Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
This 12-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.
Take a morning flight 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.