6 Nights 7 Days
Trip Target: Trek up to Ziyardam (the last frontier village) Trip concept: Exploring by trekking through the Himalayaâ€™s splendid gorgeous of nature and the unique culture of hill tribes Duration: 7Days / 6 Nights (2 nights in guest house, 4 nights in village) Adventure Grade: Moderate Adventure Walking Distance: Average 6.5 miles trekking per day Around 40 miles complete trek within 10 days Availability: October â€“ May Ziyardam, the last village to the North West of Myanmar, is home to the white colour of Rawang tribe and the jumping off point to several snow capped mountains such as Phongan razi (3,606 meters),Phangran razi(4,330 meters),Phonyin razi(4,282 meters) and Ziyar razi(4,213 meters).As situated in the inside of the Phonganrazi National Park and lying just beside of fast flow cascading icy creek, you may have chance to encounter the very rare species of flora and fauna in a conservation area of endangered species.
Just as you arrive at the Putao airport, 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, formally known as Fort Hertz and its ethnic groupsâ€™ 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 itâ€™s the least visited area by the tourist.
After your breakfast , 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 and working at the farm, local houses and paddy fields. After being dropped off at Shangaung village, you will start walking 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 horn bills 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.- 6 hours walking and one hour driving)
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 Kanlan 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 â€śCordyceptâ€ť in botanical term, which plays main role in Chinese alternative medicine. ( approx- walking hour 5- 7)
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 may spend the whole day in exploring the fauna and flora in jungle its surrounding and the social activities of the villagers.
Early in the morning, you are not supposed to miss having the spectacular view of the snowcapped 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 Kharlang 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 Kharlang, a beautiful Rawang village in rural setting. You will leave the village by the side for Awadam crossing a long suspension bridge of Kharlang. You may take your lunch at a local house in Awadam which owns the only shop of the village and proceed to Wasandam to stay overnight.(approx. walking hours 6)
After breakfast, you will start climbing up dramatically ascending path of Mt. Shaungaung for an half hour, and then the route becomes winding up with alternative low and high terrain up to the vicinity of the peak where the trail rises dramatically. As you may not feel like to rest on the summit, you keep on trekking down along the twisting trail to your lunch stop thatâ€™s plane and located by the stream. After saying farewell to some of your porters and cook, you will depart the village by jeep for Putao. On the way there will be some small bridges in bad condition where your driver will request you to get off the jeep for your safety. You could enjoy hot shower at the Putao lodge. (approx. walking hours 8 plus one and half driving hours)
After breakfast, you should not forget to visit local market to explore the local products and to buy some souvenirs for your dear ones. We 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 it will take approx15 minutes. After arrival to Mandalay international air port transfer to your hotel and stay overnight at hotel.