Our plan is to replicate this WWII refugee exodus in distance and mode of travel. Our original plan was to walk from Myitkyina, in central northern Myanmar, to the border with India, then 150 kilometres back out of the mountains: the first 250 kilometres through a low inundation valley until we reached Shimbuyang village at the foothills of the Himalayas.

Unfortunately, despite repeated applications and permissions, this valley area remains off limits due to ongoing civil conflict.

Our plan, then, is to walk a parallel, representative distance along a track through the mountains of Sagaing and Naga regions before intersecting the original route just west of Shimbuyang, and continuing to the India-Myanmar border crossing. At this point we will return to Mandalay, fly to India, and resume the Trek from the India side of that border point to it’s original terminus, Ledo.

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