MYANMAR JOURNEYS

“ HKAKABORAZI AREA TREKKING TOUR “

( Yangon – Putao - Yangon )

 

Tour Program Name

A Journey through Adung Long Valley

Type

Adventure Trekking (Signature departure)

Coverage

Putao - Rapbaw - Panindin - Kharawan - Dazundan - Dahongdam - Putao

Duration

26 Day / 25 Night

Availability

Dec – May


 

A Journey through Adung Long Valley
Located in the Kachin State, situated in the extreme North of Myanmar, the Hkakaborazi protected area covers 3812 square kilometers and the headwaters of the great Ayeyarwady river, Myanmar's main artery for commerce and navigation. Accessibility is difficult, streams have to be crossed on precarious rattan bridges slung across the gorges sometimes hundreds of feet above the rushing torrents and rocky streambeds. For the most part, journeys are made on foot along footpaths that hug the mountainsides and wind through dense jungle undergrowth. The ethnic minorities inhabit in this area are of Kachin, Rawan, Lisu, Tibet and the last remaining members of the Tarong tribe, an endangered race of diminutive people none of whom are more than 4 feet in height.
 

 

Draft itinerary:

Day 01
Day 02
Day 03
Day 04
Day 05
Day 06
Day 07
Day 08
Day 09
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14
Day 15
Day 16
Day 17
Day 18
Day 19
Day 20
Day 21
Day 22
Day 23
Day 24
Day 25
Day 26

Friday
Satarday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Satarday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Satarday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Satarday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday

Arrival, Putao
Putao - Machanbaw - Alangga (truck)
Alangga - Rapbaw (truck)
Rapbaw - Gattu - Langsahtu (trek)
Langsahtu - Gawle (trek)
Gawle - Shingsangkhu (trek)
Shingsangkhu - Panindin (trek)
Panindin - Lonatt (trek)
Lonatt - Ngawa (trek)
Ngawa - Wansiwan (trek)
Wansiwan – Gawi (trek)
Gawai - Dazundan (trek)
Dazundan - Tasuhtu - Htalarhtu (trek)
Htalarhtu - Kharawan - Dahongdam (trek)
Dahongdam - Kharawan (trek)
Kharawan - Tasuhtu - Dazundan (trek)
Dazundan - Gawai (trek)
Gawai - Wansiwan (trek)
Wansiwan - Ngawa (trek)
Ngawa - Lonatt - Panindin (trek)
Panindin - Shingsangkhu - Gawle (trek)
Gawle - Rapbaw (trek)
Rapbaw - Alangga (truck)
Alangga - Putao (truck/jeep)
Putao
Onward departure

 


Price includes

  • Ground transportation (WWII Jeep)
  • Share twin accommodation (guesthouse, local home stay) (mattress, pillow and blanket will be provided)
  • Escort English language leader
  • Local trekking guide and porters
  • Full board meal inclusive of free flow boiled water and soft drinks
  • Travel Permit

 

Price excludes

  • Insurance (medical, travel, property)
  • Expenditure on personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, soft sleeping

Facilities, gratitude to guides, porters etc..

 

Friday - Day 01 Arrival, Putao

Shwedagon Pagoda Upon arrival at Putao airport you will be met by one of our resident representatives and transferred to your designated guest house. After a brief fresh up we shall walk to the near by local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon we will take a walking tour in and around Putao to get ourselves acquainted with this beautiful settlement. We shall have a group meeting, introducing among the group members, with local staff and briefing about the trek prior to dinner which will be at local restaurant or at your hotel. Overnight will be at Putao Trekking House.

 

 

Satarday - Day 02 Putao - Machanbaw - Alangga (truck)

Breakfast and we depart by jeep or truck (depending on the group size) to Machanbaw, a small administrative town located across Malikha river. We cross over 211 meters long suspension bridge while our truck cross river and proceed to our today destination at Alangga village, situates at 460 meters above sea, total distance 42 kilometres with approximately 8 hours challenging but interesting drive through winding road snakes its way through the mountain ranges, streams and waterfalls. We shall have dinner and overnight at one of the local homes over traditional central fire place.

