Trekking in Myanmar (Burma)

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Trip code: 
TOM
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–12

Trek amongst tribal villages in the remote Chin Hills

A truly remote trekking trip that visits Myanmar's cultural highlights as well as exploring the isolated Chin Hills of north west Burma. This area is home to the Chin people whose culture and traditions have changed little over the centuries. Over 25 clan languages are spoken in the region and women are still adorned with tattooed faces and ornate tribal jewellery. We will stay in monasteries and school houses, pass forested hills and tea plantations and ascend Mt Victoria (3053m) for magnificent views of the surrounding area. We will also visit the 2000 temples of Bagan, the U Bein Bridge and the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.

Highlights

  • Staying in remote villages and meeting the locals
  • The mystical temples of Bagan
  • Trekking in the remote Chin Hills
  • Sunrise at the iconic U-Bein Bridge
  • Free transfers to meet any flight

Key information

  • 7 nights hotels, 5 nights village houses or monasteries and 1 night camping
  • 7 days point-to-point walking with full porterage throughout
  • Altitude maximum 3053m, average 1992m
  • Group normally 4 to 12, plus leader. Min age 16 years

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - not available on trek)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Pace:

Approximately 5-6hrs walking per day

Terrain:

Mostly low altitude (day 9 goes above 3000m); undualting paths, some rocky sections

Day by day breakdown
Day 47.0km/4.0miles
Day 519.0km/11.0miles
Day 621.0km/13.0miles
Day 717.0km/10.0miles
Day 812.0km/7.0miles
Day 912.0km/7.0miles
Day 105.0km/3.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Yangon; free for sightseeing.

    Today is free for sightseeing. The golden stupa of Shwedagon Paya glitters and beneath it city life goes on in the busy streets. Feel free to explore dilapidated colonial edifices and the maze of side streets that give this city its character. Downtown Yangon with its unpaved streets lined with old wooden shuttered houses, medicine shops, temples and the more colourful markets offers plenty of photographic opportunities. Close by, visit Shwe Bontha, perhaps the most photogenic of all streets in the city, with its leafy sidewalks, pavement tea-shops and magnificent colonial buildings. In the evening at approx. 6pm there will be a group meeting which you should attend. The local leader will discuss the trip ahead in detail, take your insurance details and answer any questions you might have. Then we'll head out for an optional group meal at one of Yangon's many restaurants.
    Grand United Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Fly to Bagan; visit temples; sunset at Shwe Nan Yin Daw Temple.

    This morning we leave early for our short flight to the ancient wonder of Bagan (Pagan), where after checking in, we will have an afternoon tour of some of the wonders of this amazing site. There are over 2000 temples and pagodas in many shapes and sizes to explore amongst this site which compares to the Angkor Kingdom of Cambodia, Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu as one of the world's most spectacular archaeological sites. This is where Buddhism, Hinduism and Nat worship come together in an array of different shrines. Ananda Pahto with its bejewelled umbrella (hti), Dhammayangyi Pahto and Shwezigon Paya are the largest and most impressive sights we will visit as well as some smaller hidden gems away from the main tourist route. Weather permitting, this evening we will catch the sunset from a temple called Shwe Nan Yin Daw.
    Yarkhinthar Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Drive through tropical lowland to Mindat.

    After breakfast we will cross the Irrawaddy River and follow a rugged, dusty dirt road passing rice fields and local seasonal crops (approximately 96km, 4 hours) to the Pontaung mountain range, famous among archaeologists, following a recent discovery of fossilised remains dating back 35-50 million years ago. After lunch we proceed to Mindat, through tropical lowland forest. Mindat (1516m) is the main administrative town for southern Chin State and is overlooked by Mount Victoria some thirty miles away across a deep valley. The guest house where we stay is simple and facilities very basic. Bucket showers are available but the water is cold (it's warm here though!). We will have dinner at a local restaurant.

    For those that would like to do the optional balloon ride please consult the Optional Extras section.
    Hotel Mindat or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Begin trek; Mindat to Heelong.

