Trekking Kalaw to Inle Lake

In January 2018 we did a beautiful trekking through mountains and remote villages in Shan state, Myanmar. Taking the two days/one-night trek (35km) from Kalaw to Inle Lake was a great experience, definitely one of our highlights while backpacking in Myanmar, along with the temples of Bagan.

It’s not the most impressive scenery and landscape you will see, but what does make this such an amazing experience, is because of its people! It’s amazing how the people of this country can be so friendly. The beauty of this trekking is that it allows you to walk through their lands and villages, stay in their houses, share a cup of tea and lots of smiles.

Our trek began early in the morning with Uncle Sam’s trekking service. Uncle Sam himself is an elderly, friendly man. In 1989 it was he who pioneered the idea of trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake.

Our group of six was a perfect number for our two days away. It was us two, three funny Korean ladies and our guide Kuku.

Enjoy the pictures!

Man washing his Water Buffalo
Man washing his Water Buffalo. This photo was taken in Lamine village, here lives the Taung Yoe tribe.

 

Monks chilling under the tree
Monks chilling under the tree.

 

Our group
Our group walking through the lands.

 

Working in the fields
Working in the fields.

 

Train rails
Train rails

 

 

Man with his cow in Pinnwe village. PaO tribe
Man with his cow in Pinnwe village. PaO tribe.

 

Laundry time. PaO Tribe
Laundry time. The PaO are characterized by their black robes and colorful head wraps – these are significant as certain colors can signify if the woman is single, married, married with children, divorced or widowed.

 

It was chili pepper harvest season in January. We have never seen so many chili peppers!
It was chili pepper harvest season in January. We have never seen so many chili peppers!

 

 

 

Almost every man from the village is helping with renovations at the local school.
Almost every man from the village is helping with renovations at the local school. This is at Pinnwe village.

 

 

 

It was also ginger harvest time
It was also ginger harvest time.

 

 

In Myanmar, you’ll notice men, women and children walking around with a yellow paste on their face. This cream is called Thanaka, it’s the name of a slow-growing tree. They use it because it’s a good protection from the sun, lightens the skin, and even works against acne. In addition, it can be very cooling too. Almost everybody wears Thanaka in Myanmar!

 

 

 

While the women farm, in some villages the men shred bamboo sticks or weave baskets for the women to sell at markets.

 

Paw Ke village
Paw Ke village. PaO Tribe.

 

Everybody is helping with the peppers!

 

Little girl waiting for her family
Little girl waiting for her family

 

 

Happy man at work!
A happy man at work! Collecting bamboo to make hats.

 

 

Our host that night. We slept in her house in Pattu Pauk village. Here lives the PaO and Taung Thu tribe
Our host for the night. She made us a delicious dinner and let us sleep in her house in Pattu Pauk village. Here lives the PaO and Taung Thu tribe.

 

The end of a beautiful day. This was the view from our homestay. Amazing sunset!! I've never seen such special sunset with these colors and the stars.
The end of a beautiful day. This was the view from our homestay. Amazing sunset!! I’ve never seen such special sunset with these colors.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Leave a comment below if you liked it. I will make another post with photos of the beautiful Myanmar people. Coming soon!!

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