Nepal opens new trekking routes in conflict zone
Nepal has opened a new "Guerilla Trekking Route" covering the rural conflict-affected villages in districts in the west of the country to promote tourism.
The route originates from Darbang, a trade hub of west Myagdi and ends at Sulichaur in Rolpa via the Dhorpatan hunting resort area and Rukum.
It takes 27 days maximum and 14 days minimum to complete the trekking route.
Scenic views of peaks, jungles, rivers, flora and fauna, rural areas, wildlife and birds are the attraction of the route.
Nepal's economy mainly tourism was most hit during the decade-long Maoist insurgency and Rukum and Rolpa were the epicenter of the Maoist insurgency that claimed 16,000 lives.
Maoist chief Prachanda, who led the decade-long war, last week inaugurated the map for Guerilla Trekking at a function at Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.