Welcomed by our professional guide at the International airport and transfer to domestic airport. Flight to Khamti via Mandalay. Arrive to Khamti, the biggest settlement in the Naga Land Region. You will have free time to explore the settlement and overnight at a local gurst House.
Here we met our driver and drove straight to Khamti. We have covered total road distance (56 Mile / Km) but mostly on dirt road and lots of ups and down took us about 6 hours to complete. Laha (the capital of Naga self-administrative Zone, which includes Lahe, Lashi and Namyune townships). Lahe, beautifully parched at a ridge under the shadow of Marlar Hill. We have checked in at Shwe Taung Dan guest house. This afternoon we explore the town include Naga traditional Pan (where Naga worriers gather to strike the wooden bell during the Naga New Year festival), Buddhist Pagoda and Churches.
Immediate after we left Lahe we were in the dirt road but after a mile or so we were on the so-called bike trek, which goes gently ups and downs. Vegetation change in to thick evergreen forests and now we find ourselves following steady flowing Hwe Htaik creek. After about two -hour trek we found Hwe Htaik village parched on the top of the mountain overlooking the entire valley. The Naga tribes who live at Hwe Htaik are of Lai Naung clan, who do not mix with other but prefer their own group.
We walk around the village and had opportunity to observe their everyday activities. Later we head off our next destination at Pon Nyo Nok Inn. As soon as we left the village, the trail goes straight down all the way to the valley. As usual Naga always lives on the top of the hills (mainly for the security reason as historicistically they have many enemies due to their barbaric culture and head hunting tradition). Pon Nyo Nok Inn, beautifully parched on the ridge, secured by higher mountains all direction but south where you have a steady flow Hwe Htaik creek.
Trek goes up till we reach the top of the ridge which is 6700 +, but from here trail goes steady down till we get to the valley of 2500+ft, then a steady uphill of 3800+ft took us to our final destination. There is no settlement between these two villages but most part through complete wilderness in rich rain forests. As usual we walk around the village to meet and greet the local. Pon Nyo N/K is located closed to the Myanmar/Indian border and accessible with motor bike and smaller 4WD vehicle during dry season.
Once we reach the valley then trail goes straight up to Saw Law, another ancient village is believed to be the centre of the warriors. From here we see our destination village boldly parched at the top of the mountain top on the other side of the ridge across the tyan valley. We trek down till we get to the creek and follow gentle trail leads to the bottom of the ridge but once we get to the upper ridge then trek goes straight up to nearly 4000 ft., which was by far will be of most challenge of the day. However, once we get to the village we will find that the climb was well worth just to see the village and it’s environ. Sapalaw Ywarma Ma, which is believe to be the oldest and most interesting village located on the tip of the mountain top and isolated themselves from other Naga villages in the area.
There are lots of activities in the morning that we have opportunity to observe. We had a great time sharing the local activities and later bit farewell and left for Lahe. At first we walk straight down to the creek and once we cross the creek then train goes gently up and soon after we found ourselves walking on the dirt mule trek which leads to Lahe by motor bike all year round but 4WD only during dry season. We had lunch stop and later hop on the awaiting jeep and travel back to Lahe. Here we find the time to shower ourselves and had a proper meal at restaurant.
We have a leisure morning to visit more of the town and do some shopping. Later we travel by jeep to Hkamti. We had afternoon free to explore the town and some shopping.
Hkamti was considered part of a contiguous Shan homeland that run from north-east of Myanmar. Few remnants of colonial era still remain. The British created an enclave on a hill named Bo-Gone (meaning British Hill), but only the administrative office near Hkamti hospital still remain there. The descendants of “Myosar” or headman family now live normal life like everyone else although their home once the biggest in town. Over the time Naga have migrated in this fertile land and now the Shan and Naga are quite evenly split.
After Breakfast, flight to Mandalay and transit back to Yangon to end this unique adventure!
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