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Style: Classic Discovery

Putao Unveiled offers adventure-mind travelers the ultimate chance to experience the original life of different hill tribes in the far north area of Putao and its surroundings. Besides the visits to know about Rawang, Kachin and Lisu people, this trip is highlighted with the touch to the unmatched nature which is only reachable by foot.

In 8 days, Putao Unveiled takes you from mountain to stunning river valley, fascinating villages to peaceful camping site, trek on the dirt trails, passing the vibrant suspension bridge.

Although there is not daily flight to Putao, we are able to arrange the tour during the winter time.

Itinerary

Day 1: Putao Arrival

Upon arrival at Putao airport you will be met by Putao Trekking House’s representative and transferred 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 take a walk around Putao for the orientation.

Accommodation: Putao Lodge / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Early in the morning walk to Putao market (approx 10 minute), visit attractive market often busy with local ethnic tribes. Return to hotel, breakfast and depart by jeep or truck depending on the group size to Machanbaw, a small administrative town located across Malikha river. We cross over 213 meters long suspension bridge on foot while our truck cross the river and proceed to our today destination at Babaw through Alangga, Htangga and Uringga (approx 8 to 10 hours) on rough and dirt road. 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.

Accommodation: homestay / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Trek to Kwinmaling along Gasang creek

Breakfast and we continue trek towards Kwinmaling (19 km, approx 6 hours) along Gasang creek with dark-green colour water. Arrive at Magweza camp, located 12 km from Babaw which is the junction to Nomung and Hkawnglanghpu or Hkawbude. Lunch stop and cross Gasang creek via 113 meter suspension bridge which linking Ratbaw I and II. Continue trek about 6 km along the smooth gravel road to Kwinmaling.

Majority Rawang mixed with Kachin and Lisu tribe.

Accommodation: homestay / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Kwinmaling – Nomung trek

Breakfast and keep trek to final destination at Nomung, situates at 1640 ft 500 meters above sea and the last frontier town of Myanmar (6 km, approx 3 hours) through a 30 meter suspension bridge across the Beekoat creek which leads to the bottom of the mountain. 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. Lunch at village and easy afternoon culturally and socially interaction with the locals.

Accommodation: homestay / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Breakfast and keep trek through winding mule trek to Namsabum (15 km,approx 5 hours). Once climb on Noiwinlit Mt. 4525 ft, 1380 meter you will see snake like crawling Namti creek down in the bottom of valley from the distance. Once 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 witness heavily forested jungle, groups of monkeys were jumping everywhere making loud noise. Continue trek to Salundum (5 km, approx 2 hours) on a relatively easy path. Once cross Malikha river by boat to Htawadum, your jeep awaits you and takes you back to Putao. Farewell dinner with fellow group members, including your porters, and commemorate the experience that you have shared for the past 10 days in this unique part of the world.

Overnight at Putao Lodge

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Nomung – Maza (trek) Breakfast and change your direction on west to Maza on different route along mule trek. First 6 km trek along Kasankha stream (approx 3 hours). Lunch stop and cross a suspension bridge and continue trek (8 km, approx 4 hours.)

Accommodation: camp / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Breakfast turn your direction to south-west towards Namti, situate at 2300 ft, 700 meters above sea (19 km, approx 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. If weather permits you will 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 etc. 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. Lunch on the way, dinner and overnight at one of the local homes.

Accommodation: homestay / Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: Putao Departure

Breakfast and perhaps a last minute shopping at Putao market and further visit in and around Putao with suggestion by your guide. Lunch and afternoon transfer to airport for your onward departure flight to conclude this unique experience