Nepalese Maoist Opens ‘Guerrilla Trail’

Forget Mount Everest. Nepalese Maoist insurgency leader Prachanda has opened a new “Guerrilla trail” to give tourists an insight into the civil war. Accompanied by a guide book, the trek lasts four weeks and stretches across several districts of central and western Nepal, giving walkers an opportunity to see the roads and hideouts used by guerrillas. Prachanda, who remains chairman of the main Maoist party in Nepal, said he hopes the trail will attract more tourists to the poverty-stricken Himalayan nation. Some 16,000 people died in the 10-year war, which ended when the Maoists won a 2008 election, forcing the king to abandon his throne in June of that year.