14 Days Over the Chin Mountains from Bagan to Mrauk U ~ Myanmar

Bagan

Bagan

Plains in Bagan

Horsecart in Bagan

Sunset Bagan

Ladies in the jungle of Chin State

Chin State - Tattooed faced lady

Flute playing through nose

Mrauk U

Mrauk U

Chin state on the western side of Myanmar close to the India border is truly one of the last frontiers and any adventurers dream. Look at any map and you will discover the road ends halfway your end destination and indeed it is a trip through an area you can only reach on foot. We are connecting the ancient kingdom of Bagan and Mrauk U during this adventurous overland trip that takes 7 days and offers fantastic scenery, remote traditional Chin villages, plantations, jungle, river valleys and of course the fabled ancient cities of Bagan and Mrauk U.

For the first time in centuries it is allowed to travel through this forgotten part of Myanmar where time stood still and modern day facilities like telephone, electricity or running water are left behind for a few days – not even to mention internet. The facilities during the trip are very, very basic in local houses. Mosquito nets and blankets are provided; bathroom facilities are either at a communal village well or in the river while the food will be rice, noodles and locally prepared meals by the local guide.

Season: Oct till April.

Note: This is an adventure trip and does not offer any comfort during the trip from Bagan to Mrauk U. The area we are travelling has no electricity, no telephone connections or medical facilities. Due to the adventurous character of this trip the arrival in Mrauk U might be later than plan. Overnight stays are with basic sleeping conditions (a thin bamboo mat on a wooden floor) and there might be no toilet or shower facilities (apart from the village well or a river). Participants agree to do this trip at their own risk and agree that X-Trekkers and their partners cannot be held responsible if any of the above changes during the trip.

Participants have to be in good health and used to walking – it might be possible occasionally to do a part of the trip on the back of a motorbike (at own expenses) if you feel the walks are too long. Good shoes for walking as well as water shoes (for walks in or near the river) are recommended as well as a sarong (to cover when taking shower at public washing place in village), torch, mosquito spray, thick clothes (as it can be cold at night in the mountain).

