Guerrilla Trek - Emerging Nepal

Guerrilla Trek

Guerrilla Trek is another newly-opened trekking trail in Nepal which basically covers the Far-Western region of Nepal. The Guerrilla Trek as the name itself suggests provides a wonderful way to travel and trek along the trail once used by the former Maoist rebels during the period of decade-long Maoist insurgency. The Guerrilla Trek covers the districts like Rolpa, Rukum, Myagdi, among others. These districts were the most affected during the period of the armed conflict with the state forces. While it known to everybody that the Maoist civil war affected the entire country and most parts of the hilly and mountainous districts in the country, the Guerrilla Trek covers up the districts like Rukum and Rolpa because of the fact they were the districts which were the stronghold of the Maoist rebels. The reason behind the opening of the Guerrilla Trek is that it intends to introduce the trekkers to the places and the regions which were affected during the period of insurgency and also to promote tourism in the region.

Besides the prospect of trekking, Guerrilla Trek has special significance as it makes it possible for the trekkers to visit the historic places which have gone through so much of change over the period of time. Guerrilla Trek has developed into something like that of the war tourism or the war memorials in countries like Vietnam and China. Guerrilla Trek starts from the West of Pokhara city (Myagdi district) which also falls on the part of Annapurna Trekking Region. The trail bypasses along the route where thousands of Maoist guerrillas once dug trenches and ambushed the army, through rugged mountains, rivers, paddy fields, caves, landscape and ethnic Magar villages. Almost rightly, Guerrilla Trek ends in Rolpa district, the most affected district during the period of Maoist insurgency and the stronghold of the armed conflict.

Guerrilla Trek offers the trekkers a trip through the post-conflict territories of the country. Besides the prospect of visiting the villages affected by the civil war, this trek is also filled with natural resources and is rich in cultural heritage and ethnic variety. Guerrilla Trek is also suitable for organizing camping and home stay because there are few hotels and tea houses on trail but unfortunately these tea houses are not enough for the purpose of tea house trek. It is filled with exciting activities like rafting, adventure jungle safari, paragliding, high Mountain Flight and many more. The trekking all along the Guerrilla trek provides a chance to view the routes and the shelters that were used by the guerrillas in the time of conflict to the hikers. Many people may have doubt about this trekking trek but it is for sure that no matter whatever the reason this trek is named as Guerrilla Trek at present, this place is extremely peaceful. Guerrilla Trek crosses all the way through attractive green valley’s forming silhouette in the powerful Himalaya comprising notable Dhaulagiri (8167m) and other mountains with close look. Furthermore, it includes impressive waterfalls and Nepal’s only one hunting reserve area with beautiful lakes.

Itinerary Outline
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive to Beni (8hrs) Trek to Takam(1665m) 6-7 hrs
Day 03: Takam to Lamsung (2250 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 04: Lamjung to Gurjaghat (3020 m) 7 hrs
Day 05: Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan (2860 m) 5 hrs
Day 06: Dhorpatan to Niseldhor 5-6 hrs
Day 07: Niseldhor to Tallo Sera 6-7 hrs
Day 08: Tallo Sera to Rujhi khola 6-7 hrs
Day 09: Ruji Khola to Thabang 5-6 hrs
Day 10: Thabang to Jaljala 6-7 hrs
Day 11: Jaljala to Jelbang 6-7 hrs
Day 12: Jelbang to Sulichaur 6-7 hrs
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure
 
Costs included in the price:
1. Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus
2. Accommodation in Kathmandu as mentioned in the itinerary. 
3. Guided city tours (if applicable by private car / van / bus)- depending on the number of tourists.
4. All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
5. Local licensed English and other language speaking guides. (We have guides for different language including Russian, etc.)
6. Local staffs and porters to carry your luggage during the trek
7. Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staffs
8. Domestic Airfare
9. All necessary land transportation 
10. Inclusive of government tax. 
11. Official expenses
12. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) 

Costs excluded in the price:
1. All meals (lunch and dinner) in City or the Capital.
2. Your travel insurance (compulsory)
3. International airfares and airport departure tax
4. Visa fees
5. Alcoholic, cold and hot drinks, laundry
6. Personal trekking equipments
7. Tips for trekking staffs and driver. (Note: Tipping is expected)
8. Certain sightseeing/monument entrance fees
9. Any others expenses which are not mentioned in above section.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
On the first day upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu our team representative staff will already show his presence to greet you. From the airport you will transfer to the hotel. You will take some rest and then will be familiar with the detail itineraries. All volunteers in the group will be placed in the same hotel as far as possible so that there will be an opportunity to know each other better. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Beni (8hrs) Trek to Takam (1665 m) 6-7 hrs
Leaving Kathmandu early in the morning, we will take 8hours of drive through swirling street with fascinating views of green hills and rivers at the backdrop to Beni. Guerrilla Trek begins from Beni. Walking through the headquarter of Myagdi district; we will reach Darbang from where we will continue our walk to Takam that is located at 1665m. We can get striking view of Gurjal Mountain from Takam.

