The Last Village

The Last Village

Hidden behind dizzying mountains, far from semblance of modern civilization!.

Ziyadum situates north-west of Putao with an altitude at 457 meter above sea. One of the last frontier village in northern Myanmar, beautiful with pristine forests and rivers often cross by suspension bridges. Ziyadum is center points for many mountains in the areas such as Mt. Phonyin, Mt. Ziya, Pangram Razi and Phangran Razi which all are of perennially snow-capped mountains and can be seen as closed as a hand reach away in a clear day.

Draft Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Putao, transfer to hotel. 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.

Day 02:Visit attractive Putao market and later travel by jeep to Shangaung. Your adventure starts as you get off the jeep and start trek to Wasandum, through challenging trek toward the shoulder of Mt, Shangaung.

Day 03:Trek to Ziyadum, the most northwestern and last frontier village cross Namro creek to Awadum Lisu village. The trail goes through lush evergreen forests and enjoyable scenery. Visit Ziya creek for a fantastic sunset view with a blazing snow Mountains in the west.

Day 04:A lazy morning to enjoy the site and sounds of this frontier environment. Head back to Wasandum via Kalang through primary forests and cross Phangran creek with suspension bridge.

Day 05: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 driver meets us and takes us back to Putao.

Day 06:Travel to Machanbaw, board on local fishermen boat for our downstream journey along Malikha River to Fairy Island through beautiful wilderness surrounding having high reef with lush tropical forests. Relax/swim at this spectacular sport and later return back to Putao.

Day 07:Explore Putao market and transfer to airport for your onward departure flight to conclude this 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 your hotel. 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 Rawan 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

Early in the morning we visit attractive Putao market often fills with colorful ethnic minorities. 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 1404 meter. First 9 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 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 Rawan 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

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 Rawan 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 – Kalang - Wasandum

We have a lazy morning to enjoy the site and sounds of this frontier environment. After early lunch we bid farewell to the locals and head back to Wasandum. Our return trail goes through Kalang through primary forests and cross Phangran creek with suspension bridge. After Kalang we again had to cross another suspension bridge which span Namlang (Mula) river to Awadum I.  We have lunch at this village and later trek back to our Wasandum guest house for the night. Dinner and overnight at Wasandum guest house.

Distance cover: 22Km, Duration of trek: 6-7 hour (approx.)
Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House

Day 05 : Wasandum – Shangaung – Putao

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 driver meets us and takes us back to Putao. Dinner and overnight at Putao Trekking House.

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

Day 06 : 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.

Our jeep will take us to Mulashidi. 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 introduce Rawan 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 07 : 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

Book 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 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. The operator will not 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.

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Checklist

Baggage:

As general rule when packing for wilderness expeditions keep personal gear to a minimum. There are weight limit on domestic airlines and excess baggage fee may be liable if excess 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. Lightweight long sleeved shirt is useful as sunscreen and leeches protection while trekking. A raincoat is ideal as it will keep you warm and dry in a variety of situations. A thick sweater or fleece sweat shirt would be ideal to wear in the evenings, when temperatures decline considerably. A lightweight jacket or windbreaker will also be useful.

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

Personal item such as flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, water bottle and lighter are essential. 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 built 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 program involves local home stay in a village. Overnight facilities are established at the village with basic western toilet. Night will be spent in candle light and wood fire. Limited amount of hot water will be supplied for face wash in every morning.

What will be the temperature like?

Our season is between October 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 6 walking hours per day. Day normally starts at 8 or 9 in the morning follow by breakfast. 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?

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 exotic flora such as orchid and fauna such as bird, butterflies and monkeys etc. The migratory birds like red head crane are to be seen during spring. Kachin State is generally covered by numerous types of forests with thousands of different plant species. The wild orchids bloom in great profusion in this region.

How fit do I have to be?

This program is graded as “Moderate to Demanding” and involves some long walk or strenuous trek ups and downs thus anyone who leads a moderately healthy lifestyle back home and is reasonably fit will be able to join in.

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 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 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 guide 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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