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Journey through Blazing Mountains and Mysterious Communities

Sample itinerary - actual may vary

Day 01 Arrival, Putao
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 Lodge.

Day 02 Putao - Shangaung – Wasandum - (elevation 1450 feet to 4600 feet, then to 2840 feet)
Early in the morning we visit attractive Putao market often fills with colorful ethnic minorities. Later we depart by jeep to upper Shangaung, 10½ mile 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 2844 feet above sea. This is consider a challenging trek as not only it goes toward the shoulder of Mt, Shangaung at 4606 feet (14½ mile, approx. 7 hour). First 6 mile 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 Wasandum - Awadum – Ziyadum - (elevation 2840 feet to 3540 feet)
Breakfast and we trek to our today destination at Ziyadum, located at 3540 feet above sea. At first we cross Namro creek to Awadum I (3 mile, 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 (1½ mile, approx. one hour). From here the trail goes through lush evergreen forests and enjoyable scenery towards Ziyadum (5½ mile, 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
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 (4 mile, 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 (7 mile, approx. 3 hour). We have lunch at this village and later trek back to our Wasandum guest house (3 mile, approx. 1½ hour) for the night. Dinner and overnight at Wasandum guest house.

Day 05 Wasandum – Namro – Kagyi Mountain (elevation 2850 feet to 4820 feet)
Breakfast and we walk along Namro creek through the open paddy field to Namro, located at 2820 feet above sea (2.5 mile, approx. one hour). Our adventure starts at here as we start cross Namro creek to get in to a lush tropical rain forest fill with large trees, vine, creeps and occasional bamboo grove. Trek goes pretty flat cross creek and island until we reach at the bottom of the Kagyi Mountain (4½ mile, approx. 3 hour). From here a challenging trail goes straight up to the shoulder of Mt. Kagyi at 4280 feet above sea (2 mile, approx. 2 hour). The camping site is beautiful surrounding with lush tropical forests. On a clear day one can enjoy a great view of the western mountain range of Phangran and Phonyin at the west, Mt. Madoi at the north and Putao plain at the south from the top of the Mt. Kagyi at 6000 feet. We have a true camping experience here as we pitch our tents and have dinner along camp fire. Dinner and overnight at tents.

Day 06 Kagyi Mountain – Mansakun – Htonhtu (elevation 4820 feet to 1320, then to 1380 feet)
We get up in the morning along with the bird’s call. We have early start and start trek back to Mansakun, located at 1388 feet above sea and road head to Putao. At first the trail goes straight down through tropical forests which later change in to bamboo grove and then to sub tropical scarf forest and then in to cultivation field belong to the Mansakun creek (6 ½ mile, approx. 5 hour). There is another good one hour walk along the river to get to the village. Lunch stop and we head north east through the plain lies at the bottom of Mt. Madoi. We walk pass Stilaw number one and number two to reach the junction where road fork in to two. Here we turn east to Htonhtu, located at 1378 feet above sea (6 ½ mile, approx. 4 hour). Htonhtu, a primarily Rawan tribe village is located at the bank of Mali creek, which later form as Malikha River after joining Sati and Namar creeks. Dinner and overnight at local home.

Day 07 Htonhtu – Htondum – Nam Ma - Pansat (elevation 1380 to 1570, then to 1320 feet)
Breakfast and we explore the vast river bank. Here we find shapes of stone that has been dragged by the torrent from the watershed up in the mountains. After wear and tear the pebble form all kind of shapes from a simple round, oval to the shape of animal and other staff like shoes, hat etc. Later we cross the shallow river by a dugout to Htondum village located at the other side of the river. From here we turn south and trek to Pansat, located at 1312 feet above sea (8 mile, approx. 5 hour). At first stretch we walk to Nam Ma, located at 1378 feet about sea but once we pass Nam Ma the our trail goes in to wildness and getting deeper in to primary forests where we encounter lush tropical rain forests, creeps and various species of rattan vine. We trek a challenging trail about 3 miles on the wildness trail and come out to the cattle farm, from where Pansat is another 2 mile away. Pansat, predominantly Rawan villages parched by the Malikha River under beautiful Namhti Mountain range. Here we meet our team and discuss about the new route to get to Nomung tomorrow. Dinner and overnight at local home.

Day 08 Pansat – Camp I (elevation 1310 feet to 2789 feet)
Breakfast and we head north-east towards mountains to our today destination of so-called camp I (10½ mile, approx. 6 hour). Our trek goes through valley along the creek and relatively easy compare to trek we are about to encounter next a couple of days. Most of the part we traverse huge meadow of tropical rain forests witness thick groove of rattan and vine at the bottom of extremely large trees. Tonight we will us the camp constructed by the construction company when they build the trek path. Dinner and overnight at camp.

