Kynshi River – The 2nd Descent

Charles (8)

Zak runs the “Shillong in a Box” drop © Charles King

Close on the heels of the lads from the UK, Zak Sears, Kyle Smith, Cooper Lambla and Charles King from the US came into Shillong with a week to spare before they flew out of the country. They paddled a few rivers in North East India and wanted one last run. We obviously pointed them towards the Kynshi. With no rain to feed the flows in early December, the team caught the river at probably the tail end of good paddling levels.

Spending a few days in town and on the river, they suffered abysmal roads, re-discovered pizza, danced at a Khasi wedding where the groom and his mates played rock, commandeered inappropriate means of transport, met rat-hole coal miners and paddled.

Their search for whitewater in North East India took them to Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.
Watch the video.
Meghalaya section starts at about 19:18.

Here are a few pictures they generously left behind.

Cooper (10)

Khasi fisherman © Cooper Lambla

Cooper

Miner pulling his coal laden trolley out of a “rat-hole” mine. Note – the only equipment he has is the cheap one-bulb LED torch attached to his head and well worn rubber boots © Cooper Lambla

Amusing locals and fishermen who have never seen kayaks

Amusing locals and fishermen who have never seen kayaks © Team

Charles (10)

© Charles King

Smith (1)

© Kyle Smith

Charles (7)

© Charles Smith

Charles (6)

© Charles Smith

Cooper (6)

Running “Griff’s Gash” © Cooper Lambla

Cooper (5)

Kyle runs “Shillong In A Box” © Cooper Lambla

Cooper (4)

Cooper tastes the spray of the “Shillong In A Box” © Cooper Lambla

Cooper (3)

Top angle shot of Zak running “Shillong In A Box” © Cooper Lambla

Cooper (2)

Charles goes over “Shillong In A Box” © Cooper Lambla

Paddling in between hills to Ranikor © Cooper Lambla

Paddling in between hills to the Take Out at Ranikor village © Cooper Lambla

Children watch the kayaks  at Ranikor © Charles King

Fascinated children at Ranikor © Charles King

Smith (3)

Kyle gets a ride from one of the finest village drivers © Kyle Smith

Charles (15)

The world’s cheapest car with 4 boats on it. The roof didn’t cave in. © Charles Smith

Smith

“Nadi” means river in Hindi. Infer what you may. “Nadi Chargers Beeches” indeed. Nuff said.

Check out Cooper’s page at http://downstreammovement.wordpress.com/

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3 comments

  1. greeting from Sukher. I love to see my meghalaya especially khasi hills become most attracted place for rafting. hope you will comeback and want to meet you sir

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