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The Rawan Trail (Soft Adventure Trekking)

sample itinerary - actual may vary

Day 01 Arrival, Putao
Upon arrival at Putao airport we will be met by Putao Trekking House's representative and transferred to our lodge. Putao lies in a flat valley, jumping-off point for trekkers who want to explore the region’s deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries and snow-capped mountains etc. Putao town and fort was 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.

Day 02 Putao – Mansakun – Htonhtu
Early in the morning we visit attractive market often busy with local ethnic tribes. Return to hotel, breakfast and depart by jeep/truck through the vast Putao plain on the pebbled road to Mansakun (10 mile, approx. one hour) through several villages like Mansay, Fankhine No1 and No2. Here we get off from jeep and start walk on dirt road for Mansakun (3 mile, approx. 2 hour), enjoying the site and sound of the area. On our left we have Mansay Mountain and right would be Mansakun creek flowing steadily towards Putao. From here we head straight north through the plain lies at the bottom of blazing Mt. Madoi. We walk pass Stilaw number one and number two to reach the junction where road fork in to two. Here we turn east to Htonhtu, located at 1378 feet above sea (6 ˝ mile, approx. 4 hour). Htonhtu, a primarily Rawan tribe village is located at the bank of Mali creek, which later form as Malikha River after joining Sati and Namar creeks. Dinner and overnight at local home.

Day 03 Htonhtu – Htondum – Nam Ma - Pansat
Breakfast and we explore the vast river bank. Here we find shapes of stone that has been dragged by the torrent from the watershed up in the mountains. After wear and tear the pebble form all kind of shapes from a simple round, oval to the shape of animal and other staff like shoes, hat etc. Later we cross the shallow river by a dugout to Htondum village located at the other side of the river. From here we turn south and trek to Pansat, located at 1312 feet above sea (8 mile, approx. 5 hour). At first stretch we walk to Nam Ma, located at 1378 feet about sea but once we pass Nam Ma the our trail goes in to wildness and getting deeper in to primary forests where we encounter lush tropical rain forests, creeps and various species of rattan vine. We trek a challenging trail about 3 miles on the wildness trail and come out to the cattle farm, from where Pansat is another 2 mile away. Pansat, predominantly Rawan villages parched by the Malikha River under beautiful Namhti Mountain range. Dinner and overnight at local home.

Day 04 Pansat – Kanugmulone - Namkham
Breakfast and we head south for our today destination at Namkham, located 1457 feet above sea (12 mile, approx. 6 hour). After pass through Mano, Zu Ka, Nam Buyan and Ngwa Saga village across several suspension bridges we arrive at Kanugmulon Pagoda site, said to be one of the 84000 pagodas built by Thiri Dhamma Thawka, the great king. Lunch stop and we continue trek to Namkham passing smaller villages such as Salundum and Htrandum etc. Namkham, a large Rawan village, situates at the bottom of Namhti mountain range which in rich with biodiversity of flora and fauna. Name after Hkamti Shan name meaning “Golden River” has became the centre of cultivation place for the fruits that Father Robert Moss has introduced thus today famous for its sweet fruits production. We settle in at our guest house and visit Malikha River for a swim, which probably be a highlight for the day. Dinner and overnight at Namkham Village House.

Day 05 Namkham – Machanbaw – Fairy Island - Mulashidi – Putao
Breakfast and we board on local fishermen boat and leisurely cruise down in the Malikha River enjoying the sights and sounds of the natural environment. Our riverine journey take us about half an hour to get to Machanbaw, a charming administrative town ex-Putao with beautifully set up colonial style. We get off the boat at Naungkhine jetty and cross beautiful suspension bridge to visit Machanbaw town and market. Later we get on our boat and continue our riverine journey down south to so-called Fairy Island through beautiful wilderness surrounding having high reef with lush tropical forests. Here we have our lunch at the sand bank and relax through the afternoon. Later we return up stream by boat to Naungkhine jetty where we our driver who will then take us to Mulashidi, (20 mile, approx. one hour). Mulashidi, meaning in Lisu “the village stands in the thatch field along Mula River”. Here we visit 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.

Day 06 Departure
Breakfast and perhaps a second visit to Putao market and further visit in and around Putao with suggestion by our guide. Lunch and afternoon transfer to airport for your onward departure flight to conclude this unique experience.


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