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Cycle Burma

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About the Challenge

Burma is a beautiful country of jungles, mountains and fertile plains, with graceful pagodas dotted across the diverse landscapes. Cycling is the perfect way to discover the friendly culture of this land almost untouched by tourism.

From Mandalay we head for Bagan’s ancient temples, before heading east through hot dry lowlands, passing small villages, teak plantations and rice paddies before tackling the long winding road up into cooler jungle-clad hills. A great descent brings us to the shores of Lake Inle, where we have time to relax and see the local way of life.

This is a fascinating route combining Burma’s cultural highlights with fabulous cycling and an insight into the everyday lives of the local people.


Cycle Burma

10 DAYS
  • We arrive in Mandalay, Burma’s last royal capital, and a thriving city with many temples and colonial buildings preserving its history. Time permitting, we’ll enjoy sunset at the famous U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teakwood bridge, before dinner and a trip briefing. Night hotel.

  • We drive south out of the busy city to Myingyan and start our cycling challenge! It’s a scenic day in the saddle, as we head south through small bustling villages dotted across the agricultural plains. These central lowlands are quite dry, and it is likely to be hot and quite dusty, though many of the roads are tree-lined and shady. Our highlight today is the vast plain of Bagan, the remains of an ancient kingdom and one of the most unforgettable sights in Burma. At its height in the 11th-13th centuries, Bagan was home to over 10,000 pagodas; although many of them were destroyed, over 2000 remain. We ride among them on sandy tracks, temples and stupas of many sizes rising up into view. This wonderful day ends by climbing the steep steps to the top of one of the many pagodas for the magical sunset over the plain before heading to our hotel in the adjacent modern town of New Bagan. Night hotel.


    Drive approx. 3 hours; cycle approx. 78km

  • Leaving Bagan and its enchanting temples behind, we ride southwest towards Mount Popa, an extinct volcano rising to 1518m above the central lowlands; it can be seen for miles around. As we cross the rolling plains we pass fields of sesame, ground nuts and corn. There are also miles of magnificent palms, which are used to produce palm sugar and toddy, the local alcoholic offering – we’ll stop at a toddy climber’s hut for a chance to discover more! At Mount Popa, there’s the opportunity to climb the 777 steps to the top, and visit the Popa Taungkalat Shrine, with its many statues depicting the spirits who are revered here. Night hotel.

  • We continue east through the lowlands. Today is our longest day, and it will be hard at times despite most of the terrain being flat, but there is always plenty to watch as people go about their daily lives! We’ll see local people working in the fields, and many people riding old metal bicycles, often balancing an array of local produce; we will feel quite humble on such modern bikes! Friendly waves and smiles accompany us as we pass villages, and there are plenty of chances to stop at the roadside for a cold drink or a tasty snack. Night hotel.


    Cycle approx. 115km

  • If there’s time we’ll head out for a look around the fascinating market before hitting the saddle. The landscape changes before our eyes today, as we leave the hot dry plains for the lush green hills of the Shan highlands. We pass farmland, forest and teak plantations on flat roads; as we approach the hills we start to see rice paddies and plenty of water-buffalo, and the vegetation around us becomes much greener and denser. Motorbikes and small tractors buzz past as we pedal along the quiet tree-lined roads, becoming progressively hillier. After a long winding climb on a beautiful tree-lined road, with wonderful views, we enjoy a lovely descent into a small town and continue on into the hills. It’s hot, hard work but the scenery is wonderful and you’ll have the perfect excuse to make plenty of photo-stops! Our vehicle picks us up before the last steep climb into Kalaw; lying at 1285m, this was the summer retreat of the British colonials escaping the heat of the lowlands, and it’s a wonderful place to end our day’s ride. Night hotel.


