Wondrous Bamboo Trail Meghalaya: Mawryngkhang trek Guide

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Are you looking for a travel guide to Bamboo Trail Meghalaya? This article is a travelogue and trek guide to Mawryngkhang Trek in Wahkhen Village of Meghalaya.

Wanderlust is such that having seen a photo on the internet, we can’t resist but visit the place; the charm and uniqueness draw us to it.

Seen and heard enough, on the 29th of September 2019, I travelled 16 hours from Duliajan to Wahkhen Whistling Village to witness the mind-blowing Bamboo trail. That’s right, Kongthong isn’t the only Whistling Village in India.

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The Mawrynkhang Trek – Scary enough?

Bamboo Trail Meghalaya – The Mawryngkhang Trek

For me, the Mawryngkhang trek in Wahkhen Village of Meghalaya is unique in two ways-

  1. Culture and Folklore– About Mawryngkhang
  2. Nature’s gifted paradise – the hills and the bamboo trail.
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The final steps to Mawryngkhang U rock – the king of stones.

Culture and Folklore – About Mawryngkhang

‘U Mawryngkhang’, the humungous, cylindrical, shiny rock standing tall among its surrounding hills is known as the King of Stones.

As the folklore goes, the two rocks Mawryngkhang and Mawpator battled for ‘Kthiang’ a damsel with whom both were in love. Though Mawpator had broken off the left hand of Mawrykhang, the latter emerged as the winner as he chopped off Mawpator’s head.

The Mawpator rock can be seen in front of U Mawryngkhang on the other side of the stream. The curved scar of U Mawryngkhang is also visible.

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Legendary U Mawryngkhang with the scar of victory

Stories combined with nature and culture are my favourites. Above all, culture is what human’s way of survival is maintaining harmony with nature.

Like the Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya, the bamboo trail of the Mawryngkhang trek signifies the rich cultural techniques of the Khasis’ balance with nature. However, the first was the cultural adaption to natural calamity (floods), and the latter was a collective effort of the village community to promote their way of life through tourism, making people aware of the pristine beauty of the place and their divine folklore.

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The Bamboo Creativity

The Khasis of Meghalaya are true to nature lovers. In Wahkhen, the villagers have been the keepers of rich traditional Khasi music and folk instruments. The reason why it is the home to two National Award winners. Not only, they have been teaching folk music but also how to create traditional musical instruments for the younger generation.

Nature’s Gifted Paradise – The Hills & Bamboo Trail Trek

While the destination is important, the journey is where the magic happens. In the same way, my personal favourite was the 2 hours of hike to the U Mawryngkhang Rock.

View during Mawryngkhang Trek - Bamboo Trail Meghalaya - The Gypsy Chiring
The hills resembled the peaks in Hawaii of USA.

Wahkhen is India’s own Hawaii in Meghalaya. The hilly terrain resembles the picturesque Hawaii Mountains. The hike starts from the parking spot beside a Bamboo Hut (also a shop) in Wahkhen Village.

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Can you spot the distant hut?

As we commenced the Mawryngkhang trek and descended towards the Umrew river, the range of hills to the right – their shapes and clouds embracing the peak brought peace to me. The beats of drums echoed in our ears accompanied by crickets welcoming us along the way. The beats were from the traditional music school at Wahkhen village, a community initiative to teach youngsters to play and build folk instruments.

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The magnificent view of the hills of Wahkhen Village
View during Mawryngkhang Trek - Bamboo Trail Meghalaya - The Gypsy Chiring
The trail is built on the edges of those hills.

Reaching the river and crossing the first bamboo bridge is where the actual hiking starts to U Mawryngkhang.

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Umrew or the Wahrew River
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The Bamboo section of the trail started from this point.

Dipping my face into the stream, I refreshed myself with nature’s own face wash.

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Flowers radiating Happiness!

The river flow guided the direction of the trail. Stepping ahead on the tied bamboo, mini-waterfalls sliding down the vertical gorges and pretty violet flowers greeted us to our right.

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The Blue waters of the Umrew River

To the left and below was the stream progressing straight with more strength, while we gained height by climbing beyond.

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At the edge, rejoicing in the view.

Mawmoit’s viewpoint is where the legendary King of Stones ‘U Mawryngkhang’ reveals himself.

View of the U Mawryngkhang from Mawmoit Viewpoint during Bamboo Trail trek in Meghalaya
View of the U Mawryngkhang from Mawmoit.

Traversing through a cave passage, we eventually reached another curved bamboo bridge alongside a few more small waterfalls.

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The cave passage between rocks

I could sense a tiny version of the waterfalls in Bali, Indonesia. There were about 2-3 waterfalls.

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Ananya was elated to see the small waterfalls.

Crossing the waterfall area is a curved bridge of bamboo. This connects the two gorges with the trail to reach the last part of the trail.

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A relatively longer bamboo bridge connecting two gorges

The penultimate vertical bamboo stairs are the most thrilling of all.

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The final climb to the peak of Mawryngkhang U. My favourite among the Mawryngkhang trek photos.
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Scenes of jubilation of climbing U Mawryngkhang Meghalaya

Rejoicing the spectacular view of the ascent amidst the background of the hills, we reached our final destination – the peak of U Mawryngkhang.

Umrew River from the top of Mawryngkhang trek rock
The view of the river from U Mawryngkhang
The Gypsy Chiring at theTop of Mawryngkhang U Rock during Bamboo Trail Meghalaya
Moments connecting with Mother Nature atop the U Mawryngkhang

I sat, watched, and embraced, what was around me – the panoramic scenery, the exuberant river flowing by through the tiny natural pools, blue and clear down the U Mawryngkhang rock; the tranquil blue and green colours of nature. Ah! The gurgling of Umrew sounded like the chirpings of the birds composing a lullaby of the river stream.

