Day 1: Visit Kazunma Village and proceed to Kanpetlet for overnight
Early morning (7:30 am) we depart Bagan for Chauk which will be a 45 minutes drive. Upon arrival, we will visit the Chauk Market where we can do shopping for 30 minutes to buy items such as drinking water, wet towels, toilet paper, and a mask for trekking. 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 at a local restaurant. We then proceed to Kanpetlet where we will benefit from the sunset at a beautiful hill station and then stay overnight at our hotel in Kanpetlet.
Day 2: Mt. Victoria trekking – Sightseeing and overnight at Kanpetlet
After enjoying our breakfast, we drive for about an hour to the base camp of Natma Taung at Mt. Victoria. It is 10,500 ft above sea level, and there is an elevated path along the trekking way which makes the hike much easier. It is part of the Chin Hill Range and trekking up Mt. Victoria is a great adventure not to be missed while we visit the Chin tribe. We will hike up to the top of the mountain which will take about 2½ hours from the base camp. During our trekking, we will observe the life of the Chin tribe and will come across some breathtaking scenery and many wild orchids, colorful Rhododendrons flowers (taung-za-lat), cherries, and several wildflowers and lush jungle with colorful butterflies. You will note that the Chin women wear various patterns of tattoos on their faces and amber necklaces. We will stop for lunch and will later arrive at another base camp after about 2 hours of trekking. Our car will be waiting for the drive back to Kanpetlet. If time permits, we can go sightseeing around the town. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Kanpetlet.
Day 3: Kanpetlet departure – Sightseeing and overnight at Hotel
After breakfast, we leave for a 3½ hour drive to Mindat and will pass through some 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 local 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 ChiCreek. 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 PakokkuBridge 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.