Day01 – Arrive Yangon / Shan state Inle lake (cycle 30km)
Meet & be greeted at the airport by our ground staff. Transfer to your hotel. In the evening, visit Shwedagon pagoda follow by dinner.
Highlights: Shwedagon pagoda
Day02 – Yangon / Shan state Inle lake (cycle 30km)
we connect you on domestic flight (650km) to Heho airport in Shan state & cycle from airport to your hotel by the lake. There is a gentle uphill from Heho airport, before descending 250m down to the lake
Explore this pristine lake as we cycle on your bike. hop on the long boats for a cruise on the lake & visit some water villages.
lunch at a local restaurant on the lake.
Terrain: 80-90% tarmac, mostly flat (easy)
Highlights: Inle Lake, water-villages, local fishing culture
Day03 – Inle / Mandalay (cycle 55km, drive 220km)
Today is a very long day, as we need to travel from Shan state to the ancient capital of Mandalay. After early breakfast, we move off in vehicle to the starting point for cycling.
Experience the back-country roads as we ride off-road for the entire morning to our lunch point. It is a tough day, but be rewarded with the countryside scenery and quiet & shady roads.
Terrain: 60% off-road, undulating with some uphill climb (moderate)
Highlights: back country roads, villages, mountain scenery.
Day04 – Mandalay / Monywa (cycle 20-40km, drive 125km)
After breakfast, we will drive out for Mandalay tour by vehicle. The first stop is the 200 year-old U-Bein wooden bridge. Next, we continue to Kaungmudaw pagoda before driving towards Monywa. Due to the busy traffic on the main road, we will drive you to the start point for cycling, at the junction of the smaller road leading up to the standing Buddha. From here, we bike all the way to your hotel in Monywa.
Terrain: 10-20% off-road, busy traffic & not-so-good road conditions (easy)
Highlights: 200-year old U-bein bridge, Kaungmudaw pagoda, 170m standing Buddha statue
Day05 – Monywa / Pakokku / Bagan (cycle 97km, drive 43km)
We drive to the 1st metal bridge over Ayerwaddy river to begin our cycling section. This the longest rail bridge in Myanmar.
28km undulating ride to lunch point at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, cycle another 42km to Pakokku. depending on time & conditions, we will either vehicle-support or cycle the last 27km into Bagan.
Terrain: 10-20% off-road, mostly undulating, gentle uphill of less 50m (moderate)
Highlights: local villages & padi cultivation
Day06 – Bagan (cycle 30-50km)
Today, we will cycle to explore this ancient town of 11th century. 55 kingdoms have been established here.
Get on your mountain bikes to visit several key pagodas such as Ananda & Dhamma Yazika.
In the evening, view the magnificent sunset over the plains of Bagan from atop a pagoda
Terrain: 40-50% off-road, sandy, flat (easy)
Highlights: various ancient pagodas in Bagan. Sunset over the plains of Bagan from a pagoda.
Day07 – Bagan / Mt Popa (cycle 35km, drive 25km)
We drive out to the T-junction off the main road to start our cycling along the quiet & pristine country road to Mount Popa.
The road is undulating with a very steep 1km section before lunch point. After a nice local lunch, take on the challenge to complete final 4km uphill climb to your destination resort on Mount Popa.
Terrain: 10% off-road, uphill climb of 600m. steep 4km to top (strenuous)
Highlight: Mt Popa national park, Taung kalat pagoda
Day08 – Popa / Bagan / Yangon
After breakfast, get ready to check out of the hotel & we drive you back to Bagan for domestic flight back to Yangon (700km). Gather for celebration dinner in Yangon.
Highlights: Shwedagon pagoda
Day09 – Depart Yangon
Send-off to airport for departure
Note: cycling distances are as planned for reference only. Actual distance will vary according to ground conditions, cyclist fitness-level. At any time, individual cyclist can choose to board our support vehicle or when our leaders feel that it may be necessary to do so due to time constraint.