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Jhire was excellent and took really good care of us, even changing parts of the itinerary to fit in around us! One of the highlights of the trip was spending time with him, it was great fun. Overall, our trip was thoroughly enjoyable and we’d certainly use the Mountain Company again. So a big thank you to you and everyone who made it all happen.
Caroline Clark (UK) | Everest Luxury Lodge, Nepal

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  • Golden Swedagon Pagoda temple in Yangon
  • Golden Swedagon Pagoda temple in Yangon
  • Old British colonial riverfront buildings at Strand Road
  • Bogyoke Aung San market in Yangon formerly known as Scott Market
  • Temples and pagodas of Bagan
  • Horse drawn cart in Bagan
  • Schwezigon pagoda in Bagan
  • Dhammajangyi in Bagan
  • Htilominlo in Bagan
  • Buffalo mill seen near Bagan
  • Thazin Garden Hotel in Bagan
  • Thazin Garden Hotel in Bagan
  • Thazin Garden Hotel in Bagan
  • View of paddy fields and pagoda on drive to Chin state
  • Working in the fields in Chin state
  • View of Chin Hills on drive to Mindat
  • Tattoo faced lady in Chin state
  • Mountain Oasis Resort in Mindat
  • Mountain Oasis Resort in Mindat
  • Buffalo cart in Chin state
  • Market in Mindat
  • Traditional village near Mindat
  • Animal skulls hanging on village houses near Mindat
  • Local man in Chin state
  • School near Mindat in Chin state
  • Village near Kampalat in Chin state
  • Natma Taung National Park entrance for trail to Mount Victoria
  • Mount Victoria Base Camp
  • On the trail walking up Mount Victoria (locally known as Natma Taung)
  • Summit view from Mount Victoria
  • Pagoda on summit of Mount Victoria (locally known as Natma Taung)
  • Tattoo faced lady in Chin state
  • Nose flute and tattoo faced ladies from Chin state
  • Playing nose flute in village near Kampalat
  • Teak forest in Chin state
  • Pinewood Villa in Kampalat
  • Pinewood Villa in Kampalat
  • Pinewood Villa in Kampalat
  • Red mountain vineyard at Nyaungshwe near Inle Lake
  • Red mountain vineyard at Nyaungshwe near Inle Lake
  • Leg rowing on Inle Lake
  • Long-tail boat on Inle lake
  • Floating gardens on Inle Lake
  • Fishing on Inle lake
  • Golden Island Cottages Thale U on Inle lake
  • Golden Island Cottages Thale U on Inle lake
  • Golden Island Cottages Thale U on Inle lake
  • Golden Island Cottages Thale U on Inle lake
  • Kengtung in Shan state
  • Rice paddy fields in Shan state near Kengtung
  • Monks studying at Wat In monastery in Kengtung, Shan state
  • Gilded wooden Buddhas at Wat In monastery
  • Naung Tung lake in Kengtung
  • Market in Kentung
  • Food stall in Kengtung, Shan state
  • Akha village near Kengtung
  • Akha lady near Kengtung
  • Akha children in village near Kengtung
  • Walking along the track to the Loi village of Wan Yut
  • Long houses near Wan Yut
  • Monastery near Wan Yut
  • A long house in Loi village of Wan Yut
  • Hospitable welcome and lunch in one of the long houses
  • Inside a long house in Loi village of Wan Yut
  • Young Loi girl
  • Temple of Mu Hein Tri Dragon on road to Mong La
  • View of hills in Shan state on drive to Loi-mwe hill station
  • Nuns pouring fruit wine in Loi-mwe near Kengtung
  • Fruit wine for sale in Loi-mwe
  • Colonial residence of British governor
  • British colonial buildings
  • Lake in Loi-mwe hill station
  • Circular train in Yangon
  • Circular train in Yangon

In Depth Tour of Burma (Myanmar)

Our In Depth Tour of Burma is a cultural tour with day walks to explore this fascinating country. You have time to visit the main must see places to Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake as well as venturing to more remote places in Chin and Shan states.

In Chin state you visit hill tribe villages around the small towns of Mindat and Kampalat as well as walking up Mount Victoria known locally as Natma Taung.

In Shan state we explore authentic hill tribes (Akha, Lisu, Eng, Wa, Loi, Wahu and Palaung peoples) easily accessed from the town. Kengtung is one of the few places left in Asia where it is possible to see these hill tribes wearing their traditional clothes and embracing their tribal culture.

In Shan state we drive from Kengtung through beautiful countryside of rice paddy fields and forest to visit the former British hill station of Loi-mwe (1,591m). This town has a number of colonial buildings such as old British governor’s house and is centred around a lake.

