Explore the breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage of the Hsipaw highland located in the Northern Shan State, a sought-after trekking destination among adventurous tourists. Marvel at the remarkable feat of British engineering at the Goteik Viaduct, the world’s longest bridge. Stroll through lush green paddy fields and engage with the local farmers, who embrace a tranquil rural lifestyle. Board a brief boat ride on the Dokhtawaddy River, and arrive at the charming organic fruit orchards. Witness the mesmerizing sunset from the Shan palace, while taking in the panoramic vista of the sprawling courtyard.
- Travel across the extraordinary Gotiek Viaduct and learn about its fascinating history
- Explore the charming retreat Pyin Oo Lwin and its stunning cultural heritage
- Wonder in the lush orchards of Northern Shan State
- Enjoy a boat ride on the Dokhtawaddy River and observe the daily life of the friendly locals
Prior to booking any tour, participants are advised to assess their level of physical fitness to ensure that they can handle the demands of the activity. It is important to acknowledge and understand the suitability of the tour. If you have concerns about your fitness level, it is recommended that you contact the guide for a discussion. Participants are also required to inform the guide of any pre-existing medical conditions or illnesses that could pose a safety risk or be aggravated during the tour prior to the start of the tour.
To fully enjoy the trekking experience in the remote mountains, travelers will need specific equipment to ensure their safety and comfort. Essential items include a 20L backpack to carry personal belongings, waterproof hiking shoes to protect feet from getting wet, and a windbreaker to stay warm and dry during windy and rainy conditions.
Additionally, trekking shorts and pants and a trekking t-shirt or shirt are recommended to allow ease of movement and ventilation. Gloves and trekking socks are also essential to protect hands and feet from scratches and blisters. Sun glasses and a hat can shield the eyes and face from the harsh sun, while sun cream will protect the skin from sunburn.
Moreover, hiking poles are recommended to provide stability and support, especially during steep and uneven terrain. Finally, a headlamp will help trekkers navigate the trails during the night or in low-light conditions.
Day 01: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin
Depart from Mandalay to Pyin Oo Lwin which is a former British-Colonial hill station located in the Shan Highland. The journey is 67 km-2 hours long and the road winds through an incredible landscape filled with hillside temples, as well as flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. Upon arrival in Pyin Oo Lwin, visit the large sacred cave complex of Peik Chin Myaung and take a stroll through the beautiful Kandawgyi National Botanical Garden. End your visit with a ride in one of Pyin Oo Lwin’s colorfully painted wooden horse-drawn carriages. Overnight at Pyin Oo Lwin.Overnight
Day 02: Pyin Oo Lwin – Gotiek Viaduct – Hsipaw (B)
Following breakfast, proceed to the Pyin Oo Lwin railway station for a local train ride experience. Embark on a magical 4-hour journey on the Mandalay-Lashio train, passing by villages and railway bazaars. The train crosses the famous Gokteik viaduct which was built by the Pennsylvania steel company in the 1890s. Disembark at the next station (Naung Pein Station) and take an hour drive to the small but picturesque town of Hsipaw. Overnight at Hsipaw.Breakfast included
Day 03: Hsipaw Trekking (B, L)
After breakfast at the hotel, start exploring the surrounding countryside. Begin with a boat ride upstream on the Dokhtawaddy River to a fruit farm, then take a walk through orchards of pineapple, oranges and papaya to reach the site of an old Shan monastery. Afterwards, head back along the river and visit a typical Shan village to see how the locals live on a day to day basis. Later this afternoon, visit the old Shan Palace and watch the sunset from the viewpoint overlooking the town. Overnight at Hsipaw.Breakfast included
Day 04: Hsipaw – Mandalay (B)
After breakfast, start the return drive to Mandalay which takes about 5 hours, allowing for multiple stops along the way to take photographs and stretch your legs. Arrive in Mandalay in the afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at your own leisure.Breakfast included