Whispers of the Mystical Rih Lake

6 Days - 5 Nights Bagan, Chin State, Kanpetlet, Mandalay Division, Mindat, Yangon Division Off The Beaten Trails

Tour Overview

Embark on an extraordinary journey to the mesmerizing Rih Lake, nestled in the scenic border town of RehKhaw Da on the India-Myanmar frontier. Immerse yourself in the allure of this heart-shaped lake, rumored to be the passage for departed souls on their way to eternal abodes. Trek through the surreal countryside, meandering through evergreen paddy fields and dense forested hills, and be captivated by the mystical beauty of Rih Lake. Along the way, be prepared to witness breathtaking landscapes that unfold amidst the southern Chin Hills.

  • Chin State, situated in the northern part of Myanmar, presents a multitude of touring possibilities for adventurous travelers and nature enthusiasts alike. With its diverse landscapes, it offers opportunities for trekking, village walks, photography tours, and even orchid tours. Accessible by car from Bagan through Chauk and Saw Towns, it invites exploration.

    The weather in Chin State exhibits considerable variation throughout the year. The green season, spanning from July to September, showcases lush greenery and a refreshing atmosphere. From October to February, the region experiences winter, characterized by cooler temperatures. During this time, especially in the mountains and towns like Kanpetlet and Mindat, nighttime temperatures may drop to around zero degrees Celsius, while daytime temperatures remain mild at around 5°C. 

  • Before booking any trip or activity, it is important to consider the physical requirements and suitability for your individual fitness level. An average physical condition is typically required for the trips offered. It is the responsibility of the client to assess their fitness level and determine if it aligns with the demands of the chosen event.

    If you have any doubts or concerns about your fitness level or any medical conditions, it is highly recommended to contact and discuss them with the guide or tour operator. They can provide you with valuable insights and help you make an informed decision regarding the suitability of the event for your specific needs.

    Furthermore, it is crucial to inform the guide about any medical conditions, illnesses, or disorders that may be relevant for safety reasons or could potentially be aggravated during the tour. This information allows the guide to take necessary precautions and provide appropriate assistance if needed.

    By being proactive and open about your fitness level and any relevant health concerns, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience during your tour or event.

    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: Bagan – Kanpetlet

    Embark on a thrilling adventure as you kick-start your journey from Bagan at 07:00 AM. The first stop is the vibrant and colorful market in Chauk Town, where you’ll immerse yourselves in the local atmosphere. Next, cross the majestic Ayeyarwaddy River, heading towards the picturesque village of Kazuma. Nestled between the stunning Chin highlands and the enchanting lowland Myanmar, Kazuma offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural charm. Continuing the drive as you pass through the thriving village of Saw, known for its flourishing agriculture thanks to the constant flow of Saw and Yaw creeks. As the evening sets in, you’ll arrive at the captivating town of Kanpetlet to spend the night and indulge in its serene ambiance.

  • Day 02: Kanpetlet – Mt. Victoria – Mindat (B)

    After breakfast, set off to a 10-mile drive to the halfway point up the magnificent Mt. Victoria. This will be the closest you can get to this majestic mountain, the third highest peak in Myanmar. From Kanpetlet, begin your trek, covering a distance of 24 km to reach the summit of Mount Victoria, standing tall at 3109 meters. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the remarkable Natmataung National Park, boasting a sprawling area of 722 km² and housing an array of rare flora and fauna. The road conditions are in good condition, allowing vehicles to transport you closer to the second base. This reduces the distance you need to climb on foot to approximately 8 km, which can be completed in approximately two and a half hours. At the peak, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views. After descending to the car park, proceed to the charming town of Mindat to spend the night and relish the tranquil surroundings.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 03: Mindat – Hakha (B)

    Fuel up with a breakfast at the resort before starting the day’s adventure towards Hakha, the capital and largest city of Chin State. This leg of the journey spans across 438 kilometers, taking you through picturesque mountainous regions and serene valleys.Mesmerized by the untouched beauty of the landscape as you traverse these ancient valleys. After an eventful day, retire to a cozy local guest house in Hakha, allowing you to rejuvenate and immerse yourselves in the local culture.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 04: Hakha – Falam – Tedim (B)

    Following breakfast, take a drive to Tedim, a town with a rich historical past, serving as the former capital city of Chin State. This route will take you through the captivating town of Falam, nestled amidst breathtaking mountain ranges and offering a spectacular setting. As you journey through this picturesque landscape, remnants of British influence will greet you at every turn. Upon reaching Tedim,  settle into a comfortable local guest house and unwind, ready for the next day’s adventure.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 05: Tedim – Mt. Kennedy – Rih Lake (B)

    After a delightful breakfast, drive to the majestic Mt. Kennedy, where an exhilarating trek awaits. Within just an hour, you will reach the peak of Mt. Kennedy, also known as Thaumium in the dialect of the Totem Tribe. From the summit, be rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramic views that will leave you breathless. The journey continues to the enchanting Rih Lake, accessible by crossing the Man Sau Bridge on the Manipur River and passing through charming local villages. Spend the night at a cozy guest house near the captivating Rih Lake, surrounded by tranquility.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 6: Rih Lake – Kalay Myo – Yangon Department (B)

    Savor breakfast and continue the next phase of your journey. Drive to Kalay Myo and catch a flight back to the bustling city of Yangon. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, ensuring a swift and comfortable return. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to the hotel for a well-deserved overnight stay.

    Breakfast included

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