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Set in a beautiful green valley below snow-capped peaks, Putao is the only town of any size in this far north Himalayan region of Myanmar. It sprawls across several hills and the action gravitates around two markets: the Central Market and the Airport Market. This was the site of the isolated British WWII military outpost, Fort Hertz, but there is no actual fortress to visit.

The area around Putao is home to sparse populations of Rawang, Lisu, Kachin, Shan and the last remaining Taron on earth, the only known pygmy group in Asia. The population is heavily Christian and most villages have more churches than temples.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit for trekking in Putao is from October to April, when daytime temperatures are quite pleasant and nights are cool. Conversely the mountaineering season for conquering Hkakabo Razi is August and September when there is minimal snow on the route to the summit.

There are three main seasons:


Winter and best tourist season, usually clear skies, warm during the day, cool evenings. Temperatures steadily decrease during these months. Average temperature would be between low 3/10 degree and high 20/30 degree Celsius. During late Dec till February temperature could drop steadily and up to below freezing in the snow line causing heavy fall on the snow which make the trek rather challenging one.


Summer season, usually clear mornings, afternoon hazy skies, warm during the day but comfortably cool in the mornings and evenings. Temperatures steadily increase during these months. Average temperature would be between low 10/15 degree and high 20/35 degree Celsius. Some rain shower can be expected during these months.


Rainy season, still fascinating for those interested in the flora and fauna of the region and best season to scale Mt. Hkakaborazi which unless otherwise not possible to scale during winter due to heavy snow fall on the mountains. Average temperature during this period would be between low 18/20 degree and high 28/30 degree Celsius with high humidity.

Check the below table for the general idea of Putao weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 26.2 18.7 11.5
Feb 28.9 21.1 13.2
Mar 31.6 24.6 17.2
Apr 33.5 27.1 20.4
May 33.4 28.3 22.9
Jun 31.6 27.9 24.4
Jul 31.1 27.7 24.7
Aug 32.1 28.3 24.8
Sep 32.4 28 24.3
Oct 31.2 26.2 21.5
Nov 29.3 22.7 16.4
Dec 26.5 19.3 12.4

Putao's current weather and 7-day forecast


Located in the farnorth Myanmar, Putao is the ultimate destination for all adventure minded travelers, boasting the top trekking spot, astonishing european like snow capped mountains, rapid waters for rafting and rich wildlife for eco tourism.

Putao Beauty

Nature Diversity

The highest pick in the area is Mt. Hkakabo Razi, known as Myanmar`s highest peak - 5,889 metre high . Its name litterally means " snow-capped all the year round " whereas Putao is a tranquil town situating in a valley surrounded by sub-tropical landscapes and lush plantation. 

The whole area was isolated from other part of Myanmar, boasting exceptional biodiversity with hundreds of species remain less-known and wait to be studied. Putao is an ideal eco tourism destination. While river trips allows you to see kingfisher, hornbills, accessing the nearby mountains, you will have chance to witness remarkable wild, rare orchids.

Ethnic Minorities

Putao is home to many ethnic minorities : the Lisu, Nuang Rawang, T`rung, Kachin and Hkamti Shan, the first citizens of the area. These hill tribes share their home in hamorny yet still speak and write their very own language. 

Historically, Putao was discovered by Fort Hertz and it was under the British colony from 1914 to 1942. At that time, there were only about 500 people and most of them are hill tribes.

Adventure in Putao


Putao is always listed in the top Myanmar Trekking routes since 2010. 

Since Myanmar Government opens the flight routes Mandalay - Putao, there are more trekking trails opening for tourist ranging from 1 day to more than 15 days with different level of fitness. The most popular trekking tour is probably the Lisu trail which requires 6 - 8 days traversing Malikha River, Mt. Lancrumadin and numerous hill tribes villages. Lots of Putao mountains are challenging but the experience is extremely rewarded, especially the conquest of Phangran Razi, Phongun Razi peaks. 

