Myanmar Mountains & Outdoor Travel

Myanmar Mountain & Outdoor 

The mountainous north of Kachin State is an offshoot of the Tibetan Himalaya with almost 6000 meters height including snow ice and glaciers. The topography and environment is very similar to the alps including Hkakabo Razi compared to Mont Blanc in the Alps.

Myanmar Outdoor Travel

Naturally there are plenty of natural campgrounds in the Burmese mountains so it's worth to do some planning since the campgrounds are rather rough and not organised its just the plain nature but if you like rough outdoor travel you never will be disappointed. On the photo below you can see Hkakabo Razi the highest peak in ASEAN.

The main differences are in Myanmar / Burma they have some elephants and bears around that is genuine ASEAN outdoor travel.

Naturally there are plenty of natural DIY campground in Myanmar so it's worth to do some planning since the campgrounds are rather rough and not organised its just the plain nature but if you like it rough and do it yourselves you never been disappointed. If you come through Thailand it could be useful to have a look at the link above.

  • Myanmar has two famous mountains.

Although Myanmar has countless high mountains with up to 6000 meters height but only two of them are real famous in 2018 this are an extinct volcano
Mount Popa (the abode of the Nats) east of Bagan and 
  • Mount Hkakabo Razi with almost 6000 m in the Myanmar Himalayas of the north. 
Visiting southeast Asian icy mountains with large glaciers and everything needed for a cold natural Myanmar outdoor environment can be experienced. 

Mountain Pagoda

They are located in the north of Myanmar (Burma) in Kachin State at the border to China and India actually this are the eastern extension of the Tibetan Himalaya. 

Myanmar Mountains

Kachin and Chinese people cut and poach almost all accessible trees.

Since the north of Myanmar Burma is a very remote area not many people are around there the last documented where the British during colonial times. But the Chinese have a population problem so they allow endless migration from China into Myanmar and the Myanmar government.

Myanmar Mountain Trailssteep Myanmar mountains

The Myanmar government says yes to all this. With this policy more than 5 million Chinese have settled in the Mandalay region within the last 5 years. The local population has enormous problems and is marginalized because Chinese immigrants are financially much better off and pay higher rents / prices for houses. 

This trend is currently everywhere in the ASEAN States to observe so also in Cambodia and Thailand. But regrettably the former Burma is in the dilemma between the Indian masses of people who are rushing into the country via Bangladesh and the Chinese from the north and east trying to populate the country. In fact the Kachin state in the north of the country is ideally suited for that because only sparsely populated in the Myanmar Himalayas and far from any functioning administration.

  • Myanmar Winter Sport.

Actually Myanmar is the only country in south east Asia where a substantial winter sport could be implemented because of the perfect environment and enough people with money in the vicinity who would like that kind of sport and outdoor travel. As an example could be pointed to Singapore Thailand Malaysia and China.

Trekking in Myanmar Mountainssnow trekking in Myanmar

The Myanmar winter sport topography in terms of mountains etc. is here but as usual the government does nothing for development. That is the same with the environment in south of Myanmar where there are about 1000 pristine islands in the Myeik Archipelago near Thailand's Phuket and again the government in Naypyidaw do nothing. 
Kachin Native
Crossing mountain rivers

I sometimes wonder what the people in this Myanmar government actually do beside of useless bla-bla since the country has such a high touristic potential but nobody does anything for development although there is a lot of money in Myanmar especially in the Chinese communities but as long as the government wont start developments and incentives nobody will ever do anything this people are so lazy its a shame.

Myanmar snow mountains in Kachin State

The Chinese poachers sell the coniferous logs even to Korea all this criminal stuff is made by road trips via China. It's just the same as with the Myanmar Jade. There is less outdoor travel in this part of Myanmar.

Myanmar Kachin State MountainsIcy mountains in Kachin State Myanmar

They partly destruct the nature in north Myanmar with their hit and run business for quick cash legal or illegal since they just don't care and bribing their way through. Since the Chinese government imposed a logging ban some years ago they moved to other countries such as Myanmar (Burma) and Laos and keep on destructing the nature there.

Himalaya Mountains Myanmar and the Water.

The Zangmu Hydropower Station on the Lhasa (Kyi Chu) River in Tibet.

The Zangmu Hydropower Station on the Lhasa (Kyi Chu) River in Tibet. One in five Himalayan rivers have reduced flow in the last several years as China rapidly strips resources.

Asia's future is inextricably tied to the Himalayas, the world's ‘ -
tallest mountain range and the source of the water-stressed i
continent's major river systems. Yet reckless projects are straining the region's fragile ecosystems resulting in a mounting security threat that
extends beyond Asia.

