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Expeditions

Nov 12, 2014

The India Kayak Road Trip – The Umtrew

As the monsoon drew to an end in Meghalaya, the team headed for another first descent.

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Plummeting north off the Shillong plateau, the Umtrew promised big, clean rapids in a remote jungle, and it absolutely delivered!

A short drive from Shillong and we arrived at the entry point of the Nongkhyllem wildlife sanctuary. A short but sharp discussion with officials was quickly resolved with a phone call from Shillong as we managed to convince them that we were indeed supposed to be there and also had the correct permits, whatever they may have been.

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One of many beautiful rapids surrounded by dense jungle, with rumours of wild elephants to keep us on our toes.

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The descent was not without excitement, high water levels produced many challenging rapids and the group faced multiple swims and a broken set of paddles.
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A welcome stop in a small village on the second day gave us rest from the sun and a spot of lunch.

Overall the Umtrew was a fantastic river trip, a new classic to add to the growing list in Meghalaya. With the proximity to Shillong, there’s only question, why had we not been on this run before?


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