Mt.Khakaborazi (5881 meters )is the “Highest Mountain in Myanmar***”
Location & Environment : It is located in “Khakaborazi National Park” in Naungmung Township of Kachin State. The nearest airport is Putao airport (which is 1127 miles from Rangoon/Yangon International Airport). The KKBo National Park widely spread out in an area of 1,472 square miles (3,810 km2) and it was established in 1996. The park surrounds the highest summits of southeast aisa including Hkakabo Razi, the highest peak in Burma. It is in the subalpine to alpine region and the approach to Base Camp is only by Hiking thorough thick jungles.
***( Recent Gamlang Razi Expedition get the record of Gamlang Razi summit known second highest summit in Myanmar , recorded as 5,870.084 metres claiming the Highest Peak in Myanmar, as the first and only ascent of Mt.Khakarborazi in 1996 has no scientific geo-reference record ( known KKBO as 5881 meters , which figure established in 1925 survey, the debate is still going on among top mountaineer in Myanamr and the will be no correct answer until next summiting record with geo-reference record of KKBo summit ” )
Climbing History of Mt. KhaKaBorazi
KhaKaBorazi has a long history of climbing attempts to its hidden summit, some of the climbing team didn’t even have a chance to see the summit because of the weather.
First attempt was in 1937 , over 70 year ago, by Kingdom Ward ,an English explorer, author botanist and plant collector.
Next expedition led by Col. Saw Myint Burmese Military (Yein Nwelt Parr) attempt in 1956 april.
Then in 1990s , there are two foreign climbing team’s proposed to climb Mt.Kakabo
- Ozaki Family Expedition ( Led by Mr.Takashi Ozaki , world famous mountaineer )
- France Team ( Led by Mr.Frank Charton )
- Hitot Subashi University Mountaineering Club ( led by Mr. Tomatsu Nakamura )
- Ozaki Family Expedition was in 1995 January 10 to March 10 ( returned from RaSanDam camp which is 6 miles away from KKBO Base camp)
- French Expedition took place in 1995 February 8 til March 12 ( returned from TahaungDamm, the last village of northern frontiers of Myanmar.
- Hitot Subashi University Mountaineering Club was also in 1995 February 10 til March 19 ( Madein village , KKBO climbing route finding expedition ).
Finally , in 1996 September 15 (3:12pm) two climbers, Japanese World Class climber Takashi Ozaki and local Myanmar/Tibetan Nyima Gyaltsen (aka”Aung Tse”; from TahungDamm) successfully summited Mt.KhaKaBOrazi.
After that, it took about 16 year of no climbing in the area until 2012 November, base camp trip by “Invitation of Nature” Foundation – Mountaineering Team’s expedition to the Base Camp and climbing route finding trip to Mt.Hkakaborazi.
In 2014 Invitation of Nature team made the summit attempt based on the core team of 2012 base camp expedition team, this time as the First Ascent of ALL MYANMAR climbing team to Mt.Hkakaborazi carried out by Invitatin of Nature foundation. In 2014 again Followed by two other international expeditions in 2014 Sep/Oct by Japanese team led by Kuraoka Hiroyuki funded by NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation and in 2014 Oct/Nov by USA team led by Hilaree O’Neill funded by Nat-Geo Adventure ( both team were defeated by the Hkakaborazi summit on their unsuccessful attempts and luckily descended back safe what must have been a humbling experience..
- 2014 July/Aug “Invitation of Nature Foundation” All Myanmar Ascent to Hkakabo(2 missing climbers HKbo)
- 2014 Sep/Oct “Japanese & NHK team” ascent to Hkakabo
- 2014 Oct/Nov “American National Geographic team” led by Hilaree O’Neill to Hkakabo
International Climbing teams need the climbing approval to climb KKBO, the climbing permit proposal needs to be submitted to “MYANMAR OLYMPIC COMMITTEE” via “ MYANMAR HIKING & MOUNTAINEERING FEDERATION” ( describing the Name of the Summit in Northern Myanmar , time of the year to climb, the approval letter from the Mountaineering Federation from respective country, number of Foreign Expedition Member, the brief climbing experience of each Expedition Member , these information must be included in the Climbing Permit Proposal) .
Some Useful links :
- Mt.Hkakaborazi documentary by TV-Asahi with Myanmar language narration
- Mark Fisher “Myanmar Bridges to Change: Gamlang Trailer links :
- http://vimeo.com/86622889 ( uploaded on FEB 13 2014 )
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNEyPW-Gv84 ( uploaded on Mar 4 2014 )