Beautiful Train and Community Trail

Beautiful Train and Community Trail

History and Nature – a beautiful mix

Kalaw is precious for its landscape, locals, and history. This package combines the three to serve you an exceptional cocktail. Explore the scenic beauty of Kalaw while interacting with locals and participating in local activities and entertaining train ride. Sin Taung community is more than happy to welcome you, share you with their daily life activities and offer you with local cuisine. Your return journey goes through wildness, pristine forests enrich with orchid and birds!

Draft Itinerary

Day 01:Meeting in downtown Kalaw, explore central market and visit some of the major attraction in Kalaw. Hop on the train bound for Thazi to Sin Taung. The exciting journey goes through tunnels, narrow valleys and high reef. Visit 100 years old Nepalese temple and walk up the hilltop Pagoda for the stunning view of the valley below.

Day 02:Trek to Hinkha Gone, with trail goes immediate uphill all the way. Head towards north to view point and enjoy the view from the ridge. Trek through Reservoir which remains today the major sources of fresh water supply to the town. Enjoy tranquility of the surrounding, listen to the birds call and witness wild orchids.

Day 03:Enjoy early morning activities at Kalaw Hill Lodge which include a visit to Chemical free gardens and farm house where we experience working with buffalo, milking cows and feeding animal etc. Explore community trail and interact with local, visit household industry making rice and plum wine process. Lunch at local home and transfer by minivan to Kalaw to complete this unique experience.

Package Includes

  • Accommodation at Kalaw Hill Lodge
  • Accommodation at community home in Sin Taung
  • Transfers and transport (minivan)
  • Train ride between Kalaw and Sin Taung
  • Escorted English/Myanmar language guide and porters
  • Full board meal, soft drink and drinking water

Package Excludes

  • Insurance (medical, travel, property)
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks (available for sale in some villages)
  • Expenditure on personal nature such as laundry, gratitude to guides, porters etc
  • Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival – Kalaw – Sin Taung

Meeting in downtown Kalaw and we explore central market often fill with colorful ethnic tribes and visit some of the major attraction in Kalaw include old colonial houses include Anglican Church, which was one of the many buildings built by the British in 1900s. Later we hop on the train bound for Thazi. Once train role slowly towards Sin Taung located at 1360 meter above sea. The exciting journey goes through tunnels, narrow valleys and high reef passing 1405 meter so-called summit (approx. 45 minute). We get down at Sin Taung (elephant shaped mountain), name after a mountain similar to Elephant.

Sintaung located at 1349 meter above sea, inhabited by Danu, Taung Yoe and Nepalese community. Here we visit 100 years old Nepalese temple, old railway station and walk up the hilltop Pagoda for the stunning view of the valley below. We settle in at our community house and interact with the community through our local guide.  In the evening we enjoy sumptuous local meal over a cultural show perform by the community. Dinner and overnight at Community House.

Distance cover: Km, Duration of walk: 3 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House

Day 01 : Sintaung – Hinkha Gone – View Point - Lodge

Breakfast and we trek to Hinkha Gone, located at 1453 meter above sea, (4 km, approx. 1½ hour). Trail goes immediate uphill all the way stays pretty much on the ridge till we get to the village. From here we head towards north and keep out trail on the ridge having right side is protected forests and left side open view to the valley to view point, parched at 1473 meter above sea, (3.2 km, approx. one hour). We have lunch stop here and take some time to enjoy the view from the ridge. From here we trek around 20 minutes on the dirt road but we then head south through tropical scarf forests to Reservoir, located at 1388 meter above sea, (2.4 km, approx. one hour), which was originally built by British in and remain till today the major sources of fresh water supply to the town.

Once we through the scarf forest we get into primary forests protected since British time. Here we enjoy tranquility of the surrounding and listen to the birds call and witness several species of orchid naturally hanging above the tree. We head back to Nanthe (Nepalese Village), located at 1336 meter above sea, (4.8 km, approx. 2 hour). First hour we walk through primary forest but once we come out of the forest then trek through fields chatting with local farmers. Dinner and overnight at Lodge.

Distance cover: 15Km, Duration of trek: 6-7 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: The Kalaw Hill Lodge

Day 03 : Community Trail - Departure

We enjoy early morning activities include a visit to organic gardens and farm house where we experience working with buffalo, milking cows and feeding animal etc. Breakfast and we walk to Nanthe (Danu tribe) village (approx. 15 minute) where we visit a library donated by the lodge and interact with local over a cup of green tea. From here we walk to Nanthe (Nepalese) village (approx. 20 minute) where we explore the village and visit household industry making rice and plum wine process. If wish we could taste local brew wine. Lunch at local home and we transfer by minivan to Kalaw to complete this unique experience.

Distance cover: 5Km, Duration of walk: 3 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight stay: Not included

Booking Condition

How to Book:

Complete the booking form click “submit” button to make your reservation. Alternately you may book through email [email protected].

