Myanmar is beautiful country to visit. Its capital city, Yagon, is a bright metropolis and there’s amazing scenery as you venture north. It’s a must-visit for hikers, too, so we’ve rounded up the best trekking routes in Myanmar.
While you should check for the latest travel updates when planning a trip to Myanmar due to political unrest in certain areas, once you don’t venture off the beaten track and use reputable and local guides, you’ll be just fine. These hiking trails will pass through tribal villages, rice terraces and hidden waterfalls.
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1. Inle Lake to Kalaw
This trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Myanmar, and most tour companies can easily arrange hikes ranging from two days to one week. You’ll hike through the Shan hills, stay in local villages and see Buddhist monasteries.
The most popular trekking route from Hsipaw is to a Palaung village (Pan Kam); this is beautifully scenic and is less crowded than the Kalwa/Inle Lake trail. The hike to the village itself is only four hours, but we suggest you stay overnight in the village. While you’re in the area, take the chance to go over the impressive Goteik Viaduct on the train between Pwin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw.
3. Temples of Bagan
This magical UNESCO listed, 11th-century temple wonderland has over 2,000 pagodas to explore. It’s popular for biking, but you can also set out for a full day’s hike through the area. Grab a free tourist map: the best time to see the temples is when the sun dramatically rises and falls over the plain at dawn or dusk.
This off-the-beaten trekking route goes through lush forests, and you can paddle board on a lake, explore limestone caves and swim under waterfalls. You will also have the opportunity to discover the area’s diverse ethnic tribes, with visits to several minority villages in the Lashio region as well as overnight stays at Shan and Laho Villages.
5. Hpa An
Hpa An is a stunning region that’s still flying under the radar, so it’s perfect if you want a peaceful trek. You’ll hike up hundreds and hundreds of steps to the mountain monastery, with hidden limestone caves and fresh spring pools.
6. Putao Villages
Putao lies in a flat valley, famous as a jumping-off point for trekkers who want to explore the region’s deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries and snow-capped mountains. There’s a four day route you can take through villages, rice paddy terraces and pagados, with beautiful mountain views.
7. Chin Hills
Trek to remote Chin tribes villages and the mountains south of mighty Mt. Victoria on this week-long trek. You’ll stay in authentic homestays where you’ll see ancient traditions still going strong. Chin tribe women are known for their intriguing facial tattoos and decorative amber necklaces.