Photo: Stunning views around Inle Lake.

Trekking

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Most trekkers in these parts are trekking to Inle from Kalaw, but there’s no reason at all why you can’t do it in the opposite direction, or try a far less busy trek in the mountainous area east of Nyaung Shwe and Inle.





The Kalaw hike is extremely popular these days and a lack of too many routes and overnight stay options means that in busy periods you’ll encounter a lot of other hikers. When starting from Inle, the two main departure points are In Dein and Khaung Daing. Though group sizes are likely to be considerably smaller heading this way, you will of course encounter all the trekkers coming the other way. The classic version is three days, two nights, though a few shortcuts allow for a two-day, one-night version. You’ll pass numerous Pa-O villages and some Palaung ones and stay overnight in either monasteries or village homestays. Either way, it is a hilly and pretty tough trek. Low season sees far fewer people, but then the mountaintops are often cloud-covered during rainy season.

More of that stunning scenery. Photo taken in or around Trekking , Inle Lake, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

More of that stunning scenery. Photo: Mark Ord

At least as rewarding are the treks into the eastern hills between Inle Lake and Kakku district, to the south of Taunggyi. These can be adapted to one-, two- or three-day programmes.

A one-day version leaves Nyaung Shwe at 08:00 and a walk of around 20 kilometres sees you finish in Maing Thauk around 15:00 or 16:00. A return by boat to Nyaung Shwe costs 8,000 extra for up to five people. The route involves a fair amount of ascents and descents but scenery and views are great and it includes a cave temple, Htet Eain, plus a couple of Pa-O villages in the hills east of Red Mountain ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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