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Phongun Razi Trekking Peak 3635m

Putao & Himalaya, Northern Myanmar
  • 01Reaching the snow line in Putao
  • 01Hanging bridge in Putao jungle
  • 01Feeling of solitude on trek to Phongun
  • 01Mountain creek at Putao valley
  • 01Local kids in Putao
  • 01Snow capped mountains in Putao
  • 01Putao river during dry season
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Welcome to trekking adventure in pristine and pure nature. Surroundings of Putao are perfect environment for discovering unique fauna and flora with a sense of true adventure. On your trek to Phongun Razi you will see the beautiful and varied landscapes of Northern Myanmar and trek in areas that are still uninhabited by humans. The feeling of solitude and peace combined with moderate trekking and delightful minority encounters guarantee an adventure to remember. Reaching the snow line and making the summit are truly unforgettable experiences.

What’s it like? This is essentially a camping trek. During the first days we stay in local village houses and sleep dormitory style (it is also possible to sleep in your tent should you prefer. During the climb we sleep in tents. Participants must be reasonably fit in order to join this trek. No climbing skills are required to join this trek. Porters and 3 meals per day are included while trekking. Recommended packing list can be found at the bottom of the itinerary.

Putao mountains Myanmar

Putao mountains.

DAY 1 > ARRIVAL TO PUTAO [-/L/D]

Upon arrival to Putao airport you will be welcomed by 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 of the local life and meet the friendly people. Putao previously known as Fort Hertz by its colonial name was the furthest out post of the 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.

Shangaung village

Shangaung village, Myanmar.

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. 1 hour/17 km 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 ascent from 1000 m elevation up a serpentine trail climbing over jungle covered Mt Shangaung (1362 m) range after high pass the trail contours forested mountain slopes gradually descending to small Rawang minority village, Wasandum (850 m), located on the lower slopes of the mountain range facing the Namro Creek. Water of the creek is crystal clear and it’s a perfect spot for freshening up with nice cooling water.

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

trekking in putao

Trekking in putao.

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

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

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

Phongun Razi Myanmar

Phongun Razi

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

Today is for exploring the last frontier. Traveling further down the valley and entering the lush forest after half an hour hike we arrive at the first hanging bridge spanning over 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 here the trail starts to climb up to Phongun Razi. We will have a lunch break near Caungsone and a chance to freshen up in the cool water. From here the group will begin to troop up along the twisting path of Mt.Phongun ridge to Thitpingyi camp that stands at 1820 meter, and while walking up through the jungle you will hear and see varieties of bird species and the calls of gibbon troops from down the valley of either side of the ridge. By the time you get to Thitpingyi porters and cook have pitched tents and prepared meals by fetching water down from the valley. Thitpingyi camp is situated on the clear high ridge sheltered by tall and shady trees.

Trekking: Trekking time approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast at lodge, lunch, dinner at camp
Overnight stay: In tents at Thitpingyi camp

Phongun Razi mountain

Phongun Razi mountain.

DAY 5 > TREK FROM THITPINGYI 1820 m TO PHONGUN RAZI BASE CAMP 2880 m [B/L/D]

We set out from Thitpingyi on a three hour trek through the pristine forest to Khadaungmyit camp (2465 meter ). During the walk you may encounter some of the endemic animal species and soak in the incredible sights. Once we reach Khadaungmyit you will be able to enjoy clear views of Mt.Phongun, Phonyin and Phangram and we will have lunch there. As you depart the Khadaungmyit camp, the path ahead will be more challenging as we will be going through full of up and down terrain with narrow tracks. During the trek you will also begin to see the patches of snow appearing about a half hour before reaching the base camp (snow line camp). We will spend a night under canvas to save up more energy for our target destination for the next day.

Trekking: Trekking time approx. 8 hours
Meals included: Breakfast at camp, packed lunch, dinner at camp
Overnight stay: In tent at base camp

forest

Phongun Razi forest.

DAY 6 >TREK FROM BASE CAMP 2880 m TO PHONGUN RAZI SUMMIT 3635 M [B/L/D]

We will begin the day early and enjoy the snowy scenery around the camp. We will begin our trek early in order to get to the summit (3635 meters) by noon. It will take 3-4 hours to the peak depending on the condition of weather and snow. Covered with frost, the alpine trees growing on the mountain range create a spectacular backdrop for the trek. Once we reach the peak we will enjoy refreshments and enjoy the gorgeous mountains scenery. Afterwards we will walk down the same passage to base camp where we will spend one more night. Due to the unspoiled nature of the ecosystem you may have the chance to spot “Takins” (endemic wild goat-antelopes found in the Himalayan mountain range) which inhabit the snow line.

