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Mt. Khaw Nu Soum (Mt. Victoria) Hiking And Explore Chin Tribes
- Hike to the summit of Mt. Khaw Nu Soum (aka Mt. Victoria, Nat Ma Taung in Burmese)
- Enjoy the nature and beauty along the slopes of Mt. Khaw Nu Soum (aka Mt. Victoria, Nat Ma Taung in Burmese)
- Enjoy the bragging rights to have been at the summit of Mt. Khaw Nu Soum (aka Mt. Victoria, Nat Ma Taung in Burmese)
- Explore the culture and traditions of the unique face-tattooed Chin women
- Meet the Makaan, Dai, Muun, and Chin ethnic tribes
This tour explores the best of Chin State and its most prominent landmark, Mount Victoria. You are going to experience the tribes of the Chin State and trekking to the summit of Mt. Victoria. Small villages around Mindat and Kanpetlet are also exceptional. We will immerse in nature and explore flora and fauna around the Mt. Khaw Nu Soum and will be proud to be on the summit of the mountain.
Day 1 : Visit Kazunma Village and proceed to Kanpetlet for overnight
Early morning (7:30 am) we depart Bagan for a 45 minutes drive to the small town of Chauk. On arrival we will visit the Chauk Market to shop for items needed for our trekking such as drinking water, wet towels, and tissue paper. Once we crossed the Ayeyarwaddy River by the bridge, we will see the impressive mountains and beautiful scenery. After about 2 hours of driving, we will arrive at Kazunma Village where we can enjoy lunch. We then continue to Kanpetlet in time for sunset from a hill station. We stay overnight at our hotel in Kanpetlet.
Day 2 : Mt. Victoria trekking – sightseeing and overnight at Kanpetlet
After breakfast, we drive for about an hour to the base camp of Natma Taung (Mt. Victoria). At a height of 3,053 m above sea level, Mt. Victoria is the highest mountain in Chin State. A path makes the hike to the summit much easier than it looks. We will hike to the top of the mountain which will take about 2½ hours from the base camp. During our trek, we will observe the life of the Chin tribe and will come across some breathtaking scenery including many wild orchids, colorful Rhododendrons flowers (Taung-za-lat), cherries, and several species of wildflowers and colorful butterflies in the lush jungle. You will note that the Chin women have various patterns of tattoos on their faces and wear amber necklaces. After lunch on the mountain, we will return to where our car is waiting for the drive back to Kanpetlet. If time permits, we will do sightseeing around the town. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Kanpetlet.
Day 3 : Kanpetlet departure – Sightseeing and overnight at Hotel
After breakfast, we take a 3½ hour drive north to Mindat and will pass through villages such as Saw and Kangyi. On the way, we will enter the Yaw Region which is situated between Chin Hills in the west and the Ponetaung Hills in the east. The roads to the Yaw Region are quite rough, and most are dirt roads. All of the roads around the Yaw Region meander to the lower land. We will have lunch on the way and arrive in Mindat in the evening. Upon arrival, we will visit a small market, have dinner at a restaurant, and stay overnight at the Mountain Oasis Hotel.
Day 4 : Mindat sightseeing
After having breakfast, we will do sightseeing around Mindat and observe the different lifestyles of the Chin, Makaan, Dai, and the Muun tribes in villages such as Num Htuang and Pan Au. We will have the pleasure to experience a performance on the nose-flute by the Chin women. The sightseeing around the villages will take about 1 to 1½ hour. We will enjoy a picnic lunch at a village house and then continue to visit a small museum where we will learn more about the Chin culture and traditions. We stay overnight at a hotel in Mindat.
Day 5 : Mindat sightseeing and overnight at Aye Village
After having breakfast, we drive for an hour to Chi Creek. On arrival, we start our trek by crossing a string-bridge. We will hike for about 2 hours up to Lote Bell Village which is located on high hills from where we will see strong wooden houses built across the rolling hills. The views are stunning, and we will also see some interesting tombstones. We then proceed to Kyardoe Village where we will see their sacrificial animals such as bulls and pigs. The skulls of these animals, collected from the surrounding forests, are used for spiritual reasons as the decoration of their houses. According to their spiritual beliefs, the decoration of the houses with these skulls show their power, wealth, and prestige, and there is a sense of pride in doing so. You will note the number of animals which they sacrificed and the different meanings of a variety of carvings on large wood spikes. Their lifestyle is very different from the Burmese people. We then will have lunch and enjoy a Chin traditional dance performance at the village. Afterward, we hike down to cross a string-bridge which is built across the Makee Creek, and after about 1½ hour of hiking we will arrive at our car and drive up to Aye Village where we will overnight.
Day 6 : Aye Village departure and overnight in Bagan
After breakfast, we start our journey back to Bagan. After 6 hours we will pass through Kyauk-Htu and Pauk townships and after another 45 minutes, we will arrive in Bagan. En route we will cross the Ayeyarwaddy River via the Pakokku Bridge which is the longest bridge in Myanmar and connects the townships of Bagan and Pakokku. We will overnight at our hotel in Bagan which concludes this tour.
Inclusion And Exclusion
- 5 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
- English speaking throughout guide for sightseeing
- Night village stay at Aye Village
- Entrance fee and zone Fee
- Air Conditioning car with skillful driver for exploration
- Water and snow towel on tour
- Toll fee and fuel charges for car
- Government Tax and Service charges
- Tourist visa
- Personal expenses
- Food and beverages (Except breakfast where mentioned)
- Travel insurance
- Items not mentioned in “Services included”