Date: 1-14 Apr 20

Day 1: Arrive Mandalay (Hotel) Day 2: Mandalay – Bagan (Local bus, abt 5hrs, Hotel, B) Day 3: Bagan (Hotel, B) Day 4: Bagan – Kanpetlet (Mt Victoria National Park ~ 2 hrs trek to summit, Hotel, BLD) Day 5: Kanpetlet – Matupi (Guesthouse, BLD) Day 6: Matupi – Amswe – Gwe Zar – Thein Zar (about 20 km, 5-6 hrs trek, homestay, BLD) Day 7: Thein Zar – Hton Nar – Mardu – Welu (about 20 km, 5 hrs trek, homestay, BLD) Day 8: Welu – Htin Koung – Lone Ton (about 20 km, 6 hrs trek, homestay, BLD) Day 9: Lone Ton – Than Chaung village (9 km, 2hrs trek + boat trip 6hrs, homestay, BLD) Day 10: Than Chaung village – Sun Oo (boat 7hrs) – Mrauk U (Car, 30mins, Hotel, B) Day 11-12: Mrauk U (Hotel, B) Day 13: Mrauk U – Sittwe (boat, 4hrs) – Yangon (Fly, Hotel, B) Day 14: Depart Yangon (B)
Itinerary (Subject to changes) Day 1:  Arrive Mandalay On arrive Mandalay Airport, transfer to the city and check in hotel. Rest of day free at leisure. Overnight at 3-star  Hotel Marvel Superior/Deluxe Room with BF or similarDay 2: Mandalay – Bagan (B) After breakfast in hotel, catch the morning express bus to Bagan (abt 5 hrs). Arrive noon time in Bagan, check in hotel and explore the atmospheric village, with it’s colonial architecture, market and temples on foot or on bike.Overnight 3-star Bagan Star Hotel deluxe room with BF or similarDay 3: Bagan (B) After breakfast in hotel, we will continue to explore Bagan for its fascinating thousands temples on bike, that are spread across the plains of Bagan. They combine to form one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and provide views quite unlike anywhere else on earth.Overnight 3-star Bagan Star Hotel deluxe room with BF or similarDay 4: Bagan – Kanpetlet (Mt Victoria National Park, BLD) After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave our main luggage behind as it will be sent separately to Mrauk U. We will only carry a small backpack for the coming days. We will leave around 6.00 am from the hotel by private car through the river bedding. After lunch, we slowly ascend up the mountains until we arrive in Kanpetlet. We will visit the National Park, where we can climb to the top of the mountain at over 3000 meter high – about 2 hours climb on foot).Overnight in local hotel in Kanpetlet (Oasis or similar)Day 5: Kanpetlet – Matupi (BLD) After breakfast in hotel, we continue drive deeper into Chin State; passing through forest and scenic roads, dotted with villages.Overnight at guesthouse in Matupi (shared bathroom facilities)Day 6: Matupi – Amswe – Gwe Zar – Thein Zar (about 20 km, 5-6 hrs trek, BLD) After early morning local breakfast such as Mohinga at the local market, we depart around 07:00am by car/ motorbikes with drivers (1 passenger per motorbike) to the starting point of the trekking. The trek to Amswe village will take about 3 hrs and we will have a simple lunch here. The scenery is very diverse as you find yourself sometimes walking over the ridge of the mountains with panoramic views over the valley and sometimes through jungle or through rice plantations in the mountains.In the afternoon we continue for another 2.5 – 3 hrs to Thein Zar village where we will stay for the night in a local house. A simple local dinner will be prepared by the guide.Overnight in a local house (bamboo mats, mosquito net and blankets provided).Day 7: Thein Zar – Hton Nar – Mardu – Welu (about 20 km, 5 hrs trek, BLD) After early morning breakfast, we start our walk to Mardu village where we have lunch. Enjoy a scenery with beautiful vistas over the Chin Hills passing bamboo plantations, rice fields, thick forest as well as open fields. Along the way you might notice the typical buffalos from this area and see of course the famous tattoo faced women.We stay overnight in a local house in Welu villageDay 8: Welu – Htin Koung – Lone Ton (about 20 km, 6 hrs trek, BLD) After early morning breakfast, we walk about 10 km to Htin Koung village which is a beautiful traditional Chin village flanked with traditional Chin storage houses, a square and a church. There are still several Chin women who have their face tattooed with intrinsic patterns – maybe a tradition from the past to make the women look “too bizarre” to be taken away by the kings of the Bagan empire or has it more to do with animist beliefs? Some women in the village still know the art of playing a flute with their nose and we might see that in this village.After lunch we walk about 10 km to Lone Ton village where we stay for the night.Overnight in local house in the village.Day 9: Lone Ton – Than Chaung village (about 9 km, 2 hrs trek, boat trip abt 6hrs, BLD) After early morning breakfast, we leave the Chin Hills and trek downhill to the banks of the Lemro River where a private boat is waiting for us to continue the trip by boat. The first few hours we pass some rapids and you might have to get out of the boat and walk some parts in case the water level is too shallow. Later in the afternoon the river gets wider and calmer.We arrive at the end of the day in a traditional Chin village (Than Chaung) on the bank of the river where our guides prepare a great meal for us.Overnight in local house in the village.Day 10: Than Chaung village – Sun Oo – Mrauk U (boat trip abt 7hrs, car abt 30 mins, B) After early morning breakfast, we continue by boat for about 7 hours and arrive at the jetty near Mrauk U where a local car is waiting for us to drive to the historical temple city of Mrauk U leaving a great adventure behind us.Overnight in Shwe Thazin Hotel deluxe room with BF or similarDay 11-12: Mrauk U (B) Rest and relax in Mrauk U to explore the ancient temples. The abandoned city with its hundreds of temples and pagodas lying across rolling northern Rakhine State hilltops, forms an awe-inspiring sight to be withhold. The stay here will provide you with an experience quite unlike anything else in Myanmar.Overnight in Shwe Thazin Hotel deluxe room with BF or similarDay 13: Mrauk U – Sittwe – Yangon (Boat 4 hrs, Fly, 1hr 20mins, B) After breakfast in hotel, check out and continue by boat on the Kaladan River in about 3-4 hours to Sittwe and take the same day domestic flight to Yangon.On arrival Yangon airport, transfer to city hotel and rest of day free at leisure.Overnight in Best Western Chinatown Hotel Executive Room, with breakfast or similarDay 14: Depart Yangon (B) Day is free at leisure before check out and transfer to airport.
14 Days Over the Chin Mountains from Bagan to Mrauk U in Myanmar Tour Code: MYA-CMBM-14LAND Cost per person in SGD : $ 2290 based on min 8 pax Single supplement : + $ 410 (only possible in Mandalay, Bagan, Kampetlet, Matupl, Mrauk U & Yangon)Flight cost estimate: Yangon Airways/ Myanmar Airlines International: Sittwe – Yangon ~ from S$ 180 SilkAir: Singapore – Mandalay, Yangon – Singapore ~ from S$ 350Price Includes:
  • All transfers and transport as per the program
  • All accommodations as per program (based on double/twin sharing room or basic during homestay)
  • Service English speaking guide
  • All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Sightseeing as mentioned
  • All entrance fees, handling fees including travel permit
  • Water during the trip from Bagan – Mrauk U over the Chin Mountains
  • A Singapore tour leader
  • Briefing prior departure
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries
Price does not include:
  • Travel insurance
  • Air tickets+ taxes
  • Personal belongings and expenses
  • Other drinks not mentioned
  • Tipping to the guides
  • Other expenses that not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Any compulsory and peak season surcharge (New Year and Christmas)

A non-refundable deposit of $ 800 per person is required to confirm your booking and balance amount to be paid at least 45 days prior your departure.