No words will ever be able to describe the incredible time I had while trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake. This might have been the most amazing time on my trip so far. First of all the trekking squad was unreal, I loved eah an everyone of you guys and you for sure made these days fuckin amazing.
We all met each other in Bagan and as we all wanted to trek from Kalaw to Inle anyway we thought it might be a great idea to go on the advnture all together (or in my case I thought it would be a great idea to just invite myself). This time we chose the day bus, that left agan at 9 in the morning and arrived in Kalaw in the afternoon. First thing we did after our arrival was quickly checking out some accommodations arounf town and we ended up settling on on a very simple guest house in the towns center pretty quickly. However if you are looking for a nice and homely place to stay in Kalaw you might want to check out the beautiful Nature Land Hotel.
After we dropped off our luggage at the guest house we went for a walk sround the cute little town and finally finished off the off with a super delicious meal including coconut rice, vegetable curry, mustard leave soup and so much more at the Sven Sisters.
Thanks to Jen, who took over the research and booked our trekking adventure with A1 Trekking, we got picked up at 9 AM the following day by Ye-Linn the best tour guide we could have dreamt of, who soon became better known as our “Sunshine” due to a never fading smile on his face and the magical journey began. On the first two days we averaged 25 km up and down the mountains along stunning sceneries and passing beautiful little villages of several different tribes that live up in the mountains around Kalaw and carry the biggest and most heartfelt smiles on their faces. At night time we had the pleasure to stay with one family, use their shower (better known as buckets of cold af water) to get off the dirt of the day, eat a super delicious meal that they perpared just for us over tiny little fire places and as soon as it got dark and cold we all had a big slumber party and cuddle up one next to other on the floor of their little house in order to stay warm during freezing night.
The last day was for sure the least challenging one in terms of distance trekked with only a short 15 km to our final destination the Inle Lake, where we were reunited with our luggage that a couple of nice guys drove all the way from Kalaw to the Lake and together with the luggage put onto a wooden long tail boat, that was going to drive us to the North side of the lake. And guys let me tell you this boat ride was the icing on the cake and the best possible ending to this more than magical trip. Taking on the incredible landscape of this crystal clear lake surrounded by large mountains wherever you look, it was just completely unreal and left me speechless and in awe for the whole 30 minute drive.
“A picture says more than a 1000 words so please”
So just lean back and enjoy my personal highlights of the trip (more to come in my next post as they are just to many beautiful and meaningful photos not to share).
Brian, Emely, Jen, Patrick, Sarah and Ye-Linn if you guys happen to read my little post thanks for making this trek and unforgettable adventure with so many laughs, talks about the shit, midnight photo actions and so much more. I really hope to see you all again someday in any place on this beautiful little thing called earth.