Hidden Himalaya of Burma Trek
Burma, Trek & Walk, 16 days - from £2,595 (land only) - from €3,115 (land only) - from $4,280 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Yangon in the morning. A single airport transfer will be provided. After a couple of hours rest, KE group package services begin with lunch at the hotel, where the local guide will brief the group about the week ahead. After lunch, there will be a guided afternoon sightseeing tour to include a visit to the incredible Schwedagon Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: We have a morning transfer back to Yangon Airport to catch the flight north, via Mandalay to Putao. Arriving in the early afternoon, we check in at our very comfortable lodge accommodation and have a short orientation tour. Situated beneath Himalayan foothills, the sleepy town of Putao is the gateway to a number of trekking routes.
Day 3: After breakfast, we have an hour's transfer to the village of Shangaung, home to Lisu and Rawan people. Here, we meet our team of porters and start our trek, following a winding trail over a ridge on 'Jade Mountain' and down to Wasandum, where we stay in a village house.
Day 4: The first part of today's undulating walk takes us through the upper part of Wasandum and across the Namro stream to Awadum, where we stop for lunch. A short afternoon walk then leads to the Rawan village of Ziyadum, where there are views of snow peaks to the west.
Day 5: There are no more villages, as we continue our hike into Himalayan foothills. Beyond the last farmland, we enter lush evergreen forest and pass the confluence of the Phonyin and Phangran creeks. We overnight in the forest at the place known as Camp 1 (1518m).
Day 6: Still following the Phonyin Stream, we climb steadily on a forest trail, passing the camping place known as Camp 2 after a couple of hours and continuing, steeply upwards and with glimpses of snow peaks ahead, to Camp 3 (3046m), where we stop for the night.
Day 7: Not a long day in terms of the distance we cover, but it's a tough one on a steeply undulating and at times indistinct trail. Look out for red pandas and troops of gibbons that live in the forest in this area. We reach our highest camping place at 'Basecamp' (3658m) after 6 or 7 hours.
Day 8: We have an early breakfast and set off to climb Phonyin Razi (4282m). There are increasingly good views of surrounding mountains as we reach the upper snowfields, whilst from the summit we can look westward into the little-known Indian state of Assam. We return to spend a second night at basecamp.
Day 9: Trekking out is easier than the approach, although it's still a longish day, as we descend to Camp 2 at around 2400 metres, arriving at camp mid afternoon.
Day 10: We have a leisurely morning and an early lunch, before setting off on the roller-coaster, up and down walk through the valley to civilisation in the form of Ziyadum and our village house accommodation.
Day 11: Retracing our steps, we have another chance to enjoy the beautiful lowland forest and picturesque foothills scenery. Crossing the Namro stream on a suspension bridge, there is a final 500 metre climb to our overnight lodging at Wasandum.
Day 12: Our final day of trekking takes us up and over the Shangaung Plateau and down to the roadhead. Reunited with our transport, we drive back to Putao and the hot showers and comfortable beds of our lodge accommodation.
Day 13: We have a free day in Putao, with a chance to visit the colourful local market. After lunch we will drive through pretty countryside to the nearby town of Machanbaw. Crossing an amazing suspension bridge, we will visit the town's Shan Buddhist Monastery. We return to spend a second night in Putao.
Day 14: In the morning we fly to Mandalay and have a day for sightseeing in this former capital. We visit the gilded Mahamuni Pagoda and the Schwenandaw Monastery and also take a sunset stroll across the 1200 metre-long teak bridge of U Bein. Overnight at a hotel in Mandalay.
Day 15: We have a free morning in Mandalay, with time to do some souvenir shopping. We then return to the airport and take the short flight to Yangon. Dinner and overnight at the group hotel in Yangon.
Day 16: After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to Yangon Airport to catch our homeward flight. KE Land Only package services end on arrival at the airport.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.