Trekking in Myanmar (Burma)
Southern part of Shan State
2 Days – 1 Night Trekking
Kalaw-Inle Lake (Tone Lae village) Trekking (2 Days /1 Night)
Day 1: After breakfast, depart from Kalaw at 8 Am by car. Drive about 30 minute to arrive Baw Ning Gon Village for starting the trekking. (Your car will take your luggages and put to your Hotel in Inle Lake). 2 and half hours walking from Baw Ning Gone Village, you will arrive Kone Hla Village for Lunch. On the way, you can see Patatos, Garlic and some Paddy fields. After lunch, proceed to Pattu Pauk Village about 3 hours walk. On the way you can visit two villages to meet with local people and to discover the ways of life. Then proceed to Htee thein Village for 30 minutes walk and overnight at Htee Thein Monastery. The whole day walking hour will be 5-6 hours.
Day 2: After local breakfast, depart from Htee Thein Monastery (at 7AM). After 4 and half hour walking, you will arrive Tone Lae Village which situated on the Lake. On the way you may be pass the two villages of Inthar and Pao races. There are many plantation cheroots leaf. Your boat is waiting at Tone Lae Village and proceeds to your Hotel on the lake or Nyaung Shwe Jetty for relaxation after trekking. On the other option, you may explore the visit in Inle Lake.
Kalaw-Myindaik Trekking (2 Days/ 1 Night)+ train to Nyaung Shwe
Day 1: After your breakfast, depart from Kalaw for starting the trekking to the Myindaik destination. On the way, you may pass the villages (including Palaung race village), some plantations, etc…You may enjoy to meet with local people and discover their ways of life. The whole day walking hour will be around 5 hours. Overnight at Local Home in the village.
Day 2: After local breakfast, you may walk in the Myindaik village before joining to the train station of Myindaik. You may enjoy taking local tain to Nyaung Shwe (aound 4 hours) and you may discover ways of life of local people and see panoramic view of the country on the way. Then, transfer to your Hotel to Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake in the afternoon.
2 Days – 1 Night Trekking
Pindaya-Yasakyi (Palaung village)-Pindaya Trekking (2 Days/ 1 Night)
Day 1: Depart from Pindaya (Hotel) about 8Am and walk about one hour for arriving Htut Ni village (Danu race). Beginning of the day, you have to climb (50°) slope Mountain. After that, you can proceed to See Kya Inn Village. Between Htut Ni village and See Kya Inn village (1 and half hour walk), you may cross the small mountain. Lunch at See Kya Inn Village (Danu race) and you can make excursion the tea leaf plant garden. After that, proceed to Yasakyi village (Palaung race) about 2 hours walk. At that village, you can discover Palaung Culture and their way of life. Overnight at Yasakyi Monastery. Whole day walking hours will about 4-5 hours.
Day 2: After local breakfast in the village, leave from Yasakyi village in the morning and continue to the trekking. On the way, you have to corss some of the villages, such as Pin Sein Pin Village, Htin Shu Gone Village. After leaving from Mae Ne Taung, you will arrive to Pin Sein Pin village by 1 and half hour walking. You can see Danu People in the village and then proceed to Taung Paw Gyi for Lunch. After Lunch, go to Htin Shu Gone for 1 hours walk by crossing forest and some beautiful vegetable garden. You will arrive back to Pindaya in the afternoon (around 3 PM). (If you want, you can join to Inle Lake by car on that day).
4 Days – 3 Night Trekking
Pindaya-Kalaw (Myin Ka village) Trekking (4 Days/ 3 Nights)
Day 1 : Depart from Pindaya (Hotel) about 8 AM and drive to the Pindaya Cave. After that, proceed to Phone Gyi Nett Cave. The cave is not so long, but can see the many ancient Buddha images in the cave. On the way, you can see beautiful sceneries and panorama view. About 1 hour walk, you may reach the See Kya Inn village. Lunch at See Kya Inn Village (Dana race). At that village, you can make excursion to tea leaves plantations. Newt three hours walk and climb down of Small Hill, you may reach to the Palaung Village of Taung Myint Gyi. Overnight at Taung Myint Gyi Monastery. Whole day walking hour will be about 6 hours.
