AT#23 Ygn-Putao–Ziyadum–Mt. Phongun Razi–Putao–Ygn
Phongun Razi Expedition (Adventure Trekking)
13 Days / 12 Nights
MT. PHONGUN RAZI
MT. PHONGUN RAZI – Towering 11920 ft, 3635 meters above the sea is the most suitable peak to scale among the many peaks in the region. Generally covered with snow between November and May is about 85 kilometer North West of Putao near Myanmar – Indian border. The remoteness and difficult accessibility of the region has help maintain the pristine purity of it forest and eco-systems offering unparalleled opportunities to present-day professionals in the field of zoology, botany, forestry, environmental protection, conservation and ecology as well as hardy eco-tourists and mountaineers who prefer the challenge of a testing back-packing trip in the mountain fastness to a routine attractions in the more accessible urban centers.
Yangon – Putao
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. Dinner and overnight at Putao Trekking House.
Putao – Shangaung – Wasandum (jeep/trek)
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/truck to upper Shangaung (17 km, approx one hour) on a rugged road. Shangaung has two separate villages and inhabitant of both Lisu and Rawan tribes. Your adventure starts as we get off the jeep and start trek to Wasandum (20 km, approx 6 hours) trek through Mt. Shangaung at 4468 ft, 1362 meters. Pack lunch on the way and continue trek to Wasandum. First 10 km will be straight up along the trail winding up to the top of Mt. Shangaung from then trail goes all the way down to Wasandum. This will be the testing journey for you as you have to ascend from 1060 meters up to 1362 meters and then descend back to 860 meters. Wasandum is a small Rawan village situates by Namro creek. Check in at guest house and for those who wish to wash up may go to Namro creek to do so with crystal clean water. Dinner and overnight at Wasandum guest house in dormitory style.
Wasandum – Awadum – Kalang – Ziyadum (trek)
Breakfast and leave the village for your today destination at Ziyadum, through relatively flat land with just few of ups and downs. At first cross Namro creek to Awadum (7.4 km, approx 3 hours). Awadum is mainly inhabited by Lisu and separate in to two by a large paddy field. Here we cross a suspension bridge that spans Namlang creek to Kalang (4.8 km, approx one hour and thirty minute). Lunch stop and continue trek to Ziyadum (6.4 km, approx 2 hours) through deep evergreen forests. Ziyadum, situate at an altitude of 3440 ft, 1048 meters is the most northwestern and last frontier village in Putao region, mainly resident are Rawan tribe. It is recommended to visit Ziya creek for a fantastic sunset view with a blazing snow Mountains in the west which spark in to steady flowing Ziya creek. Dinner and overnight at Ziyadum guest house in dormitory style.
Ziyadum – Chaungsone – Thitpingyi (trek)
Breakfast and continue trek to Chaungsone (9.6 km, approx 3 hour) leaving human inhabitant behind. At first we cross Phangran creek by a suspension bridge and trek through evergreen forests with slightly ups and downs. Lunch stop and continue trek, cross another suspension bridge spans over Namya creek and continue steep and uphill trek on mule track until we reach to lower Thitpingyi camp, situate at 4800 ft, 1460 meters above sea level (3.2 km, approx 2 hours). This will be of your first night of wildness camping. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Lower Thitpingyi – Upper Thitpingyi – Khantautmyit (trek)
Breakfast and continue trek uphill to upper Thitpingyi camp (2.5 km, approx one hour) along the mule trek. From here continue trek to Khantautmyit camp, situate 8500 ft, 2575 meters above sea (4.8 km, approx 6 hours). After a few km we trek up on mule trek we get ourselves in to the jungle trek goes through deep ups and down with narrow shoulder of a smaller cliff. Trekking route goes through variety of forest type and bird life as we passing through evergreen forest in to hill pine and now into moist upper deciduous forest. You will notice Rhododendron flowers in their blossom and trees having thick moss on them. Khantautmyit is one of the most beautiful spots having large tree with colorful Rhododendron bushes around. Dinner and overnight at Khantautmyit camp.
Khantautmyit – Snow line (trek)
Breakfast and continue trek to snow line, elevation approximately 10000 ft, 3050 meters (6.4 km, approx 3 – 4 hours) trek depends on camp site location. Trek route will be a challenging one with narrow line however beautiful pine elevation with moist upper deciduous forest yet fill with Rhododendron make the scenery impressive. There are three different camp sites on snow line and we will find right spot for camping according to the snowfall. We shall have our dinner and overnight at camp. Tonight you will have to prepare for cold weather as temperature could be freezing during the night. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Snow line – Mt. Phongun Summit – Khantautmyit (trek)
Breakfast and trek to the summit of Mt. Phongun at 11920 ft, 3635 meters. The distance is just little over 3 km, but depending on snow conditions, it could take us anything between 3 to 7 hours. The time you spend on the summit will depend on weather conditions. If the weather is clear, it is possible to experience spectacular views all round and see as far as the lands of India’s Assam to the west. Lunch stop at the camp and continue journey back to Khantautmyit camp. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Khantautmyit – Thitpingyi (trek)
Breakfast and relax through the morning admiring the fantastic surrounding. After early lunch trek back to Thitpingyi camp through the trek winding ups and downs with constantly changing topography, flora and fauna. The trek is relatively easy as we will be mostly on mule trek. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Thitpingyi – Chaungsone – Ziyadum (trek)
Breakfast and trek to Ziyadum passing Chaungsone camp through nice and easy downhill on mule trek. Once cross Namya creek by suspension bridge you get in to dense evergreen forest and route goes through winding along Phangran creek. Hot shower and a warm bed by all mean will be of a greatest enjoyment and comfort after several rugged camping nights in the jungle. Relax through the afternoon and shall have a celebrating dinner over bonfire and enjoy comfortable night. Overnight at Ziyadum guest house.
Ziyadum – Wasandum (trek)
Enjoy another lazy morning and after an early lunch bid farewell to the locals and head back to your today destination, Awadum crossing suspension bridges and through beautiful evergreen avenues. Dinner and overnight at Wasandum guest house.
Wasandum – Shangaung – Putao (trek/jeep)
Having left the wilderness behind and returning to the clutches of human civilization. As soon as we start the trek goes challenging uphill to the plateau of Mt. Shangaung, before continuing rapidly downhill to Shangaung where our jeep meets us and takes us back to Putao. Pack lunch on the way. Enjoy a farewell dinner with our fellow group members, including leaders, porters to commemorate the experience that we’ve shared for the past week in this unique part of the world. Overnight at Putao Trekking House.
Putao – Machanbaw – Mulashidi – Putao (jeep)
Breakfast and visit Putao market and leave by jeep to Naungkhine (22.4 km, approx one hour). Cross 211 meters long Malikha suspension bridge on foot to Machanbaw, a small administrative town beautifully set up with colonial style. Visit charming town following a visit to so-called “stone dragon” park which should take approx 20 minute walk. Return back to Naungkhine where your jeep awaits you and take you to Mulashidi Lisu village (35 km, approx one hour). Lunch stop and visit the attractive Lisu settlement and another suspension bridge across Mula river. Enjoy beautiful surrounding often back-drop with snow-capped mountains in distance. Later we return back to Putao and check in at hotel. Dinner and overnight at Putao Trekking House.
Putao – Yangon
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. Domestic flight from Putao to Yangon, arrive at Yangon Airport and transfer to you hotel.
• This tour is cannot operate during raining period from May to September due to raining and trekking ways are muddy.
Mt. Phongun Razi