Mt. Saramati Expedition

Mt. Saramati Expedition

Mt. Saramati, towering 3841meter, largest mountain range in Nagaland and highest non-Himalayan peak, located at Lashi Township, Sagaing Division of Myanmar. Covered with rich, natural and diverse forests, visible at various altitudes, ranging from Sub-tropical evergreen and Semi evergreen to temperate broad leaved and Alpine vegetation. There are no established routes to the summit so this expedition represents a true pioneering challenge.

Highlights

  • Scale one of the most prominent non-Himalaya peaks in Myanmar
  • Explore a fascinating region through the path less traveled.
  • Experience the authenticity of life style of “The Naga warriors, used to known as prominent heat hunters.

Draft Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival at Hkamti, boat transfer to Htamanthi and overland drive to Lashi.

Day 02:Boat transfer to Htamanthi, drive to Kyet Kaw, meet local team and organize logistics.

Day 03:Trek to Yawpami, leaving the valley and slight up to the ridge.

Day 04:Trek to Latte, through Naga Mountains.

Day 05:Trek to Kapakasu camp. Trek goes challenging through deep forest lots of ups and downs.

Day 06:A challenging trek with steep climbs at uneven terrain to Tashiti camp.

Day 07:Trek to so-called S mountain base through pristine jungle with rich flora and fauna.

Day 08:Trek to base camp. Camping at this altitude give us lots of challenge with gusty wind and snow fall.

Day 09:Set off early for the last few hundred meters to the summit. Descend to Tashiti Camp.

Day 10:Trek all the way down to Kapakasu camp.

Day 11/13:Descent through steep forest trek to Kyet Kaw, passing some Naga settlement.

Day 14:Travel by jeep to Htamanthi, then further travel by Jeep or boat to Hkamti.

Day 15:Transfer to airport for your onwards flight to complete this unique experience.

Service Includes

  • Guest House Accommodation at Hkamti and Lashi
  • Local Home and tented accommodation during the trek (include tent, sleeping bag and mattress)
  • – we provide two person jungle tent, inflatable mattress etc
  • Transfer between Hkamti airport to Airport
  • Private transport between Hkamti and Lashi
  • Escorted English/Myanmar language guide, cook and porters
  • Full board meal, safe drinking water

Service Excludes

  • Insurance (medical, travel, property)
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks (available for sale in some villages)
  • Expenditure on personal nature such as laundry, beverages, gratitude to guides, porters etc
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Hkamti

Arrival at Hkamti airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day visit around this charming riverside settlement. Hkamti is a remote riverside town and gateway to Nagaland. The main road in Hkamti follows the banks of the Chindwin River where you will find most of the shops and restaurants. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at local guesthouse.

Meal included: Dinner
Overnight stay: Local Guest House

Day 02 : Lashi – Kyetkaw

Breakfast and we travel by jeep to Kyet Kaw. Here we meet with our local team and organize our supply and man

power. Overnight at Buddhist Monastery.

Distance cover:   Km, Duration of drive: 5-6 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House/Monastery

Day 03 : Kyetkaw - Yawpami

Trek to our today destination at Yawpami village. Naga, who have several villages in the region; they prefer the safety and defensibility of altitude over an easier living farther down the mountain’s slopes.

Distance cover: 19Km, Duration of trek: 6-7 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House/Monastery

Day 04 : Yawpami - Latte

Trek to our today destination at Latte Naga village through Naga Mountains. Overnight at local home.

Distance cover:  Km, Duration of trek: 7-8 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House/Monastery

Day 05 : Latte – Kapakasu Camp

Breakfast and we trek to our today destination at Kapakasu camp. Trek goes challenging through deep forest lots of ups and downs. Overnight at camp.

Distance cover:   Km, Duration of trek: 7-8 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Tent

Day 06 : Kapakasu - Tashiti camp

Breakfast and we head of footpath through challenging trek with steep climbs at uneven terrain to Tashiti camp. Overnight at camp.

Distance cover:   Km, Duration of trek: 7-8 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Tent

Day 07 : Tashiti – Snowline (S mountain base camp)

Breakfast and we trek we trek to snowline (so-called S mountain base). At first trail goes straight up through pristine jungle with rich flora and fauna. Once we get on to the ridge trail goes down all the way to valley. Overnight at Snowline camp.

