Trek starts in Beni Bazar and ends at Sulichour in Rukum district far western Nepal which is known as local federal autonomy state of ethnic Magar and Dalit lower cast.This was hiding trails for the Maoist during the political conflict to fight with government. Still, we can see so many victims of war in the area.
This trek offers us off the beaten trails, wide varieties of multi-ethnic culture, historical sentiments of war between government and Maoist, local cultivation in terrain green valley, dense rhododendron forest with blooming flowers in spring season etc. Except these cultural and historical points, we can see amazing mountain views of Dhaulagiri range to the east, Saipal and Api Himal peak to the west. So, It is totally non touristic,original and authentic trek route for the trekkers.
Trip summery in facts: Trip Title: Guerilla Trek Maximum Elevation: 3900 m. Walking Level: 5-6 hours per day. Trip Duration: 18 Days Mode of Operation: tented camping trek. Best Season: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec. Trip Grade: Moderate Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people
Outline Itinerary: Guerilla Trek Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast included. Day 02: Kathmandu to Beni Bazar 830m 8 hours drive by bus.Overnight camping Day 03: Beni to Takam 1665m (6 hours), We leave the Beni Bazar for Darbang 24 km drive on the not pitched gravel road. Then,we walk 3 hours to reach in Takam along the journey we can have wonderful view of Gurja Himal peak. Overnight camping Day 04: Takam to Lamsung 2250m (6 hours). This is the main area of war between Maoist and government during the political conflict in Nepal. The local people will share terrible history of fighting period with us. Overnight camping Day 05: Lamsung to Gurjaghat 3020m (7 hours). We should climb up through dense pine forests with musk deer darting in the undergrowth. The green meadows on the ridge offer 180 degree views of Mount Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges the entire ranges up to Churen Himal to the west. Overnight camping Day 06: Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan 2860m (5 hours). This day you will cross the Magdi and you wil reach in Baglung district where you can visit former Tibetan refugee Camp of 1950s. You will enter the very famous only one Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve of Nepal. Tourist can hunt the wild animals with special permits. Overnight camping Day 07: Dhorpatan to Nisi Dhor (5 hours).This is known as paradise kingdom for different colorful birds. Local people will stay temporarily in this place according to seasonal change. Overnight camping Day 08: Nisi Dhor to Tallo Sera (7 hours). We cross the Baglung district to reach in Rukum district which is known as Magar autonomy federal state. It was war base area of Maoist during the conflict period. Overnight camping Day 09: Tallo Sera to Rujhikhola(6 hours).We Walk to Lukum Village in Rukum where we can find majority of ethnic Magars and Dalits(lower cast) of Nepal. This village looks like medieval untouched by the modern life style. Overnight camping Day 10: Rujhikhola to Thabang(5 hours): Thabang was chaotic place because of political war. Many Maoists and local people were killed by helicopter attacks and bombs. But after republic Nepal local infrastructure is being developed slowly. Overnight camping Day 11: Thabang to Jaljale(5 hours). 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 Api Himal peak recently known climbing peak and very famous Saipal Himal peak in the far west of Nepal. Overnight camping Day 12: Jajala to Jelbang(6 hours) We descend from the altitude in mixed ethnic cultural village. Overnight camping Day 13: Jelbang to Suliochaur(6 hours). We finally arrive in Rolpa district headquarter. This was the main headquarter of Maoist in far west during the war. We can find local restaurants run by Maoist co-operatives. People are so kind and friendly. Some we meet the family were killed during the conflict. Overnight in Lodge. Day 14: Sulichaur to Kathmandu(13 hours by bus): It is too long journey by bus so we suggest to our clients we can stop in mid route to have local lodge or hotel to minimize the distance for next morning. Day 15: Sulichour- Stop for a night in mid route-Kathmandu. Overnight in Lodge. Day 16: Mid route to Kathmandu 7 hours by bus and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast included. Day 17: Rest day in Kathmandu hotel 2 star bed and breakfast included. Day 18: International departure.
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-3 nights 2 star hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tented camping with foam mattress and in lodge twin basis.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
-Camping equipment: tents, mattress, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook and porters.
-Kathmandu to Beni & Pokhara to Sulichaur to Kathmandu by local bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, cook and porters.
-Nepal tourist visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag – 20 degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain..
-Tips for guide,chef cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
Clothing & Equipment Check List: Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc. Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required) Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal) Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional) Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash Extras/Luxuries
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow