3 Days / 2 Nights from Kalaw to Inle Lake
starting from $136
These three days and two nights will give you the opportunity to explore the pristine wilderness, majestic lake and sacred mountains of the remote area of Shan State. During this trek, the village people will welcome you, offering you wonderful hospitality and the memories of a lifetime.
KALAW - VIEW POINT - HINKHAGONE - SEKKYAGONE - BAWNINGONE - PAWKE - PATTUPAUK - NANYOKE - TONELE‘ - INLE LAKE
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starting from $136 (based on 2 travellers)
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- 2 nights in private houses and/or monasteries, breakfast included
- Meals as mentioned in our itinerary
- Local guide for the 3-day trekking trip
- Transfers by pick-up truck
- 1 boat transfer to your hotel at Inle Lake
- Cook & porter fees for the 3-day trekking trip
- Internationaler Flug nach/von Myanmar
- Domestic airfare to/from Heho
- Accommodation in Kalaw and Inle Lake
- Lunches & dinners not mentioned in our itinerary
- Early check-in and late check-out
- Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry service, etc.
- Porter fees at the hotels
Day 1 KALAW – VIEW POINT – HINKHAGONE – SEKKYAGONE (trek 20 km, approx. 6 ½ hours, altitude difference of 300 m uphill and downhill) (L, D)
The trek starts from the hotel at 8:00 am. Explore and walk around the lovely town for 45 minutes before heading downhill for 15 minutes into the mystic pine forest. Then the route will continue for one and a half hours, uphill and downhill, through the central, majestic forest. From the reservoir, walk for another half an hour (with an altitude difference of 200 m) to the peak, where you can enjoy the endless view of tea plantations on the hillsides. Continue on a relaxing, 45-minute trek to a Palaung village called Hinhagone. Gain insight into how people live in such an extraordinary region and have lunch at one of the local village houses. After lunch, follow the winding route for one hour and then walk for 45 minutes through dense, evergreen rice fields and forest. Have a short tea break, then proceed for another hour (3 km) along a trail that goes up and down the small path to Sekkyagone. Dinner and overnight stay at a family house in Sekkyagone.
Day 2 SEKKYAGONE – BAWNINGONE – PAWKE - PATTUPAUK (Trek 23 km, approx. 7 hours, altitude difference 200 m uphill and downhill) (B, L, D)
Rise early and start the trek uphill for one hour (with an altitude difference of 200 m). From the top, you’ll have a magnificent view of the valley and its rice plantations and other vegetable farms. Keep walking along the ridge for another hour to get to a gorgeous Pa-O village called Nanthale. Descend for one hour to Bawingone, another Pao village. Many varieties of fields can be seen on the way, such as ginger, chili, sesame, potato and rice fields. Continue your journey to Pawke – a one-hour walk through beautiful wilderness. Upon arrival, lunch will be served at one of the village houses. After lunch, head off to Pattupauk, a three-hour walk on an undulating path. Some crabapple trees, which are used as firewood for cooking, can be seen on the way. The people who live in Pattupauk belong to the Pa-O ethnic group, but the traditional clothes they wear are different from other Pa-O people. Upon arrival, take a short rest and walk around the village to see how people make baskets from bamboo. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the home of a local family in Pattupauk.
Day 3 PATTUPAUK – NANYOKE – TONELE’ – INLE LAKE (trek 15 km, approx. 5 hours) (B, L)
Depart from Pattupauk at 7:00 am for your spectacular trip to Inle Lake, 900 m above sea level. Follow a small trail for half an hour on a flat route, continue another hour downhill (with an altitude difference of 300 m) along a scenic hillside and walk uphill for 45 minutes (with an altitude difference of 200 m) to Nanyoke, a Pa-O village about 7 km from Pattupauk. Stop for a short coffee break while meeting welcoming local people from the village.
From here, walk for one hour (3 km) along a relaxing path with old banyan trees on the way, before the path becomes rocky and you get the first glimpse of the lake. Continue downhill for another hour (3 km), with an altitude difference of 200 m, through a small jungle. Walk with care and enjoy the view of Inle Lake. During the last 30 minutes (2 km), you will pass through an enchanting bamboo forest until you reach Tonele’ for lunch. The small restaurant is located in the bamboo forest - the perfect place to sit and rest at the end of the trek. In the afternoon, take a thrilling boat ride to your hotel in Inle or Nyaung Shwe (approx. 1 hour), a small town on the north-eastern shore of Inle Lake.
PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.11.2020 - 30.04.2021
Trekking tours in southern Shan State
Southern Shan State is the most popular area for trekking. Kalaw, Pindaya and Inle Lake are good starting points to nearby Palaung, Danu, Taung Yoe, Pao villages through pine woods, orchards and bamboo groves. This region produces temperate climate fruits such as pears, peaches and oranges in addition to rice, tea, wheat, soya beans, groundnuts, tobacco, potatoes, garlic, sunflower seeds and dried green cordia leaves used as cheroot wrappers. You will stay overnight at private houses or at monasteries.
Hikes leading to the north of the Inle Lake are very popular. But there is also the opportunity to hike to the south of the Inle Lake (Samkar Lake). Here, you will have the opportunity to experience the original culture and traditional lifestyle of the Pao and Intha people. The trekking trips are not very difficult, mostly soft up and down, approx. 6 hours a day.
Accommodation in the villages/monasteries is very simple, but clean. There is mostly a well and a typical Asian toilet. For the overnight stay in the village we provide mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets. Please note that during the winter season from November till February temperatures in some mountain areas drop to 0°C. During this time jackets, sweaters, socks and warm pyjamas are necessary (a must).
Breakfast is usually served around 7 am; lunch is usually simple, light and served at mid-day whereas dinners are more extensive and usually at local homes or monasteries. Clients with special dietary requirements must inform us of these at the time of booking.
For the trekking days you need only light luggage, porters are included to carry your luggage. The main luggage will be transported by car/boat to your hotel at Inle Lake.
What to bring:
- Day bag
- Light trekking boots
- Long trousers for the trekking
- Long sleeve shirt
- Rain coat
- Sun hat
- Light cotton inlet
- Flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries
- Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.)
- Personal first-aid kit
- Sun block
- Polarized sun-glasses
- Insect repellent
Pick-up for the trekking trips from Kalaw to Inle Lake:
In case you have booked the hotel in Kalaw on your own, please let us know your address.
Our trekking guide will call you the day before the hike around 17:00 at the hotel to clarify any last questions, and will pick you up from your hotel the next morning at 08:00.
In case you arrive by public bus in the morning, please let us know the name of the bus company and the approximately arriving time. Usually busses drop you between 04:00 and 05:00 near the Winner Hotel.
Please wait at the Winner Hotel, our trekking guide will pick you up at 05:00. You have enough time to fresh up, prepare for your trekking trip and have breakfast at a local restaurant.
Should the night bus from Mandalay or Bagan arrive early morning between 02:00 and 03:00 we would recommend to book a room in advance as it is quite cold in Nov, Dec & Jan.
Do you have any questions?
Feel free to contact us. Our team will be happy to help you.