Trekking Tour

Tour Package: trekking

Discount Price: -20%

Itinerary: Amazing

Duration: 21 Days 20 Nights

Main Attraction: Valleys

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Trekking Program ( 2 )

TOUR PROGRAM  ( 2 )

21 DAYS 20 NIGHTS TOURS

( YANGON – BAGAN – SALAE – MT.POPA – KANPETLET – MANDALAY – PYIN OO LWIN – INLE – NGAPALI BEACH – YANGON )

 

Day 1 YANGON

Upon arrival at YANGON airport , you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

Late afternoon extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the SHWEDAGON PAGODA. Enjoy the sunset from the compound of Pagoda.

Lunch is to your own account.

Dinner at hotel and overnight stay hotel in Yangon.

Day 2 YANGON

After breakfast, drive to the landmark STRAND HOTEL and have a look at PANSODAN JETTY to observe the busy life on Yangon River. Continue driving up PANSODAN STREET famous for some of Yangon’s most impressive colonial buildings. Start your walking tour at MAHABANDOOLA ROAD from where you have the perfect view on SULE PADOGA, CITY HALL and HIGH COURT. Cross through the greens of  MAHA BANDOOLA GARDEN before discovering the gold shops of WHWE BONTHA STREET. Go further on to KON ZAY DAN STREET and SHWEDAGON PAGODA ROAD before crossing through the animated INDIAN DISTRICT of ANAWRAHTA ROAD to reach the HINDU TEMPLE, Continue to 31st STREET well known for second hand book shops as well as typical historical shop houses and to the BOGYOKE (SCOTTS) MARKET with hundreds of food, clothes, handicrafts and gems stores.

Total walking time approximately : 2 h.

After lunch (to your own account), board the circular ‘commuter’ train at Scotts Market station and train journey for about 20 minutes (please take note that the trains are very basic, often crowded and not reliable). You will get off at HANDHAWADDY STATION and will have the feeling to have arrived in a village, even though you are in the middle of town. Walk through a typical Myanmar neighborhood where today’s more modern lifestyle mixes with ancient traditions. An old timer bus (without air-con) will be waiting to transfer you to Kandawgyi Botanical Garden where you could buy some local species of Orchids and your knowledge on Orchids will be broaden by the responsible person of the garden.

Continue your journey to the busy  area of Chinatown where shops close down and the NIGHT MARKET  selling all kinds of goods sets up. Return to hotel.

Lunch is to your own account.

Early dinner at local restaurant in China Town and overnight stay at Hotel in Yangon.

Day 3 YANGON – BAGAN

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for domestic flight to BAGAN. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. After a stroll through the colorful local market, continue the day with visits to the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan including SHWEZEGON PAGODA, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine; KU BYANUK GYI , a temple with superb murals of Jataka scenes; KHAY MIN GA TEMPLE, noted for its panoramic view of the area’s numerous monuments and ANANDA TEMPLE, with four standing Buddha images.

Bagan is not only the site of thousand year old temples and pagodas, but also of many quaint willages scattered throughout the temple plain. Leave from your hotel by horse cort over dusty lanes and tree shaded roads past temples and monasteries to Taung Bi village. Visit the noodle makers, a Myanmar-style movie theatre, the village hairdresser and the local tea shop. Go to the Irrawaddy River and along the way pay a visit to some of the family businesses including blacksmiths, brick makers, dry snack ‘factories’ and bamboo roof producers. They Lunch is to your own account.

Dinner at local restaurant and overnight stay at hotel in Bagan.

Day 4 BAGAN – SALE – MOUNT POPA – BAGAN

After early breakfast, you will board a local chartered boat downriver ( approx. 3 hours) to explore SALE, a town which developed during the late BAGAN era. Worth a visit is the YOKE SONE MONASTERY with its exceptional woodcarvings on the outside of the building.

Continue to MOUNT POPA ( 1 ½  hours drive), an extinct volcano with spectacular views. Its shrine is dedicated to animist spirits known as “ nats” and you will have time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. Drive back to Bagan through several local villages and observe the daily life of the people and the toddy palm plantations.

Lunch is to your own account.

Dinner at hotel and overnight stay at Hotel   in Bagan.

