3-Day A Beautiful Train with Community Trail and Elephant Camp

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • Learn about and help with elephants' daily care in their forest home
  • Beautiful Train ride to a hidden village
  • New hiking route where rarely visited by foreign visitors
  • Interaction with the villagers, learn their history of how they settled up in this village
  • Enjoy nepalese food and overnight in a homestay


tour details

Arrival Heho, drive from Kalaw through the hills to Magwe, The Green Hill Valley Elephant camp and learn about and help with elephants’ daily care in their forest home; a beautiful natural landscape. See life in mahout village, join in forest recovery (re-plantation) and enjoy the birds and butterflies. Next day is starting with walk from the hotel to the lodge farm and then to the train station to take a fun ride to Sin Taung, a nepalese community village whom where brought by British as Gurkha soldiers since the colonial time. You will see the 100 years old Nepalese Temple and the old railway station. Overnight at the village home and enjoy sumptuous Nepalese meal over a cultural show perform by the community. Last day continue walk to another villages passing by the beautiful scenery and discover the reservior built by British 80 years ago and protected scaft forest. Hike through fields chatting with local farmers and get back to lodge to conclude this unique experience. Total walking hour (5 – 6).

You are picked up from Heho Airport and driven to Kalaw through the hills to Magwe, The Green Hill Valley Elephant camp (1.5 hour). Receive a welcome from the team with refreshment and a briefing about the project. A short walk brings you to the river, where you can join in feeding and bathing the elephants - they love the water and being scrubbed and washed clean. You are welcome to join in the camp's forest conservation programme by planting a teak tree here.
Walk back to the camp lodge and enjoy a delicious lunch, with a view of the valley and the opportunity to see butterflies, birds and orchids. Afterwards proceed to Kalaw and overnight at Kalaw Hill Lodge.
Overnight at Kalaw Hill Lodge (Deluxe Villa) or similar, Kalaw.
Breakfast. Start from the Kalaw Hill Lodge to visit the lodge farm where we meet friendly cows, running goats and happy chickens. We walk through protected pine forests along mule trek to Kalaw. On our way we visit one of the prominent Buddhist monastery perhaps stop over a couple of old colonial building to see their original glory. We also visit an Anglican Church, which was one of the many buildings built by the British in 1906. In Kalaw we explore central market often fill with colourful ethnic tribes. On the 5 day market day the market place is alive with activity and the hill tribe people wear their colourful, uniquely woven national costumes decorated with artistically designed jewellery.
Lunch at Kalaw and walk to Kalaw railways station. Here we hop on the train bound for Thazi. We get off at Sintaung (elephant shaped mountain), name after a mountain similar to elephant. Sintaung located at 4425 feet above sea, predominately inhabited by Nepalese community whom were brought by the British as Gurkha soldiers. Here we visit 100 years old Nepalese temple and old railway station and perhaps climb the hilltop Pagoda for the stunning view of the valley below. We settle in at one of the village house and interaction with the community. In the evening we enjoy sumptuous Nepalese meal over a cultural show perform by the community.
Overnight at local home in dormitory style.
Breakfast and we trek to Hinkha Gone, located at 4767 feet above sea, (2.5 mile, and approx. 1'bd hour). Trail goes immediate uphill all the way stays pretty much on the ridge till we get to the village. From here we head towards north and keep out trail on the ridge having right side is protected forests and left side open view to the valley to view point, parched at 4715 feet above sea, (2 mile, approx. one hour). We have lunch stop here and take some time to enjoy the view from the ridge. From here we trek around 20 minutes on the dirt road but we then head south through tropical scarf forests to Reservoir, located at 4554 feet above sea, (1.5 mile, approx. one hour), which was originally built by British some 80 years ago and remain till today the major sources of fresh water supply to the town. Once we through the scarf forest we get into primary forests protected since British time Here we enjoy tranquillity of the surrounding and listen to the birds call and witness. Several species of orchid naturally hanging above the tree. We spend some time enjoying the nature and head back to Nanthe (Nepalese Village), located at 4383 feet above sea, (3 mile, approx. 2 hour). First hour we walk through primary forest but once we come out of the forest then trek through fields chatting with local farmers. From here another 20 minute trek to get back to lodge or to conclude this unique experience. Total walking hour (5 - 6)

Note: After the walking tour you can either extend the stay at Kalaw or proceed by car to Inle Lake. (the supplement for hotel and transfer will apply)

includes

Our tour prices are inlcuded of:

  • Transfer services as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Day trip package to Green Hill Valley Elephant camp
  • Hiking tour with English-speaking local hiking guide
  • Contribution to local community
  • Cultural dance at village
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Porter
  • Accommodation at local house (1night) and Kalaw Hill Lodge (1night)
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


excludes

Not included are:

  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Bicycle, horse ride or oxen cart rental
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

Important Notes:
  • This tour is available only with the stay at Kalaw Hill Lodge
  • Moderate hiking
  • This tour is available throughout the year except June & July
  • Group size maximum 15 persons

    Important for visit Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp:
  • Clients are recommended to wear long trousers, long-sleeved shirts, and good walking shoes, and/or supportive sandals which can be worn in the river.
  • Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended
  • Day visitors can help prevent any insect bites by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. Clients who stay overnight are advised to use anti-malaria medication. .
  • The camp manager and his team of mahouts take all safety precautions with the elephants, and clients must follow their instructions at all times when interacting with the elephants.
Tour code: HEHDI3TCE
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