THE LAST frontier

 

OVERVIEW

 

Tour code  

BRO/HML-04

Destination

Yangon, Putao

Availability

Nov-May

Routes

Day 01: Yangon-Putao <flight>

 

Day 02: Putao - Machanbaw - Alangga <jeep/trek>

 

Day 03: Alangga - Htangga <trek>

 

Day 04: Htangga - Uringga <trek>

 

Day 05: Ziyadum - Wasandum <trek>

 

Day 06: Babaw - Rapbaw - Kwinmaling <trek>

 

Day 07: Kwinmaling - Nomung <trek>

 

Day 08: Nomung - Maza <trek>

 

Day 09: Maza - Namti <trek>

 

Day 10: Namhti - Namsabum - Putao <trek/jeep>

 

Day 11: Putao <jeep>

 

Day 12: Putao-Yangon <flight>

 

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1   Yangon-Putao
Take a morning flight to Putao. Upon arrival at Putao airport meet and greet by Putao trekking house's representative and transfer to your guest house. Putao, lies in a flat valley, jumping-off point for trekkers who want to explore the region’s deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries and snow-capped mountains etc. After a brief fresh up we shall have light lunch at a local restaurant and take a walk in and around Putao for the orientation. Dinner and overnight at Putao trekking house.

 

Day 2   Putao - Machanbaw - Alangga
Breakfast and we board on jeep for Machanbaw with the distance 22 km which takes about one hour partly on paved and gravel road. Our adventure start here as we get off the jeep, cross suspension bridge on foot and trek on winding road snakes its way through the mountain ranges to Htikha camp situates near Htikha creek with the distance 14 km which takes about 4 hours. The region is covered with lush vegetation, fast flow streams and waterfalls. We cross 73 meter long suspension bridge and continue trek to our today destination Alangga, situate 1520 ft, 460 meter above sea with the distance 3 km which should take us about one hour. Majority of tribe in this village are of Lisu, mixed with some Rawang and Kachin. We shall have our dinner and overnight at one of the local homes.

 

Day 3   Alangga - Htangga
Breakfast and we start trek to Htangga village with the distance 19 km which should take us about 6 hours passing through the dense forests. This section probably is the most challenging trek of entire journey. Once we cross Namti creek, the road winds steeply upwards with a gorge on the left and a wall of mountains on the right. The higher the altitude, the colder the weather becomes. As we pass through dense forest one usually comes across barking deer, jungle fowls and birds flashing through the woods. Once we cross 55 meters suspension bridge we arrive Htangga situates approx 2200 ft, 670 meters above sea Majority tribe of this village are of Kachin mixed with Lisu. We shall have our dinner and overnight at one of the local homes.

 

Day 4   Htangga - Uringga
Breakfast and we trek on smooth path to Uringga with the distance 15 km which should take us about 5 hours passing through Hprutkha creek. As usual we have our dinner and overnight at one of the local homes.

 

 

Day 5   Uringga - Babaw
Breakfast and we shall be heading for our to day destination, Babaw with the distance 18 km which should take us about 6 hours via the path become downstream as mountain descend gradually. The forest along the way has been pristine and filled with lively with flora and fauna. Once we reach at Gasang creek we cross via a cane bridge to get Babaw, situate at 1750 ft, 520 meters above sea. Ratbaw is divided by Babaw creek that flows into the Gasang creek. We cross the 52 meter bridge to get to Babaw II where we plan to overnight at a guest house situates at confluence of the two creeks. Majority of tribe in this village are of Lisu mixed with Kachin and Rawang. We shall have our dinner and overnight at guest house.

 

Day 6   Babaw - Rapbaw - Kwinmaling
Breakfast and we shall be heading towards our today destination at Kwinmaling with the distance 19 km which should take us about 6 hours along Gasang creek with usually with dark-green colour water. We arrive at Magwiza camp, located 12 km from Babaw which is the junction to Nomung and Hkawnglanghpu or Hkawbude. We cross Gasang creek via 113 meter suspension bridge which linking Ratbaw I and II once we pass Dashehtu village. From here we continue trek about 6 km along the smooth gravel road to Kwinmaling with majority Rawang mixed with Kachin and Lisu tribe. We have our dinner and overnight at one of the local homes.

