The Trail of the Naga Warriors

The Trail of the Naga Warriors

Explore the sites which is not just the excursion, it’s about nature walk, mountain trials, birds call and social interactions with local tribe. Experience the authenticity of life style of “The Naga Warriors, used to be the Prominent Heat Hunters”. Trekking through remote Nagaland will get you a lifetime achievement.

Draft Itinerary

Day 01:Arrive in Hkamti, drive to Lahe along the road winding its ways through mountains and valleys. Laha, parched at a ridge under the shadow of Marlar Hill.

Day 02:Trek to Hwe Htaik, parched on the top of the mountain overlooking the entire valley. The Naga tribes who live are of Lai Naung clan, extremely friendly and fun-loving.

Day 03:Trek goes to Pon Nyo (Nok Inn), parched on the ridge, secured by higher mountains. Enjoy traditional meal over the fireplace having social interaction with the local.

Day 04:Trek goes through complete wilderness in rich rain forests to Poh Nyo (Nok Kone). Jungle trail goes straight to the top of the ridge then steady down till we get to the valley.

Day 05:Trek to Sapalaw Ywar Ma, which is believed to be the oldest and most interesting village, boldly parched at the top of the mountain top on the other side of the ridge across Thetyan valley.

Day 06:Observe morning activities such as young girls fetch water with bamboo containers while women busy with pounding corn and rice and men preparing their tools for the farm work or hunting trip. Walk back to the valley and drive to Lahe, under shadow of beautiful Blue Mountains.

Day 07:Explore Lahe and later drive back to Hkamti, afternoon explore Hkamti old town, which was originally Shan village but over the time Naga have migrated in this fertile land.

Day 08:Transfer to airport and fly to Mandalay to complete this unique adventure

Service Includes:

  • Guest House Accommodation at Hkamti and Lahe
  • Local Home and village guest houses during the trek
  • Transfer between Hkamti airport to hotel
  • Private transport between Hkamti and Lahe
  • Escorted English 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
  • Service in Mandalay
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Mandalay – Hkamti – Lahe

Here we met our driver at Hkamti airport drive straight to Lahe. At first we cross Chindwin river via newly built bridge and continue north to Lahe, winding its ways through mountains and valleys. Laha (the capital of Naga self-administrative Zone, which includes Lahe, Lashi and Namyune townships) is beautifully parched at a ridge under the shadow of Marlar Hill. Upon arrive we check in at local guest house. This afternoon we explore the town include Naga traditional Pan (where Naga worriers gather to strike the wooden bell during the Naga New Year festival), Buddhist Pagoda and Churches.  Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at local guest house.

Distance Cover: 90 Km, Duration of drive: 5-6 hour (approx.)
Meal Inclusion: Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Guest House in Lahe

Day 02 : Lahe – Hwe Htaik

Breakfast at local tee shop and later we pack our bags and start with our today destination at Hwe Htaik. Trek, goes gently ups and downs but later vegetation change in to thick evergreen forests and now we find ourselves following steady flowing Hwe Htaik creek. After a couple of hours of trek we will find Hwe Htaik village parched on the top of the mountain overlooking the entire valley. The Naga tribes who live at this village are of Lai Naung clan, who do not mixed with other but prefer their own group. Dinner and overnight at local home.

Distance Cover: 17 Km, Duration of trek: 5-6 hour (approx.)
Meal Inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House

Day 03 : Hwe Htaik – Pon Nyo Nok Inn (Elevation: min: 1136m – max 1565m)

We walk around the village and have opportunity to observe our unique host’s daily life as most household get busy with pounding corn to feed their pigs and children before they go to farm for the day. Later we head off our next destination at Pon Nyo Nok Inn. Trail goes straight down all the way to the valley, from here a gentle ups and down trail leads us till we get the bottom of the hill. As usual Naga always live on the top of the hill (mainly for the security reason as historicistically they have many enemies due to their barbaric culture and head hunting tradition).

Pon Nyo Nok Inn, beautifully parched on the ridge, secured by higher mountains all direction but south where you have a steady flow Hwe Htaik creek. This afternoon we walk through the village and later social interaction with the local over the fireplace. Dinner and overnight at village guest house.

