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Bike & Trek Shan Hills - 7 Days / 6 Nights
Bike & Trek Shan Hills - 7 Days / 6 Nights

Bike & Trek Shan Hills - 7 Days / 6 Nights

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Heho - Kalaw - Pindaya - Inle


The far northern Shan State of Myanmar sits in an area filled with a rolling landscape of green plateaus and jade lakes. The region is home to numerous ethnic groups who still practice a way of life that has been passed down for centuries. Come and meet them for yourself on a cycling and trekking adventure that will stay in your mind long after you return home. You'll trek over hills enjoying the crisp air, view spectacular lakes, and visit tribal villages to learn more about the local inhabitants.

 

You'll start your journey in Heho, from where you'll cycle to Kalaw, a former British Hill Station. The town is dotted with historic colonial houses and hemmed in by a cool pine forest, the ideal place to relax after a day of cycling.

 

Continue onward on foot as you take a four-day trek to the small town of Pindaya. Along the way, visit villages home to Danu, Palaung, Shan, and Pa-O people all of whom have been living on this land for generations. Learn about their remarkable lifestyle and cultures, and be charmed by friendly smiles and warm greetings of the local inhabitants.

 

From Pindaya, trade in your hiking boots for two wheels for a cycle to Nyaung Shwe, one of a handful of towns along the banks of the immense Inle Lake. The lake sustains Intha families, who live entirely on stilted villages, their crops grown on cleverly suspended floating gardens. Take in the scenes by boat tour, marveling at the leg-rowing fishermen and local craftsmen who specialize in weaving, silver crafting, and making the local cigars, called cheroots. The lake is also home to the stunning Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, and the amusing 'jumping cats monastery', where the monks have trained cats to perform a variety of unusual feats.

 

Join Exo Travel on this adventure, and get ready to be amazed by what the natural environs of Myanmar has to offer you.

Day 1 - Arrive Heho - Kalaw (Cycling) (L)

Bike & Trek The Shan Hills - 7 Days / 6 Nights - itinerary

Your Exo Travel guide will greet you at the Heho Airport. A bike fitting and trip briefing will be given before setting off on your journey.

Set off on the first leg of your trip, cycling from the airport to the former British hill station of Kalaw (approx. 50 km). Along the way you will pass through pine forests and both local and colonial-style houses. The slightly higher elevation means that the air temperature will probably be cooler.

Arrive in Kalaw before early evening and check in to your hotel. Dinner this evening is at your leisure.

Overnight in Kalaw.

Ride up to 50km

Difficulty: Medium

Day 2 - Kalaw - Pindaya (Trekking) (B,L,D)

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After breakfast, we walk to the trekking start point. Today’s trek takes around 4-6 hours and passes through the beautiful mountains around Pindaya.  

The trip starts with one hour of gentle up and down terrain through pine forests followed by a one hour uphill climb to Peinnebin, a Palaung Village. Visit around the village and learn about the unique Palaung heritage.

Continue one more hour to Taungni where you will have lunch in a village home.

This afternoon walk downhill to Oomin Village, around 2.5 hours. This area is inhabited by the Danu people who grow crops such as ginger, potatoes, chili and rice.

Arriving late afternoon we’ll settle in to our overnight stay at either a monastery or family house in Ywadaw, a small village near Oomin. A local dinner of freshly prepared dishes will be served.

Overnight homestay in Ywadaw Village.

(Total distance: 5.5 hours)

Trekking: 5.5 hours

Difficulty: Hard

Day 3 - Trek to Pindaya (Trekking) (B,L,D)

Bike & Trek The Shan Hills - 7 Days / 6 Nights - itinerary

Fuel up with a good breakfast before setting off on another amazing day of trekking. The route today takes you further around the Pindaya area and includes many stops at hilltribe villages. You’ll get to meet many friendly locals and learn about their unique traditions.   

