Packing For Your Burma Trek – Whatever the Weather!
"The rainstorm and the mountain (Burma)" © 2006 Greg Walters, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license
The Burmese Himalaya is more firmly on the adventurous traveller’s map today than in times gone by, but it is still a place of mystery for many. Even those familiar with other Himalayan regions will find a new world awaiting in northern Burma: similar in some ways to the Himalayas that we are all used to seeing or hearing about, and very different in other ways.
One difference between Burma and Nepal is the weather, particularly in lower areas – here’s a run-down of what you can expect on a Burma trek in terms of climate, and how we recommend packing for it.
The weather in the Burmese Himalaya, as with the rest of the country, can vary dramatically throughout the year. While the weather is cooler in the mountains than the lowlands all year round, the heavy rainfall of summer’s monsoons are a force of nature to be reckoned with. A Burma trek experience with Mountain Kingdoms is always prepared with the enjoyment and safety of our trekkers in mind, and our holidays take place in the drier months. In the mountains, the Burmese winter is generally sunny, thanks to the lower humidity and cloud coverage, so on the best days trekkers can expect temperatures of approximately 20°c– which gets colder, of course, as we ascend.
So, what to wear? When our MD trekked up to the summit of Phongun Razi in the Burmese Himalaya, he encountered quite a lot of snow, so it is best to be prepared for all weather conditions. A sunhat to protect your head and neck, and a good pair of walking boots are essential. Warm clothing becomes increasingly necessary the higher we get, but even in the foothills temperatures can drop sharply in the evenings. Although we trek in the drier months, we may still be treated to some of the region’s dramatic rainstorms – wonderful to look at, but easier to appreciate from within the comfort of good waterproofs! Above all, being well prepared with a variety of gear to suit different conditions is recommended.