Swim-free Day-long River Canyoning
Duration: 8 hours involving 7 hours walking, down hill 2800 feet and up. Time spent traversing by river bed 2 to 3 hours. Approximate total distance 15 km. Best time: November to February. Not possible during monsoon time.
This trek goes down Laitkynsew hill to the river bed by a good jungle path used by villagers, past dilapidated houses of an abandoned gorge village overtaken by jungle growth and then through sparsely used jungle paths. The last part of the trek to the river is down steep banks of the river to a stream falling off as a waterfall. One has to scramble down the near vertical rocks of the waterfall to reach the river bed. After refreshing and perhaps a swim and good welcome food you have to move upstream; involving clambering up huge boulders, walking along narrow ledges over deep pools, jumping across rapids from one rock to other, squeezing through narrow spaces between large rocks. Good scope for angling en-route in deep pools of flowing water. There are many tempting natural swimming pools for the swimmers and yet this is a swim free canyoning route for non-swimmers. The return sees you across a steel rope drawn taut across the river over 45 feet above water level. Then starts the climb to Village Tyrna – a climb of about 1800 feet. It is drive of 5 km back to the Resort.
Challenging Wet River Canyoning
Duration: 10 to 12 hours with a river run of 5 to 6 hours. Involves walking down hill 2800 feet approx and up 3000 feet. Approximate total distance 20 km. Best time: November to February. Not possible during monsoon time.
This trek takes off down hill from the Resort reaches abandoned old Nongkroh village and proceeds to the river. The trek past this part becomes wild and one has to make way through the overgrown jungle. This river canyoning goes downstream. In a place where there is a ‘pinch’ in the river canyon you have to do swimming or have to climb up the steep banks and find a way to the river again. Good spots for angling and camping out in this route. There are rapids in the river and places where you can cross the river hopping from rock to rock. Crossing is not very difficult but you get wet. There are places where you have to swim or have to detour through thick jungle with virtually no foot path after going up steep almost vertical rock banks. More care is needed to be exercised in this river canyoning. River Umiam joins the river downstream. On reaching the steel rope bridge across the river downstream, you start climbing back to the hill top. The path at the beginning of the bridge is very wild and then you reach stone steps leading to Nongwar village. The climb is steep. This River Canyoning is exhausting even for the hard trekkers and you must be prepared for a great day of outing. Start early in the morning so that you are able to return before it is very late in the night. You will be needing your torchlight for the return journey. Please take back up batteries and spare bulbs for the torchlight.
River Canyoning from Nongthymmai to Mynteng Steel Rope Bridge
Duration: 8-9 hours involving 8 hours walking, down hill 2000 feet and up. Time spent traversing by river bed 5 ½ to 6 ½ hours. Approximate total distance18 km. Best time: November to February. Not possible during monsoon time.
This is an interesting River Canyoning patch with more adventure packed into it. This River Canyoning goes downstream. If you are a good swimmer it will help. You need to do some tricky walking on basic impromptu bamboo bridge that require good balancing to cross fast flowing water flowing deep or swim.
Then comes a tricky crossing by an impromptu bamboo bridge. You jump across a rapid to reach a wet rock, to slide down to another wet rock below. If you slip you can be in water in a wink. Once you have balanced yourself in your position start on the bridge. Water from the rapid is flowing fast and deep under the twin bamboo placed precariously on two rocks about 15-20 feet apart. You have to balance yourself by pressing your finger against a huge boulder slanting overhead till you reach a place where you can safely grab the third bamboo kept low slung as a railing. It needs all your concentration and risk falling into the cold fast flowing water. If you are a swimmer you can be more confident.
Further downstream before you reach the steel rope bridge you have steep drops along deep pools that need to be handled deftly. If you are a swimmer you can cross the pool hurdles more easily. On reaching Mynteng Steel Rope Bridge give rest to your limbs before starting up the 1 hour and half climb to Tyrna village. The Resort is further one hour walk by road. You can arrange to be picked up. This is an adventurous River Canyoning which can be graded upwards with rock climbing and absailing thrown in. Good stretch for adventure team work.
You will be needing your torchlight for the return journey. Please take back up batteries and spare bulbs for the torchlight.