Community Based Ecotourism in Chin Hills

Community Based Ecotourism in Chin Hills

A true ecotourism experience!

Your visit will be Nature Based, Ecologically Sustainable, Education and Interpretation and beneficial to local people. This program offers a range of experiential opportunities for the adventurous traveler, be it misty hills, mountain forests, friendly locals, unique culture of intriguing facial tattoos. It is important to be close to nature, this is the only way to belong to the Mother Earth.

Draft Itinerary

Day 01:We travel by minivan to Kanpetlet, the southern edge of the Mt. Victoria National Park. Observe Chin tribal women wearing different facial tattoo patterns. Each ethnic group has their own pattern which distinguishes them from one another. Clients are introducing with the community and have a small interaction and appreciation. Before dinner the community will offer their traditional music and dance.

Day 02:Explore Natmataung National Park, guided by professional park guide. Scale Mt. Victoria, towering 3070 meter from sea. The journey to the summit is more impressive than the broad summit itself. Once you step off the road to start the trek, you are in true wilderness as you encounter beautiful scenery with colorful Rhododendron flowers and other wild flowers like orchid and birds. From the summit. Afternoon explore some of the villages around town to meet with Chin tribal women wearing different facial tattoo patterns on their faces.

Day 03:Morning activities with community for a small community service weather its tree plantation, educational or household maintenance with the community member as part of our local activities. Bid farewell to the community and return back to Bagan to complete thus unique Eco-tourism experience.

 

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Bagan – Saw – Kanpetlet

We travel by minivan to our planned destination at Kanpetlet, (via Saw) on the southern edge of the Mt. Victoria National Park. Kanpetlet beautifully parched on the ridge with 1390 meter in elevation and weather immediately became pleasant despite of the heat and dust in the plain owing to hot summer.

In the afternoon, we explore part of Kanpetlet, we observe Chin tribal women wearing different facial tattoo patterns. Each ethnic group has their own pattern which distinguishes them from one another.

We enjoy beautiful scenery of the National Park from our hotel and later have dinner and overnight.

Upon arrival at Sor Long Community Based Tourism Centre, clients are introducing with the community and have a small interaction and appreciation. Clients then take some rest fresh up at Community Lodge. The lodge comes with twin bedrooms with attach bath room with western toilet facility. There is no electricity but lodge provide with solar-powered lighting facility.

The afternoon offers time to meet the Chin Tribal communities who are more than happy to guide you around their village and proudly showcase their local customs and explain about famous Chin facial tattoos. Before dinner the community will offer their traditional music and dance which include a unique a musical rendition of a bamboo flute, played through the nose. Later clients enjoy traditional Chin food prepared by the community at the community lodge.

Distance cover: 169 km, Duration of drive: 7 hour (approx.)
Meal inclusion – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation – Community Center

Day 02: Kampetlet - Mt. Victoria - Kampetlet

Following a healthy traditional Chin traditional breakfast, we meet our local forest ranger who will take us to Natmataung National Park, which locally known Khaw Nu Thom in Chin language. Minivan transfer will take about one hour to get to the base drive to base camp. From here we hike on foot to the summit which will take us around 3 to 4 hours depending on the phase we have. During the trek our professional park guide will explain to us about the flora and fauna of the region.

Towering 3070 meter from sea, Mt. Victoria is located within Natmataung National Park. The journey to the summit is more impressive than the broad summit itself. Once you step off the road to start the trek, you are in true wilderness as you encounter beautiful scenery with colorful Rhododendron flowers and other wild flowers like orchid and birds. From the summit you will enjoy the fantastic view of the entire plain. Early afternoon we return to the base and transfer back to Kampetlet.

We visit some of the villages around town to meet with Nga, Muun, Daai, Uppu and Yin Do tribal women wearing different facial tattoo patterns on their faces. Each ethnic group has their own pattern which distinguishes them from one another.

On our arrival at the lodge we enjoy Khaung Ye (Chin traditional beer) with the community follow by traditional dance and dinner. Overnight at Sor Long Community Lodge.

Distances cover (drive): 50 km
Distance cover (trek): 6 km
Duration of trek: 4-6 hour (approx.)
Meal inclusion – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation – Community Center

Day 03: Departure

After Chin traditional breakfast we take part with community for a small community service weathers its tree plantation, educational or household maintenance with the community member as part of our local activities. After a fresh up and light lunch we bid farewell to the community and return back to Bagan. Uopn arrival at Bagan check-in at hotel to complete thus unique Eco-tourism experience.

