White Water Rafting in Meghalaya

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White Water Rafting in Meghalaya
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Did you know that every year, between the months of October and November, the state of Meghalaya receives paddlers and rafters from all over the world who come to test themselves on the challenging white water rapids that are hidden deep within the jungles of the state?

That’s right! Experts from across the planet have been coming to explore the rivers of Meghalaya for decades, and now, so can you. With new trails and the right local expertise, Meghalaya now offers river experiences for all levels- this includes those of you who have never set foot on a raft before too.

On this short escape, we will take you for an exciting rafting session on the Umtrew River with the local experts from the region. It is important to remember that the behaviour of the river changes with the season so it is crucial to respect local knowledge and go with experienced professionals who know the local rivers well. The stretch that we will be covering is 4 kilometres in length and the total rafting time should take us around 1.5 hours including the stops on the river bank where one can slow down from the adventure to absorb the beauty of the jungles around them.

  • Safety equipment (helmet and life jackets).
  • Snacks and tea to keep you energized.
  • Guided rafting experience through grade 4 rapids.
  • Transport back to the starting point post-rafting.
  • Access to washrooms and changing rooms at the White Water Village.
Things to carry
  • Dry-fit clothes for rafting.
  • An extra pair of clothes and a bath towel.
  • Shoes suitable for water.
  • Waterproof camera to capture your moments (optional).
  • Sunscreen to protect from the sun.
  • A hat or cap for sun protection.
  • Personal medication, if required.
  • 7:30 AM: Arrival and gearing up with safety equipment at White Water Village in Kyrdem Kulai.
  • Until 8:00 AM: Briefing session with instructions for a safe rafting experience.
  • 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM: Embark on the rafting adventure, tackling grade 4 rapids and enjoying the lush surroundings.
  • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM: Return journey and time to freshen up.
  • 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM: Conclude the experience with a hearty breakfast.

This rafting adventure is perfect for thrill-seekers and nature lovers aged 18 and above, looking for an exciting way to explore the jungles of Meghalaya. This is a comparatively easy stretch and beginners/first-timers are welcome.

  • Exhilarating Rapids: Tackle challenging grade 4 rapids that thrill and test your rafting skills.
  • Jungle Scenery: Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of Meghalaya’s dense jungles.
  • Early Morning Adventure: Experience the serene beauty of the river at the best time, thanks to optimal water flow.
  • Comprehensive Experience: From safety gear to snacks and tea, enjoy a well-organized adventure.
  • Local Expertise: Benefit from the knowledge and skills of local rafting guides who ensure a safe and enriching experience on the river.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is white water rafting?

White water rafting is an outdoor recreational activity where participants navigate a river or other bodies of water using an inflatable raft. It’s typically done on white water or rough waters to provide thrill and excitement.

Where can I go white water rafting in Meghalaya?

The Umtrew River is a popular spot for white water rafting in Meghalaya, offering challenging rapids and beautiful jungle scenery.

Do I need to know how to swim to go white water rafting?

While swimming skills are not mandatory, they are recommended for safety. Life jackets are provided and must be worn at all times.

What should I wear for white water rafting?

Wear comfortable, quick-drying clothes like swimwear, rash guards, or synthetic t-shirts and shorts. Suitable footwear includes water shoes or sports sandals.

How long does a rafting trip last?

The trip on the Umtrew River covers a 4-kilometer stretch and lasts about 1.5 hours, including stops.

What if the weather is bad on the day of my rafting trip?

Safety is the top priority. If the weather conditions are deemed unsafe, the trip may be postponed or canceled. In such cases, the company will usually offer a refund or reschedule the trip.

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