Diwas Gurung, 28, from Annapurna Rural Municipality-4 in Kaski, promotes tourism through cycling and hiking, and is now promoting Guerrilla Path.
Diwas Gurung, who arrived at the Dhorpatan valley in Baglung on a 14-day bicycle tour, commenced his 35-day trek to the "guerilla path" within a year. Diwas previously made a 14-day cycling trip from Pokhara to Dhorpatan. On July 7th, the voyage began from Burtiwang, the centre of Dhorpatan in Baglung, and it took 35 days to complete.
Gurung remembered the trip and said, “last December, I spend almost 14 days in Dhorpatan valley, went on a solo bicycle trip, I even had desire to visit Dhorpatan, apart from the valley, I spent 11 days in Bunki area along with Dhorpatan valley and after the promotion and development of Guerrilla path, he wanted to promote tourism and went on a solo trip. He travelled through the East Rukum, Thakur, Pelma, Mykot, Tuxera village, Lukum, Thwang of Rolpa, Jelbang, Sakulwang and finally reached Liwang through Bunki of Dhorpatan.
During the Maoist armed conflict, they used a footpath from Rukum via Rolpa to move Maoists and also to transport wounded and to manage the bodies. At the initiative of the Tourism Board and district Development Committee of Rolpa, Rukum and other districts, the footpath was named Guerrilla Footpath in 2072. Along with the promotion, he went to study about the impacts of the conflict period. In the time of Maoists conflict, Bhir, Pakhera, Goretto path which were used by Maoists, later named as Guerrilla Padmarg.
Gurung said even after eight years of knowing the Guerrilla trial, it could not come into limelight, as the tourists came only to the hunting reserve at Dhorpatan and were not attracted to the trail, so he also worked as a trailblazer for the development and promotion.
He mentioned that while working as a guide, one should have knowledge of the road, art, culture and language of that place. It is my solo journey to promote the Guerrilla path. Dhorpatan Shikar Guerrilla footpaths can also help to stay of foreign hunters coming to the reserve. According to Gurung, it takes almost 19 days to 27 days to reach the Guerrilla footpath. Along with the promotion, he went to study about the impacts of the conflict period. In the time of Maoists conflict, Bhir, Pakhera, Goretto path which were used by Maoists, later named as Guerrilla Padmarg.
Gurung chose a solo trip because it’s easy to mingle with the locals and had few friends to accompany him. He mentioned that there is no information board about the walk and in some cases Goreto route is not marked and there is no accommodation and food management. He added that the trail is not less than Dhaulagiri Cycle Path and Annapurna Cycle Path.
During the 2072 earthquake, he went to Gorkha for relief and rescue, Gurung travelled solo with tourism promotion as Nepal is much bigger than he thought. Due to lack of fuel, he travelled by bicycle. He completed a 42-day solo cycle trip in the year 2075. At last he added that Guerrila pathmarg was a long journey after cycling though 29 districts._Rss