Today you will venture in to the lush hills of Myanmar for a unique nature experience. During the course of the day you will learn about conservation efforts, reforestation and the history of Myanmar logging elephants as well as interact with the gentle giants.
After an early breakfast in Kalaw, drive to the start point of your trek. Accompanied by a local trekking guide you will walk 1.5-2 hours through the hills, mostly downhill but there are some small ascents to be made. Along the way you will learn about local flora and fauna of the Shan State, one of Myanmar’s most diverse regions, and also learn about the lifestyles of the people living in this area. At mid-morning you will reach the Green Hill Valley Elephant Project, a sanctuary created to protect retired logging elephants and preserve their natural environment.
At Green Hill Valley, you will have the unique chance to encounter some of the project’s elephants around the river or in the forest, bathing or foraging. Being able to see these animals in their natural environment is a real pleasure and your guide will provide more information about their habits, the mahouts (elephant caretakers) and the history of elephants in Myanmar. Having spent time with the elephants, continue to the camps plantation where you will be given a tree seedling to plant as part of their reforestation efforts and continue on to the main camp. Built of locally foraged stones and fallen timber, the main camp offers spectacular views over the valley and is the perfect place to finish your adventure. A local lunch, prepared at the camp, will be served in this picturesque environment.
Having finished your visit at the Green Elephant Project you will return by car to Kalaw.
(NOTE: As elephants are allowed to move freely and are not kept chained at night, there is a possibility that elephants may not be seen during the visit. Please understand that this project aims to preserve the animals’ natural way of life and that it is no “zoo”. It is also possible to book the program without trekking! In case of heavy rain, the program can be modified)