Victoria Mountain Cycling
Time: 06 days, 05 nights
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Time: 06 days, 05 nights
Chin State is one of the less-explored area in Myanmar, boasting amazing contrast of landscapes with high mountain, cascading waterfalls, fascinating tattoo-faced hill tribe villages, stunning river valley and astonishing mountain panoramic.
The Victoria Mountain Cycling Trip is expected to demonstrate all the best of Chin state from its distinctive scenery to unique culture in 5 days
In the morning of the first day you will take a domestic flight to Bagan. After checking into your hotel you will get the chance to explore the many magnificent temples and pagodas of Bagan by bike. The highlights of your excursion will be the Nyaung U market, the stunning Shwesigon Pagaoda, the Htilominlo Temple and the dramatic Ananda Temple. Later in the day you can look around the Dhamayangyi, Gubyaukgyi and Shwe Sandaw Temples – the latter being particularly spectacular at sunset – before returning to your hotel for the night.
After a hearty breakfast, your tour will start by cycling along the banks of the Irrawaddy River towards Chauk, before crossing the river and entering the Myanmar Division of Magway. After passing through the town of Seikphyyu the tarmac road eventually peters out into a sand track. After cycling for about forty-five km the morning’s journey will be completed by truck as you are driven with your bike to the town of Ainggyi and a break for lunch. In the afternoon you will be driven to the town of Saw over some particularly inhospitable terrain where at which point it will be time to return to the saddle for a testing ride to the town of Kanpatlat in Chin State where you will stay overnight after a restorative dinner. Total cycling distance for the day will be about 60 km
The day starts with a tough cycle towards Mount Victoria. The three hour ride to the base camp at Mount Victoria will be a taxing experience despite the stunning scenery you ride through. You can leave your bike at the base camp and complete the final six kilometres on foot, although the more hardy may chose to ride, drag or even carry it to the summit of the mountain. Whichever mode of transport you settle on, you can be sure that your efforts will be rewarded when you reach the summit as you take in the breath taking and panoramic view of the surrounding peaks. If you are particularly fortuitous, your visit will coincide with the flowering of the rhododendrons offering further visual delights. After an hour or so spent enjoying the tranquil splendour of the summit you will return to the base camp where before setting off for the final leg of today’s journey it is vital that you ensure that your bikes’ breaks are in full working order. As you start the descent towards your overnight hotel you will be more than pleased that you took this precaution as you hurtle downhill over extremely treacherous terrain! Once safely ensconced at your hotel, breathe a sigh of relief, relax, eat and look forward to a good night’s sleep.
After the dramatic end to the previous day’s cycling you have the chance to wander around the town of Kanpatlat – or take you bike if you wish. Mingle with the local Chin people and get a feel for who they are and the way they live. You will be drawn as if by magnet to the tattooed faces of the local women. Do not be concerned at causing offense as they are more likely to volunteer themselves as subject for your camera than to take umbrage! Before dinner and bed, be sure to check your bike again as the following day will see a return to the more adventurous touring format!
If you remember the earlier stages of your tour with any clarity, it will not surprise you to learn that your return trip will be somewhat swifter – if more fraught – than the outbound leg. A tortuous three hour uphill ride will become a decidedly hair raising thirty minute downhill thrill. Although at the speed you will be travelling will prevent all but the bravest from taking in much of the passing scenery, all should be aware of the variety of both moving and static obstacles to be avoided, with vehicles, animals or people likely to appear in front of you at any time. Going round corners is a particularly good time to bear this in mind! When you reach Saw, your bike will once more be loaded onto a truck for the trip to Ainggyi and a much needed chance to eat and rest before completing the journey to Bagan by bike. If you have enough time you can take a final brake at the town of Chauk and have a look around the museum before crossing the ‘finishing line’ back at Bagan, perhaps a touch saddle sore, but certainly with a host of wonderful memories.