Barely a year after the discovery of the world’s longest sandstone cave Krem Puri in Mawsynram region of Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district, now a cave with the deepest shaft in the country has been discovered. The discovery was made during the 28th edition of the annual ‘Caving in the Abode of the Clouds Expedition’ that took place between February 3 and 28. It began with a recce by a five-member team of cavers of the Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association (MAA) at Laitsohum village.
The milestone of this year’s expedition was the 503 km of cave passage explored and mapped in Meghalaya, with much more still waiting to be discovered said Kharpran, a recipient of the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in 2002. This year’s expedition had a team strength of 30 cavers from the UK, Ireland, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Serbia and members of the MAA.
Till date the whereabouts of about 1,700 caves and cave locations are known in Meghalaya of which over 1000 have been explored or partially explored.
“Most of the caves that have been explored and mapped in Meghalaya over the last 28 years consists of impressive river cave mixed with massive and often richly decorated relic passage. These caves have magnificent clean washed shafts that create cave systems equal in size and beauty to those found elsewhere in the world,” Kharpran said.