- Hkakabo Razi
Name = Hkakabo Razi
Elevation = convert|5881|m|ft|0
Location = Kachin, flag|Burma
pushpin_label_position = bottom
pushpin_mapsize = 200
latd= 28|latm= 19|lats= 59|latNS=N
longd= 97|longm= 28|longs= 00|longEW=E
Coordinates = coord|28|19|59|N|97|28|00|E|type:mountain|display=inline
First ascent =
September 15, 1996
Easiest route = snow/ice climb
Hkakabo Razi ( dominate. At around 17,500 ft. (5,334 m), there is a large ice cap with several outlet glaciers.
Hkakabo Razi was established as a natural reserve on
January 30, 1996and as a National Park on November 10, 1998. The park is the last stronghold for biodiversity in Burma. Extraordinarily rich flora and fauna, ranging from lowland tropical to alpine species still await proper research and identification. They have barely been studied, and the park remains an excellent center for field study for students of botany, geology, zoology and geography. A study was done by the Forest Department with the assistance of Wildlife Conservation Society of New Yorkduring 1997 and 1998. The results have been presented in ICIMODsponsored Workshop “Sub-regional Consultation on Conservation of Hkakabo Razi Mountain Ecosystems in Eastern Himalayas”, held in Putao, Burma during October 25—29, 1999. This was followed in 2001 with an international, interdisciplinary team of scientists from the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, National Geographic Society, Harvard University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Myanmar Forestry Ministry. On September 11, 2001, herpetologist Joseph Slowinski, team leader from California Academy of Sciences, was bitten by a venoumous krait and died in the field. In 2002-2003, P. Christiaan Klieger, anthropologist from California Academy of Sciences and photographer Dong Lin retraced their previous steps, and succeeded in making the first anthropological survey of the Hkakabo Razi region. On foot they reached the northern-most village in Burma, Tehuandan, which is inhabited by about 200 Khampa Tibetans, including mountaineer Nyama Gyaltsen (see below).1
The region will shortly be opened to the general public through eco-tourism by the Burma authorities. The government is collecting information for development in that regard and a number of scientific expeditions have been already accepted in the region.
1 Klieger, P. Christiaan, 2006. A Tale of the Tibeto-Burman 'Pygmies,' In P. Christiaan Klieger (ed.), "Tibetan Borderlands". PIATS 2003 : Tibetan Stuides Proceedings of the Tenth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Oxford, 2003. Leiden: Brill Academic Press.
Takashi Ozaki( Japan) and Nyima Gyaltsen, a.k.a. Aung Tse( Burma) made the first ascent in 1996. Ozaki had attempted the mountain in 1995but was turned back due to bad weather. The route to basecamp is long (four weeks) and arduous through dense rain forest with many unbridged stream crossings. The recent first ascent can also be attributed to the policy that foreigners were not allowed into the area until 1993.
* [http://www.myanmar.com/Ministry/ecotourism/ Ministry of Ecotourism]
* [http://www.goldenlandpages.com/hotspots/myitky.htm Site with photographs]
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