Khaw-Nu-Mthum National Park ( Mt.Victoria )
The Chin Hills are a range of hills in northwestern Myanmar that extend into India's Manipur state. They are also known as the Arakan Yoma range. The highest peak is known as Khawnu Mthum, Mt.Victoria or Natma Taung which reaches 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) above sea level, lies in between KanPatLet and Mindat Townships. It is really a mountain with lots of offer and is gaining favor among eco tourism.
The 722-square-kilometre Natmataung National Park ( Khawnu Mthum ) was established in 1997 with the aim of conserving highland biodiversity and preserving an important watershed for the country.
Khawnu Mthum National Park is a prime destination for bird watchers. It is one of the best and most well known areas for taking bird watching tours in the country. Spanning portions of three townships (Kanpetlet, Mindat and Matupi) in the Mindat District of southern Chin State, the park is exceptionally located at an average elevation of about 1200 metres on the far eastern end of the Himalayan mountain range, and accommodates many rare and interesting bird species.
Most of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia are usully covered with snow but the only peak in Myanmar ( Khawnu Mthum ) high 3,055 meters that is never covered with snow.
The National Park is believed to be one of the largest and best reserved resort type remaining with Chin States and it is notable for numbers of rare birds and endemic birds spices. The national park is an area of great bio-diversity with many rare forms of flora and fauna. The Khawnu Mthum National Park ( Mt.Victoria ) is notable for numbers of rare birds and endemic birds spices and it becomes well known Summit in Chin State of Myanmar.
The increasingly appreciated Mt. Victoria ( Khawnu Mthum ) is a force to be reckoned with in eco tourism.
A part from various trekking, its flora and fauna hold a great attraction for foreign tourists. Many spices and subspecies exist.
Some peculiar to this region alone, Mt. Victoria ( Khawnu Mthum ) is great for bird-watching and observing butterflies. Those interested in anthropology can study the Chins culture to their satisfactions.
More over, the local nationals are known to be friendly and hospitable. All these seem to be guaranteed to elect a repeat visit.
Due to its unique geographical position Myanmar is home to more than a thousand species of birds. It had the distinction of being the only home of four species, of which the white-browed Nuthatch (Sitta Victoria) is one.
Only a few specialists have seen this bird 10 to 17 birds of their species were observed, mostly paired, on Mt. Victoria recently.
Khaw Nu Mthum for Eco Tour ( Mt. Victoria)
Mt. Victoria is unique spot for eco-friendly people. The Chin hills, never been opened to Tourists before. It is full of natural beauties, high mountains with various kinds of forests. The Chin hill is rich with flora & fauna. The most well known flower of the region is Rhado-Deudron arboretum.
The Kcho Land is notable for Khawnu Mthum rising to a height of 3055 meters above sea level situated between Kanpetlet and Mindat Townships. This part of the services of ridges along the southern extremely of the Himalayas Range.
Looking at the people of KChoLand "Tattoo faced" Chin women and "Naga" on the native of Chin States, this will give a new experience of your life time.
Trekking to Khawnu Mthum ( Mount Victoria ), a well-known summit in Chin State of Myanmar is gaining favour among eco tourist. The 10,200-foot, Mount Victoria is snow free the year round. Apart from vigorous trekking, its flora and fauna hold a great attraction.
The thick forests of KhawNu Mthum ( Mt.Victoria ) used to be abundant in wild life-tigers, leopards, bears, and sambur and barking deer. It is great for bird watching and observing butterflies.
In the houses among plantations, tattooed women in colourful national dress, doing household chores with smoking pipes in their mouth. Local youths in national dress welcomed and greeted the visitors in ceremonial fashion complete with bonfires and dances.
The KCho Land is a hilly region. A trip from Bagan to Kanpatlet and Mindat in Chin Hill is full of scenic beauty. Throughout the way, one can enjoy the beauties of nature and exotic orchids. The ascent of Mt. Victoria is mixed with excitement and pleasure. Other activity options include visiting Chin ethnic villages in the area, where tourists can observe local lifestyles and customs, including the tradition of tattooing women’s faces.
Generally, around Mindat and Kanpetlet towns' area are more interesting. Around these town area, can observe natural old Pine tree forests, deep evergreen forest, natural orchid flowers are top of the all trees, colorful of butterfly, kind of birds- watching and trek to Mt. Victoria (3109) m, to visit chin tribe’s houses who living in simple, honest lifestyle, still protecting their tradition and habit. Besides, to observe “Chin” women who still put traditionally tattooed faced and “Chin” men tend top wear simple western-style dress. In that Chin hilly region, the weather temperature is very nice (10'C to 25'C).Sometime down (0'C) in cool season.
