Day (1) After breakfast, leave from your hotel at 8:00 AM towards the east of Lwekhaw mountain range. It’s the first mountain range we have to climb up on the trek to Samkar. When we arrive on the peak of the mountain, you can look back to the Samkar lake and view patches of seasonal crops on the mountains. After some leisure time in the natural forest we continue the soft trek and enjoy breathing the fresh air.
After that we walk down to the Phathee village, which is located on the eastern foot of Lwekhaw mountain range. Phathee village population is from both the Shan and Pa-O tribe. These people can speak both languages and they are still wearing their particular dresses. Drop in one of the houses and have a chat with the family for a while. Most of them are farmers. So we can learn about their way of life and the beautiful location of their village.
Then we continue to the east until Namtek village. The trek between Phathee and Namtek is flat and it will take for about one hour. On this land rice is grown in paddies. So we will walk across these paddy fields and can see many villagers as they are working in the fields. The villages around the plain make a marvelous scenery.
We will have lunch in one’s of the houses at Namtek village. It is located between eastern part of the plain and western foot of the mountain range. The population of Namtek village is Shan and Pa-O as well and they are also still wearing their own costumes all the time. Some of their homes are still built in their traditional style. We can learn about their language, cultural, building style, way of life and enjoy the view of the landscape in and around the village during lunch.
The night stop will be in Htikaung village. The village is located in the valley of the Kaungnein mountain range, which keeps an important memory concerning national and ethnic history. The village is surrounded by hills and mountains. High trees are grown surrounding the village and look like the village’s fence. There is a big water source in the center of the Htikaung village. It is among a deep forest and there is a very old monastery nearby the water source. The villagers still are maintaining their own culture and rely on agriculture for their livelihood. The trek from Namtek to Htikaung will take about three hours.
Distance = 32 km Trek condition = 30% up, 70% flat
Day (2) After having breakfast in Htikaung, we start walking to the top of Kaungnaine mountain range at 8:00 AM. This is the highest mountain range in the eastern part of Inle. The route is winding up from the foot to the top even though the mountain is high. So it is easy to walk up. There are orange fields, natural forests, stone banks or rock faces, natural orchids on trees and different species of birds to observe throughout the valley. When we get to the top, we take a rest at the top of the mountain and discover the view of Inle Lake in the west and Hopong-Seseng valley in the east.
Then proceed to Htikwa village, through an area dense with pine and others valuable trees. Lunch will be catered at the village. After lunch, walk to the southern lower part of Htikwa village, where we will meet the Lisu tribe in Tawee Plone village and learn about their way of life. The villagers are still wearing their traditional colorful dresses and speak their own language. Their livelihood is based on distilling rice, breeding cattle, pigs and farming. Their cultural is different from Pa-O and Shan. We stop at a Lisu family house to learn about their way of life, chat with them for a while and taste the rice wine.
After that, we continue to Pinton village where we will stay for a night by passing through another Lisu and Pa-O village. There you will see the unique view of the Hopong – Seseng (Sovereignty regions) valley with villages and water points resorted throughout the plain. It is filled with villages, pagodas, forests, streams, plots of farming, rice fields and hills. Moreover, the monastery in Pinton village is good to study because all the pillars are made from teak so huge that it cannot be held with both arms. We can also see the young monks studying Buddhist literature.
Distance = 28 km Trek condition = 20% up, 40% down & 40% flat
Day (3) After breakfast at Pinton village, continue treking to Saungphoo via Pinlinn village. Talk with the villagers for a while and leave to Saungphoo where we will have lunch. On the way, we can see seasonal plantations and natural forests by walking along the winding path on the hill side. After lunch, say goodbye to the villagers and proceed to the next destination to experience new places between Saungphoo and Kakku. The night stop will be in Kakku where the famous historical pagodas are situated.
Distance = 22 km Trek condition = 20% up, 40% down & 40% flat
Day (4) After breakfast, visit the famous historical Kakku pagodas, then check out from Kakku community cottage and take a car to go back to Taunggyi. On the way, we can visit Htampayar cave and Narboung natural water source. Take lunch at Taunggyi, the capital of the Shan State then continue to Inle.
Distance = 71 km
Included: English speakin trekking guide, helper, transportation (boat transfer, car), meals, accommodtion fee, village fund, drinking water & snow towel, Kakku pagoda entrance fee.
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