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Himalayan Foothill Trek - Putao to Thathaindum

Experience a simpler way of life as you journey through undiscovered Myanmar on this six-day Trekking through Putao itinerary. See different tribes all living together in peace, while also preserving their own ancient traditions and lifestyle, as you trek between villages. Enjoy nature as you walk through dense forest, cross bubbling creeks and watch the sunset over snowcapped mountains in the distance.

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  • Visit with Mongho and Rawang Tribes as you spend an evening in a local’s house after a long day trekking
  • Enjoy fresh, delicious produce at the small village of TongHtu as you gaze upon the snowcapped mountains in the distance
  • Shop the lively morning market in Putao and see the locals in their traditional dress
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1
Yangon - Putao - Mongho

Fly Air Bagan from Yangon to Putao. Transfer to Putao and enjoy an authentic local meal at one of Putao’s family-owned restaurants. After lunch, begin your trek to Mongho. You will pass through villages inhabited by the Mongho and Rawang Tribes. Marvel at their ancient way of living as you observe their daily life. The tribe members are friendly, and will allow you to take their photo. Spend the night at a local house, or set up camp in a tent.

Day 2
Mongho - Thathaindum

Following breakfast, trek to Thathtaindum. More Rawang villages are located along your path as well as Lisu and a Khanhti Shan Village. When you’re feeling adventurous, cross the suspension bridge that takes you to immense forest. Explore the jungle and bubbling river. Chat with the local people to gain new cultural insight, learn about their way of life and make new friends. Spend the night at either a local house or set up camp in a tent.

Day 3
Thathtaindum - MaLi Rein - TongHtu

Travel by foot to the last village, MaLi Rein. Visit the majestic Naim river that flows from the snowcapped mountains in the distance. Trek to TongHtu, a village situated along the Malikha river, famous for its delicious fresh produce. Spend the night at a local house or set up camp in a tent.

Day 4
TongHtu - Thathaindum - Mongho

Begin the day by trekking back to Thathaindum. Pause for lunch in the village before continuing onto Mongho. Visit the Lisu and Rawang village one last time before reaching Putao by car. Spend the night at either a local house, or set up camp in a tent.

Day 5
Mongho - Putao - Mularshide

home to the missionary base. Walk alongside the stunning Mularshide river, crossing to the other side by a suspension bridge. Visit with the local people and gain insight into their simpler way of life, not clouded by modern times. Here, you’ll see the Lisu, Rawang and Khamti Shan people living side-by-side, in peace. Travel back to Putao and spend the night at the Army House.

Day 6
Putao - Yangon

Visit the bustling morning market and enjoy nature at the Forest Wildlife Museum during your final morning in Putao. Marvel at the backdrop of snowcapped mountains. Travel back to Yangon on Air Bagan to begin your journey home.


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