Golden Hills of Burma

Highlights of Burma and a trek in the remote Chin Hills




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Holiday Overview


  • Golden sunset over the temples and pagodas of Bagan
  • Off the beaten track trekking holiday in Burma
  • Mandalay and the U Bein teak bridge
  • All meals and services included in the holiday price

Our journey in Burma, the Golden Land, begins in the former British colonial city of Yangon. No visit to Burma is complete without a trip to the magnificent Schwedagon Pagoda, the cultural heart of the nation, and a walk around the historical colonial district of the city. Our Burmese odyssey continues with the short flight to Bagan and it's plain of 4000 temples, beautifully crafted by the Burmese Kings and dating back to the 11th century. From here we journey into the Chin Hills for our 7 day trek, home to the ethnic Chin people who are of Tibeto-Burman ancestry. Few westerners have visited this area, only recently opened to tourists, where many of the women have tattooed faces and wear tribal clothing. The trek is a delightful walk through forested hills, tea plantations and lush valleys and offers an insight into the lives of the Chin with their mix of Buddhist, Christian and traditional Animist beliefs. The people we meet will be as curious about us as we are about them, and the variety of accommodation - from monastery to school house - allows us the unique opportunity to get close to village life. At the end of the trek we head for Mandalay where we visit the U Bein teak bridge at sunset and the ruined pagodas of Mingun. This holiday combines time in 3 of Burma's culturally rich cities with an off-the-beaten-track experience in a beautiful and unspoiled area, culminating in the ascent of Mt Victoria (3063m), named for the Empress herself. An adventure travel connoisseur's holiday choice!

KE's Position on Travel and Tourism in Burma

Off-limits for 15 years, the National League for Democracy (Aung San Suu Kyi's political party) announced in early November 2010 that the boycott on tourism should be lifted. With the general message from the Burmese people also encouraging outside visitors, we made the decision to set up our first ever holiday in Burma. From the outset, we were careful to design the itinerary with the help of a Burmese agent who, as much as is possible, makes use of independent and privately-run businesses, rather than those run by the military regime. We feel that it is appropriate now to let KE clients have the chance to make their own minds up about this fascinating and fast-changing country and believe that tourist visits by well-informed people, who have an interest in Burma's social and political issues, can be of benefit to the Burmese people.

Is this holiday for you?

Generally, the trekking conditions on this Burma holiday are relatively easy, following good paths between villages at a relatively moderate altitude throughout. The maximum altitude is 3055m above sea level, at the summit of Mt Victoria. This is not a difficult or sustained trek and on average you will be walking for 5 to 6 hours per day. Please note that the Chin Hills are a remote area, where few tourists have travelled before.  Accommodation and sanitation throughout the trek is at a very basic level. Whilst the Chin Hills are cooler than the plains, the climate is warm and relatively humid even in the later winter months which is something to take in to account. The route connects several valleys separated by ridges, so there is substantial height gain and loss for most days. You should be comfortable with walking for 5 or 6 hours each day at a moderate pace over 7 days. This holiday should be well within the capabilities for anyone of good fitness.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Yangon. A single transfer from Yangon Airport is provided.
  • Morning flight to Bagan. Rest of day to discover ancient temples and pagodas of Bagan.
  • Drive across the Irrawaddy to the Pontaung Mountains. Overnight at Mindat (1480m).
  • Trek through forests and tea plantations to Khone Eai. Downhill to Amlong (1307m).
  • A valley hike to the friendly tribal Chin Village of Kyar Aei Nuu (1430m).
  • Another day of Chin village encounters. Trek to the lively community of Kyardo (1090m).
  • A steady and steep trek to the monastery of Aye (1845m) and enjoy Chin Hill panoramas.
  • Today there is the option of two exciting routes that lead remote village of Do Nuu (2211m).
  • Trek to the summit of Mount Victoria (3053m). Descend to enjoy sunset on a forested col below.
  • A sunrise trek before a short jeep transfer to freshen up at the town of Kampalat.
  • Leave the Chin Hills and drive to Bagan. Afternoon free to relax or explore Bagan.
  • Fly to Mandalay. Visit the old palace, Maha Ganayon Kyang Monastery and U Bein teak bridge.
  • Cross the Irrawaddy River to the unfinished ruins of Mingun Paya. Return to Mandalay and fly to Yangon.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Yangon Airport is provided.
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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Yangon. A single transfer from Yangon Airport is provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Yangon in the afternoon. A single airport transfer will be provided. KE group package services begin with dinner at the hotel, where the local guide will brief the group about the week ahead. There will be an early evening visit to the incredible Schwedagon Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.

