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adventure travel trip to Myanmar
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  • Duration 11 days
    Group Size 3-10
    Land Cost $3,950 Details
    Single Supplement $950
    Lodging 1 star-2 stars
    Grade II-III
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    Trek to the Last Village

    Hiking the mountains, forests, and remote villages of Myanmar

    Day 1      Arrive Yangon

    Your guide will meet you at the airport in Yangon and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Along the way, observe Yangon's colonial-style red-bricked buildings. The cultural and spiritual heritage make Yangon one of the most fascinating capitals of Southeast Asia.

    Meals: None
    Lodging: Inya Lake Hotel or similar

    The market is a great way to see the locals' interactions
    Day 2      Markets, Reclining Buddha, and Shwedagon

    Consider a dawn walk or jog around Inya Lake from your hotel. After breakfast, head out on a full city tour of Yangon. Highlights today include spectacularly busy and lively fish and vegetable markets and great photo opportunities. You'll also visit Chaukhtatgyi, the colossal reclining Buddha, and Botataung Pagoda, said to enshrine the Buddha's hair relics. In the late afternoon, visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, more than 2,500 years old, and claimed to be the world's richest golden stupa. This is the Full Moon night and there will be special celebrations taking place. The golden dome rises roughly 322 feet above its base, and is covered with 60 tons of pure gold along with numerous precious stones, including a 76-carat diamond on the top. Return to your hotel for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Inya Lake Hotel or similar

    Buddhist temples are an important part of the culture
    Day 3      Putao

    This morning, board a flight to Putao, a small town situated in the far northern section of Burma in Kachin State, the gateway to the region's tallest mountain, Mt. Khakaborazi (19,296 feet). The local tribes who live in this area are of Tibetan ancestry and consist of the Rawan, Lisu, Tai Hkamti, and the last remaining members of the Tarong tribe, an endangered group of small people who are no more than four feet tall. Including stops, the flight takes about five hours. Upon arrival at Putao airport, you will be transferred to your guesthouse. After freshening up, you'll walk to a nearby local restaurant for lunch. Afterwards, a leisurely hike takes you to Majaw Lisu village, about a two-hour walk through paddy fields. This is a beautiful village with Mt. Slimatdin in the background. The glistening snow on the peak sparkles across the horizon at sunset.  Meet the local staff and attend a briefing about the trek prior to dinner. Your guesthouse will be basic standard facilities that include bed and linens, warm water, and Western toilet. This is a comfortable lodge and rooms have electricity.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Putao Trekking House or similar

    Incredible natural scenery
    Day 4      Trek Begins -- Putao and Shangaung

    After breakfast, visit the attractive Putao market, which is often filled with local tribal peoples such as Rawan, Lisu, and Kachin. Later, depart by jeep or truck to upper Shangaung (approx. 10 mi/1 hr). Both Lisu and Rawan tribes inhabit this village. The real hiking begins as you unload from the jeep and start trekking to Wasandum, a small Rawan village on situated on Nawlan Creek (approx. 12 mi/6 hrs), past Mt. Shangaung at approximately 4,600 feet on the shoulder of Mt. Slimatdin (6,000 feet). This is the most physically-demanding day of the trip, as you must ascend to 4,600 feet and then descend back to 3,000 feet within a distance of 12 miles. You will have a packed lunch on the way, and dinner will be freshly cooked and served local style. This the most difficult hiking day of the trip. Your guesthouse accommodations are very basic and include a foam mattress, blanket, and pillow.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Wasandum Guesthouse or similar

    Meet the local people
    Day 5      Namro Creek/Awadum/Ziyadum

    In the morning, the group will hike toward Ziyadum. Today's journey will be much easier, since you'll be walking on relatively flat land with few ups and downs. You'll cross Namro Creek to Awadum village (approx. 4 mi/2 hrs), which is inhabited primarily by the Lisu tribe. Here, you'll cross a suspension bridge that spans Namlang Creek on your way to Kalang, a Rawan village. On a clear day, the enormous mass of Mt. Phonyin Razi appears to be just an arm's length away. You'll stop for a short lunch break before continuing on through deep evergreen forests to Ziyadum (approx. 3.5 mi/2 hrs). Tigers and other large cats have been reported in the area recently, although they are nocturnal. You will want to be alert for gibbons and the many species of birds found here including hornbills,bulbuls, sunbirds, kingfishers, Ibisbill, Black Eagle, Brown Dipper, and Black Stork. Ziyadum, situated at an altitude of 3,440 feet, is the most northwestern and most remote frontier village in the Putao region. After your arrival, visit Ziya Creek for a fantastic sunset view of the blazing Snow Mountains in the west. Enjoy a special refreshment at the evening bonfire on the deck of the guesthouse overlooking Ziya Creek. Your overnight will be at a traditional Rawan-style lodge with basic standard facilities, including a mattress, warm water, and Western toilet.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Ziya Lodge or similar

    Crossing a suspension bridge
    Day 6      Ziyadum Local Encounters

    Today will be a relaxing day to enjoy this wild, beautiful, and ecologically-rich region. You may decide simply to sit by the Ziya River and enjoy the mountain views while listening to the bird calls and watching fish in the river, or you may opt to trek to Chaungzone (approx. 5 mi/3 hrs). The hike to Chaungzone takes you through deep evergreen forest with plenty of bird life and allows for social interaction with local hunters, searching for medicinal plants, etc.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Ziya Lodge or similar

    Views from Ziyadum
    Day 7      Ziyadum/Wasandum

    You'll enjoy a final morning at Ziyadum before starting the easy hike back to Wasandum. After an early lunch,  enjoy the last views of the "blazing mountains" and head to Awadum, crossing over suspension bridges and hiking through the beautiful dense forest of "Evergreen Avenue".

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Wasandum Guesthouse or similar

    Scenic hiking
    Day 8      Back to Putao -- Trek Concludes

    Today, hike uphill to the plateau of Mt. Shangaung and then continue rapidly downhill to Shangaung village, where your jeep will be waiting to take you back to Putao. After checking in at the guesthouse and freshening up, you'll celebrate the success of the trip at a special dinner with the group, which will also include your local leaders, porters, and cooks.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Putao Trekking House or similar

    Putao Trekking House
    Day 9      Naungkan and Mulashidi Villages

    Today, depart by jeep for Naungkan village (approx. 14 mi/1 hr), where you'll cross a 700-foot suspension bridge on foot over the gorge to Machanbaw. This charming, small administrative town is beautifully designed in colonial style and connected to the other side only by the bridge. After exploring the town and followed by lunch at a local shop in the small market, you'll visit Mulashidi village, home to a Lisu tribe, and also accessible only by suspension bridge across the Mula River. The village sits against a backdrop of dense forest. 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Putao Trekking House or similar

    Local village market
    Day 10      Putao to Yangon or Mandalay

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon, where you meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. You may spend your afternoon shopping at the Bogyoke Market, a sprawling 75-year-old shopping complex noted for its great variety of handicrafts and other items. Or fly to Mandalay and spend the afternoon exploring the city. Consider adding on a few extra days to visit the local sites and nearby Mingun by boat.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Inya Lake Hotel or Mandalay Hill Resort or similar

    Day 11      Yangon or Mandalay / Onward

    Your driver will transfer you to the airport for your onward departure. After a week of trekking, consider relaxing on an extension to Ngapali Beach on the Bay of Bengal

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: None

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