Day 5 BAGAN

After breakfast, pick up at your hotel by horse carts and venture out to some of the more off- the – beaten track temples and pagodas. We don’t follow the trotted trails but take you over dusty roads and small paths through one thousand years of history. Visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to view Buddha images of bronze,stone and lacquer.

In the afternoon we will have a hands-on experience and interaction with the local people. Many houses in the villages around Bagan and in many other areas in Myanmar are buil entirely from bamboo. Bamboo is used for the frame of the house and bamboo mats are processed from bamboo rods and waved together in order to produce walling and flooring. Roofs are made of thatch. This is a unique industry and the entire process is manual. Guests will participate in putting together the bamboo material of the house and then take part in the actual construction of a bamboo house. Not only it is fun for guests and locals, they will gain Buddhist merits by their offering to the local monastery.

From the bamboo house we proceed to the river. A prominent local artist will set up canvases & easels complete with paint sets for all guests. The scenery is one of scattered temples and river scenery. The artist will paint an outline of the scenery and temples at sunset and have them ready on the easels, so that the guests may continue the work of adding the detail and color ( under his guidance ) to complete the work of art. The finished work will be co- signed by both the artist and the guests.

Return to hotel having experienced a unique and exciting day.

Lunch is to your own account.

Dinner hotel and overnight stay at  Hotel in Bagan.

Day 6 BAGAN – KANPETLETE

Afer breakfast, board your jeeps and continue south to the township of Chauk where you will cross the Irrawaddy river and continue on a mostly unsealed bumpy road the arid plain before your drive slowely ascents to Pone Taung, Pone Nyar Hills where the scenery will start to change and becomes a greyisch- green mountain range and cultivated fields. Once you pass Saw you will find yourself on a real mountain road with green pine trees and other species of huge trees. As you climb into the Chin Hills the climate will freshen up. Upon arrival in the small town of Kanpetlet, situated at 1325m, transfer to your accommodation.

Lunch will be served at simple local restaurant en route.

Dinner at simple local restaurant and overnight stay at Mountain Oasis Resort ( very simple and basic ) in Kanpetlet.

Note: To travel to the Kanpelet and MT. Victoria area only 4 WD Mitsubishi Pajeros and or Double Cabs ( similar to the large Isuzu pick up truck with extended front cabins ) transportantion can be used due to the bad condition of the roads. We recommend to bring small luggages only and store main luggage in the hotel in Bagan. Nights on Mt. Victoria will walk on trodded paths through bushes, high grass and forested areas. A journey to Mt.Victoria is an adventure trip and guests should be aware of simple infrastructure, simple meals and a low level of comfort.

Day 7 KANPETLET – MT. VICTORIA – KANPETLET

After breakfast, drive 10 miles to the carpark halfway up the mountain, which is the nearest destination approaching to Mt.Victoria. From here continue trekking about 3 hours to the peak. You set out through hard to penetrate undergrowth on a steep trail under a thick canopy. Once you leave the somber forest behind you will be greeted by a scenery of slopes dotted with tall pines and beautiful Taungzalet ( Rhododendorn ) trees. Once you reach the 3053m high peak you will be rewarded with a picnic as well as the panoramic view with the mountain ranges of India in the distance. Descent back 1½  hr to 10 miles camp and return to Kanpetlet. Until sunset visit the surrounding area including Chin villages built on a hill slope. Learn mor about the village life of the Chin tribe, noted for its fribal costume and ornament, handicraft and hunting weapon.

Dinner at simple local restaurant and overnight stay at Mountain Oasis Resort ( very simple and basic ) in Kanpetlet.

Day 8 KANPETLET – MT. VICTORIA PARK – KANPETLET

After breakfast,  start your tour with on expert specialized in Orchids. Enjoy seeing different kinds of orchids in Mt. Victoria National Park. Questions and answers are exchanged between an expert and the guests.

Picnic lunch box will be provided.

Dinner at simple local restaurant and overnight stay at Mountain Oasis Resort ( very simple and basic ) in Kanpetlet.

