Gorilla Trek in Nepal A Journey Through the Wild

Gorilla Trek in Nepal A Journey Through the Wild

Outline Itinerary

Day Acitivity
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Drive to Beni
Day 3 Trek from Beni to Takam
Day 4 Takam to Lamsung
Day 5 Lamsung to Gurjaghat
Day 6 Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan
Day 7 Dhorpatan to Niseldhor
Day 8 Niseldhor to Tallo Sera
Day 9 Tallo Sera to Rujhikhola
Day 10 Trek to Thabang
Day 11 Trek to Jaljala
Day 12 Trek to Jelbang
Day 13 Trek to to Sulichaur
Day 14 Drive from Sulichaur to Kathmandu
Day 15 Departure from Kathmandu

Overview And Highlights

Gorilla trekking in Nepal offers a unique blend of adventure and wildlife exploration. This itinerary takes you through some of the most stunning and less-traveled paths in Nepal, providing an unforgettable experience in the wild. Below is a comprehensive guide to help you plan your Gorilla trek in Nepal.

Introduction to Gorilla Trekking in Nepal

Gorilla trekking in Nepal isn't about seeing gorillas, as Nepal doesn't have gorillas. The name "Gorilla Trek" refers to the trails used by Maoist rebels, also known as the "Guerilla Trails." This trek takes you through remote areas, rich in history and natural beauty, offering a unique perspective of Nepal's cultural and natural heritage.

The Gorilla trek in Nepal is one of the unique hikes full of adventure and history, meaning much more than just the average kind of trail. It derives its name from the Maoist rebels who used the trails during the Nepalese Civil War. The Maoist War was a decade-long insurgency, from 1996 to 2006, by the Nepalese Communist Party (Maoist) against the ruling Nepalese government. It was aimed at low-life overthrow and the creation of a republic, leading at large to political and social turbulence—extremely excessive political and social turmoil. Today's Gorilla Trek is a serene reminiscence of that history of struggle and resilience.

As you trek, you walk through remoter areas where few tourists have ventured. The trail is punctuated by thick forests, suspension bridges, and ridges offering a panoramic view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges. On the trek, you might be able to spot numerous species of wildlife, such as blue sheep and different kinds of birds, chiefly within the contours of the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. The landscapes stretch from the subtropical lush rainforests to high-altitude meadows, with each landscape segment offering its own unique beauty and challenges. The historical importance combined with the serenity in them has made treks in this region peaceful and profound.

Interacting with the local communities is one of the most enriching experiences of the Gorilla Trek. The trail passes through many traditional villages where visitors can enjoy warm hospitality. These communities are rich in cultural and traditional aspects, giving a perfect vignette of the rural Nepali way of living. You will view terraced fields, traditional houses, and villagers involved in everyday activities such as farming and weaving. It is also rich in cultural diversity, housing various ethnic groups in complete harmony; examples include Magar, Gurung, and Tamang. Each village en route to Annapurna Base Camp exemplifies its traditions, festivals, and rituals, therefore strictly adding that vibrant cultural dimension to your trek. Gaining access and actively engaging with these communities gives the traveler a more profound understanding both of the rich cultural tapestry of Nepal and the people's resilience.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Welcome and Transfer: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Evening Briefing: Meet your trekking guide for a briefing about the trek and necessary preparations.

Accommodation

Four Star Hotel

Day 2

Drive to Beni

  • Journey: A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Beni, the starting point of the trek.
  • Accommodation: Overnight stay in a local guesthouse in Beni.

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Guest House

Day 3

Trek from Beni to Takam

  • Trek Duration: Approximately 6-7 hours.
  • Highlights: Cross suspension bridges, pass through traditional villages, and enjoy the scenic beauty of terraced fields and forested areas.
  • Accommodation: Overnight in a teahouse in Takam.

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Tea House

Day 4

Takam to Lamsung

  • Trek Duration: Around 6 hours.
  • Highlights: Walk through dense forests, listen to the chirping of birds, and experience the tranquility of nature.
  • Accommodation: Overnight in a teahouse in Lamsung.

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Tea House

Day 5

Lamsung to Gurjaghat

  • Trek Duration: About 6-7 hours.
  • Highlights: Traverse through ridges and valleys, enjoy panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri range.
  • Accommodation: Overnight in a teahouse in Gurjaghat.

 

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Tea House

Day 6

Gurjaghat to Dhorpatan

  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours.
  • Highlights: Reach the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, home to diverse wildlife such as blue sheep and various bird species.
  • Accommodation: Overnight in a teahouse in Dhorpatan.