 

 

Sunday - Day 03 Alangga - Rapbaw (truck)

Shwedagon PagodaBreakfast and hop on our truck and head for our today destination at Rapbaw situates at 530 meters above sea at distance 66 kilometers with approximately 8 hours drive on rough and dirt road passing through Htangga, Uringga and Babaw villages. As we traverse the mountain ridges the forest gets varied and view splendid. We should be preparing for the long and rough journey ahead us as road at this part is considered one of the worse in the country. We shall have dinner and overnight at one of the local homes over traditional central fire place.

 

 

Monday - Day 04 Rapbaw - Gattu - Langsahtu (trek)

Breakfast and say good bye to our driver and start trek to Gattu, a small Rawan village with bout 10 houses, situates at 533 meters above sea, crossing suspension bridge which spans Kasan creek. We have a lunch break and we continue our today destination at Langsahtu, situates at 762 meters with a total 14.5 kilometers with approximately 7 hours trek along the trail winds through dense sub-tropical forest with lush vines and creepers entwined in sculptured trees. It will probably give us a king of nice stretching out ourselves since we have had quite tiring journey by truck last a couple of days. We shall have dinner and overnight at one of the local homes over traditional central fire place.

 

Tuesday - Day 05 Langsahtu - Gawle (trek)

We shall have an easy morning as we have relatively short distance to cover to day. We leave our today destination Gawle, situates at 670 meters, at distance 13 kilometers with approximately 6 hours trek on similar trial through dense sub-tropical forest with lush evergreen trees. We should have plenty of times for us for relax and read a bit. We shall have dinner and overnight at one of the local homes over traditional central fire place.

 

Wednesday - Day 06 Gawle - Shingsangkhu (trek)

Breakfast and we head to our today destination at Shingsangkhu, situates at 1127 meters above sea, at distance 14.5 kilometers with approximately 8 hours trekking time. First part of the trail is relatively on the flat land but once we cross a small suspension bridge the trail continues uphill through dense evergreen forests, high reef and beautiful waterfalls. Legendary British explorer Frank Kingdon-Ward passed through this area in the 1920’s and described the area as one of the most beautiful places he had ever been, walking through a living paradise of old growth climax forest. Although it's only a little more then 14 kilometers journey but it was so far the most challenging one. On the start a short distance of plain path follow by a climb up the slope up to 600 meters top crossing a 60 meters high bamboo bridge near Sanya falls. We shall have dinner and overnight at Forest camp.

 

Thursday - Day 07 Shingsangkhu - Panindin (trek)

Shwedagon PagodaBreakfast and we leave for our today destination at Panindin situates at 930 meters above sea with little less then 10 kilometers for approximately 4 hours trekking time. At first we had steady up hill all day long passing through the shoulder of 1745 meters high Wipiep Razi peak that separates us from the Maykha river valley. Upon cresting the top of the hill we catch our first glimpse of the Maykha River snaking below. After an extremely steep descent through thick forest we finally cross Maykha (as known as) Nantaming river by suspension bridge to reach our camp, Panindin is still another half hour walk away. Panindin, lying peacefully next to Maykha river flowing crystal clear beneath suspension bridge that crosses to the village. We shall visit the village while our team prepares dinner for us. We shall overnight at Forest camp.

 

Friday - Day 08 Panindin - Lonatt (trek)

Breakfast and we continue trek to our today destination at Lonatt, lies at 936 meters above sea, at 11 kilometers in distance with approximately 4 hours trek with the path goes along the riverbank and through the mountain ridges alternatively. We shall have dinner and overnight at one of the local homes over traditional central fire place.

 

Satarday - Day 09 Lonatt - Ngawa (trek)

Breakfast and continue trekking to Ngawa, situates 1051 meters above sea, at 12 kilometers in distance with approximately 4 hours trekking time. Ngawa is a village of 16 houses in the plain and by far is the largest paddy producing village in the region. Trekking path goes along river bank and mountain ridges and crosses two suspension bridges along the way. We shall have dinner and overnight at one of the local homes over traditional central fire place.

 

Sunday Day 10 Ngawa - Wansiwan (trek)

Leaving Yangon in the morning, enjoy a scenic journey by road to Kyaiktiyo, 110km 3 hours to the east. Late morning, arrive at Kyaiktiyo base camp and transfer to the transit junction with one of the small open trucks in a 1-hour ride. Start an easy one-hour walk up to the Golden Rock and enjoy sunset from this unforgettable site. One of Myanmar's great pilgrimage sites is the Golden Rock at Kyaiktiyo, a huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff. The pagoda at the Golden Rock is said to hold a hair of the Buddha. Overnight in Kyaiktiyo.

