Tours in Myanmar

Exploring at Mt.Victoria Tour

Destination: Yangon – Bagan – Kanpetlet - Mt.Victoria (Natma Taung National park) – Mindat – Kyardoe – Aye Camp – Bagan – Yangon
Tour Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Tour Code: SS – 38

When touring the Mt.Victoria it would be a shame if you missed visiting the charming village of Mt. Victoria.  The most popular destination in Chin State is Mt. Victoria, roughly 80 miles west of Bagan. The 10,016ft (3053 m) mountain is the highest in Chin State and the third-highest in Myanmar. The peak stands amid a 279-sq-mile national park and is a prime spot for bird watching. It’s best visited November to February when the rhododendron bushes that cover the slopes are in full bloom. During the rainy season (May to October), the mountain is normally inaccessible and hotels shut down.  Most people come to Mt. Victoria from Nyaung U, a six-hour drive. The starting point for the trek to the summit is the village of Kanpetlet; it’s an easy hike that anyone in seasonable physical condition can accomplish. After that, options include camping on Mt.Victoria, staying at the base of the mountain, or the more demanding three day trek to Minday on the opposite side of the Mountain.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon arrival & sightseeing (by car)

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Upon arrival at Yangon Interantional Airport, welcome by Shooting Star Travel’s local guide by holding placard which the name on it. Then transfer to hotel for check in.

After check in, visit Chaukhtatgyi (Reclining Buddha) to see see 70-meters long colossal reclining Buddha, visit Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. Here you will see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background. From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar and one of the wonders of the world. It is belived to have been built more than 2500 years ago. Enjoy breathtaking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point for sunset. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (by flight & car)

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After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for flight to Bagan. Arrive Bagan and check in to hotel. After check in, your journey begins with a visit an elevated temple form where you will have a panoramic view of the magnificent plains of Bagan. Continue with a visit to the golden stupa Shwezigon Pagoda for an introduction in to Bagan’s rich history.

Then, visit to nearby Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgiy, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings and the elegant Htilominlo Temple noted for its fine plaster carving and glazed sandstone decorations. This afternoon begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop where you can observe the production of one of Myanmar’s best-known handicrafts.

Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and on of Bagan’s most beautiful temples. Built in the early Mon-style, Ananda contains two unique Buddha images whose expressions seem to change depending on the distance from which the status is viewed. From here, visit Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork and Sulamani Temple. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the plains from the upper terrace of one of the temples. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

Day 3: Bagan – Kanpetlet (by 4 wheel drive)

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After breakfast at hotel, depart from Bagan at 8:00 Am passing through the oasis area with big mountains and ranges (7 hours drive). Kanpalet is a very beautiful hill station 4000 feet above sea level. Enjoy the sunset. Overnight at Mountaion Oasis Resort.

Day 4: Trekking to Mt.Victoria (trek /car)

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Early in the morning, drive an hour to the base camp of Mt.Victoria and trek up to the summit for three hours. Lunch there and transfer to another base camp where the cars will be waiting for. Trekking down through the deep forest will take two hours.

Drive back to Kanpetlet and visit around the small town to observe different tribes of Chin people. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel.

Day 5: Kanpetlet – Mindat (4 hours drive)

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After breakfast, drive to Mindat passing throuth Saw and Kangyi villages. The total drive will take only 3 and half hours but on the way you’ll have a chance to see the countryside settlement features of Yaw tribe’s area. During the old days, rumours has it that Yaw region was the most famous for learning spiritual and magical powers all over the country.

Nowadays they really are friendly, honest and carefree peop ! lunch on the way and arrive in Mindat early in the evening. Visit the small market of the town and dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at Mountain Oasis hotel.

Day 6: Mindat Sightseeing

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Today, visit some small chin villages around the town of Mindat. You will find tribes such as; Makaan, Dai and Muun. The walk to each village takes about 1 to 1 ½  hours. All these groups speak different dialects, costumes and different face-tattoo patterns. It is mostly elderly women who have the traditional tattooed faces the Chin are well-known for.

These can be in several different patterns, including dots, spider’s webs, lines and curls. Chins are mostly Christian, from Methodists to Catholics, but amimist customs still survive. In every village you can see a house decorated with skulls of different animals. The most common is a mithun, or gayal (bosfrontalis), which is descended from  a wild guar (bosgaurus). Each time a mithan is slaughtered a kind of wooden pillar decorated with ornaments is erected in front of the house.

In addition, tomb stones built after sacrifice ceremories are placed nearby and also used as cover for urns. Picnic lunch at a village house and proceed to a small museum where you can learn more about Chin culture and traditions. Overnight in at the same hotel.

Day 7: Mindat – Kyardoe – Aye Camp

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Breakfast early and starts your trekking to ancient villages. In these villages, most of the villagers still practice Animism and we still can see very young tattooed-face girls because Tattoo culture was extinguished in this region just 10 years ago.

The total six hours trek is from the town to your night stop. Overnight at a local guest hourse in the village. (Traditional dance show).

Day 8: Aye Camp - Bagan (by car)

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Full day drive back to Bagan throught Pauk, Kyauk-Htu and Pakokku townships. Overnight at hotel in Bagan.

 Remark:We do not offer this tour during rainy season! And also direct after rainy season the road between Kanpetlet and Mindat might not be accessible. Best time to visit in Mt.Victoria and surrounding area is during December and  after February  the peak might be covered in thick fog!

 Please note that itinerary is subject to change due to circumstances which we can not foresee at the moment.This area is only open for foreign visitors  since a couple of years. Please do not expect any kind of luxury. The guest house is Kanpetlet is private owned but in Mindat we have to use the Army guest house.Sometimes even after bookings are confirmed, there might be no rooms available.

 Mindat got power supply from a small hydro power station, but nevertheless,  there might be no electricity. We further advise to bring your own sleeping bag even the guesthouse offer bed-sheets.

 The important thing is that this tour is not suitable for the Children.

Day 9: Bagan - Yangon (by car & flight)

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After breakfast at hotel, visit Myinkaba village and take a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya. Explore more temples in the area, visit more craft shops or return to your hotel for a break a relax from the midday heat.

This afternoon, you’ll learn about the production of Bagan’s most famous food, Pone Yay Gyi and also Pe Chaung (Bean snack) at a local shop. This thick salty black paste is made from soy beans and is used commonly in Burmese cooking, especially with pork and as a sald. You’ll get to see the secrets of how it’s made at the shop, all the way from the raw soy beans through to the finished product. You’ll leave your bike and drive on to a nearby village next where locals make a range of products using the juice of palm trees, including sweet molasses and wine.

During your visit you’re sure to see the expert farmers as they climb the trees effortlessly to collect the juice. In the evening, transfer to airport for flight back to Yangon. Overnight at hotel in Yangon.

Day 10: Yangon sightseeing & departure (by car)

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After breakfast at hotel, depending on your flight time, there is an option to take a ride on Yangon’s Circle Train in the Morning. This morning transfer to Yangon Railways station to take a unique ride on the city’s circular train ride through the outskirts of town (20-30 minutes ride). This slowly traveling train gives you unique opportunity to observe the lively, colorful lifestyle of the local people. Disembark at the Kyi Myin Daing market where you can peruse the various stalls and interact with the friendly vendors before transferring back to Yangon.

Shopping in the Bogyoke Market formerly “Scott Market”, where you can get a wide range of Myanmar handicraft, jewelries, fabrics, lacquer wares and so on (Note : Market is closed on Mondays and Public Holidays).

And then transfer to Yangon International Airport for departure.