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  • Morning flight to Bagan. Rest of day to discover ancient temples and pagodas of Bagan.

    Early in the morning we set off on the 75-minute flight to Bagan, one of the great wonders of the world. This magical place lies on a vast plain at the bend in the Irrawaddy River and was the site of Burma’s first capital city. We will wander its dusty tracks visiting magnificent temples and towering pagodas with ancient and beautifully painted murals dating back over a millennium. It is easy to imagine in the morning’s mist a parade of gilded elephants passing between the white pagodas, laden ox-carts raising a cloud of dust as they slowly plod towards the horizon, or a line of saffron robed monks collecting their daily food in black lacquered alms bowls. The elephants are gone, but the rest remains. Perhaps the most impressive and inspiring monuments are Thatbinnyu, Ananda, Gawdanpalin, Dhammayangi and the Shwezigon Pagoda. The temple interiors are often filled with rows of Buddha, images of guardian Nats or spirit gods and intricate murals depicting the life of Buddha and scenes of royalty. In the afternoon we climb up onto one of the ruined pagodas for a breathtaking view of the sun setting over the mighty Irrawaddy and the plain filled with countless temples and pagodas. Lacquerware is a traditional local art, and we will include a visit to a lacquerware workshop to see at first hand the long and arduous process of making bowls and trays that often take months to complete. Overnight at a hotel in Bagan.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Drive across the Irrawaddy to the Pontaung Mountains. Overnight at Mindat (1480m).

    After breakfast we pack our vehicles and leave Bagan to cross the mighty Irrawaddy by bridge. Here the adventure safari starts as we drive on a rugged and dusty dirt roads passing through dry hills and velvet plains of rice fields for into the Pontaung Mountains. Pontaung is famous among archaeologists following the recent discovery of fossilised animal remains including turtles, crocodiles, rhino and pigs from 34 to 50 million years ago. We drive on to Mindat, passing through tropical lowland forest, eventually reaching our destination which is impressively perched on a hillside at 1480m above sea level. Mindat is the main administrative town for the Southern Chin State. Approximately 6 hours driving.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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  • Trek through forests and tea plantations to Khone Eai. Downhill to Amlong (1307m).

    Today we have an early wake-up call and enjoy a breakfast of doughnuts and coffee in a local café. There is lots to see in Mindat early in the morning, as the monks collect alms and the children head off to school and we’ll also visit the local markets to make any last-minute purchases before the start of our trek. After a 45 minute transfer to the trailhead in local jeeps (this could take longer, depending on road conditions) we begin walking on a good path, initially through forest and tea plantations, descending steadily to the village Khone Eai where we will take lunch. After lunch we head up hill through thick forest to crest a ridge, crossing several streams on the way. After enjoying the views from the ridge we descend to Amlong (1307m) where we will spend the night either in a local village house or in the quarters of the local Buddhist Monastery. Today will be one of the longest in our trek, with significant descent toward the river in the valley bottom.

    • Accommodation Monastery

    • Ascent 1450m

    • Distance 23km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2500m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • A valley hike to the friendly tribal Chin Village of Kyar Aei Nuu (1430m).

