En route to the now-famous Mawlynnong village is a creek that scores pass but few stop at. The most visible way down to the water is from the metal bridge that has a Border Security Force outpost guarding it. With a bedrock of limestone, sandstone and some spots of granite, Rymben creek is a low water technical paddle even in most of the Monsoon season. Slides and rapids are plenty in its sinuous traverse down till it empties itself into the Umngot river just before the village of Shnongpdeng and further down to Bangladesh.
About 150 mtrs upstream from the bridge is a gorgeous twin waterfall which is separated by a massive rock. Wild orchids grow among moss and other jungle vegetation. The pool on river left is deep enough to dive into. Locals use pipes at the top ot the waterfall to gravity-feed their water lines for an almost perennial supply of water.
Rapid #Three was probably the most fun to run. We ended up running it from the unobstructed flow on R.Right, swerving Left and turning Right again just above the boil. Having said that, Greg weighed much lighter so just went over the flat rock and plopped into the boil on R.Right. Max decided to test it even further by running the entire thing backwards. Directly where the water churns is a really nice deep pool in the dry season. Local kids jump off there and the “men” jump off the 50’/15 m high bridge.
Rapid #Four is pretty straightforward. Anyway down is fun. Few things to notice – Circular hole at the top on R.Left is literally a deep “circular hole” in the bedrock. The rock ledge on R.Left is a long undercut rock. Downstream and not in the photo is the unobstructed bedrock slide that empties into a massive pool below the bridge.
In between work, i managed to knock up a little video. Paddle well!