TREKKING OPTIONS IN SHAN STATE

KAKKU TREKKING

TOUR ID: EMT (KK-TR 1 & 2)
Cultural Tour
Tour Duration: Day Return (or) 2-day/1-night
Featuring: Inle, Hti-Ne, Naung-Ke, Kakku, Taunggyi

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • Glimpse of Pa-O villages en route
  • Tour of Kakku ancient stupas
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Your mini package includes

  • 1 picnic boxed-lunch
  • local guide

Your mini package two includes

  • 4 Meals (1 picnic boxed-lunch/ 1 lunch at local restaurant, 1 local Pa-O dinner, 1 Pa-O breakfast)
  • Accommodation at very simple village monastery or at the headman house and medium class in Taunggyi at Taunggyi Paradise Hotel
  • Local guide

Tour Hotel

Popa: Taunggyi Paradise* or Taunggyi Intl' Hotel

TOUR ITINERARY

Package One: Day Return

After breakfast, leave for Magyiseik village by boat ( approx 10 minutes) where we start for 4 hours trek to Hti-nei Pa-O village. Being on the summit of the mountain ranges, Hti-nei is the well-selected place to make a lunch break. Lunch with prior arrangements (or boxed lunch) will be offered at a Pa-O residence. After enjoying the atmosphere of the place, drive down to KAKKU Pagoda complex passing through Naung-ke Pa-O village. Upon arrival at Pagoda around late afternoon, witness the unique and magnificent collection of Buddhist Stupas unknown to the outside world – more than 2,000 Stupas closely packed together in a 1 square kilometer. The Stupas are decorated with fascinating stucco works and furnished with architectural and historical values. KAKKU IS UNHEARD OF BY MANY A HISTORIAN AND UNLISTED IN TOURIST GUIDE BOOKS. Depart KAKKU by car to Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State (approx. 1 hours) to complete the life-long memorable trip.

Package Two: 2-Day/1-Night

Day One - Experience in Pa-O village

After breakfast, leave for Magyiseik village by boat ( approx 10 minutes) where we start for 4 hours trek to Hti-nei Pa-O village. Being on the summit of the mountain ranges, Hti-nei is the well-selected place to make a night stop. After boxed lunch, it is time to discover how simple the locals Pa-O people live in this remote area. Tonight why not enjoy the Pa-O dinner and overnight at village monastery or at the headman house.
 
Day Two - Trek to Kakku

After Pa-O breakfast, trek down to Naung-Ke, another Pa-O village where we meet our driver to drive to KAKKU Pagoda complex. Upon arrival at Pagoda complex around noon, lunch will be offered at Hlaing Konn Resturant. After lunch, time to witness the unique and magnificent collection of Buddhist Stupas unknown to the outside world – more than 2,000 Stupas closely packed together in a 1 square kilometer. The Stupas are decorated with fascinating stucco works and furnished with architectural and historical values. KAKKU IS UNHEARD OF BY MANY A HISTORIAN AND UNLISTED IN TOURIST GUIDE BOOKS. Depart KAKKU by car to Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State (approx. 1 hours) and transfer direct to your hotel to complete the life-long memorable trip.

KALAW TREKKING

TOUR ID: EMT (KL-TR)
Free & Easy Hike Tour
Tour Duration: Day Return
Featuring: Palaung/ Danu Hill-tribe villages

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • Trek to Palaung/ Danu Hill-tribe villages
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Your mini package includes

  • Snack & green tea (or) picnic boxed-lunch
  • local guide

TOUR ITINERARY

Program One: Day Return (Kalaw ~ Pane-ne-pin Palaung Village ~ Kalaw)

We'll pick you up from your hotel in Kalaw to set off for 3 hours trekking to 'Pane-ne-pin' Palaung village, passing through tealeaf, Sebastian leaf (leaves that are used to produce Burmese Cigar, known as 'Cheroot') and orange plantation. Time to observe the process of making tealeaf and Sebastian leaf. Have a rest, snack and green tea at village monastery. We can see the distant overview of Kalaw and zigzag way leading to flat terrain toward Mandalay. Return to Kalaw to complete this day return trip.

