|Program Name||Bagan Extension, Trek in Chin State|
|Type||Soft Adventure Trekking|
|Coverage||Bagan – Mindat – Mt. Victoria – Kampalat – Bagan|
|Duration||06 Day – 05 Night|
|Availability||Oct – May|
|Day||Particular of Itinerary||Overnight|
|1||Drive from Bagan to Mindat via Let Pan Che and Pontaung mountain range||Hotel Mindat (Std)|
|2||Morning excursion Mindat and trek to Kyardo village||Local Home Stay|
|3||Trek to Aye via four Chin Christian villages||Guesthouse|
|4||Uphills trek to Do Nuu||Local Home Stay|
|5||Uphill towards Mt. Victoria Summit, downstream trek to 10 ½ Mile and proceed to Kampalat||Floral Breeze Hotel (Dlx)|
|6||Drive to Bagan passing Saw, Yaw Creeks & Kazunma etc.||End of service|
|SERVICE INCLUDE||SERVICE EXCLUDE|
|Day 01||Bagan – Mindat (approx. 7 hrs)|
|Day 02||Mindat – Kyardo (approx. 6 hrs)|
|Day 03||Kyardo – Aye (approx. 5 hrs)|
|Day 04||Aye – Ranchi Camp (approx. 6 hrs)|
|Day 05||Ranchi Camp – Mt. Victoria Summit – 10 ½ Mile – Kampalat (approx. 7 hrs)|
|Day 06||Kampalat – Bagan (approx. 7 hrs)|
Sample itinerary - actual may vary
DAY 01 – Bagan – Mindat (approx. 7 hrs)
Breakfast and we hit the road for the Chin Hills. First leg we cross Ayeyarwady river via newly build bridge. On a steadily worsening road we finally make Mindat after spending about 7 good hours on the road including lunch and photo stops. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Mindat.
Day 02 – Mindat – Kyardo (approx. 6 hrs)
We have an easy morning, later we trek to Loat Pe where we observe holy wooden poles and stone tombs. Lunch stop and further trek to Kyardo, lied on the hill side of the valley of the mountain range. Kyardo, although in a steep sided valley getting little light is very near a rich source of precious metals, including gold, mostly sourced from the nearby river. The river is also source for a superb spot for grabbing a brain freezing shower which most of us indulge in. Here we observe Chin way of daily life such as tattoo faced women wearing traditional costumes. Dinner and overnight at local home.
DAY 03 – Kyardo – Aye (approx. 5 hrs)
Breakfast and we retrace the 1st 10 minutes to the creek bed. From here it’s a steep and sometimes muddy and difficult path which eases after an hour of climbing. For the next 3 hours it’s much better path with the valley now opening up on the left to much broader views of the plains to the north and east. After lunch it’s an hours steep hike through heavily forested and touch route finding path in places, with a second hour on much better jeep track which leads to a hotel in progress owned by one of the local bigwigs. We stay in a couple of the finished rooms of the hotel and there is opportunity for people to recharge their camera batteries.
Day 04 – Aye – Ranchi Camp (approx. 6 hrs)
Breakfast and we trek to Ranchi camp (8 mile, approx. 5 hour) locates at the bottom of Mt. Victoria. Trek goes through the park system amongst large oaks and laurels which later change into rhododendron bushes. This beautiful park system covers a large area with dense jungle, pine trees at higher levels and oak trees. The national park is an area of great bio-diversity with many rare forms of flora and fauna. Trek goes along the most famous birding area in Myanmar with scenic valley through pine trees. Lunch on the way, dinner and overnight at camp.
DAY 05 – Ranchi Camp – Mt. Victoria Summit – 10 ½ Mile – Kampalat (approx. 7 hrs)
Breakfast and trek to Mt. Victoria summit (5 mile, approx. 3 hour). We have a challenging trail on say first hour as the trail goes quite deep up but once we get on a mule trail then it became easier through the peak. We relax for some time and enjoy lunch. Later we trek downhill along easy mule trek to 10½ Mile camp (approx. 2 hour) where we meet the await jeeps. We bit our farewell to the crew here as most of them will come along as trek ends here. After one hour drive on a bumpy road here we arrive at our lodge.
Mt. Victoria offers superb views of the surrounding area from the top. Birders may follow the rare species of birds so as botanic may explore species of trees and plants some of which may be only native to this region. If you are neither birder nor botanic then simply enjoy the breadth taking beauty of entire park from a hilltop.
DAY 06 – Kampalat – Bagan (approx. 7 hrs)
Breakfast and on the rocky road back to Bagan. We stop after approx. 2 hours in Saw on the river for a cup of tea. With a stop for lunch on the way, through lots of teak plantation and road renovation finally we get to Bagan in the afternoon and check in at hotel.