KATHMANDU, Oct 2: With the objective to promote ´War Tourism´, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) along with local organizations have jointly unveiled the "Guerrilla Trek". UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal, who led the Maoist insurgency, unveiled the trekking map and the guide book at a program in the capital on Tuesday.
The 27-day trek has been divided into three different routes and the shortest trail can be completed within a week. The trek, most of which , lies around Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, can be started from Beni of Myagdi or Chaurjahari of Piyuthan or Holeri of Rolpa.
Mahendra Lamsal, general secretary of TAAN said although there were hotels or lodges along the route, trekking agencies were offering tents and camps for the trekkers. “Home-stay is also the other option for the trekkers,” he said.
´The Guerrilla Trek´ offers a journey through heartland of post-conflict territory. While passing through the route, travelers can enjoy many caves where the rebels hid during the insurgency, captivating waterfalls, lakes along with magnificent view of Dhaulagiri range, according to Alonzo Lyons, author of The Guerrilla Trek guide book. Besides, wide-ranging natural resources and biodiversity and rich culture of ethnic groups is the other attraction of the trail.
The route begins from Beni passing through Darbang and Takam of Myagdi, entering Dhorpatan and then on to Thankur at an altitude of 3,175m on seventh day. The trail then passes through Kayam, Maikot and Thawang of Rolpa district. The trek ends at Sulichaur after passing through Jelbang of Rolpa.
Speaking at the program Dahal said the trek was an unique product and beginning of the new chapter. “We have observed a great political revolution but the revolution successful when it leads to economical revolution,” he said, “The tourism products like this need promotion and local awareness.
Dahal further said the trek was also going to hold historical importance for coming generation. “Tourism helps boost the economy of grass-root level people and our government is committed to uplift the lifestyle of such people,” he added.