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What’s included

  • English-speaking Burmese guides throughout and an English-speaking Burmese trek leader.
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel in Yangon, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • Trekking House Lodge accommodation
  • Full service camping whilst on trek
  • Comfortable tourist class hotel in Mandalay
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Meal Plan: B & B in Yangon, all meals elsewhere
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Phongun Razi & the Burmese Ice Mountains

Trekking Peak

Burma (Myanmar) | Trekking Peak

Phongun Razi & the Burmese Ice Mountains
Vigorous

Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Vigorous ? Vigorous
Duration:  18 days from the UK  
On trek: 10 days
Walks on: 1 day

Flight inclusive from £3,495,
Land only from £2,795

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Our Burma trekking holiday takes you to remote highlands of northern Burma, with an ascent of Phongun Razi (3,635m /11,926ft).

Highlights

  • Be one of the first westerners to experience a northern Burma trek
  • Trek through pristine jungle and along rocky outcrops to reach snow-capped Mount Phongun Razi
  • Our Burma trekking holiday provides stunning views of the surrounding eastern Himalaya
  • Explore the magnificent Shwenandaw Monastery in Mandalay

Reviews          

The holiday was excellent and the guide, cook and porters on the trek went out of their way to make sure our every need was catered for. The care, attention and food were excellent and they should know how much their hard work was appreciated. We were well looked after at each and every point. The guides were knowledgeable and extremely friendly.
Ms D, Hampshire

The entire trip was fantastic. Very well organised with excellent guides - for both the trek and city travel. So helpful being met at the airports and being assisted with the luggage.
Ms L, Canada

What I particularly liked about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms was the personal attention and that there was a good mix of trekking and cultural sightseeing.
Mr C, Norfolk

This holiday takes you off-the-beaten-track to a summit in the Burmese Himalaya, as well as visiting the main sights in Mandalay and Yangon. I did the recce in 2012 and loved it!
Steve Berry, Managing Director

This was an opportunity to visit a remote area guided by locals who were happy to share their pride in their customs and way of life, which would not have been possible without their local knowledge. The porters were a cohesive group who improved everyone's spirits, especially with their singing. The food was excellent even in the most difficult conditions and something we all looked forward to.
Mr & Mrs F, Bermuda

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When you trek Burma - unlike its neighbours in Southeast Asia, you’ll find a true mountain environment to explore, lying as it does at the eastern reaches of the Himalayan range. The peaks are modest here by Himalayan standards but at 3,635m /11,926ft high, Phongun Razi is typically snow-capped all year and higher than many walking peaks in Western Europe.

From Yangon (Rangoon), we take a flight to the northern outpost of Putao, from where a short drive takes us to the trailhead. Over the next five days the scenery changes as we trek Burma from farmland through pine and then rhododendron forest, passing through villages of the Rawan and Lisu tribes on our expert-led trek. Burma then imparts a stunning reward, after the final non-technical ascent, are views stretching across the Himalayan chain and into Assam in the far north of India. Upon return to Putao we fly south to Mandalay, exploring the city and its surrounds before returning to Yangon and the end of our Burma trekking journey.


At a glance

Grade: Vigorous
Vigorous

Duration:  18 days from the UK  
On trek: 10 days
Walks on: 1 day

Max. Altitude: 3,635m/11,926ft Phongun Razi, Day 9

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 8

Land only joining city: Yangon

Accommodation types: Hotels, Lodges, Camping

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Yangon and full board elsewhere.

Leader: Local leader, Burmese Himalaya
Local leader, Burmese Himalaya

Once you reach Putao you will have an English-speaking local Guide. Our two principal Guides are:
Mr Myo Thein Lu: Known as Mu. He speaks tolerably good English. He is an excellent Guide, and highly knowledgeable in terms of the medicinal plants and roots to be found in the forest. He has climbed Phongun Razi many times, and has lots of friends in the villages you pass through. He loves to learn new English phrases and keeps a notebook for recording them. He is wonderful company.
Hlaing Win Aung: He has been a leader in the Putao region for a long time, has lead many groups for our agent, and speaks good English. He has climbed Mount Phongun many times. He is from the mainland but dedicated to live in the mountains having married an ethnic Lisu tribe lady, and raised a family in Putao.
In all other areas of Burma you will be escorted by English-speaking Burmese Tour Guides. Our Guides are all licensed to guide throughout the country and receive regular training. In addition to English, many guides speak the dialects used by some of the ethnic groups you will encounter in rural areas – further adding to the interest and enjoyment of your holiday.


