Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

About Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

The 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 18,040 ft).
Unlike many countries that support canned hunting (a practice of killing animals that have been bred in captivity for the sole purpose of trophy hunting), the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve has set aside a dedicated area where only certain wild species are permitted to be killed, thus controlling the general population in the area. Controlled hunting is allowed with proper license and only during certain seasons of the year. A game license is issued by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu and there are a few hunting outfitters who can make arrangements for expeditions.
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is also a sanctuary to some of the rarest and most endangered mammals. There is an amazing array of rare bird species. In short, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is a striking destination for wildlife and bird enthusiasts who wish to visit this composed area.
Flora and Fauna
The reserve is characterized by alpine, sub-alpine and high temperate vegetation. Common plant species include fir, pine, and birch, rhododendron, hemlock, oak, juniper, and spruce. Pastureland occupies more than 50 % of the area of the reserve.
Blue Sheep is the celebrity at Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. Besides this, other animals found here include Leopard, Goral, Serow, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan black bear, Barking deer, Wild boar, Rhesus macaque, Langur, and Mouse hare. Pheasants and partridges are common too. Endangered species in the reserve include Musk deer, Wolf, Red panda, Cheer pheasant, and Danphe.
Other features
‘Dhorbaraha’ is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site that lies on the banks of Uttarganga River near the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. Every year on the day of Janai Purnima in August, a religious fair is held there. The fair attracts plenty of devotees.
Best Season
The monsoon lasts until the end of November. The temperature in winter is very low because of strong winds. The places at higher altitudes remain capped with snow throughout the year. These places remain covered with a cloud in the morning; later clouds are cleared by the wind. Snowfall occurs at low elevation until early April, however, it soon melts. Thus, the best time to visit the reserve is from March to June.
How to reach
Public bus service is available from Kathmandu to Tansen. From there, a three-day trek to the Reserve headquarters via Burtibang is suggested. The other option is to reach Pokhara by flight. The reserve headquarter is then a four-day walk from Baglung.
Chartered helicopter services are also available from Kathmandu on request.
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Entry Fee: US$ 5 per day (SAARC), US $ 15 per day (other)
Hunting Price:
Jharal (Himalayan Tahr): NPR 3,30,000
Nayaur (Himalayan blue ship):  NPR 9,26,000

Available Packages

Dhorpatan Region Trek

Dhorpatan Trek is a lovely trek through blended nation and perspectives on noteworthy Mountains. Dhorpatan Trek offers a chance to find zones, which remain basically, immacula...

  • Schedule

    From: 29th Jun, 2022
    To: 29th Jun, 2022
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    Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
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    Minimum 2 Pax / Maximum 10 Pax
  • Best season

    September-December and March-May
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