( Natmataung (Mt.Victoria) – Mt. Hkaborazi- Mt. Phonekanrazi – Myitkyina – Putao )
Natmataung is the highest mountain in Chin State which is 10018 feet high and not far from the Glorious Bagan. There have many various mammals such as bear, wild boar, leopard, guar, serow, gibbon, butterfly, reptiles and more than 159 bird species. It has also been designated as a National Park, a perfect place for eco-tourism.
Mt. Hkakabozi, located in the northern Myanmar near the Chinese border, is 5885.3 meters high. It is the highest mountain in South East Asia, where the peak is enclosed within National Park to get to the bottom from Putao, it approximately takes 30 daystrekking. In 1997, it was for the first time conquered by a team of Myanmar and Japanese climbers.
Phonekarazi mountain, in the north most part of Myanmar, is situated in Putao township. The snow capped mountains which separate Kachin state in Myanmar from India are the most accessible to Putao. One could trek to Mt Phonekanrazi from the frontier village of Upper Sanggong. From here one could observe along hunting trails through pristine old growth forest and isolated settlements to the Mountain Base. Tribal villages, climax forest and snow capped mountain peaks are a perfect mix of this place.
Myitkyina is the capital city of Kachin State, and Bamaw (Bhamo) the second largest city. Myitkyina and Bamaw (Bhamo) are reachable by flight or car. The Kachin people are one of the eight major ethnic groups, who are hill tribes. There are many other tribes in Kachin State. They speak their own dialects and wear their own dress. The people are mostly Christians. Kachin State shares common border with China. The climate is cool. It is famous for the confluence of the Maekha and Malikha ravines, where the epic Ayeyarwady River. The confluence is about 21 miles by car from Myitkyina and is a famous tourist spot with idyllic landscapes, Pharkamt Jade Mines and Pidaung Game Sanctuary near Myitkyina and the Manao Festival which is very spectacular.
There had been brutal fighting between the Allied forces and Japanese forces during the World War II, especially at the area along Ledo Road, which etches out a way through the rocky mountain region. There are about 20 War-time aerodromes in Myitkyina area. Please read the Last Plane from Myitkyina, written by a foreigner who had experienced the invasion by the Japanese forces in Myitkyina.
Below Myitkyina, there is the first defile (gorge) of the Ayeyarwady. Mt. Hkakabo Razi (5889 m) is in the northern-most region of Kachin State. The snow-capped peak was first conquered by a Japanese expedition team in the year 1996. Hence Kachin State is a place worth visiting, without which your visit to Myanmar would be incomplete.
Travel to Chin State
Day 1 – YANGON – MYITKYINA (by Flight)
Day 2 – MYITKYINA – HOPIN – INDAWGYI
Day 3 – INDAWGYI
Day 4 – INDAWGYI – HOPIN – MYITKYINA
Day 5 – MYITKYINA – BHAMAW
Day 6 – BHAMAW
Day 7 – BHAMAW – KATHA (BY BOAT)
Day 8 – KATHA – MANDALAY
Day 9 MANDALAY-YANGON (by Flight)
Putao is due North of Myitkyina in Kachin State and nearest town to the base camp for climbing the Mt. Hkakabo Razi (5889 metres), the highest mountain in Myanmar. Hill tribe people who come to sell goods at the market can be found. It is located 420 meters above the sea level and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Rawan, Lisu, Jingphaw and Kachin people are represented in the region.
A wide variety of species of orchid and other exotic flora and fauna are native to Putao. Flowing streams and rivulets, straw-roofed houses and fences of pebbles and creek stones provide a pleasant, pastoral contrast to the scenes and sights of modern cities. The suspension bridges are the typical river crossing in this region. This area is famous for its Nature of originated Flora, especially there are many various kinds of orchids and even the world rarest Black orchids can be found in this area. And for fauna, one of the rarest animal species, Takin (Budorcas Taxicolor), Red Panda (Ailurus Fulgens), Black Bears, Black Deer, are all endemic to this region.
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