Among the ethnic tribes, ladies with tattoos on their faces are a unique sight of the Chin State. Those with unusual tastes should come to Chin State to get a memory for the life time.
Mt.Khawnu Mthum Trekking Tour ( 4 nights / 5 days )
Day 1: Bagan - Mindat (by jeep)
Your tour starts with visiting Phontaung Ponnya situated in the forest on the Western Ranges. You will be taken there from Bagan after having breakfast, firstly across the Ayewarddy river by boat and you will set out on your journey by Jeep. Lunch at Pontaung Ponnya, a famous cultural site. Then continue to Mindat which is a lovely hill station located 4860 feet above the sea level (7 hours). You will observe, feel and appreciate the pleasant forest decorated with natural trees, wild birds and butterflies while passing through the ranges. Enjoy the chin tribal dance at night. Overnight in Mindat.
Day 2 : Mindat Sightseeing
Min dat and environs explore the Chin traditional and culture. Morning visit to the hill tribes villages such as Num Htaung village, Pan Au village. Visit to rare seen beautiful chin women with their amber beads and lilting songs, playing the nose flute. Observe their tradition and their ways of life. Overnight in Mindat.
Day 3 : Mindat - Mt Victoria - Kanpatlet
Morning depart from Mindat to the base camp on Mt Victoria to trek to the summit(10,500 feet above the sea level). Pass through virgin forest abserving wild orchids, colourful butterflies and then continue to another base camp. While observe the natural resources and undestroyed beauty of Mt Victoria, you will gain an opportunity to study the exotic tattooed face of Chin women, the customs and their traditions of the hill tribes of Chin state.Transfer from that base camp to the hotel by car. Overnight in Kanpalet. Kanpalet is a small, lovely hill station situated 3000 feet above seas level.
Day 4 : Kanpatlet - Wet Thet village
Continue your tour to Bagan, drive along the road which meanders down to the lower land before you enter into Yaw Region. Pass by Kyauk Htu and Hteelin towns, and finally reach Wet Thet village where puzzled Taungthar hill tribes whose ancestors are Pyu, reside. Observe and study the customed laced life of Thaungthar, blood lines of Pyu who were connected with Bagan history. They are simple, honest and hospitable and their contented life centres around comformity with the teachings of Lord Buddha. Moreover, these people have their own history and Taungthar elderly women still maintain the custom of Pyu. They still wear the traditional Pyu costumes. Overnight in Wet Thet village.
Day 5 : Wet Thet village - Bagan
Morning depart from Wet Thet village to Bagan (6hrs drive). Overnight in Bagan.
Kanpatlet-Mindat Tour (3 nights / 4 days)
Day 1: Bagan-Kanpalet (by jeep)
Morning depart from Bagan at 8am passing through the oasis area with big mountains and ranges (7 hours drive). Kanpalet is a very beautiful hill station 3000 feet above sea level. Enjoy the sunset. Overnight in Kanpalet.
Day 2: Kanpalet-Mt Victoria-Aye village
Morning drive from Kanpalet at 8:30am to the trekking point (1.5 hours drive). Trekking to Mt Victoria, one of the country's national parks. The total 2 hour trek is from the base camp to Mt Victoria peak and then back to a different base camp. Then transfer Aye village by car
(1 hour drive). Over night in Aye village.
Day 3: Aye village-Mindat (by car/trek)
In the morning explore the ways of life of the Chin hill tribe in Aye village. Then continue to Shane village by car (30 minutes drive). Trek to Kyedoe village (45 minutes trek) where you can observe the culture and tradition of the Chin hill tribes. Their way of life is very different to the Burmans from the time they are born to their death.
n the afternoon enjoy the Chin traditional dance. In this village, they sacrifice bulls for spiritial reasons. Every household in the village is decorated with the skull of bulls, dogs and pigs. To the villages, there is a sense of pride to decorate their with these skulls because it shows their power, wealth and prestige. They record how many animals they sacrifice by decorating a large wood spike with different carving for different meanings. Visit to Lotepae village, Pukwan village then drive back to Mindat (45 minutes by car). Overnight in Mindat.
Day 4: Mindat- Bagan (by jeep)
Morning depart from Mindat to Bagan.