6 DAYS CHIN STATE / MT. VICTORIA
Mt. Victoria: 10,200 ft., locally known as Khon Nu Son in Chin, is situated in a designated national park and also called Nat Ma Taung, meaning “the mother of spirits". With the core area of 260 sq. miles situated in the Southern Chin hills, it is the southernmost outpost of the Himalaya that is of volcanic origin. This region is generally isolated and possesses about 160 species of birds, including 4 endemic birds of Myanmar, for instance the white-browed nuthatch. There are also many species of plants and rare flowers found on its summit that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Due to its isolation, the Southern Chin state maintains the unique Chin tribal life, in which most of the women are heavily tattooed on their faces and wear traditional costumes in everyday life.
Early morning drive via Pakokku to Mindat (approx. 8 hrs drive). The country side is dry and flat and there are many sand streams to cross. At Pauk Township stop for lunch at Shwe Aye Ka Yee Restaurant. After Pauk the country side is getting more and more green and hilly and b...read more
You have an easy morning before trekking to Loat Pe, where you can discover holy wooden poles and stone tombs. After a lunch stop, you continue on to Kyardo, which lies on the hill side of the valley of the mountain range. Kyardo is situated in a steep sided valley and gets ve...read more
After breakfast, you retrace the 1st 10 minutes back to the creek bed. From there, it’s a steep and sometimes muddy and difficult path which eases after an hour of climbing. For the next 3 hours, there’s a much better path, with the valley now opening up on the left to much br...read more
Breakfast first, then a trek to Ranchi camp (8 miles, approx. 5 hours), located at the bottom of Mt. Victoria. The trek takes you through the terrain of a park, amongst great oaks and laurels which later turn into rhododendron bushes. This beautiful park covers a large area, i...read more
Breakfast and trek to Mt. Victoria summit (5 mile, approx. 3 hour). You will have a challenging trail for the first hour, as the path is quite steep, but once you reach a mule trail, it gets easier and you approach the peak. There, you can relax for some time and enjoy lunch. ...read more
It is a long 7 hours drive to Bagan. The steep road goes first down to Saw an interesting town in a green valley. From here the rood goes up and down through deep forest and later on it’s getting more and more dry. On the way stop for lunch at Kan Zun Ma village. From here it ...read more
PRICE IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.10.2018 – 30.04.2019
Supplement for German speaking guide: US$ 422 per group
Supplement for Italian- or Spanish speaking guide: US$ 344 per group
Checklist – Exotic Chin Hills
Baggage: We provide a duffel bag for your personal gear, which will be carried by your porter. You should pack what you may need for the trek depending on the length of the trek. Personal belongings not required for the trek may be left in the car. You may wish to pack items in an inner plastic bag, since the duffel bags are not waterproof.
Daypack: Your daypack should be medium-volume and able to hold your personal belongings such as medications, camera, extra clothes and drinking water, etc.
Water bottle: We initially provide two water bottles for each guest. We suggest you carry one in your daypack. Your porter will carry the other.
Clothing & footwear: We recommend bringing one pair of lightweight hiking boots, a couple of t-shirts, one pair of trousers for evenings, shorts or skirts, two pairs of thick socks, one long-sleeve shirt, one sweatshirt or fleece jacket and one good quality raincoat.
Personal items: We recommend bringing items such as a flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, water purifying tablets, a pocketknife and reading and writing materials; these things are essential. A personal first-aid kit is also essential for your convenience.
Insects: For the most part, the jungle is free of biting insects, but we do encounter some insects in the lowlands such as sand flies around the river banks and leeches in the lowland bushes. It's important to use insect repellent to keep them away.
(Mindat) Room comes with attached bathroom. Hot shower available from 6:30 am to 8:00 am and 5:30 pm to 7 pm. With 24-hour electricity from a solar unit and Wi-Fi on request. (Kampalat) Room comes with attached bathroom. Hot shower & electricity are available while the generator is running.
(Aye village) A designated village house offers dormitory-style accommodation, but provides a Western toilet facility and hot water.
(During trek) Nights will be spent at local homes or in tents. Bedding such as a mattress, pillow and blanket will be provided. The toilet will be clean but of the local squat type. A limited amount of hot water will be supplied for face washing in the morning on request.
Meals: Breakfast is usually served around 7 or 8 am; lunch is usually simple, light and served at mid-day whereas dinners are more extensive and usually at local restaurants, guesthouses or local homes. Clients with special dietary requirements must inform us of these at the time of booking.
Guide: Unless an alternative arrangement has been made in advance, we provide an English-speaking guide.
Trekking hours: All our treks are designed to include 4 to 6 walking hours per day. Your day normally starts at 8 or 9 in the morning, followed by breakfast. We try to reach our destination well before nightfall in time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
Flora and fauna: This region generally isolated and is home to many species of birds and plants. Some rare flowers can be found on Mt. Victoria’s summit that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Mt. Victoria offers a great opportunity for bird-watching. One can come across several species of birds in lowland tanbark forests through the high elevation up to the summit. Due to its isolation, the southern region of Chin State has retained its unique Chin tribal culture. The Chin are of Tibeto-Burmese descent and live in the hills of Chin State bordering Bangladesh and India. As hill people, they have been isolated and to this day little is known of their animistic culture. The women of the Chin tribes have various patterns tattooed on their faces and wear beautiful amber necklaces.
Fitness: This trek is classified as "Moderate to Demanding" and is thus suitable for most trekkers, as it involves relatively short days on paths and trails. A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these trips involve a certain amount of ascending and descending and the occasional challenging day. During your expedition, you will be under the direction of your trip leader; he or she has total authority to determine your suitability to participate. You may also be asked to sign a waiver form.
Temperature: Our season is between October and April, when there are mostly clear skies, warm days and cool evenings. Temperatures steadily decrease between late December and early February. The average temperature is between a low of 4-10 degrees and high of 20-30 degrees Celsius.
Medical & travel insurance: As a precondition of booking, it is compulsory for all clients to have prior medical insurance which must cover emergency evacuation. In addition to this, you need comprehensive personal insurance which should cover flight cancellations and other events due to unforeseen circumstances.
Emergency evacuation: In the event of an emergency, you will be taken to Bagan and given further medical care. Please ensure that your insurance policy covers such unlikely eventualities.