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Heights of Hsipaw: Trekking through the Shan State Hills, Myanmar (6 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Hsipaw, Myanmar To Mandalay, Myanmar

Valid for Departures Now Through: 12 Mar 2019

Heights of Hsipaw: Trekking through the Shan State Hills, Myanmar (6 days)


Day 1
Hsipaw, Myanmar
Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar
None Dinner

Your adventure starts in the scenic hillside town of Pyin Oo Lwin, where you’ll take a historic eight-hour train to Hsipaw along the rails originally engineered by the British to connect the center of Myanmar to the Northern Shan State. Once you arrive in Hsipaw, spend the afternoon biking along the river Myit Nge before enjoying an incredible sunset from the hill of the five Buddhas. You will stay overnight at the brand new Hsipaw resort.

Day 2
Hsipaw, Myanmar
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day exploring the town of Hsipaw, a former Sao Pha (royal) hideaway in the Northern Shan State. After breakfast, visit the Shan noodle factory, followed by a tour of the Hsipaw palace to learn the history of the royal town. Later, enjoy a boat journey up the Myint Nge to explore a traditional Shan village. After a sunset cruise back to Hsipaw, enjoy a second night at the Hsipaw resort.

Day 3
Pansan, Myanmar
Hsipaw, Myanmar
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you’ll head out of Hsipaw to begin your three-day trek – but not before paying a visit to the pagoda Bawgyo, an incredible ancient Shan-style monument that is said to be over 2,000 years old. Afterward, you’ll drive 45 minutes to Kyauk Me, the kick-off point of your trek in the hills of the Shan State. On this first day, you’ll trek four hours to Pansan, a traditional Palaung village where you’ll stay overnight in a homestay.

Day 4
Pan Hon, Myanmar
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On the fourth day, you’ll trek for five hours through the heart of the Shan State, visiting several Palaung villages and meeting villagers, including women wearing traditional red skirts and silver hoops around their waist. Spend time exploring a local tea plantation and enjoy an overnight homestay.

Day 5
Man Kyoung, Myanmar
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the last day of trekking, as you’ll end your exploration of the Shan State hills in the village of Man Kyoung, where you’ll head back to Kyauk Me on a traditional tuk-tuk. After settling in at the Ayar Yon Oo Guest House, enjoy the rest of the day exploring the village monasteries, visiting local bamboo paper mills or – if your leg muscles will allow – climbing the large hills that surround the village.

Day 6
Mandalay, Myanmar
Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar
None Breakfast

On the last full day of your Shan State adventure, you will depart from Kyaung Me and spend some time back in Pyin Oo Lwin, a former British stronghold that served as a cool retreat from the surrounding cities, thanks to its high altitude. Visit the old colonial mansions and take a walk through the sprawling botanical garden – just one of the town’s many British legacies. Finally, you will head back to Mandalay and stay overnight at a hotel before departing from the group the next day.

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The rural Shan State in northeast Myanmar is home to many traditional Palaung villages hidden in its many hills. On this six-day adventure, you will delve deep into the hills to meet villagers and experience their traditional way of life, staying in homestays and visiting tea plantations and bamboo paper mills. You will start your adventure by taking a historic train ride from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw, where you’ll spend a day exploring its palace, visiting a noodle factory and an ancient monument and biking alongside the Myit Nge river. Following your three-day trek, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the British legacies in Pyin Oo Lwin before departing from Mandalay. For history, culture, and a whole lot of trekking, this adventure will be one to remember!  


  • Enjoy the historic rail ride from Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw

  • Explore the Sao Pha palace of Hsipaw and learn about its royal history

  • Spend three days trekking and visiting traditional villages in the Shan State hills

  • Visit the old colonial mansions and botanical garden of Pyin Oo Lwin

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