Trekking in Myanmar (Burma)

For sport-minded tourists, trekking in Myanmar (Burma)‘s various trails have something for everyone of different body-builds and interests. You will discover places where tourists rarely go:

During hiking tours, you will walk from village to village among different ethnic groups, discover local life, spend nights in tribal villages or monasteries. You will find crafts, markets, Buddhist caves, so many things that make the authenticity of the country. These activities will be the highlights of your trip.

These walks are rated “medium level” but you will walk during 4-7 hours a day (usually on dirt paths). They can be integrated into our circuits of 2-3 weeks.

Type: private circuit l Duration: 1 – 3 days l Start and return: Heho or Inle Lake
Kalaw is located in Shan state in the center of Myanmar, near Inle Lake. Known for its scenic views, its temperate climate and pine forests, this hill station was the former resort for British officials. Kalaw is the starting point of many treks in the area.
Hiking in Kengtung (3 days)
Type: private circuit l Duration: 1 – 3 days l Departure & return: Heho, Yangon
Kengtung (Kyaing Tong) lies east part of the country near the borders of China, Laos and Thailand. Known as the Golden Triangle, this mountainous and remote region is mainly accessed by air (often from Heho) and occasionally by road, coming from Tachilek to the Thai border. It is impossible to get there by car from another area of Myanmar, which makes this region truly off the beaten track.
Type: private circuit l Duration: 1 – 3 days l Departure & return: Mandalay
Hsipaw is located in Shan state, 200 km northeast of Mandalay. This charming little town is situated along the shore of Dotthawaddy River and is surrounded by many farms with tea trees, papaya, watermelon, pineapple, etc … 

Myanmar has some of the world’s best walks, hikes, and treks. Routes running through the whole of the country, from the Himalaya foothills in the north around Putao (especially to Myanmar’s highest peak – the snow-capped Hkakabo Razi) to the delightful hill tribe trekking in the hills and mountains of Shan plateau in the east, or the adventurous journey to the remote but wonderful Mount Victoria. Walking, hiking and walking tour in Myanmar are so diverse that can meet everyone’s taste and energy levels. It offers wonderfully varied day and multi-day walks and hikes, from village to village among many ethnic groups around Kalaw, Pindaya, Hsipaw…, or fine day-treks in the surrounding villages in Kengtung. Trekking in Myanmar really can be for almost everyone. The best time to trek in Myanmar is October to February. During this time, the temperatures are relatively manageable; the country’s cooler and drier. From March, the temperature and humidity rise steeply and it’s much more likely you will get caught in heavy shower or even extended period of rain. Some routes are closed off and unreachable. Overnight treks often involve a stay in local home or monastery. It’s an experience itself and allows you to undertake longer treks rather than day treks. During your trek, food is arranged and cooked by your guide or your porter. A typical Burmese meal will be served with a bowl of chicken curry, vegetable, tofu and accompanying rice, which can be seen out of nowhere. Take note the following Myanmar travel advice before heading on your trek. There is a basic rule that you need an agreement from local authority for trek and sleeping in village at some trekking routes. At Inle, Kalaw, Pindaya and some other places, there is usually no need to get a special authorization. However, mount Victoria, Arakan, Southern Shan state, and Putao are places where you need a special permit, usually one month in advance. Situation in Myanmar may change quickly, it is better to ask your local travel agency for the current situation for a specific place. Good to know: Myanmar’s best trekking points Myanmar offers a wide range of trekking routes. Here are some of the most outstanding destinations for a fascinating tour of trekking in Myanmar (Burma).

Besides the splendour of mighty religious monuments, break off the path to get a different taste of this country. Get away from the crowded sites, meet colourful ethnic tribes, walk among the lush pine forests or vegetation farms, the trekking tour would be the highlight of your Burma trip.

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