Kachin Tribal Village Trek, Burma/Myanmar
Mysterious Burma. Yes, you may have heard that it’s called Myanmar these days. For many, however, there is something magical and even foreboding about the name Burma. What often comes to mind are deep jungles, brutal wars, Orwellian military dictatorships and, of course, really hard to build roads. The Kachin State is home to all of these qualities, both historically and in current times. This area is one of the least visited of all Himalayan regions and not surprisingly one of the least visited parts of Burma. Closed to foreigners since shortly after WWII, it just opened up to travelers a few years before our trek. Fascinating new tribes and rare new species from all phyla in the animal kingdom were recently “discovered” in this remote area. You can visit several tribal villages and head out from the “last village” to the untamed forests and ultimately scale the heights of the remote Mt. Phon Khan Razi.
Getting off the beaten path in Burma is like no other place. Burma’s isolation over the past sixty years creates a real opportunity to travel back in time and is the main reason for our inclusion of this trek. However, by the time you read this, it may already be too late to have an experience equal to our own. Do some homework and research an equally remote trek for a parallel experience.
Day to Day Account - Jeff Salvage - Kachin Village Trek, Burma/Myanmar
Friends can be crafty influencers. Once again I found myself headed on an adventure not knowing what to expect. A busy work schedule and house rebuilding were justifications for my ignorance, but these were superficial reasons for my lack of research. Visiting the mysterious country of Myanmar, or Burma, as those of us less aligned with the military regime that took over in 1962 like to call it, isn’t exactly on most people’s bucket list. I was headed to remote areas of Northern Burma at the invite of my now good friends Kirk and Nancy whom I met in Nepal. Very little reliable tourist information was available and a complete dearth of trekking information existed. The story continues...