Day 2: Depart from Taung Myint Gyi Villate at 8AM and climb down about 1 and half hour to arrive Ya Gyi Village. Near the Ya Gyi Village, you can see the plantation of Cabbage and garlic. From this area, most of the cabbages and garlic are distribute to the lower Myanmar. New 2 hours wlak, you may reach to Pae Yin Taung Village. This village stay on the junction of Pindaya-Mandalay raod. Lunch at Pae Yin Taung. After lunch, proceed to Hmaw Daw about 2 hours walk. On the way, you can see the plantation of paddy field. Overnight at Hmwe Daw Monastery situated at the top of the Hill. Whole day walking hours will be about 6 hours.
Day 3: After breakfast, depart from Hmwe Daw Monastery at 8AM. After 20 minutes walk, you may reach to Thit Yar Vin Village. Newt 2 and half hours later, you may reach to Naung Ye Hmin cave. At that cave, you can see the ancient image of Pagoda like Pindaya cave. But it is smaller thatn Pindaya cave. And then proceed to Na Wah Taung Village. On the way, you can see the chive root plants, cheroot leaves plants, etc…Overnight at Na Wah Taung Monastery. Whole day walking hours will be about 5 hours.
Day 4: After breakfast, depart from Na Wah Taung, climb down to some mountains and cross the forest. You may reach to Myin Ka Village of Pao. Walking hour will about 2 and half hours. Your car will wait at Myin Ka monastery to proceed to Kalaw or Inle Lake.
Northern part of Shan State
Day Return Trekking (River Trekking – duration 5 hours and occasionally Up-hill)
Take an hour boat riding upstream river for nice scenery with the mountain, valley, and fruit plantations along the river. Stop boat riding and take short trekking up the hill through fruit plantation for 45 minutes to visit old SHAN monastery which is 170 yrs old, sitting alone in the forest. The walk will be through the plantations of pineapple which is widely grown along the way to the monastery. Learn interesting thing at the monastery and return to the jetty by walking, again boat ride to the river confluence at which swimming is possible on the individual wish (Nov to Mar Only).
On the way back of boat ride, go visit to a SHAN village which has typical house with a small charming garden.
2 Days – 1 Night Trekking
Opt2 - A5 "Loop Trail" ( 1 night 2 days) Hard mountain trek (Except Dry Season)
Day 1 : 07 Hours Trek
Start walking from Hotel along Tai (Shan) Villages and seasonal vegetable crop, rice paddy along natural spring and stream.
Reach Palaung (minority) village, have local lunch in a house rest a bit.
Take afternoon walk through little jungle and pine woods for couple hours and return home OR
reach farther minority village, stay overnight.
Day 2: 05 Hours Trek
Start walking after local breakfast along little forest for several hours and have break and lunch at a charming, beautiful Tai (Shan) village. Take afternoon walk along farther Tai villages at down slope and eventually reach Hi-way road, get pickup back to Hotel.
PS. The itinerary and content may necessarily change depending on regional restriction, weather & client’s fitness condition.
Eastern Part of Shan State
Trekking surrounding Kyaing Tong
4 Days – 3 Nights Trekking
Day 1 : Yangon (or) Mandalay – Kyaing Tong (Kentung)
Fly to Kyaing Tong. Welcome by (your English speaking guide) and transfer to hotel. Kyaing Tong sightseeing includes; the Standing Buddha and Naung Tong Lake and Mahamuni pagoda. Overnight in Kyaung Tong.
Day 2 : Kyaing Tong (Kentung) – Pintauk - Kyaing Tong (Kentung)
Breakfast at hotel and leave by car from Kyaing Tong to trekking point. The duration from Kyaing Tong to Pintauk village is about one hour driving. On the way, you can see the beautiful sceneries. Start the trekking from the village Akhar. After one hour trek you will arrive Ann village and you will see the ethnics with black teeth. After visit to Ann village, one more hour trek to another Akhar village and meet with Akhar villagers and return to trekking point where you can will be waiting for you. The duration for trekking hours in total will be about 4-5 hours. On the way back to Kyaing Tong, you can visit Shan and Palaung villages. Overnight in Kyaing Tong.