You’ll start with a one hour walk to Naungye, a Shan-Tare village. Continue over rolling hills to Phaung Taw (2 hours), a Danu village where from the months of October to December giant sunflowers will be growing on the hills.

We’ll stop here for lunch before continuing to Shan Ywa village, our overnight stop for today. The walk takes around 3.5 hours and passes through Tebin village.

Dinner will be served in the village.

Overnight homestay in Shan Ywa.

Trekking: 6.5 hours

Difficulty: Hard

Day 4 - Trek to Pindaya (Half Day Trekking) (B,L)

Our final day of trekking takes us to Pindaya. The walk takes around 3.5 hours and is mostly downhill. We’ll have one final village lunch before arriving in the town of Pindaya in the early afternoon.

Transfer to the hotel for check-in and a chance to freshen up. Then we’ll visit the famed Pindaya caves, filled with thousands of Buddhas and meditation niches.

Your trek continues down to Pindaya arriving in the late afternoon. Make a visit to the Pindaya caves.

Overnight in Pindaya.

Trekking: 3.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Day 5 - Pindaya - Inle (Cycling) (B,L)

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Trade in your hiking boots for your bike. Today you’ll enjoy a scenic ride to Nyaung Shwe. (105 km; a support vehicle will be alongside if you wish to only bike for part of this distance)

The area around the lake is inhabited by the Intha people, a descendant of the Mon tribe, who live in stilted houses along the lakeshores and floating villages.

Lunch will either be a picnic lunch box or at a local restaurant.

Upon arrival in Nyaung Shwe, transfer to your hotel for check in. Nyaung Shwe is the gateway to Inle Lake, a charming town at the base of the hills with a colourful morning market, many monasteries and a laid-back atmosphere.

Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.

Ride up to 105km

Difficulty: Hard

Day 6 - Inle (B,L)

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This morning board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Your first stop will be Inle Lake’s morning market. The market rotates its location around the lake’s villages in a 5 day rhythm and is visited by both the local Inthar people and surrounding hill tribes who come to sell and trade their wares. (Note: market is daily except on dark moon and full moon days).

Continue across the lake passing by houses built on stilts over the lake, inhabited by the local Intha people.  Observe the leg-rowing fishermen and see their floating gardens built up from strips of water hyacinth and mud and anchored to the bottom with bamboo poles. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. 

Enjoy lunch at a restaurant on the lake.

This afternoon, continue by boat to the western banks of the lake and travel down a small canal to Indein. Indein is a Pa-Oh village which is known for its stupa-covered hill at Alaung Sitthou. Spend time exploring Indein on foot, strolling around the village, visiting a local school and making your way to the top of Alaung Sitthou where you can wander amid the weather-beaten stupas and enjoy magnificent views of the lake below.

Return to land early this evening and continue to your hotel.

Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.

Day 7 - Inle - Heho - Departure (B)

This morning transfer to the Heho Airport for your departure flight. 

 

 

An itinerary may at times be altered by our guides due to local conditions, the skill of participants and other unexpected circumstances. Our priority is always the experience and safety of our clients.

 

Tour Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Tour Price: Available upon Request

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.


Our services include:

  • 4 nights accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast plus 2 nights in a local village monastery (mattress, bed sheets and blanket provided by Exo Travel)
  • Luggage transfer or porters
    • Clients are only asked to carry a day bag for personal items needed during the day
  • English Speaking certified Adventure Guide throughout the trip (Heho to Inle)
  • Trekking Guide on Day 2 & 3 (Kalaw to Inle
  • Supporting van/bus (with space for bikes) during the biking trip
  • English-speaking local guide for biking & trekking
  • Bike rental
    Water and refreshing towels while touring
  • All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Private motorized boat for Inle Lake
  • Sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights.
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Tips & porters at the hotels
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (laundry, telephone etc.)
  • Credit card/bank transfer fees
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion
  • Other language speaking guides

 

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All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Myanmar tour to your individual specifications.


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