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Meghalaya Backpacking Trip (6D/5N)


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The Mesmerizing Meghalaya Trip

This backpacking trip takes you on a journey to one of the most beautiful states of India: The Meghalaya.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Backpacking Trip/Trek
    • Activity Level Easy to Moderate
    • Group Size Small Group
    All about the Meghalaya Backpacking Trip (6D/5N).

    Hello travelers!

    There are many amazing things about Meghalaya state like the floating clouds (that’s the first thing comes to mind), the high rise mountains, rainforests formed by wettest places on earth, stunning deep valleys, crystal clear waters of rivers and streams, gigantic waterfalls, mystical caves, living root bridges that act as harmony between humans and nature over centuries, some of the cleanest villages, diverse spread of food, colorful locals and unique culture.

    As part of this backpacking trip, we at Muddie Trails handpicked destinations in the abode of clouds that will refresh your body, mind and awaken your soul. We will experience Meghalaya in full glory, create memories, and sketch beautiful stories to tell even long after.

    We will start the trip with Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, which is also the highest point of the state. It boasts a cold climate most of the year. It has a unique cuisine with tasty food, friendly locals, great for shopping especially the winter wear. After exploring plenty of local attractions in Shillong, and thrilling views of Laitlum Grand Canyons, we will move deeper into East Khasi Hills towards the crystal clear waters of Krang Suri waterfalls, explore the transparent Umngot river of Dawki and indulge in adrenaline-pumping water activities of Shnongpdeng.

    We will then head towards some of the wettest places on earth like Cherrapunji, explore umpteen viewpoints, cleanest villages, deep Mawsmai caves, pristine valleys, and numerous waterfalls like Nohkalikal over there. We will set off on a wild & wet trek to fascinating Double Decker Living Root Bridges and magical Rainbow Waterfalls. After soul-soothing dips in the natural swimming pools of lush blue waters, we will end the trip at Shillong while packing our bags full of souvenirs, with a mind full of beautiful memories.

    All in all, Meghalaya is a natural wonder that cannot be missed in your lifetime. Come, join us to experience life at its fullest in this backpacking trip to Meghalaya.

    Highlights of the Meghalaya Trip:

    • The Double Decker Living Root Bridges
    • Laitlum Grand Canyons
    • Crystal clear Umngot River
    • Dawki expedition
    • Shnongpdeng Water Activities
    • Lush Blue Krang Suri Waterfalls Dip
    • Trek to pristine Rainbow Waterfalls
    • Cherrapunji – Wettest place on Earth
    • Mawsmai or Arwah caves exploration
    • Nohkalikai Falls – World’s 4th largest Waterfalls
    • Mawlynnong Asia’s cleanest Village
    • Umiam – the prettiest lake
    • 7 Sisters Waterfalls, Elephant Waterfalls (Seasonal – till Nov)