Distance cover:  Km, Duration of trek: 4-5 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Tent

Day 08 : Snowline - Base camp

Breakfast and we trek to base camp with the trail goes all the way uphill. Camping at this altitude give us lots of challenge with gusty wind and snow fall. Overnight at base camp.

Distance cover:   Km, Duration of trek: 4-5 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Tent

Day 09 : Base Camp – Saramati Summit - Tashiti Camp

Set off early for the last few hundred meters to the summit. Sarmati’s superior prominence ensures fantastic views. Enjoy the surrounding for some time and back to the base camp for breakfast. From here descend to Tashiti Camp. Overnight at camp.

Distance cover:   Km, Duration of trek: 4-5 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Tent

Day 10 : Tashiti Camp - Kapakasu camp

Breakfast and we trek all the way down to Kapakasu camp. Dinner and overnight at camp.

Distance cover:  Km, Duration of trek: 7-8 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11/13 : Kapakasu camp - Kyetkaw

Descent through steep forest trek to Kyet Kaw village. Have the opportunity to interact with this prominent yet friendly Naga tribal men and women. Dinner and overnight in village home.

Distance cover:   Km, Duration of trek: 7-8 hour (approx.)
Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House/Buddhist Monastery

Day 14 : Kyetkaw – Htamanthi - Hkamti

Breakfast and we travel by jeep to Htamanthi, then further travel by boat to Homalin. Dinner and overnight at local Guest House.

Day 15 : Hkamti - Mandalay

Depending on the flight timing we explore this small yet charming town until transfer to airport for our Yangon bound flight to complete this unique experience.

Meal included: Breakfast
Overnight stay: not included

Booking Condition

How to Book

Complete the booking form click “submit” button to make your reservation. Alternately you may book through email [email protected]

Deposit and payment:

A deposit of 30% of your trip cost per person is require to secure your booking. The balance will need to be settled 7 day before commence of trek. Bookings made within 7 days must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Validity:

Prices quoted are net basis and valid according to the date specified on the printed tariffs, quotation, invoice etc. Myanmar Hill lodges (Myanmar Highland Eco-adventures) warrants that the prices or rates quoted are correct at the time of issuance but are subject to change in line with market, tax or currency fluctuation.

Cancellations and refunds:

All cancellations must be advised in writing and are accepted from the date the written confirmation is received and applied cancellation as below.
15 days before trip date: you will lose your deposit
7 days and less before the trip date: 50% of the total cost per person
If reservations are cancelled (or) no-show: no refunds will be made

Amendments of trek

If the change is minor we will endeavor to make the change at no further cost to you. If the change requires more work than we impose you an appropriate charge ask you to pay the charge before we action the change. Please note we may not be able to accommodate your request during “high occupation period”. In such case we will not be responsible for any lost or additional costs incurred. Should trip be cancelled after deposit cancellation fee applies.

Grouping:

There is no limitation on the group size on this program, however Myanmar Hill Lodges (Myanmar Highland Eco-adventures) reserves the right to combine in order to form a decent group on same departure.

Un-used service:

No refunds will be considered any unused service after commencement of the tour, trek or expeditions regardless of the reason whatsoever.

Checklist

Baggage

As general rule when packing for wilderness expeditions keep personal gear to a minimum. Please avoid large framed suitcase as they can be rather cumbersome to porters but use a medium size duffle bag instead. The weight limit on domestic airlines is 20 Kg. Your day pack should be a medium volume without a frame which can hold your personal belonging such as medication, camera, extra clothes, water etc.

Clothing

Should be lightweight, dry quickly, and provide insulation even when wet, synthetic fibre is preferable to cotton. The brushed nylon pants are ideal for trekking. Long sleeved shirt is useful as sunscreen and leeches protection while trekking. A good quality raincoat and pants are ideal as hey will keep you warm and dry in a variety of situations. Bring a thick sweater or fleece sweat shirt to wear in the evenings, when temperatures decline considerably. A lightweight jacket or windbreaker will also be useful. For longer treks and higher altitude treks waterproof pants, gaiters, additional socks, thermal hats and gloves are highly recommended.

