Putao Explore Trekking Tour. Putao is the northernmost town of Kachin State, Myanmar. It is the principal town in Putao Township. It can only be reached by road during summer (for nationals) but is accessible year-round by air if there are sufficient tourist groups to justify a plane. The area around Putao is famous for the variety of endemic birds and rare orchids, which grow naturally. Many orchid lovers are especially attracted by the so-called “Black Orchid” that can be found in the mountains east and west of Putao. Hkakabo Razi and other snow-capped mountains are visible from Putao. Putao attracts also enthusiasts, hiking to Hkakabo Razi base camp, located close to Tahaundam.
Duration: 26 Days
Destinations: Yangon / Putao
Description: As the northernmost part of Myanmar, Putao mountain is a great place for a visitor who wants to experience the life of the minorities and enjoy the beauty of the highland. Within only four days, we will take you to the local villages of Panhline, Hokho, Lizu, and other minorities, visit their wooden house, experience a day as a local, enjoy meals with their families, and …
Highlights of this tour
- Meet the friendly and hospitable locals
- Experience a day of a Lizu, or Hokho people
- Enjoy meals with local families, and experience their cuisine
- Hike up to the mountain, visit the shrine on top
- Free to take photos of northern Myanmar
Day 1.Yangon / Mandalay -Puta O by flight
Upon arrival at Putao airport, you will be welcomed by our representative to pick you up to the downtown of Putao which lies in a flat valley, the jumping-off point for trekkers who want to explore the region’s deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries, and snow-capped mountains. After a brief fresh-up at a local restaurant, check-in for your accommodation. Take your leisure and dinner will be served at a restaurant in Putao.
Day 2 .Putao – Machanbaw-Alangar-Htangar villages by truck ( 38 miles )
The journey full of riding for 38 miles, first to Machanbaw by truck and leaving it at Malikha River to take another truck ride along the way up and down over the forested hills, absorb your interest whilst watching the natural beauty of northern Myanmar with a different approach of the life of the people. Another experience hits a short happy moment by the time of crossing the Htihkha River with icy water. The interval for lunch is at Alangar Village before the up driving towards Hangar Village where is at a Kachin traditional house have dinner and night stay. It will be a full-day adventure driving along the forest mountain range.
Day 3. Htangar – Auriga Camp – Batbaw village –Magweza Camp – Ratbaw village by truck ( 28 miles
Before lunch at Batbaw Village, have an imaginary moment at Auriga forest camp on the bank of Kasnkha River after the truck trip on the mountain. The intermission includes a short stop at Magweza for a full grasp of used energy before the continuity to Ratbaw Village for a night stop. The destination for the day program is one of the largest Lizu villages, standing on the mountain, and the sightseeing will provide a view of the easy-minded lifestyles of the villagers for the increment of indigenous knowledge. It will be another full-day adventure driving into the dense forest. If time permits, you can make short trekking on the way. Evergreen forest, small streams, bird calls, and nature will please you.
Day 4. Rainbow village- Shiman village- Gathtu village- Chalka village- Gawle village ( 12 miles)
Under the Kachin sun, clasp a leisurely scenic moment through the adventure trekking initiated in the morning, in the famous Hkaborazi national park, and on the way consists of some villages: Shiman Village, Gathtu Village, and Chalkan Village which are the most reasonable sites for lunch. The easy trek has a good fact for the revelation of the real nature in the forest possessed kinds of wild butterflies and green plants. The arrival at Gawle Village for a pleasant night stop ends the day tour program in the evening. Today will be good full day trekking in nature.
Day 5. Gawle – Shin Chan Khu camp ( 10 miles )
Today you are entering Khakabo Razi National Park.
The morning sun is soft enough for the beginning of the tour program which initiates with the trekking along the river, the only one death-river in the national park; half-day hiking on the mountain, positioned in the second place of the program, will ensure the satisfaction of the unspoiled beauty of northern Myanmar. The evening arrival at Shin Chan Khu forest camp, situated on the hillside of the dense forest mountain, the most popular for mountain lovers, offers refreshment throughout the bath in a small spring nearby the camp.
Day 6.Shin Chan Khu Camp – Panandin town ( 5 miles trekking )
The morning trekking is in the ascending order on Panandinon Mountain with an altitude of 7900 ft, and it, as a whole, is followed by the trek down to the Panandin Village. Like a small town on the mountain, it is the farthest place of administration in northern Myanmar. Food and drink in the small-town-like village are available for our long trekking trip. Enjoy the time easily during the sightseeing in the village including dinner and overnight at Panandin.
Day 7.Panandim – Lonnat Camp ( by 7 and half hours trekking )
No need to rush in the course of the easy trek along the hillside of the forested mountain which makes us admire the beauty of the scenery together with a variety of wildlife that can be observed throughout the day tour program. The beautiful rocky bank of May Kha River ensures the choice of place for lunch. The next trekking is not long. In the late afternoon, we arrive at Lonnet forest camp to cease the day line up.
Day 8. Lonnat Camp – Ngawa Village by 7 hours trekking
The mountain with full of deep rain forest and the way includes crossing a small stream over the bridge as well as walking in the bamboo forest; all have a short end for lunch with a rest. The second section after lunch is the way by walk-in paddy fields en-route stop for Ngawa Village situated on the bank of May Kha River surrounded by a forested area. It is one of the most famous Rawn hunters’ villages as well as the edge place where rice can grow in northern Myanmar.
