The colour is real and you have to see it to believe it
Walking over the living root bridges
Kayaks float on the crystal clear water of the Umngot river
Yes it is real!
Standing tall in front of the Rainbow falls

ChaloHoppo to an Emerald Meghalaya in 2021!

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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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All about ChaloHoppo to an Emerald Meghalaya in 2021!.

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 butterflies that will greet you on your treks 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 on days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Lunch on Day 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Dinner on Day 2 and 4
  • Accommodation in homestays, tents and a resort twin sharing basis
  • Internal Transport starting from the airport/ station 
  • Local guides on Day 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • ChaloHoppo Guy as Trip Lead
  • Parking, tolls, driver allowance, driver accommodation
  • Bonfires in Nongriat, Shnongpedeng and Cherrapunji(if required)
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
  • 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 activities like kayaking, c
  • liff jumping, boating, scuba diving (Ranging from Rs. 200 to Rs. 500 per activity)
  • 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 Drive to Pynursla for your first night!

    After we drive from Guwahati to a cooler and greener Meghalaya, we make a diversion to drive to Laitlum before heading to Pynursla for the night. 


    The Laitlum Canyons, provided it’s a fog-less evening, will be your first experience of the unique landscape in Meghalaya. The Laitlum canyons, which translates to ”end of hills” offers a majestic view of grassy valleys, with the Rasom village, one of the only villages using a hand-pulled ropeway for transportation of food and other goods.

    Drive to Langkawet Resort for the night, where you get to know your fellow travellers and enjoy a night in the countryside.

     

    Overnight stat Langkawet Resort

  2. Day 2 A hike in the morning, and Camping beside the transparent river at night!

    We’ll start the day early and make our way to Shilliang Jashar for the day!

    This hike will have bamboo bridges, elevated root bridges, waterfalls, natural pools and a lot more. We’ll leave you to experience these for yourself. After a full-day surrounded by natural pools and greenery, we’ll head towards Shnongpdeng where you camp by the riverside. If you’re up for it, we can even do some night-time fishing! Crash in your tents with the million stars above you and a bonfire keeping you company. 

     

    Total drive time to Shnongpdeng will be 2 hours.

    Overnight stay at the campsite.

  3. Day 3 Water Activities and Khasi Rock!

    Post breakfast, we are accompanied by our local guide from Shnongpdeng, who takes us on his boat to the mouth of the river, before returning to a spot in the middle of the river for water activities.

    Jump from 6, 12 or even 20 feet cliffs into the crystal clear waters, kayak on the rivers, try your hand at Snorkelling or even Rappelling. 

    Return to the camp for lunch, and then begin your drive to Sohra for the night!

    Reach your abode and head to the world of English Classic Rocks with the talented local band, Tenny & Boi. (More about them below)

     

    Overnight stay at Sai Mika Resort

     

  4. Day 4 The Living Root Bridges Trek

    After breakfast, we head to visit the triple-decker waterfall, Wei Saw Dong.

    Post which we start our drive to Tyrna, the start of the famous Double Decker living root bridges trek.  In this trek, you need to climb down a staircase, similar to walking from the top floor of a 100 storey building. Your knees will start to give in and you may find your thighs shaking having you drenched in sweat,  but you will recover every drop of that when you reach your destination. After you reach the end of the stairs and finally see the Double Decker living root bridge, take a dip and freshen up. 

    P.S. We will be only carrying a small backpack for the night we will be staying down in the village below. Specific instruction regarding the same will be given once you sign up for the trip.

    Overnight stay at a homestay in Nongriat village.

  5. Day 5 Blue Pools and Rainbow Falls

    Wake up early in the morning & after breakfast proceeds for the hike in the jungle. The morning air won’t get you tired as you cross many more living root bridges & a few hanging bridges to reach the Rainbow Falls. The trekking time one way is approximately 2 hours. If you are a good swimmer then you can swim near the waterfalls or chill by the smaller pools. Let’s not talk about the butterflies now as they will mesmerise you while you are down in Nongriat.


    Start your ascend back to Tyrna by evening and drive to Shillong for the night. Choose to either relax in your cosy homestay or venture out to Shillong Town to check out the Pubs/Cafes in the capital

    Overnight stay in a handpicked homestay in Shillong

  6. Day 6 Bidding a reluctant goodbye

    Take your own sweet time to wake up and have some homely breakfast.
    The luxury of waking up lazily depends on the time you book your flight. Preferably book the last flight. 

    Drive time from Shillong to Guwahati airport will be 3.5 hours.

    Click here to download the quick handy pdf version on the itinerary.

Shillong city bus
The stay at Jowai is where the exposure to these waters begin
Properties/ homestay/ camping

Langkawet – A cozy resort in the Meghalayan countryside! 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. Shnongpedeng Your idea of riverside camping will either be fulfilled or you will be overwhelmed by the serenity that reside on the river side. Nongriat homestay Nothing to describe about 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.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
The Stay includes

Shillong

  1. Access to 24 hour running water supply.
  2. Attached bathrooms
  3. Essentials (towels, bed sheets, soaps, toilet paper)
  4. Parking on premises
  5. Electricity
  6. Dining room and lounge
  7. Balcony/ sit out area
  8. Hot water

Cherrapunji

  1. Access to 24 hour running water supply.
  2. Attached bathrooms
  3. Essentials (towels, bed sheets, soaps, toilet paper)
  4. Parking on premises
  5. Electricity
  6. Dining room and lounge
  7. Balcony/ sit out area
  8. Hot water

Nongriat homestay

  1. Access to 24 hour water supply (not running)
  2. Balcony/ sit out area
  3. Hot water (available on request)

 Shnongpedeng campsite

  1. Blankets, pillows, inflatable mattresses
  2. Riverview
  3. Bonfire

 

The Stay excludes

Cherrapunji

  1. Internet.
  2. Buzzer/wireless intercom
  3. Cable TV
  4. Pool
  5. Air conditioning
  6. Gym
  7. Bar/ restaurant

Nongriat Homestay

  1. Internet.
  2. Buzzer/wireless intercom
  3. Cable TV
  4. Pool
  5. Air conditioning
  6. Gym
  7. Bar/ restaurant
  8. Running water

 Shnongpedeng campsite     

  1. Internet.
  2. Buzzer/wireless intercom
  3. Cable TV
  4. Pool
  5. Air conditioning
  6. Gym
  7. Bar/ restaurant

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.

  • Thermals and sweaters, woollen socks
  • balaclava/ beanie (something that covers your ears and your head)
  • mufflers and nose mask (to cover the nose as some people catch cold if their nose is exposed)
  • 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 head lamps/ Torches with batteries Playing cards and small board games,in case you don’t feel sleepy at night Bottle openers Go pro for under water shots

Ideally a 80 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.

 

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

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