Top 8 Trekking Places in Meghalaya to Grab the Greatest Experience




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Meghalaya is a majestic state with ravishing natural wonders. The state is affluent with cascading waterfalls, thick flourishing forests, deep valleys and pristine rivers and streams. The British named this place ‘Scotland of the East’ for its natural beauty. The rich cultural diversity of the state is compelling and the hospitality by the tribals just adds to the pleasure.

When it comes to exploring enchanting places in this state, trekking is one of the best ways for doing it. Trailing across wonderful destinations like Shillong, Mawphlang and Cherrapunji will give you some amazing experiences for sure.

Here are some of the greatest trekking places in Meghalaya for you to have the most adventurous and thrilling experience.

Top 8 Treks in Meghalaya



1. The Living Root Bridge Trek


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Rating: 4.8 (based on 745 google reviews)

One of the most innovative and spectacular innovations of the Khasis is the Living Root Bridges. These bridges are made by entangling the thick and strong roots of old rubber trees native to the region of North East. Living Root bridges provide a brilliant replacement for the wooden bridges as the latter ones decay and weaken during the long Monsoon season.

Meghalaya's most popular Double-Decker Root Bridge is located in Nongriat Village near Cherrapunji, the wettest place on Earth. The trek to this place starts from Tyrna village and ends at Rainbow falls. It stretches around 7 Kms and is very exciting. Places like Noh Ka Likai falls and Mawsmai caves are located 5-6 Kms from Cherrapunji and thus can be combined with the Double Decker Bridge trail.

Difficulty Level: Fairly Easy
Entry Ticket: Rs 10 (adults) , Rs 5 (children) and Rs 20 (camera)
Location: Nongriat, Meghalaya 793112
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 3 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open


A tip from HelloTrippeR: You need no guides for this trek as the paths are cemented. Also, the villagers are always there to help you along the way.


2. David Scott Trail


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Rating: 4.7 (based on 149 google reviews)

This popular trekking spot is named after David Scott, an Englishman who governed the Khasi Hills for nearly thirty years during the British era. This 16Kms long trek is a part of the popular horse track that Scott built stretching from Cherrapunji to Bangladesh.

The entire trekking route (Cherrapunji to Bangladesh) is 100 Kms long and it takes around 5 days to finish it. It is however divided into smaller trekking trails amongst which the most popular one is between Mawphlang and Ladmawphlang.

It takes 4-5 hours to finish this trek of 16 Kms. Throughout the trail, you will be greeted by a number of breath-taking picturesque views of cascading waterfalls, fresh water streams, lush meadows, thick forests and traditional Khasi villages.

There are plenty of amazing sites in the way, so do not forget to carry your camera to capture these stunning views. This place will give you one of the best experiences of trekking in Meghalaya.

Here's a tip for you, do carry your warm clothes if you wish to camp overnight. Temperature here drops to 5-6 degrees at nights .

Insights by Hello TrippeR

  • Altitude: 4,892 ft
  • Difficulty level: For the first hour, the trek descends over an easy trail, followed by a flat land to walk. However, the last hour is fairly difficult due to the ascend.
  • Hydrating Tips: Carry 1.5 - 2 litres of water with you. The first point to refill your water is the Umiam river, about 1.5 hours away from the starting point.

Entry Ticket: Rs 70 (for taxi)
Location: Mawphlang, Synrang Kaban, Meghalaya 793121
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 5 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open


A tip from HelloTrippeR: If you are planning to camp overnight, kindly edit and increase your average time spent here.

Since this activity requires pre-booking, please book beforehand with the local vendors.


3. Dawki Trek


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Rating: 4.6 (based on 65 google reviews)

Set on this exciting trek in Dawki, located on the border of India and Bangladesh. Relish the spectacular natural beauty of this region and enjoy trekking over steep hills and rocks.

You can enjoy a hearty meal while being atop one of the steep hills and witness the spell-bounding view of the valley. You can even set up a picnic near Umngot river, one of the cleanest rivers in India.

While returning from the trek, you can spend some time exploring Jaflong Zero Point situated near the border and observe its brilliant stone accumulations. Interestingly, one can even sight natives of Bangladesh on the other side of the border.

