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Hkakabo Razi: The Final Himalayan Conquest 05 Apr 2013 Weird & Wonderful | 2 comments

Until 1993, foreigners were not allowed into the remote reaches of Myanmar's Kachin State in the far north.

A land of cold, treacherous rivers, evergreen forests, and glaciers, the region surrounding the mighty Hkakabo Razi is a frontier land in Myanmar (Burma) so separated from the modern world that most Westerners will never lay eyes on it.


image source from: http://www.trekked.net

Hkakabo Razi is a massive mountain in the little-known Burmese arm of the Himalayas. It stretches into the sky almost 20,000 feet, and is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia.

One-Month Approach

The approach to the base camp alone takes a month of hiking through dense untracked rainforest, deep valleys, over decaying bridges and even across some that you will have to build on the spot; all followed by the final deadly avalanche-prone ascent to the camp.

Wait a second…build a bridge?

Yes. Because the avalanche season is far too dangerous for approaching Hkakabo Razi, climbers must wait until monsoon season to climb. While this renders the mountain itself climbable, it makes the approach a flooded challenge.

And remember, when you think base camp, don’t imagine a small tent city with privies dug and a helipad; this is merely a site identified by the first and only summit team as an ideal location.

Two Conquerers

Only two men have managed to attain the summit of Myanmar’s brooding monster, described as “one of the most difficult and dangerous mountains in the world.” The two are Takashi Ozaki and Nyama Gyaltsen. They conquered the mountain on their second attempt in 1996.

The first attempt in 1995 had failed due to weather, which is the most insurmountable in a long list of nightmares attached to Hkakabo Razi. Before Ozaki and his wife had approached the Burmese government with interests in the region, there hadn’t even been any photographs of the mountain available.


image source from: http://lifeinthetropics.org

Very few other foreigners have made it into what is now Hkakabo Razi National Park. One international and inter-disciplinary scientific team that pushed into the rugged area in 2001 lost its team leader, Joseph Slowinski, when he was bitten by a poisonous krait (a snake) and died in the field.

This wilderness is very much a challenge not to be underestimated, and a deadly example of nature at its most raw and untouched. Some people that actually inhabit the area are the Khampa Tibetans, whose people have lived in the region for thousands of years. They hold Hkakabo Razi to be sacred, and anyone attempting to reach the mountain will undoubtedly do so with their help.

Last Village

One of the Khampa villages, Tahaundam, is the northern-most village in Myanmar and the home of Nyama Gyaltsen. It is the last trace of civilization one will see before passing into the forlorn haunts of Hkakabo Razi.

The good news for the average traveler is that the government, in the wake of a lot of hard work by the aforementioned science teams and explorers, is soon to be opening the region to eco-tours and treks. If you’re feeling froggy, various operators out of the town of Putao will be offering the chance to be among the first people to actually set foot in some of these long lost valleys and forests.

No other tourists in sight, and no trails.

Go ahead. Take a good guide and your lucky compass.

It’s adventure time.


Read more about the weird and the wonderful of Myanmar (Burma).

What do the travelers say?

foxqueen, Sweden
April 08, 2013
looks incredible - someone has to go in the do the groundbreaking for us, we need trails and to know where to go, where to stay etc. the first movers need to go in
JenTheHornist, United States
May 17, 2013
Wow. Just getting TO the mountain may be of interest to trekkers who don't want any company.

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