Booking Condition

How to Book:

Complete the booking form click “submit” button to make your reservation. Alternately you may book through email [email protected]

Deposit and payment:

A deposit of 30% of your trip cost per person is require to secure your booking. The balance will need to be settled 7 day before commence of trek. Bookings made within 7 days must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Validity:

Prices quoted are net basis and valid according to the date specified on the printed tariffs, quotation, invoice etc. Myanmar Hill lodges (Myanmar Highland Eco-adventures) warrants that the prices or rates quoted are correct at the time of issuance but are subject to change in line with market, tax or currency fluctuation.

Cancellations and refunds:

All cancellations must be advised in writing and are accepted from the date the written confirmation is received and applied cancellation as below.

30 days before trip date: you will lose 30% deposit
7 days and less before the trip date: 100% of the total cost per person
If reservations are cancelled (or) no-show: no refunds will be made

If operator has to cancel any tour, trek or expedition due to unforeseen circumstance, refund will be made after deduction of any cost incurred to cover logistic expenses. However the operator will not be liable for any additional costs incurred.

Amendments of trek:

If the change is minor we will endeavor to make the change at no further cost to you. If the change requires more work than we impose you an appropriate charge ask you to pay the charge before we action the change. Please note we may not be able to accommodate your request during “high occupation period”. In such case we will not be responsible for any lost or additional costs incurred. Should trip be canceled after deposit cancellation fee may applies.

Grouping:

There is no limitation on the group size on this program, however Myanmar Hill Lodges (Myanmar Highland Eco-adventures) reserves the right to combine in order to form a decent group on same departure.

Un-used service:

No refunds will be considered any unused service after commencement of the tour, trek or expeditions regardless of the reason whatsoever.

Checklist

Baggage:

Your day pack should be a medium volume which can hold your personal belonging such as medication, camera, extra clothes, water etc.

Clothing:

Should be lightweight, dry quickly, and provide insulation even when wet. Lightweight long sleeved shirt is useful as sunscreen and leeches protection while trekking. A raincoat and pants are ideal as they will keep you warm and dry in a variety of situations.

Foot ware:

Lightweight hiking boots or good quality running shoes will be ideal for the lowland trek. It is essential your walking boots be comfortable and broken-in.

Personal items:

Such as flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, water bottle and lighter, a pocketknife, reading and writing material and personal first aid kit would also be essential for your convenience.

Protection against insect bite:

It’s important to keep insect repellent to keep the insects away.

FAQ

What are the overnight facilities in Kanpetlet?

Community Accommodation in Kanpetlet comes with western toilet facility. Hot water will be provided in a bucket for face wash and shower. Chin Traditional breakfast will be served at center daily.

What will be the temperature like?

Our season is between November and May, which is winter and best tourist season in Myanmar. Mostly clear skies, warm during the day and cool evenings. Temperature steadily decreases between late December and early February. Average temperature would be between low 10/15 and high 25/30 degree Celsius.

How long is an average trekking in a day?

You have only half day trek to Mt. Victoria Summit which takes between 6 to 7 walking hours per day, except for some of the activities that designed for non-trekkers.

What will I see on the trek?

As this program design for “Community Based Ecotourism” you will experience tribal activities, which allow you social interactions with local tribe. Experience the authenticity of life style of colorful Chin tribal women wearing different facial tattoo patterns on their face and attractive amber necklaces. Beside this you will be guided by professional forester who would explain about the flora and fauna of the National Park.

How fit do I have to be?

This program is graded as “Moderate” thus anyone who leads a moderately healthy lifestyle back home and is reasonably fit will be able to join in.

What about meal?

A hot breakfast usually is served around 7- 8 am, lunch usually is simple, light and serve during mid-day. Dinner will be more extensive featuring pre-dinner snacks and deserts.

What about guides?

We provide English language guide and depending on the group size an assistance local guide. Upon advance request we will be able to arrange other language leader at additional cost.

What about First aid?

All our guides are qualified in wilderness first aid, and carry a basic medical first aid kit.

Is there any age or health limit to participate?

This program is suitable to anyone with normal health and fitness condition. However older clients or clients with pre-existing medical conditions may require a doctor’s letter confirming their fitness for the trip. During your visit you are under the direction of your trip leader and he/she has total authority to determine your suitability to participate.

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