Kalaw traditional treks

Trekking Kalaw, Myanmar

Kalaw is an explorers paradise, a colonial era hill station, established by Britons trying to escape the heat of the Myanmar lowlands. A wonderful mix of colonial architecture, and traditional culture. At the heart of Kalaw is the market, enjoy the hustle and bustle of local traders and farmers bringing their goods to market.

Location by Ko Kyaw Kalaw Trekking

Packages at this location

3 day 2 Night trip or 2 day 1 Night trip from Kalaw to Pindaya Trekking

Feel a sense of mythic time, as you join the ancestors of Buddhism at the limestone caves of Pindaya. Meditate with 6000 Buddhas and visit the 15 metre high Shwe U Min Pagoda. All this after trekking through spectacular scenery, populated with friendly villagers and hill tribes who will welcome you into their homes, monasteries and daily lives. Lead by local guides who will take you off the beaten track into the authentic Myanmar.

Accommodation whilst trekking is a combination of homestays or local buildings such as monasteries. You will need to provide your own bedding and sleeping mats. The homestays are often family or friends of your guide and create a relaxed, informal setting. A great opportunity to live and breathe the local culture and daily life.

The first day is approximately 6 hours walking visiting various tribal groups, farms and a monastery. You will stay overnight at a farmhouse. The second day will be approximately 8 hours of walking through spectacular scenery and again visiting a number of villages. Your overnight stay will be in a family home. The third day is a shorter walk of about 95 minutes to the majestic Pindaya caves. There will be some extra walking from the caves. The total walking time will be approximately three and a half hours.

Treks are available throughout the year, the coolest season November to February is the most popular time for trekking. March to May is the hottest season and June to October you should be prepared for rain.

For your own personal use you will need to bring:
Any malaria medication that you are taking
Water purification tablets
Good walking shoes
Raincoat
Own sleeping mats
Warm clothing

Not included in the trek are the following:
Personal expenses
Cost of visit to Pindaya
Drinks
The transfer of large luggage items ($3 US Per item)

3 days 2 nights trip from Kalaw to Inle lake Trekking

In a valley between two mountain ranges you will find a unique part of Myanmar. InLe Lake, with the local In Thar people having a society based on the water, including their unique leg-rowed boats. Enjoy the incredible scenery of this highland lake. Feel the serenity of Buddhist temples and stilt houses rising above the water and floating gardens. All this following a two-day walk through the panoramic scenery of the Shan plateau.

Accommodation whilst trekking is in homestays, you will need to provide your own bedding and sleeping mats. The homestays are often family or friends of your guide and create a relaxed, informal setting. A great opportunity to live and breathe the local culture and daily life.

Day one is approximately five and a half hours of walking through the incredible scenery and panoramic views of the Shan plateau. At times the walking will be arduous, the compensation is the opportunity to get so close to Myanmar's ecological soul. You will visit a few villages for breaks and food, staying overnight in Kyuk Su village, in a family homestay.

Day two is approximately seven hours of walking, including a number of villages, more spectacular scenery. Towards the end of the day, you will arrive at a freshwater river where you can shower. You will overnight at Pat Tu Pauk village in a family homestay

On day three after approximately four and a half hours of walking, you will arrive at Tone Le village, on the banks of InLe Lake. You will cross the lake on a spectacular boat ride to Nyaung Shwe City.

Treks are available throughout the year, the coolest season November to February is the most popular time for trekking. March to May is the hottest season and June to October you should be prepared for rain.

For your own personal use you will need to bring:
Any malaria medication that you are taking
Water purification tablets
Good walking shoes
Raincoat
Own sleeping mats
Warm clothing

Not included in the trek are the following:
Personal expenses
Cost of visit to Inle Lake
Transportation by boat ($18 US per passenger)
Drinks
The transfer of large items ($3 US Per item)

1/ Day Return Trip (Kalaw - Myin Ka Village - Pine Ne Pin Village) Trekking

Immerse yourself in the daily life of Kalaw's hill tribes, visiting small villages to see traditional farming and land use. Where opium production has been replaced with camellia, clementines, avocado, and mandarin.

  • Meals included in the trekking trip

A six-hour return trip to Pine Ne Pin village, via the Da Nu hill tribes village of Myin Ka. See traditional farming and land use. Where opium production has been replaced with camellia, avocado, and mandarin.

Treks are available throughout the year, the coolest season November to February is the most popular time for trekking. March to May is the hottest season and June to October you should be prepared for rain.

For your own personal use you will need to bring:
Any malaria medication that you are taking
Water purification tablets
Good walking shoes
Raincoat
Warm clothing

Not included in the trek are the following:
Personal expenses
Drinks

About the location

Accommodation

Accommodation whilst trekking is a combination of homestays or local buildings such as monasteries. You will need to provide your own bedding and sleeping mats. The homestays are often family or friends of your guide and create a relaxed, informal setting. A great opportunity to live and breathe the local culture and daily life.

Location

At 1320 metres above sea level Kalaw is nestled in the blue mountains of Myanmar's Shan state. As well as colonial architecture the region has spectacular vistas of mountains, jungles, lakes, and agriculture. You can visit numerous small villages and see traditional farming and land use. Opium production has been replaced with camellia, clementines and a variety of fruits and vegetables. The easiest route to Kalaw is via a flight to Heho Airport. From the airport, you will have a 26km journey west to Kalaw, approximately a one-hour taxi ride. You can catch a bus from Bagan or Sipaw, and there are also train services available. There are a number of cafes and restaurants that offer internet access, plus a KBZ bank ATM which accepts VISA and Mastercard. There are a numerous options for accommodation including hotels, motels and resorts. Visit a local Buddhist monastrey, or pagoda, and take a short 40 minute journey to the Green Hill Valley elephant camp where you can see eco-tourism in progress.

Food

On the trek, you will have most of your meals cooked in a family setting. Yet you should relish the excellent and eclectic cuisine choices in Kalaw. With fine fusions of traditional Shan techniques and the imported cuisine descended from Indian and Nepali rail workers. Try some Shan noodle salad or fried yellow tofu chips, for the sweet tooth try a little sticky rice doughnut. The options go on and on with plenty of choices for all palates and tastes.

Activities

Trekking to famous Myanmar locations, exposure to indigenous cultures in a family setting with English speaking guides. Important historical and sacred sites. Magnificent scenery, and high-value bio-diverse routes, outside the main tourist tracks.

Amenities

Available activities

  • Hiking