Pangsau Pass

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Pangsau Pass
Pangsau Pass.jpg
Elevation 1,136 m (3,727 ft)
Location IndiaBurma border
Range Himalaya
Coordinates 27°14′0″N 96°9′0″E / 27.23333°N 96.15000°E / 27.23333; 96.15000Coordinates: 27°14′0″N 96°9′0″E / 27.23333°N 96.15000°E / 27.23333; 96.15000
Pangsau Pass is located in Myanmar
Pangsau Pass
Pangsau Pass
Location of the Pangsau Pass
External video
Making the road from Ledo (Stilwell Road); Pangsau Pass. 8:30min. Filmed in 1942-43 by Gyles Mackrell[1]

Pangsau Pass or Pan Saung Pass, 3,727 feet (1,136 m) in altitude, lies on the crest of the Patkai Hills on the India-Burma (Myanmar) border. The pass offers one of the easiest routes into Burma from the Assam plains.[2] It is named after the closest Burmese village, Pangsau, that lies 2 km beyond the pass to the east.


It is the reputed route of the 13th century invasion of Assam in India by the Ahoms, a Shan tribe. Prospected by the British in the late 19th Century as a possible railway route from India to Myitkyina in north Burma through the Hukawng Valley, the pass became famous during World War II for being the initial obstacle encountered by American General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell's forces in their effort to build a land route to isolated China after the fall of Burma to the Japanese.

The Ledo Road began at Ledo, the railhead, and passed through Lekhapani, Jagun, Jairampur (the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary and beginning of Inner Line), and Nampong before switchbacking steeply upwards through densely forested hills to the pass, 12 km away. The distance from Ledo to Pangsau Pass is 61 km (38 mi). Because of the fierce gradients and the mud which made getting up to the pass difficult, it was nicknamed "Hell Pass" during the war.[3]

The Pangsau Pass Winter Festival is a global village event organized every year in Nampong, Arunachal Pradesh.[4]

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