River Journey Tour at Kachin (4 Nights / 5 Days)
Kachin State (Eastern Of Myanmar)
About Kachin State
Myanmar’s Kachin State in the Eastern Himalayas remains
one of the least visited wilderness areas on earth,
offering unique opportunities for true frontier
exploration. It has only recently become possible to
obtain permission to visit many areas of this little
known destination. Nowadays, we can arrange rafting and
trekking journeys into this tribal land of dense forests
and snow-capped mountains, which to this day remains
completely cut off from the modern world.
With little in the way of roads or development the
Northern Myanmar ecosystem remains incredibly intact and
is internationally recognized as a hotspot of
biodiversity. Climax old growth forest is common,
supporting a huge range of animal and bird life while in
the high alpine meadows many of Asia’s rarest flowers
thrive. This is a place of pristine beauty, exotic
cultures and some of the most radical topography on
earth. Traveling in Kachin State is full of simple
delights and opportunities that can no longer be found
elsewhere, providing timeless and unpretentious
experiences.Our Program base at The Lisu Resort * newly
operate & the best place in Putao, we provide a whole
range of adventures from shorter half-day excursions to
month-long hardcore expeditions. With the highest
attention to operational safety, equipment and service,
visitors can rest assured that they are in the best of
hands. Our holidays are all about adventure, excitement,
and a journey through the natural beauty and cultural
diversity of some of the planet’s last remote areas.
on our exploratory first descents we are initially
offering two very different river trips. One standard
river trip will be an exclusive three-day wilderness
journey on the pristine western headwaters of the
Ayeyarwaddy. By contrast, the Maykha River is the most
extreme multi-day river expedition offered on the
planet. This is our “Everest of Rivers” and the
expedition in early 2006 will be the first commercial
Duration : 4 Nights / 5 Days
Routing : Putao Area, Wang Lai Dam to Mulashidi
Recommend Season : Starting from October to end of April
Detailed Itinerary for NAM LANG RIVER JOURNEY TOUR
(5 Days / 4 Nights)
This program is three day
wilderness journey on the pristine western headwaters of
The Nam Lang River combines the thrill of Class 3 and 4
whitewater through thickly forested canyons, with a
closer insight into a people and way of life unchanged
for centuries. This river journey is an incredible
combination of white water, scenery, villages, and truly
quiet and introspective evenings in our private camps.
• Difficulty 3-4
• From Wanglai Dam to Mulashidi
• Distance 60km
• 1 days trek, 2 river days
• Av. River Gradient 25 ft per mile
• Best Season Late Oct – Early April
• Minimum group size 4
• Maximum group size 14
Day 01 : Putao ( L, D)
Arrive at Putao Airport and
transfer to Malikha Lodge
in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure in the grounds
of our beautiful wilderness lodge, with time for a
refreshing swim or spa treatment. Group dinner and
drinks at the main lodge in front of our open
fireplaces, and briefing from
Ayeyarwaddy Expeditions on the following day’s
Day 02. Putao – Upper Shangaung – Nam Lang Valley (B , L
, D) Trekking
Trek to Nam Lang Valley. An
hours drive from Malikha Lodge
we pass the village of Upper
Sangaung which marks the
beginning of the jungle. The road continues on for a few
more km, towards the pass leading into the
Nam Lang Valley to the
beginning of our trek. We trek at
a moderate space for five to six hours, four
hours to the top of the pass, and another two down to
our river camp. In traditional style the porters carry
all the expedition food and equipment ahead, leaving us
free to enjoy this scenic trek through untouched
subtropical forest and giant bamboo. Our river camp lies
close to the first river canyon, which is marked by a
spectacular rattan and bamboo bridge across the river.
Day 03. Nam Ze Area (B, L, D) Rafting
First day rafting. The following day, after breakfast
everyone is fitted with their specialist rafting gear,
while the trip leader and safety kayaker give an
extensive lesson in river safety and paddling technique.
We pass by the remote Lisu village
of Nam Ze, at the foot of more snow-capped peaks.
This is our last contact with “civilization” as we take
an isolated loop into the lower canyons. Two hours below
this village and we encounter some excellent technical
rapids. From here we raft down
to our final river beach camp at the beginning of the
Day 04 : Puato ( B, L , D )
day rafting. After a hearty breakfast, we start the
final and most challenging days
rafting. An hour later, we reach three exciting
and technical rapids stacked in succession in a tight
bedrock canyon. The trio of rapids ends with a bang in a
series of drops between massive boulders. From here it
is about three hours rafting
and leisurely cruising back to our home at Malikha
Lodge, where a glass of champagne and long hot shower
Day 05 : Puato – Myitkyina – Yangon Or Mandalay (
Return to Mandalay/Yangon. After a final leisurely
breakfast at Malikha Lodge, check out and late morning
transfer to Putao airport to connect with your flight
back to Mandalay and the rest of your itinerary.