Trekking: Trekking time approx.6hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at camp, lunch at peak, dinner at camp
Overnight stay: In tent at base camp

Trekking

Phongun Razi Trekking.

DAY 7 > DESCENT FROM PHONGUN RAZI BASE CAMP 2880m TO THITPINGYI 1820m [B/L/D]

After breakfast, we will descend from the base camp back to the valley. There are some resting spots along the track where we will either rest or pause for photos, and we will keep trekking down to Thitpinkyi camp via Khadaungmyit camp. This camp will be the last wilderness night of the trip.

Trekking: Trekking time approx.5hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at camp, packed lunch, dinner at camp
Overnight stay: In tents at Thitpingyi camp

DAY 8 > DESCENT FROM THITPINGYI 1820 m TO ZIADUM 1048 m [B/L/D]

In the morning we continue the trek to Chaungsone with relatively descending track crossing a suspension bridge. We can spend a while by the rocky banks of the glacial creek, and spot endemic ice-fish. Lunch will be served at your convenience during the descent. The rest of the track will be marshy and a bit slippery until we reach another suspension bridge, from where it will take us only thirty minutes to reach Ziyadum village. We will spend another evening in the village where you can have shower and spend another night interacting with the locals by the fire place in the middle of the meeting room of the local house.

Trekking: Trekking time approx. 6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast at camp, packed lunch, dinner at lodge
Overnight stay: In a local house in Ziadum

village

Ziadum village Myanmar.

DAY 9> DESCENT FROM ZIADUM 1048 m TO WASANDUM 860 m [B/L/D]

Early in the morning, do not miss spectacular view of the snow mountains from the village and take time to explore the village before breakfast. When our group is ready we will take a different route to Kalang village. The route is relatively flat, shady and pleasant to walk, moreover there are some beautiful suspension bridges to be crossed. It will take us about two hours to reach Kalang, a beautiful Rawang village in a rural setting. From here we will continue to Awadum village and along the way we will be crossing the long Kalang suspension bridge. We will have lunch at a local house in Awadum which houses the only shop in village and then proceed to Wasandum to stay overnight.

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

Village

Trek from Wasandum

DAY 10> TREK FROM WASANDUM 860 m – MT SHANGAUNG 1364 m – PUTAO 451m [B/L/D]

After breakfast, we will begin a dramatic ascent up of Mt. Shaungaung for an half hour, and then the route starts winding up with alternative low and high terrain up to the vicinity of the peak where the trail rises dramatically. We will enjoy lunch near the summit and then continue trekking for one and a half hours to upper Shangaung where a jeep will be waiting for us. After we say farewell to our porters and cook, we will depart the village by jeep for Putao. On the way there will be some small bridges in bad condition and we will have to get off the jeep for our safety and walk across. This will provide us a with good opportunity to meet local people from all walks of life traveling on motor bike, on bull lock cart, on bicycles and on foot across these bridges. Once we reach Putao you can enjoy dinner and a hot shower at the Putao lodge.

Trekking: Trekking time approx. 7 hours
Meals included: Breakfast at lodge, packed lunch, dinner at lodge
Overnight stay: In a lodge in Putao

Putao Mountains

Putao Mountains

DAY 11> DEPARTURE FROM PUTAO AIRPORT [B/L/-]

On your final day, if time permits, you can still take the opportunity to visit the market to explore the local products and culture. Then depending on the flight departure, your guide will transfer you to the airport by jeep at the appropriate time.

Meals included: Breakfast at lodge, lunch (depending on flight departure)

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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR COSTING

• English speaking trip leader, trekking crew, local tracker for trail making, porters, cook
• Full board meals while on trek, safe drinking water (cooked or filtered)
• Simple lodging as specified in the itinerary
• Ground transport (jeep, truck etc.)
• We will provide basic camping mats (there are no thermarest type available in Myanmar)

Note: (Max load given to porters is 15kg per client. Otherwise extra charges may apply)

NOT INCLUDED

• Visa to Myanmar
• Sleeping bags
• Any airfares
• Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance
• Expenditure on personal nature such as laundry, beverages, gratitude to guides, porters etc.
• Tips & gratuities at your discretion