7 Days / 6 Nights Putao – The last village
starting from $2267
Ziyadum, situates about 55 km north-west of Putao with an altitude at 3.540 feet (1.079 metres) above sea is the last frontier village in Putao region, beautiful with pristine forests and rivers often crossed by suspension bridges. Ziyadum is also the center point for many mountains in the area such as Mt. Phonyin, Mt. Ziya, Pangram Razi and Phangran Razi which all are of perennially snow-capped mountains and can be seen as closed as a hand reach away in a clear day.
MANDALAY - PUTAO - SHANGAUNG - WASUNDUM - AWADUM - KALANG - ZIYADUM - WASUNDUM - SHANGAUNG - PUTAO - MACHANBAW - PUTAO - MANDALAY
|Type of trip:
starting from $2267 (based on 2 travellers)
|Start of the trip:
- 3 nights including breakfast at Putao Trekking House
- 3 nights in local houses
- 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, 17 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 (1.404 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 (869 metres) feet 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 – 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 (11½ 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 05 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 06 PUTAO – MACHANBAW – FAIRY ISLAND – MACHANBAW - PUTAO (B, L, D)
Breakfast and excursion by jeep to Machanbaw (23 km, one hour). Machanbaw is a small administrative town ex-Putao with beautifully set up colonial style. We get off at Naungkhine village from where we walk through a suspension bridge span across Malikha River to Machanbaw. Excursion in town includes a small market. Here we board a local fishermen boat for a riverine journey down south to so-called Fairy Island through beautiful wilderness surrounding having high reef with lush tropical forests. We have our lunch at the sand bank and relax through the afternoon. Later we return up stream by boat to Naungkhine jetty where we our driver who will then take us back to Putao and check in at hotel. Dinner and overnight at Putao Trekking House.
Day 07 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$ 3.220 per group
Supplement for Italian- or Spanish speaking guide: US$ 3.136 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.