Trekking in Kalaw is one of the most popular things to do in Myanmar. If offers one of the most amazing trekking expeditions in Myanmar. Kalaw used to be a famous summer getaway during the British colonial era. It lies high at an elevation of 1,320 meters, surrounded by green pine forest hills. Due to the town elevation, the weather conditions remains chilly all year round. The chilly weather and mountain journeys are the major attractions of trekking in Kalaw.
There are two highlights in trekking adventure in Kalaw. One main feature of trekking in Kalaw is that the environment around Kalaw is excellent for trekking and natural scenery is amazing with rice fields, tea plantations, green pine forests and bamboo groves. The other is interesting ethnic minority encounters during the treks. Shan, Danu, Palaung and Pa-O tribespeople live in the villages which are along the popular treks around Kalaw. Kalaw trekking will let you experience daily life of these people and their culture. Local villagers and monasteries welcome foreigners for overnight accommodation. Locals are quite familiar with foreigners because of the popularity of Kalaw, so you will enjoy relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. Therefore, you can get an experience of a lifetime by the breathtakingly beautiful natural scenery and get a chance to have a glimpse of monastic life in a village monastery by passing through some Pa-O, Palaung and Danu villages.
If you would like extended trekking expedition from Kalaw to the world famous Inle Lake, multi-day trekking tours to the lake are of your interest. You will go through unusual ethnic villages. The trekking route is easy to moderate in difficulty, trekking through the forest hills but night stops will be at traditional houses of local villagers and monasteries located on the high altitude. This is one of the main attractions of this trekking. The world famous Inle waits for you at the end of trekking routes, so you can spend few days there for relaxation in tranquil atmosphere.
Pindaya is famous for its vast network of limestone caves. Pindaya can be accessed by just few hours’ drive from Kalaw, Inle Lake or Taunggyi. As it’s located centrally to all these popular tourist destinations in Myanmar, the town itself offers an attractive stop. It stands high at an elevation of 1,160 meters above sea level. Standing on the high elevation, the climate is quite cold. The natural environment of Pindaya is quite the same as that of Kalaw with extensive farmland and rolling hills. The lake in the center of the town offers a wonderful and appeasing atmosphere.
Despite the fact that Pindaya is not as famous as Kalaw for trekking, there are still great treks around the area. There are short or long trekking routes around Taung-Yo, Danu, Pa-O and Palaung villages, letting you discover traditional lifestyles of ethnic minorities – Danu, Palaung and Pa-O. Moreover, the treks pass through tea plantation, crabapple tree, chive area, coffee plantation, peanut, corn, ginger, potatoes and cauliflower. All accommodations for overnight trekking tours in Pindaya will be at traditional houses of the local villages or monasteries with shared facilities.
Hsipaw is located on the Shan mountains and it is a great place for trekking and discovering the ethnical villages. Hsipaw, located 200 kilometers north-east of Mandalay, is a perfect blend of both natural and ethnic taste. Hsipaw is standing along a bank of Dokthawaddy river and surrounded by the mighty Shann hills. There are many natural hot springs where you can take a bath in local style. There is also a picturesque waterfall for a cooling swim. The mountains are decorated with green forests and tea plantations. And ethnic minorities – Palaung and Pao-O –live in Hsipaw and the surrounding region. Locals are welcoming and friendly. They make a living by tea plantation.
Usually starting from Hsipaw, there are many treks available in different lengths and during treks, the overnight accommodations are at local villagers’ houses or monasteries with shared facilities. There are many guides knowledgeable about the trekking routes, nature, villages and society of the area and the majority of them can speak English very well. Take an interesting trekking in Hsipaw along the local scenery, green plantation and colourful villages, and get a chance to mingle with native tribespeople while trekking through trails of Palaung and Pao-O hill tribe village.
Chin State offers a range of trekking adventures for the adventurous travellers to discover the authentic nature and culture of Chin highland tribes and to experience new exotic places which have never been and rarely reached. Situated in north-west of Myanmar bordering Bangladesh and India, Chin State is the major spots for hiking and trekking. Chin State is famous for misty hills, mountain forest, tiny welcoming villages, unique Chin culture and tattoo-face d womenfolk.
Mount Victoria, also known as Nat Ma Taung in Myanmar, or Khonuamthung in the local Chin language, is the major tourist attraction in Myanmar. It is the highest mountain in Chin State with the elevation of 3,053 meters above sea level and the third highest in Myanmar. Mount Victoria stands in little-visited and beautiful Nat Ma Taung National Park. It is home to a vast range of stunning flora and fauna. Its richness in biodiversity has resulted in being awarded ASEAN Heritage Park status [https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5873/] and of Outstanding Universal Value by UNESCO [http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5873/].
The majority of the Chin people are animists and still accept and depend on their shamans. Their private ritual and festivals for the so-called Nats or spirits are one of the main highlights of Chin trekking tour. Another major attraction is to see tattooed-faces Chin tribeswomen. You can also see a variety of animal skulls hung on the walls of their house.
Chin State is perfect for trekking tours, photography tours, flora and fauna tours, bird-watching tours, and ethnic and cultural tours. An authentic travel experience and adventure is awaiting you.
Putao is located northern-most of Myanmar in Kachin State elevated at 457 meters above sea level, originating from eastern Himalayan region and bordering with China. Stands in a flat valley, well-known as a jumping-off spot for trekkers who would like to discover deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries and snow-capped mountains.
Putao is trekking paradise for nature lovers. Trekking in Putao is well-known for Mount Hakaborazi, the highest snow-capped mountain of South East Asia, rainforest mountains, crystal white water Rivers and natural biodiversity of Hakaborazi and Phoneganrazi national parks. Red panda, Takin, Apollo butterflies, icy fish, white belly heron and black orchid are the treasures of Putao. The weather, environment, culture and topography let Putao be famous in Myanmar tourism.
Putao and surrounding regions are inhabited by Kachin, Rawang and Lisu ethnic people. The majority of them are Christians but still believe some animistic traditions. No visit to Putao is complete without visit to some of remote ethnic villages. It allows trekkers and hikers to discover the authentic cultural style of highlanders and tribespeople.
Adventurers and nature lovers will definitely find trekking and hiking around Putao a trekking paradise.