Expedition - Myanmar's Naga Festival

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While Myanmar's been back on the traveller map for a few years now, most itineraries follow a fairly common route: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and a bit of time spent by Inle Lake. By comparison, this trip veers right off the trail and up into the northernmost reaches of Kachin state. This is the land of the Naga hilltribes, a collection of 62 clans, largely semi...

Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • This is a rare opportunity to become part of the traditions of the Naga people in their annual New Year celebration – a festival that brings together the 64 clans that make up the Naga tribes. Not only is the festival an annual reunion of people, but a time for prayer, the giving of thanks and preparing for the season ahead.
    • Parties don’t get more exclusive than this! Strict restrictions govern travel through this region of Myanmar, with outsiders needing to be invited by local people. The restrictions are relaxed a bit during the Naga Festival, but even then only a small number of visitors are able to attend. You'll be one of them.
    • At the festival grounds, watch the raising of the Ceremonial Pole, observe locals participating in traditional sports and join in a joyous dance around a huge bonfire.
    • Trek through local villages and witness the fascinating contrasts of a country both transitioning through modernity, and steeped in rituals that hark back centuries.

What's this trip about?

    While Myanmar's been back on the traveller map for a few years now, most itineraries follow a fairly common route: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and a bit of time spent by Inle Lake. By comparison, this trip veers right off the trail and up into the northernmost reaches of Kachin state. This is the land of the Naga hilltribes, a collection of 62 clans, largely semi-nomadic, who follow their own customs, practise their traditional beliefs and speak the Jingpho language. Each year, the clans of the Naga tribe converge to celebrate the year that's been and welcome in the year to come, through a two-day celebration of singing, dancing, socialising, thanks-giving and praying. Meet the Naga people in their traditional dress, dance around a bonfire, visit local villages and traverse a tract of land rarely visited on this one-off trip into the remote tribal lands of northern Myanmar.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - max of 12 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • Trekking & Expeditions

Destinations

  • Asia

Attractions

  • Bagan
  • Chindwin River
  • Mandalay
  • Rangoon
  • Yangon

Activities

  • Trekking

Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Yangon

Welcome to Yangon, Myanmar's largest city and onetime capital. Your adventure today begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Should you arrive into Yangon any earlier, be sure to head out for an explore. Known during the British colonial era as Rangoon, Yangon's colonial...

Day 2 Lahe

This morning you'll be picked up early from your hotel and transferred to the airport to catch a 3-hour flight to the remote town of Hkamti (via Mandalay). When you arrive in the late morning, a welcoming committee will lead you to the jetty. Cross the Chindwin River,...

Day 3 Lahe

Today you have the option to head out on a trek to visit two nearby villages and see the Naga people living out their daily lives. If you're lucky, you might catch them preparing for the upcoming ceremony and practicing traditional dances and custom. Lunch boxes will ...

Day 4 Nanyum

Soon after breakfast, the traditional Naga Ceremonial Pole will be erected at the festival grounds and various clans, all decked out in traditional dress, will gather to celebrate and dance around poles decorated with colourful Kachin motifs. A vibrant celebration of ...

Day 5 Lahe

The official opening ceremony of Naga New Year begins at the festival grounds early this morning. Enjoy traditional New Year food and rice wine with the Naga community elders. At the end of the ceremony, dance competitions between troupes from surrounding Naga village...

Day 6 Yangon

At 5am, after an early breakfast, leave the Naga festival grounds and begin your journey back to Sinthe by car. On arrival at Sinthe jetty, board a shuttle boat to Hkamti and head to the airport, where you'll eat a packed lunch. From here, take a flight back to Yangon and transfer to your hotel. Tonight is the last night of the trip.

Day 7 Yangon

Your trip concludes this morning after breakfast. You are free to depart at any time.

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Last Updated: 12/3/2021

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Age Requirements
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Additional Information
Finish point Asia Plaza Hotel 277 Bogyoke Aung San Road Corner of 38th Street Kyauktada Township Yangon Yangon MYANMAR Phone: +95 139 1070
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