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Heho / Loikaw / Pindaya / Kalaw / Inle Lake / Mandalay / Yangon

Travel deep into the heart of Myanmar with an epic multi-sport adventure. Visit the last kingdom by bike and discover the rural Shan State on foot. Spot exotic wildlife and climb to the highest peak of this region. Bike to the land of Kayan People and the marvelous Inle Lake. Kayak around Inle to explore the unique floating homes of the Intha people. 

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Highlights for Multisport - Hike And Bike Myanmar
The highest peak in Shan State:

The highest peak in Shan State:

Hike to the highest peak of the Shan State named Ashaymyin Anaukmyin which means ‘see everything from the east and west’.

Cycling on the Shan Plateau

Cycling on the Shan Plateau

Bike the beautiful Shan Plateau offering unforgettable scenery and experiences of meeting rural hill tribes. Offering unforgettable scenery and experiences of meeting rural hill tribes. 

Paddling in Inle Lake:

Paddling in Inle Lake:

Kayak along the Inle Lake to discover the unique floating villages to learn about their everyday lives.

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ITINERARY

Multisport - Hike And Bike Myanmar - 12 Days / 11 Nights

DAY 1 - Mandalay ArrivalMealsMEALS [D]

Exo TravelTransfer from Mandalay Airport to the hotel: 1 hour

Upon arrival in Mandalay, meet with the adventure guide and transfer to town.

Go sightseeing at the Shwe Nandaw Kyuang, the Golden Palace Monastery which is noted for its intricate wood carvings, and onwards to Kayuk Taw Gyi Pagoda to view the huge marble Buddha. The marble is from Sagyin quarry and took 10,000 men almost two weeks to transfer the rock from the riverside to its current location. Then, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to ‘the world’s largest book’, a collection of more than 700 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings.

Enjoy a spectacular sunset with panoramic views from atop Mandalay Hill, situated 240 metres above the city. Take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside, Irrawaddy River, and city centre.

Overnight in Mandalay.

DAY 2 - Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Ywangan (Cycling)MealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelCycling distance: up to 34 km Difficulty: Easy Transfer (Ava to Ywangan): 3-4 hours

The cycling adventure begins today! Mount the bicycles for an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Ava and Amarapura.

Cycle to Amarapura, a former capital which means ‘City of Immortality’. Visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products. Continue riding to the famous U Bien Bridge, the longest teak bridge in Asia.

Continue the ride south of the city to Ava, the capital during the 14th to 18th centuries. Take a short ferry ride across the river. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort. Get a glimpse of local life in the Burmese countryside with many small villages located amid Ava’s ruins.

From here, load the bikes on the support vehicle and rest while on transfer to Ywangan.

Arrive in Ywangan this early evening. Check-in to hotel and take a relaxing stroll around the area.

Overnight in Ywangan.

DAY 3 - Ywangan – Mya Sedi Village (Trekking)MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelWalking time: Up to 6 hours / approx. 17 km Difficulty: Easy Elevation: Min. 1113m – Max. 1322m / Ascent. 625m – Descent. 549m

Today, begin the three-day trekking challenge. Meet with our local team and start walking from hotel. Pass by colourful fields filled with seasonal crops. Enjoy the amazing scenery and cool breeze while heading to a village for lunch.

Continue to trek to Mya Sedi Village. Stop by hilltribes along the way. The trek today is easy and on flat terrain except for a slight 2 km incline.

Arrive at Mya Sedi Village and enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by the local chef.

Overnight at a local monastery of Mya Sedi Village.

DAY 4 - Mya Sedi Village – Kan Hla Kone Village (Trekking)MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelWalking time: Up to 8 hours / approx. 25 km Difficulty: Hard Elevation: Min. 1278m – Max. 2377m / Ascent. 1685m – Descent. 1517m

After breakfast at the monastery, set off for the amazing day of trek which is the most challenging and interesting part among these three days. After a three-hour climb through the jungle arrive at the highest peak in Shan State 2,370 metres above sea level. This peak called Ashaymyin – Anaukmyin and one of the greenest and richest mountain of various kind of flowers and breathtaking views. Enjoy our picnic lunch under the sky surrounding by the nature.  

