Phonyin Razi Putao Trekking Peak – 12 Days

Arguably most rewarding climb in all Myanmar. Phonyin Razi 4282m is located in the north western Myanmar Himalaya close to India border. Your trek starts with arrival by flight to Putao last town in the far north of the country. From Putao we drive to Upper Shangaung and embark on Last Village trek to Ziadum. The Last Village trek has been nominated by National Geographic “Top 50 treks of lifetime” . On this approach “warm up trek” you will get to discover remote Lisu and Rawang tribe villages, passing through beautiful and lush forests, where groups of gibbons and languors can be often seen and heard. You will get to cross hanging bridges and enjoy panoramic views of snow capped Himalayan mountains. Soon after Ziadum we enter wilderness, the nature is magnificent here. Vegetation zones change from temperate, to misty cloud forests and high altitude bamboo forest to alpine pinewood forest. If lucky we might get close views of primates, deer, foxes and Thakin’s along the way.

What’s it like: This is essentially a camping trek. During the first days we stay in local village houses and sleep dormitory style (it is also possible to sleep in your tent should you prefer. During the climb there are roof covered shelters where we don’t necessarily need to pitch tents. Only on the last night before ascent to the summit it is necessary to sleep in tents. Participants must be fit in order to join this trekking peak expedition. Climbing skills nor climbing gear are not needed. Recommended packing list will be mailed to participants prior to the trip.


  • Be among the first to climb peaks in Myanmar
  • Scenic and varied climb from tropical to alpine
  • Mingle with Lisu and Rawang tribes people
  • Unspoiled & wild nature
  • Expedition style trek – there may be no trail
  • Includes Last Village trek as approach hike
  • Scenic hanging bridges en-route

Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Trip type: Trekking peak expedition
Destinations: Putao & Myanmar Himalaya
Grading: Strenuous
Departures: Oct to April
Starts: in Putao
Ends: in Putao

Putao mountainsDAY 1 > ARRIVAL, PUTAO [D]

Upon arrival to Putao airport you will be welcomed by Discovery DMC local guide and transferred to your hotel / guest house in Putao. After check-in and lunch we take a walk around the town to get a feel of the local life and meet the friendly people. Putao previously known as Fort Hertz by its colonial name was the furthest out post of the British Burma. A number of expeditions and surveys trips were conducted by the British and international explorers to record the unique flora and fauna of the region however large parts remain unexplored. Like many other parts of Burma access to the far north was restricted for decades. Putao remains a sleepy and isolated town situated in a flat valley surrounded by forests and has only seasonal overland access from Myitkyina.

Meals included: Dinner
Overnight stay: In a hotel or lodge in Putao

Putao nature


After breakfast we take a morning walk to Putao market, where ethnic minorities often come trade their produce. You may find some simple supplies and snack here for the trek if needed. Transfer by jeep or truck approx. 1hr/17km to Upper Shangaung, a Rawang minority village where many of the porters reside and where we start our trek. Visit a local school & church before starting ascent from 1000m elevation up a serpentine trail climbing over jungle covered Mt Shangaung (1362m) range after high pass the trail contours forested mountain slopes gradually descending to small Rawang minority village, Wasandum (850m), located on the lower slopes of the mountain range facing the Namro Creek.

Trekking: Trekking time approx. 8hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at lodge, packed lunch during trek, dinner at lodge
Overnight stay: In a local homestay in Wasandum

Putao Last Village Trek


Wake up with the village and enjoy breakfast prepared by our cook. Today’s trek is less challenging as our trail follows the Namro creek to Awadum, a small Lisu minority village who are farmers. After lunch stop in Avadum we continue the trek through lush forests following the river valley until we cross a hanging bridge over the Zia creek and enter Ziadum Rawang minority village also known as the “Last Village”. It is the last inhabited place in North West Myanmar. In the afternoon free time for walks around Zia creek, (weather permitting) enjoy fabulous views over snowcapped peaks of Phonyin and Phangran bordering India. In the evening you can enjoy social interactions with the hosts or other villagers.

Trekking: Trekking time approx.7hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at lodge, packed lunch during trek, dinner at lodge
Overnight stay: In a local homestay in Ziadum

Putao Trekking


In the morning you can enjoy the marvelous view of the snow-capped mountains surrounding the village. We will then set off on our trip, leaving the village heading north. The first one and a half hour of our route will be open flat terrain of reeds, and then we will reach the confluence of Phangran and Phoyin creeks. We will wade through the Phonyin creek. The rest of the trek will be along narrow tracks in the marsh forest along the Phangran creek. Our destination is the first camp which is located on the banks of Phangran creek at 1518 meters. Once we arrive at the camp we can spend the late afternoon relaxing and cooling off the waters of the creek. We will then spend the night at the camp.

Trekking: Trekking time approx. 7hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at lodge, lunch, dinner at camp
Overnight stay: Camp I shelter & tents

Putao forest

DAY 5 > CAMP I 1518 m – CAMP II 2443 m – CAMP III 3026 m [B/L/D]

As you wake up and wash your face by a small tributary at Phangran creek, you will hear melodious sound of the nature, birds, gibbons and other forest creatures. After breakfast, we will start climbing up a gradually ascending track through deep forest and some bamboo groves. After approx. two hours of trekking we will reach camp II built at the foot of a small ridge We will have lunch there and then resume our trek to Camp III, ascending more steeply through dense forest for about three hours until reaching our camp site. Enjoy free time and relaxing in the late afternoon.


