Mawryngkhang Trek in Wahkhen, Meghalaya will Make Your Hair Stand on End

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Mawryngkhang trek – A trek to the legendary King of Stones in Wahkhen village of Meghalaya.

‘Wah’ means ‘river’ and ‘Khen’ means ‘to flow’.

The Mawryngkhang trek involves walking on bamboo bridges over broomstick farms and deep gorges.

Sounds exciting and unique?

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Time Taken for completing the Trek: 2 to 3 hours depending upon your physical fitness and the number of breaks you take en route.

Distance from Shillong:  Wahkhen village is located in the Pynursla Tehsil of East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya, India. It is 42km away from Shillong.

Getting here: We had hired two cabs from Mamin Da (if you need his reference pls email richa@lighttravelaction.com).

The U Mawryngkhang Stone is in Wahkhen Village and trek is known as U Mawryngkhang trek / Bamboo Bridge trek of East Khasi Hills! More on that in the Blog Post. For off the beaten track travel, outdoor adventures & friendly local people head to Northeast India! My team will help you plan a customized trip to Guwahati, Shillong & Meghalaya. To get a FREE ITINERARY click on the link. For Bookings, Email richa@lighttravelaction.com #bambootrek #meghalayatrek #offbeatindiatravel #northeastindia

You can read this post in HINDI by clicking here – मॉरिंगखेंग ट्रेक (Mawryngkhang Trek in Wahkhen) – मेघालय के वाह खेन गांव में पत्थरों के राजा से मुलाक़ात।

Where is Mawryngkhang?

The U Mawryngkhang Stone is in Wahkhen Village and trek is known as U Mawryngkhang trek / Bamboo Bridge trek of East Khasi Hills or as I like to call it – A Trek of Faith!! More on that in the coming paragraphs.

U Mawryngkhang is a legendary stone who is also known as the King of Stones.

Distance from Shillong:  Wahkhen village is located in the Pynursla Tehsil of East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya, India. Wahkhen is 54km from state capital Shillong on the National highway Shilong-Dawki road.

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How to reach Wahkhen for Mawryngkhang trek

Public Transport – Shared cabs or public buses can be taken from Shillong (Bada Bazaar) till Pomlum Village (will cost you around Rs 90). Wahkhen is 15 kms from Pomlum.

Pomlum Village

If you are hiring a cab and the name ‘Wahkhen’ does not ring a bell, tell the driver you need to go to the bamboo bridge of the East Khasi hills.

Take a right turn from this board.

The road from this point onwards is not good but not so uncomfortable either.

It is best to hire a personal cab to this point. 

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What is Mawryngkhang Trek?

U Mawryngkhang is a legendary stone and its stories have passed through generations.

While U is a mark of respect and is something similar to “Mr” in English or “Shri” in Hindi, Mawryngkhang means the King of Stones.

U Mawryngkhang with his love interest Kthiang

The LEGEND says that U Mawryngkhang won all the wars with other stones and was thus crowned the King of Stones!

But what is a king without a queen!?

As destiny would have it, U Mawryngkhang fell in love with a beautiful stone from another kingdom. The name of this maiden was Ms. Kthiang which means ”tall, slim and beautiful lady’.

What is a love story without a villain!

U Mawpator another huge Stone (Mountain), was also in love with Ms Kthiang.

Left with no option, U Mawryngkhang and U Mawpator entered into a combat. During the fight, U Mawpator broke U Mawryngkhang’s left arm.

U Mawryngkhang with its broken left arm

Not one to be defeated, the king of stones hit U Mawpator with such immense force that Mawpator’s head fell off in the deep gorge below.

U Mawryngkhang won his love interest Kthiang who even today stands behind him with solid rock force!!

From the top of U Mawryngkhang, one can see the “Head” of U Mawpator in the deep gorge.

As unreal as it may sound, people in the village of Kongthong in Meghalaya, India do not have names. So how do they address each other? Click here to read more about the best-kept secret of Meghalaya.

Why do Mawryngkhang Trek?

Be ready to be ‘Swept Away’ – both literally and figuratively.

How?

While the Wahkhen trek starts with a bamboo bridge over broomstick farm, it gradually takes you over beautiful blue water natural pools and eventually you find yourself on the bridge which is perched on  the side of huge solid rock with deep valley down below.

Bamboo Bridge over Broom Stick Farm

Around 98% of the population of Wahkhen practices Niam Tynrai. 

The natives are dependant on broomsticks and orange cultivation. The village is also attempting to preserve it’s culture through a One-Room school in a traditional Khasi Hut which offers training of indigenous tribal music. 

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Can you spot us in this pic?

With the hope of bringing in tourism and increasing livelihood of the indigenous people, the Tourism Trekking Team (TTT) developed the Bamboo bridge in 2017 and is hoping that the Government will help promote this place.

The sturdy and eco-friendly bamboo bridges have been constructed using bamboo and are tied with cane ropes. At very few places one finds that nails have been used for fixing.

It’s a marvel to see how the local engineers have mastered the art of making bamboo bridges over such deep gorge.

