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What’s included

  • English-speaking Burmese guide & trek leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK departure tax (flight inclusive bookings)
  • All internal flights
  • International airport transfers
  • All other transfers as per the itinerary
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Savoy Hotel on half board basis (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Comfortable tourist-class hotels in Pindaya, Kalaw & Mandalay
  • Comfortable village lodges on trek
  • All meals except for lunches on Days 2 and 14
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • Carbon offset flights for all flight inclusive bookings

Trekking in the Foothills of the Burmese Himalaya

Walking & Trekking

Burma (Myanmar) | Walking & Trekking

Trekking in the Foothills of the Burmese Himalaya
Moderate

Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  12 days from the UK  
On trek: 6 days
Walks on: 1 days

Flight inclusive from £2,945,
Land only from £2,245

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Trek in the foothills of Burma's 'Ice Mountains'.

Highlights

  • Be among the select few westerners to visit the Burmese Himalaya
  • Interact with the shy but friendly people of the Rawan and Lisu tribes
  • Enjoy the beauty of the valleys and villages at the foot of their “Ice Mountains”
  • Visit the extraordinary Pindaya Caves

Reviews          

All three guides were excellent; very keen to please and gave us lots of information… The hotels were of a very high standard and the service provided was excellent… We loved seeing the markets and people up close and the stupas and Buddhas were magnificent. People were so friendly and helpful, especially hotel staff.
Mr & Mrs M, Kent

To be among the first visitors to a region like this is such a rare privilege! The tribes-people are shy but friendly and their agricultural way of life little changed for centuries. The landscapes are beautiful, the forest and jungle full of interest, and the Burmese 'Ice Mountains' are a stunning backdrop, especially at sunrise and sunset. We have part-funded two major suspension bridges to...
Steve Berry, Managing Director

A small friendly group, excellent support, a very remote location untouched by western civilisation, very well planned route, the right balance between adventure and comfort. The guide from Mandalay onwards was particularly interesting, very articulate, happy to talk to us and take us round off the beaten track, e.g. on a ship in Yangon.
Mrs C, Cardiff

We very much enjoyed the whole Mountain Kingdoms experience and thought it was extremely well organised and an amazing opportunity. Meeting the lovely Burmese people, both in the isolated mountain villages and in smaller towns and cities was so interesting, they are unfailingly polite, gentle, smiling and interested in visitors which is very refreshing… The standard of food, restaurants and...
Mr & Mrs A, Kent

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Our trek starts by flying from Yangon (Rangoon) to Putao from where we will spend six wonderful days trekking in the valleys and villages in the foothills, staying overnight in simple lodges built on stilts. The trek takes us through an interesting range of landscapes from broad riverside to varied jungle and there is also one pass to cross at 1,315m/4,314ft. The tribespeople are shy but friendly, and their way of life and village houses are fascinating to see. This is a great trip for birdwatching, and you may also see and hear troops of gibbons as they call out loudly from the trees above.

To contrast with our trek in the north, we head to Burma’s eastern Shan Plateau. Here, we spend time walking in and around the colonial hill station in Kalaw where red-earth tracks wind their way up through pine forests and past pagodas and sacred caves adorned with Buddha’s statues.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  12 days from the UK  
On trek: 6 days
Walks on: 1 days

Max. Altitude: 1,362m/4,468ft on Day 4

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 8

Land only joining city: Yangon

Accommodation types: Hotels, Lodges, Village Houses

Meal arrangements: All meals except for lunches in Yangon.

