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“Explore the remotest and nomadic villages of western mid-hills of Nepal, enjoy hunting in only Hunting Reserve of Nepal- Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, explore the opaque woodlands used as Guerrilla trails to attack and escape during the war and visit the decade long war-centers of then Maoist Guerrillas- Guerrilla Trek in Nepal”
A pleasant trek through mixed country and views of impressive mountains, the trail takes you to the spacious Dhorpatan valley. The major ethnic groups of this region are Thakali, Tibetan, Chettri ,Brahmin and Magar. Amalgamation of different ethnic group has resulted in a mixed pattern of cultures in this region. Nauthar is an indigenous minority community of this region.
Uttar Ganga Bhanjyang festival which falls in the full-moon, during the month of Bhadra (Aug-Sept) is celebrated with great pomp and show every year. 7000 goats are sacrificed by the locals during this festival. The trail further stretches through the dense forests, where Maoist warriors during decade long insurgency took shelter.
Opaque forests of fir, pine, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, oak, juniper and rhododendron mark this trail. The forest is home to endangered animals like leopard, goral, serow, himalayan thar, black bear and barking deer and was also a dependable shelter to maoist Guerrillas during the war. Guerrilla trek with Explore Dolpo winds through the base of Maoist warriors- Thabang.
Crossing the Jaljala Pass, where we get to see the magnificent views of Api, Saipal, Dhaulagiri and Annapurnas we enter Rolpa the base district of Maoists during the insurgency. A highlight of the trip is the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve and the trail trodden by Maoist Guerrillas during the war in Nepal that shook the nation for more than a decade.
Besides wildlife extravaganza in Dhorpatan and thrill while trekking along Guerrilla trail, we get to see unique culture at different stopovers. In Rukum, you get to experience the Jorshey culture. Traditional dancers perform the Danphe & Peacock dance, which shows a danphe (impeyan pheasant) trapping a peacock with its sweet song.
You also get to visit traditional villages like Darbang, Takam , and explore Gurjaghat lakes.
- Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 02:Kathmandu to Beni to Tatopani
- Day 03:Tatopani to Durbang
- Day 04:Durbang to Takam Village
- Day 05:Takam to Muna High Camp
- Day 06:Muna to Gurjaghat/ (3070m)
- Day 07:Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan/ (2990m)
- Day 08:Dhorpatan - Rest day
- Day 09:Dhorpatan to Nishal dor
- Day 10:Nishal dor to Sherathung
- Day 11:Sherathung to Rujhi Khola
- Day 12:Rujhi Khola to Thabang
- Day 13:Thabang to Jaljale/ 5 hrs trek
- Day 14:Jaljale to Jelbang
- Day 15:Jelbang to Suliochaur
- Day 16:Suliochuar to Kathmandu/ drive
- Day 17:Free day in Kathmandu
- Day 18:Depart Kathmandu
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
As you fly into Kathmandu, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks greet you. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Beni to Tatopani
As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River.
You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
The drive from here goes through uphill into zigzag road all the way to Naudanda. It then descends through zigzag road up to Nayapul with views of Annapurna South, Fish tail, green hills, terraces and villages. To reach Beni, your drive moves along the bank of Mardi river.
This is one of the picturesque road journeys. Beni is at the confluence of the Myagdi Khola and the Kali Gandaki Camp. Being the districts headquarter, Beni has a police check post where our trekking permits will be examined. From Beni we make a short trek to Tatopani.
Day 03: Tatopani to Durbang
From Tatopani , we head to the village of Darbhang. The trail to Darbang goes along the banks of Myagdi River. As we trek further we leave the urban signs backwards and trek along the lush tropical forest to the last urban settlement of the region Durbang.
The inhabitants of Durbang are skilled at khukuri makers. The skill has been passed on for generations and every house in this village has someone who is adept in the skill of khukuri making. Khukuri is a curved Nepalese knife used both as a weapon and a tool.
It is also a part of the regimental weaponry and heraldry of The Royal Gurkha Rifles. At Darbang we will set our camps at the school playground, which lies just above Kali Gandaki River.
Day 04: Durbang to Takam Village
As the trek begins from Darbang, we cross the bridge over Myagdi River, which lies adjacent to the School Playground we camped the previous night. After crossing the bridge, we trek along the trail cut in the middle of hills right above Myagdi River.
Trekking further, we get to see the wonderful terraced fields of above Myagdi River and lush vegeatation on the other isde of the trail. Trekking along the forested trail, which is pretty leveled we cross past few small villages to enter the dense tropical jungle and beyond Jungle the final gentle push uphill brings us to Takam. Takam is a small village in the region. we will set our camps in the preferred campsite at Takam.
Day 05: Takam to Muna High Camp
Today we trek to Muna (1850m.) for about six hours. At first we trek through gentle flat land with green hills on both sides. After some distance, the path goes quite up for a long distance passing through villages.
However, the major portion of the day's trek goes through the terraced farmlands whereas few hours of Dhorpatan Hnting Reserve today extends along the lush vegetation. We reach Muna High camp where we retire for the day. Muna High Camp lies on the flat surface above the dense woodlands.
Day 06: Muna to Gurjaghat/ (3070m)
Today we trek from Muna to Gurjaghat. We pass the Jaljala pass form where we get fantastic views of Dhaulagiri V and the Annapurnas. The main attraction at Gurjaghat is the Gurjaghat Lake.
Gurjakot is a small village mostly dominated by people who follow Tibetan culture. Welcome to the first Tibetan settlement on Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Trek with Explore Dolpo. There are chortens, mani walls and prayer flags fluttering in the bridge.
