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Guerrilla Trail Trek

Abhishek Subedi June 21, 2020

Guerrilla Trail Trek is the newly explored trekking destination and offers the real and wild beauty to the visitors. The trail offers real, but a terrible history of fight between the Nepal Government and Maoist. You will have a chance to see the routes and hideouts used by guerrillas during the trek. It is one of a very few Trekking Trails in the unexplored far western region of Nepal. Guerrilla Trekking is a newly opened trekking which has recently been launched. This whole trekking trail of Guerrilla Trek introduced isolated yet easy trekking routes ready to be explored by some avid trekkers known as the Guerrilla. The name Guerrilla Trekking is directly related Maoist Guerrilla of the first civil war of Nepal. Exploring the guerrilla walking trail gives trekkers a unique chance to see routes, hideouts, and shelters used by the guerrillas during the domestic conflict (1996- 2006). In spite of what the name might suggest, the area is very peaceful nowadays. 

Guerrilla Trail Trek

The Guerrilla Trail takes you to a magical place with a colorful sculpture of wildflowers. Also, there are the green meadows and the forests of rhododendrons with over a hundred bird species and wildlife. Another attraction of the Guerrilla Trek is leopards, bears, musk deer, and wild boars. Moreover, you can have extensive views of Sisne, Putha Himal, and Dhaulagiri, also marking the beautiful landscapes–mostly populated by Magar, since it is a delightful experience to look closely into their way of life and culture. The trekking enthusiasts can make the difference as well as their unique adventure through the untouched Guerrilla Trail Trek. The reason is its authentic trekking, its original location. Indeed, the characteristics of the guerrilla Trek explore the war between the people of Nepal. The Himalayas view from Jalja-La, a pass at 3386 m, is stunning and definitely competes with crowded Poon Hill Trekking. One can also see a whole range of mountains; especially the Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Gurja Himal (7193 m).

This Guerrilla Trekking Trail offers a thrilling journey through the heartland of post-conflict territory. The Trekking Trail of Guerrilla Trekking passes through mainly 3 districts. Guerrilla Trekking will start from Myagdi district and enter Rukum while much more fun, interesting and civil war history will come in Rolpa. These three districts Myagdi, Rukum, and Rolpa cover the most spectacular landscape, natural vegetation and always autumn climate with low population densities. 

The Guerrilla Trekking Trail passes through lush valleys in the shadow of the mighty Himalayas, including the impressive Dhaulagiri 8167 m. You will pass dramatic waterfalls, lakes and the country’s only hunting reserve in Dhorpatan. This Trekking Trail Nepal also gives you the chance to experience a wide variety of Language, Tradition, Lifestyle, Ethnic group and their unmatched culture, their own history of ancestors and   historical sentiments of war, local cultivation in terrain green valley for half livelihood, although you will hear the rhythm of Far-Western of Nepal, we call it Deuda Song. 

Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Beni Bazaar

You will leave for Beni by bus. It takes about 8 hours to drive to Beni Bazaar. The ride passes through beautiful landscapes, forests, river valleys, terraced farmlands, villages and cities.

Day 2 Beni to Takam

From Myagdi district headquarter you will follow a gravel road for about 24km to Darbang and start walking from that point. Takam is a three hour walk away with Gujral, Himal towering overhead.

Day 3 Takam to Lamsung

Today, you will walk along the most war suffering area between Maoist and government during the political conflict in Nepal. It is the main effective area of war between Maoist and the government during the political conflict. They will share their terrible experience of these periods.

Guerrilla Trail Trek

Day 4 Lamsung to Gurjaghat

The trail gradually climbs up through dense, lush green pine forests with an opportunity to see musk deer along the trail. The green meadows on the ridge of the hill that offer views of Mt. Dhaulagiri massifs and the entire range up to Trans-Himalayas to the west. 

Day 5 Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan

Today you are entering Baglung district where you have an opportunity to visit the former Tibetan Refugee Camp in the year of 1950 and one of the famous hunting reserves in Nepal, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. Having hunted wildlife with a special permit is possible. You can spot mountain goats and blue sheeps (Bharal).

Day 6 Dhorpatan to Nisi Dhor

The trail goes along the protected area. The area is known as the paradise for birds. It is possible to 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 winter, these high pastures are deserted.

Day 7 Nisi Dhor to Tallo Sera

Traverse over from Baglung to Rukum into Magar region and enter the former Maoist base area. There are dense forests all the way, so it must have been easy to hide here during the insurgency. The villages are picturesque and there is always some kind of Magar festival going on.

Day 8 Tallo Sera to Rujhikhola

Hike to Lukum in Rukum, a village populated only by Magars and Dalits, where you can glance at their lifestyle, housing, costume and more with natural beauties along with walking on crops fields and near jungle areas. ke to Lukum in Rukum, a village populated only by Magars and Dalits. This is about as medieval as it gets in Nepal nowadays.

Day 9 Rujhikhola to Thabang

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

Main altitude point of this trek is Dharampani (3900m) in Jaljale from where we can have super magnificent views of Dhaulagiri Himalayan range to the east and Mt. Putha, Kanji Rowa, and others unnamed peaks are recently known climbing peaks and the very famous Saipal Himal peaks in the far west of Nepal. The place where the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was given weapons training during the war. 

Guerrilla Trail Trek

Day 11 Jaljale to Jelbang

Now you will be moving down from the high mountains and the village is ethnically mixed.

Day 12 Jelbang to Suliochaur

This is where you will finally get to Rolpa and the road head. 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 cooperatives, where staff are relatives of those who were killed in the war.

Day 13 Suliochaur to Kathmandu

You will drive back to Kathmandu from Suliochaur, you will be back on different highways of lower land of Nepal; called Terai, and near Chitwan National Park where the road follows the river called Narayani-Trishuli almost to Kathmandu.

This is one of the newest trekking trails in Nepal where travelers can witness the beauty of nature with the untold story about the domestic conflict in Nepal.

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