    An early start sees us exploring the streets of Mindat where we should have some good photo opportunities of the monks on their ritual alms walk and the children heading off to school. We will also walk up to the Buddhist monastery on the hill for beautiful views of the surrounding area. This afternoon, we set off for the drive to our trailhead (approx 45 minutes) where we meet our trekking crew. We then begin on a good track descending steadily through pine forest. After nearly 2 hours, we arrive at Heelong where you will see animal skulls hanging from the huts. We will overnight in the local church. Approx. trekking time 2 hrs / 7km (1516m to 2429m then 2224m).
    Homestay

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Trek from Heelong to Phwe. Overnight Amlong.

    After breakfast we set off on the trail for 3.5 hours until we reach Phwe for lunch. From here we have a steady descent to the River Chi, traversing several ridges. After 4 hours walking we will stop at Amlong for overnight and on our way we'll pass local villagers' weaving huts. Tonight’s accommodation is in the Buddhist monastery. Approx. trekking time 7 hrs / 19km (2224m to 1310m)
    Homestay

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Trek Amlong to Madat.

    Today we climb the path steadily from the bottom of the valley up to the village of Kyar Ai Nuu, where clay pipes are made. We will have lunch in the village. This afternoon begins with a steep descent for 45 minutes until we reach the bottom of the valley. Crossing the river we then continue 3 hours to climb up and down on paths crossing another valley before a short but tough climb to the village of Madat where we will stop for tonight at a local house. Approx. trekking time 7 hrs / 21km (1310m to 1180m)
    Homestay

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Madat Aye Camp.

    We begin today’s trek along the undulating path passing through a number of small villages where animism is widely practiced (look out for the animist tombs of the local people) en route to our lunch stop, the village of Kyardo. Kyardo is known for its gold hunters who pan in the river. We will have lunch and explore the village. After that we will have 4 hours steep hike along a densely forested track finally leads us to Aye. From here, the whole view of Mindat can be seen. Our accommodation for the night is in a basic guest house. Hot water showers should also be possible though the electricity supply can be sporadic. Approx. trekking time 6 hrs / 17km (1180m to 1845m)
    Aye Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Trek Aye to Do Nuu.

    After breakfast we begin to gain altitude as we start the climb towards Mt Victoria. We will follow a good but steep track which is mainly forested and later we'll pass through banana plantations. Tonight we will be sleeping in a local school, dormitory style. Approx trekking time 4-5 hrs / 12km (1845m to 2211m).
    Homestay

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Ascend to summit of Mt Victoria and spend night here.

    After breakfast, we join the trail which loses sight of Mindat as we head for Mt Victoria. It will take 4 hours to reach base camp and then another hour to reach the summit. Be prepared for a much cooler and more windy night as Mt Victoria is the highest point in the Chin Hills at 3084 metres. We will set up camp up here for the night. The views from this top are breathtaking and we will have plenty of time before dinner to enjoy the sunset. Approx trekking time 6 hrs / 12km (2211m to 3084m).
    Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Descend to Kampalat; drive to Bagan.

    After watching the sunrise we have breakfast before we head back down to base camp to meet our jeeps. Bidding farewell to our crew, we set off for Kampalat an hour's drive away. If we have time we will visit Kampalat's market and have tea at a local coffee shop before our six hour drive to Bagan. As it's a long drive we will stop for coffee at a town on the river as well as making a lunch stop. The drive passes through lots of teak plantations and there is some beautiful scenery. We arrive in Bagan in the late afternoon and check in to our hotel. Approx trekking time 1.5 hrs / 5km.
    Yarkhinthar Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Fly to Mandalay; sunset at Mandalay Hill.

