Chin Village Trek & Mt. Victoria

Mount Victoria National Park was established in 1994, so-called as Natma Taung National Park. It is 279 square mile wide and settled in Chin State, and spreads over Townships of Mindat, Kanpetlet and Matupi.

This national park features various kinds of forest types, including Hill Evergreen forests, Moist Upper Mixed Deciduous forests, Pine forest and Hill Savannah. On the way to Mt. Victoria Summit, it’s possible to observe jungle trees, orchids and particularly “Rhododendron”. There are also 159 bird species consisting of 5 indigenous, unique birds like “White-browed nuthatch” for example, which may be seen only in Natma Taung National Park.

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Tour Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Tour Type: Adventure
Start: Bagan – Finish: Bagan
Available: from October till April
Departure: Daily
Activity Level: Moderate
Tour Route: Bagan – Kyun Chaung – Mindat – Aye Camp – Mt. Victoria – Kanpelet – Bagan
Price: Contact us

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Day 01: Bagan – Kyun Chaung – Mindat (L, D)

Early morning, we will transfer to the jetty and take a private boat to Kyun Chaung. Then, we drive to Mindat (roughly 8 hours). The countryside is dry and flat and there are numerous sand streams to cross. Stop at Pauk Township, we have lunch at Shwe Aye Ka Yee Restaurant. From Pauk forward, the countryside is getting more and more green and hilly. Before reaching the Chin Hills, it’s able to see rice paddies and vegetable cultivations.

The Amay Ye Yin Nat shrine marks the beginning of the Chin State. After taking a coffee break at Kyauk Htu village, we continue on the steep road up the Chin Hills to Mindat, as a former British Hill Station of the southern Chine State. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at Mountain Oasis Resort.

Day 02: Mindat (B, L, D)

Have breakfast before stroll around the downtown comprising visits of the market area and also private dwellings to witness how the locals earn their living. The time is enough to trek to some smaller Chin villages near Mindat. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at Mountain Oasis Resort.

Day 03: Mindat – Aye Camp (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will start a trekking trip to Mount Victoria. On the way to Aye Camp, we stop at Khin Nu village to explore the native village life. The natives make their living by planting rice, corn, castor seeds and beans. From here, we will be on the small footpath to go further down the valley to the Chi stream.  Walking to the abundant water place, we stop for lunch and rest next to the Chi stream. After lunch, we cross the Chi stream then ascend steep tracks. We pass through hot and cultivated fields, then through cool and pleasant pine forests until we arrive the Aye Camp. On arrival, take a break and visit the nearby Chin village. Shy and cautious, you may be invited to enjoy a cup of rice wine, which will warm up and make closer between hosts and guest. Women dress colorful traditional costumes. The elders have bold tattoos like webs on faces and smoke cheroots (tobacco pipes). Some of the men still wear pure golden earrings, inherited by their fathers. Family stories will be exchanged, questions answered, children introduced. Packed with these memories before you return the Aye Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 04: Aye Camp – Summit Camp – Mt. Victoria – Kanpelet (B, L, D)

From Aye Camp, our car will take you to the 8th Mile Junction. From here, we start a steep climb until getting in the Ranshi Junction where one way will lead to Mt. Victoria and the other to Mindat. The way from the Ranshi Junction to Summit Camp goes through the stunning alpine rose forests. From Summit Camp, it take only a 5 minutes of walk to the Mt. Victoria Peak (3055m). Explore Zi Na Man Aung pagoda on the top and take panorama of the surrounding Chin mountain ranges. In the afternoon, we hike back on the same trail to the 8th Mile Junction, then moving by car to Kanpelet. The road will descend and run through pine jungles with a lot of birds and butterflies. Kanpepet Township is located 1400m above the sea level. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Mountain Oasis Resort.

Day 05: Kanpelet – Seik Phyu – Bagan (B, L)

It will take 7 hours to drive back Bagan. The steep road is first down and it is possible to see a delightful town in a green valley. From here, the road goes up and down through deep forests and later the scenery is more and more arid. Along the way, we will stop for lunch at Kan Zun Ma village, then keep driving 2 hours to Seik Phyu, where you pass over a bridge to cross the Ayeyarwaddy River. Overnight in Bagan.

Inclusion:

– Stay: 3 nights including breakfast at Mountain Oasis Resorts (2 nights in Mindet and 1 night in Kampelet), 1 night in Bagan, and 1 night including breakfast at Aye Camp

– Full meals as mentioned in our itinerary

– Local guide throughout the tour

– Station guide for the 2 days from Mindat to Kanpelet

– Jeep or Pajeri for 5 days: Bagan – Mindet – Kanpelet – Bagan

– Entrance fees for the national park

– Porter fees for the 2 days from Mindet to Kanpelet

Exclusion:

– International air fare to/from Yangon

– Visa fees

– Supplements and compulsory dinners for Christmas & New Year

– Lunch & dinners not mentioned in our itinerary

– Beverage

– Early check-in and late check-out

– Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry service, etc.

– Porter fees at the hotels

What should bring:

Sleeping bag, mosquito net, bags, boots, long trousers for jungle trek, long sleeve shirt, sweater, rain coat, binocular, sun hat, torch, sun block, polarized sun-glasses, insect repellent.