With the establishment of comprehensive peace accord in 2006, an attempt making in search of better tourism opportunities at this region, Guerilla Trek was developed at the western part of Nepal. It is also started in order to achieve all- round sustainability development of the people affected during the conflict which included Rolpa, Rukum, Myagdi, Jajarkot and, surrounding districts. Some people who are now members of Western Nepal Treks & Expedition had involved in the vital role to develop the Guerrilla Trek.
Historical remains of the civilian war in this region are still afresh. During the civilian war, Rukum and, Rolpa were the main Epicentre for the Nepal’s ten year conflict (1996- 2006) and, were the homeland of many revolutionaries, the period during which had lead to an autonomous Government in their region. On the one hand, Brahmins and, Chhetris took responsibilities of the Public Administration but, on the other hand, Magars, Thapas, Dalits, Gurungs served as revolutionaries for a reformed better Nation. But, the regions now, after the peace accord in 2006, have received immense peace, is beauty and, is always ready to provide warm hospitality to every visitors.
The trek starts from Dharbang and, ends at the Syarpu Lake. The trek provides a scenic beauty of the West Dhaulagiri Range. Yarsha Trek, Dhorpatan Trek, West Dhaulagiri Trek, Jaljala Trek lies at the periphery of The Guerrilla Trek.
After crossing Myagdi River we arrive at the Jaljala pass (1414 m).From this pass, we receive beautiful sights of Dhulagiri 1(8172 m) & West Annapuranarange and, entrance to the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve that covers Rukum, Myagdi and, Baglungdistrits. This hunting reserve is the attractive point for most of the tourist, the only one hunting reserve of the country. The Himalayan thar is used for hunting recreation in the reserve. This hunting reserve will also introduce us to sacred water taps called Baisdhara (22 water taps) that give births to Uttarganga River which joins first to Sano Bheri, secondly to Thulo Bheri and, finally to Karnali River, the longest river of Nepal. Besides being popularly known to be hunting reserve, there is also Banpo Monastry and, a Tibetan Ayurvedic School.
This place is blessed with wide- ranging natural resources and, biodiversity some of which are varied wild life in the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, waterfalls, rivers, eye-catching lakes such as Syarpu Taal, Kamal lake (Lotus). The splendid high elevation meadows with the origin site of Yarshagumba, Jatamasi recalls the visitors again and, again; Yarshagumba being an important source of income for the highlands. Typical of dishes includes daal-bhattarkari, dhirdo, lentil soup and, that of drinks include locally distilled raksi, fermented spirit of chhyang which are usually used indispensably for entertaining guests.
The trek also provides opportunities of hot spring bath at various points of the trek. At Tatopani, there are fine opportunities for the hot water bath and, spring water bath. People have belief that the spring waters are curative although medical facts exists. Meanwhile, many people travel from far distance at this place to enjoy and, spend whole days. Other possible recreation parts in the near future includes paragliding, rafting but due to not enough reiki these sectors have not been explored very well.
Falgune pass will allow us to have sights of many Himalayas such as Putha (7246 m), Gurga (7193 m), Churen (7371 m), Dhogari (7193 m), which are also known as West Dhaulagiri Range. 2 days after Falgune Pass, we arrive to a beautiful cultural village, Maikot that reflects an ancient fort of Magar clan along with their Kham Culture. The enriched ethnicalso reveals the unique old culture besides new generations of Magar. Kham, a subgroup of Magar has a separate culture with unique language of the Tibetan- Burman Family. Kham culture has the profound recognition in the society.
The final pass of the trek, Punam Chautara (2675 m) will provide us an opportunity to see West Dhaulagiri and, the Sisne Himalaya fortifying beautiful landscape of the Rukum Valley. Sisne Himal was for the first time scaled by the explore team ofWestern Nepal Treks and Expedition in 2013. There is a legend that when the peak of Sisne Himal was growing day by day making attempt to touch the heaven, it was chopped down by God; now, the part which separated at another place become Dhaulagiri range.The peak has the shape like that of a fish tail. So, is also commonly known as sister of fish tail (Machhapuchhre Himal of Pokhara city) at this modern time. One day before we arrive to Syarpu Lake, Pokhara Village provides a pleasure of community home stay with local food & culture and, hot water bath at the bank of the Sano Bheri River. Beautiful Pokhara village will lead us to Syarpu Lake. The northern side of the Syarpu Lake provides opportunities of cannoning and, rock climbing. The Syarpu Lake could be a best place to stay few days due to its various recreational opportunities and, famous local fish. In the month of September and, October, the lake turns into bluish color due to post monsoon.
Finally, from the Syarpu Lake, one needs to descend to Lochabang. This area is practicing organic farming and sustainable food programmes. From here, we take bus to Solabang. Buses from Solabang to Kathmandu are always available.
Withholding unique Kham & native cultures, panoramic views of Himalayas, ancient villages, sacred caves, delightful lakes, magnificent waterfalls, jaljala pass, Maoist’s historical reviews, Yarshagumba and, region of an immense peace, The Guerrilla Trek proves as a great pleasure to return visitors and, all Nepal lovers.
Day 01: Ktm - Pokhara to Beni
Day 02: Beni to Dharabang - Dharapani
Day 03: Dharapani - Takam to Moreni
Day 04: Moreni to Jaljala (half day trek then rest)
Day 05: Jaljala to Gurjaghat
Day 06: Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan
Day 07: Dhorpatan to Thankur
Day 08: Thankur to Kayam
Day 09: Kayam to Pelma
Day 10: Pelma to Maikot
Day 11: Maikot to Archalgaon
Day 12: Archalgaon to Kharabang
Day 13: Kharabang to Chargaon
Day 14: Chargaon to Chhipkhola
Day 15: Chhipkhola to Pokhara Village
Day 16: Pokhara Village to Syarpu Lake
Day 17: Syarpu Lake - Dang
Day 18: Dang - Kathmandu