 

Monday - Day 11 Wansiwan – Gawai (trek)

Shwedagon PagodaBreakfast and continue trekking to our today destination Gawai situates at 1143 meters above sea and inhabited by Rawan and Lisu ethnic group. Route to Gawai winds up down hill and along the mountain spine. To day we shall cover about 10 kilometers in with approximately 4 trekking hours. We shall have dinner and overnight at one of the local homes over traditional central fire place

 

 

Tuesday - Day 12 Gawai - Dazundan (trek)

Shwedagon PagodaBreakfast and we shall continue trek to Dazundan, situates about 1235 above sea through the path rather difficult with narrow valley along the side of the mountains. To day we shall entered in to deep in to the Adung Long valley and crossed three suspension bridges before reaching Dazundan, beautifully located on the confluence of Seinkhuwan and Adunwan rivers which later forms Maykha (as known as Nantaming river). We shall cover a total distance of 19 kilometers in with approximately 7 trekking hours. We shall have dinner and overnight at Forest camp.

 

Wednesday - Day 13 Dazundan - Tasuhtu - Htalarhtu (trek)

Breakfast and we start trek to Tasuhtu situates at 1463 meters above sea on the eastern bank of Tadunwan river, near the confluence of Tashuwan and Adunwan rivers. We shall have a lunch break and continue trek to our today destination Htalarhtu village, situates at 1311 meters above sea through the path goes along the riverbank and side of the mountains. As we trek uphill we realize that topographical changes in to temperate forest with pines appearing. We shall cover about 14.5 kilometers in with approximately 9 trekking hours. We shall have dinner and overnight at one of the local homes over traditional central fire place.

 

Thursday - Day 14 Htalarhtu - Kharawan - Dahongdam (trek)

Breakfast and we shall continue trek to Kharawan (as known as) Adundam, situate at 1830 meters above sea beyond the Adundam river and accessed on a suspension bridge. This part of the trek will be a little over 10 kilometers in and should take about 3 hours. There are beautiful panoramic sceneries of patches of pine trees, plantations and bare hilltops. This village is famous for its inhabitant of extremely rare "Tarong" dwarves who mainly live on wheat and maize instead of rice. We shall have an opportunity to interact with this unique tribe through our local guide. We shall have lunch and continue trek for our today destination at Dahongdam, situates at 1920 above sea crossing over suspension bridge with distance little less then 7 kilometers in with about 3 hours trek. This village is inhabited mainly by Tibetans and home to Namar Johnson, the only local ever to conquer Mt. Hkakaborazi in 1996 along with Japanese climber Takashi Osaki. This village is composed of 8 wooden houses and one Buddhist monastery and it is the last village to be found on the Himalayan trek. We shall have dinner and overnight at one of the local homes over traditional central fire place.
Possible extension (Beyond the last village in to the base of Hkakaborazi)
Hkakaborazi - part of the Sino-Himalayan Mountains

 

Friday - Day 15 Dahongdam - Kharawan (trek)

We shall have a relaxing morning at the last village. After lunch we trek back to Kharawan and spend rest of the day with this unique "Tarong" tribe. We shall have dinner and overnight at one of the local homes over traditional central fire place.

 

Satarday - Day 16 Kharawan - Tasuhtu - Dazundan (trek)

Breakfast and we trek back to Dazundan via Tashuhtu. Route descending steady further back down Dazundan from here on in the altitude remains fairly constant and steady. We shall have dinner and overnight at one of the local homes over traditional central fire place.

 

Sunday - Day 17 Dazundan - Gawai (trek)

Breakfast and we shall head for Gawai through the trail follows the Maykha Valley, crossing small rattan suspension bridges with a distance of 19 kilometers in with about 6 hours trek. We shall have dinner and overnight at one of the local homes over traditional central fire place.

 

Monday - Day 18 Gawai - Wansiwan (trek)

Breakfast and we shall leave for Wansiwan down stream alongside of the fast flowing Namtamai river through the trail continues down the Maykha valley crossing small rattan suspension bridges. We shall have dinner and overnight at camp.

 

Tuesday - Day 19 Wansiwan - Ngawa (trek)

Breakfast and we trek back to Ngawa with the same route that we had before. We shall have dinner and overnight at camp.

 

 

Tour code : ND – KKBRZ

 

 

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