Program Two: Day Return (Kalaw ~ Pa-O ~ Palaung ~ Danu villages ~ Kalaw)

We'll pick you up from your hotel in kalaw to start the full day trek to see three different hill tribe villages. First trek to Pa-O village figuratively known as 'hillock of five houses' taking approx one and a half hour. Afterward proceed to Pane-ne-pin Palaung village passing through the ranges studded with Sebastian and Orange plantation where the view of landscape is marvelous (takes approx 1 hour). Boxed lunch will be served at village monastery and have a rest. There are still a couple of long houses where many Palaung families live together under the same roof. After lunch and having rest, continue to trek down the ranges about one third and up again through tealeaf plantation to get to 'Myin-ka' resided by Danu hill tribe. We will wonder around the village to witness their ways of life. Have a rest, snacks and green tea at village monastery and return to Kalaw by another route enjoying the scenic beauty en route. The whole length of trip takes about 10 hours.

Program Three: Day Return (Kalaw ~ Myin-ma-hti cave ~ Danu village ~ Kalaw)

This trip can be biked and said to be the trip of photographer due to its fantastic scenic beauty en route. It takes about two hours biking to get to Myin-ma-hti cave where you can see the different sizes of Buddha Statues placed together but not as many as those of Pindaya Cave. We can also visit the Myin-ma-hti Danu village on this trip. The whole length of trip takes about 5 hour by bike and this can be trekked as well.

Program Four: Day Return (Kalaw ~ Taryaw Palaung village ~ Kalaw)

We'll pick you up from your hotel in Kalaw and start trekking to Tar-yaw Palaung village (approx. 4 hours) enjoying the scenic beauty en route. It is time to see the ways of Palaung people life living in a same house together and the process of making tealeaf and Sebastian leaf. Boxed lunch will be served and trek back to Kalaw to end up this trip. The whole length of trip takes about 8 hours. If you are still enthusiastic enough, you can continue your trek to 'Nyaung-kone', another Palaung village. You can see the old gold mine in this area and if we are timed at train schedule, we can trek up to 'Kwe-yoke' station to catch the train back to Kalaw.

Program Five: Day Return (Kalaw ~ Hinkhar-kone palaung village ~ Kalaw)

This Palaung village is less traveled by tourists and the whole length of trip takes about eight and a half hours. Boxed-lunch can be arranged. We can take the route back to Kalaw by the 'Ye-aye-kan' (literally means 'Lake of Cold Water') which is the lake providing the water to the whole town of Kalaw. Its embankment and bridge were built during the heyday of British.

PINDAYA TREKKING

TOUR ID: EMT (PDY-TR)
Free & Easy Hike Tour
Tour Duration: Day Return (or) 2-day/1-night (or) 3-day/2-night
Featuring: Palaung/Danu Hill-tribe villages

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • Trek to Palaung/Danu Hill-tribe villages

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Your mini packages include

  • Snack & green tea (or) picnic boxed-lunch (or) local Palaung dinner
  • Local guide
TOUR ITINERARY

Program One: Day Return to visit Palaung Hill-tribe

After breakfast, trekking will start at 07h00 to Sikya-inn Danu village, taking approx. 2 hours. Take a rest for a while, have snack and green tea. Then onwards to hike to Yasakyi village where hill tribe Palaung live. It takes another one and a half hour (4 km) and upon arrival there around 11h00, we'll have boxed-lunch and rest in a monastery. Then, time to stroll in the village and discover their ways of life. On return, we will trek a different way, gazing at the evergreen scenery en route and visit Linne-inn and Taung-paw-gyi Danu villages. The whole length of return journey covers about 10 km range and takes about 2 hours.

Program Two: 2-Day/1-Night Experiences in Palaung Hill-tribe

Day One - Trek to Yasakyi

After breakfast, trekking will start at 08h00 to Sikya-inn Danu village, taking approx. 2 hours. Take a rest for a while, have snack and green tea. Then continue hike to Yasakyi village where hill tribe Palaung live. It takes another one and a half hour (4 km) and upon arrival there around 12h00, we'll have boxed-lunch and rest in a monastery. Time to stroll in the village and discover their ways of life. Tonight enjoy the Palaung dinner and overnight at village monastery.