    Cycle approx. 86km

  • Our last day is shorter, but spectacular! After a small climb out of town we sweep downhill, joining tracks which take us through the rolling hills and farmland of the Shan Plateau, passing paddy-fields and small villages perched on the hillsides.  The villages are home to hill-tribes such as the Palaung; their different cultures and colourfully woven clothes show us yet another side to Burma. There is plenty to immerse yourself in as we cycle through and, however tired your legs may be after the past few days, you’ll want today to be longer! We have a wonderful 10km descent to Indein, an impressive temple complex on Lake Inle where the pagodas are overgrown by trees and vegetation; we’ll have time to explore. Our challenge ends on the shores of Lake Inle, where motorised canoes take us to our hotel on the lake. After time to freshen up we’ll have a great evening to celebrate our achievements. Night hotel.


    (Dinner not included)

  • Today we enjoy discovering the local way of life on Lake Inle, where stilted villages and floating gardens demonstrate the innovative local culture. We explore the creeks and waterways by boat, discovering the craft workshops, temples and houses built on the lake. One of the highlights will no doubt be to watch the leg-rowing fishermen, an unique way of fishing that the local people have developed, which allows them to use two hands to cast their nets. A boat then takes us out into the open, northern part of the lake, where we enjoy the views en-route to He ho. Here we take a short flight to Yangon. Night hotel.


    (Dinner not included)

  • We have plenty of time to explore the sights of Yangon, where the main highlight is the magnificent golden Shwedagon Pagoda, before heading back to the airport for our flight home.#

     

    (Lunch and Dinner not included)

Cycle Burma for Macmillan Cancer Support

10 DAYS
  • We arrive in Mandalay, Burma’s last royal capital, and a thriving city with many temples and colonial buildings preserving its history. Time permitting, we’ll enjoy sunset at the famous U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teakwood bridge, before dinner and a trip briefing. Night hotel.
  • We drive south out of the busy city to Myingyan and start our cycling challenge! It’s a scenic day in the saddle, as we head south through small bustling villages dotted across the agricultural plains. These central lowlands are quite dry, and it is likely to be hot and quite dusty, though many of the roads are tree-lined and shady. Our highlight today is the vast plain of Bagan, the remains of an ancient kingdom and one of the most unforgettable sights in Burma. At its height in the 11th-13th centuries, Bagan was home to over 10,000 pagodas; although many of them were destroyed, over 2000 remain. We ride among them on sandy tracks, temples and stupas of many sizes rising up into view. This wonderful day ends by climbing the steep steps to the top of one of the many pagodas for the magical sunset over the plain before heading to our hotel in the adjacent modern town of New Bagan. Night hotel.

    Drive approx. 3 hours; cycle approx. 78km
  • Leaving Bagan and its enchanting temples behind, we ride southwest towards Mount Popa, an extinct volcano rising to 1518m above the central lowlands; it can be seen for miles around. As we cross the rolling plains we pass fields of sesame, ground nuts and corn. There are also miles of magnificent palms, which are used to produce palm sugar and toddy, the local alcoholic offering – we’ll stop at a toddy climber’s hut for a chance to discover more! At Mount Popa, there’s the opportunity to climb the 777 steps to the top, and visit the Popa Taungkalat Shrine, with its many statues depicting the spirits who are revered here. Night hotel.
  • We continue east through the lowlands. Today is our longest day, and it will be hard at times despite most of the terrain being flat, but there is always plenty to watch as people go about their daily lives! We’ll see local people working in the fields, and many people riding old metal bicycles, often balancing an array of local produce; we will feel quite humble on such modern bikes! Friendly waves and smiles accompany us as we pass villages, and there are plenty of chances to stop at the roadside for a cold drink or a tasty snack. Night hotel.


