Putao Explorer In Depth 07 days

Routing: Putao - Trekking to Villages: Shangaung, Wasundum, Ziya, Kharlan, Lonehladan - Putao

Best Highlights of the tour

  • Foot on Putao and visit suspended bridge in Mulashidi
  • Jeep drive to the upper Shangaung to visit Lisu villages
  • Trekking to Mt. Shangaung and Mt. Slimatdin
  • Visit Zyia village for admiring blazing Snow Mountains
  • Magnificient photo stops on the way toward Kharlan Village
  • Climbing up to Mt. Shangaung at 1.600m to sea water level
  • Enjoy sunset on the suspension bridge with the name of the village Mularshide

Myanmar Putao Explorer offers you a visit to the most hidden part of the world located at the shadow of giant Hymalaya range. You will arrive in Yangon and enjoy an easy excursion around city before preparing for real challenge in Putao, the dream trekking land of snow mountain and untrammeled alpine. You will expect some hiking in dirt paths, ascending then descending the mountain but awards offered by scenery and local people will amaze you in all aspects. Prepare yourself for our amazing adventure of Myanmar.

Day 01: Arrive in Putao
Upon arrival, we will transfer you to Putao Trekking Guest house. After refreshment, proceed to Mulashidi to enjoy scenic beauty of suspension bridge over creek. Dinner at local restaurant.
Accommodation in Putao
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 02: Putao – Upper Shangaung Village – Wasundum
After breakfast, visit the attractive Putao market with its colorful local tribes such as Rawan, Lisu Kachin. After that, depart by jeep to upper Shangaung (16 km, approx 1 hour). This village houses both Lisu and Rawan tribes. Enjoy some treks to Wasundum village (19 km, approx 6 hours) through Mt. Shangaung at approx 4600 feet (1400 meters) by the shoulder of Mt. Slimatdin 6000 feet (1830 meters). The first day is a good test for this trek, as we have to ascend to 4600 feet (1400 meters) and then descend back to 3000 feet (914 meters) with a distance of 12 miles. Wasundum is a small Rawan village situates by Namlan creek. Have a picnic lunch on the way and dinner will be served with delicious local style.
Accommodation in Putao
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: Wasang Dam – Ziya Village
After breakfast leave the village for Ziyadum. First cross Namro Creek to Awadum village (6.4 km, approx 2 hours). Awadum village is mainly inhabited by Lisu tribe and separate in to two by a large paddy field. Here we cross a suspension bridge that span Namlang creek to Kalang (Rawan tribe). On a sunny day, we will find blazing Mt. Phonyin Razi just a hand reach away. After a short lunch stop continue to Ziyadum (5.6 km, approx 2 hours) through deeper evergreen forest. Ziyadum, situate at an altitude of 3440 feet (1050 meters) is the most northwestern and last frontier village in the Putao region, mainly inhabited by Rawan tribe. There will be plenty of time to settle down once we arrive at Ziyadum. It is recommended to visit Ziya creek for a fantastic sunset view with blazing Snow Mountains in the west which spark in to steady flowing Ziya creek. A pre dinner cocktail will be served over a bonfire on the deck that overview Ziya creek.
Accommodation in Putao
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04:  Ziyar village - Kharlan, Lonehladan village- Warsandan village
Acquire pleasure from the easy trek as well as the photo stops after commencing your walk toward the destined Kharlan Village, a small and pleasant Rawan village having the background of the dense forested mountain. The enjoyable experience will be continued by the time of crossing a small traditional rattan suspension bridge, whilst back from the village, observing the nature and culture of it. Lunch at Lonehla Dan Rawan village and arrive at Wasundum Village in the evening to grasp the pleasant moment of sunset at Nanmaru River.
Accommodation in Putao
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Wasundum-Shangaung
Taking lunch box, trekking up again to the top of Mt. Shangaung, 1600m above sea level, introduces the morning with a touch of the splendor of the nature. We will be in Shangaung village, one of the biggest villages in the vicinity of Putao with about 2000 villagers, mainly Rawans and Lizus, again after 12 mile trek. Evening sightseeing around the village is to contact their cultures.
 Accommodation in Putao
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Shangaung - Putao
By jeep, proceed to Putao after morning sightseeing in the village. Have a visit on the way to Putao where enjoy lunch. There the rest at hotel reinforces for the continuity to Mularshide Lizu village, the biggest Lizu village which is the first to be initiated of Christianity in northern Myanmar. The first church of Putao and Sunday school in the village is included in the tour highlights. Sunset on the suspension bridge with the name of the village Mularshide will make enjoyable pleasure into existence.
 Accommodation in Putao
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Putao –
Free until transfer to the airport for the flight back home.
Accommodation: Not available
Meal: Breakfast

Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

1. Tour start and ends at Putao Airport - Myanmar
2. You will be escorted by private English speaking guides. (Not throughout ).
3. Your car is private with air-conditioning.
4. You will get private jeep to get into mountainous areas
5. Meals are daily breakfasts, 01 welcome dinner and other meals as indicated. Some picnic or boxed meals will be supplied where no sufficient restaurants located in trekking paths.
6. Boat trips as mentioned in itinerary
7. Entrance fees where requested.
8. Your accommodation are twin sharing, 3 star standards mixed with guest house at basic and clean conditions
9. This tour is subject to single supplement if requested
10. Trip price valid until 31 December 2014. Traveling on Christmas Eve and New Year Eve may subject to surcharge

Note: Myanmar Now is changing day by day since our country opens, the price of the tour may change at the visiting time. Please feel free to contact us for price while proceeding with the tour.

