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Putao, in the far north of Burma, shares its border with both China and India, and lies beneath Mount Hkakabo Razi, Burma’s highest peak. Although the mountain’s name Putao means “snow-capped all year round”, the town itself is surrounded by a green, sub-tropically rural landscape, spreading up towards the Himalayan foothills and growing into a tangle of evergreen rainforest, then frosty alpine woodland, before giving way to the snowy, glacial peaks above.

Much of the region is only accessed by air and protected by National Park status. Its diverse environments makes it a top spot for elephant treks in the dense forests or treks with trails leading up the mountain slopes, along riverbeds and out to isolated settlements. This is an ideal place for outdoor people who want to breathe clean air and explore tropical Asia in the shadow of the greatest mountain range on earth.

The Putao offers multiple chances for those would like to discover the valleys by bike, foot or even raft with many fitness levels. Ones with the very fittest can climb up high Hkakabo Razi Mountain. The region shelters several long-settled tribes such as: the Hkamti Shan (the first settlers here), the Lisu and Nung Rawang (who both have their own language and writing system).

Until recently that has Putao been made accessible. The exceptional feature of the area lies on its biodiversity within the National Park, with hundreds of species and large population of rare wild orchids waiting to be studied, making it a fantastic eco-tourism destination. Visit Putao, relax in the local people’s untouched habitat and witness a way of life that’s remained virtually unchanged for centuries.

The best time to visit Putao is during the dry season, which lasts from November until the end of March. Remember to bring lightweight, quick-drying layers, including a thick jumper of some sort, as temperatures range between 5-11, with a considerable drop in the evenings.


Indawgyi Lake

Indawgyi Lake

Hkakbo Razi Mountain

Hkakbo Razi

Majaw Lisu Village

Majaw Lisu Village

The Atsi (The Zaiwa)

The Atsi (The Zaiwa)

The Rawang

The Rawang

Bumhpa Bum Peak Mountain

Bumhpa Bum Peak




Snake Pagoda Innwa

Other Information About Putao


You can fly Putao on flights by Air Bagan, Air Kambawza and Myanmar Airways which are scheduled to operate twice weekly, transitting in Mandalay, Myitkyina.


The items including flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, water purifying tablets, pocketknife, reading and writing materials are essentially recommended. A personal first aid kit is also suggested in case.


Mobile network is available now in Putao which entitles you to connect to the world from this remote area.


When it comes to accommodation, Putao is equipped with standard private bathrooms with hot & cold shower. Western toilets are available in some of the villages on trekking routes. On the trek process, we halt to involveat some local homestay and tent accommodation.


Electricity is limited time here in Putao and the current is 220 V / 50 Hz. Most sockets have two round input. We do recommend you to travel with any electrical appliances, an international converter kit and a set of adapter plugs.


Bad weather can result in flight delays in most cases. Therefore, we would suggest tourists should make proper allowances when booking your onward journey.