Day 07: Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan/ (2990m)
From Gurjaghat (3070m) make our way to Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. The trails moves through flat land all the way to Dhorpatan. You walk along the bank of river passing through forests covered with oak, pine, rhododendron, juniper and other local vegetation.
Dhorpatan is a point where roads from Baglung, Beni, Rolpa and Rukum meet. There is small airport. You can see apple orchard and wheat, buck wheat, maize and mostly potatoes growing in terraces.
One of the most significant features about this place is that anyone can go for hunting by paying certain fees to the Government authority,as Dhorpatan is the only protected hunting reserve in Nepal.
Day 08: Dhorpatan - Rest day
Dhorpatan is the only hunting reserve in the country. The reserve is divided into six blocks for hunting management purposes. The reserve’s elevation ranges from 2,850m to more than 7,000m.
Established in 1987 the reserve is 1,325 sq. km. The reserve is one of the prime habitats of blue sheep, a highly prized trophy animal, which is the main target of hunters. Other game species are ghoral, serow, Himalayan tahr, black bear, pheasant and partridge.
Endangered species of the area include the red panda and cheer pheasant. Controlled hunting is allowed with proper license and during certain seasons of the year. Game licence is issued by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu. Besides hunting, Dhorpatan is also an attractive destination for the trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts as protection has enabled animal numbers to increase in this rarely visited area.
The reserve includes several villages inhabited by hill tribes as well as people of Tibetan descent who supplement farming with trade and animal husbandry. You can visit monastery, chortens and local markets. The typical houses with wooden roofs attract you. You can learn about the social and cultural life style of local inhabitants.
Day 09: Dhorpatan to Nishal dor
Today, we enter Nepal's one of the newest popular trekking trail named after defamed Maoist war. The geographical location is undoubtedly very tough. However, five hour trek along the trail that all the way stretches to Nischal Dor is full of surprises.
The trail is often called birders paradise. Spot highland species of birds like Danphe pheasants and many other migratory birds. As the trek goes further through Nepal's one of the least frequented trails it frequently emerges to highland pastures, which are full of cow sheds during summers and totally deserted during the winters.
At the end of the day we arrive at a small village, which has few lodges or home-stays able to provide basic accommodation and food. however, we find an ideal destination to camp for the overnight stay.
Day 10: Nishal dor to Sherathung
As the latter half of Dhorpatan Trek goes through the trail of Guerrilla Trek, we continue to trek along the dense jungle. Today, we trek into Rukum District, which was the Base Camp of Maoist warrior during the decade war in Nepal.
Because of the tough geographical topography and opaque woodlands, the region we owuld be trekking today was the warriors safest home during the war. After almost six hours of easy trek we arrive to a beautiful village, Sherathung, which is dominated by the Magar Tribe along with few tribes of dalits (tagged as low-castes by so-called high caste tribes in Nepal).
The fascinating factor of Sherathung is that we could enjoy the typical Magar celebration most of the times of the year with the natives. Overnight in a camp at Sherathung.
Day 11: Sherathung to Rujhi Khola
Today as well Dhorpatan Trek blended with Guerrilla Trek in Nepal winds through the trail in the middle of dense jungle to frequently emerge at remote settlements like Lukum that lie in far-flung mountains of mid-west Nepal.
At the end of the day's trek after six hour we arrive to the Magar Village, Rujhi Khola. Few dalit tribes also share the village with Magars. Rujhi Khola a village manifests the best of rural medieval Nepal. Overnight in a camp at Rujhi Khola.
Day 12: Rujhi Khola to Thabang
Today the trek takes you to the most interesting place of Guerrilla Trekking trail, Thabang- the place where the idea of Maoist War was generated and executed. In fact Thabang used to be the headquarters of Maoist rebels during the war.
The village was destructed by the armies during the war and hence the signs of Maoist war can still be seen at Thabang. Since the natives suffered from both sides during the war, they welcome tourists and every other visitor to their homes with the hope to bring positive change in their homes. Overnight in the camps at Thabang.
Day 13: Thabang to Jaljale/ 5 hrs trek
Today Guerrilla Trek takes us to the highest point of the trek. We ascend to the acme of Jaljala Pass 3414m and then hike uphill till Dharampani 3900m.
The view of Himalayan peaks that include Mt. Api and Mt. Saipal to the west and majestic Dhaulagiri to the East is out of the world. It is an incredible view. We settle down our camps at Jaljala Pass for the overnight stay.
Day 14: Jaljale to Jelbang
Six hours of trek today slides down to the ethnically mixed village Jelbang. We explore the village and the culture practiced inside it. We guarantee you get to see lots of cultural uniqueness in Jelbang. Overnight in a camp at Jelbang.
Day 15: Jelbang to Suliochaur
Today is the last day of Guerrilla Trek. Finally we trek down to Rolpa, which used be the base of Maoist Warriors during a decade long insurgency. Suliochaur is a mountainous hamlet, which links to Nepalese capital via roadways. Let go all the trek exhaustion and relax at Suliochaur. Overnight in a camp at Suliochaur.
Day 16: Suliochuar to Kathmandu/ drive
It is a long long day driving throughout Nepal' mountainous highway. After about 12 hours of drive in a private vehicle we arrive at Kathmandu. On arrival to Kathmandu, we will directly transfer you to your hotel. Have a sound sleep.
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu
A free day in Kathmandu is great way to enjoy Nepal's urban side and rich medieval culture. There are seven UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley, you can visit few of those.
you can stroll around the streets of Thamel and Asan hunting souvenirs and capturing the wonderful colors of Kathmandu into your camera. I f you prefer to rest the whole day, you can simple chill in your hotel with internet. In the evening we shall enjoy a farewell dinner together.
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu
Our representative will drive you to the airport for your flight home.
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