Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

Located in the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range of western Nepal, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is a hidden gem that offers a unique and thrilling experience for wildlife enthusiasts and hunters alike. Established in 1987, the reserve covers an area of 1,325 square kilometers and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is known for its trophy hunting, which is closely monitored and controlled by the Nepalese government. The reserve allows hunting of a limited number of blue sheep, which are found in abundance in the region. Hunting of other animals such as leopard, ghoral, serow, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan black bear, barking deer, wild boar, rhesus macaque, langur, and mouse hare is also allowed, subject to strict regulations and quotas.
Apart from trophy hunting, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is also a popular destination for wildlife viewing. The reserve is home to a rich variety of wildlife, including several endangered species such as musk deer, wolf, and red panda. Visitors can also spot several species of birds, including pheasants, partridges, and the endangered cheer pheasant and danphe.
The reserve offers a range of activities for visitors, including trekking, camping, and sightseeing. The best time to visit the reserve is during the months of March to April and October to November, when the weather is mild and the wildlife is active. However, the reserve can also be visited during the monsoon season (July-September) and winter (December-February), although visitors should be prepared for challenging weather conditions.
The trek to Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is an adventure in itself. It takes four days to reach the reserve from Baglung, which is 72 km from Pokhara by road. The trek takes visitors through stunning natural landscapes, including lush forests, alpine meadows, and rocky ridges.
Accommodation in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is limited to camping, and visitors should be prepared for basic facilities. However, the experience of camping in the heart of the Himalayas is truly unforgettable, and visitors can enjoy the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings.
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is a unique and exciting destination that offers visitors a chance to experience the thrill of hunting and wildlife viewing in the heart of the Himalayas. The reserve is also an important conservation area, which is helping to protect several endangered species. Visitors to Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve can enjoy the natural beauty of the region while also contributing to conservation efforts in Nepal.


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