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Last Village Trek – 7 Days

Putao & Himalaya, Northern Myanmar
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Explore some of Myanmar’s (Burma’s) best preserved treasures in the untouched north. Putao and Myanmar Himalaya is gaining popularity as the new hot spot for explorers, adventurers and nature enthusiasts. The region is sparsely populated with only few roads and villages and much of the nature remains untouched.

The Last Village trek – was nominated National Geographic “Top 50 treks of lifetime”. On this guided and fully supported trek suitable to all fitness levels, you will get to discover remote Lisu and Rawang tribe villages, trek through beautiful and lush forests, where groups of Gibbons and langues can be often seen and heard, you will get to cross hanging bridges and enjoy views of the snowcapped mountains whilst trekking at lower altitude under 2000masl. Throughout the trip we sleep in local houses with shared facilities. This will be more comfortable than camping although may not always have the same level of privacy. Our trips are conducted in sustainable way and it is very important to us that the local communities also benefit.

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Putao mountains.

DAY 1 > ARRIVAL TO PUTAO  [-/L/D]

Upon arrival to Putao airport you will be welcomed by the Discovery DMC local guide and transferred to your hotel / guest house in Putao. After check-in and lunch we take a walk around the town to get a feel for the local life and meet the friendly people. Putao previously known as Fort Hertz by its colonial name was the furthest out post of British Burma. A number of expeditions and surveys trips were conducted by the British and international explorers to record the unique flora and fauna of the region however large parts remain unexplored. Like many other parts of Burma access to the far north was restricted for decades. Putao remains a sleepy and isolated town situated in a flat valley surrounded by forests and has only seasonal overland access from Myitkyina.

Meals included: Lunch & dinner
Overnight stay: Dinner and overnight stay in Putao in a hotel or guest house.

Simple housing in Putao

Putao Village House.

DAY 2 > UPPER SHANGAUNG 1000m – MT SANGAUNG 1362m – WASANDUM 860m   [B/L/D]

After breakfast we take a morning walk to Putao market, where ethnic minorities often come trade their produce. You may find some simple supplies and snack here for the trek if needed. Transfer by jeep or truck approx. 1hr/17km to Upper Shangaung, a Rawang minority village where many of the porters reside and where we start our trek. Visit a local school & church before starting the ascent from 1000m elevation up a serpentine trail climbing over the jungle covered Mt Shangaung (1362m) range. After the high pass the trail contours forested mountain slopes gradually descending to the small Rawang minority village, Wasandum, located on the lower slopes of the mountain range facing the Namro Creek.

Trekking: Trekking time approx. 6hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at local house, packed lunch, dinner at local house
Overnight stay: In a local house in Wasandum

Snow line of Phongun Razi

Snow line of Phongun Razi.

DAY 3 > WASANDUM 860m TO ZIADUM “LAST VILLAGE” 1048m  [B/L/D]

Wake up in the village and enjoy breakfast prepared by our cook. Today’s trek is less challenging as our trail follows the Namro creek to Awadum, a small Lisu minority farming village. After a lunch stop in Avadum continue trekking through lush forests following the river valley until we cross a hanging bridge over the Zia creek and enter Ziadum Rawang minority village also known as the “Last Village”. It is the last inhabited place in North West Myanmar. In the afternoon enjoy free time for walks around Zia creek, (weather permitting) enjoy fabulous views over snow capped peaks of Phonyin and Phangran bordering India.

Trekking: Trekking time approx.7hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at local house, packed lunch, dinner at local house
Overnight stay: At a local house in Ziadum

Phongun Razi

Phongun Razi.

DAY 4 > EXPLORING TRAIL LEADING TO PHONGAN RAZI  [B/L/D]

Today is for exploring the last frontier. Traveling further down the valley and entering the lush forest areas. After half an hour hike we arrive at the the hanging bridge spanning Phangram River, which has been recently renovated with tourists contributions. Following the creeks and forest trails we finally reach Caungsone hanging bridge crossing the Phongan river. Near the bridge the trail starts to climb up to Phongan Razi. We will make a lunch break near Caungsone and return to Ziadum for the night.

Trekking: Trekking time approx. 6-7hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at local house, packed lunch, dinner at local house
Overnight stay: At a local house in Ziadum

Putao trekking

Putao trekking.

DAY 5 > TREK ZIADUM TO KALANG, LOHNADUM & WAHLANGDUM [B/L/D]

After breakfast we start our trek to Wahlangdum passing through Kalang and Lohnadum Rawang villages. On a clear day Phongan, Phonyin and Zia mountains are visible all the way from Kalang. We will enjoy packed lunch en route in Lohnadum and arrive to Wahlangdum in the early afternoon. Both Lohnadum and Wahlangdum are farmer and hunter communities growing seasonal crops and paddy and living near the Namro creek.

Trekking: Trekking time approx. 5- 6hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at local house, packed lunch, local house
Overnight stay: At a local house dormitory style in Wahlangdum

Trekking in Putao

Putao River.

DAY 6 > WAHLANGDUM – WASANDUM – PUTAO (trek/jeep)  [B/L/D]

After breakfast we trek along a popular trail for the locals. Farming produce, firewood and goods from Putao all travel along this bullock cart track between Namtumkoo and Ba Inn village. The trail weaves through farming land and forested patches crossing and climbing over small hills. On clear weather we might get a glimpse of Putao town in the horizon. En route we hike past a small waterfall and have lunch nearby. We take a 20min jeep or truck ride from Ba Inn to Putao town. Rest of the day can be enjoyed relaxing or exploring in Putao.

Trekking: 5-6hrs easy trail
Meals included: Breakfast at local house, packed lunch, dinner at local restaurant
Overnight stay: In Putao in a hotel or guest house.

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Putao mountains.

DAY 7 > DEPARTURE [B/-/-]

Breakfast at the lodge and free time for last minute shopping at Putao market. Bid farewells to our local hosts and guide and transfer to Putao airport for your flight to Mandalay or Yangon.

Meals included: Breakfast

Please contact Discovery DMC office for prices!

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR COSTING

  • Ground transport (coach, jeep, truck)
  • Accommodation (lodge & village houses)
  • Escorted English language leader & porters
  • Full board meal, safe drinking water
  • Travel Permit

NOT INCLUDED

  • Visa to Myanmar
  • Domestic airfare
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance (Please refer to Terms & Conditions)
  • Expenditure on personal nature such as laundry, beverages, gratitude to guides, porters etc.
  • Tips & gratuities at your discretion