In Kachin State, Hkakaborazi, the nation’s highest peak at 5,882m, is situated in the snow-capped mountainous region far north of Myanmar. Myitkyina, the state capital, the week-long Manaw (totem pole) festival is famous.
Throngs of diverse peoples congregate in their thousands to perform mass dances in their colorful and highly decorated tribal costumes at ethnic festivals, Manaw. About 45km north of Myitkyina is Myitsone (river confluence), where the Maykha and Malikha rivers meet from which the mighty Ayeyarwady River starts. Kachin is also proximity to Indawgyi, Myanmar’s largest natural lake, a stunning and secluded destination for nature lovers. It is fairly untouched although adventure activities such as recreational fishing, kayaking, trekking and cycling are available. More daring travelers can do an excursion to the remote, snow-capped mountains in Putao. Kachin highlights include: Myitkyina, Festivals (Manaw and other festivities such as harvest festivals), Indawgyi Lake: ShweMyitzu Pagoda and ShweTaung Pagoda, the villages of Hepa, Namde and Lwemun.