Snow-capped mountain range and forests in this region offering opportunities for Ecotourism in Myanmar. Myanmar’s Kachin State in the Eastern Himalayas remains one of the least visited wilderness areas on earth.It recently become possible to visit many areas of this little known destination.Putao, is the starting point for treks and offers exclusive trekking programs into this tribal land of dense forests and the snow capped mountain. Pong-kan-ra-ze, 61 miles away from Putao is one of the most trekable snow-capped mountains to conquer. Throughout the road to Pong-kan-ra-zi, one can see Lisu, Rawang, Khanti-Shan and Jingphaw ethnic tribes. Myitkyina is the capital of Kachin state and means “near the river”. The confluence of Maykha and Malikha rivers near Myitkyina is the starting point of the meaningful Ayeyarwaddy River. Kachin Manaw Festival is the highlight in this region and which helds every years in the month of January.
Khakaborazi Mountain and other snow-capped mountains are visible from Putao. Putao attracts also enthusiasts, hiking to Khakaborazi base camp, located close to Tahaundam.
Hkamti Long (also Khamti Long) is the former name of the area around the city of Putao in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) settled by the Hkamti Shan people of the country. The name means “Great Place of Gold” in the Hkamti Shan language . Nowadays, there are Rawang and Lisu nationalities which are already regarded as Kachin nationalities. The seven-day-trek to West-Putao’s mountain region, in which explorers found that there are Hta Lone (Hta Rone) ethnic whose height are lower than four feet. The population of this ethnic minority is so few nowadys that they are facing the threat of being extinct. The area covered by Hkamti Long may have included parts of what is now Kachin State (where Putao is located) as well as that of Shan State.
The climate of Putao is a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cwa) with extreme amount of precipitation throughout the monsoon season. Average temperature in January is 13.1°C, August is the hottest month with 25.9°C.