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Whitewater Rafting

A very cascading river is await ! Malikha River treasures some of the best waves in Southeast Asia. It is also one of the wildest nature with breathless banks.

The Putao rafting adventure should be prepared and booked in advance. Please note that according to the flight schedule, you can only access the area from Oct to April. 

Elephant Trek

This adventure takes you through fast flowing waters of Nam Lang River and travel up to rice terrace files. Elephant trek is one of the most rewarding expeditions to enjoy the landscape of Putao, being washed by the mahouts.

Malikha Lodge

The beautiful lodge is the perfect introduction and final farewell to Northern Kachin State. Perched high above the Nam Lang River with glorious views of mountains and rice terraces, Malikha Lodge has been designed by world famous architect Jean Michel Gathy of Aman Resorts fame to create a feeling of luxury and seclusion in this wilderness setting.
The focal point of Malikha Lodge is the main lodge, where guests come to gather around two blazing log fires for drinks, dining or just pure relaxation.

The resort's manicured lawns and exotic gardens are carefully landscaped to merge with pockets of old growth bamboo and jungle. Traditional style bungalows have been carefully placed to recreate a sense of idyllic village life in this open garden paradise.

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Hotel Putao

For all luxury travelers, we do recommend Hotel Putao. Standing on a hill and face to the snow cap mountain, Hotel Putao become a good luxury hotel in Putao. It is actually 3* hotel and under management by a big hotel group. It is on the same block with airport. Just 4 minute driving distance from Putao airport makes her to be ideal accommodation please on the destination. From Hotel Putao, you can do easy village sightseeing and visit Putao airport market by walking for few minutes. This hotel is new and still under construction. It will would be finished in coming season.

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Kham Su Ko Guest House

Standing on the downtown and face to the market, Khansuko guest house become a popular accommodation place for all FIT travelers. It is belong to a Kachin family and actually we can call it a cozy house. They reformed their home to be a guest house for all international and local traveler with increasing visitor arrival in Putao. It face to the market and all icon of the town. It is combination place of their restaurant and guest house. We do recommend any traveler who wants to try home sleep in Putao and prefer to support local family by your visiting. It also just 5 minutes driving from Putao airport.

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Hta Wa Razi Guest House

One of the idea places to stay in Putao. Standing on the downtown, you can easy to visit morning market, villages, education center of Hkakaborazi and Phonganrazi national park. Just 5 minute drive from Putao airport will make it ideal accommodation in Putao. You can book bath room attached room in advance. On the other site, staying there will support local community because it is belong to a local Rawan family. And also breakfast and airport transfer are included in the mention pricing.

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There are few restaurants in Putao. Two popular places share a street corner near the Central Market. The market itself is a good place for a local breakfast, against a backdrop of colourful commerce.

Tha Wan Razi

A popular restaurant in the middle of town, this place has electricity all day via batteries. The food is predominantly Chinese with a few Burmese and Kachin dishes on the modest menu. By night it is probably the closest thing to a bar in town, and some locals gather here for cold beer.

The owners also operate a small guesthouse with the cheapest rooms in town at US$20, but were not allowed to accept foreigners at the time of writing.

Adress: Central Market

Hours: 7am-9pm

Price: mains K2000-5000

Kham Su Ko

Located on a corner near the central market, this friendly place offers Chinese and Burmese dishes throughout the day.

The family also runs an attached guesthouse, but were not allowed to take foreigners at the time of writing, although it is worth checking if the situation has changed if you're on a budget.

Adress: Central Market

Hours: 7am-9pm

Price: mains K1500-4500

Putao is in a restricted area and it is usually only possible to visit by air and with a permit from MTT. 

Asian Wing Airways flies twice a week from Myitkyina. It is possible to join an organised tour to Putao (the travel agency arranges the permits) and it is uncertain whether permits are issued to independent travellers.

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