9- Day, 9-Night Enduro Tour: Journey to the West

9- Day, 9-Night Enduro Tour: Journey to the West

Price: $2000 per person (shared rooms)
Equipment: Honda CRF250L
Dates: January 12th - January 21st 2019
Single Supplement: $300
Distance: roughly 1500km

This is our most rugged tour that we will offer this season. We are off the the far west of Myanmar to Chin State and back. If you are looking for fancy accommodation and smooth roads then don't sign up for this tour. We will have 3 nights up in Chin State(temp can drop to 0 at night) where we will have crap roads, bucket showers and spartan rooms.

We plan stay up in the mountains and travel from the Northern to Southern of Chin State without dropping down to Gangaw. This area is very remote but the roads should be good enough in January that we'll make it in a couple days. After Chin State we will see the more traditional tourist site of Bagan for some much needed r & r. This is going to be an amazing but challenging tour for serious riders only. Contact Zach at mandalaymotorbike@gmail.com or whatsapp +959444022182  for more information.

Day 1. January 12th : Arrive and tour Mandalay 50-100km

We will arrange your pickup at the airport, bus station or train station and to take you to the hotel to meet your bikes and have a quick day tour of Mandalay and the surrounding area. Over dinner we will go over the trip ahead and general driving precautions in Myanmar.(B,L,D)

Accommodation: Kyi Hotel or Similar

Day 2. January 13th: Mandalay to Monywa 230 km+

After breakfast at your hotel we head out of the congested city and across the Ayeyarwaddy river to Sagaing Division. We'll travel back up the other side of the river to Mingun to see the unfinished pagodas and the world second largest bell.  We will then travel on some sandy trails and backroads toward the massive Buddha statues at Laykyun Satkyar. After that it is a straight shot to Monywa on nice roads. In monywa we will be in a very nice hotel to relax and get ready for day 3(B,L,D)

Accommodation: Win Unity Hotel or Similar

Day 3. January 14th: Monywa to Kalay 230km+

Today we take the infamous Yagyi road to Kalay. this dusty winding road turn into an impassable mud-bath in the rainy season. In the dry season it is a more manageable dust-bath. The bull dust is so deep in parts that it becomes like slippery powder snow. Once we make it to Kalewa we ride on the India Myanmar Friendship Road  to Kalay.(B,L,D)

Accommodation:  Hotel Majesty or similar

Day 4. January 15th: Kalay to Hakha 175-215km
Today we go up into the mountains and enter Chin State. If we make good time we'll take a detour to ascent Kennedy Peak, the site of a large WW2 battle. The roads are windy with a few more ups than downs which will take us all the way to Hakha(1800m)


Accommodation: Local Guesthouse

Day 5 & 6. January 16, 17th: Hakha to Mindat 250-450km

The next couple of days are in the air. We will certainly be in Mindat on the evening of day 6, but how we get there is open. The road to Mindat via Matupi isn't always open for foreign tourists and isn't always in the best condition to ride on. Sometimes the road becomes impassable due to rain but in January we should be alright. It will have to depend on weather conditions at the time. The plan is to go from Hakha to Matupi on day 6 and then to Mindat on day 7. If we don't take the mountain route we will head down the Chin hills to Gangaw and then back up to Mindat on a more stable road.(B,L,D)

Accommodation: Local Guesthouses

Day 7. January 18th: Mindat to Bagan. 240km

Chin Nose Flute Player
Mornings start early in Chin State So we will be up early and on the road shortly after. We have a great morning of offroading up the the to of Mount Victoria. These roads pass through some small villages where the local people live off the land and hunt for their food. we may run across hunters hiding in the bush or taking a small Chinese motorbike into the heart of the park. This area is also home to some amazing bird watching. After Victoria, we will descend the hills and ride on a mixture of sealed and dirt roads to Bagan (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Zfreeti or Similar

Day 8. January 19th: Rest Day
Today we have a well deserved rest day. In the morning we will meet our local guide at the hotel to begin our tour of the ancient city of Bagan. We can either travel by motorcycle, van, horse cart, or e-bike depending on your preference. Our guide will escort us around the multitude of ancient temples for the day until we retire to our hotel. Dinner will be at any of the numerous restaurants near the hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 9. January 20th: Bagan to Mandalay 200- 250km

We can either ride offroad trails to Mandalay or take a sealed road to the spirit temple at Mt Popa before going back to Mandalay. We are in the arid dry zone of Myanmar so the unsealed roads are dusty, sandy which offer new challenges to the group. We'll have a quick spin through the anchient city of Inwa and sunset at U-Bein bridge before we finish the days riding. At night we'll have a final goodbye dinner at a local BBQ restaurant. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Kyi Tin Hotel or Similar

Day 10.
You made it! we'll arrange your transport to the airport, bus station or wherever it is you need to go after the tour. If you want to ride more then let us know. We'll be happy to arrange something!

Minimum Group Size: 3 people
Maximum group size: 6 people

What's Included?

9 nights accommodation in twin shared rooms (We will use a wide range of hotels so please see each days description for hotel details. If a hotel we want to use is booked up then we will use a similar hotel.)
Gas, oil
Honda CRF250L
Support vehicle (day 2-9)
Breakfast is usually at the hotel but will also be local food.
Lunches will almost always be local, simple and under 1 hour.
Dinners will be the big meal of the day at a nicer restaurant in each area.
Entrance fees /Camera Fees/ Zone Fees
Any mechanic charges to fix the motorcycle

Not Included
Air Tickets
Visa fees
Insurance. It is highly recommended you have travel insurance that cover motorcycle accidents.
Hotel room service or phone charges
Damage to the motorcycle caused by the user.

Other services not mentioned.