The most popular trekking route from Hsipaw is to a Palaung village called Pan Kam, which can be visited in a day but is usually done as an overnight trip. It’s a 4–5 hour walk through fields and then uphill, starting at a Muslim cemetery on the western edge of Hsipaw and continuing through the villages of Nar Loy, Par Pheit, Nar Moon and Man Pyit.
Pan Kam can get busy and some people prefer, therefore, to sleep at Htan Sant around ninety minutes further along. The next day you can either retrace your steps or press on through Paw Ka, Ohn Mu and Sar Maw. The latter takes around eight hours and comes out at Baw Gyo Pagoda on the main highway, from where you can find a pick-up or hitch back the 8km to Hsipaw.
Other options include a longer hike starting at the hilltop village of Namhsan and walks around Kyaukme, a town partway between Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw which has accommodation for foreigners.