3 Days / 2 Nights from Kalaw to Inle Lake

starting from $130

This three-day trek winds up and down through villages, farmland, grassy fields and scenic mountains. Explore the diversity, culture and heritage sites and lifestyle of the friendly people. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this absolutely magical part of Shan State.


Type of trip:
Individual tour
starting from $130 (based on 2 travellers)
Availability: May till September
Start of the trip: Daily
Difficulty: easy/moderate
  • 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
  • Visumsgebühren
  • Domestic airfare to/from Heho
  • Accommodation in Kalaw and Inle Lake
  • Lunches & dinners not mentioned in our itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry service, etc.
  • Porter fees at the hotels

You have questions? Then please contact us! We will be happy to help you customize your own dream trip.

Day 1 KALAW – SHABIN – KYAUK SU (trek 19 km, approx. 6 hours) (L, D)

Rise early and start the journey from the hotel at 8:00 am. Ascend uphill for two and a half hours (approx. seven km with an altitude difference of 150 m), through pine forest and another half an hour uphill (with an altitude difference of 100 m) to Shabin, a typical Danu village with a 12th-century wooden monastery. People from this village grow cabbages, cauliflowers, bananas, avocados and papayas. Have a hearty lunch at the home of a local family or at the monastery. After lunch, proceed along the hill, with its gorgeous scenery, for two hours before coming to a beautiful Pa-O village called Linpain. The last trek of the day will be for another hour to Kyauk Su, another Pa-O village, for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2 KYAUK SU – NANTAIN – YAY KHAUNGTOE – PATTUPAUK (trek distance17 km, 5 ½ hours) (B, L, D)

After breakfast, walk downhill for one and a half hours to Nantain. Continue on a flatter route for one hour to Letpainbin, another Pa-O village with chili and rice fields. Trek along the hills for half an hour to Yay Khaung monastery for lunch. After lunch, proceed for two and half hours to Pattupauk. On the way, you’ll see ginger plantation and rice terraces, set against a beautiful limestone hill range. The path between Yay Khaungtoe and Pattupauk is a little steep and goes up- and downhill. Dinner and overnight stay at Pattupauk village.

Day 3 PATTUPAUK – NGOKE – THANDAUNG – INLE LAKE (trek distance 16km, approx. 5 hours) (B, L)

Start at 7:00 am for your final day’s trek to Inle Lake. The way leads first uphill for one hour (with an altitude difference of 100 m) to Htithein. From here, walk downhill for one and a half hours (with an altitude difference of 150 m) to Ngoke, a small Pa-O village. After a short tea break, continue (somewhat steeply) downhill for one and a half hours to the shore of Inle Lake, where you will take a trail through the bamboo forest for 45 minutes until reaching Thandaung, an Inthar village. Lunch in Thandaung and take a thrilling boat ride to the hotel on the lake or Nyaung Shwe (approx. 1 ½ hours).

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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
- Sweater
- Rain coat
- Sun hat
- Slippers
- Light cotton inlet
- Flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries
- Pocketknife
- Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.)
- Personal first-aid kit
- Earplugs
- 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.

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