Unveiling Kalaw’s Hidden Trails: A Trekker’s Paradise

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

Tour Overview

Set off on an extraordinary journey through the enchanting landscapes of Kalaw, where treks beckon with a plethora of hidden trails in this serene and mountainous region. Prepare to be captivated as you traverse majestic mountains, verdant valleys, shimmering lakes, and ancient pagodas. Our overnight trek offers an immersive adventure that delves deeper into the untrodden paths, revealing the hidden gems of remote villages, tribal territories, untouched vistas, and unforgettable encounters. Get ready to embark on a remarkable expedition brimming with unparalleled experiences and off-the-beaten-track wonders.

  • 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 – Laming – Pawke – Kone Hla– Pattupauk (L, D)

    At 8:00 AM, depart to the drop point near Lamine village by car (approx. 30 mins).

    Start walking towards Laming Village (a rural Danu village). Walk through the village and continue for 30 minutes downhill.

    Then, cross a small stream and walk for 30 minutes uphill to enjoy the Mountain View from the top. Continue to Pawke which is a typical Pa-O village (1-hour walk) and here you can experience the rich cultural heritage and unique way of life of the ethnic group. Exploring a Pa-O village offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of its inhabitants. You can observe traditional practices, such as farming, weaving, and handicraft production. It’s common to see locals engaged in activities like rice cultivation, textile weaving, bamboo basket making, and silver jewelry crafting.

    Continue the trek for another 1 hour to Kone Hla, a Danu village. The Danu people are primarily engaged in agriculture and farming. In a Danu village, you can witness the agricultural practices and observe locals cultivating crops such as rice, vegetables, tea, and coffee. The terraced fields and lush green landscapes surrounding the village offer a picturesque view of their agricultural activities. The Danu community is known for its skilled artisans and craftsmanship, such as weaving, pottery making, bamboo crafts, and wood carving.

    Take a rest and enjoy lunch at the home of a local family.

    After lunch, continue to Pattupauk Village (about 2 hours & 30 minutes). Arrive at Pattupauk Village, which is 1,300 m above sea level, take a rest at the local home and walk around the village to observe the village life and see how people make baskets from bamboo if time permits.

    Enjoy dinner and overnight at the home of a local family in Pattupauk village.

    Note: Total walking hour for the day is approximately 6 hours and 15 minutes, covering a distance of 19 kilometers.

    Launch included
    Dinner included
  • Day 02: Pattupauk – Hti Thein – Nanyoke – Tonele (B, L)

    Begin the next phrase of your journey by departing from Pattupauk in the morning.

    Start with the walk towards Hti Thein village, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Explore the village and then continue your journey to Kyauk Su village, a Pa-O village, which will take approximately 45 minutes.

    From there, proceed to Nan Yoke, another Pa-O village. Exploring a Pa-O village offers an opportunity to appreciate the cultural diversity and traditions of this ethnic group, providing a memorable and enriching experience for an authentic encounter with local communities.

    After a visit to Nan Yoke, continue your trek to Tonele village, an Inntha village located near the lake. Inntha villages are typically located on the shores of lakes, most notably Inle Lake in Myanmar. The iconic stilt houses built on the water’s edge are a defining feature of Inntha villages. These houses are constructed on tall wooden stilts and are surrounded by floating gardens. The gardens consist of plants, mostly tomatoes and other vegetables, cultivated on floating beds of soil and vegetation.

    Indulge in a delectable lunch at a local restaurant and then make your way to the jetty, where you will board a boat to reach your hotel where you still stay the night.

    Note: The total walking time for the day is approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes, covering a distance of 15 kilometers.

    Breakfast included
    Launch included

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