Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is situated in lap of Dhaulagiri Himal. It was established in 1987 AD for the purpose of hunting wild animals by Royals’ family but later they decided it to make conversation area first. It occupy an area of 1325 KM (512 sq. miles) and covers some part of Rukum, Myagdi and Baglung district of Nepal.
Even though hearing at first, hunting reserve may sounds oppose to protection but it is an important wildlife conservation area. It is the only wildlife hunting reserve in Nepal who is successful to get license from Department of the National Park and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu.
Dhorpatan hunting reserve is the only hunting place in Nepal.
The word Dhor and Patan are the combination of Dhor means marshland and Patan means plain golf like meadow. So you can imaging the greenery of this reserve area. It is conserving 58 species of Vascular plants, 36 species of endemic flowering plant and numbers of Non- flowering plants including busses, fern, alpine and subalpine forest.
Whereas it is protecting 2 species of reptiles, 137 species of birds and 18 species of Mammals. Main Moto of this hunting reserve is to protect the rare and endangered species of Animals and plants with balancing the ecosystem. As example they first focus to increase in the number of hunting specified animals and after maintaining their level they allow interested tourist for hunting under most rational plan. It’s a process which must be follow thoroughly by the interested hunter.
Hunting Blocks and Permits to Dhorpatan.
Dhorpatan Hunting reserve has been surround by many villages and mountains except to northern face. In order to manage the hunting, there 7 blocks for simplifying one can hunt only the listed animals’ species in their respective blocks on specific time frame only. One must obtain special permits from Nepal government for the hunting.
Northern side contain 3 blocks:
- Seng: Blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr
- Dogadi: Blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr
- Sundaha: Blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr
Southern side contain 4 blocks:
- Falguna: Blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr
- Barse: Blue Sheep
- Gutsang: Blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr
- Surtibang: Himalayan Tahr
Best time to visit Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
The best time to visit Dhorpatan Hunting reserve is on March to May. Beside that October and November is also a perfect time to visit at Dhorpatan. During in winter weather becomes too cold and snowfall began whereas in monsoon it is not much good to make trekking due to the rainfall.
How to reach Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
There are two options to reach Dhorpatan hunting reserve for your visit.
Helicopter charter is a big option to them who wants luxurious trip with avoiding long trekking. People can reach inside the hunting reserve area within some hour. One can charter helicopter either from Kathmandu or from Pokhara. From Kathmandu it takes approximately 1.5 hours and from Pokhara it may takes approximately 40 minutes to reach the designated hunting spot.
Drive and Trek:
Travelers who choose drive and trekking option, they have to start their road trip from Kathmandu to Myagdi for about 8 hours. Next day drive till Dharapani for approximately 4 hours from Beni Bazar. Once reaching to Dharapani, actual trekking will start. It’s a moderate and really enjoying trek. On the way you can see the greenery and mountains senario. People can explore the white Himalayan, busses, forest and local lives. Here you can see the cultural fusion between Local Hill tribe and Tibetan culture.