The Orchid Trail and Pre-Historic Caves

The Orchid Trail and Pre-Historic Caves

Mt. Shae-Myin-Nauk-Myin is one of the most challenging yet most beautiful peak to scale in Southern Shan State. From its base Pansit village, trail goes right up hill all the way to the summit witnessing vast pasture and beyond Rhododendron and wild orchids. Shan Hills – made up of very scenic landscapes, as you trek through different villages while meeting locals. The end point of this package is stunningly beautiful, yet mysterious pre-historic Caves, which gives you not only a personal achievement but also a great educational experience.

Draft Itinerary

Day 01:Pick up at Heho airport, transfer to Pindaya, famous for its limestone caves, attractive lakeside setting, and the traditional Shan paper umbrellas that are manufactured here. Set deep in the hillsides, the caves contain some 6000 Buddha Images of various sizes, made of white marble, bronze or plaster, and coated with gold leaf.

Day 02:Transfer to trail head at Pansit, trek to the peak through the farmland, cow pasture and finally through low lying bushes which turn in to a healthy Rhododendron forests where colourful orchids bloom in wild.

Day 03:Trek back to Mya Zedi, visit famous Bule Lake and waterfall. Later proceed to Ywar Ngan. Afternoon explore the town and coffee making process at one of the local factories.

Day 04:Morning transfer to Myar Galay and trek towards south to Padahlin Gu (pre-historic Neolithic site through secondary forested area with over view of beautiful Kindah dam. Observe impressive caves and mural paintings. A boat ride across dam and a short drive will get you to Mandalay. Alternately same action but different direction will get you back to Ywar Ngan.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Heho - Pindaya

Pick up at Heho airport, drive to Pindaya. Here we explore the unique cave and Pa O paper umbrella making process. Overnight at hotel in Pindaya.

Meal included: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 02 : Pindaya – Pansit – Mt. Shae myin – Nauk myin (Elevation: min: 1545m – max 2360m)(Total ascend: 1200m – total descend: 400m)

Breakfast and transfer to trail head at Pansit, where we meet our support team and start trek to the peak.  At first we walk through the farmland and later we encounter upper ridge with cow pasture. This is a bare mountain with an open area with beautiful view of the plains down below. Lunch stop and further trek up passing several ridges witnessing low lying bushes which turn in to a healthy Rhododendron forests  where colourful orchids bloom in wild. Just below the summit we have a short break to enjoy the view of layer upon layer of mountain ranges receded into the distance. The view from the summit will be stunning especially during the sunset. We enjoy a warm coffee and setting up our tents while our team prepare dinner. Dinner and overnight in tent.

Distance cover: 17Km, Duration of walk: 6-8 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Tented Camp

Day 03 : Mt. Shae myin – Nauk myin – Mya Zedi – Blue Lake – Ywar Ngan (Elevation: min: 1135m – max 2325m)(Total ascend: 640m – total descend: 1825m)

Enjoy a perfect sunrise view, witness sun coming from the horizon forming layers of deep blue mountains receding into the gloaming like a super moon rising. Later we have breakfast and trek down to Mya Zedi, where we meet our vehicle and drive to Bule Lake. Here we observe amazing natural Phenomena of lake, who’s water turned blue like ink. We visit nearby waterfall and proceed to Ywar Ngan, where we visit coffee production facility of Genius Coffee, taste one of the world’s best coffee.  Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel in Ywar Ngan.

Distance cover: 14Km, Duration of walk: 5-6 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 04 : Ywar Ngan – Myargalay – Padahlin Gu – (Ywar Ngan/Han Myint Mo) (Elevation: min: 200m – max 1210m)(Total ascend: 270m – total descend: 1000m)

Breakfast and we transfer by vehicle to Myargalay, from where we trek down south towards Padahlin Gu (Neolithic site documented in the rock shelter dated to between 1750 and 65000 years BP). Trek goes through secondary forested area with over view of beautiful Kindah dam. We have lunch at the camp and explore cave No. 1 with magnificent stalagmite and stalactite forming several different shapes over the years. Observe Neolithic mural painting at cave No. 2. After a short rest we walk about an hour to get to the jetty, from where about an hour boat ride will get us to the other site of the dam where we meet out await transport which takes us back to Mandalay to complete this unique experience.

Distance cover: 16Km, Duration of walk: 5-6 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Not included

(Alternately a boat ride will take us to Ma Au Gone, from where land transport will take us back to Ywar Ngan to complete this unique 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.


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.


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.



Keep personal gear to a minimum. 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. The brushed nylon pants are ideal for trekking. 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

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/Neolithic site 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 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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