Journey to the Mysterious Valleys and Rubies

Journey to the Mysterious Valleys and Rubies

More secret than Mecca and harder to access than Lhasa, there is, in the heart of the Myanmar jungle, a small unknown city, whose fabulous resources have yet ruled over people for centuries: It is Mogok, the citadel of ruby.

Draft Itinerary

Day 01 : From Mandalay you set off on a treasure hunting journey through vest paddy fields, lush tropical forests, high mountains and dotted villages. After pass through a total of 999 curves you reach the village of Kyat Pyin to the west of Mogok from where you can observe gemstone mines in opencast in the distance.

Day 02 : Visit morning market, have a firsthand experience how the gem are being sold and bought locally. Visit some of the operating mines and learn more about how precious stones are being mined. Visit Daw Nan Kyi's mountain, and enjoy sunset view from the pagoda top.

Day 03 :Visit Bernard, used to be a base camp for British observe an explosives store and a war cemetery with the remains of British soldiers. On our way home we stop over at some of the Peridot mines.

Day 04:Leisurely hike to some of the Lisu and Gurkha villages. Have social interaction over a bowl of noddle soup at a tea shop. Explore further in town including Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, probably the most holiest of the many temples dotting the Mogok skyline.

Day 05: Bit farewell to Mogok and had your way back to Mandalay to conclude this unique experience.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Mandalay – Mogok

We will pick you up at your hotel in the morning and head towards north on a treasure hunting journey through vest paddy fields, lush tropical forests, high mountains and dotted villages. After pass through a total of 999 curves (what local has believe) we reach the village of Kyat Pyin to the west of Mogok from where you can observe gemstone mines in opencast in the distance. Afternoon walk around the town for orientation. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at Hotel.

Distance cover: 217Km, Duration of drive: 6-7 hour (approx.)
Meal inclusion: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 02 : Mogok

Breakfast and we visit so-called morning market just outside the old cinema, where you will have a firsthand experience how the gem are being sold and bought locally. Here you will also learn a bit of characteristics and quality of these rare pieces. Later we visit some of the operating mines and learn more about how precious stones are being mined. In the afternoon we visit another market, where there are tables for buyers and sellers, while brokers mingle in between trying to establish a sale. It’s very interesting to witness the scene even if you are not in the market for buying anything. Kater we visit Daw Nan Kyi’s mountain, located 4500 ft above the sea level and enjoy sunset view from the pagoda top. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at Hotel.

Meal inclusion: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 03: Mogok

Breakfast and we visit Bernard (named after former British High Commissioner Charles Bernard). By then Bernard Village was set up as a base camp for British troops following the occupation of Mogok. The site was renamed as Ywar Tharyar and the village today contains a number of remnants of the former colonial rule including an explosives store and a war cemetery with the remains of British soldiers. On our way home we stop over at some of the Peridot mines.

Distance cover: 40Km, Duration of drive: 3 hour (approx.)
Meal inclusion: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 04: Mogok

Breakfast and a leisurely hike to some of the Lisu and Gurkha villages. Along the way we see farm and pass tea plantations. We have social interaction with friendly locals over a bowl of noddle soup at a tea shop. Later we return to Mogok and explore further in town including Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, probably the most holiest of the many temples dotting the Mogok skyline. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: Mogok – Mandalay

After breakfast, we bit farewell to Mogok and had our way back to Mandalay using the same way. Upon arrival at Mandalay check in at your hotel to conclude this unique experience.

Distance cover: 217Km, Duration of drive: 6-7 hour (approx.)
Meal inclusion: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Not included

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.

15 days before trip date: you will lose your deposit
7 days and less before the trip date: 50% of the total cost per person
If reservations are cancelled (or) no-show: no refunds will be made

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 cancelled after deposit cancellation fee 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:

Lightweight long sleeved pants and shirt are useful as sunscreen and insect protection while trek. A windshield is ideal as it will keep you warm and dry in a variety of situations.

Foot ware:

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

Personal items

Such as water bottle, a pocketknife, reading and writing material and personal first aid kit would be essential for your convenience.

Protection from weather:

A pair of sun glass and hat is essential for your protection from sun. You will also need some sun screen to protect against sunburn.

Protection against insect bite:

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

FAQ

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 in Mogok could 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 trekking?

All our treks are designed at 3 – 5 walking hours.

What will I see on the trek?

This is a unique treasure hunting journey which takes you through a breadth taking journeys into the past giving you opportunity to learn how precious stones are being mined, process and sold in the market. Beside this you will be taken to history about its founder “Bernard” today contains a number of remnants of the former colonial rule including an explosives store and a war cemetery with the remains of British soldiers. As usual a day hike to communities area gives you an insight knowledge of their daily life and opportunity for social and cultural interaction.

How fit do I have to be?

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

What about meal?

All meals except some lunch are served properly in the restaurants. Some meal, especially lunch are served at local homes or local shops for better social interaction with community.

What about guides?

We provide English or Myanmar language guide plus an expert nature guide who can introduce about flora and fauna of the park.

What about First aid?

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 guide and he/she has total authority to determine your suitability to participate.

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