Mt Victoria

Top choice mountain in Chin State

The highest peak in Chin State – 10,016ft high – and the third highest in all Myanmar, stunning and little-visited Mt Victoria is the principal attraction of southern Chin State. Located within Nat Ma Taung National Park, the mountain is covered in large rhododendron trees that bloom in a delightful riot of red, yellow and white flowers between November and February. It's an easy two- to three-hour climb to the twin summits from the trailhead, accessed from the town of Kanpetlet.

There are many other trails across the mountain, as well as fascinating villages all around, but you'll require transport and a guide to access them and to interact with the locals. While it's possible to visit Mt Victoria as an individual traveller, the complete lack of public transport in the Kanpetlet area and the need for a guide mean most people visit on three- or four-day tours run from Bagan. Prices start at US$80 per person per day for a group of four, not including accommodation and food.

If you're going solo, you'll have to catch the minibus from Pakokku to Kanpetlet (K9000, six hours, 10am Monday to Saturday) and then arrange for a motorbike to take you the 14 miles to the trailhead. Expect to pay K25,000 for the return trip. There's a K10,000 fee for entering the national park, although it's not always collected.

Mt Victoria is not accessible during the rainy season (mid-May to mid-October).


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