Phongun Razi Trekking

Phongun Razi Trekking

Witnessing the pristine purity of biodiversity!

Mt. Phongun Razi –  Towering 3633 meter 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 kilometers 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.

Draft Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival, transfer to hotel. Walking tour in and around Putao.

Day 02:Depart by jeep to upper Shangaung, your adventure starts as you get off the jeep and start trek to Wasandum, a challenging trek goes toward the shoulder of Mt, Shangaung. Wasandum    is a small Rawang tribe village situates by Namro creek.

Day 03:Trek to our today destination at Ziyadum along the trail goes through lush evergreen forests and enjoyable scenery. Ziyadum is the most northwestern and last frontier village in Putao region and serves as base of Mt. Ziya, Mt. Phongun and Mt. Phangran and Mt. Phonyin.

Day 04:Trek to Chaungzone leaving human inhabitant behind. At first we cross Phangran creek by a suspension bridge and trek through tropical rain forests with slightly ups and downs. From here trail goes steep and uphill trek on mule track until we reach to your destination for the day.

Day 05:Trek uphill to upper Thitpingyi camp, from here you are on the jungle trail through Khantautmyit camp, As you traverses further the challenging trail goes through deep ups and down with narrow shoulder ridge of a smaller cliff. Witness variety of forest type and bird life as we passing through tropical evergreen forest in to hill pine and now into moist upper deciduous forest.

Day 06:Trek to snow line, depends on camp site location 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.

Day 07:Prepare yourself to scale the summit of Mt. Phongun. The time you spend at 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 Arunachal to the west.

Day 08-11:Your return trip back to Putao. You will trek back using the same route passing.

Day 12:Explore Putao market and transfer to airport for your onward departure flight to conclude this Thitpingyi, Chaungzone and village like Ziyadum and Wasandum. Unique experience.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival, Putao

Upon arrival at Putao airport we will be met by Putao Trekking House’s representative and transferred to our lodge. 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. Putao town and fort was built during 1914-15 by Commissioner Mr. Hertz along with Fort which later known as Fort Hertz.

Later a Missionary basing the Rawang and Lisu tribe as initial and introduce Grapefruit, Washington Naval, Vlincha Orange, Ruby Oranges, King Orange and King Mandarin plus America Lime were introduced. After a brief fresh up take a walk around Putao for the orientation. Dinner and overnight at Putao Trekking House.

Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 02 : Putao - Shangaung – Wasandum - (elevation - min 457m – max 1630m)

Early in the morning we visit attractive Putao market. Later we depart by jeep to upper Shangaung, through the valley across several smaller villages and open fields. Our adventure starts as we get off the jeep and start trek to Wasandum, located at 867 meter above sea. This is considering a challenging trek as not only it goes toward the shoulder of Mt, Shangaung at 1632 meter.

First 10 kilometers 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 located at the Valley of Namro River. Though the trek itself is challenging but we enjoy the trek goes deep in to primary forests where we see many birds and heard sounds of monkeys in the near distance. Wasandum is a small Rawang tribe village situates by Namro creek.
Dinner and overnight at Wasandum village house.

Distance cover: Drive 17Km
Distance cover: Trek 23Km, Duration of trek: 6-7 hour (approx.)
Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House

Day 03 : Wasandum - Awadum – Ziyadum - (elevation - min 865m – max 1050m)

Breakfast and we trek to our today destination at Ziyadum, located at 1080 meter above sea. At first we cross Namro creek to Awadum I, mainly inhabited by Lisu and separate in to two by a large paddy field. From here we walk pass vast paddy field to Awadum II, from here the trail goes through lush evergreen forests and enjoyable scenery towards Ziyadum. Ziyadum is the most northwestern and last frontier village in Putao region, mainly resident are Rawang tribes. After a brief fresh up we 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 village house.

Distance cover: 14Km, Duration of trek: 6-7 hour (approx.)
Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House

Day 04 : Ziyadum – Chaungzone – Thitpingyi - (elevation - min 1079m – max 1463m)

Breakfast and continue trek to Chaungzone leaving human inhabitant behind. At first we cross Phangran creek by a suspension bridge and trek through tropical rain forests with slightly ups and downs. Lunch stop and continue trek, cross another suspension bridge spans over Namya creek. From here trail goes steep and uphill trek on mule track until we reach to lower Thitpingyi camp, situate at 1463 meter above sea level. Dinner and overnight at camp.

Distance cover: 13Km, Duration of trek: 5-6 hour (approx.)
Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Tented Camp

Day 05 : Thitpingyi – Khantautmyit - – Snow line - (elevation - min 1463m - max 3048m)

Breakfast and continue trek uphill to upper Thitpingyi camp along the mule trek. From here we are on the jungle trail through Khantautmyit camp, situates at 2600 meter above sea. As we traverses further we get ourselves into the challenging trail goes through deep ups and down with narrow shoulder ridge of a smaller cliff. We witness variety of forest type and bird life as we passing through tropical evergreen forest in to hill pine and now into moist upper deciduous forest. We 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.