Day 3 : Kyaing Tong (Kentung) – Wanyet - Kyaing Tong (Kentung)
Breakfast at hotel and leave by car from Kyaing Tong to trekking point. The duration from Kyaing Tong to Wanyet village is about two hours driving. On the way, you can see the beautiful sceneries. Start the trekking from trekking point. After one hour trek you will arrive Loi village where you can see the long village houses and an ancient monastery. After lunch, proceed to Wansen village where you can see the beautiful scenery and the long village houses too. Then return to trekking point where you can will be waiting for you. The duration for trekking hours in total will be about 4-5 hours. Overnight in Kyaing Tong.
Day 4 : Kyaing Tong (Kentung) – Yangon or Heho
Breakfast at hotel and visit local market in Kyaing Tong. Transfer to Kyaing Tong airport according to your flight time.
Trekking to Mt. Victoria
4 Days – 3 Nights Trekking
Day 1: Bagan – Kampelet
In the morning, pick-up from hotel and drive by jeep to Kampelet. On the way, you can see the scenery views. And the duration from Bagan to Kampelet is around 6-7 hours. Arrive Kampelet and overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kampelet – Mt. Victoria – Aye Village
Breakfast at hotel and depart from hotel to the base of Mt. Victoria by jeep (30-45 mins driving). Then, start trekking to Mt. Victioria. Duration from the base to summit will be 2 hours trek. You can see orchids flowers and the panoramic view from Mt. Victoria. Climb down to the base for 2 hours trek again. Then, proceed to Aye village by jeep for 1h30 mins. Overnight home stay in Aye village where the local women have tattooed faces.
Day 3: Aye Village – Trek - Mindat
Breakfast and depart from Aye village to trek point to Kyardo village by jeep for 2 hours. Enjoy an hour trek along the trail down to a stream first and then another hour trekking to the intended Kyardo Village where you can observe Chin Hill Tribes and the traditional way of living. After lunch and a short break, proceed to Lote Pe Village where you can see the tattooed women. After Lote Pe village, one and a half hour down trekking to Check Chaung Stream. Then, an hour drive up to Mindat. Overnigt in hotel Mindat.
Day 4: Mindat – Bagan
Breakfast at hotel and drive back to Bagan (6-7 hours driving). Arrive Bagan and transfer to your hotel. End of our services.
10 Days – 9 Nights Trekking
Exotic Chin Hills (10 Days Itinerary)
Sample itinerary - actual may vary
Day 1 : Bagan – Mindat (approx 7 hrs)
Breakfast and we hit the road for the Chin Hills. First leg we cross Ayeyarwady river via newly build bridge. On a steadily worsening road we finally make Mindat after spending about 7 good hours on the road including lunch and photo stops. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Mindat.
Day 2 : Mindat - Khone Ei (approx 5 hrs)
Breakfast and we depart Mindat for Khone Eai. First 14 miles we do with truck (approx 2 hour), leave our truck and start trek through pine forest to Hilaung (approx one hour), situated on the valley of the pine forest. Lunch stop and continue trek to Helong and further trek (approx 2 hour) to Khone Eai. Dinner and overnight at local home.
Day 3 : Khone Ei – Amlong (approx 5 hrs)
We enjoy a delightful morning beauty of the Chin Hills. Breakfast and we trek to Htwe (approx one hour) enjoying birding, nature and scenic vista. Further trek (approx one hour) we reach at Htal Pan where we have lunch stop. Further an hour or so trek uphill through pine forests will get us at our today destination at Amlong. Dinner and overnight at local home near the site of a small Buddhist monastery and a newly built pagoda on the hill.
