Last Village Trek - 7 Days
Trek to Ziyadum village situating about 55 kilometers north-west of Putao at an altitude at 3440 ft, 1040 meters. Ziadum is the last frontier village in northern Myanmar. This trek travels through beautiful pristine forests and lush river valleys passing through Rawang minority villages and their farming lands and crossing rivers over suspension bridges. Ziyadum is center points for many mountains in the areas such as Mt. Phonyin, Mt. Ziya, Pangram Razi and Phungam Razi which all are of perennially snow-capped mountains and can be seen as closed as a hand reach away in a clear day.
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TUE/FRI DAY 1 > ARRIVAL - PUTAO
Upon arrival at Putao airport meet and greet by Putao trekking house's representative and transfer 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. After a brief fresh up we have light lunch and take a walk in and around Putao for the orientation. Dinner and overnight at Putao Trekking House.
WED/SATDAY 2> PUTAO - SHANGAUNG - WASANDUM (JEEP/TREK)
Breakfast and we visit attractive Putao market often fills with colorful ethnic minorities. Later we depart by jeep or truck depending on the group size to upper Shangaung with the distance 17 km which takes us about one hour on a rugged road. Our adventure starts as we get off the jeep and start trek to Wasandum with the distance 20 km which takes us about 6 hours trek through Mt. Shangaung at 4468 ft, 1362 meters. First 10 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. This will be the testing journey for us as we have to ascend from 1060 meters up to 1362 meters and then descend back to 860 meters. Wasandum is a small Rawan tribe village situates by Namro creek. Dinner and spend the night at Wasandum guest house in dormitory style.
THU/SUN DAY 3> WASANDUM - AWADUM - ZIYADUM (TREK)
Breakfast and we leave the village for our today destination at Ziyadum, through relatively flat land with just few of ups and downs. At first we cross Namro creek to Awadum with the distance 7.4 km which takes us about 3 hours. Awadum is mainly inhabited by Lisu and separate in to two by a large paddy field. We continue trek to Ziyadum with the distance 6.4 km which takes us about 2 hours through deep evergreen forests. Ziyadum, situate at altitude of 3440 ft, 1048 meters 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 guest house in dormitory style.
FRI/MON DAY 4> ZIYADUM (TREK)
Breakfast and we relax through the day. We may simply sit by the Ziyariver and enjoy the mountain views, listen to the birds call, fishing iced-water fish in the river or we take a day return trip to Chaungzone with the distance 9.6 km, which should takes us about 3 hours through deep evergreen forest with plenty of bird life. On our way we have an opportunity of social interact with local hunters, medicinal plants and roots seekers etc. Afternoon we return back to Ziyadum. Dinner and overnight at Ziyadum guest house.
SAT/TUE DAY 5> ZIYADUM – KALANG - WASANDUM (TREK)
We have an easy morning as the return journey today is easy and relatively short. After an early lunch we bid farewell to the locals and head back to our today destination Wasandum crossing Awadum and Kalang crossing suspension bridges and through beautiful evergreen forests. Dinner and overnight at Wasandum guest house.
SUN/WED DAY 6> WASANDUM - SHANGAUNG - PUTAO (TREK/JEEP)
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 jeep meets us and takes us back to Putao. Dinner and overnight at Putao Trekking House.
MON/THU DAY 7> PUTAO - MACHANBAW - MULASHIDI - PUTAO (JEEP)
Breakfast and we leave by jeep to Naungkhine with the distance 22.4 km which should take us about one hour. Here we cross 211 meters long Malikha suspension bridge on foot to Machanbaw, a small administrative town beautifully set up with colonial style. We visit this charming town following a visit to so-called "stone dragon" park which should take approx 20 minute walk. We return back to Naungkhine where our jeep awaits us and take us to MulashidiLisu village with the distance 35 km which takes about one hour. Here we visit the attractive Lisu settlement and another suspension bridge across Mulariver. We enjoy beautiful surrounding often back-drop with snow-capped mountains in distance. Later we return back to Putao and check in at our hotel. Dinner and overnight at Putao Trekking House. back-drop with snow-capped mountains in distance. Later we return back to Putao and check in at our hotel. Dinner and overnight at Putao trekking house.
TUE/FRI DAY 8> DEPARTURE
Breakfast and perhaps a last minute shopping at Putao market. Later we transfer to airport for our onward departure flight to conclude this unique experience.
Sample itinerary - actual trip itinerary may vary.