Putao – Kaungmulone – Machanbaw – Mulashidi – Putao
(4 Day – 3 Night)
Putao – Situate 1499 feet above the sea and located far north of Myanmar in Kachin State, descendent from the eastern Himalayan region. Lies in a flat valley, famous as a jumping-off point for trekkers who want to explore the region’s deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries, and snowcapped mountains. Local tribal communities in Putao region are of Hkamti Shan, Doolin Jimphaw, and white color Rawan, Myanmar’s gypsy Lisu, Pigmy Tarong, hunting community of Htalu and Tibetan who lives in the far north in the Himalayas. Putao town and fort was built during 1914-15 by Commissioner Mr. Hertz which knew 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 Mandarin plus America Lime were introduced.
Meet and greet by Putao Trekking House’s representative upon arrival at Putao airport and transferred to lodge, which lies under a shady park. Putao lies in a flat valley, a jumping-off point for trekkers who want to explore the region’s deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries, and snowcapped mountains etc. Putao town and a fort were 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 Lodge.
Early in the morning walk to Putao market, later depart by jeep/coach through the vast Putao plain to Htawadum (14 km, approx. one hour). Here we visit the famous Kanugmulon Pagoda, said to be one of the 84000 pagodas built by Thiri Dhamma Thawka, the great king. From here we board on local fishermen boats and sail downstream along famous Malikha river to Machanbaw (approx. one hour). Machanbaw, a charming administrative town with beautifully set up in colonial style. We visit in and around town and later walk across a suspension bridge and hop on waiting coach which takes us to Mulashidi, (20 miles, approx. one hour).
Mulashidi, meaning in Lisu “the village stands in the thatch field along Mula River”. Here we visit another suspension bridge across Mula River and 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 Lodge.
Breakfast and we walk to Lonsut village, through vast paddy fields, cross over Namhtun creek and walk up to small plateau for a nice over view of Putao valley. Continue walk through beautiful bamboo grove to Hopaing Shan village. Here we visit Buddhist Monastery where we have the opportunity of meeting friendly Hkamti Shan people.
Our return walk would be along Namhtun creek with optional visit to some of the Lisu villages on the way. Afternoon we visit Putaung village through paddy field and gardens having small Buddhist Shrine with a back drop of snowcapped Mountains far in the horizon. Return back to Putao and check in at hotel.