Deposit and payment:

A deposit of 30% of your trip cost per person is require to secure your booking. The balance will need to be settled two day before commence of trek. Bookings made within two days must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Validity:

Prices quoted are net basis and valid according to the date specified on the printed tariffs, quotation, invoice etc. Myanmar Hill lodges (Myanmar Highland Eco-adventures) warrants that the prices or rates quoted are correct at the time of issuance but are subject to change in line with market, tax or currency fluctuation.

Cancellations and refunds:

All cancellations must be advised in writing and are accepted from the date the written confirmation is received and applied cancellation as below.

15 days before trip date: you will lose 30% deposit
7 days and less before the trip date: 50% of the total cost per person
If reservations are cancelled (or) no-show: no refunds will be made

Amendments of trek:

If the change is minor we will endeavor to make the change at no further cost to you. If the change requires more work than we impose you an appropriate charge ask you to pay the charge before we action the change. Please note we may not be able to accommodate your request during “high occupation period”. In such case we will not be responsible for any lost or additional costs incurred. Should trip be canceled after deposit cancellation fee applies.

Grouping:

There is no limitation on the group size on this program, however Myanmar Hill Lodges (Myanmar Highland Eco-adventures) reserves the right to combine in order to form a decent group on same departure.

Un-used service:

No refunds will be considered any unused service after commencement of the tour, trek or expeditions regardless of the reason whatsoever.

Checklist

Baggage:

Your day pack should be a medium volume which can hold your personal belonging such as medication, camera, extra clothes, water etc.

Clothing:

Should be lightweight, dry quickly, and provide insulation even when wet. Lightweight long sleeved shirt is useful as sunscreen while trekking. A good quality raincoat and pants are ideal as hey will keep you warm and dry in a variety of situations. A thick sweater or fleece sweat shirt would be ideal to wear in the evenings, when temperatures decline considerably. A lightweight jacket or windbreaker will also be useful.

Foot ware:

Lightweight hiking boots or good quality running shoes will be ideal for the lowland trek. It is essential your walking boots be comfortable and broken-in.

Personal items:

Personal item such as flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, water bottle and lighter, a pocketknife, reading and writing material and personal first aid kit would also be essential for your convenience.

Protection from weather:

A pair of sun glass and hat is essential for your protection from sun. You will also need some sun screen to protect against sunburn.

Protection against insect bite:

It’s important to keep insect repellent to keep the insects away.

FAQ

What are the overnight facilities in Kalaw?

With Kalaw Hill Lodge, villas are architecturally influenced by the local mud-house style and are built in harmony with the environment. The Lodge was built using a local work force from communities around the area. All rooms are equipped with en-suite facilities such as private bath with hot and cold shower, decorated fire place, air-condition cum heater, satellite TV, safety deposit box, mini bar. Each of the room extends to a private balconies which offers breathtaking views of Blue Mountains.

What are the overnight facilities in Sin Taung?

This program involves community home stay where you will be treated by the community. Community home comes with basic western toilet, sleeping facility such as mattress, pillow and blanket will be provided. Night will be spent in candle light and wood fire. Limited amount of hot water will be supplied for face wash in every morning.

What will be the temperature like?

Main tourist season is between November and February with pleasant temperatures, clear skies, warm days and cool evenings. Hot season is between March and May and weather gets warmer and occasional showers might occur. Rainy season or monsoon season is between end of May and October and one can expect almost daily showers but is much lesser compare to other coastal parts of Myanmar. What makes Kalaw weather unique is you have no short of sunshine even during middle of the monsoon which reasoning the blossom of multicolored wild flowers.

How long is an average trekking in a day?

All our treks are designed at 5 to 7 walking hours per day, except for some of the activities that designed for non-trekkers. Day normally starts at 8 or 9 in the morning follow by breakfast. We try to reach our destination well in time to relax and engage activities like social, cultural interaction.

What will I see on the trek?

Most of our program focuses on cultural and ethnic value thus your trail going across tribal activities, which allow you social interactions with local. Here we enjoy tranquility of the surrounding and listen to the birds call and witness several species of orchid. Beside this there will be plenty of bird life, butterflies and other exotic flora to view and experience.

How fit do I have to be?

All of our program is graded as “Moderate” thus anyone who leads a moderately healthy lifestyle back home and is reasonably fit will be able to join in.

What about meal?

A hot breakfast usually is served around 7- 8 am, lunch usually is simple, light and serve during mid-day. Dinner will be more extensive featuring pre-dinner snacks and deserts.

What about guides?

We provide English or Myanmar language guide and depending on the group size an assistance local guide. Upon advance request we will be able to arrange other language leader at additional cost.

What about First aid?

All our guides are qualified in wilderness first aid, and carry a basic medical first aid kit.

Is there any age or health limit to participate?

This program is suitable to anyone with normal health and fitness condition. However older clients or clients with pre-existing medical conditions may require a doctor’s letter confirming their fitness for the trip. During your visit you are under the direction of your trip leader and he/she has total authority to determine your suitability to participate.

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