Trekking Program ( 7 )

13DAYS 12 NIGHTS TOURS

( YANGON –  INLE – KAKKU – KALAW – PINDAYA –  MANDALAY – BAGAN – YANGON )

Day 1    YANGON

Upon arrival at YANGON airport by International flight, you will be welcomed by  guide and transferred to your hotel. Lunch is to own account.

Overnight stay at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon.

Day 2     YANGON – HEHO – INLE LAKE

Breakfast at hotel.Transfer to the airport for domestic flight W9-141 06:15-8:30 to HEHO by flight. Upon arrival drive (90 km – 2 1/2 hour) to NYAUNG SHWE and proceed by boat to your hotel Lunch at local restaurant Excursionby boat on Inle Lake will include sights of the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing village life and magnificent scenery. Visit of THEI LEI OO. Thei Lei Oo village is a beautiful rural forming village that lies on the eastern shore of Inle Lake. It is at the heart at one 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 oar 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 afford an excellent window onto village life untouched as it is by modern development Return to hotel by boat.

Walking time about 11/2 hours in total on small paths, mostly flat.

Overnight stay at Shwe Inn Thar hotel  over Inle Lake.

Day 3      INLE LAKE – INNTHEIN

After breakfast an excursion by boat to the Western Shore of Inle Lake will take you to the beginning of a stair path leading to the hidden and unknown INN THEIN PAGODA complex from Inn Thein your adventure continues by Canoe along a small and narrow creek with a stop on the way at a rice farm Depending on the water level you will have the chance to walk through the rice fields and unique plantations to observe the typical way of life of the Intha people that have lived on Inle Lake since the 7th century.

After lunch at a local restaurant on the lake itself, visits are made to Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the weaving village of Inpawkhon; some of the typical workshops including blacksmiths, boat makers and a cheroot factory and to one of the local markets in the Inle Lake region.

Walking time about 2 hours in total, mostly over small paths and tracks, farming fields and small bridges, mostly flat with a maximum elevation of 50 m.

Dinner and overnight stay at Shwe Inn tha hotel  that built on stilts over Inle Lake.

Day 4                          INLE LAKE – KAKKU – KALAW

After early breakfast, meet your Pa- O trekking guide and transfer by boat to you starting point on the Eastern shore of the lake. Hike approximately 3 ½ h uphill to HTI NE village. Visit the local monasteries and small Pa-O villages specialized in the production of traditional Shan music instruments, such a drums and gongs as well as crop fields and flower garden. Picnic lunch on the way.

 Meet your driver for a bumpy off-road journey ( about 1 hour drive depending on road and weather conditions) to KAKKU . Visit the kakku pagoda complex of over 2000 stupas. Depart kakku for visit to HTAN-PHA-YA village and cave. Unknown Shan Buddha images of various sizes are kept on the wall of the small and shallow HTAN-PHA-YA cave. Late afternoon board your transport and drive ( 110km- 3 ½ hour) to kalaw, a fresh and delightful hill station, on the rim of the Shan Plateau, which is a market center for ethnic minorities from surrounding regions.

Walking time about 5 1/2 hours in total, mostly up hill, altitude difference about 600 m.Group can take Tractor depends on road condition and in order to make a short time of trekking.

Dinner and overnight stay at Hill Top Hotel in Kalaw.

Day 5                          KALAW          

Breakfast at hotel Your trekking guide will pick you up at your hotel for a walk to Palaung hill tribe villages. Walk up- and downhill through tea-and cheroot leaf plantation. The animist Palaung Tribe was amongst the earliest inhabitants in Myanmar and has kept to their tradition living with several families in long-houses cultivation cash crops and tanapet for Burmese cheroot cigars until you reach the village of Tayaw. Continue your walk to Indian restaurant where a simple lunch will be served.Return to hotel.

In the afternoon walk through the colonial town, see the typical houses built at the time when Burma was a British colony and visit the railway station. Dinner at Seven Sisters Restaurant.

Overnight stay at Hill Top hotel in Kalaw.

Walking time about 5 hours in total, up and down hill, altitude difference about 350-400 m

Day 6            KALAW – PINDAYA

After breakfast, visit Kalaw market and drive (48 km- 1 ½ hours) to PINDAYA Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, walk up to the PINDAYA CAVES, a unique site housing of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over the centuries. Visit also the umbrella workshop and as well as the paper maker family. A walk around the small lake rounds of this leisurely day.

Dinner and overnight stay at Conqueror Hotel in Pindaya.

