ChaloHoppo to camp in Wahkhen and conquer Mawryngkhang
Hiking to reach Mawryngkhang, the ‘King of rocks’ Swimming in natural rock pools. Sumptuous meals by the riverside and barbecues over an open fire. Camping under the stars and learning the ropes of traditional Khasi music on a Sunday.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
Fear, respect and awe! If Wahkhen village had to have a motto, this would be it. As you walk over the meticulously crafted and regularly maintained bamboo trail built literally on mountainsides staring into unfathomable depths of the Meghalayan valley, you will your feel pulsating heart. At the same time, you will also feel immense respect for the villagers who took the initiative to construct this trail connecting it a giant rock, that otherwise is impossible to reach. You will have the company of the magnificently emerald Wahroh river throughout your hike. And what of this giant rock you are hiking to? In Khasi folklore, they call it the ‘King of rocks’, who lost his left arm in a ‘war’ to win over his love. Yes, you will get to see the beautiful lady (rock) who caused this mayhem along with ‘Mawryngkhang’
This is not all.
The real purpose of camping in Wahkhen village is to introduce you to the true unsung heroes who took on a remarkable initiative of preserving Khasi culture and traditions, in the only way they knew it. Through music. Every Sunday since 2003 Komik Khongjirem and Bah Roget have been teaching children the essence and basics of Khasi percussions and folk songs for free. This Sunday, we join them and hopefully learn a thing or two?
Trips every Weekend.
Note: If you opt for transport to and from Guwahati, the cost of the trip for one person is Rs. 5,400.
If you don’t opt for transport to and from Guwahati, the cost of the trip for one person is Rs. 3,000.
Stay in twin sharing tents
English Speaking guide for Mawrynkhang Trek (2 days)
Entry fees to Mawrynkhang
Picnic Lunch on Day 1 by the river
Roasting by the bonfire in the evening (Chicken/Cottage Cheese)
Dinner at the camp on Day 1
Breakfast on Day 2
ChaloHoppo Representative throughout the trip
Village Community Fees
Transport from Guwahati to Guwahati with all parking, tolls and driver allowances (If you choose the plan with transport)
All food & beverages cost apart from the ones mentioned above
Any camera fees
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”.
Hiking to Mawryngkhang
It’s all hunky-dory when you begin your hike. A stony trail soon starts turning into a series of bamboo bridges. These bamboo bridges then turn into bamboo trails hugging vertical mountainsides and it goes up and down, pretty much like the tracks laid out for a roller coaster.
The hike to reach the summit of Mawryngkhang takes about 1.5 hours.
There is a breathtaking viewpoint where you stop and hear the love story between these rocks.
On your return, take a dip in the natural rock pools and have your lunch packed in leaves by the stream.
It’s now time to pitch your tents for the night and assist in the barbecue making.
Bonfire, music and a starlit sky end your night.
Overnight in camping in Wahkhen.
Music therapy and natural rock pool
The morning sun won’t let us sleep for too long. Little puppies should make your morning eventful, if you don’t love dogs, simply exist and take in the fresh air.
After a simple breakfast of roti, sabji and lal chai, the plan is to head back to the rock pools for one final dip. This hike down to the pools will take about 35 minutes on the way down and 45 minutes on the way up.
The Siengriti school students would have come by now and it is time to beat the drums and participate in the Sunday music session. The Children, the music and us. Sunday couldn’t be better.
By 1 pm, you should be able to start your journey back to your homes.
A: There is a small shop near the trek entry point where you can buy food from. However, in the spirit of the outing and for the group to have fun together we are making it compulsory to have the food included in the plan. Also, why would you want to miss out on the barbecue?
A: All payments have to be made by Thursday via NET banking or G Pay to the following account:
Chalo Hoppo Pvt. Ltd
IFSC Code : HDFC0000399
Branch : Jail Road
Bank : HDFC Bank
: Yes, we can organise this as a private event as well.
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.