Trekking holiday in Burma

“Fly, drive and trek as part of a small group in northwest Burma where village homestays provide a platform for early starts in order to reach new heights.”

Highlights

Yangon | Shwedagon Paya | Shwe Bontha | Bagan | Dhammayangyi Pahto | Shwezigon Paya | Irrawaddy River | Mount Victoria | Mindat | Heelong | River Chi | Kyardo village | Kampalat | Mandalay | U Bein Bridge | Mingun | Sagaing Hill |

Description of Trekking holiday in Burma

Become enveloped within the forests and ancient temples to be found within the Chin Hills to the northwest of Burma as you embark on a 16 day trekking holiday in an area that’s been largely ignored by travellers to Southeast Asia in favour of more familiar finds further south.

A near permanent feature of this small group trek will be the cultural heritage of the Chin clan who’s tattoos, tribal adornments and variety of languages help to bring additional insight to the tour as well as providing the chance to learn more about the natural environment and sprawling tea plantations.

With ascents to the top of Mount Victoria (over 3000m) and treks to the temples at Bagan, the Shwedagon Pagoda and the U Bein Bridge over Taungthaman Lake, this holiday provides a mix of cultural immersion and physical exertion with stunning views at sunrise always worth an early start.

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10 Nov 2018
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Trekking holiday in Burma

Environment

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, use markets to purchase traditional gifts and crafts and get a real impression of Burma.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and, especially as Burma can reach temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees in the Spring months, it is vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We provide treated water on walking trips for clients in containers and find that this not only reduces our waste but helps us keep the water cool. Guides are also aware of where to top these bottles up e.g. Bagan, Yar Kin Thar hotel.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Local Craft and Culture:
We are conscious of the economic welfare of local communities and take as much opportunity as possible to buy local crafts and produce (on at least 5 days of the tour). For example, on the fifth day of the tour, leaders usually give the clients the chance to sample local, traditionally produced millet wine and to see the process by which it is made. There are also plenty of other opportuinities to celebrate and support the rich variety of cottage industry on hand in Burma. In downtown Mandalay, we will see where gold leaf is produced for people to place on Buddha statues. We then continue onto Mahamuni Pagoda, where we will see local people applying the gold leaf onto the Mahamuni Buddha statue.

Accomodation & Meals:
On this trip we ensure all hotels used are non-regime and that a variety of homestay accommodations also benefit from our business- there will be the chance to stay in village homes, monastery quarters or in village meeting rooms. The advantage of frequenting small, locally owned establishments or homes is that we can ensure that tourist money goes directly to host communities and not the military junta. Travellers also benefit from local expertise and an altogether more genuine impression of the country. We only use local trek guides from the hills, porters, drivers and cooks and drivers and they are keen to prepare and recommend local cuisine, made from products direct from market sellers. Lunch, for example, usually consists of soup, a rice or noodle based dish, vegetables, fried fish and fresh fruit.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. Our leaders and guides have been trained in responsible travel and actively encourage our suppliers, drivers, and other members of our team to respect the environment, protect the culture and support the local economy. By using local leaders, we also hope they educate their own communities to help them maximise from our visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 12 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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