Leader: Local leader, Burmese Himalaya
Local leader, Burmese Himalaya

Once you reach Putao you will have an English-speaking local Guide. Our two principal Guides are:
Mr Myo Thein Lu: Known as Mu. He speaks tolerably good English. He is an excellent Guide, and highly knowledgeable in terms of the medicinal plants and roots to be found in the forest. He has climbed Phongun Razi many times, and has lots of friends in the villages you pass through. He loves to learn new English phrases and keeps a notebook for recording them. He is wonderful company.
Hlaing Win Aung: He has been a leader in the Putao region for a long time, has lead many groups for our agent, and speaks good English. He has climbed Mount Phongun many times. He is from the mainland but dedicated to live in the mountains having married an ethnic Lisu tribe lady, and raised a family in Putao.
In all other areas of Burma you will be escorted by English-speaking Burmese Tour Guides. Our Guides are all licensed to guide throughout the country and receive regular training. In addition to English, many guides speak the dialects used by some of the ethnic groups you will encounter in rural areas – further adding to the interest and enjoyment of your holiday.


Trekking in the Foothills of the Burmese Himalaya Itinerary

DayActivity
1-2
Please note that our February 2017 departure follows a 16 day itinerary please see our 2016 day by day for more information. Fly to Yangon (Rangoon). Visit Shwedagon Pagoda.
3
Fly north to Putao, a town in the foothills of the Himalaya.
4
Visit the local market in the morning then drive to Shangaung to begin the trek. Leaving paddy fields behind, trek through jungle, past Mt Shangaung 1,362m, then descend to village of Wasandum. (6 hours trekking)
5
Trek to the village of Ziyadum. Today the walking is mostly level, with a few ups & downs. On the way your guide can tell you about the medicinal plants used in the region. (6-7 hours trekking)
6
Trek towards Mount Phongun, 3,635m/11,926ft, through jungle and down to the Phongun River. The route takes you over two of the new bridges funded by Mountain Kingdoms. (6-7 hours trekking)
7-8
Trek to Wasandum and other villages in the area. There's plenty of opportunity to see village life, as well as the wildlife. (7 hours trekking)
9
Leaving the jungle behind, there is a final challenge of trekking uphill to the plateau of Mount Shangaung. Then, head steeply downhill to meet the jeep, your ride back to Putao. (5 hours trekking)
10-12
Fly to Yangon. Visit Scott Market and Rangoon Harbour. Transfer to the airport for your international flight.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sun 19 Nov - Thu 30 Nov 2017Available£2245 Book£2945 Book

2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sun 11 Feb - Thu 22 Feb 2018Available£2245 Book£2995 Book

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Optional supplements
  • Single Room Supplement
    From £375
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £114
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No surcharges will be applied to your holiday after you book. Prices on this website are updated regularly. The Flight Inclusive holiday price, or Land Only holiday price, will be confirmed to you at the time you make your booking. There will be no surcharges after your booking has been confirmed.

Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • English-speaking Burmese guide & trek leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK departure tax (flight inclusive bookings)
  • All internal flights
  • International airport transfers
  • All other transfers as per the itinerary
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Savoy Hotel on half board basis (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Comfortable tourist-class hotels in Pindaya, Kalaw & Mandalay
  • Comfortable village lodges on trek
  • All meals except for lunches on Days 2 and 14
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • Carbon offset flights for all flight inclusive bookings

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunches on Days 2 and 14
  • Overseas airport departure taxes
  • Tips


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Everyone was so friendly          

All three guides were excellent; very keen to please and gave us lots of informationÉ The hotels were of a very high standard and the service provided was excellentÉ We loved seeing the markets and people up close and the stupas and Buddhas were magnificent. People were so friendly and helpful, especially hotel staff.

Remote and untouched          

A small friendly group, excellent support, a very remote location untouched by western civilisation, very well planned route, the right balance between adventure and comfort. The guide from Mandalay onwards was particularly interesting, very articulate, happy to talk to us and take us round off the beaten track, e.g. on a ship in Yangon.

Great support crew          

We very much enjoyed the whole Mountain Kingdoms experience and thought it was extremely well organised and an amazing opportunity. Meeting the lovely Burmese people, both in the isolated mountain villages and in smaller towns and cities was so interesting, they are unfailingly polite, gentle, smiling and interested in visitors which is very refreshingÉ The standard of food, restaurants and hotels in both countries was fantastic: our team of 16 porters and cooks on the 6 day trek were very attentive and supportive and we always felt safe at all times.

