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Singular Myanmar

Phongun Razi snow-capped mountain trekking and white water rafting Expedition

Tour Program:                   Combined PhongunRazi (3606 meters) and White Water

                                          Rafting Expedition

 Trip Target:                       Trek up to the summit of Mt, Phongun 3606 meters

Trip concept:                      Trekking through the Himalaya’s remoteness of nature

                                          and Enjoying the grade         

                                           3 to 4 white water rafting along Namlang river

Duration:                            12 nights 13days(2nigts in guest house, 4 nights in village

                                           and 6 nights in camp)

Adventure Grade:               Moderate Adventure

Walking Distance:               Average 6.5 miles trekking per day        

                                            Around 90 miles complete trek within 10 days

Rafting Distance:                 Average 5 hours on raft per days

Availability:                         October – May

Best season for Rafting:      October – February(hight level of water)

Mt. Phongan Razi (Highlight)

Mt. Phongan Razi  - Towering 3606 meters above the sea level exists in the North West of Putao near Myanmar- India border and  is well known as a lady among the local ethic in this region. The remoteness and difficult accessibility of the region has helped to maintain the pristine purity of its forest and eco-systems. The richness of its 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.

Day 01   (Putao 451 meters)

Just as you arrive at the Putao airport, you will be struck by how quiet it is, and your guide will greet and transfer you to Putao guest house. After refreshment, your guide will take you to explore the scenic beauty of Putao and its ethnic groups’ living style by walking in and around the town. The town itself lies on small plane hill and is the most peaceful in northern Myanmar. Being isolated area, the region is rich in biodiversity-flora and fauna and it’s the least visited area by the tourist.

Day 02   ( Putao-upper Shangaung- Mt Shangaung 1460 meters- Wasandum 860 meters)

As soon as your breakfast is taken, you will start driving a country road of 17 km to upper Shangaung, and all the way through you will see people traveling on bull locked carts or on motor bikes, local houses and paddy fields. After being dropped off at Shangaung village, you will start climbing up the winding trail of Mt.Shangaung of 1,460 m will be a great challenging for you. But as you get to the peak you will have the panoramic view of Putao and your lunch will be served there. From the summit while the descending trail will lead you to Wasandum a beautiful Rawang village at 860 m, you may encounter with hornbills and gibbons. You may go down to Namro creek (5 minute walk from the village) to get washed up right after you have checked in the local house.(approx.-walking hour 8 plus one and half  driving hours)

Day 03   ( Wasandum – Awadum- Ziyadum 1068 meters)

You will be awoken at first light by the village cocks crowing repeatedly, which is the vital alarm for the villagers. Most of your route today will be cool, shady and relatively flat, except some up and down spots. As you proceed to Awadum which is well-known for walnut and persimmon and home to both Lisus and Rawangs, you will encounter the local greeting you with broad smile on the way through. After walking for half hour from Awadum, you will reach Kanlang suspension bridge and have your lunch there, but you will not cross the bridge, rather pass along the Namla creek for about 2 hours to get to Ziyadum at the altitude of 1068 m above sea level, the last frontier village for this route. You will notice that all the houses of the village, being built of wood, bamboo, rattan and bark, have spacious plot with wood or bamboo fence. The villagers mainly live on cultivation, hunting and foraging for medicinal insect called “Cordycept” in botanical term, which plays main role in Chinese alternative medicine. ( approxi- walking hour 5- 7)

Day 04   ( Ziyadum- Chaungsone- Thitpingyi 1850 m)

You should not miss to enjoy the marvelous view of the snow-capped mountains surrounding, from the bank of Namlang creek early in the morning before the fog goes up. You will leave the village by the church for today’s destination through tranquil forest and see the first suspension bridge after thirty minute walk. The second suspension bridge is 10 minute walk ahead of the Chaungsone, from where your group will troop up along the twisting path of Mt.Phongun ridge to Thitpingyi camp that stands at 1850 meter, and while walking up through jungle you will hear and see varieties of bird species and calls of gibbon troops from down the valley of either side of the ridge.Thitpingyi camp is situated on the clear high ridge sheltered by tall and shady trees. (approx. walking hour: 5-6)

Day 05   (Thitpingyin-Khadaungmyit 2550 m)

At sunrise you will hear the melodious sound of the nature making you feel the unique taste of being in the deep forest. The first 2 hours of today route will be winding up through mossy giant trees, you may encounter some quails, pheasants, gibbons and squirrels by chance, but the rest of today route will be pleasant to walk through high altitude bamboo groves.Your today destination is Khadaungmyit camp (2550meter ) from which you can have the clear views of Phangran if the weather permits.( Approximate walking hour : 4-5)