Day 9 KANPETLET –  BAGAN

After breakfast, visit one or two more villages before you drive back to BAGAN  ( 160km, approx: 7 ½  hr ). Your way takes you down the mountain slope via Saw and Seikphyu, across the recently built Anawrahta Bridge, which spans the might Irrawaddy River with its busy traffic just 21 miles south of Bagan. Lunch at simple local restaurant en route. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Bagan.

Dinner at hotel and overnight stay at Hotel in Bagan.

Day 10 BAGAN – MANDALAY

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for domestic flight  to MANDALAY. Upon arrival,  transfer to the hotel.

You will experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including one of the most revered religious monuments in Myanmar, the MAHAMUNI PAGODA; the SHWE INBIN MONASTERY; the GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY, a superb example of a tradintional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA the world’s largest book made of marble. Visit a traditional wooden building and KUTHODAW PAGODA the world’s largest book made of marble. Visit a traditional hand- woven silk workshop as well as a kalaga tapestsries craftsmen’s shop before proceeding to MANDALAY HILL for sunset.

Lunch is to your own account.

Dinner at hotel and overnight stay at hotel in Mandalay.

Day 11 MANDALAY – MINGUN – MANDALAY

Early morning for those who wish, transfer to a traditional Mandalay neighborhood to participate in SOON OFFEING. Soon affering is practiced throughout the country when monks line up along to streets to receive food donations from local people. Return to hotel for breakfast. Before becoming a monk one has to visit a MONK ACCESSORY SHOP as 8 items are needed before joining a monastery. We will visit such a shop and then continue to an ASTROLOGER. It is of utmost importance to join monkshood on a suitable date and the astrologer will explain the philosophy and how such a date is calculated. Continue to a MONASTERY where you will observe the educational as well as religious side of monkhood and see how the monks eat the last meal of the day in total silence.

After Lunch ( to own account ) excursion by boat on the AYEYARWADDY RIVER to MINGUN about 11 km ( 1 hour ) upriver from Mandalay. Visits will start with the MINGUN BELL, a magnificent sight of the world’s largest uncracked bell weighing 90 tons, and will continue with HSINBYUME PAYA as well as the unfinished MINGUN PAYA, built as one of the world’s largest chedis by King Bodaw Paya.

Return to Mandalay by boat on Ayeyarwaddy river at sunset.

Enjoy a puppet show at Mandalay Puppet Theatre.

Lunch is to your own account.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel  in Mandalay.

Day 12 MANDALAY– INWA– SAGAING- AMARAPURA- MANDALAY

After breakfast, excursion to former Royal Capital if INWA (AVA ) reached by a short boat trip. Visits by horse- drawn carriage to NANMYINT WATCH TOWER, the remains of the place building nicknamed “leaning tower of Ava” MAHN AUNGMYE BONZAN MONASTERY, built of brick and stucco, BAGAYAR MONASTERY,famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Continue to SAGAING HILL, a retreat for Buddhist devotees and private visit to a nunnery and a monastery. Proceed to 200-year-old U BEIN teak.

Dinner at hotel and overnight stay at  Hotel in Mandalay.

Day 13 MANDALAY – MAYMYO ( PYIN OO LWIN )

After breakfast, a scenic drive (80 km – 2h) to the former British hill station of PYIN OO LWIN (Maymyo),a delightful small town of colonial-style buildings, markets, and a botanical garden. Feel the historical atmosphere by traveling through town in a traditional horse-drawn carriage. Visit the local market and the botanical garden. After lunch, venture out to visit the PEIK KHYIN MYAUNG CAVES, caves almost as old as the land itself and proceed to PWE KYAUK FALLS, a favorite picnic spot for local people.

Lunch is to your own account.

Dinner at hotel and overnight stay at hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Day 14 MAYMYO (PYIN OO LWIN) – MANDALAY

After breakfast, start your another orchid tour together with your orchid specialist. In the late afternoon, drive back to MANDALAY AND TRANSFER TO THE HOTEL.

Lunch is to your own account.

Dinner at hotel and overnight stay at  Hotel in Mandalay.

Day 15 MANDALAY – HEHO – INLELAKE

After breakfast, transfer to airport for domestic flight to HEHO. Upon arrival, drive to NYAUNG SHWE (32 km – 1 hour ) and transfer to the hotel by boat.

