12 Days / 11 Nights Putao - Mt. Phongun Razi
starting from $3046
Towering 11.430 feet (3.485 metres) above the sea situates in the Putao region is the most suitable peak to climb among the many peaks in the region. Generally covered with snow between November and May is about 80 kilometer North West of Putao near Myanmar - Indian border. The remoteness and difficult accessibility of the region has helped to maintain the pristine purity of it forest and eco-systems. The richness of it's biodiversity deserves to be maintained and fostered in the interest of coming generations and present unparalleled opportunities to present-day professionals in the field of zoology, botany, forestry, environmental protection, conservation and ecology as well as hardy eco-tourists and mountaineers who prefer the challenge of a testing back-packing trip in the mountain fastness of Myanmar to a tour of routine attractions in the more accessible urban centers.
MANDALAY - PUTAO - SHANGAUNG - WASUNDUM - AWADUM - ZIYADUM - CHAUNGZONE - LOWER THITPINGYI - UPPER THITPINGYI - KHANTAUTMYIT - SNOW LINE - MT. PHONGUN SUMMIT - KHANTAUTMYIT - THITPINGYI - CHAUNGZONE - ZIYADUM - WASUNDUM - SHANGAUNG - PUTAO - MANDALAY
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starting from $3046 (based on 2 travellers)
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- 2 nights including breakfast at Putao Trekking House
- 9 nights in local houses or camps (tents)
- Domestic flights Mandalay – Putao – Mandalay
- Full board as mentioned in our itinerary
- English-speaking, local travel guides for all transfers and tours
- Transfers and transportation in Putao by Jeep
- Permission for Putao
- Cook & porters for the trekking trips
- International flights to/from Myanmar
- Visa fees
- Accommodation in Mandalay
- Lunches and dinners not included in the itinerary
- Early check-in/late check-out
- Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
- Hotel baggage handling fees
Day 01 MANDALAY – PUTAO (D)
Upon arrival at Putao airport we will be met by Putao Trekking House's representative and transferred to our lodge. Putao lies in a flat valley, jumping-off point for trekkers who want to explore the region’s deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries and snow-capped mountains etc. Putao town and fort was built during 1914-15 by Commissioner Mr. Hertz along with Fort which later known as Fort Hertz. Later a Missionary basing the Rawan and Lisu tribe as initial and introduce Grapefruit, Washington Naval, Vlincha Orange, Ruby Oranges, King Orange and King Mandarin plus America Lime were introduced. After a brief fresh up take a walk around Putao for the orientation. Dinner and overnight at Putao Trekking House.
Day 02 PUTAO – SHANGAUNG – WASUNDUM (elevation 1.450 feet (442 metres) to 4.600 feet (1.402 metres), then to 2.850 feet (869 metres) (B, L, D)
Early in the morning we visit attractive Putao market often fills with colorful ethnic minorities. Later we depart by jeep to upper Shangaung, 12 km through the valley across several smaller villages and open fields. Our adventure starts as we get off the jeep and start trek to Wasandum, located at 2.844 feet (867 metres) above sea. This is consider a challenging trek as not only it goes toward the shoulder of Mt, Shangaung at 4.606 feet (1404 metres) (23½ km, approx. 7 hour). First 10 km will be straight up along the trail winding up to the top of Mt. Shangaung from then trail goes all the way down to Wasandum located at the Valley of Namro River. Though the trek itself is challenging but we enjoy the trek goes deep in to primary forests where we see many birds and heard sounds of monkeys in the near distance. Wasandum is a small Rawan tribe village situates by Namro creek. Dinner and overnight at Wasandum guest house.
Day 03 WASUNDUM – AWADUM – ZIYADUM (elevation 2.850 feet (869 metres) to 3.540 feet (1.079 metres) (B, L, D)
Breakfast and we trek to our today destination at Ziyadum, located at 3.540 feet (1.079 metres) above sea. At first we cross Namro creek to Awadum I (5 km, approx. 2 hour). Awadum is mainly inhabited by Lisu and separate in to two by a large paddy field. From here we walk pass vast paddy field to Awadum II (2½ km, approx. one hour). From here the trail goes through lush evergreen forests and enjoyable scenery towards Ziyadum (9 km, approx. 3 hour). Ziyadum is the most northwestern and last frontier village in Putao region, mainly resident are Rawan tribes. After a brief fresh up we visit Ziya creek for a fantastic sunset view with a blazing snow Mountains in the west which spark in to steady flowing Ziya creek. Dinner and overnight at Ziyadum guest house.