Day 03: Takam to Lamsung (2250 m) 6-7 hrs
About 7hrs of walk through the remote jungle area and dispersed settlements will take us to Lamsung which is located at 2250m altitude. You will notice different geography in this place than other parts of Nepal that you are familiar with. Locals are shy to open up with strangers.

Day 04: Lamjung to Gurjaghat (3020 m) 7 hrs
We will wake up early in the morning and walk past Lamsung to follow the ascending trail for 7 hours. We need to cross the thick Pine forest while on our way but we can get to see Musk Deer in these parts of forest. We can get panoramic views of Dhaulagiri Range and Churen Mountain to the West.

Day 05: Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan (2860 m) 5 hrs
Leaving Myagdi District, we will arrive at Baglung on this day. Walk further to the former Tibetan refugee camp. This is the entry point to enter Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Area (2860m). It provides sanctuary to Mountain Goat and Blue Sheep and legal hunting is allowed only on this hunting reserve.

Day 06: Dhorpatan to Niseldhor 5-6 hrs
It takes about 5 to 6 hours of trek to arrive at Niseldor. This is the heaven for bird watchers. You can see several local and migratory birds of various species including the National bird of Nepal (Daphe) in the forest of Niseldhor. We will stay overnight at Niseldhor.

Day 07: Niseldhor to Tallo Sera 6-7 hrs
Leaving Baglung, we will enter Rukum on this day. Most of the settlements in Rukum are established by Magar ethnics. We will visit Maoist Base Area and pass through the forests for most part of the trek. It was in these parts of forest that the rebellions used to live in during the 10 year long moist insurgency. We will stay overnight in Tallo Shera.

Day 08: Tallo Sera to Rujhi khola 6-7 hrs
Another 7hrs of walk from Tallo Sera will take us to Lukum of Rukum district. Lukum is a village of marginalized people dominated by Magars and Dalits. You can still observe medieval lifestyle, culture and tradition in Lukum. We will descend to Rujhikhola and stay overnight.

Day 09: Ruji Khola to Thabang 5-6 hrs
Thabang is a historically significant place. It was from Thabang that the Maoist revolution in Nepal gained its height.  Some parts of Thabang were partially damaged by army attacks during the insurgency period. These days, Thabang is slowly but surely advancing towards path of development. Visit the local houses and spend overnight in Thabang.

Day 10: Thabang to Jaljala 6-7 hrs
Journey from Thabang to Jaljala is relatively easy. After taking breakfast, we will proceed to Dharampani (3900m). This is the highest point in Jaljala. We can get close-up views of Apisaipal Mountain and Dhaulagiri Mountain from Dharampani. After brief rest, we will move further to Jaljala where we will stay overnight.

Day 11: Jaljala to Jelbang 6-7 hrs
It takes about 6 hours of trek to reach Jelbang from Jaljala. The path is scenic which brings you close to nature with each step that you take. Follow the descending trail which passes through mountain and make it to Jelbang which is a multi- ethnic village. Stay overnight in Jelbang.

Day 12: Jelbang to Sulichaur 6-7 hrs
Sulichaur exists in Rolpa district. Sulichaur is historically important as it was one of the major rebel base area during insurgency period when it was totally under control of Maoists. Several hotels have been opened at Sulichaur after the end of war. Most of these hotels are run by Maoist cooperative. We will take dinner at any one of these hotels before spending night at Sulichaur. 

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu
As Guierrilla Trekking ends at Sulichaur, we will begin our return trip on 13th day. Driving along the scenic path, we will return to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to hotel for pleasant stay. 

Day 14: Departure
Officially getting done with the tour package it’s time to say good bye. So taking the breakfast you will be transferred into the Tribhvan International Airport, Kathmandu by our team representative in a private van. We hope we are able to make your holidays as memorable as you have vision. Have a safe journey.

Trip Facts

Duration: 14 Days
Accomodation: Hotel, Lodge
Altitude Height: 4,580m.
Seasons: January-December
Level: Easy
Trip Departure: Kathmandu
No. of Pax: 1-30 people
Activities: Trekking
Mode of Travel: Domestic flight, Car, Bus

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