|: Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake is one of the most memorable adventures you can undertake in Myanmar.
Beginning your trek from the centre of town, you slowly gain altitude as you work your way up towards the elevated plains above Kalaw. Mountains and valleys stretch their way across the landscape. A slight haze softens the view from the dust kicked up by centuries of unaltered agricultural industry.
As you trek through indigenous Shan villages bemused children run out from behind bamboo houses to prod and gaze at the foreign human traffic making their way from Kalaw to Inle Lake. Nights are spent on thin, yet comfortable, mattresses in the stilted homes of village elders.
Day 1 Trek from Kalaw to Shabin village
Your trekking guide will introduce you to the villages and will show you the traditional ways of life.
A stop is made at Hinkhagone, Palaung village for lunch.
Continue another 3 hours trek through the hills to Shapin, a Danu village, passing the fields where the Danu cultivate Tea leaves, Coffee, Cordial leaves, Mustard, Ginger, Malt Rice, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sesame.
Arrive at Shapin later in the afternoon where you will find an old wooden monastery in 12th Century.
Overnight at village (Lunch & dinner included)
Day 2 Shapin to Teetain village
After your breakfast at the monastery continue your trekking trip. It is about 7 hours trekking by passing seasonal plantation such as Arvogado, Banana, Oranges, Jack fruits, Papaya.
You will have the chance to see the crab apple trees along the way together with some shady Banyan trees.
Arrive at Pawke, a Pa O village where you will be served traditional lunch.
After lunch, another 3 and half hour trek to Teetain village. People in this area cultivates especially for Ginger.
Overnight at Teetain village. (Break, lunch, dinner included)
Day 3 Teetain to Thaung Daung village and board to Inle Lake
As you approach the final destination of Inle Lake, the descent is rapid and excitement levels peak. Your first glance of the immense lake is unforgettable as it protrudes between thinly-leafed trees like a shimmering mirror haphazardly placed on the bucolic terrain.
Simple nourishing lunch at lower Than Daung village.
Finally launching off on a narrow, timber boat, aimed for the far end of Inle Lake is a glorious feeling. Putting in the physical effort to reach the picturesque reservoir is a rewarding experience, especially as you reflect on the bewitching scenery you passed through to get there.
Board to your hotel on the shore of Inle Lake. (Breakfast, lunch included)
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