Putao Trekking House:
Putao Trekking House is built identical to local homes in the region using locally available materials. All rooms come with attached bathroom, hot and cold shower. Rooms are secure, lockable with windows offering scenic view. An elegant lobby includes bar area, fire place, dinning area and common area offers recreation and relaxation. The Bungalows are within 5 minute drive from Putao airport, in a shady park within walk able distance to major attractions such as market, environmental education center and local villages.
Trekking house package emphasis on cultural and environmental sensitivity, exceptional guides and hosts, modest but comfortable accommodations and the flexibility to match varied activities to suite your interests such as hiking, biking, photography and birding etc.
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. 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. During rafting we provide a dry bag to secure your personal belonging from the water.
Clothing & Footwear:
You will need wetsuits during the coldest months (i.e. Dec, Jan and Feb) to protect against the cold and potential heat loss , or a set of good quality splash pants and jacket are ideal as they will keep you warm and dry. If you are not too concerned about wet and cold then Patagonia Baggies or guide shorts will be the best all around river wear, as they are durable, dry quickly. Swimming costume would be ideal but you may just get by with river shorts. For the lowland trek, a set of lightweight hiking boots or running shoes are must.
It is essential that all rafters have footwear that they can wear in the raft, which will not come off in the event of a swim, as this is considered standard safety equipment. A baseball style cap and sunglasses equipped with a retaining device to keep them or your face where they belong.
Putao Trekking House provides standard facility such as private bath with hot & cold shower in Putao. When pitching a tent, two clients will share a tent, two clients will share a tent, unless they have requested and paid for a single supplement.
Local CDMA network plus satellite based IP Star communication facility exist in Putao which enables you to connect to the world from this wildness town. Once you leave the town then communication will become rather limited except for occasional radio telephone facility at.
We take care of all catering on your expedition. Hot breakfast will be served in the morning, lunch usually is simple and light and serves during mid day. Dinner will be more extensive featuring pre dinner snacks and deserts. Clients with special dietary requirements will have to advise us at the time of booking.
Unless otherwise pre-arrangement has been made, we provide English-language escorted leader plus an assistance local guide, who will also be able to speak the local hill tribe dialects.
There are limited numbers of motor vehicles available in Putao. WW II jeeps and open trucks are standard type of transportation. Sharing one vehicle among many clients is common due to limited resources.
Putao tourist season is between November and May , mostly clear skies, warm during the day and cool mornings and evenings. Temperature steadily decreases between late December and early February. Average temperature would be between low 4/10 and high 22/30 degree Celsius but could drop steadily up to freezing up in the mountains.
Air Bagan serves twice weekly flight on Tuesdays and Fridays between Yangon, Mandalay, Myitkyina and Putao. Myanmar Airways also schedule to operate twice weekly flight on Tuesdays and Saturdays but its rather uncertain weather or not it actually operate according to schedule. Unforeseen circumstance such as bad weather in mountainous regions could cause flight delays. Clients should make proper allowances when booking your onward journey.
Such as flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, water purifying tablets, Pocketknife , reading and writing materials are essential. A personal first aid kit would also be essential for your convenience.
Should bring battery-operated appliances with several extra batteries. You can recharge your batteries while you are in Putao however, no electricity is available once you leave Putao.
The same precautions as anywhere else. Drink bottled, boiled or treated water, avoid eating raw vegetables, and eat fruits that you can peel or cut yourself. It's important to use insect repellent to keep mosquitoes away. Use sunscreen literally when exposed to the intense, tropical sun.
Namlang river trip is graded at 3-4, and is therefore suitable for clients will receive basic instruction at the beginning of the journey, and each raft will be guided by an experienced local or expatriate commercial river guide. During your expedition you will be under the direction of your trip leader and he or she has total authority to determine your suitability to participate.
International standard health care facilities does not exists in the Putao region.
While trekking you may leave the valuable at our office in Puato. We recommend using lockable baggage.
It is compulsory for all clients to take out their own personal travel insurance, which must cover trip cancellation and baggage protection. Full contact details of the insurance policy will need to be carried with the expedition.
In the event of an emergency, client will be taken to Putao and flown to Yangon for further medical care. Ensure that your insurance policy covers you for such unlikely eventualities. Medical evacuation and hospitalization fees are to be paid for by guests prior to departure from Yangon.
Electricity is available limited time only in putao with the current 220 V / 50 Hz. Sockets have two round / flat pins. If you are traveling with any electrical appliances, an international converter kit and a set of adapter plugs will be essential.
A tip box is established in the hotel lobby and tip money will be shared among the staffs who perform their duty from behind the screen to make sure things go right with your expeditions. You may tip to your guides and porters separately.