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Gorilla Trek

Gorilla trekking in Nepal
Overview
Trips Details

activity
Activity : Trekking
trip length
Total Days : 14 Days
trip days
Trekking Days : 12 Days
difficulty
Difficulty : Moderate
start end
Start - End : Kathmandu-Kathmandu

Gorilla Trek is a recently introduced remote but easy trekking route and has been recently explored by some vivid trekkers in Nepal. The trek to Gorilla starts from Beni Bazar and ends at Sulichour, Rolpa district. It was named after the 10 years civil war in Nepal led by the Maoists of Nepal.This was hiding trails for the Maoist during the political conflict therefore still; we can see the so many victims of war in the area. 

Gorilla  trek route provides one an opportunity to meet the people who have yet to be affected by commercialization. You can see a lot of ethnicities enrich the route including Brahmin, Kshetri, Dalit, Gurung, Magar, Newar and Thakuri.Gorilla trekking in Nepal offers us wide varieties of multi-ethnic culture, historical sentiments of war, local cultivation in terrain green valley. The rhythm of Deuda song is very famous in the far west of Nepal.Cultural folk music and songs are very popular in this area. And the amazing views of Dhaulagiri range and Saipal Himalayan are wonderful. Gorilla Trekking is also a camping trek because there are no hotels available in this trail. The scenic beauty of this region is unmatched. This trekking trail offers a wonderful trekking journey through the core of the post-conflict areas. As an alternative to numerous other popular trekking trails, Specelly Evereat base camp trek & Annapurna base camp trek.this route can be a pleasure to return visitors who loves Nepal. We can see life style of remote village people, culture, tradition and the trekkers can get diverse and unique experience of the Himalaya of Nepal than other trekking route. It passes dramatic waterfalls, lakes and the country’s only hunting reserve in Dhorpatan.

Himalayan Recreation Treks and Expedition would love to make your trek memorable. We assure you not to hold any doubt in your heart about this trek as whatever the name says, the lands that Guerilla Trek covers are extremely peaceful and soothing these days. 

Outline of Gorilla Trek itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Drive to Beni(8hrs) Trek to Takam(1665 m) 6-7 hrs

Day 03: Trek to Lamsung (2250 m) 6-7 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Gurjaghat (3020 m) 7 hrs

Day 05: Trek to Dhorpatan (2860 m) 5 hrs

Day 06: Trek to Niseldhor 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Trek to Tallo Sera 6-7 hrs

Day 08: Trek to Rujhi khola 6-7 hrs

Day 09: Trek to Thabang 5-6 hrs

Day 10: Trek to Jaljala 6-7 hrs

Day 11: Trek to Jelbang 6-7 hrs

Day 12: Trek to Sulichaur 6-7 hrs

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu 13 hrs

Day 14: Departure 

Itinerary Detail

 Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu:  Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, you will be received by a staff member from ‘Himalayan Recreation’ who will transfer you through the busy streets of Kathmandu to the hotel. After a brief detail regarding your tour package, you will spend the pleasant night in the hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Beni (8hrs) Trek to Takam (1665 m) 6-7 hrs: 8 hours drive through the serpentine streets will convey us to Beni. The wonderful trekking initiates at Beni as we take about 6 hours of walking through headquarter of Myagdi district and Darbang to Takam located at a 1665m altitude where we will be staying overnight. En-route, we will enjoy the scenic view of Gurjal Mountain.

Day 03: Trek to Lamsung (2250 m) 6-7 hrs: It takes about 6 to 7 hours of trekking through the amazing route following the jungle and small settlements to arrive at Lamsung which is located at 2250 m altitude. We will get the opportunity to have a glimpse of whole different Nepal where the natives are shy to open up with strangers.

Day 04: Trek to Gurjaghat (3020 m) 7 hrs: Leaving the village of Lamsung behind, we will engage in 7 hours of walking during which we will be undergoing through series of ups and downs which progresses through the dense Pine forest where Musk Deer resides. We will enjoy the scenic views of Dhaulagiri Range including Churen Mountain in the West.

Day 05: Trek to Dhorpatan (2860 m) 5 hrs: Passing through Myagdi, we will arrive at Baglung where we will be walking through the former Tibetan refugee camp that serves as the entrance to Dhorpatan (2860 m). Dhorpatan is a Hunting Reserve Area where we can find Mountain Goat and Blue Sheep. 

Day 06: Trek to Niseldhor 5-6 hrs: About 5 to 6 hours of trekking will take us to Niseldhor which is considered as a paradise for birds. We can observe local and migratory birds of diverse species including National bird (Daphe) in the woods of Niseldhor. We will stay overnight at Niseldhor. 

Day 07: Trek to Tallo Sera 6-7 hrs:  A trek taken this day will shift us from Baglung to Rukum which is chiefly dominated by the settlements of Magar ethnics. We will enter into the previous Maoist Base Area and pass through the dense forests throughout the trail. These woods used to shelter the rebellions during the 10-year long moist insurgency. We will stay in Tallo Shera overnight.

Day 08: Trek to Rujhikhola 6-7 hrs:  7hours walk should take us to Lukum which exists in Rukum district. Lukum is a village which is comprised of Magars and Dalits and is historically significant for still retaining the medieval ways of living along with traditional culture and tradition. 

Day 09: Trek to Thabang 5-6 hrs: Thabang is known for being the place from where the Maoist revolution in Nepal got flourished. Thabang was partially damaged by army attacks during the insurgency period but it is now advancing slowly towards a path of development. We will visit these friendly locals and spend the night at Thabang. 

Day 10: Trek to Jaljala 6-7 hrs: Pursuing the easy trail for about7hours will lead us to Jaljala. Starting early in the morning, we will reach to Dharampani (3900m) which is the highest point in Jaljala. Enjoying the spectacular views of Appraisal and Dhaulagiri Mountains, we will continue our journey to Jaljala where we will be staying overnight.

Day 11: Trek to Jelbang 6-7 hrs:  Six hours of a pleasant trek along the path which is blessed with immense natural grandeurs will take us to Jelbang. We will begin the trek by choosing the downward trail which passes through the mountain to the multi- ethnic village of Jelbang where we will be staying overnight. 

Day 12: Trek to Sulichaur 6-7 hrs: It is at Sulichaur where we will meet the lands of Rolpa district that had served as the rebel base area during insurgency period when it was totally under the control of Maoists. Several hotels have been opened at Sulichaur after the end of the war. Most of these hotels are run by Maoist cooperative. We will dine at any one of these hotels before spending the night at Sulichaur. 

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu 13 hrs:  13 hours of exhausting yet scenic drive along the thrilling road will lead us back to Kathmandu. Arriving at Kathmandu, we will head back to the hotel where we can have a proper rest. 

Day 14: Departure:  The 14th day concludes adrenaline ‘Gorilla Trek’ as staff from ‘Himalayan Recreation’ will assist you to check out from a hotel and transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport from where you will board a flight to your next destination. We are happy to serve you.  

Include/Exclude

What Is Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Nepalgunj -Jhupal round trip)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Himalayan Recreation’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes  

What Is Not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee 
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • 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 evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s 
Equipment List

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Himalayan Recreation inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

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 (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • 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 carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/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
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • 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 Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash 
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