The only support to the bridge being the steep, smooth edge of the rock alongside which the bridge runs. That is why I call this trek – The Trek of Faith – as you walk on the bamboo bridge having complete faith in the indigenous engineering of the indigenous people of Wahkhen.

Jubilant children waiting for us

Time Taken for completing the Trek: 

This trek can be completed from the starting point to back in 2 to 3 hours depending upon your physical fitness and the number of breaks you take en route. We started at 1:50 pm and we were back at the starting point at 6 pm. We had taken elaborate breaks taking pictures and refreshing dips at the natural ponds.

The youngest child on this family trek of ours was 10 years old and the oldest was 13. I should add here that the kids were at all points ahead of us while we followed huffing and puffing.

A local looks on as we trek through the broomstick farm!

We were told that the locals can easily finish this trek in 4o minutes.

Click here to read 8 awesome places you must not miss to visit in Meghalaya including touristy destinations like Shillong and Cherrapunji and nontouristy places like Kongthong, this blog post has it all. So get your travel journals out to take notes and read on!

Mawryngkhang trek in Photos

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More than 50 shades of Green SWEPT us OFF!!

The Mawryngkhang trek starts with a very narrow bamboo bridge over a broomstick farm.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

We were here in End May and that was the start of Rains in Meghalaya.

As we started the trek it started to drizzle. Lightweight ponchos that we were carrying came in handy.

Slight drizzle, pleasant wind and a sight to behold, this trek started like a surreal experience.

Where the Bamboo bridge ended, began a muddy step downwards. The steps were made with well-laid bamboo sticks.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

This muddy path leads to river Wahrew, one of the cleanest river in Khasi Jaintia Hills. Wahrew flows to Bangladesh.

Three bridges help you cross over to the other side of the river.

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There wasn’t much water in the river at the time of our visit.

As one proceeds, the path gets trickier hereafter.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

At many places, bamboo railing for side support has been made.

And at many places there isnt’ any support.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

The entire path has intermittent bamboo bridges and muddy path.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

After we crossed the river, the path was all uphill.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

Rain can make stones slippery so be firm footed.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

Soon we found ourselves walking alongside the moutain ridge. The bamboo bridge is supported by bamboo sticks which take the support of the mountains.

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Deep gorge underneath.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

Look at the mountain face on which the bamboo bridge is supported.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

A small gate has been made midway to stop trespassers from reaching Mawrynnkhang.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

Post this little gate starts the route to the first mountain called Mowmoit.

“Mowmoit” is a title given to a lady.

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Us atop Mowmoit
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the first view of U Mawryngkhang – The King of Stones

The trek becomes tougher here onwards.

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Be ready to duck your head..

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

and crawl through narrow spaces…

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

The scariest being the steepest one …

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

The Tourism Promoters Trekking Society, Wahkhen has constructed bamboo ladder to reach to the top of the Stone which is about 100 meter tall. The Skywalk made of bamboo is 150 metre long and the bamboo bridge along the Mawryngkhang rock is 70 metre deep.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

which ultimately takes you atop Mawryngkhang.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

On our way back we refreshed in the natural pools of river wahrew.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

A quick guide on how to get from Guwahati to Shillong and Cherrapunjee by public transport. All you need to know to travel the region cheaply: How to get from Guwahati to Shillong and Cherrapunji.

I am thankful to Mr. Dmuising Khongjirem, Secretary Tourism Promoters Trekking Society, Wahkhen for giving valuable input for this blog post. 

Places to Stay in Shillong

Wahkhen does not have accommodation facilities.

If you are looking for budget accommodation at a convenient location then check out Shillong Dormitory in Shillong. The accommodation at Shillong Dormitory features a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, room service, and free WiFi. Check out the details, reviews, availability and latest price by clicking here.

If Rest and Relaxation are on your mind then check out Ri Kynjai Serenity by The Lake. Spread over 45 acres of lush greeneries, Ri Kynjai Serenity by The Lake overlooks azure waters of Umiam Lake situated just 2.5 km away. Guwahati Railway Station is 75 km away and Guwahati Airport is 105 km away. Check out the details, reviews, availability and latest price by clicking here.

We stayed at a budget homestay in Pynursla. This homestay charges Rs.1200/- per room per night. It’s a very basic homestay.

Home Stay Wahkhen Trek Mawryngkhang

Mawryngkhang Trek Tips

  • Wear comfortable shoes (not necessarily trekking shoes). Even running (sports) shoes will work well.
  • Wear quick dry T-shirts as it does become humid during rains.
  •  Keep water + light snack as there is no provision for the same. You can refill your bottles on your way back in river Wahrew.
  • During rains keep a lightweight poncho and during winters keep a light weight windcheater in your day backpack.
  • This trek is not recommended for those who are physically unfit.
  • Leave the trail clean. There are dustbins made of bamboo in the trekking path.

Mawryngkhang Wahkhen Meghalaya India

Eco friendly Dustbins

  • On the other side of the village Wahkhen, about one hour by foot, there is a long suspension living root bridge at a place called Kynroh, under Shyngngi River.  This living root bridge  has two parts. The first one is the mother bridge (main) and the other one is a small bridge.  The root living bridge is about 37 meters long and the smaller one is about 8 meters long.