Day 09 Camp I – Camp II (elevation 2789 feet to 5544 feet and then to 3340 feet)
Breakfast and we head east to so-called mountain camp (6 mile, approx. 4 hour). Trek goes straight up hill immediate after we start but soon we find ourselves walking on the shoulder of the ridge enjoy the view of snow-capped mountain in the far-east towards China border. Once we get in to some challenging spots crossing stone boulder and narrow cliff, we find quite enjoyable trail through the valley. Lunch stop and we continue trek to our today destination at camp II (3½ mile, approx. 2 hour). Trail usually goes gently ups and downs through the valley often infested with large bamboo grove. Dinner and overnight at camp.

Day 10 Camp II – Ko Hti – Htonlardum (elevation 3340 feet to 2987 feet and then to 2198 feet)
Breakfast and we head east for the river confluence of Phandum and Kasan (2.18 mile, approx. 1 hour) through the valley infested with thick rain forests and bamboo groove. Once we cross the river with make ship Bamboo Bridge we ten get in to a vast of plain with high vegetation and soon after we encounter human settlement of Ko Hti village (4 mile, approx. 2 hour) from where merely a 30 minute trek gets us to our today destination at Htondum village. We have a late lunch and interact with friendly local community at the village. Dinner and over at local home.DSC_4812.JPG

Day 11 Htonlardum – Nomung (elevation 2198 feet to 1640 feet)
Breakfast and we bit farewell to local and trek to our final destination at Nomung (10 mile, approx. 6 hour). Nomung is the administrative township and situates at 1640 feet above sea. Along the way we enjoying the site and sounds of the pristine vegetation. We spot many beautiful birds and orchids hanging on the large trees. Once we descend towards lowland we trek along the creek with plantations belong to the village. Lunch at restaurant and we enjoy an easy afternoon culturally and socially interaction with the locals. Dinner and overnight at local guesthouse.

Day 12 Nomung – Maza (elevation 1640 feet to 3176 feet)
Breakfast and we have had a relaxing day at Nomung. Later we head west and trek to Maza, locates at 3363 feet above sea (7 mile, approx. 5 hour). At first we cross Kasan creek by bridge and then traverse through the plain with paddy fields along the stream. Once we left to valley turning south our trail goes constantly uphill all the way to Maza camp. Maza has two different camp constructed by road construction company and local Christian Church. Dinner and overnight at camp house.

Day 13 Maza – Namti (elevation 3176 feet to 5754 feet and then to 2972 feet)
Breakfast and we turn our direction to south-west towards Namti, situate at 2972 feet above sea. At first we trek through winding uphill trek all the way to the shoulder of Mt. Babulonhtan (locally known as Noingum) at 5754 feet above sea (3½ mile, approx. 2½ hour). Along the way we witness different species of orchid along with birds. On a clear day we enjoy a spectacular view of snowcapped Mountains in the far north. This is the very place that well-known botanist Frank Kingdon Ward has found many rare species of orchids during his botanic survey in 1920. Some of the rare orchids such as Phiopedilum Wadii or Cypripedium Wardlamon (generally known as black orchid) has been named after the founder believe can only be seen in Myanmar. Beside black orchid there are many different species of orchids can be found here such as Indrovian, Clanthi, Simpidium, and Simpripedium etc. Noiwinlit and Babulonhtan valley actually is the depot of botany in northern Myanmar having a huge range of flowers. From here we trek downhill through heavily forested route to our today destination at Manti camp, situated at 2972 feet above sea (7 mile, approx. 4 hour). Dinner and overnight at camp house. 

Day 14 Namhti - Namsabum – Putao (elevation 2972 feet to 1883 feet then 1499 feet)
Breakfast and we keep trek through winding mule trek to Namsabum, locates at 1883 feet above sea (10 mile, approx. 6 hour). Once we climb on Noiwinlit Mt. 3278 feet, we see snake like crawling Namti creek down in the bottom of valley. Once we cross Htikha creek by a suspension bridge the trek goes through up hills and then to downhill all the way to Namsabum. On the way we witness heavily forested jungle and groups of monkeys jumping making loud noise. Here we meet our await jeep and travel back to Putao after crossing Malikha river by suspension bridge. Dinner and Overnight at Putao Lodge.

Day 14 Departure
Breakfast and perhaps a last minute shopping at Putao market and further visit in and around Putao with suggestion by our guide. Lunch and we transfer to airport for our onward departure flight to conclude this unique experience.

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