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    1. Day 1 Around Shillong
      • Travelers coming by Flight will get picked by our vehicle at Guwahati Airport at 10 AM.
      • We will start our journey towards the mountain town of Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya.
      • It’s a drive of 120 Km that takes 3.5 hours usually. On our way, we will have a pit stop at extremely pretty Umium Lake.
      • Break for Lunch, continue our journey to Laitlum Grand Canyon, which offers a spectacular view of East Khasi Hills with a great sudden dip. We can go down the stairs of the valley and view a waterfall.
      • Head back to the town, check into our guest house and freshen up.
      • Gather at the common area, socialize. and play games.
      • Rest for the night on cozy beds.
    2. Day 2 The Clear Blue Waterfall
      • Visit the most beautiful and lush bluish Krang Suri Waterfalls, and take a dip in the chilling water with life jackets.
      • The water is so cold that going in the water pool itself is a dare! But there are some crazy people in every group, who will take this challenge!
      • Break for Lunch at a local food joint.
      • Head to Dawki where the transparent Umngot river leaves our country, peek into the border areas and say hi to our neighbors from Bangladesh 😉 
      • Continue our journey to Shnongpdeng on the banks of Umngot river. There is an eye catching suspension bridge to explore. 
      • Camping time with Bonfire and social gathering.
      • Rest in your assigned Tents.
    3. Day 3 Transparent River & Cleanest Village
      • Indulge in Shnongpdeng Water activities like Boating, Swimming, Cliff jumping, Kayaking, etc. based on their availability at that time of the year.
      • Dawki is also the hottest place in this trip. Turning into a fully wet mermaid for few hours under sunny weather gives the best experience along with a rush of adrenaline.
      • Post Lunch, we will give a visit to Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynnong.  This village has interesting things like a bamboo made tower to peek into Bangladesh from a height, the famous Living Root Bridge of Riwai and the Balancing Rocks.
      • We will then head towards our next destination Cherrapunji by late evening.
      • Dinner with social hours.
      • Rest on the cozy beds of guest house rooms assigned to you.
    4. Day 4 Trek down to Heaven & spot a Rainbow!
      • Today we shall start the day early and visit Nohkalikai Waterfalls view point followed by Breakfast.
      • Trek down to Nongriat Village Double Decker Living Root Bridges.
      • The 3641 steps into the valley to the Nongriat village will take us to the most offbeat place of Meghalaya where we will spend the rest of the day and night.
      • After marveling at the huge Double Decker Living Root Bridges structure constructed by generations of humans by carefully bending roots of Rubber trees for centuries, continue trekking into the jungle another 1.5 hours to reach breathtaking Rainbow Waterfalls
      • A dip in the chilling water is absolutely delightful and refreshing after a long trek. If we get sunshine at that time, there is every chance to spot Rainbow at the falls.
      • Stay at village dorms overnight with basic facilities.
    5. Day 5 Trek back to Earth, explore Caves, Waterfalls
      • Good morning from one of the remotest part of country!
      • After having Breakfast, trek back up towards the Tyrna village (the place where we descended from yesterday).
      • Climbing up 3600 odd stairs will take it’s time, but your mind is full of amazing stories and colors of what you just experienced yesterday. This hike can be done in 3 hours easily with frequent breaks.
      • Have Lunch at a restaurant.
      • Visit Seven Sisters waterfalls view point – one of the many waterfalls close to the wettest place on earth Cherrapunji.
      • Explore the breathtaking maze of caves formed of limestone called Mawsmai caves. Though the caves are quite long, only a small part of open for tourists.
      • This magnificent natural wonder is the handiwork of years of natural erosion and underground water. The fun part is – there are some tricky paths in the caves where you have to sneak through. 
      • We will get back to the Cherrapunji homestay and gather one last time for Dinner.
      • Well deserved rest in the assigned rooms.
    6. Day 6 Shopping, Return journey
      • Start the day early with a Breakfast at our stay. We are expected to check out by 7 AM.
      • We will move towards Shillong. On our way, we can stop by at Elephant Waterfalls for 30 minutes.
      • Time to shop your bags full at the most famous shopping destination of Shillong – The Police Bazar, grab quick Lunch and sip a warm coffee.
      • Start from Shillong around 1 PM and head back to Guwahati by early evening.
      • A strict timeline will be maintained today so that we can reach Airport on time to catch our return flights.
      • You may book flights after 7 PM or we shall help you with booking a guest house in Guwahati for the night so that you could leave the next day.
    Generic Details


    • Trip starting/ending point: Guwahati
    • Pick up and drop at Guwahati Airport
    • Tempo, Innova or similar tourist vehicle (6 days journey)
    • Start time: Day1, 10 AM
    • End time: Day6, 7 PM
    • You can book flights to/from Guwahati based on above timings.
    • Note 1: There is no night journey in this backpacking trip. All travel is during day time.
    • Note 2: Tempos are of 2 kind (12 seater and 17 seater). 12 have push back and 17 do not have push back. We may book any vehicle based on group numbers.


    • Shillong: Guesthouse for 1 Night (comfort stay)
    • Cherrapunji: Homestay for 2 Nights (comfort stay)
    • Nongriat: Dormitory for 1 Night (basic stay)
    • Shnongpdang/Dawki: Camping for 1 Night
      > Basic stay with common washrooms
      > 2 sharing for couples
      > 3 sharing for individuals
    • Note: Couple stay can be provided at extra cost of 500 per night in Shillong/Cherrapunji. Contact Organizers to check availability.


    • Breakfasts included
    • Lunches & Dinners are self-sponsored
    • Why?
      Based on feedback from previous batches, we excluded Lunches and Dinners as everyone have different food choices. Meghalaya boasts good food. There are multiple food options available at all the places that put travelers in confusion.
    • How much you have to spend for good food?
      150 – 200 per Lunch
      200 – 250 per Dinner

    Misc. info:

    • Batch size: 5 to 15
    • Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (Beginners can also do)
    • Note: There is 1 trek to Double Decker Living Root Bridges and Rainbow Waterfalls on Days 4,5
    • Max altitude: Shillong at 5,200 feet above Sea level
    • Climate:
      Cold at Shillong, Cherrapunji, Nongriat Living Root Bridges
      Warm at Dawki, Shnongpdang, Krang Suri

    Things to pack for Meghalaya Trip:

    • Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, 
    • A lightweight large Backpack for the entire trip (60 liters or more)
    • A small backpack for basic items (to carry valuables, water bottles, etc for outdoors)
    • Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID)
    • 2 Passport size color photographs (important for permit)
    • Thermal inners and warm clothes (cold climate)
    • A rainproof jacket with a hood (to protect from cold winds, sudden rain/snowfall)
    • Waterproof gloves, thick socks, track pants, full sleeve t-shirts (to keep your body warm)
    • Cap/Hat/Sunglasses (to protect from harmful sun rays)
    • Sunscreen (SPF 50 or more)
    • Power bank, charger, camera, binoculars (if you wish to)
    • Hand sanitizer and liquid hand wash will help during journeys
    • Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our guesthouses
    • Disposable garbage covers (To separate used/unused, wet/dry clothes)
    • Water-resistant good grip shoes for travel, extra slippers to use at guest houses
    • Personal medications, any drugs that you may feel necessary (remember ghat roads, chill climate)
    • No need to carry snacks/chocolates. You may buy at local shops to support local people.

    What’s next after booking your trip:

    • The Organizer will get in touch with you, or vice versa. After the confirmation, you may book your flights up and down.
    • A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks 2 days before the event
    • You may discuss many things in the group and get prepared for the trip

    Special Notes:

    • Expect seasonal variations in Meghalaya depending on the month we are travelling
    • During heavy rains, the waterfalls will be in full flow but water contains mud from the mountains
    • During winters and summers, we may get crystal clear water in the rivers and streams, but water will be less
    • Travelers are expected to come with open heart by appreciating complexities of Mother nature based on seasonal variations, monthly or even daily weather conditions.
    • There is no luxury involved in any part of this trip. This is a backpacking trip with basic facilities.

    Seasonal Variations:

    • Jan, Feb (Winter): Winters are pleasantly cold in Meghalaya which pull tourists in good numbers. There’s still a good amount of water to play in rivers and waterfalls (Umngot, Krang Suri, Rainbow). However, those giant waterfalls meant for viewing are quiet (Nohkalikal, Seven sisters) this season.
    • Mar to Apr (Summer): These are drier months where one cannot find too much water anywhere. 
    • May to Sept (Monsoons): The rains hit the mountains starting from May. They start slow in May, consistently increase during June, peak around July/August and reduce by mid of Sept. Thick clouds all around interrupt views. With the brute force of water, one cannot take dips/play in water anywhere.
    • Mid Sept to Dec (Winter): The giant waterfalls (Nohkalikal, Seven sisters) are at their best post monsoons (Oct till mid Nov) with enchanting views. End of the year (Nov, Dec) is good to play in the clear waters of rivers and waterfalls (Umngot, Krang Suri, Rainbow).
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Meghalaya Package InclusionsItems that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel (Guwahati to Guwahati)
    • Stay for 5 nights
    • 5 Breakfasts
    • Transparent River Boating, Cliff Jumping
    • All entry tickets, permissions
    • Trip Captain / Local guide
    • Airport pickup and drop (fixed timings)
    • Bonfires (at least 2 times)
    • Once in a lifetime experience visiting all places mentioned in Highlights
    Meghalaya Package ExclusionsItems that are excluded in the cost of tour price.
    • Lunches, Dinners
    • Any kind of activities other than mentioned above
    • Any kind of insurance, shopping, party, medical expenses
    • Any misc. expenses that are not in inclusions above

    • No Luxury. We assure awesome memories every trip, but not awesome facilities.
    • We provide basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay.
    • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule are permitted. Do not give advice(s) to the Organizer.
    • Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
    • No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
    • Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
    • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
    • Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for trekkers. There may be snakes, scorpions, and other dangerous animals.
    • Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
    • The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek which will be informed 24 hours before the trip start time.
    • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
    • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
    • Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.

    As we are amidst a pandemic, please go through the following blog of Travelling in the times of COVID-19 and COVID FAQs before deciding to join the trip.

    Cancellation by Traveler

    • 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent 30 days before the trip start date.
    • 50% refund if a cancellation request is sent between 30 to 15 days before the trip start date.
    • No refund within 15 days of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, COVID, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
    • No refund during/after the event.
    • No refund on the partial payment (advance) done to block your seat for the trip.

    Covid Related

    • No refund if you drop out because of COVID.
    • No refund if you are not allowed to join the trip while boarding due to COVID symptoms. Refer to this COVID blog for details.
    • No refund if the event is cancelled because of COVID-induced lockdown/restrictions imposed by the government. In this case, your trip amount shall be used as credit for future trips.

    The best part of the year to travel to Meghalaya is from the post-monsoon season – mid-September to mid-Feb. Winters are refreshingly cold in Meghalaya (unlike the extreme climate of Himalayas) and because of the huge rainfall it receives, water remains till the end of Feb.
    It starts raining again from the month of May, which is also considered a good time to travel. 

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