    A short flight east to the former Kingdom of Myanmar crosses the plains and the great Chinese road before landing in Mandalay. Mandalay has one of the most evocative names in the world, epitomised by Kipling's poem and later as an adapted song 'On the road to Mandalay'. The former Kingdom of Myanmar was abolished in 1885 by the British in the 3rd and final Anglo-Burmese war, with the remnants being given away by the last King Thibaw Min. The remains now sit directly in the middle of a grid system similar to that of Manhattan. After checking into our hotel we will take a guided walk around the streets of downtown Mandalay where we will be able to see people going about their day- to- day lives in the local markets. After lunch we will visit a local cottage industry where gold leaf is made for people to place on Buddha statues. We then continue onto Mahamuni Pagoda, revered as the holiest site in the former Kingdom, where will see local people applying the gold leaf onto the the Mahamuni Buddha statue. We will continue onto Shwe In Bin Kyaung, the Teak Monastery, built in traditional Burmese fashion. Constructed in 1895 by Chinese merchants, the monastery consists of fantastically intricate woodcarvings and also contains a number of admirable works of art.

    After a short break at the hotel we will head to Mandalay Hill with its glittering stupas, mosaics and great lookout points, a must see for every visitor. Access to the top is via lots of steps (you should be prepared to remove shoes and socks for the climb). Once at the top you should be able to make a wish at Sutaungpyei (literally wish-fulfilling) Pagoda. With panoramic views of Mandalay we will watch the sunset over the old city walls and moat, and to the West the Minwun Hills and the Irrawaddy River. When heading back down the steps you will need your torch.
    Mandalay City Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Sunrise at U Bein Bridge; Irrawaddy boat trip to Sagaing and Mingun.

    An early start as we head out to one of Myanmar's most iconic sights - U Bein Bridge, built in 1849 by Mayor U Bein. This teak bridge spans over a kilometre and is best seen at sunrise when villagers cross it to begin their journey to work and the fishermen prepare for a day on the water. This is one of the most photogenic sights of the country and should not be missed. We then drive back to the hotel for breakfast before heading down to the port area where we board our boat for a cruise on the Irrawaddy River. We'll explore the pretty riverside village of Mingun home to one of the world's largest bells (weighing in at 90 tonnes) and the Hsinbyume Paya with its whitewashed terraces and staircases. From here we board our boat and cruise downriver to the township of Sagaing - known as a meditation centre for monks and nuns who wish to escape city life. Here we will find many stupas on its famous Sagaing Hill with leafy pathways leading to caves and shrines. Sagaing also boasts a monastic hospital and an international Buddhist University. We board our boat and take the scenic ride back to Mandalay.
    Mandalay City Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Fly to Yangon; sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda.

    This morning we will fly to Yangon and will have some free time to relax. Late afternoon we'll visit Lake Kandawgyi to view the Karaweik replica of the Royal Barge, before ascending to Shwedagon Pagoda for impressive sunset views over Yangon which sits under its shadow. It is 2500 years old,the most religious site in Myanmar and is said to contain eight hairs of the Buddha as well as 5500 diamonds and other precious stones.
    Grand United Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End Yangon.

    The trip ends in Yangon. For those on group flights, these depart in the morning and will arrive in the UK the following day.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Post-trip Extensions

Ngapali Beach

If you are keen to end your holiday on a very relaxed note, the following three‐night beach extension can be added to the end of the main itinerary. You can also choose to add on as many extra nights at the beach as you decide (your time here will be at leisure for you to do as you wish). Please note that you will be met and transferred between the airport and hotels but you are not escorted or guided. The extension does not operate during the wet season between May to September.

Please ask your sales consultant for prices.

 

Extension Day 1 - Fly to Thandwe; drive to Ngapali Beach.

Upon arrival at the beach, the rest of the day is free to explore the colourful reef offshore or simply relax and soak up the sun!

Pleasant View Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Extension Day 2 - Free day.

Free day at the beach

Pleasant View Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Extension Day 3 - Fly to Yangon.

Today we leave the beach and fly back to Yangon where the remainder of the day is free for some final sightseeing. Bogyoke Market and the Strand Hotel are both worth a visit.

Grand United Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Extension Day 4 - End Yangon.