Then take a challenging 5-hour descend along the windy ridge to reach a local monastery.

Overnight at a local monastery of Kan Hla Kone Village.

DAY 5 - Kan Hla Kone Village – Pindaya (Trekking)MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelWalking time: Up to 2 hours / approx. 4 km Difficulty: Very Easy Transfer: 20 min

The final leg of our trek is an easy two-hour descent. After breakfast at the monastery, leave the village and walk leisurely to the beautiful lake. Taking a bamboo raft in the lake and catching some fishes is fun after a 3 day trek challenge.

Say goodbye to the trekking guides and transfer to the hotel in Pindaya. After check-in, go out for lunch at local restaurant in Pindaya. In the afternoon, wander into the Shwe Oo Min Cave where thousands of Buddha statues have been kept since the 18th century. Visit the Shan paper-making center—a great opportunity to pick up local crafts for souvenirs!     

Dinner at local restaurant in Pindaya.

Overnight in Pindaya.

DAY 6 - Pindaya – Kalaw (Cycling)MealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelCycling Distance: up to 60 km Difficulty: Medium

After trekking adventure, let’s continue our cycling adventure on the rolling hills this time. Today, cycle to Kalaw. The offbeat ride will pass through ethnic villages. Ride along the Shan Plateau with colourful plantations and seasonal vegetable farms. See the Danu and Pa-Oh people working in their farms.

Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Kalaw is a charming little town with a mix of local and colonial-style houses where the weather is cool.

Enjoy the afternoon exploring the Kalaw town.

Overnight in Kalaw

DAY 7 - Kalaw – Pin Laung – Loikaw (Cycling)MealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelCycling distance: Up to 74 km Difficulty: Hard Transfer (Pin Laung to Loikaw): 3 hours

Embark on a scenic ride to Pin Laung before arriving in Loikaw. En route visit Myin Ma Hti Cave where there are thousands of Buddha stupas. Continue cycling arounnd the Shan Plateau passing tea plantations. Stop for lunch at Green Tea Forest restaurant or other similar ones in Pin Laung.

After lunch, take a three hour transfer to Loikaw by private vehicle. On the way, take pictures of the beautiful scenery. Loikaw, the capital of Kayah State, pleases with natural wonders, spellbinding tribes and unending wonders. With the Bilu River running through the town , Loikaw is blessed with mountains, lakes, markets and many hilltribes – the most famous being the Padaung or ‘long-neck’ people. If time permits, watch the sunset at Taung Kwel Sedi.

Overnight in Loikaw.

DAY 8 - Loikaw – Panpet – Loikaw (Cycling)MealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelCycling distance up to: up to 81 km Difficulty: Hard

Today, cycle to the outskirts of Loikaw. The first stop is Panpet Padaung Village. Eexplore their unique costume and livelihood. First, see the famous Ngwe Daung Dam and arrive at Demoso. With some luck, see the bustling five-day market in Demoso. Continue cycling along the main road to Taungoo. After 25 km from Loikaw, there is a challenging uphill incline ride for about 13 km.

Have lunch after arriving at Panpet. Take the opportunity to learn about the traditions and culture of the Padaung people. After visiting Panpet, proceed to cycle on a dirt track before arriving at Demoso. Finish the final leg of cycling passing lakes, green fields and refreshing landscapes.

Overnight in Loikaw.

DAY 9 - Loikaw – Bilu Creek – Kyat Cave – Loikaw (Cycling)MealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelCycling distance up to: 72 km Difficulty: Medium Transfer: 1 hour

Today, start with a 15 km ride to Lawpita sluice gate used for hydropower. After crossing Bilu Chaung River, continue riding for 10 km before arriving at the Three Hills.

Enjoy a picnic lunch there.

After lunch continue to cycle to Hteeselkhar Waterfall. The ride offers great views along the way as well as a fun chance to interact with the curious locals. Take a relaxing dip in the amazing waterfall before a 1 hour scenic drive to the hotel in Loikaw.    

Dinner at local restaurant in Loikaw.

Overnight in Loikaw.