We continue trek to snow line, elevation 3048 meter above sea 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. Tonight we will have to prepare for cold weather as temperature could be freezing during the night. Dinner and overnight at camp.

Distance cover: 14Km, Duration of trek: 7-8 hour (approx.)
Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Tented Camp

Day 06 : Snow line – Mt. Phongun summit – Khantautmyit- (elevation - min 3048m – max 3627m)

Breakfast and we prepare ourselves to scale the summit of Mt. Phongun at 3048 feet above sea. The distance is just little over 2 mile, but depending on snow conditions, it could take us anything between 3 to 5 hours. Also the time we could spend at 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 Arunachal to the west. Once we descend from the summit, we have a quick lunch and continue journey back to Khantautmyit camp. Dinner and overnight at camp.

Distance cover: 12Km, Duration of trek: 5-6 hour (approx.)
Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Tented Camp

Day 07/08 : Khantautmyit - Ziyadum

Breakfast and we travel back to Ziyadum through Thitpingyi and Ziyadum. A 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. We have a celebrating dinner over bonfire and enjoy comfortable night. Overnight at Ziyadum village house.

Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnigh7t stay: Village House

Day 09/10 : Ziyadum – Wasandum - Putao

We travel back to Putao via Wasandum having left the wilderness behind and returning to the clutches of human civilization. We meet our jeep in Shangaung and take us back to Putao. Dinner and overnight at Putao trekking house.

Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 11 : Putao – Machanbaw – Fairy Island - Mulashidi – Putao

Breakfast and we depart by jeep through the vast Putao plain on pebbled road to Naungkhine. Here we board on local fishermen boat for our downstream journey along Malikha River to so-called Fairy Island through beautiful wilderness surrounding having high reef with lush tropical forests. We return back to the jetty and cross beautiful suspension bridge to visit Machanbaw town and market.

Mulashidi, meaning in Lisu “the village stands in the thatch field along Mula River” has been over 50 year since it built by the missionary. Walk around this unique village and enjoy scenery from Mulashidi suspension bridge which spends across Mula River. Here we visit the Church and remaining of the home belongs to Father Robert Moss, who introduces Rawang and Lisu tribe to the region. Return back to Putao and check in at hotel. Dinner and overnight at Putao Trekking House.

Distance cover: Drive 66Km
Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 12 : Departure

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

Meal inclusion: Breakfast

Booking Condition

How to Book:

Complete the booking form click “submit” button to make your reservation. Alternately you may book through email [email protected]

Deposit and payment:

A deposit of 30% of your trip cost per person is require to secure your booking. The balance will need to be settled 7 day before commence of trek. Bookings made within 7 days must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Validity:

Prices quoted are net basis and valid according to the date specified on the printed tariffs, quotation, invoice etc. Myanmar Hill lodges (Myanmar Highland Eco-adventures) warrants that the prices or rates quoted are correct at the time of issuance but are subject to change in line with market, tax or currency fluctuation.

Cancellations and refunds:

All cancellations must be advised in writing and are accepted from the date the written confirmation is received and applied cancellation as below.
30 days before trip date: you will lose your deposit
15 to 7 days and less before the trip date: 50% of the total cost per person
Less than 7 days and less before the trip date: 100% of the total cost per person
If reservations are cancelled (or) no-show: no refunds will be made
NB: Depending on your reason for cancellation these charges may be recoverable on your insurance policy.
If the operator cancels tour due to unforeseen circumstance, refund will be made after deduction of 10% of the total cost per person to cover permit and other logistic expenses. However the operator will not be liable for any additional costs incurred.

Amendments:

We will try to accommodate your request within possible limit. A fee may liable if involve reapplication with a permit. Please note we may not be able to accommodate your request during “high occupation period”. In such case we will not be responsible for any lost or additional costs incur to you. Should trip be cancel after deposit cancellation fee may apply.

Grouping:

There is no limitation on the group size on this program, however Myanmar Hill Lodges (Myanmar Highland Eco-adventures) reserves the right to combine in order to form a decent group on same departure.

Flights:

Due to weather in mountainous region, irregularities of domestic flight schedule may affect your onward journey. We cannot be responsible for any charges you might incur as a result of these cancellations once you are in Putao. Should the schedule flight cancel on the planned date before depart to Putao then we will try to book next available flight. If this is not acceptable to you then a refund will be considered after deduction of 10% of the total cost per person to cover permit and other logistic expenses.

Un-used service:

No refunds will be considered any unused service after commencement of the tour, trek or expeditions regardless of the reason whatsoever.

Travel Insurance:

It is compulsory to take out your own personal travel insurance, which must cover adventure activities and include emergency evacuation as pre condition of booking. Full contact details of the insurance policy will need to be carried with you through the expedition. In addition, we will also ask you to sign a waiver form on certain trek, which will recognize your voluntary participation in an adventure activity, which carries a certain amount of inherent risk.

