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“A lovely sunday trek”
Review of David Scott Trail

David Scott Trail
Ranked #15 of 49 things to do in Shillong
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Coonoor, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“A lovely sunday trek”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

From Lad Mawphlong to Mawphlong, the trek measures about 14 km (16 km if you follow the trail inherently, and dont take the steeper short-cuts in the later half. The trek crosses two water bodies, the larger being the Umiew. Not an easy walk for the uninitiated. Dont venture alone if for the first time. If taking children, a single family is not suggested. A group of five is recommended. Locals that reside along the trail may not understand English. Help is not easy to come by. There are no primary health centres along the complete stretch. Carry water, source of energy (chocolates, dry fruit) and first aid. In the monsoon the Umiew is not easy to cross. The only suspension bridge on the river broke in 2010. A new one is being built. Till this is done, wading across the river is quite a task. The stones are slippery, there is barely any hand-hold available. Crossing it alone is not advisable.

Visited September 2011
10 Thank AjLud
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Deep inside the pristine Khasi Hills”
Reviewed December 27, 2011

The David Scott trail can lead a traveler up to the highway to Cherapunjee. Its a 5 and a half hour trek through hills and forests of the Mawphlang block of Shillong. . Its breathtakingly beautiful with dense jungles against the low range of hills. You need to cross nearly four hills and a river to reach the other end. Of course one can do just one hill upto the river and return back to Shillong. But its hard ti give up and retire and not just keep going.

Need to arrange with local people to guide you since there is no real visible trail and only the locals know the way. This trek should be done by people who are used to very uneven, un-laid pathways, almost used to walking like a hilly local. You have to navigate very carefully.

Small snack, camera, water, walking shoes are a must. Should avoid the rainy season

Visited December 2011
4 Thank antevasini
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