Myanmar

5-Day Hiking: the Mount Victoria and Chin Hill Tribes

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Tour type

Tour Level: Advanced

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 5 Days

English    Bagan, Mindat, Kampetlet

tour highlights

  • Drive from Bagan to Mindat via Chauk
  • Hike around Mindat and explore the nearby rural villages
  • Hike up the Mount Victoria for a panoramic view over the full range of the beautiful area
  • Visit Kamplelet to get an insight look of Chin villages
  • Get inspired by the unique tattooed faces of Chin women

tour details

Visit the country side of Bagan and the magnificent Mount Popa from where you have stunning views up to the full range of the surrounding beautiful area. This tour includes hiking trips in charming town of Mindat and proceed to Kampelet to discover the unique culture of Chin tattooed faces.

Why choose this tour?

  • An exciting hiking adventure on scenic Chin Hills to visit the traditional tribal villages
  • Hiking up to the summit of Mount Victoria to earn panoramic sweeping view of Kampelet
  • Visit to the notorious tattooed-face Chin women to observe their cultures and traditions
Early in the morning, you are picked up at your hotel in Bagan by Jeep or 4-wheel drive vehicle. Drive to Chauk, cross the Ayeyarwady River, and from here onwards there are only rough or dirt roads for the coming days. Picnic lunch on the way. Today's drive will take about 7-8 hours, reaching the district town of Mindat (20,000 inhabitants) towards evening. Mindat is 1473 metres (4860 feet) above sea level. Dinner at hotel or local restaurant.
Accommodation at Mountain Oasis Resort II (Building Room) or similar, Mindat.
This morning walk to the village of Pang Oo, located on a steep slope. This is your first opportunity to acquaint yourself with the Chin lifestyle and tradition. In this village, an older man specialises in reading the future in a particular way. He heats up bamboo sticks, lays them on eggshells, and as the cracks appear in the eggshells, he reads the future. Return for lunch to Mindat. Lunch at local restaruant. In the afternoon, visit another attractive and photogenic village, Ng'Nam Thai. Dinner at hotel or local restaurant.
Accommodation at Mountain Oasis Resort II (Building Room) or similar, Mindat.
Hike up to the summit of Mount Victoria, from 1728 to 3091 metres (5700 to 10,200 feet)
After breakfast drive into the National Park to the upper base camp to start for the summit of the Mount Victoria The footpath is a little steep but the reward is the fantastic view once you come out of the forest and reach the altitude where you see rhododendrons bushes. The area is rich with bird life; have your binoculars ready. Picnic lunch on the way.
In the afternoon, return to the upper base camp and drive down to the picturesque old town of Kampetlet. Dinner at hotel or local restaurant.
Accommodation at Win Unity Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Kampetlet.
Today, visit some smaller Chin villages around the town of Kampelet. You will find tribes such as: Ngara, Yin Du, Dai, Okpu, Magan, Mwyn. The walk to each village takes about 1 to 1'bd hours. All these groups speak different dialects and have different costumes. It is mostly elderly women who have the traditional tattooed faces the Chin are well-known for. These can be in several different patterns, including dots, spider's webs, lines, and curls. Chins are mostly Christian, from Methodists to Catholics, but animist customs survive. In every village you can see a house decorated with buffalo horns. These come from an animal called a mithan, or gayal (bos frontalis), which is descended from a wild gaur (bos gaurus). Each time a mithan is slaughtered a kind of wooden pillar decorated with ornaments is erected in front of the house. In addition, a stone table, which is also used as cover for urns, is placed nearby. Some of the houses have up to ten such pillars and in some villages the stone tables are all gathered together (like a cemetery) whereas in others they are near each home. Picnic lunch on the way. Dinner at hotel or local restaurant.
Accommodation at Win Unity Hotel (Superior Room) or similar, Kampetlet.
Full day drive back to Bagan via Saw, with picnic lunch on the way. En route you will pass two elephant camps, and depending on the season, you might see them at work. Arrive in Bagan in the late afternoon.

customise the tour

  • Combine with Bagan excursions
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour

includes

  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air conditioned car (4 Wheel Drive) as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the programme
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking locally-stationed guides
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour

excludes

  • 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
  • Drinks with meals
  • 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

  • Hotel prices for packages are quoted bases on hotels as mentioned or similar. Higher or lower categories can be requested and the price will be adjusted. The hotels featured in the package tour are subject to availabilities at the time of booking.
  • Meals at respective hotels are also included in the hotel prices if the itineraries mention lunch or dinner at hotel.
  • Additional charges during Festive Season: Christmas, New Year and the Water festival period may apply.
  • Supplements for compulsory Gala Dinners will be advised at the time of booking.
  • All hotels have special booking and deposit conditions and will be indicated at the time of booking. Nonrefundable deposits may be required.


    Important Notes for Mount Victoria:
  • A trip to Mount Victoria must be regarded as an adventure tour because of the prevailing travel conditions: substandard accommodation with infrequent electricity supply, roads in a challenging or poor condition. Itineraries may have to be changed on the spot because of weather, transportation problems, etc. It is essential that all guests visiting Mount Victoria are fully aware of travel conditions as described above.
  • Travel to Mount Victoria is recommended only during the dry season from November to end of February.



Tour code: PKNWHMVB

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