Embark on a remarkable 4-day, 3-night road trip to uncover the enchanting charm of Myanmar’s Golden Land. Discover the captivating world of the secluded Chin tribe and their one-of-a-kind traditions, including their intricate facial tattoos. Immerse yourself in their cultural heritage and admire their exceptional hunting abilities.Experience the diverse ways of life of various ethnic groups while relishing the awe-inspiring natural vistas of the surrounding misty mountains and serene valleys. Whether you’re an adventure enthusiast or a nature lover, Myanmar’s Golden Land has something to offer everyone.This tour assures a thrilling and unforgettable escapade that will leave an indelible mark on your memory and a greater appreciation for Myanmar’s rich and diverse cultures.
- Trek in the remote and pristine mountain of the Chin State
- Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and wildlife
- Meet with the tattooed-face tribe
- Meet Myanmar Tattooed Chin Women OR Face tattooed tribal Chin Women
- Stay in traditional accommodations, trying local cuisineExperience rural life in Myanmar
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 Chin State 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 1: Bagan – Kanpetlet (L, D)
The Mount Victoria expedition will commence with a 7-hour trip to Kanpetlet, offering an extended but captivating journey through interesting landscapes. Next, head south in the direction of Chauk (a 1-hour drive) and make a stop at a relatively undiscovered market, allowing for an immersive experience of the local rural life.
Afterward, the journey will resume, with a scheduled arrival at Kazunma village (a 2-hour drive) around lunchtime, where you can stretch your legs and enjoy a local meal. Post-lunch, the journey will continue to Kanpetlet, with occasional stops to admire the scenic views.
The final leg of the trip will cover an additional 18 kilometers to reach Kanpetlet, a charming old British settlement hill station located 3,000 feet above sea level. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in, take a deep breath of fresh air, and explore the town at your own leisure. The evening is free for you to relax and enjoy, with an overnight stay in Kanpetlet.Launch included
Day 2: Kanpetlet – Mt. Victoria – Aye Village (B, L, D)
Start the day with breakfast at the hotel and proceed to visit some small Chin villages around the town of Kanpetlet, where you can experience the different tribes, such as Ngara, Yin Du, Dai, Okpu, Magan, and Mwyn. Each group has its unique dialects, costumes, and specific face tattoo designs. Walking to each village takes about 1 to 1.5 hours. The majority of Chins are Christians with different beliefs, from Methodists to Catholics. You can see houses decorated with buffalo horns in every village, which are from Mithan, a cross between a domestic cow and a wild Gaur.
After the village visits, climb up the Mt. Victoria summit, which takes about 3 hours. Descend to the upper base camp and then drive to Aye, a Chin village located on a cliff. In Aye Village, you can explore the life of the Chin people, where little has changed over the centuries, and observe a few tattooed women. There will be plenty of time to interact with the villagers, learn about their culture and lifestyle, and stay in a communal house overnight.
Note: There are no mattresses, and visitors will only have folded wool blankets on bamboo mats, and bamboo pillows. Toilets are communal and located in a separate area, usually a little far from the house.Breakfast included
Day 3: Aye Village – Kyardo Village – Lote Pe Village – Mindat (B, L, D)
The day will commence with breakfast in Aye Village, followed by a two-hour drive to Kyardo village, where today’s trek will begin. The villagers are renowned for their vivid traditional attire. After a brief 30-minute trek, you will reach Lote Pe, a Chin village situated atop a hill where elderly women have their faces tattooed.
Following the visit, take an hour trek to reach the base camp and then proceed to Mindat. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and enjoy the remaining evening at leisure.Breakfast included
Day 4: Mindat – Ponetaung Ponenyar – Bagan (B, L)
Following breakfast at the guesthouse, you will visit the local market and a private collection showcasing Chin tradition and culture. The subsequent activity will involve a picturesque 5-hour drive back to Bagan, featuring breathtaking views of lush pine forests, dramatic hills, and the Ponetaung Ponenyar Mountain Range. Finally, cross the Pakokku Bridge and arrive in Bagan in the late afternoon. An epic trek through Mt. Victoria, followed by a visit to the face-tattooed tribal Chin Women, is no doubt a treasured memory at the end of your trip.Breakfast included