Day 04 ZIYADUM – CHAUNGZONE– LOWER THITPINGYI (elevation 3.540 feet (1.079 metres) to 4.800 feet (1.463 metres) (B, L, D)
Breakfast and continue trek to Chaungzone (10 km, approx. 3 hour) leaving human inhabitant behind. At first we cross Phangran creek by a suspension bridge and trek through tropical rain forests with slightly ups and downs. Lunch stop and continue trek, cross another suspension bridge spans over Namya creek. From here trail goes steep and uphill trek on mule track until we reach to lower Thitpingyi camp, situate at 4.800 feet (1.463 metres) above sea level (3½ km, approx. 2 hour). This is our first night in the wildness camping. We explore the surrounding while our crew prepare accommodation. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 05 LOWER THITPINGYI – UPPER THITPINGYI - KHANTAUTMYIT (elevation 4.800 feet (1.463 metres) to 8.500 feet (2.591 metres) (B, L, D)
Breakfast and continue trek uphill to upper Thitpingyi camp (2½ mile, approx. one hour) along the mule trek. From here we are on the jungle trail through Khantautmyit camp, situates at 8.500 feet (2.591 metres) above sea (5 km, approx. 3 hour). As we traverses further we get ourselves into the challenging trail goes through deep ups and down with narrow shoulder ridge of a smaller cliff. We witness variety of forest type and bird life as we passing through tropical evergreen forest in to hill pine and now into moist upper deciduous forest. We notice Rhododendron flowers in their blossom and trees having thick moss on them. Khantautmyit is one of the most beautiful spots having large tree with colorful Rhododendron bushes around. Dinner and overnight at Khantautmyit camp.
Day 06 KHANTAUTMYIT – SNOW LINE (elevation 8.500 feet (2.591 metres) to 10.000 feet (3.048 metres) (B, L, D)
Breakfast and we continue trek to snow line, elevation 10.000 feet (3.048 metres) above sea (6½ km, approx. 4 hour) trek depends on camp site location. Trek route will be a challenging one with narrow line however beautiful pine elevation with moist upper deciduous forest yet fill with Rhododendron make the scenery impressive. There are three different camp sites on snow line and we will find right spot for camping according to the snowfall. Tonight we will have to prepare for cold weather as temperature could be freezing during the night. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 07 SNOW LINE - MT. PHONGUN SUMMIT – KHANTAUTMYIT (elevation 10.000 feet (3.048 metres) to 11.900 feet (3.627 metres), then to 8.500 feet (2.591 metres) (B, L, D)
Breakfast and we prepare ourselves to scale the summit of Mt. Phongun at 11.920 feet (3.627 metres) above sea. The distance is just little over 3½ km, but depending on snow conditions, it could take us anything between 3 to 5 hours. Also the time we could spend at the summit will depend on weather conditions. If the weather is clear, it is possible to experience spectacular views all round and see as far as the lands of India's Arunachal to the west. Once we descend from the summit, we have a quick lunch and continue journey back to Khantautmyit camp. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 08 KHANTAUTMYIT CAMP – THITPINGYI (B, L, D)
Breakfast and we relax through the morning admiring the fantastic surrounding. After early lunch we trek back to Thitpingyi camp through the trek winding ups and downs with constantly changing topography, flora and fauna. The trek is relatively easy as we will be mostly on mule trek. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 09 THITPINGYI – CHAUNGZONE – ZIYADUM (B, L, D)
Breakfast and we shall be heading for Ziyadum passing Chaungzone camp through nice and easy downhill on mule trek. Once we cross Namya creek by suspension bridge we get in to dense evergreen forest and route goes through winding along Phangran creek with ups and downs. Hot shower and a warm bed by all mean will be of a greatest enjoyment and comfort after several rugged camping nights in the jungle crawling in a tent. We have a celebrating dinner over bonfire and enjoy comfortable night. Overnight at Ziyadum guest house.