Phongun Razi & the Burmese Ice Mountains Itinerary

DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Yangon (Rangoon). Take a sunset tour of the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda.
3
Fly north to Putao, a town in the foothills of the Himalaya.
4
Visit the local market in the morning then drive to Shangaung to begin the trek. Leaving paddy fields behind, trek through jungle, past Mt Shangaung 1,362m, then descend to village of Wasandum. (6 hours trekking)
5
Trek to the village of Ziyadum. Today the walking is mostly level, with a few ups & downs. On the way your guide can tell you about the medicinal plants used in the region. (6-7 hours trekking)
6
Trek towards Mount Phongun, through jungle and down to the Phongun River. The route takes you over two of the new bridges funded by Mountain Kingdoms. After lunch you climb to reach a forested ridge, and eventually a clearing where we camp for the night. (6-7 hours trekking)
7-8
Trek to ‘Snow line camp’. Follow the ridge westwards and see your first proper views of snow-capped Phongun Razi from the clearing. These two days trekking are shorter, but include some steep, slippery sections. (4 hours trekking each day)
9
Summit Phongun Razi, 3,635m/11,926ft. Depending on snow and weather conditions this could take between 3-7 hours. The remoteness of this mountain means that the forest remains undisturbed, so is of great interest to conservationists and botanists. On a clear day, the views are spectacular, you can see across to Assam. Descend to ‘snowline camp’, or on to Khantautmyit. (Up to 9 hours trekking).
10-12
Trek to Wasandum and other villages in the area. There's plenty of opportunity to see village life, as well as the wildlife. (7 hours trekking)
13-14
Leaving the jungle behind, there is a final challenge of trekking uphill to the plateau of Mount Shangaung. Then, head steeply downhill to meet the jeep, your ride back to Putao. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your trek team and celebrate the shared experience of the past few days in this unique part of the world. The following day you visit charming local villages and take a leisurely cruise on a local fisherman's boat down the Malikha River enjoying the sights and sounds.
15
Fly to Mandalay, Burma's second largest city, with over 700 pagodas, a number of temples and monasteries and a wealth of crafts including wood and marble carving, weaving and gold leaf.
16
Drive to Amarapura. Visit U Bein’s bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, stretching 1,200m across Taungthaman Lake. Fly to Yangon.
17-18
Transfer to the airport for your international flight.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sun 29 Oct - Wed 15 Nov 2017Available£2795 Book£3495 Book
Sun 12 Nov - Wed 29 Nov 2017Available£2795 Book£3495 Book

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Optional supplements
  • Single room supplement
    From £380
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £119
Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication. However, as a result of changes in availability or flight taxes, airfares can increase at any time.

To secure the very best flight inclusive holiday price we strongly recommend that you book as far in advance of your planned trip as possible.

For the most up to date pricing information please contact us on 01453 844400. We will also be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports.

Price changes

Prices on this website are correct at the time of publication. However, prices may change as a result of factors beyond our control, eg. lack of flight availability. Any such variation in price or minimum group size will be advised before booking is confirmed.

What’s included

  • English-speaking Burmese guides throughout and an English-speaking Burmese trek leader.
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel in Yangon, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • Trekking House Lodge accommodation
  • Full service camping whilst on trek
  • Comfortable tourist class hotel in Mandalay
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Meal Plan: B & B in Yangon, all meals elsewhere
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Burma
  • Lunch and evening meals in Yangon
  • Tips


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Supportive crew          

This was an opportunity to visit a remote area guided by locals who were happy to share their pride in their customs and way of life, which would not have been possible without their local knowledge. The porters were a cohesive group who improved everyone's spirits, especially with their singing. The food was excellent even in the most difficult conditions and something we all looked forward to.

Good attention to detail          

What I particularly liked about travelling with Mountain Kingdoms was the personal attention and that there was a good mix of trekking and cultural sightseeing.

Friendly guides          

The holiday was excellent and the guide, cook and porters on the trek went out of their way to make sure our every need was catered for. The care, attention and food were excellent and they should know how much their hard work was appreciated. We were well looked after at each and every point. The guides were knowledgeable and extremely friendly.

Off-the-beaten-track          

This holiday takes you off-the-beaten-track to a summit in the Burmese Himalaya, as well as visiting the main sights in Mandalay and Yangon. I did the recce in 2012 and loved it!

very well organised          

The entire trip was fantastic. Very well organised with excellent guides - for both the trek and city travel. So helpful being met at the airports and being assisted with the luggage.


Extend your holiday

Hpa-An extension, Burma
  • Visit Hpa-An, the capital of the beautiful Karen State
  • Stay in an idyllic boutique lodge at the foot of Mount Zwegabin
  • Visit the precariously positioned Golden Rock in Kin Pun

More Details

We are delighted to offer an exciting new extension in Burma to visit Hpa-An, the capital of Karen State lying south east of Yangon. Hpa-An is a charming town set on the banks of the mighty Salween River, one of the great rivers of south east Asia which rises in Tibet and flows down to the Andaman Sea. This is an incredibly beautiful region of green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts.

As an additional attraction on this exciting extension you will stay at a charming recently opened boutique lodge, the Hpa-An Lodge, which offers a very high standard of accommodation and is already receiving glowing reports from all who visit it.

We offer two versions of this extension, with one including a visit to the Golden Rock in Kin Pun.


Ngapali Beach Extension
  • Relax in style at a Ngapali beach resort, perfect to add on to your Burma trek or tour
  • Choice of hotels, from mid-range to luxury
  • Spa treatments are available

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Ngapali Beach, with its pristine white sand and sparkling turquoise water, is the best in the country and a perfect way to end your holiday in Burma.


Golden Rock, Burma - extension
  • Walk 4km to reach the top of Golden Rock, for an unforgettable sunrise or sunset
  • Three day extension visting pagodas and giant buddha's as well as the Golden Rock
  • Available to add to your Burma holiday between October and May

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Extend your stay in Burma with a visit to the Golden Rock of Kyaikhtiyo, one of the most revered pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. Perched on the edge of a ledge at a height of 1,100m, the precariously positioned gold-plated boulder is said to maintain its balance thanks to a single hair of the Buddha being enshrined inside the pagoda.

During your three-day extension, you’ll also visit pagodas, stop off at the Allied War Graves Cemetery at Htauk Kyan, see reclining Buddhas and drop in at local villages before returning to Rangoon for your final night in what will have been a memorable trip to Burma.


Balloons over Bagan - extension
  • Spectacular sunrise views over the temples of Bagan
  • Excursion lasts 2.5 – 3 hours, with an hour-long balloon flight and refreshments afterwards
  • Balloons take off daily from October through to March.

More Details

Visitors to Bagan now have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the ancient Kingdom of Bagan in a hot air balloon. The world-famous archaeological site of Bagan is known for its marvellous sunsets and sunrises, mostly enjoyed from the top of one of the monuments but a balloon flight gives you the chance to see Bagan from a bird’s-eye view.


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