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Myanmar Hike and Bike

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Uncover an authentic side of Burma

Trip Dates

  • 26.Aug. - 06.Sep.2017
  • 30.Sep. - 11.Oct.2017
  • 25.Nov. - 06.Dec.2017
  • 27.Dec. - 07.Jan.2018
  • 03.Mar. - 14.Mar.2018
  • 07.Apr. - 18.Apr.2018
  • 25.Aug. - 05.Sep.2018
  • 29.Sep. - 10.Oct.2018
  • 27.Oct. - 07.Nov.2018
  • 24.Nov. - 05.Dec.2018

Trip Dates

26.Aug. - 06.Sep.2017 available Book now
30.Sep. - 11.Oct.2017 available Book now
25.Nov. - 06.Dec.2017 available Book now
27.Dec. - 07.Jan.2018 available Book now
03.Mar. - 14.Mar.2018 available Book now
07.Apr. - 18.Apr.2018 available Book now
25.Aug. - 05.Sep.2018 available Book now
29.Sep. - 10.Oct.2018 available Book now
27.Oct. - 07.Nov.2018 available Book now
24.Nov. - 05.Dec.2018 available Book now

Trip Highlights

  • Trek through rural hill tribe communities
  • Cycle the temple dotted Bagan area
  • Experience a traditional homestay
  • Spend a day on Inle Lake
  • Embark on a sunset cruise on the Irrawady River

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Yangon

Day 2 - Bagan

Day 3 - Bagan

Day 4 - Pyin Oo Lwin

Day 5 - Kyaukme

Day 6 - Hsipaw

Day 7 - Mandalay

Day 8 - Mandalay

Day 9 - Kalaw

Day 10 - Inle Lake

Day 11 - Inle Lake

Day 12 - Trip ends Yangon

The Sweat Level

EASY TO MODERATE

Fitness is an important aspect of our trips and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. This trip has been assigned a Sweat Level of ‘Easy to Moderate’. Trips with this grading involve activities such as hiking, cycling and kayaking for several hours in duration. Depending on the activity, you may have to carry a small daypack. In preparation of the trip, we recommend you engage in aerobic exercises two or three times a week for three months prior to departure.

When To Go

Most of Myanmar lies with the Tropic Zone. While the hot season extends from March until October, the cool season covers November to February. Temperatures in lower Myanmar range from 17°C in the cool season to 40°C in the hot season. In upper Myanmar, temperatures tend to be lower and mountainous regions can at times be cold. The country receives practically all of its yearly rainfall between mid-May and October, the period of the Southwest Monsoon.

Trip Inclusions

  • 10 nights hotel accommodation on twin share basis
  • 1 night homestay
  • 11 x breakfast, 6 x lunch, 2 x dinner
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Internal flights from Yangon to Bagan and Inle Lake to Yangon
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of trip
  • Entrance fees for sites and activities in itinerary

Need help with flights?

Let one of our travel consultants know if you're interested in airfare or stopover ideas to Yangon and they'll send a detailed quote your way.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Yangon

Welcome to Burma! Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the group hotel. The day is free for you to explore Yangon before an evening welcome dinner where you'll meet your Yomads group.

Meals: D

Day 2: Cycling through Bagan, cycle approx. 20km

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Bagan. The day begins with a mountain biking adventure down small, unpaved lanes with time to see the less visited temples along the way, arriving in the Minnanthu area for a picnic lunch. In the evening, embark on a boat cruise on the Irrawaddy River to enjoy a cocktail on the river's sandbar.

Meals: B, L

Day 3: Free day in Bagan

Prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking views of Bagan's temple dotted zone. The day is free for you to discover the hidden corners of Bagan at your own pace, whether it be the local food, temples, shops or scenery.

Meals: B

Day 4: Pyin Oo Lwin via the hills of Shan State

This morning we make for Pyin Oo Lwin. Departing Bagan, we'll experience the change of landscape from the dry zone area to the green hills of Shan State. After arriving at the hotel, the day is free for you to spend at leisure.