Day 9. Ngawa village – Wangsiwang Camp by 9 miles trekking
After trekking in the rain forest and bamboo forest, cross to the other side of the May Kha river on the small suspension bridge. Again, It will be scenery trekking on our trip. Lunch on the rocky mountain bank of the lovely May Kha river. In the evening, arrive at Wangsiwang camp and overnight there.
Day 10.Wangsiwang camp- Gawai village ( 6 miles )
Only a half-day trip after breakfast on the hillside of the mountain Elephant Grass attractive with rain forest on the rocky mountain ranges will be ended at Gawai Village for lunch. It will be an easy trekking day again. Feel free your leisure evening to enjoy the nature and forest nearby the village. Dinner and a night stop at the village will give an unforgettable experience.
Day 11.Gawai village – Dazongdam village ( 12 miles )
May Kha River is fine-looking in the light of the morning and it, as a whole, can be experienced while passing on the bridge; up and down trends of a long walk in the dense forest present the sense of the alternative view of nature unspoiled. There are some rivers we need to pass during the way of trek: the Sankhulon River and Adonlon River; the arrival at Dazongdam Village is after the former one. The village is small but beautiful with simple traditional lifestyles. Dinner and night stop will be at a Daru traditional house built with timber in the style of the tribe. (Note: It is the junction point of Mt. Hakaborazi and Adonven valley )
Day 12.Dazungdam village – Htala Htu village ( 9 miles )
The northern part of Myanmar is beautiful with suspension bridges – we will cross four – with waterfalls, a high and admired one will be seen on the way to Htala Htu Village by trekking along the Sankhulon River. Lunchtime will be served after crossing two bridges. The whole forest seems to be ornamented with bamboo to become a unique picturesque. The village in the valley of the forested mountain will be reached in the evening for a night stop. Let’s call it the most adventure trekking on the tour because of the deep forest and long bamboo suspension bridges.
Day 13. Hala Hyu – Krong village – Dahondam, the last village ( by 7 hours trekking )
(Today you can meet the short Tarung people at Krong village on the way)
Keep yourself occupied with the 3-mile trek to see the Tarung people at Krong Village, a combination of sightseeing and lunch there, among the trees on the mountain along our trekking line. Refresh through a rest, after a long journey, by the time of the evening arrival at a village where to have dinner and night stay at a timber hut.
Day 14.Rest and take your leisure time at the last village, Dahondam 5000ft
It is the arrival at the last village, a village namely Dahondam positioned 5000 ft above sea level, and there, in the whole cool atmosphere, it is better to take time for rest. Either rest or a climb onto a mountain – as it is the final point nearest to Mt. Hkakaborazi, 5881m is under consideration. We will prepare for our adventure by hiking to the base camp of Mt. Hkakaborazi and taking a rest to refresh for a challenging adventure.
Day 15 – 24. Dahondan village – Putao by trekking and truck as following
After taking a rest at the last village, trek back to Ratbaw village as same as the previous days under the daily itinerary as follows:-
Day15. Leisure in the Morning at the last village. After lunch, trekking to Krong village. ( 4 miles )
Day 16. Krong village – Dazungdam village ( 12 miles trekking )
Day 17. Dazungdam – Gawai village ( 12 miles trekking)
Day 18. Gawai village – Wangsiwang camp ( 6 Miles trekking
Day 19.Wangsiwang camp – Ngawa village ( 9 trekking miles )
Day 20. Ngawa village –Lonnat camp- Panandim village (15 trekking miles )
Day 21. Panandim- Shin Chan Khu camp – Gawle village (15 trekking miles )
Day 22. Gawle village – Ratbaw village (12 trekking miles)
Day 23. Rainbow village – Htangar villages by truck (28 miles driving)
Day 24. Hangar village – Putao by truck (38 miles driving)
Day 25. Putao Sightseeing and Mulashidi suspension bridge excursion
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Putao Morning Market and stroll around the town to observe the way of life of the people. After leisurely morning sightseeing, enjoy scenic driving to Mularshide village. After sightseeing in the village, we will walk on the beautiful bridge over the Mular river. Looking at the snowcap mountain from the bridge will be the best introduction to the northern-most part of Myanmar. You will see crystal clear icy water flowing over the rocky river “ Mular”. Fishing boys, women washing on the stone, bamboo-rafting men, kingfishers, and the sweet musical sound of the river dating you back a century ago. . If time permits, you can explore some more villages nearby Putao. Dinner will be at a local restaurant and the night stop will be in Putao.
Day 26. Puta O-Yangon / Mandalay
In the early morning, visit colorful morning markets and have breakfast at a local restaurant. After visiting Hakaborazi and Phoneganrazi national parts wildlife education centers, transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Yangon or Mandalay. If time permits, you can visit a village to observe the daily lifestyle of the local people.
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Group size: 2 to 25 pax
Departure date based on your inquiry
Price Inclusions (No Hidden Costs)
- Accommodation on half twin basis at selected hotel/ at local village monastery, home-stay
- Meals as indicated in the program
- Entrance fees for the visit mentioned in the program
- All transfers and excursions with private air-conditioned vehicles
- Supporting van/bus (with space for bikes) during the biking trip
- English-speaking local guide
- Domestic flight Yangon – Putao – Yangon
- Water, snacks , and fruits for trekking day
- Other meals not indicated in the program
- Entrance fees for the sites not mentioned in the program
- Travel Insurance
- Tips & porters at the hotels
- Drinks and Personal expenses
- Any other items not mentioned in the included services