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Departing Bagan early in the morning, we will arrive in Chauk in time to visit the town’s bustling market – a perfect place to stock up on supplies ahead of our trek. Having crossed the Ayeyarwaddy River, we have a short drive past spectacular mountain scenery before enjoying a traditional lunch in the village of Kazunma.
Weather permitting, the historic Kanpetlet Hill Station offers a stunning view of the sunset, before we head to our overnight accommodation in Kanpetlet.
Mount Victoria, known locally as Matma Taung, is the starting point for today’s trek and lies just 30 minutes drive from our accommodation. Nestled at the heart of the Chin hill range, trekking up Mt. Victoria is a phenomenal experience in itself, and a key part of any Chin villages tour. A 2½ hour trek from base camp takes us through stunning landscapes before reaching the summit which affords beautiful views across the region. During the ascent, you will have the chance to witness first-hand the fantastic array of flora and fauna that Myanmar has to offer, including a myriad of Orchids, Rhododendrons, wild fruits and dense jungle. Keep your eyes peeled for the Butterflies that live amongst the flowers – their colours and patterns can be truly spectacular!
Our trek to the peak of Mt. Victoria will also be our first encounter with the local Chin tribes. Passing through many small settlements, you will have the opportunity to experience the local way of life, largely unchanged for generations. The indigenous Chin women are particularly fascinating, with their facial tattoos and beautiful amber necklaces. After enjoying our packed lunch at the summit, we descend via a different route before taking a short drive to the village of Aye. Here, we will rest before enjoying an overnight stay at a local guesthouse.
After enjoying a magical sunrise over the Chin hills, we continue our Chin state tour with a visit to the local tribes in Aye and experience village life at its most vibrant. From here, a 45-minute drive takes us to Shame Village which will act as our base camp for the day. As we begin today’s trek, we delve even deeper into the traditions and culture of the Chin people and gain a fascinating insight into how their daily lives are so different from those of the Burmese people.
After around 45 minutes, we will arrive in Kyedoe village where we will enjoy a traditional Chin dance performance. Next stop is Kyardoe village, known locally for its proud tradition of animal sacrifice and spiritual use of animal bones. Skulls of bulls and pigs are collected from local forests for use as decorations in homes to demonstrate wealth, power and prestige. Large wooden spikes driven into the ground around the village tell the stories of past sacrifices made, including the type of animal and the meaning behind the sacrifice.
The rest of the day is spent hiking through the peaceful local scenery, visiting the villages of Lotte-Bell and Pukwan. Descending into Makee Creek, we use a historical string-bridge to cross the valley before our final 90-minute hike back to our car. A short drive takes us to the town of Mindat, where we will spend the night.
The final day of our Chin state tour starts with an early morning visit to Mindat’s lively morning market, before enjoying a nose flute performance by ladies of the Makaan tribe in a nearby village.
After a hearty breakfast, we begin our drive back to Bagan, passing through Htu and Pauk townships. Just outside Bagan, we will cross the Ayeyarwaddy River using Myanmar’s longest bridge, the Pakokku Bridge, where we will have the chance to take photographs. Our Chin State tour package concludes with an overnight stay at our hotel in Bagan.
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