Incredible mountain views          

To be among the first visitors to a region like this is such a rare privilege! The tribes-people are shy but friendly and their agricultural way of life little changed for centuries. The landscapes are beautiful, the forest and jungle full of interest, and the Burmese 'Ice Mountains' are a stunning backdrop, especially at sunrise and sunset. We have part-funded two major suspension bridges to enable people to get right up the valleys to have a go at the mountain of Phongun Razi. I would recommend this to anyone with a sense of adventure!


Extend your holiday

Hpa-An extension, Burma
  • Visit Hpa-An, the capital of the beautiful Karen State
  • Stay in an idyllic boutique lodge at the foot of Mount Zwegabin
  • Visit the precariously positioned Golden Rock in Kin Pun

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We are delighted to offer an exciting new extension in Burma to visit Hpa-An, the capital of Karen State lying south east of Yangon. Hpa-An is a charming town set on the banks of the mighty Salween River, one of the great rivers of south east Asia which rises in Tibet and flows down to the Andaman Sea. This is an incredibly beautiful region of green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts.

As an additional attraction on this exciting extension you will stay at a charming recently opened boutique lodge, the Hpa-An Lodge, which offers a very high standard of accommodation and is already receiving glowing reports from all who visit it.

We offer two versions of this extension, with one including a visit to the Golden Rock in Kin Pun.


Ngapali Beach Extension
  • Relax in style at a Ngapali beach resort, perfect to add on to your Burma trek or tour
  • Choice of hotels, from mid-range to luxury
  • Spa treatments are available

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Ngapali Beach, with its pristine white sand and sparkling turquoise water, is the best in the country and a perfect way to end your holiday in Burma.


Balloons over Bagan - extension
  • Spectacular sunrise views over the temples of Bagan
  • Excursion lasts 2.5 – 3 hours, with an hour-long balloon flight and refreshments afterwards
  • Balloons take off daily from October through to March.

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Visitors to Bagan now have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in a hot air balloon. The world-famous archaeological site of Bagan is known for its marvellous sunsets and sunrises, mostly enjoyed from the top of one of the monuments but a balloon flight gives you the chance to see Bagan from a bird’s-eye view.


Golden Rock, Burma - extension
  • Walk 4km to reach the top of Golden Rock, for an unforgettable sunrise or sunset
  • Three day extension visting pagodas and giant buddha's as well as the Golden Rock
  • Available to add to your Burma holiday between October and May

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Extend your stay in Burma with a visit to the Golden Rock of Kyaikhtiyo, one of the most revered pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. Perched on the edge of a ledge at a height of 1,100m, the precariously positioned gold-plated boulder is said to maintain its balance thanks to a single hair of the Buddha being enshrined inside the pagoda.

During your three-day extension, you’ll also visit pagodas, stop off at the Allied War Graves Cemetery at Htauk Kyan, see reclining Buddhas and drop in at local villages before returning to Rangoon for your final night in what will have been a memorable trip to Burma.


Angkor Wat extension
  • Visit Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom, the Bayon and more. Each of these sites has its own individual charm.
  • Flights to Siem Reap from either Burma or Bangkok.
  • All entrance fees, guides and transport during your time in Cambodia.
  • Three nights stay at a lovely Boutique hotel with a pool and friendly staff.

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Angkor Wat is the largest religious building in the world. The name translates to ‘The temple that is a city’ and after a visit to this amazing site you will understand why.

During your four days here you will have the chance to spend time not only at Angkor Wat but also the atmospheric ruins of Ta Prohm where the jungle has taken over the temple, the epic Angkor Thom, the enchanting Bayon and much more besides. Each of these sites has its own individual charm and will leave you with memories to last a life time. Angkor could be described as a giant game of one-upmanship with each successive king trying to out do the previous with a larger and more impressive temple, culminating in Angkor Wat. This four day extension can be added on to all our Burmese trips and any of our holidays ending in Bangkok.


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