These Are The Best Trekking Routes in Myanmar – Part 1
Myanmar is known as an ideal destination for adventure Heritage Mandalay Travels & Tours, trekking and hiking with various landscapes and interesting ethnic encounters. It is believed that the tourists can never forget the moment when they hike through hilltop villages and tip toe through tea plantations as they discover the stunning beauty of Myanmar. The best time for trekking is from November to March, during the cooler weather. Here are the best places to go for some breathtaking views of nature.
Kalaw to Inle Lake
The trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake is one of the most popular treks in Myanmar with its picturesque hillsides and small village clusters. Many trekking companies can arrange a two- or three-day trek, or even a trek of a week or more, through the Shan hills. Here, you will stay in a local’s home, eat lots of delicious food, and trek through greenery. Kalaw is 70 kilometers west of Inle Lake, so the weather is slightly cooler and the atmosphere quieter. Your guide will tell you about the villages you pass through, where everything is handmade from natural resources, such as bamboo or wood.
The tourists can trek overnight to the former British hill station of Kalaw by passing through the villages of the Palaung, Pa-O, Taungthu and Danu tribes. There are a number of routes, with varying degrees of challenge. One of the most difficulties is between two villages – Baw Nin Khone, close to Kalaw, and Than Dang – along a shady tree-lined path where the visitors can find respite from the sun.
Trekking in Hsipaw, like most trekking in Myanmar, is best done with a guide. Hsipaw is a small town with relaxed pace of life situated 200 kilometers North East from Mandalay. Besides, it is also located on the mighty Shan hills it is a perfect spot for trekking and exploring the ethnic villages that are dotting the surrounding highlands.
Trekking in Hsipaw means conquering mountains, diverse hill tribes, and cows by passing through rice paddy terraces, and play games with children there. Go to a few kilometers south of Hsipaw, the travelers can gaze with a picturesque waterfall which is a great half day destination for taking a cooling swim. There are also plenty of rice fields and agricultural settlements to wander nearby. Then, you can take the train from Hsipaw all the way to Mandalay and pass the Gokteik Viaduct along the way.
Trekking in the beautiful town, Pindaya, takes the travelers little more adventure than other places in Myanmar. The visitors can spend a two-day trek with a local guide takes you high into the steeper hills around Ya Za Gyi village with bright turquoise and yellow crops blanket the landscape, contrasting with the reddish brown of the earth.
Until recently, not many people knew about Lashio as a trekking and waterfalls destination. However, a couple who is very passionate about Shan State offer itineraries filled with adventure activities, including stand-up paddling and motorcycling, as well as homestay experiences.