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Chin Tribes & Mt Victoria Trek

Chin state, Western Myanmar
  • 01Chin Kids
  • 01Driving Trough Chin Mountains
  • 01Chin Valley
  • 01Above the clouds at Chin State
  • 01Chin lady
  • 01Chin Sunset
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This journey is a great combination of cultural highlights of Myanmar and adventure trekking in remote Chin State and Mt Victoria (Natma Taung) National Park. Chin State is one of the hidden gems of Myanmar. Its friendly people and beautiful nature were long isolated with special region travel restrictions that have been recently removed.

The tour begins in Mandalay where we explore the highlights last royal capital of Burma. From Mandalay we continue to Bagan one of the greatest kingdoms of its time in Asia, where thousands of ancient pagoda and temple structures remain in an open plain by the Irrawaddy River. From Bagan we travel to Chin state and Mindat town, the starting point of our trekking expedition for the Chin Hills. During the trek we will sleep in the local villages and have the opportunity learn about ethnic Chin culture, traditions and facial tattoos. We trek through Nat Ma Taung National Park and climb to the summit of Mt Victoria 3180m. After stop in Kanpetlet town we drive back to Bagan by car and fly to Yangon.

Mandalay Myanmar.

Mandalay.

Mandalay

DAY 1 > ARRIVAL TO MANDALAY & CITY IMPRESSIONS [-/-/-]

Up on arrival you will be welcomed by Discovery DMC guide and transferred to your hotel for check in. You have some time for fresh up before we head to explore the highlights of Mandalay. We will enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant to get feeling of local life and head to Mandalay hill for spectacular panoramic views of city and surrounding areas. From here we embark to local Jade market with people shaping and polishing there precious stones while others are doing business with the ready products. This market is like its own little city with everything circling around Jade. We continue to Artisan Quarters to see how the skillful craftsmen make their products and arts with techniques dating back to last kingdom of Myanmar. We will end our day to Ubein Bridge for relaxing sunset boat ride with magnificent views of the longest teak wood bridge in the world.

Meals included:
Overnight stay: Bagan King or similar in Mandalay

Bagan Myanmar.

Bagan

DAY 2 > BAGAN TEMPLES OF BAGAN [B/-/-]

Transfer to Mandalay airport and fly to Bagan, where the valley is dotted with literally thousands of temples. Our first top is to Dhamayazeka Zedi temple which has panoramic views of the temple covered plains of Bagan. Your next stop is at the gold gilded Shwezigon Stupa, purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha. Not far from the stupa, the Myingaba Gu Byaukgyi Temple is a sight to behold, housing Bagan’s best preserved mural paintings. We learn how Bagan’s famous lacquer ware crafts are produced in Myingaba village, and then visit Htilominlo temple to learn how Burmese sand paintings are created. The day’s temple tour ends with a visit to the beautifully symmetric and majestic Ananda temple with its four standing Buddha images that seem to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity wherever the viewer stands. For sunset, a Bullock or horse or horse cart ride around the temples offers unparalleled photo opportunities of one of the richest archaeological treasures in Southeast Asia.

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight stay: Bagan Umbra or similar in Bagan

Bagan cycling

Bagan cycling

DAY 3 > BAGAN CYCLING & LIFESTYLE [B/-/-]

Today we will tour Bagan with mountain bikes traveling on the hidden trails and tracks to some of the more remote temple sites & villages. We will meet some friendly villagers and learn about history of Bagan. We finish our bike tour afternoon and rest of the day is for relaxing at hotel pool or exploring Bagan independently

Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight stay: Bagan Umbra or similar in Bagan

RECOMMENDED OPTIONAL TOUR: Sunrise hot air balloon flight over Bagan

Imagine . . . floating over thousand year old pagodas and the Ayeyarwaddy River, as the sun sinks slowly behind distant mountains. Balloons over Bagan affords visitors a unique opportunity to see this ancient kingdom, as it never has been seen before. The sunrise and sunset champagne flights take off daily from October through to the end of March.

Chin State

Driving Trough Chin Mountains.

DAY 4 > DRIVE TO CHIN STATE [B/L/D]

Make the all-day drive to Mindat first crossing the Ayeyarwaddy River over a newly constructed bridge and then continuing to Pauk, Kyatko and finally climbing up to Chin Mountains and Mindat town at elevation of 1600 meters. Our route travels through sparsely populated, arid and mostly flat terrain and gets greener as we start to approach and ascend to Mindat. Mindat is a sleepy hillside town with a cluster of shops along the main street.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight stay: Hotel in Mindat

Local kids in Chin State

Chin Kids.

