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Kalaw Mountains and Caves

The former British hill station lies 1350 m above sea level, and therefore has a pleasant, temperate climate. During the winter months of December and January, there are some rather extreme changes in temperature, with frost at night and days of over 20°C. Kalaw is an ideal starting point for day treks or longer treks in the surrounding mountains, which are as high as 1800m. The trekking routes will take you through the jungle and pine forests, along lakes and through the settlements of diverse ethnic tribes, such as the Palaung, Pao and Danu. Kalaw itself has a colourful market and a cave filled with Buddha images. Nearby are other important caves for Buddhist pilgrims.

Kalaw is an ideal place to escape from the heat and dust of the lower regions.

Listed below are five possible excursions.

Itinerary "Kalaw Berge und Höhlen"
Tour 1: 4 day trek Kalaw – Inle Lake

Daily 6 hour treks through valleys and the Shan Mountains. Meals will be prepared by your guide. At night you will sleep in simple accommodation in local villages or in a tent. You should take a sleeping bag and camping mat for this route, especially for the cold nights in the winter months, December and January (frost).  Expect a less comfortable trek, but with impressive experiences in partly untouched nature.

Daily 6 hour treks through valleys and Shan Mountains.

Depending on your pace you will reach Indai sometime during the day, a town with a remarkable monastery dating from the 12th/13th century. You will then be taken down a small river by boat, which flows into Inle Lake. Your hotel can be reached from the landing point.

Included
English-speaking trekking guide; meals; and camping accommodation

Price: on request

 

Tour 2: 2 day Tour rafting from/to Kalaw

Your 4 hour morning trek will take you past Nyaung Gone Village to Taung Pae. After lunch, another 4 hour trek through bamboo forest and jungle to Yae Pu Village and to the river. Together, you will build a bamboo raft in around 30 minutes. Dinner will be prepared by your guide, and you will camp by the river. You should take a sleeping bag and camping mat. Expect little comfort on this trekking route.

In the morning, a four hour trip down the river on the raft through the jungle to Pyay Naung. You will be taken back to Kalaw in the late afternoon by car or train. This tour is only possible from June to December!

Included
English-speaking trekking guide; meals; camping accommodation

Price: on request

 

Tour 3: Day Trek to View Point

A relatively short 6 hour trek. The route will take you through mountains and valleys and via the Nee Paya Pagoda, with its bamboo Buddha, to various Palaung villages. Lunch will be taken at the “View Point”, a Nepalese farmhouse with a spectacular view. You will return to Kalaw along a lake and through the jungle. You can also stay the night in a camp in the “View Point”.

Included
English-speaking trekking guide; lunch

Price: on request

Tour 4: Half-day trek Manauhla Pagoda

The pilgrimage route to the Manauhla Pagoda starts on the marketplace in Kalaw. From the summit on which the Manauhla Pagoda sits, you will have a remarkable view onto Kalaw and the surrounding mountains. The trek takes around 1 hour.

Tour 5: Pindaya Cave Excursion

After a 1 1/2 hour car journey, you will reach the Pindaya Caves. Thousands of Buddha statues dating from several centuries fill these large limestone caves, making them one of Myanmar’s most important pilgrimage sites.
On the way back, you can visit a traditional handicraft workshop before returning to Kalaw along a lake. In Kalaw itself, there is another holy cave to be viewed near the colourful market.

Included
Car journey

Price:  on request

 

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