Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Trek
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Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
About : Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Trek
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve lies in the Baglung district of Dhawalagiri Himalayan range. Established in 1987 it covers an area of 1,325 km2 (512 sq mi). Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only hunting reserve in Nepal and was primarily established to provide to the needs of sport hunting and for the conservation of representatives of temperate, subalpine and alpine ecosystems of west Nepal.
The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is surrounded by the village except in the North. There are seven hunting blocks in the hunting reserve. There are four blocks in the Southern part and three in the Northern part and each are given a separate name. These divisions are made to make hunting easy and effective. The following are the seven blocks of the reserve with the animals available for hunting:
Hunting Block & Hunting Element
1.Southern Hunting Block:
- Falguna: Bluesheep and Himalayan Tahr
- Barse: Bluesheep
- Gutsang: Bluesheep and Himalayan Tahr
- Surtibang: Himalayan Tahr
2. Northern Hunting Block:
- Seng: Bluesheep and Himalayan Tahr
- Dogadi: Bluesheep and Himalayan Tahr
- Sundaha: Bluesheep and Himalayan Tahr
The winters are very cold due to low temperature and a strong wind blows during the winter. The higher altitudes are covered by the snow in all seasons. The mornings are cloudy which are later removed by the wind during the daytime but the snowfall occurs till early April. The monsoon starts from June until the last of November. It is, therefore, best to visit the reserve somewhere between March to April.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Meet and greet our airport representative at Tribhuvan International Airport(TIA) outside the terminal hall and transfer to your Hotel. Afternoon, trip briefing and final preparation. Stroll around colourful market Thamel.
Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion
After delightful breakfast, you proceed for exploring the cultural and political hub of Nepal, Kathmandu valley. Initiating from Patan Durbar Square-City of fine arts to the Kathmandu Durbar square in the morning. You will visit the Shikhara Style Krishna Mandir, Kumbheshwor Temple, Golden Temple Living Goddess Kumari and more. Pashupatinath Hindu temple and open crematory, world’s largest magnificent Boudhanath stupa then to the Swoyambhunath stupa-one of the oldest religious site on hilltop also refer to as Monkey temple. You get the holiest cultural vibes all around the bustling city that makes you feel intoxicated with its charm.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni – 9 / 10 hrs drive.
Our journey begins with a nine hour’s drive from Kathmandu to Beni. The trail passes through Trisuli River then after we drive to Marshyangdi 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 Nau danda. It then goes up through Nayapul. On the way, we can view fabulous Mountains like Annapurna South, Fishtail, green hills, terraces and villages. To reach Beni, our drive moves along the Kaligandaki River. Overnight at lodge
Day 04: Drive to Darbang (3 hrs drive) and start trek to Dharapani – 5 hrs walk
After breakfast, we drive three hours to reach Darbang. In Darbang, people are engaged in making Khukuri. “Khukuri” is the curved Nepali weapon used as weapon tool. In every house, of the village, at least one person has adept the skill of Khukuri making. We can see Dhaulagiri Himal from Dharapani.
Day 05: Dharapani to Lamsung – 6 / 7 hrs walk
On the following day, we will have a pleasant walk. The wonderful view along the trail will make you always refreshed to walk further. This remote area with stream and gorges will be a wonderful place to explore. The beautiful landscape added beauty. Overnight at Lamsung.
Day 06: Lamsung to Jaljala (3,430 m) – 7 hrs walk
Commencing our trek, we can see mixed forests of Rhododendron & Oaks. We can also view the scenery of beautiful forests, high mountains including Dhaulagiri Himal, Gurju Himal, Churen Himal, Putha Himal etc which can be observed on the way of Lamsung to Jaljala where we will stay for our overnight.
Day 07: Jaljala to Dhorpatan (2860 m) – 7 hrs walk
The trail descends up to Khahare Khola. After crossing it, the trails moves ahead on the bank of the stream and through mixed forest to reach Dhorpatan. Dhorpatan is a fantastic place in the middle of the jungle. Overnight stay in Dhorpatan is an adventurous and memorable stay.
Day 08: Explore Dhorpatan and trek to Phagune Phedi (4493 m) – 3 / 4 hrs walk
Today is the day for exploration around Dhorpatan Wildlife Reserve. We can see different types of animals like Leopard, Ghoral, Himalayan Tahr, black bear, barking deer & other many animals. Bird’s 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. We can also see Monastery, Chortens and local market. Wooden roofs are another attraction of trekkers. We can also learn the typical lifestyle of people in this place. After observing the wildlife of Dhorpatan we trek forward towards Phagune Phedi. The trail ascends steeply up enjoying the beautiful scenery of the mountains, green jungle and landscape.
Day 09: Morning hike to Phagune Phedi and trek back to Jungle camp – 7 hrs walk
Early in the morning hike to Phagune danda, observe the beautiful views of the Himalayan ranges, jungle and landscape. And trek back descending to Jungle camp. Overnight stay at Jungle camp.
Day 10: Jungle Camp to Gurjaghat (3,000 m) – 6 hrs walk
The trail today is an easy walk. We have to walk through flat land through mixed jungle and streams. The walk is really pleasant so you won’t feel tiresome today. After walking for about six hours from jungle camp we reach Gurjaghat where we will spend our overnight.
Day 11: Gurjaghat to Patichaur – 6 hrs walk
We have both ascending and descending walks today. The trail from gurjaghat is ascending at the beginning hour whereas we begin to descend through the jungle and gorges after we have lunch. After about six hours walk, we reach Patichaur, our destination for the day. Overnight at Patichaur.
Day 12: Trek from Patichaur to Darbang (1150 m) and drive to Beni – 3 hrs drive.
Today is the last day of our trek. Moving forward to Darbang from Patichaur, we will have a pleasant walk for about two hours. The trails head ascending and descending through light jungle and gorges. After arriving Darbang, we drive towards Beni which will take about three hours. On the way, we can see forest, green hills, rivers, streams and other beautiful things. Overnight stay at Beni.
Day 13: Drive back from Beni (850 m) to Pokhara
We will be driving toward Pokhara from Beni today. Along the way, we can some amazing views of Mountains shining brightly in a clear sunny day. We can even add some sightseeing tours in Pokhara at the evening time. We can also relax by boating for one hour in the famous Phewa Lake. Overnight stay in Pokhara
Day 14: Drive back Pokhara to Kathmandu – 6 hrs drive.
In the last day of our trek, we will be driving back to Kathmandu from Pokhara which will take about six hours.
Day 15: Final departure
After breakfast, check out the Hotel and transfer to the Airport.
- All arrival and departure transfers using a private vehicle
- Hotel accommodation
- All transfer by private vehicle; it depends on group size.
- Necessary entrance fees
- Farewell dinner with Nepali with a live cultural performance.
- Airfare to/from Nepal.
- Nepal visa fee, available upon arrival at Kathmandu airport or border
- Beverage and expenses of personal nature.
- Any Optional Sightseeing Tours and extension of tours, hotel accommodation etc.
- Tips to guide, porters, drivers etc.
- Personal Insurance.