Lovers of Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State - 5 Days

Indawgyi Lake is one of the largest inland lakes in Southeast Asia. It is located in Mohnyin Township in the Kachin State of Myanmar. The lake measures 13 kilometres east to west, and 24 kilometres north to south. There are over 20 villages around the lake. The Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary has been established in 1999 and cover 72,500 hectar of lake and forest habitats.

Meet the birds of Indawgyi

Indawgyi lake wildlife sanctuary is famous for its diversity of birds, especially the reed and seasonality flooded grassland area as well as the flooding vegetation are responsible for high diversity in bird species. Thousands of migratory birds use the lake as palace to rest or to spend the winter. You can meet pelicans, storks, cranes and thousands of ducks, swamphens, kingfisher, raptors and many many more. Around 100 species of water birds can be found around the lake! Indawgyi area is regularly hosting a large number of wintering migrants from predominantly China and Siberia, while it is also home to several breeding and resident birds.

There are more than 160species recorded in this area, including many globally threatened species. The sanctuary also holds important habitats for mammals such as the endangered Hog deer, Eastern Hoolock Gibbon, Clouded Leopard and Gaur.

Price per person in USD:

1 Pax: 855
2 Pax: 620
3-4 Pax: 575
5-7 Pax: 515

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Day 1

We’ll book the flight for you to Myitkyina (K7-622 1345-1635 via MDL), upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Evening visit in Myitkyina includes Y-Garden, National Manaw Park and night market where we’ll taste Kachin style foods for dinner.

Overnight at Hotel Nan Thida, Bungalow

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning we’ll transfer to Indawgyi Lake with a private car. The drive is about 5 hours with a lunch break on the way. We recommend a stop in Mogaung as there are several restaurants. By the time we get to Indawgyi Lake, we can start after noon sightseeing over the lake. (Possible to travel by train from Myitkyina to Hopin, it takes about 4 hours and it’s in the same direction toward Indawgyi Lake. The view is stunning with peaceful countryside, scenic ride and we can be in touch with many local passengers.)

Biking – half day in the afternoon

A bicycle trip at Inndawgyi Lake gives you the chance to have an unforgettable day interacting with local people, taking in the rural scenery, and observing village life.

Discover the villages along the western bank of Indawgyi Lake by bicycle starting with Shwe Myitzu Pagoda where a boat can bring you from the shore to the pagoda (1000 MMK). Depending on the water level it is also possible to walk to the pagoda on a concrete path. Continue further North to Lwemun to visit the historic foot prints which are an important part of Indawgyi Lake legend. The 3 Masters and 4 Lords Nat Shrine is located on a small hill opposite the foot print offering a nice view over the lake. In Nammilaung you can visit the Cane Buddha which was only built in 2009 but already is an important site for pilgrimage. Keep on following the main road to the north to arrive in Nyaungbin, the second largest village of Indawgyi Lake to experience daily life of the local residents. On the way back have another stop in Lwemun to enjoy a fresh coconut with a stunning view over the lake before returning to Lonton before dawn.

Max Guests: 8 pax

Distance: 40 km

Note: In Nyaungbin, guests will reach a military checkpoint which is normally not possible without a guide. No entrance fees apply for sites (donation base). Villages are predominantly Shanni (Red Shan).

Overnight at Indawgyi Motel, Bungalow

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel.


The tour starts from Lonton at 8 in the morning by boat and leads to the Northern peak of Indawgyi Lake. After an hour we arrive at the surroundings of Shwe Taung where we start our trek to the top of Shwe Taung to visit a monastery and pagoda. On top we take a short break to enjoy the view before we start the trek through the surrounding forest. On the way to Ton San Kha village we will try to hear and see Eastern Hoolock Gibbons and various forest birds. After around 2 hours we will reach Ton San Kha, a small farmer village that refuses to use any chemical fertilizers on their fields, to have a longer lunch break. Lunch is served at a local house by the local ecotourism group and is exclusively cooked with organic ingredients from the village’s own fields. After lunch we will walk back to the boat following the wetland Indaw Chaung for about 1 hour. On the boat ride back we can have a stop at incredible Shwe Myitzu Pagoda before returning to Lonton around 4 pm.

Max guest: 6 pax

Distance: 5.4 km

Severity: easy

Overnight at Indawgyi Motel, Bungalow

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel.


Kayak is a great way to explore Indawgyi Lake. You can Kayak to a number of points of interest on the lake, including picturesque villages and Shwe Myitzu Pagoda. The kayak trip starts at the small jetty in Lonton and first follows the shore south of the village of Mamon Kaing where the kayaks can be dropped at the shore site to discover the fishermen village. Afterwards you keep following the shore until you reach Hepa, motivated guests can also continue to Hepu. Always have a look into the wetlands along the shore site as various birds can be spotted and the kayak gives you the chance to observe them a bit longer. Even though there are no restaurants in the villages, small noodles and tea shops can be found. Around lunch time, you can cross Indawgyi Lake back to Lonton which is about 7.5 km distance and takes 2 hours. On the way, we can see the shrimp fisher will start to drop the locally produced traps giving you the chance to see their work from a nearly distance.

Max guests: 8 pax

Distance: 7km

Note: Bring sun glasses, sun protection, snacks and water. Kayak guides are not trained yet.


Trekking in the mountains around Indawgyi Lake gives you the chance to experience dense forest that have rarely been visited by foreigners and catch some great views of Indawgyi Lake. Discover the incredible biodiversity of Indawgyi Lake by trekking around Elephant Mountain at the Southern part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The trek will be specifically tailored in accordance to your wishes. Points of interest are waterfalls, hot springs, primary forest & mountain top monasteries. The tour will usually start around Namun, the largest village of Indawgyi Lake and can last up to 6 hours of trekking. It is possible to have a stop in Namun where Shanni and Kachin live together and thus the cultural diversity can also be experienced.

Max. guests: 4 pax

Distance: depending on tour

Severity: easy to hard

Note: Location for lunch break depends on the length of tour. For certain routes good shoes are needed due to steep mountains.

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning transfer to Myitkyina through scenic ride and passing several towns. As the flight is in the afternoon, we’ll make use of our time to visit Myitsone; the confluence of Maykha and Malikha rivers that gives birth the mighty Ayeyarwaddy in Myanmar which is the lifeblood for the people. Photo with Kachin dress as remembrance of arrival to Myitsone. Later visit to a little string bridge for the photo stop and rest at a nice windy garden where we can see the beautiful part of Ayeyarwaddy again. Visit to Jade Stone roundabout to appreciate the donors and weaving factory where we can buy some Kachin styles fabrics. Lunch is with Kachin foods.

Fly back to Yangon (K7-623 1650-1940 via MDL), transfer to your hotel or your next destination.

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Lovers of Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State

  • All transfers and transport as per the program with a private A/C car
  • Airport pick up and drop off in Myitkyina
  • All meals as mentioned in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Accommodation including breakfast and taxes
  • Domestic flight tickets including airport taxes
  • Water & cold towel
  • Kayak rental
  • Boat rental
  • Bike rental
  • Birds watching tour

Lovers of Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State

  • Insurance
  • All entrance fees at the waterfall, parks, cable car ride and hot springs
  • Personal expenses
  • All drinks
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips
  • Other expenses that not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Any compulsory and peak season surcharge (New Year and Christmas)