|Duration||: 9 Days/ 8 Nights|
|Destination||: Heho - Pindaya - Kalaw - Inle - Heho|
|Tour Code||: MHT-016|
Day 1: Heho - Pindaya
Meet with your Mai Hsoong guide on arrival of morning flight. Upon arrival, transfer to PINDAYA (60 km – 2 hour).
After lunch visit to PINDAYA CAVES, a unique site housing thousands of Buddha images placed there by pilgrims over the centuries. Visit families who produce umbrellas and Shan paper in the traditional way.
Day - 2 Pindaya - Trekking
After breakfast at hotel, meet your trekking guide and walk up hill for about 4 hours through beautiful landscapes and small villages to YASAKYI VILLAGE, a PALAUNG Hill Tribe Village. The animist Palaung Tribe was amongst the earliest inhabitants in Myanmar and has kept to their traditional living with several families in ‘long houses’, cultivating cash crops and tanapet for Burmese cheroot cigars. Those who want to do it all can climb up to Yasakyi peak (about 3 hours return). There are several other villages that can be visited in the region and you have a choice of several treks taking between 1 to 4 hours. Lunch will be picnic style and dinner will be cooked by your guide. Overnight stop at the Palaung monastery or in a local house.
Day - 3 Trekking - Kalaw
Enjoy your simple local style breakfast. Your trek through tea- and cheroot leaf plantations back into the valley to reach the PA O village of TAUNG MYINT GYI will take about 2 hours. Also today you have the choice of several treks taking between 1 to 4 hours to visit Pao, Palaung and Danu villages. We continue for about 2 more hours downhill until we get to MYEGYA village. Enjoy a picnic lunch en-route. This is the first ‘real’ road we will see in two days and we will get on pick-up transportation that will take us to KALAW (20 km – 45 minutes). KALAW is a fresh and delightful hill station on the rim of the Shan Plateau. Walk around this small town to see some of the historical buildings, colonial style houses and the railway station. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in KALAW.
Day - 4 Kalaw - Trekking
After breakfast start your trek to the Palaung villages of YWA THIT and TAR YAW, west of KALAW and on the rim of the mountains. Continue walking up and down the low mountain ranges passing vast meadows and farm hills. The DANU ethnic minorities mostly inhabit this area and you will have the chance to visit several of the villages. We calculate ample time for you to experience the simple way of life of these people cultivating maize, mountain rice and vegetables. Some of the area you will walk through today will also be pine hill forests. Total walking time today is about 6 to 7 hours up and down hill. Lunch will be picnic style and dinner will be cooked by your guide. Overnight at either in a monastery or at a local home stay.
Day - 5 Trekking
Hit the paths again and continue your walk passing vast valleys and mountain farms. The Danu give way to the ethnic minorities of the Pa O people who are mountaineers and fully self contained. The Pa Os can be seen throughout the Shan State wearing black clothes and colorful head dresses. Some of the villages that you will visit today have their own primary schools usually run by monks or village communities and you will have the possibility to visit them. Your trek today is through hilly terrain with easy up and down walks. Total walking time about 5 hours slightly up and down hill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be simple local food and cooked by your trekking guide. Overnight stay in a monastery or at a local home stay.
Day - 6 Inle Lake
Breakfast will be simple local food and cooked by your trekking guide. Your last trekking day will be mostly downhill until you reach the Western shore of Inle Lake near Inn Thein. This part of the Shan State is dotted with many villages, mostly Pa O and you will experience their hospitality to the full extent by being asked by village elders to sit down for a cup of tea. Farm land is vastly cultivated and its produce sold at the famous 5-day market around the Inle Lake area. Picnic lunch, or lunch in a simple local restaurant.Visit the hidden and unknown INN THEIN PAGODA complex with hundreds of Shan style stupas. 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 INNTHA people that have lived on Inle Lake since the 7th century. Board a boat and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at otel in Inle Lake.
Day - 7 Inle Lake
After breakfast, excursion by boat on the Inle Lake. See the famous leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, village life and magnificent scenery. After lunch at a local restaurant on the lake itself, you will visit the PHAUNGDAW OO PAGODA, one of the main principle shrines in Myanmar and dating back to the 18th century; 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 in the Inle Lake region. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Inle Lake.
Day - 8 Inle Lake
After breakfast, proceed by boat to NAMPAN VILLAGE. Continue by boat on a 2 - 3 hour journey through lake and river sceneries to the southern part of Inle Lake where time has stood still and the ethnic population of Pa-O, Innthar, Shan and Padaung has remained untouched by modern civilization. Walk through several villages on shore that produce local goods such as pottery, bamboo ware, sugar cane, weaving, alcohol, fishery products and much more. Visit the ancient pagoda sight of SAGAR and THA KONG built in the 17th century in typical Shan style. On market days take part in the local market activities where hill tribe folks meet the lake population. Return to your hotel by boat. Enjoy a simple pack lunch during your journey. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day - 9 Inle Lake - Heho
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Heho airport (35 km – 1 hour) for your departure flight.
This is essentially a soft adventure trekking tour. A good physical condition is necessary for the daily treks. The walking times specified in the itinerary are average walking times and depend on the physical condition of the participants. Many of the treks have a different starting and ending point, guests who feel that the trekking period and elevation is too tiresome for their physical condition should inform the guide prior to starting the trek in order to arrange an alternative itinerary. We reserve the right to change the visit of villages in order to avoid sending crowds of tourists to the same villages. Due to adverse weather conditions and monsoon rains this itinerary is not suitable between the months of June to September. Travel insurance is excluded from our arrangements and Mai Hsoong will deny all claims arising from a lack of insurance by the passenger.