Guerilla Trek 16 Days, Basic Home Stay
A new trekking route from Myagdi to Rukum follows trails used by the Maoists during the war.
Now, trekkers can retrace the footsteps of the guerillas and imagine what it must have been like to hike and fight in this kind of terrain. The trail starts in Beni, skirts Baglung, passes the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve and goes on to Rukum and Rolpa, takes up to 13 days. All along, there are spectacular views of the Dhaulagiri range from high ridges and large meadows fringed by pine forests. The trail has a historic attraction, but there are also challenges of infrastructure and making locals aware of how they can benefit from tourism.
Minimum 2 participants in group
Day 1: Arriving in Kathmandu and meet with our representative at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Welcome drink and short briefing about trek, equipment check and relax.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the morning and short sightseeing trip in Pokhara Valley, stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Morning drive from Pokhara to Beni 830m by private car which takes 4 hours and stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Trek from Beni to Takam 1665m/6hours
Morning from the Myagdi district headquarters you follow a gravel road for 24km to Darbang and start walking. Takam is a three hour walk away with Gurjal Himal towering overhead. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from 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. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from 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. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from 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 sheep (Bharal). Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from 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. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 9: Trek from Nisi Dhor to Tallo Sera 7 hours
Cross over from Baglung to Rukum into Magar country and enter the former 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. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from 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. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 11: Trek from 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. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Thabang to Jaljale 5 hours
The highest point in Jaljale is Dharampani (3900m) and there is a great view from Api and Saipal in the west to Dhaulagiri in the east. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Jajala to Jelbang 6 hours
Now we’re moving down from the high mountains and the villages are ethnically mixed. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 14: Trek from Jelbang to Suliochaur 6 hours
This is where we 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 cooperative, where staffs are relatives of those who were killed in the fighting. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 15: Drive from Sulichaur to Kathmandu by private car which almost takes 9 hours and transfer to Hotel.
Day 16: After breakfast transfer to international airport as per your flight schedule.
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 3 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Domestic flight ticket and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the lodge trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* All necessary permits.
* Tourist service charge,
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Tour Package doesn't include;
* Any meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Note : The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.
Grade: (Moderate to strenuous) [ Explain ]
|Start date||End date||Availability|
|Trip is available|
|Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2000m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.|
|This involves longer treks (five to ten days) on maintained trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 900m to 3000m.|
(Moderate to strenuous)
|A reasonably demanding trek at an altitude up to 4000m with side trips to higher elevations. The trails are sometimes uncharted and away from inhabited areas.|
|These treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3500 and 5000m. & there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit & enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.|
|This trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at an altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.|
|Standard||Ideal for backpackers, students, travellers, very basic accomodation 1 * or none*, group travel in bus.|
|3 Star||Nice ** to*** star hotel ideal for the normal traveller family, couples, hotels are clean and monitored by our company, breakfast usually included. Travels are in van or 4 seater jeep.|
|4-5 Star||**** to ***** star Hotels with all possible international comfort, where available SAT TV. SPA etc. brekfast included for the traveller who wants to be spoiled , travelling in privat car, Jeep.|
There will be a cancellation fee of 25% for any cancellation three weeks prior to Tour departure date, 50% two weeks prior to Tour departure date and no refund thereafter. No refund for no shows & delay arrivals whatsoever reason.