Trekking: Trekking time approx.5hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at camp, packed lunch, dinner at camp
Overnight stay: Camp III shelter & tents

Phonyin Peak trek in Putao


Today’s route is the toughest and most challenging of the trip traveling through varied and rapidly changing terrain and alpine forests. In the afternoon we reach the base camp site near snow line. The camp is small so the cook and porters may need to prepare food further away where it’s possible to build fire. We will pitch our tents and spend the night at the base camp.



Trekking: Trekking time approx.7hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at camp, packed lunch, dinner at camp
Overnight stay: Tented camp at Base Camp

Putao Trek


Early breakfast, and 3-6hr climb (depending on snow condition) to the summit of Phonyin Razi at 4282 masl. Once we reach the peak, you can enjoy spectacular views of a beautiful lake down below and panorama of snow-capped mountain ranges of Himalaya. Weather permitting we will enjoy our lunch on the peak. Then return back to the base camp same way and spend one more night under canvas. Bring along your binoculars on the climb as we may get glimpse of rare wildlife. Thakin, musk deer, wild goat, and other rare animals are often spotted in this region.


Trekking: Trekking time approx.6-9hrs. Depending on snow conditions
Meals included: Breakfast at camp, packed lunch, dinner at camp
Overnight stay: Tenting at Base camp

Putao Trek


We say goodbye to the peak and begin our descent along the challenging route of up and down terrain to Camp III. We will stop for a lunch break at the Camp III. In the afternoon continue decent to Camp III where we stop for the night.

Trekking: Trekking time approx.8hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at camp, packed lunch, dinner at camp
Overnight stay: Camp II shelter & tents

Putao Last Village Trek children

DAY 9 > DESCENT CAMP II 2443 m to ZIADUM 1048 m [B/L/D]

In the morning we will walk down along the gradually descending trail to first camp for about one and half hours. From the first camp we continue trekking through the marshy vegetation of Phonyin creek. After crossing Phonyin creek, and two hours of trekking through the forest we will reach Ziadum village by the Mula creek. We will spend another night here in a local village house. (Hot shower/ bucket shower may be available at extra cost in the village.)
If lucky we can get to enjoy fresh fish caught by the locals from the nearby glacial creek.


Trekking: Trekking time approx.8hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at camp, packed lunch, dinner at lodge
Overnight stay: In a local home stay in Ziadum

putao village


Early in the morning, do not miss spectacular view of the snow mountains from the village and take time to explore the village before breakfast. When our group is ready we will take a different route to Kalang village. The route is relatively flat, shady and pleasant to walk, moreover there are some beautiful suspension bridges to be crossed. It will take us about two hours to reach Kalang, a beautiful Rawang village in a rural setting. From here we will continue to Awadum village and along the way we will be crossing the long Kalang suspension bridge. We will have lunch at a local house in Awadum which houses the only shop in village and then proceed to Wasandum to stay overnight.

Trekking: Trekking time approx.6hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at lodge, packed lunch, dinner at lodge
Overnight stay: In a local home stay in Wasandum

Putao trekking

DAY 11 > TREK FROM WASANDUM 860 m – MT SHANGAUNG 1364 m – PUTAO 451m [B/L/D]

After breakfast, we will begin a dramatic ascent up of Mt. Shaungaung for an half hour, and then the route becomes winding up with alternative low and high terrain up to the vicinity of the peak where the trail rises dramatically. We will enjoy lunch near the summit and then continue trekking for one and a half hours to upper Shangaung where a jeep will be waiting for us. After we say farewell to our porters and cook, we will depart the village by jeep for Putao. On the way there will be some small bridges in bad condition and we will have to get off the jeep for our safety and walk across. This will provide us a with good opportunity to meet local people from all walks of life traveling on motorbike, on bulllock cart, on bicycles and on foot across these bridges. Once we reach Putao you can enjoy dinner and a hot shower at the Putao lodge.

Trekking: Trekking time approx.7hrs
Meals included: Breakfast at lodge, packed lunch, dinner at lodge
Overnight stay: In a hotel or lodge in Putao

Putao mountains.


Morning sightseeing and last souvenirs and transfer to Putao airport for your onward flight.

Meals included: Breakfast




  • English speaking trip leader, trekking crew, local tracker for trail making, porters, cook
  • Full board meals while on trek, safe drinking water (cooked or filtered)
  • Simple lodging as specified in the itinerary
  • Ground transport (jeep, truck etc.)
  • We will provide basic camping mats

Note: (Max load given to porters is 15kg per client. Otherwise extra charges may apply)


  • Visa to Myanmar
  • Sleeping bags
  • Any airfares
  • Meals or any other item not described in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenditure on personal nature such as laundry, beverages, gratitude to guides, porters etc.
  • Tips & gratuities at your discretion

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