If your are sportife than this might be the perfect tour for you: Trekking in the Shan mountains, visit of remote villages of Danu and Palaung hill tribes, not influenzed by Western civilization yet. This trekking tour does not need the stamina of an athlete, but you need to be a good hiker able to hike for about 5 hours daily (2 days) on steep and rocky mountain paths. Porters will carry all the food and drinks, also your heavy luggage. The overnight between the 2 days of trekking will be arranged in a Buddhist monastery nearby Yasakyi. The trekking tour starts and ends in Pindaya. You will reach this village from Heho airport. Since all tours to famous Inle Lake start from this airport also, you easily can combine this trekking tour with a visit to Lake Inle. 2 guests minimum, or a small group tour of 10 maximum.
Day 01 Heho-Pindaya: Arrival Heho airport and one-and-a-half-hour drive to Pindaya. The landscape is especially beautiful on this overland route. Underway, you will see Pao people, the friendly „dragon people“ with turquoise turbans and black native dresses. Overnight.
Into the World of Palaung
Day 02 Trekking: Early morning departure from the hotel in Pindaya (1200 m above sea level). All the luggage, food and drinks will be carried by porters. After half an hour hiking you will reach the village Htut-Ni. Most of the people in this village belong to Danu hill tribe. Then continue the hike for another hour until you reach the first resting area. Way down half an hour to Danu village Kya Ni Khone. The team assisting, will prepare a snack here. Continuing from Kya Ni Khone, the mountain path becomes steep and rocky. The two-hour hike to Yasakayi. todayīs destination, means hard work. Yasakayi is a typical Palaung village (1780 m above sea level). About half an hour away from the village is the Buddhist monastery, where we will serve dinner. You will meet the monks and you will be their guest for 1 overnight. But donīt expect anything: You sleep on mats covering the wooden floor. Thatīs it.
The way back
Day 03 Trekking: In case you are very sportife, we offer an additional attraction: At 0500 am departure for a hike to top of Mount Yasakyi (1900 m above sea level). Breath-taking views is the reward for this three hour hike (one way!). About lunch time return to Yasakyi and after lunch start hiking back to Pindaya (4 hours). Of course, you will take another path as way up. Arrival at the hotel in Pindaya shortly before sunset. Overnight.
Day 04 Pindaya-Heho: In the morning you will visit the Buddhist cult caves in Pindaya, where, for centuries, pilgrims have been placing thousands of Buddha figures; a rapturous experience in the circles of lights. Return drive to Heho airport (2 hours).
Please note: During your stay in the area of Inle Lake, an excursion to Katku (or Kakku) can be arranged. The region around Katku was off-limits for foreigners for many years. It has only recently been opened. Here, surrounded by villages of Pao people and west of Inle Lake, nearly 2,500 pagodas were built during the reign of king Alaungsithu in the sixteenth century. The majorities have been preserved and are, even today, objects of Buddhist piety. The pagodas are built in typical Shan style and are richly decorated. Although they might be considered of minor significance from an art history point of view, that doesnīt make them any less impressive. The pagodas are some 50 kilometres south of Taunggyi, administrative center of Southern Shan State. The road is being improved now. From Inle Lake, Katku can be reached by boat and by minibus or four-wheel drive vehicles. On tour you also will easily get into contact with Pao in their villages and it is quite an experience to get to know the traditional lifestyle of these people. Please ask for more details.
Price per Person in US$: Prices for 2010 / 2011 on request