Day 10 ZIYADUM – KALANG - WASANDUM (B, L, D)
We have a lazy morning to enjoy the site and sounds of this frontier environment. After early lunch we bid farewell to the locals and head back to Wasandum. Here we took a different route which goes through Kalang (6½ km, approx. 2 hour) through primary forests and cross Phangran creek with suspension bridge. After Kalang we again had to cross another suspension bridge which span Namlang (Mula) river to Awadum I 11 km, approx. 3 hour). We have lunch at this village and later trek back to our Wasandum guest house (5 km, approx. 1½ hour) for the night. Dinner and overnight at Wasandum guest house.
Day 11 WASANDUM – SHANGAUNG - PUTAO (B, L, D)
Having left the wilderness behind and returning to the clutches of human civilization. As soon as we start the trek goes challenging trek uphill to the plateau of Mt. Shangaung, before rapidly downhill to Shangaung where our jeep would meets us and takes us back to Putao. Dinner and overnight at Putao Trekking House.
Day 12 PUTAO – MANDALAY (B, L)
Breakfast and perhaps a second visit to Putao market and further visit in and around Putao with suggestion by our guide. Lunch and afternoon transfer to airport for your flight to Mandalay.
PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.11.2020 BIS 31.05.2021
Supplement for German speaking guide: US$ 4.418 per group
Supplement for Italian- or Spanish speaking guide: US$ 4.274 per group
PERSONAL ITEMS TO BRING FOR TREKKING
As a general rule when packing for one of our wilderness expeditions please keep personal gear to a minimum. Clothing should be lightweight, dry quickly, and provide insulation even when wet. Synthetic fibers are preferable to cotton on the river for this reason. For any other personal items not included on our detailed equipment list below, please feel free to contact us directly.
A daypack. It should be a medium volume daypack without a frame, and again, the most important criteria are how well it fits and works.
Lightweight hiking boots or running shoes of good quality and preferably worn in are a must. For people who do not routinely walk in the mountains, light hiking boots are strongly recommended. Heavy mountaineering boots are not recommended.
For longer treks and Higher Altitude treks waterproof pants, gaiters, additional socks and thermal hats and gloves are highly recommended.
Lightweight pants and jacket. The brushed nylon pants and windbreakers made by a variety of companies are ideal for trekking and general travel wear.
Long sleeved thermal, top and bottoms (long underwear). These are synthetic clothing such as Patagonia Capaline which maintain their insulating value even when wet, and are therefore ideal for wearing around the campsite and on the river. The zippered turtleneck is particularly handy, as it can be vented and keeps the sun off the back of your neck. Light and medium weight weaves are the handiest.
Socks: Two pairs of polypropylene or polypro mix athletic socks.
Lightweight long sleeved shirt. These are particularly useful as sunscreen in camp. In addition temperatures in the shade remain cool throughout the season
Two cotton T-shirts.
A fleece jacket. Polypropylene is preferable.
A Gore-Tex or similar material raincoat and pants. This will keep you warm and dry in a variety of situations. A simple shell design is preferable, as they can be packed away into very small bundles.
Toiletries: keep it to a minimum. Bring plenty of moisturizing lotion.
Spare glasses or contact lenses if you wear them.
Flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries.
Toilet paper and lighter –We do provide it on all trips, but also advise you carry your own supply for convenience. The lighter is for burning the toilet paper after you’ve used it.
Insect Repellent: Our Nam Lang river camp has screened areas where insects are not a problem, but while trekking and rafting in the jungle bring plenty of insect repellent.
Lightweight cotton gloves are also handy as additional insect protection.
Sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater and waterproof) is essential
Lip Balm, SPF 15 minimum
Camera and film. Also bring a good cleaning kit, as field conditions are harsher than in towns. Spare batteries are also handy. There will be waterproof Pelican Cases supplied on the rafting trips. Packets of silica gel will help reduce humidity in the camera case.
Small binoculars for wildlife viewing. If you’re an avid bird watcher you may want to bring a more substantial pair of binoculars with a waterproof case.
Pocketknife or multi-tool.
Do you have any questions?
Feel free to contact us. Our team will be happy to help you.