    Cycle approx. 115km
  • If there’s time we’ll head out for a look around the fascinating market before hitting the saddle. The landscape changes before our eyes today, as we leave the hot dry plains for the lush green hills of the Shan highlands. We pass farmland, forest and teak plantations on flat roads; as we approach the hills we start to see rice paddies and plenty of water-buffalo, and the vegetation around us becomes much greener and denser. Motorbikes and small tractors buzz past as we pedal along the quiet tree-lined roads, becoming progressively hillier. After a long winding climb on a beautiful tree-lined road, with wonderful views, we enjoy a lovely descent into a small town and continue on into the hills. It’s hot, hard work but the scenery is wonderful and you’ll have the perfect excuse to make plenty of photo-stops! Our vehicle picks us up before the last steep climb into Kalaw; lying at 1285m, this was the summer retreat of the British colonials escaping the heat of the lowlands, and it’s a wonderful place to end our day’s ride. Night hotel.


    Cycle approx. 86km
  • Our last day is shorter, but spectacular! After a small climb out of town we sweep downhill, joining tracks which take us through the rolling hills and farmland of the Shan Plateau, passing paddy-fields and small villages perched on the hillsides.  The villages are home to hill-tribes such as the Palaung; their different cultures and colourfully woven clothes show us yet another side to Burma. There is plenty to immerse yourself in as we cycle through and, however tired your legs may be after the past few days, you’ll want today to be longer! We have a wonderful 10km descent to Indein, an impressive temple complex on Lake Inle where the pagodas are overgrown by trees and vegetation; we’ll have time to explore. Our challenge ends on the shores of Lake Inle, where motorised canoes take us to our hotel on the lake. After time to freshen up we’ll have a great evening to celebrate our achievements. Night hotel.


    (Dinner not included)
  • Today we enjoy discovering the local way of life on Lake Inle, where stilted villages and floating gardens demonstrate the innovative local culture. We explore the creeks and waterways by boat, discovering the craft workshops, temples and houses built on the lake. One of the highlights will no doubt be to watch the leg-rowing fishermen, an unique way of fishing that the local people have developed, which allows them to use two hands to cast their nets. A boat then takes us out into the open, northern part of the lake, where we enjoy the views en-route to He ho. Here we take a short flight to Yangon. Night hotel.


    (Dinner not included)
  • We have plenty of time to explore the sights of Yangon, where the main highlight is the magnificent golden Shwedagon Pagoda, before heading back to the airport for our flight home.#

    (Lunch and Dinner not included)

Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

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    Registration Fee £450 Fundraising target £3,950 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

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    Registration Fee £299 Fundraising target £4,200 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
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    Registration Fee £299 Fundraising target £3,200 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £299 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,875 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 weeks prior to trip departure

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    Payable 8 weeks prior to trip departure

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  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £299 Fundraising target £4,200 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £299 Fundraising target £3,200 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £299 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,875 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 weeks prior to trip departure

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £299 Fundraising target £4,200 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £299 Fundraising target £3,200 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £299 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,875 Airline Taxes £225.00 Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 weeks prior to trip departure

    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • All food is included except for a few meals as specified in the itinerary. The food is plentiful, generally local in style, freshly-cooked and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we have packed lunches, sometimes meals are buffet-style, other times we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at our hotel, depending on accommodation.

  • Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we are often in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are. Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic (dependent on group size), who is there to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly and encourage you when things get tough. The number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but an average-sized overseas group would be led by two leaders and a doctor. At Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local lifestyles. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. In some destinations we work together as a team with local guides to help set up or break camp, or prepare meals.

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is carried by vehicles, porters, mules, etc (depending on terrain and accessibility) from one night-stop to the next. Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with mobile phones, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires – is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is up-to-date and any visas are obtained in good time. For further information please see our Factsheet and Visa information page.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

  • For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a different country is to see new sights and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can make life harder or more inconvenient than you may like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of the challenge you are signing up for! We are very privileged to live in a country with a high standard of living, and travelling exposes us to different challenges – all of which help broaden our horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow trekkers and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you!

Cycle Training Weekends

Cycle training weekend

£160 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Cycle Training Weekends take place in and around the valleys and ridges of the chalk downs around Salisbury. They are designed to gauge your fitness so that you can be confident you are well prepared for the challenge ahead!

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This trip ramps up the challenge with some tougher terrain and longer days to be expected. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the challenge less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!
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