Tour Exclusions:

Visa arrangement, Drinks when you are traveling, personal expenses and others not mentioned

Best time to go this tour
Period for best enjoy: Putao trekking season is between November and May, mostly clear skies, warm during the day and cool mornings and evenings. Temperature steadily decreases between late December and early February. Average temperature would be between low 4/10 and high 22/30 degree Celsius but could drop steadily up to freezing up in the mountains.
Period for best value: remain time of the year when is considered as low season and you can enjoy discounts and offers. Please note:
From March to May is dry season. In semi-dessert areas such as Mandalay or Bagan, they can be very hot, but other higher areas such as Inle lake, weather is still cool and comfortable
From June to September is monsoon season. In coastal regions, like Yangon, and hilly places, such as Inle lake, you may be caught by heavy, sudden rains but in Mandalay or Bagan it hardy sees rainfall during this time

Physical rating of this tour: 5 stars
These trips are a relaxing break. You don't have to worry about doing anything physically demanding unless you want to.
Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
it will raise your heartbeat. Some moderate physical activities such as several walking in fairly distance are included. A good level of fitness is required
Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The majority of activities included on this trip will be challenging. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy your holiday.
Our highest physical rating. Get ready for a heart-pumping adventure with plenty of challenges and some extreme conditions. You'll be required to be seriously fit for this trip as difficult activities are included.
For the trek on this trip the general rule is you will need to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. You will be walking with your day pack, with the possibility of extreme variations in temperature. We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing mountain walks or climbing long stair cases with a pack is good preparation (try putting a few bricks in your pack for real training). Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trek to its fullest.

Meals introduction
While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

Meals included and additions: 
08 breakfasts and 01 dinner included
Meals additions to this tour: 10US$/person for lunch and 12US$/person for dinner or total: 176US$/person

Important notes
As tourism infrastructure is starting to develop, you may find the accommodation standards to be lower than in other Asian countries. Since Burma has recently become a popular tourist destination, pricing is also inflated due to demand, and at times our hotels can change as bookings are bumped by hotels charging a higher price to other travelers. Please be patient with any last minute hotel changes, and please be aware that often although the price of the accommodation is quite high due to demand, some hotel standards can be quite basic. Especially, you can enjoy homestay for night time if you start your Putao trekking. The friendly host will welcome you with local meals and historical stories.

Should be lightweight, dry quickly, and provide insulation. A properly thick sweater or long sleeve shirt will be ideal for the evenings when temperatures decline significantly. It is wise to prepare waterproof pants and gloves for long and deep hiking. Lightweight hiking boots or good quality running shoes are strongly recommended for low land trekking. A set of good quality splash pants and jacket are essential to keep you dry and warm all the time.

Passports and Visas 
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel and a visa if required. Please check whether your nationality in Myanmar Visa exemption list, otherwise you do need to have your VISA done before going. Please check the information at our Myanmar Visa guide for specific. 

Cell Phones & Calling Cards 
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. Myanmar service is dominated by the GMS technology standard, while some of the world such as U.S uses the incompatible CDMA standard. We suggest that you should check carefully or you may incur high international roaming fees. 
However, the SIM card in Myanmar is not very popular and still quite expensive. You may need to check with your service providers for roaming fees when taking tours to Myanmar
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number. Country Code of Myanmar is 95
Wireless Internet Access 
Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network access point (or hotspot). WiFi access in hotels and/or cruise lines often involves a fee which, in some cases, can be very expensive. 
Please ask your hotel receptionist to avoid unexpected charges.
Credit Card Usages and Currency 
Myanmar’s national currency, the kyat (pronounced chat, and abbreviated K) is divided into the following banknotes: K1, K5, K10, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500 and K1000. Travellers should ensure they arrive in Myanmar with their entire travel budget in US dollars, as ATMs are still very hard to come by (although this may change)
For credit/debit cards, surprised tourists in Yangon found themselves helpless when trying to use them. However, a couple of high-end hotels in Yangon and Mandalay are able to accept credit cards, and sometimes give cash back. This is done via a processing system linked outside the country, Singapore or Vietnam, and is at the mercy of internet connections
Trip Preparation 
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. 
If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage.

Tour at Glance

Trip Duration:

7 days 6 nights


Hiking, Boat Ride, SightSeeing, Trekking, Nature Explore, Moutain Climbing, Homestay,

Group size:

Min: 2


Max: 12


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  • Day by Day Program:

    Day 01: Arrive in  Putao
    Day 02: Putao – Upper Shangaung Village – Wasundum
    Day 03: Wasang Dam – Ziya Village
    Day 04:  Ziyar village- ( Kharlan, Lonehladan village ) village- Warsandan village
    Day 05: Wasundum-Shangaung
    Day 06: Shangaung - Putao
    Day 07: Putao – Departure

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