Program Name Bagan Extension, Trek in Chin State
Type Soft Adventure Trekking
Trip Code VM7
Coverage Bagan – Mindat – Mt. Victoria – Kampalat – Bagan
Duration 06 Day – 05 Night
Availability Oct – May
Grade Moderate
Mindat
  • Situate Northeast of Mt. Victoria summit, altitude approx. 4800 ft above sea. Coordinates 21 0.23' 93 56.5' E.
Kanpetlet
  • Situate Southeast of Mt. Victoria summit, altitude approx. 4680 ft above sea. Coordinates 21 11.5' N 94 0.03' E.
Mt. Victoria
  • 10,200 ft, locally known as Khon Nu Son in Chin is a designated National park under name of Natmataung "meaning the mother of spirits" with the core area of 260 sq. miles situates in the Southern Chin hills is the southern out post of Himalayas, of a volcanic origin. This region generally isolated and possesses as many as about 160 species of birds including 4 endemic birds of Myanmar including White-browed Nuthatch. There are also many species of plants and rare flowers found on its summit and nowhere else in the world. Southern Chin state due to its isolation maintains the unique Chin tribal life as most of the women wares heavily tattoo on their face and traditional costume at their daily life style.

Draft itinerary

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
  • Ground transport (pajero, surf, land cruiser)
  • Accommodation (hotel, local home, guesthouse)
  • Escorted English language leader, local trail conductor, cook & porters
  • Six lunch & five dinner, purified drinking water
  • Mindat Museum Fee
  • Natmataung National Park Fee
  • Dinner on day 6 (last day)
  • Domestic airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenditure on personal nature such as laundry, beverages, gratitude to guides & porters etc.
  • Any cost associated with transportation of the equipment (except for personal use which is necessary for the trek)

Detailed Itinerary

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.

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