Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only hunting reserve in Nepal. Established in 1987 it covers an area of 1,325 km2 (512 sq mi) in the Dhaulagiri Himal of western Nepal in the Rukum, Myagdi and Baglung Districts. In altitude it ranges from 2,850 to 5,500 m (9,350 to 18,000 ft) with many arrays wildlife reserve, national parks & with majestic highest himalayan range, adds incredible beauty to the world. The most beautiful set of hunting reserve that alone compels world to know the beauty of Nepal is Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. The area is characterized by well – developed mixed- hardwood forest of drier climate to north. We can see the nice view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, fishtail & Manaslu range with good sunrise from here. The major ethics groups of this region are Magar, Thakali, Brahmin, Chettri , Sunar & finally Tibetian & Magar in Dhorpatan. There is mixed pattern of culture. In this particulars area it is made up by two distinct groups that being people of Tibet descent & hill tribes who supplement farming with animal & trade husbandry. Local people of Dhorpatan depend on reserve to meet their requirements of timber, fuel wood & pasture. You can meet people in remote mountain villages whose lifestyle has not changed with time.
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only one spot in Nepal where licensed hunting is permitted. All parts of reserve is surrounded by village expect north. Especial permit is needed for Filming. The reserve is divided into seven six blocks for hunting management purposes. The reserve is categorized by alpine, sub- alpine & high temperate vegetation. Common plants species include fir, pine, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, Juniper, spruce & up to 36 species of flora. The dhorpatan hunting reserve is one of the prime habitants for blue sheep, a covered trophy. Other animals found include leopard, goral, sorrow, Himalayan black bear, barking deer, wild boar, rhesus macaque, languor monkey & mouse hare. Endangered animals in the reserve include musk deer, wolf & red panda. The birds specious found within the reserve is rich in diversity including several endangered species of pheasants & partridge, mostly Chir Pheasant and the nine different colored Danphe, the national bird of Nepal.
Other than this, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is also an attractive destination for trekkers & wildlife enthusiast who wish to visit this isolated area. . Dhorpatan is naturally & culturally rich palace. The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve has set aside a dedicated area where only certain wild species are permitted to be culled for controlling the general population of this area. It is fact that there is limited amount of hunting operations in the reserve.
Trip Duration: 15 days
Region, Area: Dhaulagiri Himal, Western Nepal
Trip type: Camping/ Housing
Grade & Elevation: Strenuous, 3400m (max)
Group size: Min 2 or above
Best season: April- Nov
Walking hours: 6-8 hours per day
Area for hunting: Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
Best season for hunting: March, April, October & November
Current available hunting: Himalayan Tahr, Blue Sheep, Wild Boar, Barking Deer & Spotted Deer
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Whole day sightseeing in Kathmandu including famous Hindu Temple Pashupatinath, Monkey Temple (Swayambhu) & Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni (830m)
We drive to Beni passing through Trisuli River at first. After that we drive to Marsyandi River and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes directly into Pokhara. The drive from here goes through uphill into zigzag road all the way to Naudanda. It than goes up through Nayapul. On the way we can fabulous views of Annapurna South, Fish tail, green hills, terraces and villages. To reach Beni, our drive moves along the Kaligandaki River.
Day 04: Drive Beni to Dharbang & trek to Dharapani (1575m)
On the way to Dharapani, in Darbang people are engaged in making ‘Khukuri’. Khukuri is the curved Nepali weapon used for weapon as well as tool. In Every house in the village at least one person has adept the skill of Khukuri making. We can see Dhaulagiri Himal from Dharapani.
Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Lamsung (2250m)
This remote area with stream and gorges will be a wonderful place to explore. The beautiful landscape added beauty.
Day 06: Trek Lamsung to Tallo Jaljala (3400m)
In this trek we can see mixed forests of Rhododendron & Oak etc. The scenery of beautiful forest, high mountains including Dhaulagiri Himal, Gurju Himal, Churen Himal, Putha Himal etc can be observed on the Way of Lamsung to Dhorpatan.
Day 07: Trek Tallo Jaljala to Dhorpatan (2860m)
The trail descends up to Khahare Khola.
After crossing it the trails goes ahead on the bank of the stream and through mixed
forests to reach Dhorpatan. It’s a fantastic place in the middle of the jungle.
Day 08: Rest day in Dhorpatan
We can see different types of animals like Leopard, goral, Himalayan Tahr, black bear, barking deer & other many animals. Birds species and plants species include fir, pine, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, Juniper, spruce & up to 36 species of flora can be observed. The reserve includes several villages’ people by hill tribes as well as people of Tibetan descent who supplement farming with trade and animal husbandry. You can also see Monastery, Chortens and local market. Wooden roofs are another attraction of trekkers. We can also learn typical life style of people in this place.
Day 09: Trek Dhorpatan to Bobang (1730m)
Life style of people & others many beautiful scenarios of western Himalayans can be observed in the way to Bobang.
Day 10: Trek Bobang to Burtibang (1130m)
Our trek continuously goes towards Burtibang from Bobang.
Day 11: Drive Burtibang to Baglung
On the way from Burtibang to Beni we can see forest, green hills, rivers, streams and other beautiful things.
Day 12: Drive Baglung to Pokhara and sightseeing
Today we drive towards pokhara from Baglung. In afternoon our program is Sightseeing in beautiful place of pokhara. We can see famous David falls and Siddhishowr cave.
Day 13: Sightseeing in Pokhara in morning and flight back to Kathmandu
Today we visit Phewa Lake, which is the second largest Lake of Nepal after Rara Lake. We can do boating in the Lake, which is very enjoyable moment for you. In the Phewa Lake there is Varahi Mandir, which is surrounded by the water of Lake from all side. Many people come in the temple for Worshiping. After visit Varahi Mandir we again enjoy the boating in the other part of Phewa Lake and from the Phewa Lake we can see the Mt. Machhapuchre and in the water of Lake we can see the shadow of Mt. Machhapuchre. In the afternoon flight back to Kathmandu, overnight in Hotel.
Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu (Walking tour around Kathmandu followed by farewell dinner
Today is the free day for you and you can also do shopping. In the evening there will be farewell dinner with cultural show.
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu, transfer to airport.