    The first hour of hiking is a good steady descent to a suspension bridge crossing the River Chi. From the valley bottom it’s all uphill to the village of Kyar Aei Nuu (1430m) but the path is never too steep and we make our home for the day around about lunchtime. This will give us plenty of time for a game of football with the locals and to wander around the village. This is a lively little place where evidence of the eclectic spiritual background of the area is particularly prevalent with Buddhism, Christianity and Animism in evidence. As we have plenty of time today there should be time to catch up on some laundry and perhaps even have a shower!

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Ascent 800m

    • Distance 9km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Another day of Chin village encounters. Trek to the lively community of Kyardo (1090m).

    Today will be another longer day. We have 2 big valleys to hike through and several ridges to traverse. After breakfast we should be on the path by 8.30am. The first 45 minutes are a very steep descent to the valley bottom and bridge and we will pass several simple small stone structures. These are animist graves where the ashes of the deceased are placed inside family specific tombs. We cross the river by the bridge and walk along the rocky stream bed for half an hour before making a steep ascent for 30 minutes or so to the village of Oumlong, which is on one of the ridge crests. From Oumlong we descend to the next valley floor but this time on a more gradual path.. From this valley bottom it is an hours steep ascent to the village of Madat and lunch. After a good hours rest we set off for Kyardo which is approximately 2 hours away on a steadily undulating path. There is plenty of village life to see along the way with a good example of the Animist wooden sacrificial poles, used to hang offerings. Kyardo (1090m), although in a steep sided valley getting little light, is very near a rich source of precious metals, including gold, mostly found in the nearby river. Intrepid souls can take a dip in the river if they wish!. Kyardo is one of the biggest villages on route and don’t be surprised if the male villagers come out in force on this night to show off their dancing skills.

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Ascent 900m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1200m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • A steady and steep trek to the monastery of Aye (1845m) and enjoy Chin Hill panoramas.

    Today we head towards Aye, initially retracing our steps to the valley floor and the river. From here it’s a steep pull uphill on a more difficult path, sometimes muddy, for an hour. From this point, the path becomes easier underfoot, opening up to the north and east to give much broader views of the plains below. Lunch will be taken at a newly-built monastery after approximately 4 hours walking. After lunch it’s another steep hike uphill through heavily forested areas until we reach a more defined jeep track which leads to the town of Aye (1845m). A great days walking today, on varied trails, and in the evening we can sample a local beer and enjoy the panoramic views to Mindat and beyond.

    • Accommodation Homestay

    • Ascent 1400m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 700m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Today there is the option of two exciting routes that lead remote village of Do Nuu (2211m).

    Today there are 2 options to take us to the village of Do Nuu (2211m). The easier route will allow us to reach Do Nuu for lunch, the longer more challenging path will mean a later arrival – the guide will decide on the most appropriate route for the group. After an hour of walking on a straightforward village trail we come to a junction. One direction is the easier route, which would see us in Do Nuu for lunchtime. The alternative, more challenging, path is a much tougher route, with steeper climbs, and a few sections where it has been eroded by tributary streams and underfoot conditions can be more testing. Depending on time we will stay in the village of Do Nuu itself or in a building on it’s own sitting on a ridge by a road leading to Kampalat.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1200m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Trek to the summit of Mount Victoria (3053m). Descend to enjoy sunset on a forested col below.

    The summit of Mount Victoria beckons! Named by the British after the Queen, the mountain’s name is Khawnuthone in Chin, and Natmataung in Burmese, meaning mother of spirits. After 3 hours on wide paths and sections of jeep trail we reach 'Base Camp', the junction for Kampalat. The path then becomes more scenic winding up to the summit at 3053m, the highest point in the area. The hike from BC to summit takes about 2 hours. There is a flagpole and golden pagoda at the summit from where we can enjoy the views. Tonight we will camp on a forested col below the summit and enjoy the Burmese sunset over the Chin Hills panorama.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1400m

    • Distance 17km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 500m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • A sunrise trek before a short jeep transfer to freshen up at the town of Kampalat.