Day Two - Trek back to Pindaya

After Palaung breakfast, we'll mount the Mt Yasakyi about 7000ft above sea level where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the area. Then, trek down to Mene mountain ranges, passing through Pinsein-pin, Htinshu-gone and Taung-paw-gyi Danu villages and arrive in Pindaya before lunch.

Program Three: 3-Day/2-Night in Palaung Villages

Day One - Trek to Yasakyi

After breakfast, trekking will start at 08h00 to Sikya-inn Danu village, taking approx. 2 hours. Take a rest for a while, have snack and green tea. Then continue hike to Yasakyi village where hill tribe Palaung live. It takes another one and a half hour (4 km) and upon arrival there around 12h00, we'll have boxed-lunch and rest in a monastery. Time to stroll in the village and discover their ways of life. Tonight enjoy the Palaung dinner and overnight at village monastery.

Day Two - Trek to Kanhla-gone

After Palaung breakfast, we'll mount the Mt yasakyi about 7000ft above sea level where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the area. Then, trek down to Mene mountain ranges, passing through Pinsein-pin, Htinshu-gone and Taung-paw-gyi Danu villages and arrive in Kanhla-gone village around 12h00, we'll have boxed-lunch and rest in a monastery. Time to stroll in the village and discover their ways of life. Tonight enjoy the Palaung dinner and overnight at village monastery.

Day Three - Trek back to Pindaya

After breakfast, we'll start a return trek through Pansit, Inya Kan, Zawgyi Myit Phyar, which all are famous sites en route and arrive in Pindaya before lunch.

KYAING TONG TREKKING

TOUR ID: EMT (KT-TR)
Free & Easy Hike Tour
Tour Duration: Day Return
Featuring: Palaung/ Shan/ Akha/ Enn/ Wa/ Lahu Hill-tribe villages

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • Trek to Palaung/ Shan/ Akha/ Enn/ Wa/ Lahu Hill-tribe villages
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Your mini package includes

  • picnic boxed-lunch
  • Local Guide
TOUR ITINERARY

Program One - Day Return (Kyaing Tong ~ Wan-pauk ~ Kyaing Tong)

After breakfast, start to drive to Wan-pauk Palaung village. Upon arrival wander around the village to discover the way of simple Palaung people and return to Kyaing Tong. This program takes about half day.

Program Two - Day Return (Kyaing Tong ~ Pin-tauk ~ Kyaing Tong)

After breakfast, drive to Pin-tauk village where we can see Akha and Enn, known as black-teeth people to west. En route, we study the way of process of making rice-wine as well as Shan paper. Boxed-lunch will be served.

Program Three - Day Return (Kyaing Tong ~ Lwai-mwe ~ Kyaing Tong)

After breakfast, explore the morning market of Kyaing Tong and set off for Lwai-Mwe ( 20 miles, approx. 21/2 hrs drive) where we could visit the colonial style old buildings such as former governor house, old church, etc. En route, we will visit Akha, Wa, lahu villages. Boxed-lunch will be served. Return to Kyaing Tong.

Program Four - Day Return (Kyaing Tong ~ Pan-kwe ~ Kyaing Tong (on the way to Tachileik)

After breakfast, head out to the group of Pan-kwe Akha villages. Although all these four villages belong to the same tribe Akha, they are different in terms of religion; there are villages whose people profess Christianity and other Animist. Boxed-lunch will be served and drive back to Kyaing Tong.

Program Five - Day Return (Kyaing Tong – Wan-nyat, Wan- Shan – Kyaing Tong (on the way to Mailar)

After breakfast, drive to Tai-lwai Shan villages. Upon arrival, start to trek up the ranges about 2 hours to get the first village 'Wan-nyat'. After wandering around, continue to trek again (approx. half an hour) to another 'Wan-shan' village. These people keep their tradition to live in long houses in which we can see many families living under the same roof together. Boxed-lunch will be served and drive back to Kyaing Tong.

 

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