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Trekking with local guides is possible in several of the mountainous regions of Myanmar. The most accessible trekking routes are in the Shan States of Myanmar.
Southern Shan States
- Kalaw to Inle Lake (2-4 days)
- Kalaw to Pindaya (2 to 4 days)
- West of Inle Lake (1-2 days)
Eastern Shan State
- “Golden Triangle”/ around Kyaing Tong (3-4 days)
Northern Shan State
Kachin State - Putao
Also possible to trek in more remote areas. Usually, special permissions are needed and thus, such tours need to be planned at least some months ahead.
In very north, of Kachin State, in the Eastern Himalayas. Putao is the jumping-off point for trekkers who forests, wildlife sanctuaries and snow-capped mountains. The richness in biodiversity of this region presents unparalleled opportunities in the field of tribal, zoology, botany, forestry, ecology as well as for hardy eco-tourists who prefer the challenge of a testing back-packing trip in the mountain fastness of Myanmar. In the foothills of the Himalayas in northern Putao is Mt. Hkakabo Razi, the highest snow-capped mountain in South East Asia. It is 5889 meter high and a very important watershed area for the eastern Ayeyarwady river. The flagship trek of the area lies more than 440 kilometers away from nearest airstrip and may take nearly 6 weeks to complete.
Chin Hills & Mount Victoria
Minimum time frame of 5 days is needed to conduct an organized tour of the Chin Hills and their vicinity. The journey will usually start from Bagan and will return the same way after a long journey through the Chin Hills. As all travel through the Chin Hills is pretty rough mountain roads, it can only be made by a four-wheel-drive vehicle (or) locally available mountain jeep.