THE LAST FRONTIER VILLAGE ZIYARDAM PLUS
WHITE-WATER RAFTING (1068 METERS)
6 Nights 7 Days
Ziyardam, the last village to the North West of Myanmar, is home to the white colour of Rawang tribe and the jumping off point to several snow capped mountains such as Phonganrazi (3606 meters), Phangranrazi(4330 meters), Phonyinrazi(4282 meters) and Ziyarrazi(4213 meters). As situated in the inside of the Phonganrazi National Park and lying just beside of fast flow cascading icy creek, you may have chance to encounter the very rare species of flora and fauna in a conservation area of endangered species.
Day 01 (Putao 451 meters)
Just as you arrive at the Putao airport, your guide will greet and transfer you to Putao Guest house. After refreshment, your guide will take you to explore the scenic beauty of Putao, formally known as Fort Hertz and its ethnic groups’ living style by walking in and around the town. The town itself lies on small lane hill and is the most peaceful in northern Myanmar. Being isolated area, the region is rich in biodiversity-flora and fauna and it’s the least visited area by the tourist.
Day 02 ( Putao – upper Shangaung – Mt Shangaung 1460 meters – Wasandum 860 meters)
As soon as your breakfast is taken, you will start driving a country road of 17 km to upper Shangaung, and all the way throughyou will see people traveling on bull locked carts or on motor bikes,local houses and paddy fields. After being dropped off at Shangaungvillage, you will start climbing up the winding trail of Mt.Shangaungof 1,460 m will be a great challenging for you.But as you get to thepeak you will have the panoramic view of Putao and your lunch will be served there. From the summit while the descending trail will lead you to Wasandum a beautiful Rawang village at 860 m, you may encounter with hornbills and gibbons. You may go down to Namro creek (5 minute walk from the village) to get washed up right after you have checked in the local house. ( approx.-walking hour 8 plus one and half driving hours)
Day 03 ( Wasandum – Awadum – Ziyadum 1068 meters)
You will be awoken at first light by the village cocks crowing repeatedly, which is the vital alarm for the villagers. Most of your route today will be cool, shady and relatively flat, except some up and down spots. As you proceed to Awadum which is well-known for walnut and persimmon and home to both Lisus and Rawangs, you will encounter the local greeting you with broad smile on the way through. After walking for half hour from Awadum, you will reach Kanlan suspension bridge and have your lunch there, but you will not cross thebridge, rather pass along the Namla creek for about 2 hours to get to Ziyadum at the altitude of 1068 m above sea level, the last frontier village for this route. You will notice that all the houses of the village, being built of wood, bamboo, rattan and bark, have spacious plot with wood or bamboo fence. The villagers mainly live on cultivation, hunting and foraging for medicinal insect called “Cordycept” in botanical term, which plays main role in Chinese alternative medicine. (approxi- walking hour 5- 7)
Day 04 ( Ziyadum- Kharlang- Awadum- Wasandum 860 m)
Early in the morning, you are not supposed to miss having the spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains from the and may feel like to explore the village before breakfast. When your group is ready you will take different route to Kharlang village. That route is relatively flat, shady and pleasant towalk, moreover there are some beautiful suspension bridges to be crossed. It will take you about 2 hours to reach Kharlang, a beautiful Rawang village inrural setting. You will leave the village by the side for Awadam crossing a long suspension bridge of Kharlang. You may take your lunch at a local house in Awadam which owns the only shop of the village and proceed to Wasandam to stay overnight.(approx. walking hours 6)
Day 05 (Wasandam – River camp (Rafting along Namlang river)
You will be awoken at first light by the village cocks crowing repeatedly, which is the vital alarm for the villagers. After breakfast, walkdown to Namro creek and reach to starting point for rafting. Before we leave, listen to well experienced river guide’s brief and demo with a practice. Enjoy the nature beauty of flora and fauna along the both side of icy creek while paddling down through the valley of Namlang by touching the chill water in cascading creek and pass one of the frontier lisu village called Namzae where you can see 3400 m high Mt, Loncrumadin snow-capped mountain which is just on the right side of the creek. Stop for Lunch on river bank and paddle down till we reach to river camp where we will stay overnight in tent on sandy beach.
Day 06 River camp – Putao (Rafting /Car)
Left the wilderness behind and returning to the clutches of human civilization. Today is your final destination of rafting through the more challenge and more enjoyable level of rapids, by passing the huge boulders and some waterfall in more gorge and narrow valleyof deep canyons by listening to your river guide’s very often commends. Lunch will be on convenience spectacular river bank and forward to Mulasidi village which is your ending point and you will be transfer to Putao by car. Overnight at Putao Guest House.
Day 07 ( Putao – Airport for departure)
As you get up, you should not forget to visit local market to explore the local products and to buy some souvenirs for your dear ones. I strongly recommend that you should buy lovely tea cups crafted from bamboo and try the taste of local organic fruits. Depending on the flight arrival, your guide will transfer you to the airport by jeep for onward departure. And our service will end up seeing you off at the terminal. (15 minutes driving)