Pioneer Adventure Tour
Pioneer Adventure Tour
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours • Scuba & Snorkelling • Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks • Boat Tours • Kayaking & Canoeing
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Seeking adventure in Meghalaya? You’ve come to the right place. Pioneer Adventure tours will make sure you get your dose of adrenaline! We have a wide variety of activities ranging from caving, rock climbing and even scuba diving. Try our day trips if you are short of time, and if you have more time then take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoors over two days and take part in a whole slew of activities at a more relaxed pace. Imagine star-lit skies, the sound of crickets and rushing water,the smell of the barbeque wafting past your tent as you prepare.
Shillong, India
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Tulika Jesrani
2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
In one line - the campsite at Shnongpdeng is out of this world. Its hard to tell if its the mesmerising water, the serene gadget free experience, the starlit sky, midnight conversations around a bonfire, sleeping to the sound of rustling trees, or the hosts (Jason & team) and their terrific hospitality which makes it a magical experience.

A definite MUST DO if you are in Meghalaya. Great place for multiple water sports and activities - (many have already written about it). My personal recommendation - spend two nights with them. A single overnighter will leave you wanting for more.
Written 23 October 2022
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Bindiya
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Mar 2022 • Friends
Amazing experience. Loved all the arrangements. Friendly and helpful guides . Had a great time . Recommended
Written 24 March 2022
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Riya
2 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
We had booked a 5 night vacation at Meghalaya, out of which 2 nights were with Pioneer. Those were the best two nights of our entire stay. While it was my first time camping and I was apprehensive, they made sure we were extremely comfortable throughout.

We were a group of 4 girls and they made us feel so safe throughout. At Nongriat, we were the only ones staying the night (since it was off season) and Jason, the owner, stayed the night at the camp himself to ensure our safety and comfort.

Even at Dawki, Pioneer has the best spot of the river and their tents are clean. The food is served on time and the staff is considerate and helpful. We booked the kayaking activity and they let us have the kayak for hours since no one else needed it. (something that I don't see anywhere else)

Overall, if you are visiting Meghalaya - I would suggest that you book Pioneer for sure!
Written 25 March 2021
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AanchalDhar
Bengaluru, India26 contributions
Jan 2021
Our stay with Pioneer Advnetures at their camping site in Shnonpedang was a complete treat! We were in contact with Jason and at the camping site Adrian too care of all the arrangements. To enter the Shnonpedang village we paid an entry fee of Rs100 per person and they checked our covid reports along with our Meghalaya tourism e-invite. After that we went straight to the parking lot where we parked our car overnight for Rs80. From there we were escorted by 2 ppl from Pioneer Adventure. We walked down to the river and got into a boat with our luggage to take a 10 min boat ride to our camping sight which was further down the stream on the other side of the river away from the crowds. The setting was absolutely magical. We had some evening some chai & pakora and were then showed our tents. The tents were right on the beach by the river with clean comfortable linen and blankets and a small pillow. These tents are spacious enough for 2 people to sleep comfortably. Would recommend just carrying a small backpack with your essentials. The washrooms are super clean 1 Indian & 1 Western each for Men & Women with mugs, light, toilet paper and dustbins. There are also washbasins with running water around & handwash in the same area. They also have a dinning area where you can have food at your convenience. The variety of food was good you can tell them about ur veg/non veg prefrences along with if you want rice or chapattis. They set up a bonfire in the evening right infront of our tents and we were able to play our music. Then entire experience was amazing. We had doubts if we would get network here but there was good 4G network through out infact the place is so beautiful that you would want to just switch ur phones off and put them away. I would recommend charging ur phones before you get here as there is no way to charge them orjust carry power bank. It gets quite windy at night so its good to keep some clothes to keep you warm. Our morning here was surreal, the views are just gorgeous! Emerald green waters, cliffs on both sides, calming breeze and sun! You have to be there to exprience it. A ton of activities are available there from kayaking, scuba, zip lining, cliff jumping etc But what I loved the most was boating as I could sit back and enjoy the beautiful waters and locals singing while fishing. It totally was an otherworldly experience and I cant recommend it enough! We are so glad we did it and cant thank Adrian and his team enough for making our stay so comfortable.
Written 9 February 2021
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Priyanka Singla
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India2 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Camping at d Umngot riverside at dawki with pioneer adventure group tops my list f best travel experiences ever. Right from the picturesque camp location to spacious comfy tents, wholesome tasty meals, clean bathrooms, unending adventurous indulgence, competent n friendly hosts fully committed to our safety n comfort, Pioneer adventure dawki has it all!
Stunning clear water surrounded by gigantic cliffs n lush greens made it all enchanting. We enjoyed kayaking, snorkelling, ziplining, cliff jumping n much more. Beach bonfire on a full moon night with music n yummy dinner (freshly roasted fish straight from d river:)) and d fun conversations with our lovely hosts.... Nothing less than an exhilarating moment fr us. Next morning kids were more than happy kayaking all by themselves. I immersed myself into d pristine riverwater, swam all d way across it, jumped off d cliff(didn't bother to keep a count f it). What makes Pioneer adventure group unique is d extremely supportive n professional attitude f Jason n his team. U guys r amazing! Special mention here... Jason took us fr an early morning uphill forest trek to a deep pool amidst rocks, incredible is too mild an adjective fr that beauty. Thankyou so much Pioneer adventure group fr this one f a kind lifetime experience at Dawki fr us. As u said "Save the best fr d last", dawki camping has become favorite part f my northeast trip. I will definitely revisit ur place fr scuba diving and a plunge into d deep green pool u took us to on 10th morning. Highly recommend it to everyone who visits Meghalaya.
Written 12 March 2020
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Thanks alot for the review. Will look forward to your visit soon. Good luck.
Written 13 March 2020
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Rohan Sirsi
Pune District, India164 contributions
Dec 2019
Really enjoyed the trip to Meghalaya and Pioneer's team was really great in arranging the trip. We had several adventure activities there which are always in our memories.
Written 6 January 2020
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Sohyle
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Nov 2019 • Friends
A perfect place to visit during October when I visited basically. Only good vibes, we didn't get any rain. Treat to the eyes and time flies.
Written 12 November 2019
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sneha_master
4 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
As they say, "Save the best for the last", and so we did!

