3-Day Hiking Foot of the Himalayas

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • Hike through incredible landscapes
  • Admire the incredible mountains of Myanmar
  • See local villagers going about their daily lives at vibrant markets
  • Learn about local flora and fauna as you adventure through the jungle

tour details

Head off the beaten track and into the heavily forested jungle areas and traditional villages around Putao on this 3-day adventure. You’ll start off by visiting the vibrant Putao market before setting off to the suspension bridge across Malikha River. You’ll continue to the stone dragon park before boarding a fisherman’s boat to enjoy the river. In Namkham, a large Rawan village, you’ll enjoy spotting the exotic flora and fauna. The region is known for its great fruit farms. After lunch, you’ll have a unique opportunity to interact with friendly locals, picking up traditions along the way. Next, you’ll visit the famous Kanugmulon Pagoda built by a former king. Your journey ends back in Putao. The next morning, you’ll have the chance to further explore the market and village of 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 Lodge.
Early in the morning walk to Putao market often busy with local ethnic tribes. Return to hotel, breakfast and depart by jeep through the vast Putao plain on pebbled road to Naungkhine (20 km, one hour). 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. Lunch stop and we get on the jeep and travel along the Malikha river bank to Namkham (approx. 30 minute). Namkham, a large Rawan village, situates at the bottom of Namhti mountain range which in rich with biodiversity of flora and fauna. Name after Hkamti Shan name meaning "Golden River" has become the center of cultivation place for the fruits that Father Robert Moss has introduced thus to day famous for its sweet fruits production. Here we explore the village, social and cultural interaction with its friendly people and continue travel by jeep to the site of famous Kanugmulon Pagoda, said to be one of the 84000 pagodas built by Thiri Dhamma Thawka, the great king. We spend some time at this peaceful environment and later drive back to Putao via a suspension bridge across Malikha River. (14 km, one hour). Dinner and overnight at Putao Lodge.
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.

includes

Our tour prices are included of:

  • Ground transport (coach, jeep, truck)
  • Accommodation (lodge)
  • Escorted English language leader & Porter
  • Full board meal, safe drinking water (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • Travel Permit

excludes

Not included are:

  • Domestic airfares to/from Putao
  • Personal insurance
  • Expenditure on personal nature such as laundry, beverages, gratitude to guides & porters

notes

Important Notes:

  • 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 check-in bags and one carry-on bag are allowed. Excess baggage will be charged at up to US$ 3 per 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 & Foot ware:
    Should be lightweight, dry quickly, and provide insulation. A thick sweater or fleece sweat shirt will be essential for the evenings when temperatures decline considerably. For longer treks and higher altitude treks waterproof pants, gaiters and gloves are highly recommended. Lightweight hiking boots or good quality running shoes are must for the lowland trek. For Rafting you will need wetsuits during the coldest months (i.e. Dec, Jan and Feb) to protect against the cold and potential heat loss. A set of good quality splash pants and jacket are ideal as they will keep you warm and dry. If you are not too concerned about wet and cold then Patagonia Baggies or guide shorts will be the best all-around river wear, as they are durable, dry quickly.

  • Personal items:
    Such as flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, water bottle, lighter, pocketknife, reading and writing material and personal first aid kit would be essential for your convenience.

  • Protection against insect bite:
    Most part the jungle is free from biting insects, but we do encounter them 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.

  • Personal Care:
    The same precautions as anywhere else. Drink bottled, boiled or treated water, avoid eating raw vegetables, and eat fruits that you can peel or cut yourself. It's important to use insect repellent to keep mosquitoes away. Use sunscreen literally when exposed to the intense, tropical sun.

  • What are the overnight facilities in Putao?
    Putao Lodge 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, dining area and common area offers recreation and relaxation.

  • What will be the temperature like?
    The 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 fit do I have to be?
    This program is graded as "Easy" 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?
    The team takes 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 guides?
    We provide English language speaking escorted leader plus an assistance local guide, who will also be able to speak the local ethnic dialect. Upon advance request we will be able to arrange other language leader such as German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese at additional cost.

  • What about First aid?
    The trekking 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.
Tour code: PBUPT03
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