Checklist

Baggage:

As general rule when packing for wilderness expeditions keep personal gear to a minimum. Please avoid large framed suitcase as they can be rather cumbersome to porters but use a medium size duffle bag instead. The weight limit on domestic airlines is 20 Kg and only 2 x check-in bags and one carryon bag are allowed. Your day pack should be a medium volume without a frame which can hold your personal belonging such as medication, camera, extra clothes, water etc.

Clothing:

Should be lightweight, dry quickly, and provide insulation even when wet, synthetic fibre is preferable to cotton. The brushed nylon pants are ideal for trekking. Long sleeved shirt is useful as sunscreen and leeches protection while trekking. A good quality raincoat and pants are ideal as hey will keep you warm and dry in a variety of situations. Bring a thick sweater or fleece sweat shirt to wear in the evenings, when temperatures decline considerably. A lightweight jacket or windbreaker will also be useful. For longer treks and higher altitude treks waterproof pants, gaiters, additional socks, thermal hats and gloves are highly recommended.

Foot ware:

Lightweight hiking boots or good quality running shoes are must for the lowland trek. For people who do not routinely walk in the mountains, light hiking boots are strongly recommended. It is essential your walking boots be comfortable and broken-in.

Personal items:

Such as flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, water purifying tablets and lighter, a pocketknife, reading and writing material and personal first aid kit would also be essential for your convenience.

Protection from weather:

A pair of sun glass and hat is essential for your protection from sun. You will also need some sun screen to protect against sunburn.

Protection against insect bite:

Most part the jungle is free from biting insects, but we do encounter plenty of insects in the low land such as sand flies around the river banks and leaches in the lowland bushes. It’s important to use insect repellent to keep the insects away.

FAQ

What are the overnight facilities in Putao?

Putao trekking house operates bungalows build identical to local homes in the region using locally available materials. All rooms come with attached bathroom, hot and cold shower. Rooms are secure, lockable with windows offering scenic view. An elegant lobby includes bar area, fire place, dinning area and common area offers recreation and relaxation.

What are the overnight facilities during the trek?

This trek involves local homes and tent accommodation. Western toilet facilities are installed in the villages. Night will be spent in candle light and wood fire. Limited amount of hot water will be supplied for face wash in every morning. When pitching a tent, two clients will share a tent, unless you have requested and paid for a single supplement.

What will be the temperature like?

Our season is between November and May, which is winter and best tourist season in Putao region. Mostly clear skies, warm during the day and cool 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.

How long is an average trekking in a day?

All our treks are designed at 4 to 8 walking hours per day. Day normally starts at 8 or 9 in the morning follow by breakfast. Lunch usually is packed and light, followed by 2 to 3 hours more trekking in the afternoon. We try to reach our destination well before nightfall in time for fresh up and relax before dinner.

What will I see on the trek?

The eastern Himalayas are heavily forested, ranging from dense evergreen tropical into mix of subtropical in the valleys and temperate forest with pines mixed temperate forest, where trees are thickly padded with moss. This zone is recognizable by its precipitous ridges with sporadic patches of silver fir forest and broad, steep alpine meadows. Large parts of the day will be spent under the towering canopy of ancient rainforest and temperate cloud forest, or following cascading mountain streams. At other times there will be views of snowcapped mountains as we enter open areas of village habitation. There will be plenty of bird life, butterflies and other exotic flora and fauna on offer. Several species of Rhododendron, wild orchids, pine, rattan and bamboo are indigenous to this region. It’s likely that you may encounter some of the rare and endangered species birds along your trek.

How fit do I have to be?

This expedition classified as “Demanding” and includes longer trekking days on difficult terrain. Thus suitable for adventurous and stronger individuals with physically challenging and more suited to regular hill-walkers who are used to extended days and are competent over difficult terrain. However do not require technical mountaineering skills or previous experience.

What about meal?

We take care of all catering on your expedition, you are always welcome to assist if you wish to. If you have a special dietary requirements then you will have to advise us at the time of booking. A hot breakfast will be served around 7 or 8 am, lunch usually is simple, light and serve during mid-day follow by a short rest. Dinner will be more extensive featuring pre-dinner snacks and deserts.

What about altitude?

This is one of our most strenuous expeditions and going at an altitude of 4450 meters which is higher than the point of altitude sickness as per mountaineering standard which is 2500 meter. You should be careful as you going up, gaining altitude. There’s some evidence that taking acetazolamide (the former brand name of Diamox) two days before a trip and during your trip can help prevent altitude sickness.

What about guides?

We provide English or Myanmar language speaking guide plus an assistance local guide, who will also be able to speak the local ethnic dialect. Upon advance request we will try to arrange other language leader at additional cost.

What about First aid?

All our guides are qualified in wilderness first aid, and carry a basic medical first aid kit.

Is there any age or health limit to participate?

This program is suitable to any one with normal health and fitness condition. However older clients or clients with pre-existing medical conditions may require a doctor’s letter confirming their fitness for the trip. During your visit you are under the direction of your trip leader and he/she has total authority to determine your suitability to participate.

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