With an elevation range rising dramatically from sea level to almost 6,000 meters in Myanmar / Burma the Himalayas are home to ecosystems ranging from high-altitude alluvial grasslands and subtropical and conifer forests and alpine meadows. 

Stretching from Myanmar to the Tibetan watershed of Central Asia, the Himalayas play a central role in driving Asia's hydro-logical cycle and weather and climate patterns, including triggering the annual summer monsoons. 

Its 6,000 high-altitude Myanmar glaciers store massive amounts of freshwater and serve in winter as the world's second-largest heat sink after Antarctica thus helping to moderate the global climate. In summer however, the Himalayas turn into a heat source that draws the monsoonal currents from the oceans into the Asian hinterland.

The Himalayas are now subject to accelerated glacial thaw climatic instability, and biodiversity loss. Five rivers originating on the Great Himalayan Massif which are the Yangtze the Indus the Mekong the Salween and the Ganges -- rank among the world's 10 most
endangered rivers. 

From large-scale dam construction to the care less exploitation of natural resources human activity is clearly to blame for these potentially devastating changes to the Himalayan ecosystems. Although poaching of certain flowers and other plants was slightly reduced with the introduction of hybrid orchids some years ago. While all the countries in the region are culpable to some extent none is doing as much harm as China.

Unfortunately there is far too much nature destruction going on in the ASEAN countries since as visible every tourist travel theme is available in southeast Asia and the Hkakabo Razi is unique in south east Asia.

trekking in MyanmarIcy mountain peaks in Kachin State Myanmar

There are countless treasures in the region that the Chinese migrants are trying to exploit by "straw-men" a good example are the Jadeite Jade mines in Happakant Kachin State.

Himalaya Mountain trekking

They are already almost full in Chinese and the local population is resisting the "land-grabbing" but the Chinese have a powerful ally which is the Myanmar military. If you see what they get paid in their normal job that's no wonder.

Mountain trekking in Myanmar
Camping in Myanmar

The high spurs of the Myanmar Himalayas are the perfect retreat to escape the humid hot summer swell of central Myanmar. The British did this with a tour from Mandalay to Shan state's Pin Oo Lwin where the colonialists built the first railway in the country to escape the heat of Central Myanmar. Now the high mountains in northern Myanmar are not easy to climb it has been throughout the colonial period repeatedly the attempt British adventurers to conquer the highest mountain in Myanmar and also to find the sources of the Irrawaddy River which failed. The high mountain region is considered a major retreat for animals and plants blessed with a barely touched nature and attracts more and more tourists since Myanmar opened a few years ago. There are gigantic glaciers in the Myanmar Himalayas including in the area of  Hkakabo Razi.

And dams are just the beginning. The Tibetan Plateau is also the subject of Chinese geoengineering experiments which aim to induce rain in its arid north and northwest.
(Rain in Tibet is concentrated in its Himalayan region.) Such activities threaten to suck moisture from other regions, potentially affecting Asia's monsoons. Ominously, such experiments are an extension of the Chinese military's weather-modification
programme. Moreover, China is draining mineral resources from this ecologically fragile but resource-rich plateau without regard for the consequences. 

Already copper mine railings are polluting waters in a Himalayan region sacred to Tibetans, which they call Pemako ("Hidden Lotus Lan "), where the world's highest-altitude major
river, the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo to Tibetans) curves around the Himalayas before entering India.

Meanwhile China's bottled-water industry is siphoning "premium drinking water" from the Himalayas‘ already-stressed glaciers particularly those in the eastern Himalayas where accelerated melting of snow and ice fields is already conspicuous unsurprisingly this is causing biodiversity loss and impairment of ecosystem services.

The towering Himalayan Highlands particularly Tibet influence the Northern Hemisphere's atmospheric-circulation system which helps to transport warm air from the equator toward the poles, sustaining a variety of climate zones along the way. In other words Himalayan ecosystem impairment will likely affect European and North American climate.

Halting rampant environmental degradation in the Himalayas is now urgent and it is possible only through cooperation among all members of the Himalayan basin community from the lower Mekong River region and China to the countries of southern Asia. To bring about such cooperation, however the entire international community will have to apply pressure to rein in China's reckless environmental impairment, which is by far the greatest source of risk


  1. Currently Myanmar is in a difficult situation from the west Indian/Bangladesh people try to invade the country and from the north and east Chinese try the same

    On top of the Arab Islam States try to destabilize the country by Islamic manipulations hopefully the Myanmar Military can stop this human flood which pushes in like a tsunami.


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