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Across the hills of southern Shan state

5 days/4 nights

Destination : Kalaw, Pindaya

Duration: 5 days

Head to the hills for an unforgettable hiking adventure in Myanmar’s Shan State. Spend five days on foot, crossing through miles of pristine forest, fertile farmland, and lush rolling hills. Experience a taste of authentic local life with overnight stays in family homes and monasteries in remote hill tribe villages. From the first step to the last, this Shan State hike is filled with awe-inspiring views and memorable moments.

*Price is per person based on 2 people booking

The detailed program

Shan State Trekking

Day 1 : Start your engine for the unforgettable journey

Lace up your hiking boots for an unforgettable adventure through the southern Shan hills! Take a scenic drive to Myin Ka village and hit the trails. You will first walk through farms and fields growing rice and seasonal crops. Then, start to ascend into the hills, climbing gently sloping trails surrounded by orange and tea plantations. As the day goes on, you will pass through villages of the Danu and Palaung ethnic groups as well as more farms and rural areas.

Today’s hike ends in Mwe Daw village at a quiet monastery where you will sleep for the evening. After freshening up, an early dinner will be served and then it is off to bed for a good night’s rest.

Lunch at Taung Ni monestry. Dinner at Mwe Daw monestry.
24 kilometers and 7 hours walking time

Day 2 : Higher into the hills

Begin your morning with a simple but filling breakfast in Mwe Daw. Then, it’s time to hit the trail and continue your Shan State hike. During today’s walk, you will climb higher into the hills using a mix of flat trails and gentle ascents. As with yesterday, the scenery is spectacular with lush farms and rolling hills in every direction. After a stop in Pwe Pyat village for lunch, you pass through a stretch of flat terrain filled with cabbage fields. The trails then take you to the base of the mountains where you will stay this evening. Pay your respects to the head monk of the monastery, then freshen up before enjoying a well-deserved meal and a peaceful night of sleep.

Lunch at Pwe Pyat monastery. Dinner at Taung Myint Gyi monastery.

18 kilometers and 5 hours walking time.

Shan State Trekking- plants
Shan State Trekking- plants

Day 2 : Higher into the hills

Begin your morning with a simple but filling breakfast in Mwe Daw. Then, it’s time to hit the trail and continue your Shan State hike. During today’s walk, you will climb higher into the hills using a mix of flat trails and gentle ascents. As with yesterday, the scenery is spectacular with lush farms and rolling hills in every direction. After a stop in Pwe Pyat village for lunch, you pass through a stretch of flat terrain filled with cabbage fields. The trails then take you to the base of the mountains where you will stay this evening. Pay your respects to the head monk of the monastery, then freshen up before enjoying a well-deserved meal and a peaceful night of sleep.

Lunch at Pwe Pwat monestry. Dinner at Taung Myint Gyi monestry.
18 kilometers and 5 hours walking time

Day 3 : Discover the ethnic groups and their ways of life

 

Wake up early this morning, rising as the monks commence their morning activities. Be sure to fuel up with a good breakfast as today is the most challenging day of your Shan State adventure. A 90-minute hike along steep trails lined with tea plantations takes you to a breathtaking viewpoint at the top of the mountain range. It is a difficult but rewarding start to the day! After resting and soaking in the views, continue along the mountain ridge toward Kan Hla Kone village. Along the way there is no rush, so you can stop often to enjoy the pristine nature that surrounds you. You will also pass through many villages inhabited by the Danu, Palaung, and other ethnic groups giving abundant opportunities to learn about their unique traditions and ways of life.

Late this afternoon you will cross into Kan Hla Kone village–perhaps tired but certainly satisfied! A peaceful night at a local monastery awaits…along with a home-cooked local dinner.

Lunch at Law Inn Village. Dinner at Kan Hla Kone monestry.
15 kilometers and 4 hours and 30 minutes walking time

Day 4 : Through vibrant rice paddies which dot the landscape

Another epic day of hiking awaits! Start the morning with breakfast at the monastery then venture deeper into the hills. During the first half of the day you will descend down the hills, passing by a thick forest, charming villages, and cascading falls. You will reach the valley around mid-day and, after lunch, continue across the flatlands where vibrant rice paddies dot the landscape. Take a short rest to catch your breath before the last stretch of today’s journey, which takes you up and down rolling hills to the village of Khan Taung. Spend this evening in a local house, experiencing the tranquility and rhythm of life in the village.

Lunch at Ohn Eit village and dinner at Khan Taung village.

16 kilometers and 5 hours walking time.

Day 4 : Through vibrant rice paddies which dot the landscape

 

Another epic day of hiking awaits! Start the morning with breakfast at the monastery then venture deeper into the hills. During the first half of the day you will descend down the hills, passing by a thick forest, charming villages, and cascading falls. You will reach the valley around mid-day and, after lunch, continue across the flatlands where vibrant rice paddies dot the landscape. Take a short rest to catch your breath before the last stretch of today’s journey, which takes you up and down rolling hills to the village of Khan Taung. Spend this evening in a local house, experiencing the tranquility and rhythm of life in the village.

Lunch at Ohn Eit Village. Dinner at Khan Taung village.
16 kilometers and 5 hours walking time 

Day 5 : Farewell of the journey

Your final day on the trails is a short one but still filled with great views. Say farewell to your hosts after breakfast and start the descent, passing tea plantations along the way. After 90 minutes you will arrive in Pyin Thar village where your adventure comes to an end. Hop into the car and rest your legs as you drive to Nyaung Shwe.

Lunch and dinner at own account
5 kilometers and 1 hour 30 minutes walking time

Price Includes:
  • Price is per person based on 2 people booking
  • Activities and sight-seeing as mentioned in the program
  • Hiking guide from Days 1-5
  • Porters from Days 1-5
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts – 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sleeping gear: mattresses, pillows, and bedsheets
  • Unlimited water during the hike
  • Snacks during each day: bananas, cookies
  • Two moist towelettes per day

Price Excludes:
  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfares with neither Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways, Asian Wings, Golden Myanmar Airlines, Air KBZ, nor Man Yadanarpon Airlines
  • Visa fee for Myanmar
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and other suppliers
  • Entrance fees for visits not mentioned in the program
  • Guide from Yangon
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, laundry, etc.)
  • Hotel and airport transfer in Yangon
  • Any other services/items not mentioned in inclusions

Kalaw

Pindaya

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