Trekking Through Shan State: Kalaw to Inle Lake
Visit to Inle Lake from Mandalay for 5 days with tour guide. Traverse the rolling Shan hills on this trekking adventure from colonial Kalaw to awe-inspiring Inle Lake. Along the way wander through villages of welcoming local people from various ethnic groups. Learn about their traditional way of life and enjoy delicious meals in beautiful natural surroundings.
|Departure Time||Pick up place|
|7:00 am||Hotel in Mandalay|
|5 Days||Heho airport|
Who would love this tour?
Friends, Couple, Youth
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Challenging
- Group Size Small Group
Highlight of the program
- Admire the natural beauty of Shan State on a short trekking adventure
- Meet local people from the Shan, Pa-O, Danu and Inthar ethnic groups
- Explore the ancient pagodas of Indein overlooking Inle Lake
- Hotel pick up and drop-off service
- 3 nights accommodation with daily breakfast (twin sharing )
- Overnight at village on Day 2 during trekking
- 1 way local air conditioned bus from Mandalay to Kalaw
- Entrance fees for the visit points
- Airport transfer by car, boat transfer and full day boat trip in Inle
- Meals during trekking days
- English speaking guide service on Day 4 & trekking guide during trekking days
- International Air tickets and airport tax
- Meals and beverages
- Visa fees and arrangements
- other services not mentioned
- Day 1 Mandalay – Kalaw
In the morning transfer to the bus station and take a local express bus to Kalaw. On arrival at (about 3:00 pm) Kalaw, you can take the taxi on your own (or), even the walking is possible to find your hotel easily (you will be advised exact address and phone No.).
In the evening you will have a time for your exploration in Kalaw. It located in the hill station of Shan State, with a laid back atmosphere, refreshing climate, and scenic views. At Kalaw’s heart is its market, where villagers from the surrounding hills come to sell their products.
Overnight at hotel in Kalaw
- Day 2 Kalaw – Khone Hla – Pettu Pauk (B, L, D)
Let the adventure begin at 8.30am this morning as you are transferred by car from your hotel in the colonial hill station of Kalaw to Lamine village, the starting point of this 2-day trek. The drive takes around 45 minutes and there is no need to worry about your luggage which will be taken directly to your hotel in Nyaung Shwe. Before changing from four wheels to two feet our local guide will give you a short introduction to the nature and cultures you can expect to encounter over the next two days. This trek is not only a fantastic opportunity to admire the scenic beauty of Shan State up close and personal, but also to meet local communities from various ethnic groups.
The first stretch of the journey takes us higher in altitude to Pin Nwe and Paw Ke villages, about 2 hours walking from the trek start point. These are Pa-O villages where you will see local people dressed in dark clothing and colourful headdresses, meant to represent the head of a dragon from whom the Pa-O are believed to descend. From here, continue trekking for 1.5 hours to Khone Hla, a Danu village where we will enjoy a well-deserved break for lunch at the home of a local family. Try a range of fresh vegetables sourced directly from the surrounding countryside before trekking for 3 more hours towards Pettu Pauk, another Pa-O village. Along the way our guide will point out some of the locally grown produce to you, perhaps you will see some of the vegetables that you just ate for lunch.
Walk through beautiful, green scenery with rolling hills in the distance before arriving in Pettu Pauk monastery where you will enjoy dinner before laying down for the night.
Overnight in Pettu Pauk.
Trekking distance: Approx. 19km (6.5 hours)
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
- Day 3 Pettu Pauk – Indein – Nyaung Shwe (B, L)
Early this morning fuel up on a simple local breakfast in Pettu Pauk village and pack up your belongings before setting off on the second day of this trekking adventure. The main destination of today is Indein village on the western shore of Inle Lake and the 3.5-hour walk to get there brings more beautiful scenery and cultural learnings. During the walk we will pass through villages inhabited by members of the Shan, Danu and Pa-O ethnic groups. They all have distinctive traditions and your guide will share some of those with you. We will also pass through fields of potato, cabbage and tea, among other produce, where farmers can be seen planting or harvesting crops, depending on the time of the year. The different ethnic groups have their own languages so why not learn to say “Hello” in several different languages (with some help from our guide of course) and practice using your new vocabulary as you pass through friendly villages.
