Myanmar is known as an ideal destination for adventure travel, trekking and hiking with various landscapes and interesting ethnic encounters. Discovering that places, the travelers can experience a life time where ever they want to go in their trekking journey. 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. These are below top 6 the best places for trekking in Myanmar.
Trekking in Kalaw is one of the most popular treks in Myanmar with its picturesque hillsides and small village clusters. The visitors can stay in a local’s houses where have hiking guides, 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. The trekkers can find something which 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 he 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.
Putao is a small town located in the far north of Kachin State. The town is split half by the Namlang River and the tourists can see the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains in the far distance. The nature here are varies a lot due to different altitudes, however, it is mostly thick with subtropical forests, bamboo groves and sub-alpine species with veins of clear mountain creeks running through the valleys.
These valleys are surrounded by rugged hills which some are covered in thick jungle that will not be passable. Putao is also home for the highest mountain in South East Asia, Hkakabo Razi that rises up to 5,881 meters. This mountain has been conquered by only few mountaineers and the expedition takes at least one month.
Last but not least, there are countless of different treks and routes with different difficulty levels from few days to couple of weeks for the trekkers who want to accept hiking challenges in Putao. However, if they can encounter it, it is really a memorable experience in their tourism paths.
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.
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.
5. Chin State
Chin State is located in North West of Myanmar bordering India and Bangladesh. The state is known as a mountainous region with astonishing viewing point for the surrounding areas. The travelers can trek in Chin State for surrounding areas as Kanpellet and Mindat. In Chin State, the trekkers can also conquer and experience Mindat by trekking through these mountains with a glimpse of a unique way of life, as the tattooed women are no longer allowed to pass on this tradition.
6. Keng Tung
The tourists who want to trek in Keng Tung can only spend one day return for short trekking, walking tours and visiting different colorful hill tribal villages. In Keng Tung, the trekkers can visit colorful hill tribal villages by short trekking on the hills. They can see some famous hill tribes such as Lahu, Akha, La Mone and Shan. All of these different ethnic tribes in colorful dresses give this place a special charm. All of these tribes are still living in their traditional way and animist. The visitors can also trek on the hill side and walking in the old village to see their authentic culture and way of life.
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