Myanmar Mountain Bike and Trek 13 Days

Routing: Yangon – Bagan – Mt. Popa – Monywa – Mandalay – Kalow – Inle lake – Yangon

Best Highlights of the tour


  • Thorough explore the land of golden temples Myanmar on pedals
  • Easy biking paths along rice fields and palm tree in Bagan
  • Hiking up to get the superb views from Mt Popa
  • Cycle around the Archaeological Zone in Bagan
  • Visit famed temple on the way from Monywa to Mandalay
  • Riding along Irrawaddy river banks for Sagaing
  • Biking to visit Boditahtaung Pagoda on the way to Mandalay
  • Heading up to Shan Plateau then biking inside local villages there
  • Cycling to see the most beautiful inland water of Asia in Nyaungshwe
A challenge Myanmar Adventure will be a truly different experience for biking lovers. You will bike through most scenic rout of Mt. Popa and riding in snake semi-dessert paths of Bagan. We believe that biking is the best way to see Bagan and its people because it allow you closest access to villages and stupas. Next stunning biking routes are to less touristy town of Monywa and along Irrawaddy River in Mandalay. Our biking adventure in Myanmar will end up with breath taking natural masterpiece of Inle lake.

Day 1 – Yangon
We will meet at the hotel at 2 pm for a visit to Shwedagon Paya, Burma’s holiest religious site. We then have a welcome dinner at Monsoon restaurant for some traditional Burmese dishes.
Meal: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon


Day 2 – Yangon – Mt. Popa
We will have a morning flight to Bagan where we can meet our bikes. After a short transfer we start riding east on a flat road to warm up, passing rice fields and palm trees on the way. Our first hill climb is up to the spectacular hilltop temple of Mount Popa. Popa soars 650 metres up out of the plains and the temple is populated by Burma’s most revered Nats (spirits). You will climb the almost 900 stairs to the top of Popa Taung Kalat. As stepping up, you will pass dozens of nat (spirit) shrines and see pilgrims who come to honor the spirits. From the top you will have a panorama of the surrounding plains. The views are excellent and photographers will get some great shots. We stay at a magnificent resort with spectacular views of the temples.
Meal: Breakfast
Biking time/distances: about 1.5 - 2hours
Accommodation: Hotel in Mount Popa


Day 3 – Mt. Popa – Bagan
Wake up to superb views! After breakfast, start with an easy descent from our lofty heights. We take a different route down, snaking around the mountain as we ride through small villages and palm gardens, coming across farmers plowing their fields with wooden plows and water buffaloes. We ride into Bagan, which is littered with thousands of temples along the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Our riverside hotel offers a refreshing pool to cool down in.
Meal: Breakfast
Biking time/distances: about 1 hour
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan


Day 4 – Bagan Temples
Bicycles are the perfect way to explore the temples of Bagan; we take a morning cycle around the Archaeological Zone before returning for a dip in the pool. The sunset ride, with views across the plains studded with chedis and temples, is something you will never forget.
Meal: Breakfast
Biking time/distances: about 5-6 hours
Accommodation: Hotel in Bagan


Day 5 – Bagan – Pakokku – Yayzagyo - Monywa
This morning we will drive to the Bagan Jetty for a leisurely boat journey on the Irrawaddy River to Pakokku. After three hours we will start cycling 45 km towards Yazagyo where we'll visit the wooden Pakhangyi monastery that was built in 1886 and restored in 1992.Our cycling will be through the rural river basin and therefore mostly flat with a few undulating hills. We transfer on to the untouristy town of Monywa where we'll overnight.
Meal: Breakfast
Biking time/distances: about 2 hours/ approx. 45 - 50 km
Accommodation: Hotel in Monywa


Day 6 – Monywa – Po Win Taung – Mandalay
We ride from our hotel in Monywa to Myint Mu. En route we will stop and visit the Hindu-style Thanbodday Temple that boasts a square temple base that is topped by receding terraces, with 864 small stupas surrounding the central golden chedi. We'll continue on to the Boditahtaung Pagoda which houses one of the largest reclining Buddha images in the world. Make sure your cameras are accessible! When we reach Myint Mu we will continue the rest of the way by vehicle to Mandalay.
Meal: Breakfast
Biking time/distances: about 3 hours
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay


Day 7 – Mandalay – Sagaing – Mingun – Mandalay
We leave the city of Mandalay behind to explore the towns of Sagaing and Mingun on the opposite side of the Irrawaddy River. We cycle along the river to Sagaing, an important religious and monastic center and subsequently home to numerous monasteries and stupas. After lunch we continue on our photogenic cycle route to Mingun where we'll visit the ruins of Pahtodawgyi. This massive unfinished stupa would have been the largest in the world if completed and now might be the the largest pile of bricks in the world, but is nonetheless impressive. We'll also see the Mingun bell which weighs 90 tons and is the largest ringing bell in the world. In the afternoon it'll be time to relax as we hop on a boat to take us downstream to Mandalay. We'll meet up in the evening to drive to Mandalay Hill to watch the sunset before dinner.
Meal: Breakfast
Biking time/distances: about 5-6 hours
Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay


Day 8 – Mandalay – Ywar Ngan – Kyone – Pindaya
We have a long transfer this morning to head up to the Shan Plateau. Shan State covers almost a quarter of Myanmar is home to several different ethnic groups and you will notice a change in the people, culture, and cuisine as we climb up. When we reach Ywar Ngan we'll have lunch and then it's time to start cycling on undulating roads through a patchwork of fields. We bike to Kyone, passing many villages on the way where you'll be greeted by “hellos” from the children. Our destination is Pindaya, home to limestone caves that house thousands of Buddhas.
Meal: Breakfast
Biking time/distances: about 2.5 - 3.5hours
Accommodation: Hotel in Pindaya


Day 09 – Pindaya – Aung Ban – Kalaw
This morning we cycle through a beautiful rural landscape as the gently rolling hills takes us to Aung Ban and then we have a climb up to the former hill station of Kalaw. This cool, peaceful town amidst pine trees still retains its colonial feel.
Meal: Breakfast
Biking time/distances: about 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Accommodation: Hotel in Kalaw


Day 10 – Kalaw – Inle Lake
We start the day backtracking down to Aungban and then continue coasting to Inle Lake. We cover many kilometres, but the last section has two sweeping downhills, which take us directly to the shores of Inle Lake. We ride alongside one of Asia’s most beautiful inland waters to Nyaungshwe, located north of the lake.
Meal: Breakfast
Biking time/distances: none
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake


Day 11 – Inle Lake
We give our legs some rest and enjoy a full day boat trip on Inle Lake. We take in the five-day market, Indein temples, floating gardens, monasteries and the Intha fishermen, who famously manage to row with their legs. Lunch is in a secluded bamboo forest by the lake. We then visit several Intha cottage industries. There are a variety of restaurants in town and dinner is your choice.
Meal: Breakfast
Biking time/distances: none
Accommodation: Hotel in Inle Lake


Day 12 – Inle Lake – Yangon
In the morning we transfer to Heho airport and fly back to Yangon, viewing from the air some of the terrain we have covered by bike. We arrive in time to take a trishaw ride in downtown Yangon.
Meal: Breakfast
Biking time/distances: about 1 - 1.5 hours
Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon


Day 13 – Yangon departure (B)
The morning is free for shopping. We can visit Bogyoke Aung San market before heading to the airport for the flight home.
Meal: Breakfast
Biking time/distances: none
Accommodation: Not available
Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

1. Tour start and ends at Yangon Airport - Myanmar
2. You will be escorted by private, professional biking English speaking guides (on spots).
3. Your car for transferring is private with air-conditioning.
4. 02 Domestic flights included are from Yangon - Bagan, Inle Lake - Yangon
5. Bike rentals including regular bikes and trek bikes where necessary
6. 02 bottled water/day for the whole tours
7. Meals are daily breakfasts, 01 welcome dinner, packed snack on biking routes
8. Jetty ride, boat trips as mentioned in itinerary
9. Entrance fees where requested.
10. Your accommodation are twin sharing, 3 star standards
11. This tour is subject to single supplement if requested
12. Trip price valid until 31 December 2014. Traveling on Christmas Eve and New Year Eve may subject to surcharg


Note: Myanmar Now is changing day by day since our country opens, the price of the tour may change at the visiting time. Please feel free to contact us for price while proceeding with the tour.

Tour Exclusions:

Visa arrangement, Drinks when you are traveling, Support trucks, Mechanic supports, personal expenses, Insurance and others not mentioned

Best time to go this tour
Period for best enjoy: from October to February because this is the coolest time of the year. You can easily enjoy outdoor activities and sightseeing
Period for best value: remain time of the year when is considered as low season and you can enjoy discounts and offers. Please note:
From March to May is dry season. In semi-dessert areas such as Mandalay or Bagan, they can be very hot, but other higher areas such as Inle lake, weather is still cool and comfortable
From June to September is monsoon season. In coastal regions, like Yangon, and hilly places, such as Inle lake, you may be caught by heavy, sudden rains but in Mandalay or Bagan it hardy sees rainfall during this time