End Yangon.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Non‐refundable payment

Please note that this extension request will be 'pending' until the point that Exodus confirm that the trip is operational ‐ never later than 6 weeks before departure and usually considerably earlier. Once confirmed to run, full payment for the beach extension will be required. Securing accommodation can be a genuine challenge in Myanmar and this additional extension payment will become non‐refundable. Should Exodus cancel your trip, the standard booking conditions apply.

Essential Info

Visas

Myanmar (Burma)

Nearly all nationalities require a visa to enter Myanmar (Burma), and this must be obtained prior to departure. Passengers without a visa will not be allowed to enter the country.
For further information see http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/Burma.pdf
For nationalities where there is no Burmese embassy please contact the Exodus office for assistance.

Vaccinations

Myanmar (Burma)

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip.

Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited on this trip. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners included.

Whilst in the cities you will be able to try a variety of Burmese food, a diverse blend of Chinese, Indian and South East Asian influences, with many regional variations of their 'standard' dishes. Rice is at the core of most Burmese food, and although vegetarian food is available the choice of dishes is often limited. Curries are very common as are noodles and soup. In the bigger hotels and cities Western food is available. On trek, the cook will be preparing all meals and menus will be as varied as possible. Typically breakfast will be tea, coffee, eggs, toast, pancakes and potatoes. Lunch will consist of soup, a rice or noodle based dish, vegetables, fried fish and fresh fruit. Dinner will often include dishes containing meat or chicken and vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. Whilst choices are limited the dishes will be rotated during the trek and vegetarians can be catered for.

Weather

Mandalay

Is this trip for you?

This trek is graded level 4 Moderate/ Challenging and is 7 days point-to-point walking, though two of the days are half days. The trekking conditions are easy as most of the paths are well trodden between villages and the altitude is moderate throughout (except one night on Mt. Victoria). You will be walking between 5 to 6 hours a day through forests, tea plantations and lush valleys. Temperatures are not too hot (except in March when daytime temperatures can reach the high 20s) and the scenery, though not soaring mountains, is very pretty. Although the walking is fairly moderate you should be prepared for some very basic conditions in the local homestays with little or no access to hot water for washing and drop toilets. During the treks, there will be no access to toilets. This aspect of the trip combined with the area's remoteness makes the experience more challenging, hence the overall grade as Moderate/ Challenging. We will also be camping for one night. Your luggage will be transported for you by the trekking crew so you only need to carry what you require for the day. Because this area is relatively new to trekkers you should have a flexible attitude throughout as the accommodation or route might alter slightly, according to trail conditions. You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: 

http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels, Guesthouses, Village Houses & Camping

The hotels used in Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay are of standard class. Because of the recent increase in tourism these key areas are experiencing a shortage of hotels. This has increased the price of hotels and the quality may vary considerably. Overall you should be prepared for the service and quality of hotels to be less than in neighbouring South East Asian countries such as Vietnam and Thailand. Mosquito nets are not provided but there is mesh on the hotel windows where needed that works well. Whilst on trek we will be spending 5 nights in village homes, monastery quarters or in village meeting rooms. These nights will be basic and in communal rooms. Mattresses are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. Most nights electricity and hot water will not be available. There will also be one night camping on the summit of Mt Victoria. Two person A-frame or dome tents will be provided. Single supplement available on request (not available on trek)

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2017
    Barry Holmes

    Trekking in Myanmar (Burma)

    This trip was quite varied in that at times we were just part of the mass of tourists seeing important sites yet out trekking in the Chin Hills we saw other tourists only three times in six days. In the Chin Hills dirt roads are replacing the original donkey trails and the former are not as interesting to walk along as the latter. Hunting in the Chin Hills made them rather devoid of wildlife. Nevertheless, it was interesting seeing the culture of the Chin people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Highlights of the trip were sunset on Mandalay Hill and the visit to the Shwedagon pagoda.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Though very young (or is it just me getting old) our guide was very knowledgable and had great organisational skills. Everything ran smoothly and when sickness struck a couple of people in the group he made arrangements for them to drop out and be transported to our destination for the day.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Paul Kidder

