Myanmar Hsipaw hiking

Hiking in Hsipaw. To the north of Mandalay There is an ideal mountainous region to escape the heat and noise of the big city. Hsipaw is a small mountain town full of trails and hills that retain a natural beauty hard to see in the Inle Lake or in other places where tourism is open in Myanmar. Not many travelers travel here, just those who come trekking or hiking or to visit the places where a writer as famous asGeorge Orwell He spent long months in the area away from the humid heat of Mandalay. Hsipaw It is surrounded by meandering rice paddies, lakes, rivers and small mountain villages and we tell you what possibilities you have in Viaja for free.

Hsipaw, the town

Hsipaw is a small mountain town where it has its own market, several hotels and a multitude of restaurants, he Law Chan is really worth it for the draft beer, and shops on the main street. Tourism is barely perceived but as in most of the country this is changing. It is worth taking a walk through the town one afternoon and buying fruit at the market, such as pineapple, possibly the sweetest and the best we have ever tasted. On the other side of town, in the opposite direction to the hotels, there are several colleges and some temple, interesting points if you have plenty of time and do not know what to do a "boring" afternoon waiting for the trekking the next day.

Pankan Village, Hsipaw

After seeing several hotels at the end we stayed at the Mr. Charles Guest House, a small hotel that in addition to highlighting the surrounding houses, has comfortable rooms with air conditioning and TV, a luxury for about $ 35 without haggling.

Pankan Village, Hsipaw
Pankan Village, Hsipaw
Pankan Village, Hsipaw

Hsipaw hiking

Normally the routes They are hired at the hotel where they inform you of the different routes in the area. With the track that we attach to this article is not necessary to hire a guide, but if you need a GPS or a Smartphone to follow the route.

Landscapes near Hsipaw

The only advantages we see if you decide hire a guide is to make sure you don't get lost and eat with a nice familyShan halfway through the tour, an experience worthwhile.

Landscapes near Hsipaw

Regarding prices,trekkings of a full day with food amounts to about10,000 kats, for a 10h route, and part-time for about 5,000 kats.

We recommend those routes that go through the villages around the area, as it is the best way to see Hsipaw, its people and rice paddies. After all, hiking in these places consists of visiting villages, climbing a hill and seeing how people work in the countryside.


If we had to highlight several things on the route, it would be fog, mud, small villages and people. The fog because it covered virtually every mountains For much of the route, a shame the truth. The mud for being the only setback to make a long but easy route a little harder. The villages because they were not only beautiful but full of life. And the people, people peeking out the windows, behind a fence, in the countryside ... when they see the travelers passing by.

In just 10 years, the guide told us, they have always gone from traveling by mule or horse to almost always use small chinese motorcycles, the only thing that makes a site like this has not stopped in time.

The route we did is full-time, some 32 km, by rice fields and several villages Shan. It leaves from the hotel Mr. Charles Guest House to a village at 1,150m altitude.

Practical data

When to go?

In summer the rains they make their august, leaving all the roads full of mud and on many occasions the mountains covered by a thick fog at dawn. When we were in Myanmar we could see this bad weather first hand, with mud and fog, although I have to say that the second part of the route we did was under a bright sun.

How to get?

There are two options to reach Hsipaw. In a bus comfortable for about 5,000 kats that leaves the center of Mandalay or in a shared taxi for 15,000 kats requested from any hotel.

What to wear

It is a locality specialized in hiking trails So it is essential to wear clothes suitable for long and unexpected routes such as rain or mud. Eye in summer and in the rainy season.

Where to sleep?

There are several accommodations on the main street, but the most famous and where they can inform you every afternoon of the available routes is the Mr. Charles Guest House. The rooms are comfortable and very comfortable, but it is not the cheapest hotel in the area. At the end of 2013, the double room was around $ 35.

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