Physical rating of this tour: 4 stars
These trips are a relaxing break. You don't have to worry about doing anything physically demanding unless you want to.
Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
it will raise your heartbeat. Some moderate physical activities such as several walking in fairly distance are included. A good level of fitness is required
Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The majority of activities included on this trip will be challenging. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy your holiday.
Our highest physical rating. Get ready for a heart-pumping adventure with plenty of challenges and some extreme conditions. You'll be required to be seriously fit for this trip as difficult activities are included.
For the trek on this trip the general rule is you will need to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. You will be walking with your day pack, with the possibility of extreme variations in temperature. We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing mountain walks or climbing long stair cases with a pack is good preparation (try putting a few bricks in your pack for real training). Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trek to its fullest.

Meals introduction
While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

Meals included and additions: 
12 breakfasts and 01 dinner included
Meals additions to this tour: 10US$/person for lunch and 12US$/person for dinner or total: 252US$/person

Important notes
ACCOMODATION IN MYANMAR:
As tourism infrastructure is starting to develop, you may find the accommodation standards to be lower than in other Asian countries. Since Burma has recently become a popular tourist destination, pricing is also inflated due to demand, and at times our hotels can change as bookings are bumped by hotels charging a higher price to other travellers. Please be patient with any last minute hotel changes, and please be aware that often although the price of the accommodation is quite high due to demand, some hotel standards can be quite basic.

HOT AIR BALOONING IN BAGAN:
There is a company which operates hot air ballooning flights in Bagan. Such flights only take place around sunrise for about an hour and are entirely subject to suitable weather conditions, especially low wind conditions and good visibility. In the hotter times of the year, the number of passengers who can be carried within required safety parameters reduces considerably. It is not possible for us to make bookings for hot-air ballooning in advance of our arrival in Pagan. If any clients wish to make a booking at that time, we can then provide contact details for the ballooning company who can then advise if they have any vacancies for the following day. As at March 2013 the cost of such flights was about US$300. Such flights are not a part of any service offered by Peregrine and any participants will be required to sign indemnity releases provided by the ballooning company.

Passports and Visas 
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel and a visa if required. Please check whether your nationality in Myanmar Visa exemption list, otherwise you do need to have your VISA done before going. Please check the information at our Myanmar Visa guide for specific. 

Cell Phones & Calling Cards 
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. Myanmar service is dominated by the GMS technology standard, while some of the world such as U.S uses the incompatible CDMA standard. We suggest that you should check carefully or you may incur high international roaming fees. 
However, the SIM card in Myanmar is not very popular and still quite expensive. You may need to check with your service providers for roaming fees when taking tours to Myanmar
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number. Country Code of Myanmar is 95
 
Wireless Internet Access 
Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network access point (or hotspot). WiFi access in hotels and/or cruise lines often involves a fee which, in some cases, can be very expensive. 
Please ask your hotel receptionist to avoid unexpected charges.
 
Credit Card Usages and Currency 
Myanmar’s national currency, the kyat (pronounced chat, and abbreviated K) is divided into the following banknotes: K1, K5, K10, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500 and K1000. Travellers should ensure they arrive in Myanmar with their entire travel budget in US dollars, as ATMs are still very hard to come by (although this may change)
For credit/debit cards, surprised tourists in Yangon found themselves helpless when trying to use them. However, a couple of high-end hotels in Yangon and Mandalay are able to accept credit cards, and sometimes give cash back. This is done via a processing system linked outside the country, Singapore or Vietnam, and is at the mercy of internet connections
  
Trip Preparation 
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. 
If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage.

Tour at Glance

Trip Duration:

13 days 12 nights


Activity:

Culture Tour, Boat Ride, SightSeeing, Biking, Moutain Climbing,


Group size:

Min: 2

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Max: 12


Transportation:


  • Physical Grading:

    Accommodation:


  • Day by Day Program:


    Day 1 – Yangon
    Day 2 – Yangon – Mt. Popa
    Day 3 – Mt. Popa – Bagan
    Day 4 – Bagan Temples
    Day 5 – Bagan – Pakokku – Yayzagyo - Monywa
    Day 6 – Monywa – Po Win Taung – Mandalay
    Day 7 – Mandalay – Sagaing – Mingun – Mandalay
    Day 8 – Mandalay – Ywar Ngan – Kyone – Pindaya
    Day 9 – Pindaya – Aung Ban – Kalaw
    Day 10 – Kalaw – Inle Lake
    Day 11 – Inle Lake
    Day 12 – Inle Lake – Yangon
    Day 13 – Yangon departure

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