Mawryngkhang Trek Distance from Cherrapunj- View of Kongthong Vilalge from Mawryngkhang
Guess the hill among these, where Kongthong Whistling Village is located.

On a distant hilltop lies Kongthong, the Whistling Village of Meghalaya, where people have their own distinct ‘melody tune’ instead of their names. I could visualize the mix of their tunes, kids playing up there, and the soothing river sounds below. Comforting right?

Swimming during Mawryngkhang Trek in Meghalaya
Freedom in the waters.

Back to Umrew River – the starting point of the hike, we jumped into the water, swam, splashed and whatnot. I even let myself be carried away by the flow. I felt free, alive and cuddled by Mother Nature.

The Gypsy Chiring swimming in Umrew River during Mawryngkhang Trek in Meghalaya
Becoming one with Mother Nature. (the one submerged is me, haha!)

Rain and Meghalaya are indeed the best of friends. Overcast clouds faded the Hawaii-like Mountains. We enjoyed the rain at first but rushed as soon as it started pouring heavily.    

Dusk turning into night and the rain falling with all its might;

A bowl of Maggi and egg whites, as I glanced through the window of the hut,

The Hawaii Hills of Meghalaya imprinted a lasting impression on my heart.”

Ah! I hope every trek and trip enthuses the poet in me.

FAQs on Mawryngkhang Trek

Where is Mawryngkhang Trek or Bamboo Trail located?

Popularly known as the Bamboo Trail Trek, the Mawryngkhang trek is in Wahkhen Village of the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya in Northeast India.

How to reach Wahkhen for Mawryngkhang Trek from Shillong?

Mawryngkhang Trek - Bamboo Trail - Wahkhen Village sign board

You can hire or rent a vehicle from Shillong to Wahkhen which is located at a distance of 48 km. Shared sumos are available only till Pomlum which is at a distance of 15 km from Wahkhen. The following Signboard directs you to the village.

Where to Stay in Wahkhen?

During our visit homestays were under construction. As of 2023, you can book your accommodation at Riz’s Hut Homestay in Wahkhen village during Mawryngkhang Trek.

What is the starting point of the Bamboo trek?

The Bamboo Trek starts from Wahkhen Village of East Khasi Hills District in Meghalaya. Wahkhen is located about 48 km from Shillong town.

Is Mawryngkhang Trek Open?

The Mawryngkhang Trek is open since September 10, 2022, after repair. You can refer to this article by East Mojo.

Things to do in Wahkhen

1. Go for the Bamboo Trail Trek
2. Swim in the river
3. Visit Siengriti Wahkhen – the traditional school of Khasi Music in the village.
4. Visit the Living Root Bridge which is about 2 hour trek from the village.
5. Trek to the Suspension Bridge.

Things you may want to carry for the Mawryngkhang Trek

1. As Meghalaya and rain are best friends, carrying a poncho or a raincoat will save you from the dilemma.
2. Water bottle (Reusable) – Let us not pollute what we love.
3. Extra pair of clothes if you want to dive into the Umrew (also known as the Wahrew river)

Is Mawryngkhang Trek Safe?

Yes, the Mawryngkhang trek is safe. Though people consider the Bamboo Trail as the scariest trek in Meghalaya, the local guides make sure that the trek is done safely.

Whom to Contact?

I went with This Travel Company which is based in Guwahati, Assam. For the Mawryngkhang Trek package, you may contact them. You can also contact me on social media.

How long is the Mawryngkhang Bamboo Trail Trek?

Mawryngkhang trek time in total is 4-5 hours. You can go up and come back to the Wahkhen Village within those 5 hours.


Have you added the Mawryngkhang trek to your bucket list yet? I hope this travel guide helps you to plan the Bamboo Trail Trek properly.

Here are 7 Reasons why you must trek the Bamboo Trail Meghalaya

1. The entire Bamboo Trek involves trekking on a trail of Bamboo attached to the steep surface of beautiful gorges and a river stream below it.

2. Though people say that the Mawryngkhang trek is the scariest trek in Meghalaya, I recommend you to do this trek because you love adventure and challenging yourself.

3. The trail was built by the sole effort of the villagers. Thus, signifying their unique craft, engineering, and the ardent bond between their culture and natural surroundings.

4. The ‘HILLS’ resemble the ‘mountains of Hawaii’. I will be seeing them again; I mean, why not?

5. It is an off-beat destination and less crowded than other tourist places.

6. It is home to the National Award-Winning traditional musicians Komik Khongjirem and Rojet Buhphang.

7. Like the Kongthong Whistling Village, Wahkhen Villagers too have a definite tune dedicated to everyone through which they communicate. Whoa! Surprised? Read about Wahkhen’s Musical Legacy.

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Awarded by Meghalaya Tourism, Joydeep Phukan is a travel writer & a certified mountaineer based in Assam of Northeast India. He is on his mission to travel offbeat India and share his stories and tips about culture, travel & adventure with you through The Gypsy Chiring Blog.

11 thoughts on “Wondrous Bamboo Trail Meghalaya: Mawryngkhang trek Guide”

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  2. Excellent guide! I love the folklore, nothing sweeter than battling for love. You are so brave to climb all those bamboo steps. This seems like an amazing way to enjoy the mountains without mountain climbing.

    • Hi Evie, I am glad you liked it. Each of the destinations in Meghalaya is associated with myth and folklore. Do visit Meghalaya someday.


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