Kalaw’s main backpacker haven with all the trekking agencies
One-stop-shop for trekking
This is your one-stop shop street that features all the trekking agencies with their offices standing side by side. From day treks, jungle treks to three-day hikes starting from Kalaw and finishing at Inle Lake, all agencies are open most days until 8 in the evening ready to take your bookings and answer questions. The trekking routes around Kalaw are unique because tourists can gain an insight into village life. Treks usually include a homestay in the Pa O or Palaung villages that surround Kalaw. There are plenty of reliable operators to choose from. Alex, owner of Eagle Trekking, one of the more established agencies says: “The diverse ethnic groups that live here in the picturesque hills growing coffee and chillies and other seasonal fruits are the most colourful in all of Myanmar.”
Not into walking?
If you are not interested in hiking, there’s plenty of other outdoor stuff to do. For cycling day trips check out Naing Naing in front of the Mosque, or for the more adventurous try motorbike trips with ’Ride behind Kalaw’. Kalaw is fast becoming an eco-adventure destination with something for everyone from birdwatchers to adrenaline junkies.
Kalaw Trail Run
Make sure to come back in December, the time of the year for the annual Kalaw Trail Run in the mountains of Kalaw that covers a half marathon and 12km distance, open to all levels and all nationalities.