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Personal Items to bring for Rafting and Trekking
Since all our rafting expeditions include at least one
trekking day, clients will also need to bring items as
prescribed on our trekking list.
As a general rule when packing for one of our wilderness
expeditions please keep personal gear to a minimum.
Clothing should be lightweight, dry quickly, and provide
insulation even when wet. Synthetic fibres are
preferable to cotton on the river for this reason. For
any other personal items not included on our detailed
equipment list below, please feel free to contact us
1. For camping and travelling:
A sleeping bag. Your sleeping bag should be at
least a three-season bag, either down or synthetic
filled. If you do not have a sleeping bag we do have
them for hire or purchase. A Therma-rest (inflatable
sleeping mattress) is provided by Ayeyarwaddy
Expeditions for your comfort.
Lightweight pants and jacket. The brushed nylon
pants and windbreakers made by a variety of companies
are ideal for trekking and general travel wear.
Long sleeved thermal, top and bottoms (long
underwear). These are synthetic clothing such as
Patagonia Capaline which maintain their insulating value
even when wet, and are therefore ideal for wearing
around the campsite and on the river. The zippered
turtleneck is particularly handy, as it can be vented
and keeps the sun off the back of your neck. Light and
medium weight weaves are the handiest.
Socks: Two pairs of polypropylene or polypro mix
Lightweight long sleeved shirt. These are
particularly useful as sunscreen in camp. In addition
temperatures in the shade remain cool throughout the
Two cotton T-shirts.
A fleece jacket. Polypropylene is preferable.
A Gore-Tex or similar material raincoat and pants.
This will keep you warm and dry in a variety of
situations. A simple shell design is preferable, as they
can be packed away into very small bundles.
Toiletries: keep it to a minimum. Bring plenty
of moisturizing lotion.
Spare glasses or contact lenses if you wear them.
Flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries.
Toilet paper and lighter –We do provide it on all
trips, but also advise you carry your own supply for
convenience. The lighter is for burning the toilet paper
after you’ve used it.
Insect Repellent: Our Nam Lang river camp has
screened areas where insects are not a problem, but
while trekking and rafting in the jungle bring plenty of
Lightweight cotton gloves are also handy as
additional insect protection.
2. River Wear:
River sandals or wet suit booties are the
preferred footwear on the river. Tevas, Alps, or other
high quality river sandals or booties should be brought
from home. It is essential that all rafters have
footwear that they can wear in the raft, which will not
come off in the event of a swim, as this is considered
standard safety equipment. One of the best options is
simple wetsuit booties used for diving or windsurfing.
These also offer additional protection from insect
River shorts Good quality, such as Patagonia
Baggies or Guide Shorts. These are by far the best all
around river wear, as they are durable, dry quickly, and
provide the pockets you will need for little items
you’ll want to keep close. Two pairs are enough.
Swimming costume – (or you can just get by with
A sarong for women (a long piece of cloth wrapped
around your waist) is another good option, and can be
purchased cheaply in Myanmar. This is invaluable for
visiting villages and respecting local custom for dress.
It can also be used to replace your towel for drying
A baseball style cap and good sunglasses equipped
with a retaining device to keep them on your face where
Sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater and waterproof) is
Lip Balm, SPF 15 minimum
A daypack. It should be a medium volume
daypack without a frame, and again, the most important
criteria are how well it fits and works.
Lightweight hiking boots or running shoes of good
quality and preferably worn in are a must. For people
who do not routinely walk in the mountains, light hiking
boots are strongly recommended. Heavy mountaineering
boots are not recommended.
For longer treks and Higher Altitude treks
waterproof pants, gaiters, additional socks and thermal
hats and gloves are highly recommended.
Camera and film. Also bring a good cleaning
kit, as field conditions are harsher than in towns.
Spare batteries are also handy. There will be waterproof
Pelican Cases supplied on the rafting trips. Packets of
silica gel will help reduce humidity in the camera case.
Small binoculars for wildlife viewing. If you’re
an avid bird watcher you may want to bring a more
substantial pair of binoculars with a waterproof case.
Pocketknife or multi-tool.
Reading and writing material.
Personal first aid kit.
Personal linen, pillow case or under sheet
5. Provided by us:
We will provide the following equipment for all
clients on our rafting and trekking expeditions:
All safety and trek / river gear (except
clothing and personal items – see personal equipment
above) On river trips we provide lifejackets, helmets,
spray jackets, wet suits when required, dry bags, camera
barrels, satellite phone and comprehensive first aid
Tented accommodation while on your trip.
Mattresses or thermo-rests to sleep on
Cooking equipment including all kitchen utensils,
pots, pans, plates and glassware