Foot ware

Lightweight hiking boots or good quality running shoes are must for the lowland trek. For people who do not routinely walk in the mountains, light hiking boots are strongly recommended. It is essential your walking boots be comfortable and broken-in.

Personal items

Please also bring personal item such as flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, water purifying tablets and lighter. A pocketknife, reading and writing material and personal first aid kit would also be essential for your convenience.

Protection from weather:

A pair of sun glass and hat is essential for your protection from sun. You will also need some sun screen to protect against sunburn.

Protection against insect bite

Most part the jungle is free from biting insects, but we do encounter plenty of insects in the low land such as sand flies around the river banks and leaches in the lowland bushes. It’s important to use insect repellent to keep the insects

FAQ

What are the overnight facilities in Hkamti?

There are limited choice of accommodation exists in Hkamti. Currently best available guesthouse comes with room with en-suite private bath with running hot and cold shower.  Breakfast will be served at local tea shop as hotel service does not include breakfast.

What are the overnight facilities in Lashi?

There are limited choice of accommodation exists in Lashi. Currently best available guesthouse comes with room with common bath with only cold water. Hot water will be served on demand and extra cost.  Breakfast will be served at local tea shop as hotel service does not include breakfast.

What are the overnight facilities during the trek?

This trek involves local home stay and camp accommodation. With a local home stay we choose a suitable home in a village. Night will then be spent in candle light and wood fire, toile will be local squat type. With tented accommodation we provide tents, sleeping bags and mattress. For toilet we choose a decent site and dig a hole which then be dispose properly. When pitching a tent, two clients will share a tent, unless you have requested and paid for a single supplement.

What will be the temperature like?

Our season is between November and May, which is winter and best tourist season in Myanmar. Mostly clear skies, warm during the day and cool evenings. Temperature steadily decreases between late December and early February. Average temperature would be between low 4/10 and high 22/30 degree Celsius.

How long is an average trekking in a day?

All our treks are designed at 8 to 10 walking hours per day, except for some of the activities that designed for non-trekkers. Day normally starts at 8 or 9 in the morning follow by breakfast. We try to reach our destination well in time to relax and engage activities like social, cultural interaction.

What will I see on the trek?

Most of our program focuses on ethnic tribal combination of wildness. Your trail going across many tribal activities. Being the biggest mountain range in Nagaland and highest non-Himalayan peak, covered with rich, natural and diverse forests, visible at various altitudes, ranging from Sub-tropical evergreen and Semi evergreen to temperate broad leaved and Alpine vegetation.

How fit do I have to be?

This trek is classified as “Extremely Demanding” and includes longer trekking days on difficult terrain. You will be covering average distance of 25km for 10 days, reaching an altitude of 3826m  on a challenging, steep climbs, muddy and rocky paths, rope bridges not to forger dealing with climate from 30°C down to -10°C at night at high altitudes.

Thus suitable for adventurous and stronger individuals with physically challenging and more suited to regular hill-walkers who are used to extended days and are competent over difficult terrain. However do not require technical mountaineering skills or previous experience. Beside this trek involves suspension and make-shift bamboo bridges which might be challenge to people with acrophobia.

What about meal?

We take care of all catering on your expedition, you are always welcome to assist if you wish to. If you have a special dietary requirements then you will have to advise us at the time of booking. A hot breakfast will be served around 7 or 8 am, lunch usually is simple, light and serve during mid-day follow by a short rest. Dinner will be more extensive featuring pre-dinner snacks and deserts.

What about altitude?

Although this is quite strenuous and challenging trek which an altitude of 3800 meters which is still below the point of altitude sickness.

What about guides?

Unless pre-arranged or specified our programs are based on English or Myanmar language guide.

What about First aid?

All our guides are qualified in wilderness first aid, and carry a basic medical first aid kit.

Is there any age or health limit to participate?

This program is suitable for adventurous and stronger individuals but no limitation in age or sex to participate. However older clients or clients with pre-existing medical conditions may require a doctor’s letter confirming their fitness for the trip. During your trek you are under the direction of your trip leader and he/she has total authority to determine your suitability to participate.

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