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Expedition through Nagaland

This 10-day itinerary gives you an unusual insight into beautifully-preserved ancient cultures in the Northwestern rolling hills of Myanmar. The trip takes you from Yangon through the Lashi region, with plenty of days trekking and getting to know the seemingly secretive Naga tribes. Cruise down the Chindwin River and view Myanmar’s lush countryside from above as you embark on your adventure.

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  • Learn about a completely different way of life true to traditional times as you visit the Naga tribes in the Lashi region
  • See 200-year-old teak carvings at the Grand Palace in Mandalay
  • Observe women with tattooed faces as you tour traditional houses in the Kuki village
  • Trek across the lush forested hills in Northwestern Myanmar as you travel between small ethnic villages affected little by the outside world
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Transfer from Yangon to Mandalay. A cultural and spiritual hub in Myanmar, Mandalay is the second-largest city and former capital of the country. Marvel at 200-year-old teak carvings as you visit the Grand Palace. Learn about Myanmar’s spiritual history as you visit the massive 12-foot bronze Buddha at the Mahamuni Pagoda. See the world’s largest book at the golden Buddhist Stupa, Kuthodaw Pagoda. The pagoda is made up of 729 marble slabs. After an eye-opening day of sightseeing in the last royal capital, retire to your hotel for some shut-eye.

Day 2

Fly to Homalin via Monywa and enjoy an aerial view of the Burmese countryside. View the gorgeous winding Chindwin River and the densely-forested mountains from above. Spend the night at a cozy local guesthouse in the small town and rest up for a full day of exploring tomorrow. 

Day 3

Rise early and travel from Homalin to Htamanthi on an exciting boat ride down the picturesque, winding Chindwin River. Enjoy the natural sights along the way: buffalos grazing alongside the river, wild goats trotting by, and swans diving for fresh fish. Wave to the locals as you pass several fishermen huts and winter plantations. Arrive in Htamanthi and transfer to the nearby little town of Lashi. Feel like a local as you spend the night at a nearby house in the quiet village of Wartaw. This Makuri Naga village is one of 12 unique ethnic villages located on the way to Lashi. 

Day 4

Visit the 12 exotic Lashi villages and see how the Makura Naga people lead their daily lives in much of the same manner as their people have for centuries. Notice the distinct dialectal differences between each village on your tour. You may even see evidence of headhunting (where they collect enemies’ heads as trophies), a practice still used by the tribes today. Trek to Peingnegone, where Para Naga tribes stay, and observe their traditional practices before returning to your accommodation at a local house in Lashi.

Day 5

From Lashi, hike up to the Namiyupi village. The trek will take you about 3.5 hours atop the lush hills and provides incredible views of the Naga scenery. You will travel up 2,592 feet and back down 2,510 feet, as you become familiar with the rolling hills. Spend the night in Maniyupi at a local house.

Day 6

Wake early and trek from Mamiyupi to the Kuki village and learn about a fascinating culture resistant to modern times. Missionaries were strongly rejected by the widespread Chittagong Hill tribe. See women with faces covered in tattoos as you visit traditional houses and learn about the ethnic tribes’ way of life. Spend the evening at a local house to rest up for more trekking the next day. 

Day 7

Set out from Kuki and travel on foot to a village famous for the local moonshine - Konkailon. Learn about the procedure used to create the local liquor and taste its unique flavour. After your three-hour trek and afternoon alcohol refresher, spend the night at a local house owned by the Tangkhul Naga’s tribes people.

Day 8

Take your time as you make the seven-hour trek back to Lashi from the Kuki village. Revel in the rolling hills and wildlife. After an active day, spend the evening at a local Lashi house.

Day 9

Rest your legs as you take a truck ride from Lashi back to Htmanti. Step aboard a boat and look for the grazing buffalo and vegetable plantations along the Chindwin River. Overnight in Homalin.

Day 10

Transfer to the airport and fly into Mandalay, onward to Yangon. Spend your final evening in one of Myanmar’s former capitals before your return flight home the next day.


Suggested Accommodations

Mandalay Hill Resort, Red Canal

Mandalay Hill Resort

With 206 guest rooms and suites featuring beautiful views of the Irrawaddy River and the Royal Palace, the Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel is a comfortable retreat located at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Amenities include a fitness center, two tennis courts, a swimming pool, massage services as well as a number of dining options to choose from. Enjoy an international barbecue buffet and culture show at Kinsana Garden Theater or traditional Chinese cuisine at Ming’s Chinese Restaurant. Kipling’s Lounge offers a tapas menu and performances by a live band while Yadanabon Cafe provides guests with local Myanmar cuisine. The Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel is approximately 15 minutes from the Mandalay airport.

Red Canal

Being a boutique property this hotel prides itself on its high standards of Myanmar grace and hospitality. The hotel is a celebration of all things Myanmar, featuring teak furniture, fixtures and fittings made from rattan, mother-of-pearl and Myanmar marble. Each room bears the name of a Myanmar ethnic group, the design and decoration of each room reflects their respective cultural heritage. Chin and Shan suites feature a terrace overlooking the pool and gardens. The Rakhine suites are spacious and ideal for the business traveler. An outdoor shower with a slate wall of cascading water is the highlight of the honeymooner Kachin suites. Onsite dining includes the Spice Garden an elegant restaurant serving Myanmar, Northern and Southern Indian cuisines. Step into the stylish spa for beauty and health treatments. The spa’s interior is inspired by traditional construction methods of rural villages in Myanmar. The building remains at a comfortable temperature, even in summer with walls plastered with natural mud mixed with rice husks and straw. Running water features, rattan fixtures and terracotta tiles combine to give this retreat a rustic and earthy feel.

Homestays & Camping

Homestays & Camping

There are no suitable hotels in Nagaland, so for a truly authentic and adventurous experience, we advise our clients to either stay in a tented camp, or to do a homestay in a traditional local family home. Very basic accommodation, but truly memorable experiences.
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