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'Guerilla' trail opens through beautiful Nepal

The former leader of Nepal's communist insurgents has unveiled a new hiking trail through areas previously held by the rebels.

The trail - called 'The Guerilla Trek - stretches across central and western Nepal and gives visitors the chance to see routes and hideouts used by the rebels during Nepal's decade long 'People's War'.

"I hope this will be a new chapter in Nepal's tourism. Many countries that have emerged from war have tried to capitalise on the memory of war," Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda, told reporters.

"A huge political change occurred in Nepal but we cannot sustain it unless there is an economic transformation. I hope the Guerrilla Trek will play an important role."

The conflict flared up in 1996 and pitted Prachanda's Maoist rebels against the country's once-absolute monarchy.  

An estimated 16,000 people were killed during the war before a 2006 peace deal.  

The 3-week long trek passes through Nepal's lush valleys that stand in the shadow of mountains including Dhaulagiri and through dramatic waterfalls, lakes and the country's only hunting reserve.

"Everest, Annapurna are famous. But if you want to take a unique route, this is the one," Alonzo Lyons, an American travel writer who trekked the route last year, told AFP.

"Its natural scenery is simply captivating. You also come across diverse cultures."

He said trekkers would be able to see the remnants of the war and become familiar with the recent history of Nepal.

- UKAsian Staff



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