Do carry an extra pair of clothes; you might need them after cliff jumping. If you're scared to jump off the cliff jump, the place also arranges for ziplining.

Difficulty Level: Easy
Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Dawki, Meghalaya 793109
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 8 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open


A tip from HelloTrippeR: If you are planning to camp overnight, kindly edit and increase your average time spent here.

Since this activity requires pre-booking, please book beforehand with the local vendors.


4. Krem Mawsmai, Krem Mawmluh and Krem Umshyrpi Caves Trail


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Rating: 4.6 (based on 20 google reviews)

One of the most exciting and thrilling treks in Meghalaya is walking through the natural caves. The enormous maze of Khasi and Jaintia Hills is filled with bewildering surprises. A few of such surprises include Krem Mawsmai, Krem Mawmluh and Krem Umshyrpi Limestone Caves in Meghalaya.

These caves go 40 feet deep into the ground and exhibit strange but, natural formations that are utterly astounding. You can find beautiful crystalline deposits and structures formed years ago inside the cave.

Krem Mawsmai cave is easier to explore and is suited for beginners, the other two can however be challenging. Stretching along 7 Kms, these dark and uncanny caves are lit up by halogen lamps.

Embark on this adventure for a thrilling experience of trekking in Meghalaya.

Entry Ticket: Rs 20 per person
Location: Meghalaya 793113
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 6 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open


A tip from HelloTrippeR: Since this activity requires pre-booking, please book beforehand with the local vendors.


5. Mawlyngbna Village Trek


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Rating: 4.2 (based on 98 google reviews)

There's not one but many things to do during your trek at Mawlyngbna Village. This mix of camping and trekking in Meghalaya will provide you with a fine two-day trekking experience.

Start with observing the fossils of extinct carnivores and then get a glimpse of some rare pitcher plants and other unique plant species. You can also spot some rare birds flying around in the forest. Other activities include canoeing and zip-lining amid the thick forests.

Experience the thrill of snorkeling and mountain biking the next day of your trek.

Difficulty Level: Moderate
Entry Ticket: Rs 10 per person
Location: Umkhakoi, Mawlyngbna, Lawbah Rd., Shillong, Meghalaya 793113
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 day 12 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open


A tip from HelloTrippeR: Since this activity requires pre-booking, please book beforehand with the local vendors.


6. Umden Village Trek


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Set amidst the lush green forests with an abundance of natural wonders, Umden Village Trek will make you fall in love with nature. Acres of its forests are dedicated to silk cultivation and hence it is also known as 'the land of silk' in the region.

This trek is the closest approach to experience the village culture and lifestyle in Meghalaya. Wander through the scenic tea estates, strawberry farms and other great countryside locations and learn about Eri Silk that is cultivated here.

Difficulty Level: Easy
Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Umden, Meghalaya 793102
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 10 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open


A tip from HelloTrippeR: Since this activity requires pre-booking, please book beforehand with the local vendors.


7. Mawlyngot Trek


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Tucked in nature's embrace, Mawlyngot is a scenic village located at an altitude of 4,800 feet around 40 Kms from Shillong. This 6km trail starts from the village and goes all the way to the Singsong gorge situated along the Um Song river.

The village is renowned for its tea estates and is known as the tea hub of Meghalaya. The sight at the vast stretches of the tea estates mingled with the tranquility of Um Song river is a soothing experience.

Hiking amidst the wonderful thick forests enchanting nature will give you an unforgettable experience. You can also set on another trek from Umsong river to the nearby town of Pynursla.

Difficulty Level: Easy
Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Mawlyngot, Meghalaya 793015
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open


A tip from HelloTrippeR: Since this activity requires pre-booking, please book beforehand with the local vendors.


8. Smit Trek


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Smit Trek is one of the most scenic trails in Meghalaya. The trek begins from the State Library and goes all the way to Crinoline Falls. This long yet compelling trek takes around two days to complete. The trail is simple without any tough paths, most of the roads are cemented; it is an ideal trek to take with your family. There are plenty of breakfast joints in between to take rest.

Difficulty Level: Moderate
Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Secretariat Hills, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 days
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open


A tip from HelloTrippeR: Since this activity requires pre-booking, please book beforehand with the local vendors.


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