DAY 5 > TREK TO KYARDO VILLAGE [B/L/D]

This morning we explore Mindat market where local produce is traded by Chin ladies. After some tea and snack in a local tea shop we continue to a weaving workshop and small museum showcasing Chin artifacts. Lunch is in Mindat following (30 min) drive to a suspension bridge built by the British; this is the starting point of our trek and where we meet our porters. Our route traverses along the valley to Loat Pe village and eventually ascends to Kyardo village where we spend the night. Kyardo is a charming and isolated little village without road access and one of the most authentic villages in the Chin Hills region. You will have ample time to explore the village and meet the locals and learn about their traditions and beliefs. If possible we will arrange cultural show and dances this evening.

Trekking: Approx. 3 ½hrs
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight stay: Dormitory style at a local house in Kyardo village

Chin Hills

Chin Hills

DAY 6 > TREK TO AYE VILLAGE [B/L/D]

This morning you trek through corn, avocado, bean and tea plantations and ascend to a seasonal mountain road. Following the road for a good hour or so we enjoy hiking on easy and flat terrain traversing along the Mindat range and enjoying great views down to lower lying plains. En route we pass through some friendly Chin villages where very few travelers have visited and for the villagers seeing foreigners is always exciting. Lunch is in Aimhmuin village. In the afternoon continue ascending to Aye village following a short cut path and a forest road. Spend tonight in a simple Aye village lodge which is an old British camping ground. The Lodge is very simple but has hot shower and rustic rooms with mattresses.

Trekking: Approx. 6 ½hrs
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight stay: In a very simple lodge in Aye Village

 

Chin Tribes Mt.Victoria

Chin Tribes & Mt.Victoria

DAY 7 > TREK TO DO NUU VILLAGE [B/L/D]

From Aye village head towards Nat Ma Taung (Mount Victoria). The trail leads to the Nat Ma Taung National Park traveling through rhododendron and pine forests. Here you will see Mithun, the semi wild cattle of the Chin grazing around the small villages that we pass. We have an early lunch in Htan Om village. This afternoon there are several stream crossings and the trail may be muddy at times. After stream crossings we start to head uphill on a steeper path until reaching more moderate terrain and farm lands which take us to Do Nuu village at 1850 m. Do Nuu is charming village located on a ridge over beautiful valley.

Trekking: Approx. 7 hours moderate to challenging
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight stay: Village house in Do Nuu.

trek to Mt. Victoria

Mount Victoria.

DAY 8 > TREK TO MT VICTORIA SUMMIT (3180m) [B/L/D]

This the summit day and entails the most challenging hiking. The day begins on a relatively easy trail that slowly gains altitude, and offers unobstructed views over the lower lying vegetable fields. We soon enter evergreen and rhododendron forests littered with lichen and moss and where many rare plants species, orchids and bird species can be found. We pass Mt Christian as we approach Nat Ma Taung (Mt Victoria) peak far on the horizon. The last part of the trek to the summit follows a wider track that contours along the ridges of the mountain leading to the broad summit at 3180 m. Here we can see excellent views over the surrounding region and its lush nature. After celebratory photographs we trek one and a half hours down to a mountain road where our driver will be waiting for us and we drive to our lodge near Kanpetlet town.

Trekking: Approx. 7.5-8 hours challenging to strenuous
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight stay: Lodge in Kanpetlet

Ayeyarwady River

Ayeyarwady River

DAY 9 > KANPETLET – BAGAN – YANGON [B/L/-]

In the morning we have some time to explore Kanpetlet and adore the views over plains of Magwe Region. We van visit local market for last interactions with locals before we start our five hour drive back to Bagan. En route we will travel through the regional hubs of Saw Seikphya before crossing the Ayeyarwaddy River to Chauk. Chauk is an oil producing town with over 100 years of extraction history. We will reach Bagan late afternoon for your 5 pm flight to Yangon.

In Yangon you will be picked up by Discovery DMC driver and escorted to you hotel for check in. Rest of the evening is for relaxing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight stay: Hotel in Yangon

Yangon

Colonial heritage Yangon

DAY 10 > YANGON DEPARTURE [B/-/-]

Depending on your flight schedules we can arrange day tours in Yangon or a transfer to the airport in the morning.

Please contact Discovery DMC reservations department for quotation.

INCLUDED IN OUR COSTING

• Private tours and transfers with air conditioned vehicles as specified in our itinerary
• English speaking stationed guides in each destination
• Lodging with breakfast as specified in the itinerary
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• 2 bottles of water & 2 refreshing towels per passenger per day on normal touring days.
• During the Chin State trek boiled or purified drinking water.
• Luggage handling fees at airports
• Porters in Chin State trek ( Max 15kg per customer)

NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP COSTING

• Visa to Myanmar
• International air fares or domestic air fares
• Early check-in, late check-out, services
• Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
• Travel insurance
• Tips, souvenirs, laundry etc.
• Services which are not mentioned in the program