Guerrilla Trek: Short Description
Fascinating paths to ancient villagers surrounded by emerald and golden terraced fields?Where vicious battles ones took place. State forces clashed with Maoist rebels in remote, scenic Western Nepal. The Guerrilla Trek is a breathtaking odyssey through post-conflict territory the foothills are now peaceful and graced with many natural attraction that will compete for your attention.
This secluded region has an ageless mystique with well-preserved tradition, rural landscape and the celebrated Nepal hospitality of global renown. The Guerrilla Trek is an exhilarating alternative to the more popular trails and much less crowded allowing visitors a chance to get closer to both nature and culture.
The route begins along the southwest corridor of the iconic Annapurna Circuit. It continues west following the Dhaulagiri Massif with its dozen prominences over 7,000m (23,000ft). Dhaulagiri itself is 8167m (26,794ft), seventh highest peak in the world and the tallest mountain entirely within Nepal?s borders.
The trek contours through isolated districts with astonishing scenery a low population density and distinctive unchanged for centuries. This remote area is blessed by Mother Nature with wide-ranging reserve, Nepal?s only hunting reserve.
Wildlife, waterfalls, rivers, caves, lakes and the in inspiring, snow-topped Himalaya to the north make it a paradise for the unique trekkers looking for something beyond the cozy hotels and well-worn paths of the more popular trails. The journey crosses through Rukum & Rolpa districts, the epicenter of Nepal?s ten year war (1996 to 2006) with many home grown Maoist Guerrillas.
Itinerary of Guerilla Trek 13 days
Day 1: Kathmandu - Beni 830m (9 hours by bus)
Day 2: Beni to Takam 1665m (6hours)
From the Myagdi district headquarter you follow a gravel road for 24km to Darbang and start walking. Takam is a three hour walk away with Gurjal Himal towering overhead.
Day 3: Takam to Lamsung 2250m (6 hours)
This is where the scenery starts getting even more dramatic. This is what Nepal used to be like before the trekkers got here. Locals are not used to foreigners and have a lot of stories to tell about the war.
Day 4: Lamsung to Gurjaghat 3020m (7 hours)
Climb through dense pine forests, with musk deer darting in the undergrowth. The meadows on the ridge offer 180 degree views of Dhaulagiri the entire range up to Churen Himal in the west.
Day 5: Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan 2860m (5 hours)
You cross over from Myagdi to Baglung and into the former Tibetan refugee camp which was serviced by an airfield built by the Swiss in the 1950s. This is also the entrance to Dhorpatan, a Hunting Reserve, where you can spot mountain goats and blue sheeps(Bharal).
Day 6: Dhorpatan to Nisi Dhor (5 hours)
This is a paradise for birds. Watch danphes pheasants, and other migratory species that you have seen only in bird guides. Hard to imagine that people fought a war here. There are cow sheds in the monsoon, but in the winter these high pastures are deserted.
Day 7: Nisi Dhor to Tallo Sera(7 hours)
Cross over from Baglung to Rukum into Magar country and enter the fromer Maoist base area. There are dense forests all the way, so it must have been easy to hide here from the helicopter patrols. The villages are picturesque and there is always some kind of Magar festival going on.
Day 8: Tallo Sera to Rujhikhola(6 hours)
Walk to Lukum in Rukum, a village populated only by Magars and Dalits(low cast). This is about as medieval as it gets in Nepal nowadays.
Day 9: Rujhikhola to Thabang(5 hours)
Thabang is the cradle of the Maoist revolution. It was damaged in army attacks and parts of the town were flattened by ?tora bora? mortar shells dropped from helicopters. There has been some development of infrastructure after the war ended, and the people are eager and friendly.
Day 10: Thabang to Jaljale(5 hours)
The highest point in Jaljale is Dharampani (3900m) and there is a great view from Apisaipal in the west to Dhaulagiri in the east.
Day 11: Jajala to Jelbang(6 hours)
Now we?re moving down from the high mountains and the village are ethnically mixed.
Day 12: Jelbang to Suliochaur(6 hours)
This is where we finally get to Rolpa and the roadhead. Rolpa was also a rebel base area and for many of the ten years of war under total Maoist control. You can eat at one of the many commune restaurants run by Maoist cooperative, where staffs are relatives of those who were killed in the fightings.
Day 13: Sulichaur to Kathmandu (13 hours by bus)