    Trekking in Myanmar's Chin State

    An enjoyable trek in a little visited, remote area of Myanmar, coupled with a tour of the country's tourist highlights makes this a well balanced, informative travel experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Coming off the trek and being struck by the contrast between the introduction to the rural, real life experiences of the local peoples and the impressions one gains in the tourist populated areas.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lin is an impressive young man, unhesitating to answer any question, very knowledgeable and expressive. He handled the planning challenges of traveling in the hills of the Chin State probable as well as anyone could.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The difficulty rating for the terrain of the trip is accurate, but the hot temperatures, especially for folks coming from cold February areas, makes some days challenging.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Tourism is growing in Myanmar, welcomed by the Burmese and expanding into less traditionally visited areas. This trek through the very rural, little changed villages of Chin State could soon become a different experience. For those considering the trip, go early.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Richard Broughton

    Burma trekking holiday

    An ambitiously varied trip to Myanmar which includes cultural city visits and also trekking between remote villages where the Chin people live and hunt.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunrise on top of Mount Victoria next to the Buddha statue.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was excellent and calmly resolved a number of problems during the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Whilst the Chin mountains are remote, the old donkey tracks have now largely been replaced by roads as the locals now use Kenbo bikes. This presumably has increased their ability to slash and burn the forest meaning that the landscape is changing fast.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks to our guide Lin for rearranging the day with the river trip even though an important monks ashes were being scattered that day.
  • Reviewed December 2016
    Garry Smith

    Trekking in Myanmar

    This was without a doubt on a par with my trek up Kilimanjaro. 7 days passing though Chin State, meeting the locals and sleeping in their houses, churches and schools, unbelievable

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole of the Chin State trek.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant. So knowledgeable and passionate about his country

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not hesitate to sign up for this trip. Make certain that you have a warm jacket. The penultimate night, sleeping in the school house, was by far the coldest on the trip. Make use of all the blankets provided.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only place missing from this trip was Ihle Lake. If you can, extend your trip for 2/3 days to visit this magical place.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Ross Coleman

    INTERSTING TREK

    The staff and porters were excellent. The food supplied was more than adequate and considering where we were it was fantastic. The major hotels were also excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    meeting the happy village people.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sia was excellent and very knowledgeable on all aspects of the tour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take some warm clothes when visiting Mt. Victoria as it was 3DEG. C

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I do not like the tipping as everyone should be adequately paid by Exodus. The holiday was not cheap to start with and the local costs would have been minimal due to the low local wages. The only good thing is that it puts some extra money into the locals.
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Melanie Falk

    Myanmar

    A great experience of a very unspoilt country

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunrise in Victoria mountain after a very cold windy night

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent . Passionate , attentive to us all and knowledgable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be fit . Treks are long and hard and sleeping is mostly on floors

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Good was amazing !
  • Reviewed February 2016
    James Smith

    top - trekking in the Chin Hills of Burma

    Very inspirational trip. At 70 years of age, I should have been in better shape, then I would have more enjoyed the trek. The selection of cultural sites we visited was well thought-out.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably visiting the Shwedagon Paya on the last evening. The best was saved until the last day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our tour leader had an excellent grasp of the the culture, religion, and did the best he could keeping us safe on a trek that involved some danger at points where the trail was washed out. He was forward in his approach to meeting with the Chin Hill people, which rubbed off on me as we found them to be very hospitable, and open to sharing a cultural exchange.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Beware! This trek is for the hardy of soul and body. Temperatures were hot at times, and the sun was relentless. It did not rain a drop during our 13 day experience. Hot and dusty. I would recommend bringing along an extra supply of you local energy foods to supplement what is afforded us, particularly at breakfasts, which were meager when out in the back country. I have replaced knees, and in spite, made the entire trek to the top of Mt Victoria. If you can't bend to a squat, like me, you have to be innovative on your own to find a way to relieve yourself. I also highly recommend you build up your core muscle groups before the trip, so that when constipation strikes, you are able to function without popping a hernia. Drink plenty of water!!!! I was called on this one once several times. Also, if you are overweight, this may not be the trip for you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trip. Took 632 pics after editing out the poor ones. Take spare camera batteries, enough so that you can spend time editing on your way home on your looooong plane flight. It makes time pass faster.
  • Reviewed January 2016
    Martyn Cribb

