Meghalaya customised trip with tour guide on select locations and camping

#1 May 12th, 2018, 12:54
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We are a group of 5 visiting Meghalaya coming December.

Is it possible for us to go every places like Dawki, Cherrapunji (Nongriat trek, Nohkalikai trek and other remote treks), Mawlyngbna, Nongkhnum etc on our own with just a rented car?

Will there be enough water in places like Wei Sawdong, Lyngsiar etc in December.

I believe we need guide company on certain locations, if so how should we customize our trip to have guide only on select locations?

Also we would like to camp wherever possible, so which places are ideal and how safe it is?

Thanks
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Hello Drawk,

Welcome to IM.

How many days do you have in mind?
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Thank you @Karikor, 11 days counting day of arrival and departure, I've prepared the following itinerary tentatively based on research:

Day 1: Guwahati landing, lunch enroute, Umiam lake, laitlum sunset Shillong hotel
Day 2: Shnongdeng Dawki river water sports, boating camp
Day 3: Shnongdeng Umngot byrdaw krangshuri falls camp
Day 4: Cherrapunji lyngsiar falls, wei sawdong trek etc
Day 5: Cherrapunji arwah caves, Nohkalikai trek
Day 6: Cherrapunji Nongriat trek
Day 7: Cherrapunji Nongriat rainbow waterfalls
Day 8: Mawphlang halt or Mawlyngbna camp or Mawsynrm village??
Day 9: Mawsynrm/Mawlyngbna
Day 10: Nongkhnum river island
Day 11: Directly to Guwahati airport 154km

I'm not sure whether to spend so many days in Cherrapunji and also wondering how exactly to schedule last few days in the East, is Mawsynram worth one whole day?

We being from Maharashtra have been to many hill stations, so is Mawphanlur any different and worth adding? I think Nongkhnum and Mawlyngbna are must visit.

I'm thinking of doing the initial part of the trip on our own, maybe till Nongriat.

Do we need to rent a car for every day?

Any suggestion in this schedule is much appreciated.
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I feel you have kept too many days for Sohra. The East can be covered in 2 days. Mawsynram is good for an hour, Mawlyngbna for a day.

If you can spend a day in Nongkhnum and cover the 3 waterfalls there also would be great.

95% of Meghalaya is hills, so I don't see your point of not covering a place since you already have many hill stations in Maharashtra.

It is easier if you hire a car for the entire trip, esp when you have children or elders along in the group. Also you would not want to get stuck in a place and spoil your trip just because of logistics issues.
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It's just a group of friends and we have done quite a few treks too in Sahyadri and Himalayan zone.

So maybe we have to cut short a day from Sohra and add some other destination, but which is the question? How about Syntung? Also In that case we may have to cover all the places of Sohra that I mentioned within one day as I believe Nongriat will take two days.

Also intention is to go slow and not rush to each and every destination in the list one by one.

I was just not sure whether Mawphanlur should be included going by the details available online unlike other places in Meghalaya.

We are actually spending a night in Nongkhnum and would be leaving next day afternoon, is it not enough?

For places like Mawlyngbna and Nongkhnum do we need to reserve the stay well in advance?
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First of all, all accommodation bookings are to be done atleast a month in advance. As options will be limited. Good thing is some place do offer scope for camping.

It's difficult for me to say whether you will appreciate Mawphanlur or not, since you have been trekking the Western Ghats before. Only point I can say is that its a very peaceful and calm place with about 15-20 households and offers visitors a series of natural lakes/ponds on top of a range of hills overseeing a panoramic view. So totally your call.

7-8 daylight hours in Nongkhnum should be enough to cover atleast 2 waterfalls.

Syntung in December is not recommended at all. December is good for treks and spelunking. And there are a few nice treks you can do, if you like trekking.
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Okay, then what would be the changes you would advice in the line up? I think for camping we would need local guide support.
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As far as I know, Mawlyngbna, Mawphanlur & Shnongpdeng do allow provisions for setting up tents within their compound.

And if you like trekking, then David Scott Trek, Laitlum-Rasong-Laitkyrhong trek, Sohkmie trip, Nongblai trek, Mawryngkhang trek, Shilliang Jashar - Nohwet-Mawlynnong trek.

As for changes, I would first add atleast a couple of days more.
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Wish we could add few more days as you said but we visited Ladakh this year beginning so finding more leave is going to be a task.

Trekking suggestions looks interesting. Which ones is must try coz I don't think we will be able to fit in all. Nongriat needs two days right, I heard one can trek to Nohkalikai from there.

Is cave exploration a good idea, I'm thinking of Krem Mawmluh. How's the cave of Mawsynram?
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The more challenging treks would be the Sohkhmie and Nongblai treks.

As for Nongriat you can come down from Tyrna and come back up via Nohkalikai or vice versa. It will take 2 days provided you cover the Rainbow falls as well. The trek to mouth of the Nohkalikai is also worth including.

There are about 1300 caves in the state, some of which are more than 30km long. The Krem Puri near Mawsynram is the longest sandstone cave in the world. Mawmluh which is now around 3km long is the more popular option to have a feel of what spelunking is all about. The longest are towards Jaintia Hills.

The 6-7 waterfall trek including Lyngksiar falls, Weisawdong falls etc is best done in Oct/Nov.

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