Trekking Tour

2 Days Kalaw Trekking

DAY 1 :Kalaw - Nawar Taung
From your hotel in Kalaw, walk to the market with your trekking guide and buy all the provisions for your forthcoming 2 days trek and enjoy a walk through the hills. At first a steep track leads up to a view point which offers great views over Kalaw. From there walk down to Taung Min Gyi, a village of the Pa O tribe. The Palaung cultivate cheroot, tea, damsons and mangoes on the hillsides. From here the track crosses the valley floor before climbing very steeply again to the Palaung village of Pinnabin. The village has an interesting long house for eight families. Observe tribal village life and how the Palaung people dry cheroot in a specially designed oven. Formerly animist, the Palaung people have mostly converted to Buddhism. Picnic lunch (Indian bread, fruits, cookies etc.).
Continue walk about 2 hours to Taung Ni, another Palaung village with a possibility to walk up to a nearby viewpoint along the way. Continue 1 1/2 hours walking up through a steep path to Nawar Taung. This is a beautiful place with main water source, good for refreshment (toilets etc.) as well.† Here we stay overnight at a monastery. In the evening your tour guide cooks a nice dinner: rice, chicken, lentil soup, tofu etc. Accommodation at the monastery.
DAY 2 : Nawar Taung - Kalaw
Simple Breakfast. In the morning, leave Nawar Taung and walk down and up to Lowesaung Village (approx. 30 minutes). This tour offers endless scenery from a different view with chances to meet Danu, Pa-O and Taungyoe tribes and see them working in the farms. From Lowesaung village continue to Lwe Maw village, which is another 30 minutes walk away. Continue walking to Aung Ban (approx. 40 minutes). Then, transfer back to Kalaw by car.



2 DAYS Kalaw - Pindaya Trekking


DAY 1 :Kalaw - Kyar Kone Village (9 hours)
Pick up from hotel in Kalaw. Drive through the "Golden Valley" of Kalaw to the starting point of the trekking tour. At first a steep track leads up to a view point which offers great views over Kalaw. Walk down to Myin Ka Village and up again to Nawahtaung Monastery. Take a rest, refresh with a cup of green tee and enjoy the view over the surrounding hills and villages. Proceed to Zedi Gone Village and on to Nyaung Ye Village. The trek leads up and down the rolling Shan hills, passing by vegetable and fruit plantations and idyllic villages.
Lunch at a monastery near Noywa village. This afternoon's walk is very scenic - ginger, tangerine, cheroot, tea, damsons and mango plantations. Reach Kyone Village mid afternoon, take a break before starting the last part of the tour to Kyar Kone Village. Dinner and overnight at the monastery outside Kyar Kone Village.
DAY 2 :Kyar Kone - Pindaya (5 hours)
Simple breakfast at the monastery. This morning enjoy a walk to Kyauk Kyar Village, approximately 1 hour. Take a bullock-cart (from one of the villagers) to Kone Thar Village. From here the trek leads up again 2 steep hills before descending down to Pindaya. Arrival at Pindaya caves in the early afternoon. Visit Pindaya caves - set in a limestone ridge overlooking a picturesque lake, where thousands of different types of Buddha images are on display in the various cave chambers. Drive to Memento Restaurant for lunch. Overnight in Pindaya (accommodation not included in package price) or transfer to Nyaung Shwe.


5 DAYS Mount VICTORIA & CHIN HILL TRIBES


DAY 1: Early in the morning, pick up at your hotel in Bagan by 4-wheel drive vehicles. Then, we drive to Chauk crossing the bridge and from here onwards, we only have dirt roads for the coming days.† Picnic on the way. This drive will take about 7 - 8 hours and towards the evening we will reach the district town of Mindat (20'000 inhabitants). Mindat is located on 4860 feet above sea level. Dinner. Accommodation at Irrigation bungalow or similar. Mindat trekking (B/L/D) Trekking for approx. 4 hours

DAY 2: Breakfast. This morning we walk to the village of Pang Oo located on a steep slope outside Mindat.† We will visit the first Chins and get acquainted with their tradition. In this village, an elder man is specialized in reading the future in a particular way. He heats up bamboo sticks and holds them on† emptied eggs and through the appearing cracks he reads the future. Very interesting.† Return for lunch to Mindat. In the afternoon, visit another nice and very photogenic village, Ng'Nam Thai. Accommodation at Irrigation bungalow or similar. Trekking to summit of Mount Victoria; (B/L/D) Trekking for approx. 4 hours from 5700 to 10200 feet

DAY 3:Breakfast. In the morning, drive to the upper base from where we start to the summit of the Mount Victoria through the National park. The footpath is a little steep but the reward is the fantastic view once you come out of the forest and reach the altitude where the Rhododendrons are in full bloom. Picnic on the way. In the afternoon, return to upper camp and continue to drive down to old town of Kampelet. During the British occupancy the village of Kampelet was located here whereas later the villagers moved to lower levels because of the temperature. Dinner and overnight in the Forest Bungalow. Kampelet; (B/L/D)
Trekking for approx. 4 hours

DAY 4: Breakfast. Today, we visit some smaller Chin Villages around the town of Kampelet. We will find tribes such as: Ngara, Yin Du, Dai, Okpu, Magan, Mwyn. All these groups speak different dialects and have different costumes. The women, mostly elderly ones, also we spotted a few young girls, have tattooed faces, with very different patterns. We count about 5 different ways of putting the tattoos on: dots, spider, lines, curls, almost black. Walks to each village take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. The Chins are mostly Christians with a variety of all beliefs from Methodists to Catholics. In every village one will see houses decorated with buffalo corns. These are from animals called Mithan a cross between a domestic cow and a wild Gaur.
Each time such an animal is slaughtered a kind of wooden pillar decorated with all sort of ornaments is erected in front of the house. In addition a stone table, which is also used as cover for urns is placed nearby. Some of the houses have up to 10 such pillars and in some villages the stone tables are all gathered together (like a cemetery) whereas in others they are near each home. Pick nick on the way. Dinner and accommodation at the Bungalow. Kampelet - Bagan

DAY 5: Breakfast. It is a long 7 hours drive to Bagan. †The steep road goes first down to Saw an interesting town in a green valley. From here the rood goes up and down through deep forest and later on itís getting more and drier. On the way stop for lunch at Kan Zun Ma village. From here it takes another 2 hours drive to Seik Phyu from where you can cross the Ayeyarwaddy River over a bridge. Overnight in Bagan.


* The itinerary above is designed to give you a flavor of what is possible and can be tailor-made to suit your preferences. This is simply a suggested itinerary, and can easily be customized to suit your schedule, budget, and interests.