Day 4 : Amlong - Kyar Ai Nuu (approx 5 hrs)
Breakfast and we get on the trail which a good and steady descent to a suspension bridge crossing the River Chi. From the valley bottom it’s all uphill to the village of Kyar Ai Nuu but the path is never too steep and we make our home for the day by lunchtime. Our accommodation is another school house right by the local football pitch. This is a particularly lively village and plenty of locals come out to introduce themselves including the local pastor and the village leader. As we have plenty of time today people catch up on a shower. It’s the weekend so most of the kids are at home, but some come down from the village to say hello, and the greeting we get from every village really is one of the features of this route, with the locals equally as curious about us, as most of us are about the locals.
Day 5 : Kyar Ei Nuu – Madat (approx 5 hrs)
Breakfast and we set off to Madat. The first hour is a very steep descent to the valley bottom and bridge and route passing several simple small tombs by the path. These are animist graves where the ashes of the deceased are placed inside roughly built small stone structures. Crossing the river by the bridge we now walk along the rocky stream bed for half an hour before making a steep ascent for 20 minutes to the village of Amlong built on the crest of a ridge. From here we descend to the next valley bottom but this time on a more gradual path. There has been a landslip at this point and the bridge is just several well placed logs and a tricky but very short climb up the other side of the valley where the landslide has taken the path away. From this valley bottom it is an hour tough ascent to Madat.
Day 6 : Madat - Kyardo - Aye (approx 6 hrs)
Breakfast and we set off to Kyardo which is approximately 2 hours away on a steadily undulating path with plenty of village life along the way with a good example of the wooden sacrificial poles know to animism. Kyardo, although in a steep sided valley getting little light is very near a rich source of precious metals, including gold, mostly sourced from the nearby river. The river is also source for a superb spot for grabbing a brain freezing shower which most of us indulge in. We retrace the 1st 10 minutes to the creek bed we bathed in the evening before. From here it’s a steep and sometimes muddy and difficult path which eases after an hour of climbing. For the next 3 hours it’s much better path with the valley now opening up on the left to much broader views of the plains to the north and east. After that it’s an hours steep hike through heavily forested and touch route finding path in places, with a second hour on much better jeep track which leads to a hotel in progress owned by one of the local bigwigs. We stay in a couple of the finished rooms of the hotel and there is opportunity for people to recharge their camera batteries.
Day 7 : Aye – Ranchi Camp (approx 5 hrs)
Breakfast and we trek to Ranchi camp (8 mile, approx 5 hour, locate at the bottom of Mt. Victoria. Trek goes through the park system amongst large oaks and laurels which later change into rhododendron bushes. This beautiful park system covers a large area with dense jungle, pine trees at higher levels and oak trees. The national park is an area of great bio-diversity with many rare forms of flora and fauna. Trek goes along the most famous birding area in Myanmar with scenic valley through pine trees. Lunch on the way, dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 8 : Ranchi Camp – Mt. Victoria Summit (approx 3 hrs)
Breakfast and trek to Mt. Victoria summit (5 mile, approx 3 hour). We have a challenging trail on say first hour as the trail goes quite deep up but once we get on a mule trail then it became easier through the peak. We relax for some time and enjoy lunch. There is also a golden pagoda, only a few minutes beyond the summit. We set up camp between the summit and the pagoda on a small forested col which is a little windy but not at all a bad spot to spend the night. It’s also ideally placed as its only 30 seconds from the summit which is great for being in the right place for sunset and rise. As this is the highest point in the Chin Hills being much colder and much windier than any night previously. Mt. Victoria offers superb views of the surrounding area from the top. Birders may follow the rare species of birds so as botanic may explore species of trees and plants some of which may be only native to this region. If you are neither birder nor botanic then simply enjoy the breadth taking beauty of entire park from a hilltop.
Day 9 : Victoria Summit – Base Camp – Kampalat (approx 3 hour)
The early birds catch a dramatic sunrise in cloud inversion. Later we have breakfast and heading back down to base camp where we meet the await jeeps. We bit our farewell to the crew here as most of them will come along as trek ends here. After one hour drive on a bumpy road here we arrive at our lodge. The hotel is in very nice grounds but is quite a distance from the town itself, certainly not walking distance, so after a quick and cold shower we head down to a local café for lunch. We explore Kampalat for an hour and return back to the hotel.
