The Idu Mishimi tribe believes in life after death. According to their mythology, after death the soul of a person makes a journey guided by their priest (igu or shaman) to attain the new life and ATHU-POPU is one of the holy places where the departed souls take rest on their journey towards eternity. At this sacred place a big mass of stone stands alone, and it is believed that the priest Sinerwu once cried on this scared stone on getting the news of his mother’s death. The stone still bears the impression of the priest’s palms and his tears, as believed. There is also a wild paddy field near Athu-Popu, believed to be cultivated by the departed souls on their onward journey.
Athu-Popu, with an an altitude of of about 3500 metres above sea level, is situated at Kayala Pass, Indo-China Border and is approximately 120 KM from Maliney. Maliney is the last motorable village in Dibang Valley District which is at a distance of about 200km from Roing, the district headquarter of Lower Dibang Valley. Its altitude is approximately 3500 meter MSL. There are lots of tales, mythological beliefs associated with the hills and places on the way to Athu-Popu, which enthrall anyone.
Starting Point – Maliney (1795 MSL)
Camp 1 – Awalin (1860 MSL), 9KM from Maliney
Camp2 – Emopani (1755 MSL), 9KM from Awalin
Camp3 – Solari (1885 MSL), 8Km from Emopani
Camp 4 – Maukri (1975 MSL), 9km from Solari
Camp 5 – Baluwa (2420 MSL), 15-16 KM from Maukri
Camp 6 – Kendray (it is said that if anyone makes noise at this place, it starts to rain heavily)
Camp 6 – Kapuda, (here one can find Amuhuw Lake of 4 KM in circumference and at distance of 4 KM approx, another lake Aampi that is 14-18 KM (apprx) in circumference)
Camp 7 – Emrei Etatho
Camp 8 – Athu popu (3500 MSL), Kayala Pass, Indo- China Border is around 500 meters
from Athu- popu