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For millions of years, the greatest sculptor – Mother Nature – has been and continues to be at work under the imposing cliffs and mountains of Meghalaya. Some narrow, some tall, and some incredibly deep, the caves of Meghalaya are carved as water meets limestone and sandstone, creating otherworldly formations and eco-systems underneath our feet hiding magnificent formations, rare species and fossils from millions of years ago.

We are still learning about these complex cave systems and many areas have not been mapped at all. Regular visitors can enjoy a teaser of this wonderful underground world at accessible caves like Arwah and Mawsmai while Krem Dam and Krem Riblai offer extra thrill because of their unconquered nature. Veteran spelunkers and fully equipped adventurers have been forging into the subterranean frontiers on Meghalaya’s southern edge every year during the dry season. Krem Puri was recently established as the longest sandstone cave in the world. Krem Labit Kseh is known for its gypsum flower formations while Krem Tyngheng is known for its magical crystal formations and deep waterways. Krem Khung and Krem Chympe in the Jaintia Hills are known for their large passageways.

Krem Labit Kseh (Fraser Simpson)

There are caves across the length and breadth of the state. Siju Cave is one of the most legendary caves in the Garo Hills, a cave of bats known for its impressive entrance and a nexus of underground streams and rivers.

You too can explore some of these most mystical and rarely breached caverns and cave systems with an expert team using all the necessary caving equipment. Winter season (November to February) is the best time for cave exploration in Meghalaya.

Important Information – Your caving adventure may include a fair bit of trekking through rugged and forested terrain. Ensure that all cave activities are done with the guidance of the experts and with the right equipment. Meghalaya Adventure Association is the most highly regarded authority on caves in the state and is highly involved in mapping new cave complexes. They conduct caving expeditions and tours. Necessary caving equipment includes special suits, helmets, headlamps, ropes, harnesses, and ladders.

Caves in Jaintia Hills are spread over a larger region compared to the other districts – from Syndai in the west to the eastern fringes that border lower Assam. Compared to the more popular caves around Sohra and Mawsynram, the Jaintia Hills do not have as many visitors and most of them have only been visited by researchers and cave expedition members.

Close to the town of Sutnga, there are many vertical caves with splendid passages and features that attract spelunking enthusiasts from all over the world. The entrance to Krem Shrieh, near the village of Tangnub, is a vertical shaft almost 100 metres deep while the Krem Mawshun features a significant-sized underground stream. Krem Liat Prah includes some incredibly high-ceiling passages, including one called the Aircraft Hangar while the fossils are the main attraction in the adjacent Krem Shynrong Labit.

Lakadong and Lukha regions of the Jaintia Hills also boast many wondrous cave systems – some of the popular ones are Krem Moowar, Krem Skei, Krem Kdong Masi, and the Krem Tyngheng which features a beautiful river passage.

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The main aim of the Meghalaya Adventurers’ Tours (MAT) is to familiarized the activity by conducting caving tours to adventurous tourists. From pass experiences we found that it is absolutely necessary to identify and promote selected caves to suit everyone fitness levels keeping in mind Safety and easy operation of a Rescue if need be. Like any adventure activities the potential for danger is often high. The experience should be 100% enjoyment, adventurous and ensure safety by providing with all the necessary safety equipment and an instructor/ trained guide at all time.

CAVERS & GUIDES
Name : Gregory Diengdoh
Age : 40
Proprietor : Meghalaya Adventure Tours
Member of MAA from 1995 till date
Working as a guide for more than 25 years
Expeditions appearance more than 25 years
Trained by international cavers.
Grade A Passed at NIM in Basic Mountaineering course.
Name: Kyrmen skhembha Rani
Age : 31
Member of MAA from 2005 till date
Work experienced
As a Guide: 8 years
Expeditions appearance: 4 years
Trained by MAA
Name: Phrang Kupar Mawlyngbna
Age : 32
Member of MAA from 2002 till date
Working as a Guide: 10 years
Expeditions appearance: 8 years
Trained by MAA
Name: Habanjop Wankhar
Age : 29
Member of MAT as a guide from 2018 till date
Work experience: As a Guide 2 years.
Trained by MAA
Name: Ferdinand Khongtim
Age : 25
EKH Member of MAT as a guide from 2018 till date
Working as a Guide: 2 years.
Trained by MAA
Name: Lurstep Rajee
Age : 19
Member of MAT as a guide from 2018 till date
Work experience as a Guide: 2 years
Trained by MAA
Name: Yshua Lyngdoh
Age : 23
Member of MAT from 2015 till date
Work experience as a guide: 5 years
Trained by MAA
Name: Milton Marak
Age : 21
Member of MAT as a guide from 2018 till date
Work experience as a Guide: 2 years
Trained by MAA
Name: Skhemborlang Rajee
Age : 24
Member of MAT as a guide from 2018 till date
Work experience as a Guide: 2 years
Trained by MAA
Name: Ialamshaphrang Sohkhlet
Age : 25
Member of MAT as a guide from 2018 till date
Work experience as a Guide: 2 years
Trained by MAA