    Trekking in Myanmar

    Brilliant holiday with varied itinerary that liftes the spirits and uncovers some hidden gems.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    No one thing but many - trekking in the jungle, the varied and wonderful temples and of course the people.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Very well informed, entertaining and very friendly. Very well informed about the social make-up of the country.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We took our own therma-rests which assured us that we would have what we want. The provision for washing and showers is limited on the trek so be prepared but plenty of cold water! The food was great and we were not hungry.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a wonderful trip and the memories will last for many years. We have been Exodus many times and this must rate as one of the best trips.
  • Reviewed December 2015
    Colin Wigston

    Wonderful Myanmar

    This is a fabulous and varied tour. Starting in Yangon and Bagan introduced us to the cities and Buddhist culture with visits to temples in Bagan. We then had a seven day trek through the mountains of Chin state where a different language is spoken and Chistianity (mingled with animism) is the main religion. There is no tourist infrastructure in the Chin mountains, no baths, showers, wash-hand basins or hotels. We slept on floors in our sleeping bags. The people had obviously seen few or no tourists before and were very welcoming and curious. The scenery was beautiful with wooded mountains. Everything was unspoiled and fascinating. Following the trek we returned to Bagan for a welcome shower and sunset over the Irriwaddy river with thousands of temples. Then we moved on to Mandalay with a memorable day starting at 5am to watch sunrise at the U Bein bridge followed by a cruise up the Irrawaddy river visiting Buddhist temples en route. Finally we returned to Yangon to have a great close to the holiday watching the sunset at the Shwedagon Pagoda.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Quite a few inspirational moments: the trek in the Chin mountains; sunset over the Irrawaddy at Bagan; Shwedagon Pagoda.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader, Than Naing, was wonderful. He had a great sense of humour and was very sociable. He clearly loved communicating his interest in his country and was full of energy which never seemed to flag. He really made the trip interesting.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We spent no money at all during the week of trekking so I found I had taken too much. In the cities there are plenty of opportunities to spend but things are very cheap. It's also a good idea to take antiseptic wipes to help wash during the trek.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One of the best trips I've been on. Highly recommended.
  • Reviewed March 2015
    James James

    Trekking in Myanmar (Burma)

    Wow, our expectations were high owing to great reports of Myanmar from friends who had visited recently. However, they fell far short of our experiences during this 14 days. Trekking for 6 days of the 14 meant that we were never 'Templed out' and that then visits to three major, contrasting cities gave us fabulous varying insights to this unspoilt culture. Our guide, Sai, was inspirational, considerate as well as clearly compassionate to the needs of his people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This is most difficult to single one from the many, many inspirational moments we gleaned from this raw culture. However, the best moment might be our glimpse into a pre-wedding gathering of two families to decide on the dowries for bride and groom in one of the remote villages. Or witnessing a part of a Noviciation ceremony of several families in Mandat.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sai was brilliant in that he was most efficient, considerate, flexible, humorous and adaptive to unavoidable changes in schedule . We were also very impressed in his giving much, if not all, of his tips to enable healthcare such as hair- lip surgery to be provided to the remote village people. Additionally,his English is most satisfactory.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, to take clothing, equipment to be left there for use by Portering Team members who are chosen form the local tribes.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Constructively, I wonder just how much difference in cost it would have made if we had flown via an airport hub that was en route, as it were, such as Dubai (Emirates) rather than using KL which is almost overflying Yangon!

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