DAY 10 - Loikaw – Samkar – Nyaung Shwe (Cycling)MealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelCycling distance up to: up to 67 km Difficulty: Medium Transfer (Samkar – Nyaung Shwe): Up to 2 hours

After breakfast embark on a scenic 70-km cycle from Loikaw to Samkar. On the way, observe the rich agriculture of the area and take pictures of beautiful sceneries. Continue cycling through tea plantations then stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, keep riding to reach Samkar, an ancient village existing on the eastern shores of Inle Lake.

From here, load the bikes on a car and drive to Nyaung Shwe. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure.

Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.

DAY 11 - Inle Lake (Kayaking)MealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelTransfer by Boat to Ywama Village: 30-60 mins Kayaking up to 1.5 hour Difficulty: Easy Walk: approx.1hour

Have a short walk to the jetty before heading to Myanmar’s most spectacular sights, Inle Lake by traditional long tail boat. Pass through floating villages and water hyacinth gardens.

Travel to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, containing five sacred Buddha images and houses royal barges used during the pagoda’s annual festival. Proceed to the village of Inpawkhone to observe the traditional silk weaving techniques of the Inthar people. Inpawkhone is also renowned for weaving lotus flowers stems, an intricate process resulting in high quality products that are used across the country.Visit a cheroot factory where local Burmese cigars are rolled by hand.

Stop for lunch where a spread of delicious traditional Inthar dishes are served alongside stunning views of the lake and its surroundings. After lunch visit a lakeside villages, Ywama. Catch a glimpse of the everyday lives of the local people, a lifestyle that has remained relatively unchanged for generations. 

It’s then time to burn off some calories! Meet the guide at a local home and be briefed on the kayaking adventure.  Take a test ride before entering Ywama’s web of canals. Although Inle Lake is the 2nd largest lake in Myanmar, the water is shallow, allowing the local tribes to build entire communities on stilts creating the illusion of floating houses over the water. Paddle through these small waterways, under and around traditional floating homes. Kayaking has only recently been introduced to Inle, so be prepared for some curious looks from the locals.

After the half-hour paddle, embark on a trek through a lively local village. See local activities such as tofu-making, blacksmiths, and goldsmiths. There may be a chance to learn a little about the traditional medicine of the Inthar people. After exploring the village for around an hour head back to the kayaks. Continue paddling through the small channels of the village. Stop at a local house for a cup of tea and sample some traditional snacks. Continue along the waterways of Ywama and return to the starting point to return the kayaks. Transfer to Nyaung Shwe, the main gateway to Inle Lake.

Overnight in Nyaung Shwe.

DAY 12 - Nyaung Shwe – Heho – Yangon DepartureMealsMEALS [B]

Exo TravelTransfer (Nyaung Shwe to Heho Airport): up to 1 hour Transfer (Yangon Airport to Shwedagon Pagoda): up to 1 hour

This morning take a scenic one-hour drive to Heho Airport to catch the flight to Yangon. Along the way, stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images.

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city with an impressive colonial and spiritual heritage. Upon arrival at Yangon, be transferred to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, which is one of Myanmar’s holiest monuments. Its central stupa soars 99 metres upwards and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold leaf. Take the opportunity to witness the local pilgrims and learn about Burmese Buddhism, all the while enjoying breathtaking views of the golden stupa.

Transfer to the international airport to take the flight back home.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Our services include:

  • Accommodation as listed above with Twin/Double sharing included breakfast
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available). Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts for biking days
  • Bike, helmet and Kayak rental
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day while cycling, trekking and Kayaking
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • 1 EXO Adventure Certified English Guide throughout the trip from Mandalay to Inle
  • 1 local assistant for biking days for 11 cyclists and above
  • Mechanic for biking days for 7 cyclists and above
  • 1 English Speaking Station Guide in Yangon
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa arrangement
  • International  & Domestic flights (Please see separate domestic airfare table mentioned as above)
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Tips
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Credit card/bank transfer fees
  • Other language speaking guides

Important Notes:

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from date of offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Myanmar New Year (Thingyan Water Festival), etc.,) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program. 
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