You walk through several villages - Umsophie, Nongthymmai, Nongriat to a staircase that plunges into a deep river valley which seems like Hobbit Land.
When you reach the bottom, you enter a totally different world. The natural beauty of the place is remarkable: the greenery is exorbitant, with every nook and cranny covered in foliage and the fingers of trees spreading everywhere; water either trickles over stones or forcibly thrusts its way through riverbeds of great boulders; there are spiders the size of butterflies and butterflies the size of birds. It’s all set to a soundtrack of painfully-loud crickets, gushing water, chirruping of birds and the occassional rock song the villagers are chilling to.
After descending to Nongthymmai village, you need to trek down through a rocky trail until the first cable–trussed wire bridge. Another twin wire-bridge is a while away, and you reach NONGRIAT village and the first root bridge - the longest living root bridge after 3200 steps. A steep ascent and you are at UMSHIANG DOUBLE DECKER living root bridge. Between giant trees covered in vines, elegant bridges made entirely of roots and branches span the stony riverbeds, you find emancipated Khasi women, pipe smoking granddads and turquoise glacial pools. During the monsoon, the living root bridges allow the locals to cross the seasonal torrential streams. It might take 10 to 15 years to build one of these bridges and to make it walkable, but it will then last up to 500 years.
On your way back the 3200 steps and more, you will almost give up and think of building a shack beside the turquoise pools till the government builds a rope-way up to Laitsynkew but then in the end, it’s worth the pain !