Mt. Saramati Expedition

Mt. Saramati Expedition

Mt. Saramati, towering 3841meter, largest mountain range in Nagaland and highest non-Himalayan peak, located at Lashi Township, Sagaing Division of Myanmar. Covered with rich, natural and diverse forests, visible at various altitudes, ranging from Sub-tropical evergreen and Semi evergreen to temperate broad leaved and Alpine vegetation. This expedition represents a true pioneering challenge due to its nature of extreme challenge in approach to its base. Mt. Khakaborazi of Kachin state to the northeast and Mt. Everest of Himalayas to the northwest can be seen vaguely from its summit in a clear weather.

Highlights

  • Scale one of the most prominent non-Himalaya peaks in Myanmar!
  • Explore a fascinating region through the path less traveled!
  • Experience the authenticity of life style of “The Naga warriors, used to known as prominent heat hunters!

Draft Itinerary

Day 01:Fly from Mandalay to Hkamti. Afternoon walk around Shan settlement charming town of Hkamti. Hkamti, considered part of a contiguous Shan homeland and the Shan influence visible particularly in regards to food.

Day 02:Boat transfer to Htamanthi, transfer to the trek head, meet local team and further trek to Kyet Kaw. Htamanthi, situated at the bank of Chindwin river is well known for its wildlife sanctuary which hosts a variety of critical Asian large mammal species, such as tigers, Asian elephant, the Gaur and until not long ago the Sumatran rhino.

Day 03:Trek to Yawpami, through the river bed, valley and lower ridges, passing through hillside farm lands. Yawpami, beautifully parched at the lesser plateau offers a best view of not only Mt. Saramati but also entire Naga Mountains.

Day 04:Challenging trek to Latte. Trek goes through extreme ups and downs in heavily forested terrain. This frontier village with Makorri Naga clan is the last human inhibited in the area. You will enter into wildness beyond this point.

Day 05:Leaving human inhabitant behind, relatively easy trek to Kapakasu camp, locates at the side of Kapakasu creek

Day 06:Challenging trek with the rough terrain crossing multiple ridges to Teshidi camp, locates at the side of Teshidi creek. Today by far is the most challenging day as you need to tackle multiple challenge in both uphill and downhill treks.

Day 07:Trek to Base camp through pristine jungle with rich flora and fauna. Camping at this altitude give you lots of challenge with gusty wind and sub-zero temperature. The camp site is beautiful among largest Rhododendron trees.

Day 08:Easy morning. Late morning set off for the summit. The last 2.5 km distance will take us more than a couple of hours but the reword to be feeling above everything else, enjoy a spectacular view of entire Nagaland plain both Indian and Myanmar side down below.

Day 09/11:Trek back to Latte, via Teshidi, Kapakasu camps.

Day 12/14:Trek back to the road head, via Yawpami and Khet Kaw. Jeep transfer to Htamanthi and further travel by Jeep to Hkamti.

Day 15Transfer to airport for your onward flight to complete this unique experience.

Guest House accommodation at Hkamti
Local home and tented accommodation during the trek (include tent and mattress)
Transfer between Hkamti airport to hotel
Public boat transfer between Hkamti and Htamanthi
Private jeep transfer between Htamanthi to road head and back
Private jeep transfer between Htamanthi and Hkamti
Escorted English/Myanmar language guide, cook and porters
Full board meal, safe drinking water

Insurance (medical, travel, property)
Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks (available for sale in some villages)
Expenditure on personal nature such as laundry, beverages, gratitude to guides, porters etc
Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion

Detailed Itinerary

Note:

Please contact us via [email protected] for trip note and detailed day by day outlined itinerary including distance and elevation!
Thank you!

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.
15 days before trip date: you will lose your deposit
7 days and less before the trip date: 50% of the total cost per person
If reservations are cancelled (or) no-show: no refunds will be made

Amendments of trek

If the change is minor we will endeavor to make the change at no further cost to you. If the change requires more work than we impose you an appropriate charge ask you to pay the charge before we action the change. 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 incurred. Should trip be cancelled after deposit cancellation fee applies.

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.

Un-used service:

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

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. 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

Please also bring personal item 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

FAQ

What are the overnight facilities in Hkamti?

There are limited choice of accommodation exists in Hkamti. Currently best available guesthouse comes with room with en-suite private bath with running hot and cold shower.  Breakfast will be served at local tea shop as hotel service does not include breakfast.

What are the overnight facilities in Lashi?

There are limited choice of accommodation exists in Lashi. Currently best available guesthouse comes with room with common bath with only cold water. Hot water will be served on demand and extra cost.  Breakfast will be served at local tea shop as hotel service does not include breakfast.

What are the overnight facilities during the trek?

This trek involves local home stay and camp accommodation. With a local home stay we choose a suitable home or any other installations in a village. Toilet will be local squat type. With tented accommodation we provide tents and mattress. For toilet we choose a decent site and dig a hole which then be dispose properly. 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 December and April, which is winter and best season in Myanmar. Mostly clear skies, warm during the day and cool evenings. Temperature steadily decreases to sub-zero in the mountains between late December and early February. Average temperature would be between low 4/10 and high 22/30 degree Celsius.

How long is an average trekking in a day?

All our treks are designed at 8 to 10 walking hours per day, except for some of the activities that designed for non-trekkers. Day normally starts at 8 or 9 in the morning follow by breakfast. We try to reach our destination well in time to relax and engage activities like social, cultural interaction.

What will I see on the trek?

Most of our program focuses on ethnic tribal combination of wildness. Your trail going across many tribal activities. Being the biggest mountain range in Nagaland and highest non-Himalayan peak, covered with rich, natural and diverse forests, visible at various altitudes, ranging from Sub-tropical evergreen and Semi evergreen to temperate broad leaved and Alpine vegetation.

How fit do I have to be?

This trek is classified as “Extremely Demanding” and includes longer trekking days on difficult terrain. You will be covering average distance of 25km for 10 days, reaching an altitude of 3826m  on a challenging, steep climbs, muddy and rocky paths, rope bridges not to forger dealing with climate from 30°C down to -10°C at night at high altitudes.

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. Beside this trek involves suspension and make-shift bamboo bridges which might be challenge to people with acrophobia.

What about meal?

We take care of all catering on your expedition, you are always welcome to assist if you wish to. Clients with special dietary requirement need 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?

Although this is quite strenuous and challenging trek which an altitude of 3800 meters considered within the point of altitude sickness but the chance of effect will be slim.

What about guides?

Unless pre-arranged or specified our programs are based on English or Myanmar language guide.

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 for adventurous and stronger individuals but no limitation in age or sex to participate. However older clients or clients with pre-existing medical conditions may require a doctor’s letter confirming their fitness for the trip. During your trek 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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