An excursion by boat on Inle Lake will include sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. Visits are made to  PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA: the NGA PHE KYAUNG MONASTERY, famous for its jumping cats trained by monks, the weaving village of INPAWKHON and to one of the local markets. Visit the orchid garden near Ann restaurant.

Lunch is to your own account.

Dinner at hotel and overnight stay at hotel on Inle lake.

Day 16 INLE LAKE

After breakfast, pick-up from your hotel and board your boat to the western shore of fthe lake where you will find the beginning of a stair path leading to the hidden and unknown INN THEIN PAGODA complex. Visit one of the most amazing historical sights on the shore of the lake consisting of hundreds of small stupas overgrown by

Moss and greens. Continue on foot to a village nearby where several crops are grown in traditional ways. Walk in an easy pace along one of the many creeks passing through rice fields to the village of SAE MA. Visit the primary school of the village and possibility  tomeet the children and teachers to observe their way of learning and teaching. Step in a wooden canoe for an exciting ride down a narrow creek until you reach the PAUNG DAW OO PAGODA.

Total walking time about 2 h over small paths.

After lunch (to your own account) transfer by boat to Thei Lei Oo. Thei Lei Oo village is a beautiful rural farming village that lies on the eastern shore of Inle Lake. It is at the heart of one of the most important farming areas on the lake. The inhabitants of the village are Inn Tha and Pao ethnic minority groups. They are well known for their farming skills and use organic farming methods. The major crops farmed are rice, sugar cane, potato, tomato, garlic and a variety of beans, as well as cucumber and flowers. During the winter season (November to February) the harvested sugar cane is sent to small on site molasses plants where the juice is extracted, made into molasses, then sent to the city for use in the production of Mandalay Rum. You will follow an agro trail that runs from the lake through the village and the surrounding organic farmland in a wide looping curve back to the lake. It affords an excellent window onto village life untouched as it is by modern development. Return to hotel by boat. Lunch excluded.

Total walking time : 1½ h (mostly flat terrain)

Dinner at hotel and overnight stay at hotel on Inle lake.

Day 18 INLE LAKE – HEHO – THANDWE / NGAPALI BEACH

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for domestic flight  to

THANDWE, the gateway to Ngapali Beach, Upon arrival, transfer to Sandoway Resort (provided by hotel) and rest of the day is free at leisure.

Lunch is to your own account.

Dinner and overnight stay at Ngapali Beach.

Day 19 NGAPALI BEACH

After breakfast, enjoy the sea, sun and sand – swimming, snorkeling or leisure strolls along the ocean. Board a boat to explore the offshore islands (available at hotel) or rent a bicycle for a trip to the fishing villages and colorful markets nearby. Watch the breathtaking sunset above the Bay of Bengal.

Lunch is to your own account.

Dinner and overnight stay at  Ngapali Beach.

Day 20 THANDWE /NGAPALI BEACH – YANGON

Breakfast at hotel and morning at leisure until return flight  to YANGON. Upon arrival in Yangon, transfer to your hotel.

Lunch is to your own account.

Dinner at hotel and overnight stay at Hotel In Yangon.

Day 21 YANGON

After breakfast, complete your Yangon impressions with a visit to the KABA AYE (WORLD PEACE) PAGODA  and the  MAHAPASANA CAVE, where the sixth Buddhist synod took place. Proceed to Yangon’s oldest Chinese temple and at the riverside located BOTATAUNG PAGODA. Last but not least, see the 8 meter high Golden Lion Throne as well as the Mandalay Royal Regalia at the NATIONAL MUSEUM. Optionally make a second visit to Kandawgyi Botanical Garden.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant.

In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your international departure flight .

Important note : A special permit is required for all nationalities in order to be allowed to enter Chin State. We will obtain such permits at the discretion of the Myanmar government. We require all client passport details as well as occupation latest 30 days prior to arrival.

Mt. Victoria is a unique tour and only a few foreign visitors have had the privilege to experience this route. It is intended for guests who are well aware of bumpy driving stretches and of simple infrastructure in accommodation and meal quality. We endeavour to provide your guests with the best possible quality at each destination, but hope for their understanding in shortcomings beyond our control.