4-Day Malikha Lodge – Putao Expedition

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Tour type

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • Walking tour in and around Putao
  • Hiking to Nam Plak Creek or Rafting
  • Cultural and Traditional visits and Biking

tour details

Malikha Lodge is the perfect introduction and final farewell to Northern Kachin State. Perched high above the Nam Lang River with great views of mountains and rice terraces, it has been designed by architect Jean Michel Gathy, of Aman Resorts fame, to create a feeling of luxury and seclusion in this wilderness.
With just 15 rooms offering stunning views, impeccable design and a host of fantastic activities, Malikha offers the quintessential luxury adventure. Daytime activities range from short jungle treks to river diving, mountain biking, scenic raft trips and kayaking. For the more adventurous, our sister company Ayeyarwaddy Expeditions offers a range of multiday rafting and trekking excursions.

This 4 days package include half day Yegyawdi village and Nam Lang River Elephant Trek, full day Malikha Rafting and Cruise and Cultural and Traditional visits.

Arrival at Putao Airport and transfer to Malikha Lodge in time for lunch.
Afternoon we can do elephant trip (or) biking Trip (or) visit to Mularshidi village.

Yegyawdi village and Nam Lang River Elephant Trek - Half Day
The lodge may offer an elephant excursion after lunch once the two elephants have returned from a night of foraging in the jungle. Setting off from the Main Lodge, the elephants take you through the fast flowing clear waters of the Nam Lang River and up through the terraced rice fields to the village of Yegyawdi opposite our lodge or downstream along the banks for the Nam Lang River, before a final river crossing brings you back to the lodge. By prior arrangement there is the opportunity to view the elephants being washed by the mahouts. Dinner and drinks at the main lodge in front of the open fireplaces and accommodation at Malikha Lodge, Putao.
This full day excursion combines gentle rafting from Mulashidi suspension bridge by the Lodge down the Nam Lang to join Malikha river, through its scenic river gorge to our picnic spot. A picnic lunch is prepared in a spectacular riverside beach inside the gorge. From there we venture downstream in Malikha Lodge's own long boat on the Malikha River through forested hills and past white river beaches, where villagers may often be seen panning for gold until our arrival at the picturesque village of Manchanbaw. After a short stroll through the village return by vehicle to Malikha Lodge in time for sunset. Dinner and accommodation at Malikha Lodge, Putao.
Guests at Malikha Lodge will have the opportunity to experience and learn about life in Mulashidi village and the Putao Valley and view some of the cottage industries. For early birds there is also the chance to visit the Putao market, to try a steaming bowl of Shan noodle soup for breakfast and to practice your haggling skills over spectacular Rawang village headman woven hats, colourful longhis and fine baskets. Lunch at Malikha Lodge.

Half Day Trek or Bike Adventure
In the afternoon, we have many bike and trek routes to follow with our guides from the Lodge - we discuss and arrange these upon our guests' arrival dependent on their level of fitness and special interests. Returning to the Lodge in the evening to a huge, hot bath in our fabulous teak bathtubs and/or a massage from our own spa staff in Bungalow is a very welcome treat. The last evening we invite our guests to a hosted group dinner in the Main Lodge. Accommodation at Malikha Lodge, Putao.
After a final leisurely breakfast at Malikha Lodge, check out and transfer to Putao Airport to connect with your onwards flight in the direction of Mandalay and Yangon.


Our tour prices are included of:

  • Ground transport (coach, jeep, truck)
  • Accommodation (lodge)
  • Escorted English-speaking throughout guide from Yangon & Porter
  • Full board meal, safe drinking water (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
  • Travel Permit
  • Rafting


Not included are:

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


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 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 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 trek you are under the direction of your trip leader and he/she has total authority to determine your suitability to participate.
Tour code: PBUMLK4

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