Myanmar has some of the world’s best walks, hikes and treks, ranging from excellent mountain hiking and trekking trails in the Himalayan north around Putao (in particular to Burma's highest peak: the snow-capped Hkakabo Razi (5881m) and the more accessible Phon Kan Razi at 3,635m); to fascinating hill tribe trekking in the hills and mountains of much of the country, particularly on the Shan plateau in the east, to historic to the unmissably atmospheric temples, stupas and monuments of Bagan, Mrauk U etc., to the weird but wonderful Mt Popa and the crowded but wonderful sacred cliff-top rock of Mount Kyaiktiyo. The Shan Plateau offers wonderfully varied day and multi-day walks and hikes, walking from village to village among many different ethnic groups around Kalaw, Pindaya and Inle Lake; and Hsipaw and Nanshan, Kengtung and elsewhere. The easterly town of Kengtung (Kyaing Tong) has fine day-hikes in the surrounding area. It is (as of 2013) hard to access, but its hills and tribes have a remote and culturally unsullied feel, partly as a result of years of trouble.
The best time for hiking in most of Myanmar is November to early March. Once on trail, lodging is mostly in local homes, with camping in remoter areas.
So, walking, hiking and trekking tours and holidays in Myanmar are so varied that everyone’s taste and energy levels can be met. Walking in Myanmar isn’t just for hard-nuts, although there is plenty (especially in the far north) to get their juices flowing. Myanmar walking, trekking and hiking holidays and tours really can be for (almost) everyone.
See the list below for a (currently incomplete – please give us your recommendations!) list of the best walks, treks and hikes in Myanmar.
Famous walking regions include:
Famous walking, hiking and trekking regions include:
- Kalaw Area
- Himalayan Far North
- Kengtung Area
We intend that our walk pages contain detail and photos on walking, hiking or trekking routes, including books, best times and weather, how to get there, possible problems, walking, trekking and hiking firms, organisers and guides in Myanmar, accommodation in Myanmar and useful links.