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Kachine State
Union of Myanmar

Myanmar's most northern state is a mountainous region occupied by approximatly 14 different ethnic groups, the major ones being the Jinghpaws or Kachins. Kachin State is just opening up to tourism and will soon become an important destination with its magnificent scenery, the great Ayeyarwady River and a fascinating mix of ethnic minority people, whose lives have changed little over the centuries.

The town of Myitkyino has always been a trading centre between Myanmar and China and, being the largest town in Kachine State, is the best base for visiting nearby Kachine villages.

West of Myitkyina lies Indawgyi Lake - altough somewhat inaccessible due to the poor roads, the lake is huge and has unique natural beauty.

South of Myitkyino lies the town of Bhamo, on the Ayeyarwady's eastern bank, close to the second defile of the mighty Ayeyarwady River. This is the most dramatic passage of the river, being only 90 meters wide, with cliffs towering 270 metres above the water on both sides.

In the far north of Kachin State stands Myanmar's highest mountain - Hkakabo Razi. First climbed in 1996 by a Japanese expedition team, this mountain is 5,889 metres above sea level and is snow capped year round. The nearest town is Patao, located in the foothills and several days walk from the higher mountains. Due to the limited infrastructure, the only way to reach the higher slopes is to organise an expedition.

 

 
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