Meals: B

Day 5: Trekking in Kyaukme's mountains, walk approx. 18km

Today is reserved for exploring Kyaukme's mountains on foot. Passing through hill tribe villages of the Palaung people, we'll gain insight to daily life in this area of the world. After lunch in one of the villages, we'll settle in for the night at a traditional homestay.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Kyaukme to Hsipaw, walk approx. 13km

After breakfast we continue our trek through the hills before transferring to Hsipaw. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the charming town, located on the banks of the Duthawadi River.

Meals: B, L

Day 7: Mandalay via Pyin Oo Lwin

After breakfast we depart Hsipaw on the train, travelling towards Mandalay via Pyin Oo Lwin. The journey takes you through spectacular mountain scenery, travelling over old railway tracks that pass small villages and towns. On arrival in Mandalay, the evening is free for you to spend at leisure.

Meals: B

Day 8: Mandalay

The morning is free for you to relax before we embark on a half day river cruise to Mingun. During the boat trip we'll visit Mingun's historic sites including the bell and the cracked temple. Back in Mandalay, we'll pay a visit to the lively Yadanabon market.

Meals: B, L

Day 9: Trekking in Kalaw, hike approx. 10km

Today we head to Kalaw, an authentic area of Myanmar and the location of our next trek. Making our way into the hills we discover the local way of life as we encounter more hill tribes and their daily routines.

Meals: B

Day 10: To Inle Lake by bike, cycle approx. 30km

A transfer towards Heho takes us to the start of today's cycle route. Cycling downhill through beautiful vistas we arrive at Inle Lake by what is arguably one of the best ways possible. After several hours we arrive at Indein where we'll visit the famous ruins before continuing by motorboat to the hotel.

Meals: B, L

Day 11: Inle Lake

Today is reserved for exploring the remarkable Inle Lake, a vast natural lake surrounded by traditional villages in southern Shan State. On the lake itself, the Intha people have been living for many centuries in villages built entirely on stilts. Our private motorboat takes us to many unique areas of the lake to discover its natural beauty, including the floating gardens, past the famous leg rowers and to a local family's house for tea. On and around the lake, traditional markets are held in different villages according to a five day rotating schedule, and we will take time to visit one of the colourful markets frequented by Shan and PaO people living nearby. We will also make stops at a local cheroot factory where the Burmese cigars are made, floating tomato gardens, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda and an Intha house where a traditional lunch will be served.

Meals: B, L

Day 12: Trip ends Yangon

Our adventure ends after breakfast. If you're flying home today you will be transferred to the airport.

Meals: B

Accommodation

Yangon 1N Hotel
Bagan 2N Hotel
Pyin Oo Lwin 1N Hotel
Kyaukme 1N Homestay
Hsipaw 1N Hotel
Mandalay 2N Hotel
Kalaw 1N Hotel
Nyaungshwe 2N Hotel

Disclaimer

The itinerary should be seen as a guide only. This itinerary may change at any time due to inclement weather, forces of nature and other circumstances beyond our control. Prices are valid up to 31/12/2017. For trips departing after this date, the price will likely increase subject to local inflationary pressures on operational costs.

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The Sweat Level

  • Easy to Moderate
Easy – these are pretty relaxed and are suitable for most fitness levels. Expect though to push a little outside of your comfort zone with the included activities, but they are not for lengthy durations.

Moderate - these will include cycling, walking, kayaking and other activities which will put a sweat on the brow. You should do some pre trip training like going to the gym, jogging, brisk walking or cycling at least 3 times weekly for months before you go to get your fitness level up.

Hardcore - these will include sustained walking or cycling over multiple days and that means you’ll need to get into a great fitness regime before your trip. The best preparation you can do is day walks or cycle trips one a fortnight that build your endurance fitness coupled with some hour long ‘cardio’ workouts up to 3 times a week, and continue this for 3 months before departure.

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