With this trip you will also have time to explore the most fabled sights of Burma including the thousand temples of Bagan; the former capital of Mandalay and watch the sunset at U-Bein Bridge. At Inle Lake you take a long-tail boat to the hotel and along the way you are likely to see the famous leg-rowing fishermen and the floating gardens. In Yangon you will see the glittering Shwedagon pagoda and the colonial buildings from British times.

Throughout this itinerary you stay at mid-level hotels carefully selected and inspected by us.

We can tailor this trip to suit your specific requirements from hotel accommodation to excursions to length of time available for your holiday.

You have the option to join one of our fixed date departures or to have a private tour tailored to dates that suit you.

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Trip Details

  • Destination: Burma
  • Holiday Type: Cultural Tours
    Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 18 days from Yangon & Mandalay
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2017 - £2,595 (US$3,395 or €3,095) 2018 - £2,595 (US$3,395 or €3,095)
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What does this include

Price includes:

  • Internal travel in private car or minibus with driver.
  • Private transfers including airport collections.
  • Sightseeing with Burmese cultural guides and private vehicle.
  • Twin share rooms at all locations.
  • Breakfast (B) only at all places on itinerary apart from Breakfast (B) & Lunch (L) & Dinner (D) on Day 6 and Breakfast (B) & Lunch (L) on Day 7.
  • Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure.
  • For financial protection of your booking before departure, UK residents will be issued an ATOL certificate and international clients will be covered by our financial protection insurance issued from International Passenger Protection.
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive "Burma Pre Trip Information" notes.

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Yangon.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Burma visa.
  • Lunch and evening meals at all places on itinerary apart from Day 6 & 7.
  • Balloon ride in Bagan.
  • Tips (guidance on amounts included in our "Burma Pre Trip Information" notes).
  • Other items not listed in "What is included".
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Trip Grade Gentle

Trip Grade Gentle

Suitability: most people in good health who take regular exercise.

1) Walking times: average 4 to 6 hours walking per day for up to 8 days often including one or two rest days.

2) Altitude: up to 4,000m.

3) Terrain: for most of time following well-travelled trails through villages, there will be some daily ascent and descent.

4) Remoteness: usually not too remote and often there is a reasonable level of infrastructure such as lodge accommodation and cell/ mobile phone reception.

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Trip Dates

  • November 2nd to 19th 2017
  • December 7th to 24th 2017
  • January 4th to 21st 2018
  • February 1st to 18th 2018
  • March 1st to 18th 2018
  • November 1st to 18th 2018
  • December 6th to 23rd 2018

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival Yangon. Overnight at Hotel M. 
  • Day 2Sightseeing Yangon. Overnight at Hotel M. 
  • Day 3Fly to Bagan, afternoon sightseeing. Overnight at Thazin Garden Hotel. 
  • Day 4Early morning balloon ride over Bagan (optional and extra cost). Drive from Bagan to Mindat. Overnight at Mountain Oasis Resort. 
  • Day 5Visit hill tribe villages around Mindat. Overnight at Mountain Oasis Resort. 
  • Day 6Trek to Lote-pe and Kyardoe villages, drive to Aye village. Overnight at Aye Camp. 
  • Day 7Walk up to Mount Victoria (Natma Taung), drive to Kampalet. Overnight Pinewood Villa. 
  • Day 8Drive through Yaw region back to Bagan. Overnight Thazin Garden Hotel. 
  • Day 9Fly to Heho, drive to Inle Lake. Overnight at Golden Island Cottages Thale U. 
  • Day 10Boat trip and sightseeing around Inle Lake. Overnight at Golden Island Cottages Thale U. 
  • Day 11Boat to Nyaung Shwe, drive to Heho airport and fly to Kengtung. Princess Hotel Kyaing Tong. 
  • Day 12Day walk to one of the villages of the Akha tribe. Princess Hotel Kyaing Tong. 
  • Day 13Drive towards Mong la, walk to longhouses of Wan Yut village. Princess Hotel Kyaing Tong. 
  • Day 14Drive to Loi-mwe colonial hill station. Princess Hotel Kyaing Tong. 
  • Day 15Fly to Mandalay, afternoon sightseeing. Overnight at Ayeyarwaddy River View. 
  • Day 16Sightseeing in Mandalay. Overnight at Ayeyarwaddy River View. 
  • Day 17Day trip to Amarapura for U Bein’s bridge, visit Inwa and Sagaing. Overnight at Ayeyarwaddy River View. 
  • Day 18Fly back home from Mandalay 
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