A Luxury Lodge nestled in the foothills, Malikha Lodge is the perfect space to stop and relax from between two and seven nights based on flights taken to reach the location. Malikha Lodge offers an exciting range of half day or full day soft adventure excursions. All our excursions are led by informative local or foreign guides, and provide a unique insight into local village life, as well as the opportunity for outdoor exercise in a pristine wilderness environment. All our excursions and activities are suitable for all ages and can be arranged on site with our GM the evening before, or in the case of an afternoon excursion, that same morning.
1. Malikha cruise: Full Day
This full day excursion combines a scenic river gorge cruise with a visit to the picturesque village of Manchanbaw. From there we venture downstream by long tail boat onto the Malikha River through forested hills and past white river beaches, where villagers may often be seen panning for gold. A picnic lunch is prepared in a spectacular riverside beach inside the gorge, before our return by vehicle to Malikha Lodge in time for sunset.
2. Elephant trek and kayak adventure – by special prior arrangement: Half Day
This exciting half day adventure starts off with a short trek up into the forested hills behind our lodge, with the special option of an hours trek by elephant through terraced fields and pockets of jungle with sweeping views back over the whole Putao Valley. Before long we descend into the Namlang Valley a few miles upstream from the lodge where our kayaks and river guide will be waiting. From there it is a leisurely hour’s kayak through the occasional gentle rapids back to the lodge on the clear and fast flowing waters of the Nam Lang River.
3. Nam Lang kayak and mountain bike circuit: Half Day
After brief instruction from our qualified river guide, we kayak gently downstream from our lodge and past the village of Mulashidi. En route we pass through cultivated rice fields into the broad Putao Valley and there is ample opportunity to enjoy the areas prolific bird life before we come to a rest under a bamboo suspension bridge. We are met by our retrieve crew, and for those who still have energy, a set of mountain bikes for the hour long return back through a series of beautiful Lisu riverside dwellings.
4.Yegyawdi village and mountain trek: Half Day
This slightly longer half day trek starts early in the morning and takes us over the Nam Lang River and up through the terraced rice fields to the village of Yegyawdi opposite our lodge. From there we follow an ancient hunting path up into the dense forested hills behind the village. Just over an hours climb we reach the summit for a spectacular view of the Phonekanrazi range and Nam Lang River gorge. After drinks, light refreshments and a chance to rest in the cool mountain air we descend back through the jungle in time for lunch
5. Putao cultural tour: Half Day
This full morning excursion takes a closer look into village society and some of the cottage industries within the remote Putao Valley. Our first stop is the Putao market, where at sunrise traders from the outlying Rawang and Lisu villages descend to market their vegetables, dried fish, fabrics and basket ware. Later there will be the opportunity to visit their homes and observe these handicrafts being produced at firsthand. There is also the chance to try a steaming bowl of Shan noodle soup in the early morning chill and to practice your haggling skills over spectacular Rawang village headman woven hats, colourful sarongs and fine baskets.
6. Something Special!
If we can put together any special activity for you, contact us one month in advance of your arrival. With advance notice, Malikha Lodge can arrange challenging, innovative and team building programs for small groups of senior executives or individual couples. We can for example arrange bamboo raft building competitions, local crossbow instruction, or for the really active a mini mountain bike, kayak and jogging course.