Travel where few have traveled before, and hike the highest peak in the Chin State of Western Myanmar. Our 5-day Mt. Victoria Trekking itinerary will show you the incredible beauty of Myanmar’s countryside. Learn about an entirely different way of life as you travel between villages on foot and by jeep. Visit with the locals and feel completely at home as you spend the night in their welcoming households and eat at their incredible handcrafted stone tables.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Mount Victoria: One of the most scenic areas in the region, Mount Victoria is the highest mountain in the Chin State. Starting out from Aye Village, travelers will camp at 9,800 feet before summiting the following day.
• The Tattooed Chin: The Chin tribes are famed throughout the world for the intricately-tattooed faces of the women. Legend has it that a Burmese king traveled to the region, and was so enthralled to the women’s beauty that he kidnapped one to take as a bride, causing the people there to tattoo their daughters.
• Taste of Local Life: Dance and eat with members of the Mon ethnicity and whet your palate with some traditional rice wine.
Rise early to catch your flight to Nyaung Oo, a small town lying on the Irrawaddy River. Transfer to the river’s jetty and enjoy a 45-minute boat cruise to the Kyunchaung jetty. Climb into a jeep, and enjoy the scenery as you sit back on the way to Mindat, a little town at nearly 5,000 feet elevation. You will see the heart of the central dry zone and several toddy plantations. Once in Mindat, you’ll spend the night in a welcoming local guest house.
Gain a beautiful cultural glimpse into the daily lives of the Mon Chin, Dai Chin, and Magan Chin tribespeople during your time in Mindat. The women have intricately tattooed faces, and the people still don their colorful, traditional dress. Sit down for a meal at one of the flat stone tables created near the tribe’s houses. Visit Kyarhto after a pleasant trek from Mindat. Meet members of the Mon tribe and learn about their ways of life. Enjoy a traditional dance performance and whet your palate as the welcoming tribe invites you to try their traditional rice wine. Return to Mindat and spend the evening back at your guest house.
Begin the day with a brisk two-hour trek to the Chait River. Along the way, you’ll pass through the Chin’s mountainside farmland. After crossing the river, travel up on foot for four hours to the Aye Village, a small, untrodden village spotted with little wooden huts. Walk beneath the fragrant pines before retiring for the night at either a local house or setting up camp in a tent.
Trek from Aye Village beginning at eight o'clock in the morning, passing Mindat to see the town in daylight on your way to the summit. Orchids and Rhododendron color the hills as you make your way towards the top of Mt. Victoria. Close to the summit, you’ll stop at 9,800 feet. Set up camp and rest to complete your trip to the summit in the morning.
Early in the morning, trek to the top of Mt. Victoria and be awed by the incredible sunrise over the Burmese countryside. Trek back down to Kanpetlet, where a jeep will pick you up and take you for a delicious traditional lunch at a local restaurant in Saw Town. Drive back to Bagan and fly back to Yangon.
Relax this morning before your private transfer to the airport for your flight onward.
The far reaches of Myanmar does not have hotels, so for a truly authentic and adventurous experience, either stay in a tented camp or a homestay in a traditional local family home. Although the accommodation is basic, traveling these remote areas make truly memorable experiences.
Located in a lotus garden not far from the Shwedagon Pagoda is The Governor's Residence. Once a governor's mansion, it has since been converted in to a 49-room hotel, a 30-minute drive from Yangon airport (RGN). Located in the hotel are two restaurants; the Mandalay Restaurant serves Asian and European cuisine and the Mindon Lounge is a comfortable spot to sit indoors overlooking the garden, or outdoors, and enjoy a refreshment. While there is a swimming pool and massage treatments are offered, there is no spa. The Governor’s Residence has a fitness center and WiFi is available anywhere on hotel grounds, in addition to having a business center for Internet and email access.
This elegant 32-room colonial palace, built at the height of the British rule in Burma, is reminiscent of the romantic era of Graham Greene and W. Somerset Maugham. It remains an oasis of tranquility in an ever-changing and bustling Rangoon. The Strand was previously part of the Aman group, and is still of Aman caliber in its splendid suites, delicious food and superb service. It is now a part of the GHM Group, which is an Aman affiliate. The hotel offers two dining options, The Strand Café, which features Burmese cuisine, and The Strand Grill, which is said to be one of Yangon’s finest dining venues. A business center is available for Internet and email access with professional secretarial services. The hotel has The Strand Boutique for shopping and The Strand Spa Suite for spa treatments. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Yangon International Airport (RGN).
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.
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