This trip is physically demanding. No strolling, real trekking!
This is a very special experience: Embark with SunBird on a trek to the worlds of the Danu and Palaung peoples near Pindaya in the Shan mountains. To the summit of Mount Yasakyi (1900 m) cared for by porters and the monks of a Buddhist monastery where you are “bedded” on floor mats! Not very comfortable, but the stunning views of a gorgeous country are ample compensation. Meet the hospitable Danu and the equally hospitable Palaung peoples. Perhaps the beginning of a wonderful friendship …
P L E A S E N OT E
Demanding trekking programme for the physically fit.
Accommodation in a Buddhist monastery in Yasakyi. Motto: very simple
Porters for supplies and equipment are provided.
No climbing, no ropes – yet some narrow, steep, rocky paths.
No big differences in altitude.
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1-hour morning flight to Heho in the Eastern Shan State. Drive through fertile pastoral lands on a beautiful but windy road to Pindaya. For eight hundred years faithful Buddhists created one of the biggest and most impressive complexes with sacred caves – thousands of goldcoloured Buddha images in the mystical chiaroscuro of a subterranean world of limestone. Accommodation: 1 night
Early morning start: On good tracks with few steep ascends we reach the Danu villages Htut-Ni and Si-Kayan-Inn where our porters serve a snack (1 hour hike). From here onwards the climb gets steeper and rockier – this 1.5 h hike to Yasakyi is hard labour. There is a large monastery in Yasakyi, a Palaung village, where we shall spend the night (mats on wooden floors) and have our meals. There is ample time to discover the world of the Pa Laung. Accommodation: 1 night at monastery.
To the summit! Early morning start and after 3.5 h hike we reach the summit of Mount Yasakyi (1900 m altitude) and are rewarded by a magnificent view of the vast country below. Back to the village and after a late lunch we return via a new and well-tended road to Pindaya (2-3 h). Accommodation: 1 night
Morning drive to He Ho airport and flight to Yangon. Note: You can also travel to Mandalay.