Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp, Myanmar

Protecting seven elephants and 150 acres of beautiful habitat in Myanmar’s mountainous Kalaw region, Green Hill Valley has an excellent, respectful approach that lets you meet the elephants in their natural habitat whilst supporting their ongoing protection. A variety of programs lets you fit your visit into any trip through northern Myanmar, whether based in Kalaw or Inle Lake, and the surrounding region offers superb trekking, wild orchids, rare wildlife and traditional hilltribe lifestyles.

What to expect at Green Hill Valley...

Green Hill Valley is a small project, with a contented group of retired elephants at its conscientious heart. This is one of the first initiatives of its kind in the country, and by visiting it you’ll be supporting the hopeful beginnings of eco-tourism in Myanmar. 

The centre is dedicated to conserving and replanting nearby forest habitat, as well as working with local communities to preserve valuable relationships between Kalaw’s people and their natural environment. 

You’ll also be giving yourself a good time spent meeting the elephants, feeding and bathing them. You may also get the chance to sit on one mahout-style, although do bear in mind that this depends on the weather and the elephants’ general health - these animals are retired, and are not here to carry you about.

All trekking, therefore, will be done on foot, but the reward for your exertion is huge - a rolling landscape of broad plains and hazy mountains, full of diverse flora and fauna including all kinds of butterflies and rare orchids. 

The camp’s itineraries range from short walks with a picnic lunch and time spent with the elephants, to strenuous two-day treks with a night spent in a local village and a foray through the jungle before you even reach the camp itself.

As well as elephant meet and greet, some itineraries include the option to help the camp’s forest recovery program by planting a tree or two - Myanmar used to be 50% forest, which has been vastly reduced during the past century. It’s a lovely legacy to leave behind, and a sort of reverse-souvenir - every time you recall your trip to Myanmar, you’ll remember that your tree is still growing there.

Location: Kalaw, northern Myanmar

Duration: two hours to a few days

Accommodation: hilltribe homestays, or Kalaw and Inle hotels

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Ed says...

'This is a great chance to explore the Kalaw region with an expert guide and support a progressive local initiative - one of the first of its kind in Myanmar.'

Important to note...

There is something here to suit most abilities - treks range from a couple of hours strolling to strenuous two day journeys with 5-6 hours hiking a day. Ideally you’ll be based in Kalaw before and after your experience, but the shorter treks also tie in well with a journey from Inle Lake.