What does ‘most prominent’ mean?
Peak prominence refers to the height of a mountain’s or hill’s summit in terms of the vertical distance between it and the lowest contour line encircling it, but containing no higher summit within it. It is a measure of the independence of a summit. Many high mountains lack prominence because they are connected to other cols or peaks (i.e. because there are many mountains of a similar height all around). With a height of 3826m and a prominence of 2885m, Saramati is the most prominent peak on mainland Southeast Asia. It’s not the highest, but it’s the most prominent.
Burma or Myanmar?
Officially the country is called the ‘Republic of the Union of Myanmar’ although the national anthem still refers to bama pyi or ‘the country of Burma’. ‘Myanmar’ is intended to be inclusive of the population, (only 68% of whom are Bamar) and the term is recognised by the UN but not by the United States or the UK. A statement from the UK’s Foreign Office says: ‘Burma’s democracy movement prefers the form ‘Burma’ because they do not accept the legitimacy of the unelected military regime to change the official name of the country. Internationally, both names are recognised.’ The EU has been known to use both names on different occasions, or both together, i.e. Burma/ Myanmar. Citizens use Myanmar and Burma interchangeably, often the former when writing or in formal situations and the latter when speaking and in the home. Neither will cause offence when talking to local people.
How hot/ cold will it be?
In Yangon, Homalin and on the lower slopes during the trek, daytime temperatures can reach 30°C, dropping at night to a more comfortable 5-15°C. As you approach the summit temperatures drop, reaching as low as -10°C at night.
What could I bring as gifts for local people?
The schools in which you’ll be staying during the village section of the trek have very limited equipment and any gifts will be greatly appreciated. Salt is also highly valued in the villages and would make a welcome thank-you for their hospitality. We recommend buying any gifts for the villagers once in-country so as to support the local economy. It will also be cheaper and you can buy school books in local languages. Books, pens and toys can all be bought in the market in Homalin and your local guide will be able to help you with the shopping.
Is it a malarial zone?
Please consult your medical professional for advice on malaria preventatives and vaccinations.
Can I charge my electricals?
This will be very challenging with limited access to power once the trekking section begins. Please ensure that you are self-sufficient in terms of charging your appliances by bringing things like spare batteries, lightweight solar panels or power packs to avoid frustration.
Will there be telephone signal?
Your mobile roaming will work in Yangon and perhaps Homalin. You are very unlikely to get signal during the trekking portion.
Can I arrive a day late?
There is a chain of transport to get teammates out to and back from the start of the trek and so start and end dates are not flexible.
I’m a vegetarian. Can I join?
Teammates with dietary requirements are welcome to apply for this expedition and should state their specific requirements when applying. Teammates will need to be realistic about preferences given the remote region and the locally sourced nature of the food.
How can I find out more?
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