Upon arrival in Indein the first stop will be a local restaurant for lunch. Then, our guide will take you on a tour of the village and its pagoda complex famous for the ancient, crumbling pagodas picturesquely located overlooking Inle Lake. Don’t miss Shwe Inthein Pagoda from which you can enjoy wonderful views across the lake.
After strolling around Indein and taking in the peaceful atmosphere you will be led to a jetty nearby where a motorized boat waits to take you on a 1-hour ride to Nyaung Shwe at the north of Inle Lake. Enjoy the stunning scenery on and around this living lake to cap off a wonderful trek through Shan State.
Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.
Trekking distance: Approx. 10km (3.5 hours)
- Day 4 Inle by boat (B)
At the morning our tour guide will lead you to the jetty to take a boat ride and visit to Inle lake, a very special environment, lovely and atmospheric inle lake and leg rower boat fisherman. Visit PhaungDawOopagoda, a famous principal shrines with five Buddha images which become the stone shape by the sheer volume of gold leaf applied by devotees. Producing gold and silver ware is a long tradition of Local people here around Inle lake. And also you can visit weaving from lotus fibers, cheroot making etc. Today you will learn the work of many traditional handicrafts and the ways of life there in Inle lake on your private boat. Overnight at hotel in Nyaung Shwe
- Day 5 Inle departure (B)
Airport transfer to Heho will be arranged by Myanmar Upper Land.
Today is departure day and depending on your request where you have to head again from Inle, Shan State. We will provide the appropriate proposal for your flight ticket booking (or) if you would like to continue with other short packages from us.
We use good and clean hotels for our valuable clients and our online price are based on the 3 stars hotel categories as we intend for the most pleasure for all travelers.
If you do not prefer with 3 stars hotels, you may also request for higher luxury hotels or lower budget hotels and we are happy to offer the update price for this tour. Please let us know in advance.
|Destination||Hotel name||No. of nights|
|Kalaw||Dream Villa||1 night|
|Trekking||local village||1 night|
|Nyaung Shwe||Royal Inle hotel||2 nights|
If the mentioned hotels are fully booked on your travel date, then we will try to book alternative hotels which are in the same level.
If you book this tour during water festival (13 to 18 April 2019), our tour price will be changed and kindly contact us for the extra charges. If you have any more question please contact us this email (email@example.com).
We suggest you to carry slipper and something to protect from the sun and the dusts. Shorts or sleeveless tops and shoes are not allowed to enter place of Pagodas and Religious area.
Trekking shoes should be ready for trekking days and raincoat is suggested if it is raining season ( June – September).
We operate this tour in privately as we, MUL considered to the privacy of the travellers and not sharing with other travelers. But solo traveler can still book for this tour with reasonable (solo) price by choosing 1 pax at our checkout page.
There are may alternate long and short routes to take you to your destination, Inle. Although scenic, it is important to understand that this trek is more of a culture and agricultural experience than a nature walk.
But the most common option what we provided is a two days one night trek, overnight at tribe village and involving a short boat trip just before the end of the trek.
In generally, you need to have fitted physical strength as you can expect at least 5 hours of mostly level walking each days. Before you launch the trek, our guide will arrange your bags transported to the next hotel. So you carry only what you need in minimum for the walk. A towel, a torch (flashlight), your daily personal used and pharmacies are good extra to bring along.
Along the footpaths, you have to passes through hilly agricultural area and the trek also passed through tall mountains fringed with pine trees and tea plantations.
Trekking goes on year-round, the winter months are the best to do the trek in this area. Expected muddy conditions during the rainy season (approx. June to September)
We have three season in Myanmar, October to February is Winter (cold) season with average temperatures 20-24 C, March to May is Summer (hot) season with average temperatures 30-35 C) and June to September is the Monsoon (rainy) season, with high rainfall and average temperatures 25-30 C.
We offer this tour almost whole year and except raining season. The best season to do this tour is Winter season (Oct – Feb).
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