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Bike Burma: 2 - 12 November 2017

Challenge type: Bike - Support your favourite charity...
Sign up and raise funds for any charity or if you're not sure who to support, take a look at our charities supporting this challenge.

Destination: Myanmar [Burma]

Runs from : 2nd November 2017 to 12th November 2017

Trailblaze Burma on this charity adventure

Exploring Burma (Myanmar) is like discovering South East Asia as it was 20 years ago.  The diversity of its people, culture, and landscape combined with a rich history make it one of the most fascinating countries in the region.  Discover a land of ancient temples, golden pagodas and magnificent monasteries where monks collect alms each morning.   This spectacular charity adventure takes place in the Shan Mountains.  The cool mountain air, pine forests, beautiful landscape and hill tribe villages make it a perfect area for a charity cycle. 

Highlights 

  • Discover one of the least explored countries in South East Asia
  • Cycle through Bagan which hosts more than 2,000 pagodas
  • Explore Inle Lake with its villages on stilts

What's Included

Flights to / from Burma, accommodation, transfers, full medical support, experienced guides, support staff, water & all meals except lunch on days 9 & 10.

What's Not Included

Airport taxes - £450 approx. (January 2017), travel insurance, visa - £14, lunch on days 9 & 10, optional tours, gratuities & spending money.

How To Take Part 

To sign up for this challenge you will need to pay a registration fee and pick from one of the follow two payment options: 

1.Option 1 (Minimum Sponsorship) - You pay a £299 registration fee and agree to raise the £3000 sponsorship.

2.Option 2 (Own Place) - You pay a £299 registration fee, plus pay the £1600 tour cost yourself. You will be invoiced for the remaining £1600 tour cost approx. 10 weeks prior to departure. 

* For more information on these options take a look at our booking conditions. 

All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change

 

Itinerary

Day 1: London - Yangon

Fly from London connecting through Singapore.  

Day 2 : Yangon

Arrival in Yangon and transfer to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist Temple in Burma.  After seeing this incredible sight we transfer to our overnight hotel, have dinner and hear all about the adventure ahead.

Day 3: Yangon – Bagan     approx. 30 km

After breakfast  we transfer to the airport for internal flight to Bagan. On arrival we head to our hotel for lunch followed by a bike fitting and a warm up cycle around the famous temples of Bagan.   Bagan is home to more than 2,000 magnificent temples, pagodas and stupas dating from the 11th to 13th centuries spread over an area spanning 16 miles.  We climb a monument and watch the sunset over the pagoda-filled plains a  truly an unforgettable experience.

Day 4: Bagan - Mount Popa    65km approx.

We start the day with a short ride to the base of Mount Popa passing various small settlements. Mount Popa has played an important role in Myanmar culture, religion and history since the earliest times. Its shrine is dedicated to the worship of the 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. The view over the Myingyan Plain from the top of the Popa-Taung Kalat volcanic peak is simply breathtaking.

Day 5: Mount Popa  –  Meikhtila    110km approx.

Today is a long but rewarding day through stunning scenery on quiet roads. We cycle through central Burma where the terrain is undulating and  heads in the direction of Shan State.  Tonights destination is Meikhtila, an important trade centre on the banks of Lake Meikhtila.

Day 6: Meikhtila - Kalaw    90km approx.

This is the toughest day.  We transfer 30km’s out of town and start on good flat roads. We cycle through some spectacular scenery and the start of the famous Burmese Teak plantations. After 60km’s the long tough climb starts up to Kalaw. Cycling through countryside, where we will be greeted by warm and friendly people, who have had little contact with foreigners.  We’ll witness at first-hand their culture, lifestyle and traditions. As the day progresses we leave behind the windy, undulating roads of the Shan Plateau and enter the flatter and warmer Central Plain area. Our destination the former British hill station of Kalaw. The cool mountain air, pine forests and beautiful colonial houses make it a pleasant city to stay the night. 

Day 7: Kalaw – Pindaya    54km approx.

Today, we head north to Pindaya on a rolling empty road flanked by beautiful manicured fields from where much of Myanmar’s produce comes from. The area is rich with a diversity of hill tribes and we will pass some of the villages en route. After we reach Pindaya, we will visit the famous Pindaya caves, filled with hundreds of Buddha statues.

Day 8: Pindaya – Lake Inle    72 km approx

Today is our final days cycling.  We have a fabulous ride down off the plateau to the famous Inle Lake.

We cross the finish line at Nyaung Shwe a town on the shores of lake Inle, this evening we enjoy a celebratory meal where we reflect on a wonderful week.

Day 9 

Free day to relax and explore the Inle Lake area independently or join an optional tour.  Inle Lake is the second largest natural lake in Burma and its shores and islands are home to 17 villages on stilts. The optional tour includes:

-  Traditional market on the lake shore where local hill tribe people sell their handicrafts and produce.

-  Phaungdawoo Pagoda - the most sacred pagoda in the entire southern Shan State and one of the most famous shrines in the country.

-  Silk-weaving village of Inn Paw Khone to see local hand weavers making the Myanmar traditional dress.

Day 10 

 Transfer to Heho Airport for flight Yangon and onward to London

Day 11 

Early morning arrive in London

Please Note: This is a complex itinerary & may be subject to change

Take the challenge…

Registration Fee

£299

Fundraising Option 1: You raise £3000 approx. minimum sponsorship.

Fundraising Option 2: You pay £1600 & raise as much as possible for your chosen charity.

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