    It’s worth an early start this morning to catch the sun rising over the plains to the east. After breaking camp and our last breakfast on trek it’s an easy wander retracing our steps back down to the Base Camp area where our jeeps will be waiting for the short drive to Kampalat (1585m). Kampalat is a former British Hill Station, dating back to the days of the Raj. After the tips ceremony, and saying our goodbyes to the support team, it will be time to drive down to Kampalat for lunch. There will be time to wander this lively town, with it’s bustling monastery and market.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 200m

    • Distance 6km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 500m

    • Time 1 - 2 hrs trekking

  • Leave the Chin Hills and drive to Bagan. Afternoon free to relax or explore Bagan.

    Today we set off for the return journey to Bagan (100 miles, approx 6 hours). As we start driving down through Chin Hills and along the winding roads we leave the cool hillstations behind and return to the heat and humidity of the planes. We will arrive at Saw, a thriving village due to irrigation from the Saw River. A lunch stop here and then we continue the drive to Kazunma, a small village situated between the Chin highlands and lowland Burma. We should make our hotel in Bagan by mid afternoon with time to relax on the lawn with a well deserved beer over the ever golden sunset. For those who wish to explore more pagodas, there should be time to do so before dinner.

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  • Fly to Mandalay. Visit the old palace, Maha Ganayon Kyang Monastery and U Bein teak bridge.

    An early breakfast and transfer to the airport for our flight to Mandalay (approx 30 minutes). Mandalay, the former capital of Burma still has a strong tradition of arts and crafts and during our 2 days here we will have a flexible programme to allow us to maximise on sightseeing. Our first visit could be the Maha Ganayon Kyaung Monastery. Around 50% of the Buddhist monks living in Burma are based in Mandalay and the lunch time procession of collection of alms at 10.30am every day is quite a spectacle. From the monastery we will drive to lunch, stopping off at one of the many woodcarving workshops and weaving co-operatives for a spot of souvenir shopping. We drive to the boat jetty at Ava to make the short ferry crossing to lunch in the shade of mango trees. After a leisurely rest we then take a horse cart to visit the impressive Bagayar huge teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmye Bonzan Menu brick Monastery and its watch tower. We take the ferry back across the river to head off for sunset under the U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world and an iconic sight. After a long day taking in all there is to see in Mandalay, we check in to our hotel.

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  • Cross the Irrawaddy River to the unfinished ruins of Mingun Paya. Return to Mandalay and fly to Yangon.

    Another day to explore Mandalay. After breakfast we begin with a visit to the 19th century Royal Palace, a short drive from the group hotel. Within the old fortified walls the Royal Palace gives an impressive and fascinating insight into a bygone era. The last King of Burma to live here, King Thibaw, was exiled to India by the British in 1885. We have an hour here, before rejoining the bus for the brief hop to Shwenandaw Kyaung, one of the most intricate temples in Myanmar. The temple is said to be the finest example of wood carving in the country. Not far from here, and worth a quick visit, is a stop at the worlds biggest book where over 700 buddhist scriptures are housed in individual shrines. In the afternoon we will take a boat to Mingun, on the other side of the Irrawaddy (11 km, approx 1 hour). Here we observe the world's largest ringing bell weighing 90 tons and the unfinished and ruined temple of Mingun Pahtodawgyi, King Bodawpaya’s failed attempt to build the world's largest Buddhist stupa. Our flight to Yangon will depart in the late afternoon or early evening, and we head off for our celebratory dinner directly from the airport before returning to our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Departure day. A single transfer to Yangon Airport is provided.

    We have the morning free for final sightseeing and souvenir buying, before transferring to Yangon Airport to catch our homeward flight after lunch. KE group package services end on arrival at the airport.

