hiking and trekking
HIKING AND TREKKING
One of the most preferred outdoor activities is trekking through the unknown terrains, often traversing through the dense forests of Arunachal Pradesh or the higher ranges of Nagaland and Meghalaya. The activity might give sheer delight, for those who wish to walk through the Himalayan ranges, and yet, not knowing the step ahead might bring in a feeling of awe and thrill to the adventure seekers. Few top trekking destinations like Dzuko valley and living root bridge are frequented by most of the trekkers around the year. Apart from these, there are toughest to moderate trek route you can experience in Northeast India. Some modest trekking destination is Double Decker Living Root Bridge in Sohra (Cherrapunji), David scot trail and Latilum canonyan in Shillong etc.
Goeche La trek and Sandakphu along with the trekking trails of Namdapha National Park are some of the toughest places to visit.
Shillong Peak Hike
You do not need to go too far from the state capital for a nice hike. The Laitkor and Upper Shillong Reserve Forests offer plenty of nice trails set amidst a mix of thick pine and sub-tropical vegetation. It is a steep climb for most parts but you should be able to hit the higher reaches of town via these forest routes in less than an hour. The Rhododendron Trek route is one of the popular trails in this forest while another trail that begins at the Lawsohtun locality of southern Shillong takes you directly to the Shillong Peak viewpoint.
Make sure you remain hydrated throughout your trek and if you are unfamiliar with the place, it is always better to go with some local company.
In addition to these popular moderate treks, there are several other more immersive and physically demanding trails that will reward you with unique experiences and of course, arresting scenery. You can enjoy a multi-day sojourn into the deep jungles of Pynursla as you follow centuries-old stone paths punctuated by root bridges.
The hike to the head of Nohkalikai Falls takes you to a natural stone gate that hangs over the thundering cascades and the verdant gorges.
The legendary Kyllang Rock in the West Khasi Hills offers an intense but short trek.