Salween River, CHINA: May 2018
NU JIANG (SALWEEN) EXPLORATORY TRIP (May 4-20)
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:
Steamboat Today article on recent expedition on Salween: Kurt Casey Kayaking Four First Ascents in Myanmar (March, 2017)