Sin Taung Community Home

Sin Taung Community Home

High up in western Shan State, Kalaw is an old hill station with a laid-back atmosphere, refreshing climate and scenic views. With this package you will not only get to explore beautiful trek but also get to know some of its tribal communities. Explore the community, visit local homes and interact with local over a cup of green tea and traditional snack. Visit household industry making rice and plum wine process. Sin Taung community is more than happy to welcome you, share you with their daily life activities and offer you with local cuisine. Your return journey goes through wildness, pristine forests enrich with orchid and birds!

Draft Itinerary

Day 01:Explore way of daily life of community surrounding us. Interact with local over green tea and traditional snack. Walk through farmland, dense Pine forests, visit household industry making rice and plum wine, taste local organic wine follow by a traditional lunch. Hop on a local train, the exciting journey goes through tunnels, narrow valleys and high reef. Sin Taung community is more than happy to welcome you, share you with their daily life activities and offer you with local cuisine.

Day 02:Trek to Hinkha Gone, with trail goes immediate uphill all the way. Head towards north to view point and enjoy the view from the ridge. Enjoy fantastic view of the Shan Mountains from the ridge. Your return journey goes through wildness, pristine forests enrich with orchid and birds. Kalaw Reservoir, remains today the major sources of fresh water supply to the town. Enjoy tranquility of the surrounding, listen to the birds call and witness wild orchids.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival – Kalaw – Community Trail – Sin Taung

Meet and greet at Downtown and transfer to Kalaw Hill Lodge. Visit local Buddhist monastery, then walk to Nanthe (Danu tribe) village where we visit a library initiated by the lodge. After we visit one of the local home and interact with local over a cup of green tea and Danu traditional snack. From here we walk to Nanthe (Nepalese) village where we explore the village and visit household industry making rice and plum wine process. Here we taste local organic wine follow by a Nepalese traditional lunch. From here we travel by minivan to Myin Daik station and explore the old station and perhaps interact with friendly locals.  Later we hop on the train bound for Thazi. Once train role slowly towards Sin Taung located at 4465 feet above sea. The exciting journey goes through tunnels, narrow valleys and high reef passing 4608 feet so-called summit (approx. 45 minute). We get down at Sin Taung (elephant shaped mountain), name after a mountain similar to Elephant. Sin Taung located at 4425 feet above sea, inhabited by Danu, Taung Yoe and Nepalese community. Here we visit 100 years old Nepalese temple, old railway station and walk up the hilltop Pagoda for the stunning view of the valley below. We settle in at our community house and interact with the community through our local guide. In the evening we enjoy sumptuous local meal over a cultural show perform by the community.

Day 02: Sin Taung –Hinkha Gone-View Point-Nanthe-Kalaw

Breakfast and we trek to Hinkha Gone, located at 4767 feet above sea, (2.5 mile, and approx. 1½ hour). Trail goes immediate uphill all the way stays pretty much on the ridge till we get to the village. From here we head towards north and keep our trail on the ridge having right side is protected forests and left side open view to the valley to view point, parched at 4715 feet above sea, (2 mile, approx. one hour). We have lunch stop here and take some time to enjoy the view from the ridge. From here we trek around 20 minutes on the dirt road but we then head south through tropical scarf forests to Reservoir, located at 4554 feet above sea, (1.5 mile, approx. one hour), which was originally built by British some 80 years ago and remain till today the major sources of fresh water supply to the town.  Here we enjoy tranquility of the surrounding and listen to the birds call and witness wild orchid naturally hanging above the tree.   From here trail west and we head back to Nanthe (Nepalese Village), located at 4383 feet above sea, (3 mile, approx. 2 hour). First hour we walk through primary forest but once we come out of the forest then trek through fields chatting with local farmers. Once we reach Nanthe, we hop on our waited van and transfer back to Kalaw to complete this unique experience. Total walking hour (5 – 6)

Booking Condition

Booking Condition:

How to Book:

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

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 two day before commence of trek. Bookings made within two 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 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 30% 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 canceled after deposit cancellation fee applies.

Grouping:

There is no limitation on the group size on this program, however 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.

Check List

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 while trekking. A good quality raincoat and pants are ideal as hey will keep you warm and dry in a variety of situations. A thick sweater or fleece sweat shirt would be ideal to wear in the evenings, when temperatures decline considerably. A lightweight jacket or windbreaker will also be useful.

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:

Personal item 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 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 are the overnight facilities in Sin Taung?

This program involves community home stay where you will be treated by the community. Community home comes with basic western toilet, sleeping facility such as mattress, pillow and blanket will be provided. Night will be spent in candle light and wood fire. Limited amount of hot water will be supplied for face wash in every morning.

What will be the temperature like?

Main tourist season is between November and February with pleasant temperatures, clear skies, warm days and cool evenings. Hot season is between March and May and weather gets warmer and occasional showers might occur. Rainy season or monsoon season is between end of May and October and one can expect almost daily showers but is much lesser compare to other coastal parts of Myanmar. What makes Kalaw weather unique is you have no short of sunshine even during middle of the monsoon which reasoning the blossom of multicolored wild flowers.

How long is an average trekking in a day?

All our treks are designed at 5 to 7 walking hours per day, except for some of the activities that designed for non-trekkers. Day normally starts at 8 or 9 in the morning follow by breakfast. We try to reach our destination well in time to relax and engage activities like social, cultural interaction.

What will I see on the trek?

Most of our program focuses on cultural and ethnic value thus your trail going across tribal activities, which allow you social interactions with local. Here we enjoy tranquility of the surrounding and listen to the birds call and witness several species of orchid. Beside this there will be plenty of bird life, butterflies and other exotic flora to view and experience.

How fit do I have to be?

All of our 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 guide?

We provide English or Myanmar 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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