Salween River, CHINA: May 2018


Permits to paddle the Salween in Myanmar are not possible for Apr-May of this year, so instead we will be moving the river equipment upriver into China in order to explore a different section of the river with more rapids. This is a special small exploratory raft/kayak expedition to cover up to the entire ~550km section of river in Yunnan, and will include a probable first descent of the lowermost ~160km of river down to the Myanmar border.  The first ~6 days will be on the tougher previously-run class IV section of river, while the lower ~8 days will be on an easier class III section of the river more isolated from the road and towns. Tentative dates of the trip are May 4-20.  Flights are in/out of Kunming.  Chinese visas are required ($140).  Airfares are incredibly inexpensive currently (less than $600RT from LAX, for example).  Olympic paddler "Rocky" Contos will be the guide on this trip.

Expertly Guided Trip, Transfers to River from Flight, Food, Raft/Kayak and Paddles included; if you'd like to add rental of personal gear (vest, helmet, tent, sleeping bag) on this trip-- let us know, as this can be done inexpensively.

TRIP COST, Salween #1 for 5 days: $1260
TRIP COST, Salween #2 for 5 days: $1260

A $500 deposit holds your place.

From recent "Rocky" Contos guided trips on the Salween in Myanmar:

Sierra Rios activist and guide "Rocky" Contos on the first descent of the class IV Granite Nautiloid rapid on the Salween (Thanlwin) River. This was the biggest rapid of the 286km/10-day raft-support river trip in Shan State.

Steamboat Today article on recent expedition on Salween: Kurt Casey Kayaking Four First Ascents in Myanmar (March, 2017)

Image courtesy Kurt Casey

Image courtesy Kurt Casey