As unreal as it may sound, people in the village of Kongthong in Meghalaya, India do not have names. So how do they address each other? Read more: lullaby for name: Kongthong the best-kept secret of Meghalaya.

What to eat at Mawryngkhang Trek in Wahkhen, Meghalaya

Wah Khen and Pynursla both being small villages, the eating options are very limited. If you are a pure vegetarian, I would advise you to carry some ‘khakhra’, ‘thepla’ as a vegetarian back up.

If you eat Pork then you are in luck as Pork is available at most of the local eateries.

Just a reminder when I say Eatery, I mean the roadside ‘Dhabha’. There are no restaurants around this area.

Hope Lighttravelaction’s extensive Guide to the Mawrynkhang trek helps you plan better. 

If you have any questions or suggestions for us (or not) we would like to hear from you in the comments. IF YOU WOULD LIKE US TO PLAN THIS TRIP FOR YOU EMAIL: richa@lighttravelaction.com

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Local Khasi Village Tribe of Meghalaya in the North East of India (Asia) looks at us amusingly as we trek the Mawryngkhang Trek in Wahkhen Village. Love off the beaten track travel, outdoor adventures, and friendly local people? Maybe it's time to consider traveling to Northeast India! Meghalaya is also known as the abode of clouds. Read on why you should travel to Meghalaya, plus more inspiration, advice, and travel blog posts on the region.
Happy to do the Mawryngkhang trek involves walking on bamboo bridges over broom stick farms and deep gorges. Love off the beaten track travel, outdoor adventures, and friendly local people? Maybe it's time to consider traveling to Northeast India! Meghalaya is also known as the abode of clouds. Read on why you should travel to Meghalaya, plus more inspiration, advice, and travel blog posts on the region.

Meghalaya which means abode of clouds sure is your halfway ticket to heavenly views. If you want to experience offbeat India, I would highly recommend the bamboo bridge U Mawryngkhang Trek, the double root bridge, the village where people don’t have names and the rock capital Shillong. Here is all you need to read about Meghalaya.

33 thoughts on “Mawryngkhang Trek in Wahkhen, Meghalaya will Make Your Hair Stand on End”

  1. This trek looks great although some of those bamboo bridges look a bit scary and I’m not sure about squeezing through small spaces lol. But love this kind of trek. Great photos!

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  2. What an incredible experience and the story that goes with it! Would love to go to Eastern India and do this hike in particular. I am guessing you need to have a tour guide to complete this trail?

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  3. I am currently in India and had no idea that this bamboo bridge trek was even a possibility. We have some weekends free from work so hopefully will head up there. I imagine my boyfriend will be obsessed!

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  4. This is such an amazing article/guide. This trek is unlike anything I have seen or read about. Doing this trek on the coming 1st of November!

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  5. Richa, I usually keep reading the articles and keep moving. But for the first time, i’m leaving a comment. This article is just what i like it to be. I mean in perfect detail with prices, photos. Everything just made me feel very comfortable and most importantly the feel..

    Thanks for your time in sharing your views.

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    • Heyyy Anup I am jumping with Joy reading this – I am highly motivated to write more after reading your comment 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Your article was very informative, thank you for sharing all the details on the taxi and what to expect. One thing I would like to know is whether or not you had to pay for a guide for this trek or were you able to do it entirely on your own? We’re planning a trip to Meghalaya in March and would love to do this trek but preferably as cheap as possible. Thank you in advance.

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    • Hey Jess, you do need to pay the guide. It is a way of creating employment opportunities for the locals. If you are worried about the guide charges then it is not much so don’t worry about your budget going wrong. You can very well do this trek on your own but you will still need to pay for the guide. Also midway there is a gate which is locked to keep the trespassers away. The guide has the key to open the lock – “Open Sesame” 😉 so you will need the guide. Hope you have a lovely time in Meghalaya in March! Lemme know if you have any more questions.

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  7. Is it advisable to do this trek in june?
    do we require a guide or can it be done on our own?
    looking forward to visiting this place!!

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    • Priya frankly I would advise against doing this trek once the monsoon sets in – so if you are planning to go in the first week of June I guess then it should be fine. It is a very straight forward trek but to help the locals YOU HAVE TO PAY for the guide. The guide will also come with keys to open a door which is midway the trek.
      1) Don’t forget to carry your rain ponchos.
      2) Wear Non-slippery footwear (NO FLIP FLOPS)
      3) Keep a good first aid kit handy just for emergencies.

      You may contact Mr. Dmuising Khongjirem, Secretary Tourism Promoters Trekking Society, Wahkhen for more details. He can be reached at +91 9863473572

      Don’t forget to mention you read about this trek on Lighttravelaction.com 🙂

      Stay safe and enjoy the beauty of the trek!!

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  8. Wow, It’s a great adventure. Most of these bridges are look in Meghalaya. The famous bamboo bridge trek is a really awesome task. I like your blog and after reading your blog is very excited for this trek. Great blog. Helpful for trekking guide. Thanks for sharing.

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