Shnongpdeng, generally not on a tourists' list, well, i'd say, better be a traveller!.

One of the off beat locations in Meghalaya, not too crowded like Dawki, infact all the more beautiful with stunning clear waters, along with add on adventure activities to satiate your adrenaline rush. A perfect place in a picturesque location sums up the wonderful stay. And we'd aptly placed it at the fag end of our trip!

Warm and welcoming, Jason, the co-founder of Pioneer Adventure Tour, was always helpful with my bookings and suggesting places to finalise my itinerary before our visit. Although he wasn't available on site during our stay, Adrian more than made up for his absence. Again a very friendly guy, who saw to our comfort at every level be it food, stay or activities.
Thanks for all the support, both you guys are simply amazing.

Extremely calm and patient, I can't thank Adrian enough for making my first ever scuba experience the most memorable ever. This is the only place in India which offers Fresh Water (River) Scuba with PADI certified instructors (my friends wouldn't have allowed me down otherwise!), and it was worth every second. Although there isn't much to see underwater, save the river bed, with an occasional school of fishes, its an experience to remember nevertheless. Kindly send my regards to John, the big blue fish;*.
Apart from this, snorkelling, cliff jumping, zipline, kayaking (our kids enjoyed having the kayaks to themselves), everything was fun, and the campfire the previous night under the starry sky, was mesmerising as ever.

Now about the place, well, I am literally short of adjectives to describe such a beautiful campsite. Hailing from Mumbai, I've been camping regularly to a lot many places, but the location here stands amongst the rest, unparalleled to say the least. Bright and clean, double layered spacious tents with enough insulation to keep you warm inside when the temperatures drop during winters. The joy of camping on a river bed with crystal clear water surpassed all our expectations, add on the scenic views and close to zero commercialisation.

"Cleanliness is next to godliness", a phrase we've grown up learning at school, but never seen implementing it in our daily life.
A strong rooted culture, belief that cleanliness is the first step towards the path to god, are the only prerequisites to ensure the whole state follows it religiously without the need for enforcing a political movement like Swachch Bharat campaign.

At the campsite, i saw the same enthusiasm to ensure utmost cleanliness as was the case with almost all other places we visited, (fyi, we did not visit Mawlynnong)
Cute little cane baskets for bins which are never an eyesore could be seen everywhere. It helps!
Something i take away from Meghalaya, and will stay with me for ever and ever!!!

Thank you once again Jason and Adrian for everything, it was indeed a pleasure to have visited your campsite, and will definitely want to keep visiting again and again.

Highly recommend!
Written 25 December 2018
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Thanks so much Glad you had a good time. Hope to see you again.
Written 27 December 2018
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Jason J
4 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
My girlfriend and I booked the kayaking and abseiling in Dawki. Jason, our tour guide, picked us up from Mawlynnong early morning and was very friendly and chatty as we drove towards our destination. Once we arrived, we were stunned by the amazing scenery of a huge, slow running river with mountains and forest on each side. We took a small motorized wooden boat up along the river till we got to a spot with big rocks and some sand. We enjoyed some food and tea bought from a local woman using her boat as a floating shop. This spot was our base camp for the day and we truly enjoyed the abseiling. We could go up and down as many times as we wanted, but I being scared of heights, 1 time was enough for me. We also spent time relaxing, licking sun, cliff jumping and swimming in the river. To top it all off, as we were heading back down the river in kayaks, it started to rain a little bit. Not enough to get wet, but just enough to see an amazing rainbow from one side of the river to the other. On our way back to Shillong we got to see an amazing sunset. This was hence down one of the most memorable days we had in our 4 weeks journey around India. A big thanks to Jason who was such a friendly and knowledgeable guide. We want to do more exploring with Pioneer Adventure Tour next time we go to Shillong .
Written 17 December 2018
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VikrantDhavale
Pune, India13 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
They have two different root. One is small parallel to the one hill and other is the big one cross between vally. The cost of small one is 400 per person and big one is 800. It is better to do 800 if you are ready to cross the valley. As it covers the route of 400 as well for the Warm up. Their arrangement is really good and safe.
For the people who have trouble in climbing or knee problem do not do the Cross Valley. As there after reaching other side of Valley you have to climb up and start the return journey.
The charges are economical as compare to similar activity at other places.
Written 15 November 2018
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