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Holiday Information

  • A local English speaking KE leader throughout
  • Single timed Yangon Airport transfers on day 1 and day 14
  • Internal flights and associated transfers
  • Trekking service for 7 days including porters
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all tourist sites (excluding museum fees)
  • The ferry ride from Mandalay to Mingun
  • Sightseeing tours in Yangon
  • Bagan and in Mandalay
  • All meals as described in the dossier
  • Accomodation as described in the dossier

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers except for the single timed group transfers on arrival and departure
  • Visa fee
  • Airport departure tax on leaving Yangon
  • Tips for local staff including the trekking crew
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single timed transfer from Yangon Airport to the group hotel is included in the Land Only trip price. This transfer will normally be timed to meet the Singapore Airlines flight, arriving in the afternoon of Day 1. Anyone may use this transfer but clients making their own flight arrangements must check the time immediately prior to departure. For clients arriving on earlier or later flights, independent Airport transfers can be arranged at an additional cost, or there is a reliable metered taxi service which costs approximately $10 for the journey to the group hotel. Clients booking a Land Only Package MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Shortly after first light (around 6am) the tour leader will announce that breakfast is under way. Most food is sourced locally on trek and will be simple Burmese fare of rice, noodles, vegetables, fruits, with some meat, as well as coffee, tea and biscuits. After breakfast, the local guide will lead off on forest trails, pointing out interesting natural features, plants and animals. Lunch will be taken en route, and prepared by our cook crew. Arriving at our overnight stop, we will have time to settle in to our simple accommodation, meet the local villagers, read a book, write our diaries and take it easy. The guide and crew will set about the preparation of the evening meal and arrange for a supply of clean water, tea and coffee.

Accommodation during the trip will be in a hotels for the visits to towns and cities, but simple village homestay-style accomodation on trek. There are a total of 7 nights in comfortable hotels and lodges; 2 nights in Yangon, 2 nights in Bagan, 1 night in Mindat, 1 night in Kampalat and 1 night in Mandalay. Whilst on trek there are 5 nights in basic sleeping bag accommodation in a mix of local homes, monastery quarters and village meeting rooms. Sleeping arrangements will be communal with several people sharing each room. Whilst facilities are basic, the unique experience will more than make up for any discomfort. In addition there will be 1 night spent camping (all eqiupment provided) on Mt Victoria. The hotel accommodation in Bagan, Mandalay and Yangon is in comfortable, tourist class establishments with twin sharing rooms and en-suite facilities. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Depending on availability, it is possible to book a single supplement for the trip. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Part of the experience of a visit to Burma is the wonderful variety of food available. All sorts of influences from neighbouring countries (Thailand and China amongst others) contribute to this variety. Rice and noodles are the main staples, eaten with fish, meat and poultry dishes. The food is generally considered to be a bit richer than Chinese food and less spicy than Thai food. Whilst on trek, our breakfasts will be egg-based with a packed lunch carried by the guide and crew in tiffin tins each day.

All meals are included, from lunch on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary to breakfast on Day 14.

You should take around US$250 in US dollars cash. Sterling and euros are not readily accepted for exchange. Note that new dollar bills are preferred, and notes with any marks or tears are often refused. $250 should cover your miscellaneous expenses, drinks, souvenirs, as well as the US$50 - 60 you can be expected to pay for tips to local staff. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. The unit of currency in Burma is the kyat. It is not possible to obtain local currency prior to departure. US Dollars can readily be changed in Yangon. You must carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival we recommend taking a money belt or similar safe way of transporting your money. You cannot rely on finding an ATM machine, exchange travellers cheques nor on being able to use credit cards in Burma.

The group will be accompanied from arrival in Yangon to departure, by an experienced, professional, English-speaking local guide. When trekking, there will be a support crew consisting of a cook and local porters to carry the group's communal equipment and group members' baggage. There will be vehicles and drivers as required.

Tipping is commonly practiced in Burma. We do recommend you tip your trek crew and drivers depending on how you feel they have done. We suggest you co-ordinate this tip as a group with each member contributing around $50 to $60 (in Burmese kyat) to a group pool which will be administered by the tour leader.

