Burma Trek 2018
Join a unique and exciting trek to a country which has long been off the map of most travellers.
This challenge will take you into the northern lakes to explore the remote villages, forests and temples of the region over five days of tough but rewarding trekking.
Passing temples, monasteries, rice paddies and through deep valleys and steep hilly terrain, this is a superb experience in a truly unique country. The trip finishes at the picturesque Inle Lake, arguably one of the most spectacular and special wonders of south east Asia.
Join Marie Curie on this new challenge and discover a corner of the world that until recently was closed to outsiders.
Why trek with Marie Curie?
By taking on this once in a lifetime challenge for Marie Curie you will help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. When you join us you will benefit from:
- Training guides, hints and tips to get you ready for the big challenge
- Lots of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack. If you’re keen to get started with your fundraising right away, check out some of these ideas.
- Access to a local community fundraiser who will advise you and help you smash your target
- Two Marie Curie representatives who will trek the entire journey, join you on a training day and organise a post-trek reunion
- A brightly coloured Marie Curie Overseas T-Shirt
- Access to a Facebook Group just for your trek, so you can chat with your fellow trekkers beforehand
- A 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors
This challenge is organised through World Expeditions. World Expeditions has been pioneering trips since 1975. Their itineraries give you the best travel experience, designed by people with incredible local knowledge who share a vision of authentic exchange and real exploration with a responsible tourism approach.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to sign up online?
Signing up online is quick and easy to do and it saves us vital money to put towards supporting people living with a terminal illness. The registration form is also available to download and print. If you are not able to sign up right now, why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?
What are the highlights?
We start the trip with a tour of Yangon, experiencing the bright lights and colourful temples which make it one of the most vibrant cities in the region. Our trek takes us between rural settlements in a region that few outsiders ever get to see and we will experience the kind and gentle hospitality of the Burmese people. During the trip we visit and stay at local monasteries used by Buddhist monks and on our final day we celebrate our achievements at the natural wonder of Inle Lake.
Who can take part?
People over the age of 18 who are looking for a challenge are able to take part. The group size will be approximately 30-40 with people of all ages and backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.
What’s not included?
- Registration fee
- Personal kit
- Travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal spending money
How fit do I need to be?
This trek is challenging. All our trekking challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part – the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the adventure. We walk approximately 10-20km per day (around 6-7 hours).
Will I need specialist kit?
We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any equipment you may need.
What will the food and drink there be?
All meals are included during this trek and are designed to give you lots of energy to complete the challenge. Most meals include tasty soups and rice, along with fish, chicken and salads and lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Burma has fertile souls and a sunny climate for most of the year so there is an abundance of freshly-produced, local food.
How will I be supported?
Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other participants and hear more about the challenge.
During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a qualified medic and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage is transported by vehicle to each night’s accommodation.
What will the weather be like?
Burma is a tropical climate and is hot all year round. Some regions are hotter than others, with the highlands being slightly cooler than the lower plains and coast. You can expect a couple of showers but these usually pass quickly and can often bring a welcoming cooling to the temperature. October to May is the dry season.
What’s the accommodation like?
A mixture of local guesthouses allocated on a twin share basis and hostels with around 4 guests per room.
Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,650. After tour operating costs, a minimum of £2284* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the tour costs yourself, please contact us on 0800 716 146 for further information.
Passports and visas
Participants should have at least six months’ validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. British passport holders are required to apply for a tourist visa to enter Burma. We will send further details of how to do this nearer the time.
Can I extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through World Expeditions at a cost and subject to availability.
How can I help limit the environmental impact of travelling abroad for this trek? Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, World Expeditions, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.
What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?
We require the 80% minimum of £2,920 by 19 February 2018. The remainder of the sponsorship is due 4 weeks after you return from the event.
If you have any further questions please call the events team on 0800 716 146 or email email@example.com.
* Based on minimum participant numbers
We will meet at the airport this morning for the start of our adventure and our overnight flight to the capital of Burma, Yangon.
Upon arrival into the buzzing capital city of Yangon, we will be warmly greeted by our local guides and driven straight to our comfortable hotel in the downtown area of the city. Today we will take a walking tour focusing on the history, culture and architecture of this Buddhist capital. We will finish at the famous Shwedagon Temple where we will have some free time if we wish, before meeting up again for a welcome dinner to get our first taste of true Burmese cuisine.
Yangon to Sin Khaung Monastery, 4 hours’ trekking
We will catch a flight out of the capital this morning northbound to the city of He Ho. Upon arrival we will drive out into the verdant hills and start our trek along a trail through farmland and lush forests. We will stop for lunch and a rest in a local village, before continuing towards our destination village, the settlement of Sin Khaung. Here we will stay in a local monastery, a very peaceful experience which will allow us insight into the Buddhist culture of the people of this region.
Tuang Myint Gyi to Mwe Daw , 8-9 hours’ trekking
After a peaceful night’s sleep we will enjoy a big breakfast in the village as we have a tough day ahead of us. Continuing along a trail used by the local tribal people of the region, we will cross over hills and down valleys, enjoying the lush scenery and ways of life which have not really changed for generations. We should arrive late afternoon into Mwe Daw and check into the monastery for a night’s rest and dinner.
Mwe Daw to Nawar, 6-7 hours’ trekking
Today will be another splendid day of trekking on trails and through rice paddies, taking in the local culture and landscapes as we go. We will likely be greeted with ‘mingalaba’ which is hello in the local Burmese language, and often wide smiles. Not many tourists make their way through this region so often the people are very pleased to see us. We arrive into the town of Nawar where we will sleep in a local guesthouse.
Nawar to Thi Thein, 5-6 hours’ trekking
On our penultimate day we will begin by heading up a steep valley along a local trail, flanked by paddies and lush vegetation.Continuing along the trail for the morning, we will rest in some shade and enjoy some lunch provided by our local team. Hopefully the legs aren’t too sore and have some more energy in them, as we have another couple of hours to reach Thi Thein where we will sleep in a Buddhist monastery again.
Thi Thein to Indein - Inle Lake , 4-5 hours’ trekking
Our final day of trekking will provide a fantastic finale to the challenge, as we approach the gem of the highlands of Burma, Inle Lake. We will be rewarded for our efforts with beautiful views of the sparkling water, its surface broken only by a few boats of local fishermen and some stilt houses. On arrival we will check into our guesthouse overlooking the lake and enjoy a refreshing drink to celebrate our achievement whilst resting and taking in the unforgettable location!
Inle Lake is a gorgeous disc of blue water, ringed by green mountains and sleepy fishing villages. Floating markets are held around the fringes of the water where local people exchange food, tools and gossip and we can enjoy a free day exploring the area. We will meet up again this evening for a celebratory meal to discuss the amazing challenge we have just completed!
Yangon to London
We will rise early this morning and depart for the local airport to catch our flight to the capital and then onwards to the UK where our adventure will come to an end. This is a complex itinerary and may be subject to change.
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