 

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Tea House

Day 7

Dhorpatan to Niseldhor

  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours.
  • Highlights: Explore the serene landscapes and spot wildlife in the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve.
  • Accommodation: Overnight in a teahouse in Niseldhor.

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Tea House

Day 8

Niseldhor to Tallo Sera

  • Trek Duration: Approximately 6 hours.
  • Highlights: Experience the local culture and hospitality in traditional villages.
  • Accommodation: Overnight in a teahouse in Tallo Sera.

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Tea House

Day 9

Tallo Sera to Rujhikhola

  • Trek Duration: About 6 hours.
  • Highlights: Trek through diverse terrains, including forests and farmlands.
  • Accommodation: Overnight in a teahouse in Rujhikhola.

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Tea House

Day 10

Trek to Thabang

Thabang village is nestled in the remote hills of Nepal, renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and unique cultural heritage. Situated far from the bustling cities, Thabang offers a serene escape into the heart of nature.

One significant aspect of Thabang's history is its connection to the Maoist movement in Nepal. During the Maoist insurgency that lasted from 1996 to 2006, Thabang became a focal point in the conflict. The village witnessed both the challenges and transformations brought about by the insurgency.

Thabang has shown resilience and determination in rebuilding and revitalizing its community. Today, the village is known for its efforts in sustainable development, eco-tourism, and preserving its cultural heritage. Visitors to Thabang can experience the warmth of its people, the richness of its culture, and the stunning beauty of its surroundings, making it a hidden gem in Nepal's landscape.

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Tea House

Day 11

Trek to Jaljala

Trekking through thick forests full of oak, pine, and rhododendron trees, we enjoy the beautiful sight of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Churen Himal, Gurja Himal, Putha Hiunchuli, and many others as we make our way to Jaljala. It takes us about 4 to 5 hours to reach Jaljala, where we stay overnight at a homestay.

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Tea House

Day 12

Trek to Jelbang

Descending through picturesque landscapes, our trek leads us past diverse ethnic villages en route to Jelbang in Nepal. This journey offers rich insights into Nepal's cultural diversity. As we savor breathtaking views of Api (7132m) and Saipal (7031m), we arrive at the culturally diverse Jelbang village. Experience an authentic stay at a homestay in Jelbang overnight

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Tea House

Day 13

Trek to to Sulichaur

  • Trek Duration: 5-6 hours.
  • Highlights: Conclude your trek in the beautiful village of Sulichaur, reflecting on your journey through the remote trails of Nepal.
  • Accommodation: Overnight in a teahouse in Sulichaur.

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Tea house

Day 14

Drive from Sulichaur to Kathmandu

  • Journey: A long drive back to Kathmandu, passing through scenic landscapes and rural areas.
  • Accommodation: Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Food

B,L,D

Accommodation

Four Star Hotel

Day 15

Departure from Kathmandu

  • Departure: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight.
  • Farewell: Bid goodbye to Nepal, taking with you memories of an incredible trekking adventure.

What Is Included ?

  • Kathmandu Beni Vehicle
  • Sulichaur to Kathmandu Vehicle
  • Three meals during treks
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Four star standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Tea House or Home stay during trek
  • Hunting reserve fee
  • Guide and Porter

What's Not Included?

  • International flight ticket
  • Visa fee
  • Drinks

FAQs

The best time for Gorilla trekking in Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable and the skies are clear.

Yes, you need a permit to trek in the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve and other areas along the route. These can be arranged through your trekking agency.

The Gorilla trek involves moderate to strenuous trekking. While it is accessible to fit beginners, some prior trekking experience is beneficial.

Accommodation is typically in teahouses or local guesthouses, which offer basic amenities and meals.

While it is possible to trek independently, hiring a guide is highly recommended for safety, navigation, and to enhance your overall experience.

Essential items include layered clothing, trekking boots, a waterproof jacket, a sleeping bag, a first aid kit, and sufficient snacks and water.

Additional Information

  • Clothing: Layered clothing for varying temperatures, waterproof jacket, trekking boots, and thermal wear.
  • Gear: Sleeping bag, trekking poles, backpack, water purification tablets, and first aid kit.
  • Documents: Passport, trekking permits, travel insurance, and emergency contact information.

  • Acclimatization: Take time to acclimatize to higher altitudes to prevent altitude sickness.
  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Local Customs: Respect local customs and traditions. Always seek permission before taking photos of people.

  • Local Communities: Interact with local communities and learn about their way of life.
  • Historical Sites: Visit historical sites along the trek, including remnants from the Maoist insurgency.

  • Flora and Fauna: Enjoy the diverse flora and fauna in the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve.
  • Scenic Views: Take in the breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.

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