 

Day 7   Kwinmaling - Nomung
Breakfast and we keep trek to our final destination at Nomung, situates at 1640 ft 500 meters above sea and the last frontier town of Myanmar with the distance 6 km which should take us about 3 hours through a 30 meter suspension bridge across the Beekoat creek which leads to the bottom of the mountain. We trek up the shoulder of the steep Beekoat Mountain and descend towards lowland along the creek with green plantations belong to the village. Majority of tribe at this village are of Rawang. We shall have an easy afternoon culturally and socially interaction with the locals. We enjoy our dinner and overnight at one of the local homes.

 

Day 8   Nomung - Maza
Breakfast and we change our direction on west to Maza. Our return journey will be on different route on mule trek rather then along the dirt road. First 6 km we trek along Kasankha stream which should take us about 3 hours and after cross on a suspension bridge we continue trek with the distance at 8 km which should takes us about 4 hours. We shall have our dinner and overnight at a camp.
 

 

Day 9   Maza - Namti
Breakfast and we turn our direction to south-west towards Namti, situate at 2300 ft, 700 meters above sea with the distance 19 km which should takes at about 6 hours. First 6 km will be up hill towards the shoulder of 6150 ft, 1875 meters Mt. Babulonhtan (locally known as Noi Ngum) by winding route through its top. Along the way you will witness many different species of orchid along with birds. Enjoy a spectacular view of snow capped Mountains in the far north. There will be snow on the top of this mountain during winter months. This is the very place that well-known botanist Frank Kingdon Ward has found many rare species of orchids during his botanic survey in 1920. Some of the rare orchids such as Phiopedilum Wadii or Cypripedium Wardlamon (generally known as black orchid) which has been named after the founder believe can only be seen in Myanmar. Beside black orchid there are many different species of orchids can be found here such as Indrovian, Clanthi, Simpidium, and Simpripedium ect. Noiwinlit and BabuLonhtan valley actually is the depot of botany in northern Myanmar having a huge range of flowers including Rhododendron Dendricoala and many deferent species of Begonias etc. We shall have our dinner and overnight at one of the local homes.Dinner and overnight at a camp or local home.

 

Day 10   Namhti - Namsabum - Putao
Breakfast and we keep trek through winding mule trek to Namsabum with the distance 15 km which should take us about 5 hours. Once we climb on Noiwinlit Mt. 4525 ft, 1380 meter we shall see snake like crawling Namti creek down in the bottom of valley from the distance. Once we cross Htikha creek by a suspension bridge the trek goes through up hills and then to downhill all the way to Namsabum. On the way we witness heavily forested jungle, groups of monkeys were jumping everywhere making loud noise.
We shall notice some of the flower that stands along side of the route is very much alike cobra snake in position of ready to strike but were proven to be some kind of flowers. We continue trek to Salundum with the distance of 5 km which should take us about 2 hours on a relatively easy path. Once we cross Malikha river by boat to Htawadum, our jeep awaits us and takes us back to Putao. We go out for a farewell dinner with our fellow group members, including our porters, and commemorate the experience that we've shared for the past 10 days in this unique part of the world. Overnight at Putao trekking house.

 

Day 11   Putao
Breakfast and we relax through the day. Afternoon we visit Mulashidi Lisu village with the distance 35 km which takes about one hour by jeep. Here we visit attractive Lisu settlement and 159 meter long suspension bridge across Mula river. Enjoy beautiful surrounding often back drop with snow capped mountains in distance. We shall have our dinner and overnight at Putao trekking house.
 

 

Day 12   Putao-Yangon
Breakfast and perhaps a last minute shopping at Putao market. Later we transfer to airport for our onward departure flight to conclude this unique experience. Should time permit we shall visit one of the local villages to observe traditional dance performance of Rawan and Lisu youth and daily life activities by the villagers.