Kalaw to Inle monastery trek
You’ve heard of slow food - savouring the process of growing, cooking and eating? Well, now you have slow travel. Trekking is a fantastic way to slow the pace right down, immerse yourself in your surroundings and get up close to local culture. This three day trek from Kalaw to Inle takes you through stunning scenery and traditional villages; a wonderful and unique opportunity to take a glimpse into ‘behind the scenes’ rural life; visiting schools, eating with local people and witnessing first hand the traditions and customs that make Myanmar such a remarkable place to visit.
What to expect from the Kalaw to Inle Monastery trek...
Your trek begins at Kalaw, a hill station standing at around 1,320 metres above sea level. Kalaw is a popular starting point for trekkers, and for you it will mark the start of a three day/two night trek through the fascinating and varied landscapes en route to beautiful Inle Lake.
Your first morning will take you through several small villages, home to interesting tribes such as Danu; their name meaning ‘brave archers’. The Danu people are believed to have descended from the archers who settled in the area after fighting there in the 16th century. With over 130 different official ethnic groups, Myanmar is exceptionally diverse, with fresh culture to see and learn wherever you are.
Rest at lunchtime at Linn Pan, before heading on to the village of Nant Thale. Nant Thale is home to the Pa-O tribe, famous for their vividly coloured headscarves, and the rest of the day will be your chance to make the most of this rare opportunity to get to know the local people and discover more about the Pa-O way of life. Supper will be prepared for you by one of the villagers at the beautiful Shan Buddhist Monastery, where you will also spend the night.
Awake on your second day to the murmurings of the monastery, as the monks gather together for morning prayer; a wonderfully tranquil way to greet the morning. After a relaxed breakfast you’ll set off for a short first stage, stopping for lunch at a well-earned rest at Htun Gone. During the afternoon leg of your journey you’ll pass through stunning farmland and forests before arriving at Htee Taing village, where another warm welcome awaits.
You’ll end your trek on day three on a high, boarding a boat upon reaching Inle Lake and enjoying the spectacular panoramic views across the water.
Location: Shan State, Myanmar
Duration: 2 nights
Accommodation: Sample the monastic way of life at two Shan Buddhist Monasteries
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Important to note...
You should have a basic level of fitness for this trek as it can be tough going in places. The rainy season is best avoided as paths can get very muddy and difficult to navigate; October to early April is ideal.