Day 10 : Kampalat – Bagan (approx 7 hrs)
Breakfast and on the rocky road back to Bagan. We stop after approx 2 hours in Saw on the river for a cup of tea. With a stop for lunch on the way, through lots of teak plantation and road renovation finally we get to Bagan in the afternoon and check in at hotel.
Trekking in Northern part of Myanmar
Tour Program Name The Rawan Trail
Type Soft Adventure Trekking
Tour Code PT # 01
Coverage Putao -Namkham - Machanbaw - Mulashidi - Putao
Duration 4 Days / 3 Nights
Availability Nov – May
The Rawan Trail (Soft Adventure Trekking)
Sample itinerary - actual may vary
Day 1: Arrival, Putao
Upon arrival at Putao airport we will be met by Putao Trekking House's representative and transferred to our lodge. Putao lies in a flat valley, jumping-off point for trekkers who want to explore the region’s deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries and snow-capped mountains etc. Putao town and fort was built during 1914-15 by Commissioner Mr. Hertz along with Fort which later known as Fort Hertz. Later a Missionary basing the Rawan and Lisu tribe as initial and introduce Grapefruit, Washington Naval, Vlincha Orange, Ruby Oranges, King Orange and King Mandarin plus America Lime were introduced. After a brief fresh up take a walk around Putao for the orientation. Dinner and overnight at Putao Lodge.
Day 2: Putao – Htawadum – Malikhun - Kanugmulone - Namkham
Early in the morning we visit attractive market often busy with local ethnic tribes. Return to hotel, breakfast and depart by jeep/truck through the vast Putao plain on pebbled road toward Htawadum (8 mile, approx. one hour). Just before we reach Htawadum village we turn north to Malidi. Here we left our car and start trek to our today destination at Namkham (10 mile, approx. 6 hour). First we trek toward north along the Nampalat creek where we we cross the creek by make-ship Bamboo Bridge but immediate after this we get in to another smaller creek across Nan She. After the creek we get in to a small bush and as soon as we get off the bush we get in to an open field about an hour and half having nice trek enjoying the surrounding and finally we get to a large riverside village at Malikhun. Here we enjoy a social interact with local while our crew prepare a boat to cross Malikha river. Once we cross the river to get to Nam Buyan. Here we turn south and trek to Kaungmulone via Ngwa Saga village. Kaungmulone Pagoda, said to be one of the 84000 pagodas built by Thiri Dhamma Thawka, the great king. Lunch stop and we continue trek to Namkham passing smaller villages such as Salundum and Htrandum etc. Namkham, a large Rawan village, situates at the bottom of Namhti mountain range which in rich with biodiversity of flora and fauna. Name after Hkamti Shan name meaning “Golden River” has become the center of cultivation place for the fruits that Father Robert Moss has introduced thus today famous for its sweet fruits production. We settle in at our guest house and visit Malikha River for a swim, which probably be a highlight for the day. Dinner and overnight at Namkham Village House.
Day 3 : Namkham – Machanbaw – Fairy Island - Mulashidi – Putao
Breakfast and we board on local fishermen boat and leisurely cruise down in the Malikha River enjoying the sights and sounds of the natural environment. Our riverine journey should take us about two hour to get to Machanbaw, a charming administrative town ex-Putao with beautifully set up colonial style. We have shore excursion of this town and continue our riverine journey down south to so-called Fairy Island through beautiful wilderness surrounding having high reef with lush tropical forests. Here we have our lunch at the sand bank and relax through the afternoon. Later we return up stream by boat to Naungkhine jetty where we our driver who will then take us to Mulashidi, (20 mile, approx. one hour). Mulashidi, meaning in Lisu “the village stands in the thatch field along Mula River”. Here we visit suspension bridge across Mula River and enjoy beautiful surrounding often back drop with snow-capped mountains in distance. Later we return back to Putao and check in at our hotel. Dinner and overnight at Putao Lodge.
Day 4: Departure
Breakfast and perhaps a second visit to Putao market and further visit in and around Putao with suggestion by our guide. Lunch and afternoon transfer to airport for your onward departure flight to conclude this unique experience.