We are a group of four 'over 50's' travellers, in fact we are already between 55 - 65 years young. We are going to be in Burma for three weeks in February 2011, and would like include some trekking (1 day) into our itinerary. We are all reasonable fit and since we come from Australia, we are also used to the hot weather but not to the humidity.
I would like to get your opinion on a couple of things:
1. Where is the best to do 'a not so hard' hike, what we here call 'a bush walk'? We would like to see some tribal villages and of course some beautiful scenery.
2. Do we have to have proper hiking boots (heavy) or can we walk with our sneekers (light weight)?
3. How hot it is going to be in February and how humid?
4. What do you think - can we make it?
I believe we can organise the trip when we are there either through our hotel or some local travel agent.
Thanking you for your advice.
#1 Ramblergirl has been a member since 8/7/2008. Posts: 17
If you are doing the standard route of Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Inle - Yangon, take a side trip to Kalaw. It's a pretty area inhabited by hill tribes and there are several day hikes in the area that are not so hard to do. You could also do overnight trips here staying in local homes or monasteries - it's one of the few areas in Myanmar where that's possible.
The weather averages about 33C in the lowlands in February, but the elevation of Kalaw tempers the heat. It can sometimes get rather cold at night in winter. You can trek in trainers - the paths will be well-worn and dry. For photos to get an idea of what it's like, and more information, google Mr Myanmar Travel's website, which has a good trekking section.
Your reply was exactly what I had hoped for! It clears my fears and I found Mr Myanmar Travel's website a really good saurce of information. In fact, it is as good as any written travel quide and I have now bookmarked it to my Favorites. Thanks for that link!
#3 Ramblergirl has been a member since 8/7/2008. Posts: 17
There are many nice places to make a light trekking. Hsipaw, Kentung, Namsam, Pindaya, Kalaw etc..
But if you are on a classic tour you better make around Kalaw as the trekking trip to Yatzakyi Village from Pindaya is harder.
There are 4 different type of trekking.
1. Trekking from Kalaw to Inle ( 3D2N ) a bit harder.
2. Drive a little bit up to Myinmahti Cave and start walking from there ( 2D1N ) If you want to overnight at a monastery in a village you should do that. It will get to Indein village, the west bank of Inle Lake. But the last hours is hard. I think you can still make it.
3. Day return trip around Kalaw ( Taryaw Village )
4. Day return trip around Kalaw ( Panenepin Village ) , the lightest one. Just to have an experience and fun, you should do that. Only about two hrs for one way.
I recently returned from doing a trek Kalaw to Inle.I trekked with Ko Min.
We booked our trip with Ko Min and we were welcomed at the airport by a very friendly guide.
He is someone very competent in his work and always ready to find the best solution,if necessary and speak English very well.He has already obtained tourist guide license from the ministry of hotel and tourism goverment of Myanmar.The best thing is that Ko Min loves his country very much and love his work.He is a very nice person and is alway attentive to the needs of his customers.He made sure everything went smoothly.He was very helpful with our questions about history and culture.He always gave us plenty of time to enjoy the places we visited,and I never felt rushed or tired.I have had a wonderful time on trek and the guide was a big part of making the tour so successful.
The main thing, he is a family man and very trust worthy I still keep in touch with him.
He really made the trip fun and comfortable and I'd highly recommend him to anyone thinking about trek Kalaw to Inle.
#5 Isabelleband has been a member since 30/8/2014. Posts: 2