Distance Cover: 12 Km, Duration of trek: 5-6 hour (approx.)
Meal Inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House

Day 04 : Pon Nyo N/I – Pon Nyo Nok Kone (Elevation: min: 780m – max 2060m)

Breakfast and we will head for our today destination at Pon Nyo. Treks goes up and keep steady hike till we reach the top of the ridge with elevation of 2040 meter but from here trail goes steady down till we get to the valley then a steady uphill to our final destination. There was no settlement between these two villages but most part through complete wilderness in rich rain forests. As usual we walk around the village to meet and greet the local, social interaction with some local over dinner. Pon Nyo N/K is located closed to the Myanmar/Indian border and accessible with motor bike and smaller 4WD vehicle during dry season. Dinner and overnight at village guest house

Distance Cover: 19 Km, Duration of trek: 8-9 hour (approx.)
Meal Inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House

Day 05 : Pon Nyo N/K – Saw Law - Sappalaw Ywar Ma (Elevation: min: 632m – max 1200m)

Breakfast and we head to our today destination at Sapalaw Ywar Ma, which is believe to be the oldest and most interesting village located on the tip of the mountain top and isolated themselves from other Naga villages in the area. At first we trek on the dirt path but soon we took the walk path which were lots of ups and down. Once we reach the valley then trail goes straight up to Saw Law village which located at the top of the lesser plateau.  Saw Law, another ancient village is believed to be the center of the warriors and there are lots to see and learn from this village.

From here we see our destination village boldly parched at the top of the mountain top on the other side of the ridge across Thetyan valley. From here we had a gentle trail leads to the bottom of the ridge but once we get there then trek goes straight up which was by far most challenge of the day. However once we get to the village we will find the hardship will be well worth. This evening we will have social interaction with the villagers over dinner.

Distance Cover: 18 Km, Duration of trek: 8-9 hour (approx.)
Meal Inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Village House

Day 06 : Sapalaw Ywar Ma – Sapalaw Nok Kone – Lahe (Elevation: min: 390m – max 1640m)

There will be lots of activities in the morning as young girls fetch water with bamboo containers while women busy with pounding corn and rice and men preparing their tools for the farm work or hunting trip.  We enjoy our time sharing the local activities and later bit farewell and leave for Lahe. At first we walk straight down to the creek and from where follow gently up trail and soon after we will find ourselves  walking on the dirt mule trek which leads to Lahe. Here we hop on the awaiting jeep and travel back to Lahe admiring beauty of the Naga Mountains from our window. Here we find the time to shower ourselves and had a proper meal at restaurant. Overnight at local guest house.

Distance Cover: 18 Km, Duration of trek:6-7 hour (approx.), Duration of drive: 3 hour (approx.)
Meal Inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Local Guest House

Day 07 : Lahe – Hkamti

We have a leisure morning to visit more of the town and do some shopping. Later we travel by jeep to Hkamti. We have afternoon free to explore the town and some shopping. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at Guest House. Hkamti was considered part of a contiguous Shan homeland that run from north-east of Myanmar. Few remnants of colonial era still remain. The British created an enclave on a hill named Bo-Gone (meaning British Hill), but only the administrative office near Hkamti hospital still remain there. The descendants of “Myosar” or headman family now live normal life like everyone else although their home once the biggest in town. Over the time Naga have migrated in this fertile land and now the Shan and Naga are quite evenly split.

Meal Inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight stay: Local Guest House

Day 08 : Hkamti - Mandalay

When time comes we will be picked up at our hotel for Hkamti airport for our schedule flight to Mandalay to end this unique experience.

Meal inclusion: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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:

Your day pack should be a medium volume 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. Lightweight long sleeved shirt is useful as sunscreen and leeches protection while trekking. A raincoat and pants are ideal as they will keep you warm and dry in a variety of situations.

Foot ware:

Lightweight hiking boots or good quality running shoes will be ideal for the lowland trek. It is essential your walking boots be comfortable and broken-in.

Personal items:

Such as flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, water bottle 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:

It’s important to keep insect repellent to keep the insects away.

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 Lahe?

There are limited choice of accommodation exists in Lahe. 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 program involves local home stay in villages. Overnight facilities are established at the village with basic western toilet. Sleeping facility such as mattress, pillow and blanket will be provided. Night will be spent in candle light and wood fire. Limited amount of hot water will be supplied for face wash in every morning.

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 10/15 and high 25/30 degree Celsius.

How long is an average trekking in a day?

All our treks are designed at 5 to 7 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 cultural and ethnic value thus your trail going across tribal activities, which allow you social interactions with local tribe. Experience the authenticity of life style of “The Naga Warriors, used to be the Prominent Heat Hunters”.  Beside this there will be plenty of bird life, butterflies and other exotic flora to view and experience.

How fit do I have to be?

This program is graded as “Moderate” thus anyone who leads a moderately healthy lifestyle back home and is reasonably fit will be able to join in.

What about meal?

A hot breakfast usually is served around 7- 8 am, lunch usually is simple, light and serve during mid-day. Dinner will be more extensive featuring pre-dinner snacks and deserts.

What about guides?

We provide English language guide and depending on the group size an assistance local guide. Upon advance request we will be able to arrange other language leader at additional cost.

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 to anyone with normal health and fitness condition. However older clients or clients with pre-existing medical conditions may require a doctor’s letter confirming their fitness for the trip. During your visit 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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