Kalaw’s Hidden Gems: Trekking Off the Beaten Path

2 Days - 1 Nights Hti Thein, Inle Lake, Kalaw, Nan Yoke, Nyaung Shwe, Shan State, Tonele Off The Beaten Trails

Tour Overview

Be part of an extraordinary journey through Kalaw’s captivating trails, an enchanting gateway to the hidden gems of this tranquil and hilly region. Prepare to be awestruck as you traverse majestic mountains, delve into picturesque valleys, and encounter shimmering lakes and sacred pagodas along the way. Brace yourself for an overnight trek that ventures beyond the well-trodden paths, revealing extraordinary off-the-beaten-track highlights. Delve deeper into the fabric of this land as you discover remote villages, immerse yourself in vibrant tribal communities, and witness untouched vistas that will leave you breathless. The allure of unexplored territories beckons, promising a journey of discovery and enchantment like no other.

  • Kalaw, situated in the Taung Gyi District, is a captivating former British hill station nestled to the west of Inle Lake. This charming town is home to a vibrant tapestry of diverse tribes, including Da Nu, Taung Yoe, Burma, Shan, Pa Laung, Hta Nwal, and Ta Ye’. Kalaw can be conveniently accessed from various locations. If you’re traveling from Bagan, a scenic 7-hour drive spanning 270 kilometers will lead you to this enchanting destination. Alternatively, a 6-hour drive covering 260 kilometers from Mandalay will transport you to the captivating town. For those seeking a quicker journey, flights to Heho Airport, located 46 kilometers southeast of Kalaw, provide an efficient option. From there, a pleasant 1-hour drive by car will bring you to the heart of Kalaw, ready to embark on your exploration of this remarkable place.

  • Please ensure that you have an average level of physical fitness for all trips. Before booking, kindly consider the suitability of the event or activity. It is your responsibility as the client to assess your fitness level for a specific trip. If you have any doubts or concerns, we encourage you to contact our guide and discuss them beforehand. Additionally, it is essential to inform the guide of any medical conditions, illnesses, or disorders that may be relevant for safety purposes or could potentially be aggravated during the tour. Your safety and well-being are our top priority, and open communication regarding your physical condition is crucial.

    1. Backpack (20L): A backpack of appropriate size to carry your essentials and personal belongings during the trek.
    2. Hiking shoes (waterproof): Sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes with good traction are essential to navigate various terrains and provide protection for your feet. Waterproof shoes are recommended to handle wet conditions.
    3. Windbreaker: A lightweight, windproof jacket or windbreaker is useful to protect against gusty winds and sudden weather changes.
    4. Trekking shorts & pants: Pack lightweight and quick-drying trekking shorts and pants for flexibility and comfort during the trek.
    5. Trekking t-shirt or shirt: Choose moisture-wicking and breathable fabrics for your t-shirts or shirts to keep you cool and comfortable during the trek.
    6. Gloves: Depending on the weather and altitude, consider bringing gloves to protect your hands from cold temperatures or rough terrains.
    7. Trekking socks: Invest in high-quality trekking socks that provide cushioning, moisture-wicking, and blister prevention for long hikes.
    8. Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun’s glare and harmful UV rays by wearing sunglasses with UV protection.
    9. Hat: A wide-brimmed hat or cap helps shield your face and neck from the sun, providing protection and shade.
    10. Sunscreen: Apply and reapply sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from sunburn and harmful UV radiation.
    11. Hiking poles: Hiking poles can provide stability, support, and reduce strain on your joints during challenging treks. Consider bringing a pair for added assistance.
    12. Headlamp: A headlamp is essential for evening or early morning treks or any low-light situations, allowing for hands-free illumination.

Travel itinerary

  • Day 01:Kalaw – Yay Aye Kan – Hin Khar Kone – Myin Dike Village (L, D)

    After breakfast, set off to a mesmerizing trek through the outskirts of Kalaw. Prepare to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of the Palaung hill tribe villages.

    As you venture into the wilderness, traverse the mystical forested areas, unveiling the hidden secrets of the region. Trek for approximately 3 hours until you reach the captivating Hin Khar Kone village. Along the way, be enchanted by the sight of tea leaves and oranges adorning the slopes, a testament to the fertile land.

    Indulge in a heartwarming lunch served at one of the local houses, a true taste of the region’s culinary delights. Afterward, continue your journey, meandering through scenic vegetable fields, and make your way to the enchanting Myin Dike Danu hill tribe villages, a haven of culture and beauty. From the cultivation of staple crops like rice and vegetables to the nurturing of tea and coffee plants, the Danu people find their livelihood in the realm of agriculture and farming. They are a community esteemed for their exceptional craftsmanship. Behold the art of pottery making, where clay transforms into stunning vessels of both beauty and utility. Delight in the finesse of bamboo crafts and the intricate details of wood carvings, testaments to the creativity of the Danu artisans.

    As the day draws to a close, relish in a delectable dinner that will tantalize your taste buds. Prepare to spend the night in the embrace of a welcoming local house, where stories of tradition and heritage await.

    Launch included
    Dinner included
  • Day 02: Myin Dike Village – Aung Ban – Nyaung Shwe Jetty – Inle Lake (B)

    Awaken to the tranquil ambiance of Myin Dike village and savor a delightful breakfast amidst the captivating surroundings. Take the time to explore the village, basking in its cultural treasures before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

    Make your way to the Myin Dike Railway Station and board on a nostalgic train ride to Aung Ban Railway Station, an experience that unravels the timeless charm of the region. Relish the ever-changing landscapes that unfold outside your window as you traverse the scenic route, connecting with the soul of the land.

    Upon reaching Aung Ban, let the anticipation build as you venture forth to Nyaung Shwe, a gateway to Inle Lake. Traverse the enchanting landscapes for approximately one hour, immersing yourself in the beauty that surrounds you.

    Finally, continue your voyage to Inle Lake, where a local boat will transport you to your destination.

    As the day draws to a close, arrive at your hotel, ready to embrace the tranquility and splendor that Inle Lake offers. Allow the enchanting waters and picturesque scenery to captivate your senses, creating memories that will forever linger in your heart.

    Breakfast included

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