Day 7             PINDAYA

After breakfast start your trekking day with various stops at Da-nu and Pa-O villages to see their traditional way of life. Both the Da-nu and Pa-O are mountain farmers andsell their crop at the famous 5-day markets in the Inle Lake area. You will have the chance to visit their village and plantations. The surroundings are hilly and you will walk up and down, in and out of several valleys. Picnic lunch on the way. Walk back to your hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at Conqueror Hotel in Pindaya.

Walking time about 6-7 hours in total, up and down hill, altitude difference about 350-400 m

Day 8        PINDAYA – HEHO – MANDALAY – AVA – AMARAPURA

After breakfast drive (60 km- 2 hours) to Heho airport for domestic flight K7 226, 09:30-10:05 to MANDALAY by flight. Upun arrival, proceed to the former Royal Capital of INWA (AVA) reached by a short boat trip Cooked outdoor lunch in Ava. Visits by horse-down carriage to NANMYINT WATCH TOWER the remains of the palace building nicknamed “the leaning tower of Ava” MAHA AUNGMYE BONZAN MONASTERY, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts.

On the way to Mandalay stop in AMARAPURA at the 200-year –old  U BEIN teakbridge, built in 1782 at the time.When Manrapura wasRoyal capital and observe the sunset. Upon arrival in Mandalay, transfer to your hotel

Dinner to own account.

Overnight stay at  Sedona Hotel in Mandalay.

Day 9        MINGUN – SAGAING – BAGAN

After breakfast transfer to the jetty and board a private boot on the mighty AYEYARWADDY RIVER and travel up river (about 1hour) to MINGUN. Visits will start with the MINGUN BELL, a magnificent sight of the world’s largest un-cracked 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. Continue on your boat down river (about 2 hours) enjoying your catered lunch. You will then reach SAGAING HILLS, a retreat for Buddhist devotees Your coach will wait for you in Sagaing and transfer you directly to the airport for late afternoon flight W9-129 17:40-18:10 to BAGAN by flight. Upon arrival in Bagan, transfer to your hotel.

Dinner and  overnight stay at Thazin Garden Hotel in Bagan.

Day 10            BAGAN

After breakfast, walking tour from Anada Pagoda to Dhamma-ya-za-ka Zedi. Walking time about 2 ½ hours. drive to the village of Nyaung Oo and visit the colorful local market. Venture on foot into Bagan’s desert plain and visit some of the most important temples of Bagan SHWEZIGON PAGODA , built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine. KU BHYANIUK GYI, a temple with superb murals of Jataka scenes; and the famous ANANDA TEMPLE, with four standing Buddha images. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Dinner and overnight stay at Thazin garden  Hotel in Bagan.

Day 11          PAGAN – MOUNT POPA

After breakfast, pick up at your hotel by horse cart and venture out to some of the more off-the-beaten track temples and pagodas. We don’t follow the trotted trails but takeyou over dusty roads and small paths through one thousand years of history.

After lunch at a local restaurant , drive (45 km – 1 ½  hours) to MOUNT  POPA, an extinct volcano with spectacular views and the birth place of the Myanmar nats’ or spirits. 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. Transfer to Popa Mountain.

Resort for check-in Dinner and overnight stay at Popa Mountain Resort.

Day 12        MOUNT POPA – BAGAN – YANGON

After breakfast walk through lush tropical forests up and downhill passing by the largest extinct volcanic crater of the country. The vegetation is lush and there is a variety of plants and birds that cannot be seen in other part of Myanmar.

Lunch at Popa Mountain Resort. Transfer to the airport for return flight to Yangon by flight YJ 202 16:15-17:35. Upon arrival. Transfer to hotel. In the late evening transfer to the best restaurant in Myanmar the colonical style Restaurant for farewell dinner. Return to your hotel.

Overnight stay at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon.

Day 13       YANGON – DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel. Pick up at your hotel and drive to the BOGYOKE ( SCOTTS ) MARKET with hundreds of food clothes handicrafts and gems stores. Start your walking tour down 31st STREET well known for second hand book shops as well as typical historical shop houses.Cross ANAWRA THA ROAD and continues to SHWE BONTHA STREET to discover the gold shops. Cross through the greens of MAHA BANDOOLA GARDEN from where you have the perfect view on SULE PAGODA CITY HALL AND HIGH COURT.Walk down to PANSODAN STREET famous for some of yangon’s mosst impressive colonial buildings. Board your coach and drive to PANSODAN JETTY to observe the busy life on yangon River. Complete your first day in Myanmar with an extended visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the SHWEDAGON PAGODA.

Walking time about 2 ½ hours in total, flat, mostly on pavement, partly broken.

Transfer to the airport for your departure with international flight