the web. Except you probably know it as Dawki. Tonight you camp by the riverside and enjoy water-based activities such as cliff jumping, snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving (if interested) and zip lining. Crash in your tents with the million stars above you and a bonfire keeping you company.

    Tyrna to Shnongpdeng will be 3.5 hours without stoppages.

    Overnight stay at a Camp by the river in Shnongpdeng

  5. Day 5 Time to head to the Ziro festival of music

    There is something about waking up in Shnongpdeng. Since the adventure activities of the day only start at 10 am, you have the whole village’s vista to yourself. If you are the first to wake up then there is nothing better. Take a walk on the hanging bridge and perhaps meditate? You could also just sit by the rocks and look at the river, the river bed, transparent like you are seeing through some high end ‘Saint Gobain’ glass.

    After breakfast, we start moving towards Guwahati while discussing the amazing time would have in the land of the Apatanis, Ziro valley.

    The train departs from Guwahati station at 9: 20 pm to reach Naharlagun the next day at 5 30 am.

Shillong city bus
Tea by the riverside
Properties/ homestay/ camping

Sai Mika
If you are one for star gazing and appreciate a bit of Bohemian spirit, then this is the place to be. Choose from aesthetically done cottages.

Your idea of riverside camping will either be fulfilled or you will be overwhelmed by the serenity that resides on the riverside.

Nongriat homestay
Nothing to describe the homestays in Nongriat apart from asking you to leave the conventional idea of stays and what they offer. Choose between rooms or camping on roofs.

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?
Carry a small bag(10 to 15 litres) for your trek down to Nongriat village that can fit essential toiletries and change of clothes for 1 night to reduce the weight on your shoulders and make the trek easier.
Basic toiletries and allergy medications and tissue rolls (if you need)
head lamps/ Torches with batteries
quick dry towels
band aids
ID Proof – Voters card/ Pan Card/ Passport/ Drivers license/ Aadhar card (to be sent on mail upon confirming the trip to [email protected])

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
Any sort of alcoholic beverages
Go pro for under water shots

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

Campsite: Please avoid carrying plastic bottles or even buying sealed bottles while at the venue as want to have a litter free zone as much as possible.

Swimming: You have to be careful as it’s deep and sometimes the current could pull you in. If you aren’t a swimmer, please mention that specifically and put a request for renting a life jacket on email.

Avoid plastic: Please avoid buying mineral water, specifically while in Nongriat(Double decker living root bridges village) since it is a major cause of pollution in the delicate eco system of Nongriat. Remember to take up whatever you bring down.

Service: Though we will try our best to give you great service, please understand we won’t be able to give you hot towels, bed tea and the like.

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.

Not all travellers who sign up for a tour with ChaloHoppo are swimmers so the experience doesn’t get hampered due to lack of that skill. It is certainly an advantage for those can swim but life jackets can be rented along with a guide to ensure safety of the travellers.

  • Winter jacket
  • balaclava/ beanie (something that covers your ears and your head)
  • Sports socks and Swimwear for the Nongriat trek, 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 (basic ones will do)
  • 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 cardYou can always buy these things from the Decathlon (1 km away from the airport) in Guwahati, if you wish.

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 down to Nongriat village that can fit essential toiletries and change of clothes for 1 night only to reduce the weight on your shoulders and make the trek easier.

The cultural diversity of northeast India is so vast that we can’t blame outsiders for not being aware of communities in the region who are purely vegetarians, so much so that they avoid eating onions( they are indigenous to the region, in case you are thinking about communities from mainland India who have settled here). Having said that, we must admit that the region’s food habits especially in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya are predominantly non vegetarian with a whole lot of red meat based preparations. But the states have warmed up to tourists recently and almost every place you visit will provide the Indian staple diet of rice, dal and sabji, even chapatis if you are lucky. As far as Tripura, Assam, Manipur and Sikkim are concerned vegetarians have decent number of options. Your craving for butter paneer may not be satisfied, but you will do just fine as far as maintaining your health and strength is concerned.

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