Northern Shan State Adventures, Burma tours

The town of Hsipaw in Northern Shan State is slowly transforming itself into a new trekking capital of Myanmar. From half a day hikes to 4-day treks – Northern Shan State has it all!

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Available Itineraries:

  1. Shan Villages Walking Tour (Half Day)
  2. Nam Tok Waterfall (Half Day)
  3. Nam Tok Waterfall and Shan Villages Walking Tour (Full Day)
  4. Boat Trip (Half Day)
  5. Palaung Hill Tribe Village and Tea Plantation (Full Day)
  6. Hot Springs (Half Day)
  7. Visiting Northern Suburb (Half Day)
  8. Palaung Hill Tribe Village and Tea Plantation (2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT)
  9. Palaung Hill Tribe Village and Tea Plantation (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS)
  10. NAMSAM Trekking – Golden Palaung Hill Tribes (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)

1. Shan Villages Walking Tour (Half Day).

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. Walk to farmers’ villages enjoying the panoramic scenery of paddy fields, seasonal crops, mountains, and a river. Experience traditional lifestyle of Shan Villages by visiting houses, where women weave, roll cheroots, and produce fans and bamboo baskets. After about four hours of walking you will be back to Hsipaw for lunch.

2. Nam Tok Waterfall (Half Day).

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. Walk through the rice field to reach the Nam Tok Waterfall, hich has a nice pool at its base. Visit a limestone cave on the side of the waterfall and climb up 100 ft (30 meters) to njoy a splendid view over an ancient pagoda and Shan Royal Tomb as previously seen on the path in the rice field. Come back to Hsipaw for lunch after about four hours of walking.

3. Nam Tok Waterfall and Shan Villages Walking Tour (Full Day).

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. Buy packed lunch from one of the local restaurants and walk to farmers’ villages enjoying the panoramic scenery of paddy fields, seasonal crops, mountains, and a river. Experience traditional lifestyle of Shan Villages by visiting houses, where women weave, roll cheroots, and produce fans and bamboo baskets.

Continue on through the rice field to reach the Nam Tok Waterfall, which has a nice pool at its base. Enjoy your lunch, visit a limestone cave on the side of the waterfall and climb up 100 ft (30 meters) to enjoy a splendid view over an ancient pagoda and Shan Royal Tomb as previously seen on the path in the rice field. Come back to Hsipaw after about seven hours of walking.

4. Boat Trip (Half Day).

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. Walk to the jetty on the bank of the Dokthawady River and take a boat up the river. Enjoy the beautiful scenery full of mountains, valleys, orange, and orchard plantations along the
river for about one hour. Leave the boat and walk up the hill for about half an hour to see a Shan monastery believed to be 150 years old. On the way you will see plantations of pineapple, papaya, and orange, which are widely grown along the way to the monastery. Return to the boat and continue your journey to the confluence of two rivers, where swimming is possible. Enjoy the view, take a dip in cool water and return to Hsipaw. On the way you can visit a Shan
village with typical houses, small charming garden, railway connecting Mandalay and Lashio, and a small animist temple.

5. Palaung Hill Tribe Village and Tea Plantation (Full Day).

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. Prepare for about 10 hours of trekking to the tea mountain and back. On the way you will see Shan and Palaung villages, beautiful mountain landscape, seasonal crops, and tea
plantation. Upon learning about the traditional lifestyle of Palaung Hill Tribe (Mon Kaumer), whose women still wear their traditional costumes return to Hsipaw for well-deserved rest.

6. Hot Springs (Half Day).

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. You will walk for about 1,5 hours to the natural hot spring through villages, rice fields, and streams. Take a bath, rest, and come back to Hsipaw for lunch.

7. Visiting Northern Suburb (Half Day).

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. Visit a monastery, which is more than 150 years old and see lacquered image of Buddha in Bowgyo Historical Pagoda. Afterwards visit Salt Making Village, which is located just behind the pagoda. Learn about the interesting process of making salt and return to Hsipaw for lunch.

8. Palaung Hill Tribe Village and Tea Plantation (2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT).

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. Prepare for about 5 hours of trekking to the tea mountain. On the way you will see Shan and Palaung villages, beautiful mountain landscape, seasonal crops, and tea plantation. Overnight at Palaung Family’s house.
On the next day learn about the traditional lifestyle of Palaung Hill Tribe (Mon Kaumer), whose women still wear their traditional costumes and return to Hsipaw, where your itinerary ends.

9. Palaung Hill Tribe Village and Tea Plantation (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS).

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. Prepare for about 5 hours of trekking to the tea mountain. On the way you will see Shan and Palaung villages, beautiful mountain landscape, seasonal crops, and tea plantation. Overnight at Palaung Family’s house.
On the next day learn about the traditional lifestyle of Palaung Hill Tribe (Mon Kaumer), whose women still wear their traditional costumes and spend one more night in the village. On the following morning walk back to Hsipaw.

10. NAMSAM Trekking – Golden Palaung Hill Tribes (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)

Nam Sam is a capital township of the Palaung minority located at 5400 ft above sea level, in Northern Shan State. Surrounding hills are covered with tea plantations and villages. The town looks out over a sea of rucked-up mountain ridges and plunging ravines. Most of the inhabitants are Shwe (golden) Palaung. There are several different types of Palaung such as Ngwe (silver) and Paley Palaung villages sitting on the top of over 6000 ft high mountain around Nam Sam.

The tea cultivation and tea industry is the main local employer. Here is the proposed itinerary:

After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your guide. Take a jeep to Nam Sam and stop for lunch at Leelu (Palaung Village). Stay overnight in Shwe Phy Taung Tan Guest House. Total driving time for today is about 6 hours.

On Day 2 trek from Nam Sam to Own Matat (Paley Palaung village). Eat lunch at Man Nauk village and stay overnight in Own Matat. Total walking time for today is about 8 hours.

On Day 3 trek from Own Matat to Pan Nyaung (Shan Village). Stop for lunch at Kon Hawk (Golden Palaung Village) and stay overnight in Pan Nyaung. Total walking time for today is about 8 hours.

On Day 4 trek from Pan Nyaung to Hsipaw. Stop for lunch in Na Mont (Shan village).

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