3-Day Kalaw Homestay and Elephant Care

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • Hiking over the Shan Hills
  • Stay with locals at an authentic homestay
  • Dine on delicious traditional dishes
  • Travel through amazingly peaceful villages, getting a feel for local traditions and customs along the way
  • Learn about and help with elephants' daily care and join in forest recovery (re-plantation)

tour details

Hiking over the Shan Hills is the most rewarding experience to get to know the locals, their way of life and their traditions. Hikes are particularly beautiful during the cold winter season. Overnights are in local homes or monasteries offering simple local comfort. Another experience to learn about and help with the elephants’ daily care in their forest home; a beautiful natural landscape. Meet the mahouts and learn about their life. The elephants in this camp enjoy a peaceful life after having worked many years in the forests. You can join-in to forest recovery (re-plantation) and watch colourful birds and butterflies.

Upon arrival in Heho, drive to Kalaw, which was formerly a British Hill Station. Visit the tiny train station and perhaps walk up the hill to see the Old Catholic church (if open).
In the afternoon, take a trekking to Myin Daik (about 3 hours) via Nepal village. The ethnic group are Taung-yoe. One the way, you will see rice field and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. Observe tribal village life and this tour offers endless scenery from a different view with chances to meet Danu, Pa-O and Taungyoe tribes and see them working in the farms. In the evening our tour guide cooks a nice dinner for us; rice, chicken, lentil soup, tofu etc. We stay overnight at a local house near village.
Simple breakfast. In the morning, start walking to Myin Ma Ti village (about 3 1/2 hours) via Ywa-pu, Lutpyin and Taung-gyi-chai villages. The ethnic groups are Danu, first walk through the pine forest and after 1 hour walking you will see potatoes, mountain rice and huge vegetables plantation field. They all worked with ox and buffalo, no machine and no tractor. It is unbelievable to see people working a huge field with man power and animal. Enjoy the nature beauty, on the way you'll see little boys and girls helping their parents. The Myin ma ti's villager are farmers 100% earn their living on agriculture. Myin ma ti is known for his lime cave 200meters long. Then, transfer back to Kalaw by car. Lunch at a local restaurant in Kalaw.
Accommodation at Amara Mountain Resort (Deluxe Room) or similar, Kalaw.
You are picked up from your hotel and driven from Kalaw through the hills to Magwe, The Green Hill Valley Elephant camp (45 mins-1 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 Nyaung shwe Inle Lake or transfer to Heho airport for departure.


Our tour prices are inlcuded of:

  • Transfer from Heho Airport to Kalaw in air-conditioned car with driver
  • Hiking tour with local hiking guide and porters
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D= Dinner)
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Accommodation at local house or monastery during trekking
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • (Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13
  • 17 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)


Notes for trekking:

  • Monasteries do not provide private bedrooms. Sleeping is arranged on mats in the main hall of the monastery. The mats are arranged in hostel dormitory style.
  • The mats provided are slim, and are covered with a blanket only. For this it is advisable to carry your own sleeping bag or thin bedsheet.
  • Pillows are provided
  • for hygienic reason, do carry one pillow case.
  • The sleeping areas are divided for men and women (couples are not allowed to stay together).
  • Washing facilities are outside in open spaced special designated areas. There is no hot water.
  • Most monasteries only have traditional toilets.

    Important to bring along trekking:
  • Good walking shoes
  • Walking stick
  • Warm jacket (nights can be cool and fresh)
  • Sarong for washing
  • Torch light
  • Towels
  • First aid kit
  • Mosquito repellent

    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: HEHDI3KHE

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