Day 06  ( Khadaungmyit- Base Camp 3075 m)

As you depart the Khadaungmyit camp, your path ahead will be more challenging and full of up and down terrain with narrow track, you will   see Rhododendron blooming in red, white, yellow and blue colors in the vicinity of the snow line. You will start to see the patch of snow in about a half hour before reaching the base camp (snow line camp)less windy between two ridges. You will spend a night under canvas to save up more energy for target destination of the next day.( approx.walking hour: 4-5)

Day  07  (Base camp or snow line -  the summit 3635 m)

Wake up early and enjoy the scenery of the snow land. Since your route today will be all over the snow passage you need to set off your trip as early as possible in order to get to the summit (3635 meters) by noon. It will take you 3-4 hours to the peak depending on the conditionof weather and snow. Covered with frost, the alpine trees growing on the mountain range are so sensational that it’s worth taking memorial photos of the spectacular view of gorgeous mountains scenery. You may have some refreshment on the peak after spending a few minutes in photo, and walk down with the same passage to base camp to spend one more night at the same camp. Due to ecosystem being not impaired, you may, by chance, happen to see “Takins” (endemic wild animal)which inhabit near the snow line.(approx. walking hour 6)

Day 08  (Base camp to Thitpingyi 1850 m via Khadaungmyit camp)

After breakfast, as you trek down in the valley with twisting root path of up and down terrain, you need to be more careful in order to avoid your feet being twisted. There are some rest spots along the track where you either rest or pause for photos, and you will keep trekking down to Thitpinkyi camp via Khadaungmyit camp. That camp will be your last wilderness night of the trip.( approx. walking hours 6)

Day 09  ( Thitpingyi to Ziyadum 1068 m via Chaungsone)

Enjoy melodious sounds of the nature in the morning and continue trek to Chaungsone with relatively descending track crossing a suspension bridge. You may like to spend a while by the rocky bank of the glacial creek, which abounds in endemic ice-fish. The lunch may be served there. The rest of your track will be marsh and a bit slippery until you reach another suspension bridge, from where you only need to spend an half hour to get to Ziyadum village. If you wish you can have shower and spend one night interacting with the local by the fire place in the middle of the meeting room of the local house. The indigenous people are characterized by sincere and carefree smiling faces. ( approx. walking hours 6)

Day 10   ( Ziyadum- Kalang- Awadum- Wasandum 860 m)

Early in the morning, you are not supposed to miss having the spectacular view of the snow mountains from the village and may feel like to explore the village before breakfast. When your group is ready you will take different route to Kalang village. That route is relatively flat, shady and pleasant to walk, moreover there are some beautiful suspension bridges to be crossed. It will take you about 2 hours to reach  Kalang, a beautiful Rawang village in rural setting. You will leave the village by the side for Awadum crossing a long suspension bridge of Kalang. You may take your lunch at a local house in Awadum which owns the only shop of the village and proceed to Wasandum to stay overnight.(approx. walking hours 6)

Day 11 Wasundum – River camp (Rafting along Namlang river)

After breakfast,walkdown to Namro creek and reach to starting point for rafting. Before we leave, listen to well experienced river guide’s brief and demo with a practice. Enjoy the nature beauty of flora and fauna along the both side of icy creek while paddling down through the valley of Namlang by touching the chill water in cascading creek and pass one of the frontier lisu village called Namzae where you can see 3400 m high Mt, Loncrumadin snow-capped mountain which is just on the right side of the creek. Stop for Lunch on river bank and paddle down till we reach to river camp where we will stay overnight in tent on sandy beach.

Day 12 River camp – Putao (Rafting /Car)

Left the wilderness behind and returning to the clutches of human civilization. Today is your final destination of rafting through the more challenge and more enjoyable level of rapids, by passing the huge boulders and some waterfall in more gorge and narrow valley of deep canyons by listening your river guide’s very often commends. Lunch will be on convenience river bank and forward to Mulasidi village which is your ending point and you will be transfer to Putao by car. Over night at Putao Guest House. 

Day 13  ( Putao – Airport for departure)

As you get up, you should not forget to visit local market to explore the local products and to buy some souvenirs for your dear ones. I strongly recommend that you should buy lovely tea cups crafted from bamboo and try the taste of local organic fruits. Depending on the flight arrival, your guide will transfer you to the airport by jeep for onward departure.  And our service will end up seeing you off at the terminal. (15 minutes driving)

Included Services:

-Ground Transportation in Putao

-Accommodation in Putao Guest House (on arrival and one night before departure)

-Full board meal, safe drinking water

-Escorted English language leader, Cook and Porters

Excluded Services:

-Domestic airfare


-Expenditure on personal nature such as laundry,beverages, gratitude to  Guide and Porters.