The trekking potential in Meghalaya is unique in the sense
that terrain is very rugged like in Himalayan areas but with the advantage
of not being snowbound. An added attraction is the possibility of
encountering many rare animals such as the slow Loris, assorted Deer and
the occasional Bear. Guides can be hired to take the keen trekker in
terrain, which is characterised, by flowing rivers, rolling hills and
towering waterfalls. Some of the noteworthy routes are:
SING SONG GORGE TREK
Smit: The trek begins from State Library and after passing the Crinoline Falls en route, it ascends till it reaches Laitkor. Some parts of this two-day trek will be along the metalled road.
Mawlyngot: This is fairly big village, connected by a motorable road. The route after this village descends sharply till it reaches the Singsong gorge (Um Song River). Both banks of Umsong River are covered by thick mix forest with dense undergrowth. The forest mostly comprises of bay leaf trees and other medicinal herbs thus making the surroundings a place of extreme interest for botanists.
Pynursla: The trial after Umsong ascends sharply till it reaches the town of Pynursla. Though the routes are not the kind to be found in the Himalayan belts, they are equally rugged with the main attraction being the challenge of the climb without the extreme weather conditions.
THE JAKREM HOT SPRINGS TREK
The village of Weiloi can be reached from Shillong by car/bus. The distance is approximately 39-km on the way to Mawsynram. A Kutcha jeepable track exists from Weiloi to Umngi where two natural mineral water springs exist. The Hot Spring of Umngi has the potential for becoming a major health resort. In case of tourists preferring a less exhausting trek from Weiloi, a shorter route via Mawblang can be an option.
Besides these above routes, there are in existence long bridle paths, which were constructed by the erstwhile colonial rulers and are still in excellent condition. One such is the path made by Captain David Scott from Ladmawphlang to Mawngap where one can partake of delightful Khasi cuisine and the local brew known as 'Kiad' in the local language.