What do I need for the Kalaw - Inle trek??
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Sep 26, 2012 1:23 PM Last Post By: Rosylily
Sep 24, 2012 1:49 AM
What do I need for the Kalaw - Inle trek??We will be sending our main luggage ahead to our hotel in Inle, however, I'm just wondering what I'm likely to need with me for the trek itself? I want to pack as light as possible but by the time I have SLR camera/lenses, valuables, suncream, insect repellent, mosquito net etc. etc. it already seems like I might have quite a lot to carry, before we get on to changes of clothing etc. I don't know what to expect from the 'accommodation' and am guessing it's going to feel much like camping. For people who've done it, what if any washing facilities are there? Also, what did you do about drinking water? Can it be purchased easily along the way, or do I need to bring a camel-bak or some other method to carry water?
Finally, how difficult is the trekking itself?
Any insight from someone who's done it would be greatly appreciated!
Sep 24, 2012 1:59 AM
1never done the Kalow to Inle trek but its downhill, easy walking most of the way anyway, always just carry 1pair of underpants per day 1 T shirt per day and acouple of pairs of socks. you will be able to shower or mandi style shower at each evenings stop. Your trek guide will be best to show what you need. also a bottle of water per day should be enough plenty of tea stops for a ley peye with your meals. avoid golden lilly treks and GH Kalow see Thiri or evrebrite in kalow
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Sep 24, 2012 8:11 PM
Sep 25, 2012 12:14 AM
Sep 25, 2012 5:20 PM
4You'll be fine, I was there during September, (even more Monsoonal) and only 2 or 3 times had to sit in cafe for 30 minutes while squall passed. So it wont be constant rain, but just be prepared for the off chance of getting drenched for 30 minutes during your trek. Just pack a couple of items so you will be prepared for the small chance of being caught in a downpour.
Sep 25, 2012 7:55 PM
Sep 26, 2012 12:49 AM
Sep 26, 2012 2:04 AM
7Come on guys, don't put poor Mercedes off all together. 99% of people who do the Kalaw - Inle trek really enjoy it. Just take a ponco and some plastic bags for camera etc, (just in case:)
Sep 26, 2012 3:06 AM
Sep 26, 2012 1:23 PM
9Hi Mercedes, we did the trek in Feb this year and it was one of the highlights of our trip. I don't know if we were very lucky, but there were only 8 of us on the trek, and we didn't see any other travellers until our second night - and they were gone by the time we got up! We took suncream and mossie repellent (both essential). You can buy bottled water along the way - but we got through a lot, so always carrried a spare litre too. Washing facilities were very rudimentary; we were able to have a 'throw a bucket of water over you shower' at the monestery on the second night, but only got a superficial wash the first night at the village where we stayed. The first night was freezing, I slept in all my clothes (including a down jacket), despite thick blankets. Here's a link to my photos from the trek if you're interested.
Hope you enjoy the trek as much as we did!
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