The Pa O Encounter

The Pa O Encounter

The Charming city of Nyaung Shwe locates in the heart of Shan State. This package includes a visit to the Pa O community in a unique trek around remote charm of Inle Lake. It is important to be close to nature, this is the only way to blend yourselves with local. As you trek through different villages while meeting locals, the end point of this package is stunningly beautiful! The Mysterious Lake.

Draft Itinerary

Day 01:Transfer to trailhead, trek to Loikhaw as first leg of trek to Samkar. Once you get to the top of the mountain, you will enjoy the view of the Samkar Lake with patches of seasonal crops in view. Walk down to Phathee village and continue trek to Namtek village. Further trek to Htikaung village located in the valley of the Kaungnein mountain range for night stop.

Day 02:Trek up to the peak of Kaungnaine Mountain, which is the highest range in the eastern part of Inle. Winding trail up to the top and enjoy beautiful scenary along orange farm, natural forests, rock faces, natural orchids on trees and different species of birds. From the peak enjoy view of Inle Lake in the west and Hopong-Seseng valley in the east. Further trek to Htikwa village and further to one Lisu village then finally to Pinton village where we will stay for the night.

Day 03:Trek north and down until to Maetine village by passing Htipone village. Further trek to Phatpon (Shan village) and then reach Minepyoe village, where we meet our transport and back to Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake) to complete this unique experience.



Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Nyaung Shwe - Phathee - Mantek - Htikaung

Meeting at Nyaung Shwe and transfer to trailhead and start trek to the east of Loikhaw Mountain, which is the first mountain range we have to climb up on the trek to Samkar. From the peak of the mountain, one can look back to the Samkar lake in the distance. From here we walk down to the Phathee village, which is located on the eastern foot of Lwekhaw mountain range. Further trek to Namtek village across these paddy fields and can see many villagers as they are working in the fields.  Further trek to our final destination at Htikaung village, surrounded by hills and mountains.

Distance cover: 32Km, Duration of walk: 7-8 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House

Day 02 : Htikaung – Htikwa - Tawee Plone - Pinton

Breakfast and trek to the top of Kaungnaine mountain. This is the highest mountain range in the eastern part of Inle. The way is winding up from the foot to the top even though the mountain is high. So it is easy to walk up.

There are orange fields, natural forests, stone banks or rock faces, natural orchids on trees and different species of birds to observe throughout the valley. When we get to the top, we take a rest at the top of the mountain and discover the view of Inle Lake in the west and Hopong-Seseng valley in the east.

Further trek to Htikwa village, through an area dense with pine. Lunch stop and further trek to southern lower part of Htikwa village, where we will meet the Lisu tribe in Tawee Plone village and learn about their way of live. The villagers are still wearing their traditional colorful dresses and speak their own language. Their livelihood is based on distilling rice, breeding cattle, pigs and farming. Their cultural is different from Pa-O and Shan. We stop at a Lisu family house to learn about their way of life, chat with them for a while and taste the rice wine. Further trek to Pinton village where we will stay for a night by passing through another Lisu and Pa-O village. It is filled with villages, pagodas, forests, streams, plots of farming, rice fields and hills. Moreover, the monastery in Pinton village is good to study because all the pillars are made from teak so huge that it cannot be withheld with both arms. We can also see the young monks studying Buddhist literature.

Distance cover: 28Km, Duration of walk: 7-8 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House

Day 03 : Pinton - Maetine – Htipone – Phatpon – Minepyoe – Nyaung Shwe

Breakfast and trek to the north and down until to Maetine village by passing Htipone village. Lunch stop and proceed to Phatpon (Shan village) and then reach Minepyoe village, which is the end of trek. Here we meet our awaited vehicle and transfer back to Nyaung Shwe to conclude this unique Pa O encounter experience.

Distance cover: 17Km (trek),(16 Km Car. Duration of walk: 7-8 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, 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.


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 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 canceled after deposit cancellation fee applies.


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.



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


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.


What are the overnight facilities in Pindaya and Ywar Ngan?

Proper accommodation do exists in Pindaya but basic guest house are available in Ywar Ngan. Hotels in both towns will come with private bath with hot and cold water.

What are the overnight facilities during the trek?

This program involves tented accommodation and two person need to share a tent unless clients paid single supplement. When pitching tent, mattress and sleeping bags will be provided. Night will be spent in solar power lighting.Limited amount of hot water will be supplied for face wash in the mornings.

What will be the temperature like?

Our season is between October 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 4/10 and high 22/30 degree Celsius.

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?

First part will be adventure trek with a challenging trail goes high up and summit covers beautiful Rhododendron and birds. In between observe amazing natural Phenomena of Blue-Lake (Ye Pyar Kan) and a pre-historic/Neolithicsite dated to between 1750 and 65000 years BP). Trek goes through secondary forested area with over view of beautiful Kindah dam.

How fit do I have to be?

All of our program is graded as “Moderate to Demanding” and includes longer trekking days on difficult terrain. Thus suitable for adventurous and stronger individuals with physically challenging and more suited to regular hill-walkers who are used to extended days and are competent over difficult terrain. However do not require technical mountaineering skills or previous experience.

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 snacksand 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?

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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