This trip includes a 7 day trek in the Chin Hills, during which your baggage will be carried by porters and for this reason we ask that you keep the weight of your trek bag to 15kgs. Main baggage can be left at the hotel in Bagan and will be transported to Heho Airport for the flight to Mandalay. For a holiday of this sort, not requiring technical equipment, we suggest that you should easily be able to keep the weight of your fully-packed trek bag to under 20kgs (44lbs).

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

UK Passport Holders

A passport with at least 6 months remaining validity at the time of departure, together with a Single Entry Myanmar Tourist Visa, is required.

From 2 October 2014, an official eVisa service is now available to nationals of the UK (also the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland and many other countries) for a fee of US$50.

Full information, and the online application form, can be found at the official Union of Myanmar Ministry of Immigration and Population website page on eVisas:

There are 4 steps to obtaining an eVisa:

  1. Fill in the online form and upload an electronic passport-sized photograph (max 2MB and sized 4.6cm x 3.8cm – the website has the facility to let you take an appropriate sized image if you have a webcam). You will be asked for the contact details of the agency you are travelling with – please enter “KE Adventure Travel” and our main telephone number 00 44 17687 73966. If you are asked for your address in Myanmar, please add the hotel named in your Booking Confirmation (usually the Asia Plaza, 277 Bogyoko Aungsan Rd, Kyauktada Township, Yangon).
  2. Confirm your application and make the payment of US$50 by secure SSL server payment portal (Visa or Mastercard acepted)
  3. Await your approval letter (this should arrive by email within 5 working days)
  4. Take the approval letter with you to the airport and on arrival in Yangon present it to immigration officials to receive the official entry visa stamp

A Single Entry Tourist Visa (allowing up to 28 days in the country) is valid for three months from the date of issue. As processing the approval letter takes up to 5 working days (and can be interrupted by Burmese public holidays) we suggest you apply in good time, at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

It is very important you only try to make an application directly through the official website at There are other websites out there with similar addresses and we strongly advise you avoid them!

If you are a national of a country not yet approved for eVisa you will need to make your application through a visa processing agency or directly to an embassy of the Union of Myanmar. Please contact your local embassy for further advice.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Light waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Light waterproof jacket
  • Thermal baselayer shirt (for cooler temperatures on trek)
  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater*
  • Sunhat
  • Scarf or neck buff
  • 2-3 season sleeping bag*
  • Thermarest or foam sleeping mat
  • Eyewear – sunglasses
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Daypack 30 litres / 1800 cu in.
  • Headtorch/headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x2
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Insect repellant – (DEET)
  • Small towel
  • Swimwear
  • Basic First Aid Kit, including: A broad-spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), antihistamine cream and tablets, re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and Malaria prophylaxis

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Travel clothes
  • Flip-flops
  • * December/January departures can be considerably colder than other times of year in the Chin Hills, with the possibility of overnight temperatures of less than 5 degrees Centigrade. For these departures we recommend a warmer sleeping bag (rated to at least 0 degrees comfort level) and some additional warm clothes.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Running, cycling and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Myanmar has three seasons, the 'cold' season, from October to February, when the average temperature in Yangon is between 20 - 30ºC, the 'hot' season, from March to May, with average temperatures of around 30-35ºC and the wet (monsoon) season, from May to October. Yangon is more prone to showers than Mandalay and Bagan, further north. Temperatures in the Chin Hills are cooler and make for pleasant walking conditions.

Myanmar (Burma). Lonely Planet. Robert Reid et al. Insight Guide Burma Myanmar. Wilhelm Klein et al. Burmese Days. George Orwell Letters from Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi From the Land of Green Ghosts. Pascal Khoo Thwe The Glass Palace. Amitav Ghosh The River of Lost Footsteps. Thant Myint-U

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Map of Burma/Myanmar, with city plans of Rangoon, Mandalay and Bagan. 1:1,500,000

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