Nestled in the Northeast India, Meghalaya is known for its scenic lush green forests, magnanimous waterfalls, meandering rivers, and deep caves. But have you considered trekking on a bamboo skywalk cliff with a gorgeous sky above and a gushing river amidst the panoramic beauty of Meghalaya? This bamboo trek, also known as the Mawryngkhang trek, is one of the scariest treks in Meghalaya.
All you need to know about the trek:
1. The Bamboo trek starts from a Wahkhen Village, which lies in the Pynursla Tehsil of East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya.
2. The villagers themselves prepare the bamboo bridge in a way that bamboos tied with cane ropes give a sturdy enough pathway to walk on. The bridge is constructed without any help from the government.
3. The trek is around 3-5 hours, and one can stay at Wahkhen village (if required, but there are significantly fewer stay options available).
4. The Mawrynkheng trek was opened to the public in 2016 to generate income for Wahkhen village.
5. The trek descends from Wahkhen village to the base of a river valley, and you will cross the gushing Wahrew river via several rickety bamboo bridges.
6. Once you cross the river, all the serenity and peace turn into the fear of crossing the narrow bridge, which goes steeper. As you continue to climb higher, there are hidden waterfalls at every corner.
7. The final part is a steep climb up a ladder that takes you to the tremendous "U Mawryngkhang" stone, known as the king of stones.
8. The feeling of reaching the King stone is rewarding, and when the edge of the trek can take your breath with a view that will paint a canvas of clouds, lush green forests, clouds, and waterfalls in your soul. The cottony cloud plays hide and seek, and the verdant valley awakens with raindrops adding fresh hues of green.