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Tourism in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

Destination: Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve 

Highlights:

  • Breathtaking views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, and Manaslu
  • Rich biodiversity of the hunting reserve with diverse terrain and climates
  • Chance to engage in controlled hunting
  • Kalika Mandir
  • Suspension bridge, Kali Gandaki river,

Best time:

Dhorpatan is best visited in the peak trekking seasons in Nepal, when the weather is at its finest: March to May and September to November.

Accommodation:

Around 4 or 5 years ago the UN Medep programme helped communities build tea-house accommodation. For instance the Dhorpatan tea-house is simple but comfortable. Dal, bhat, potatoes, omelettes and the kind of things you can expect to eat. The manager rents the place of the community for a fixed fee per year, so everyone benefits from it. Other simple tea-houses are spaced regularly. If you are a small group or 2 or 3 with guide, then I think you could very easily find accommodation in people’s houses

Transportation:

Dhorpatan can be reached from Myagdi, Baglung and Rukum districts. But the popular trail is via Myagdi district. Trek to Dhorpatan begins with a drive to Darbang from district headquarters Beni. As this route is already popular among tourists visiting the reserve, efforts are on to redesign the route with the view of opening new trails from Dhorpatan to Dhaulagiri Base Camp, Lower and Upper Dolpo, and Rukum and Rolpa to promote pilgrimage and community based tourism. The trek begins from Darbhang which is a popular market area for different villages in Myagdi and Baglung districts. On the way to Darbang, there is a natural hot spring on the banks of the Myagdi River. It is also a popular pilgrimage destination in the area.

Description:

The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is situated in Rukum, Baglung and Myagdi Districts, and is the only hunting reserve in Nepal. While it is possible to arrange game hunting trips in controlled areas, this is certainly not the only reason to trek here. In fact, the wild beauty, interesting Magar culture, abundant animal and bird life, views of Dhaulagiri and other peaks in the Western Himalayas, and lack of foreign visitors should make one wonder why killing the wildlife while exploring this region is necessary at all. 

Dhorpatan was once rather challenging to get to and required a helicopter ride and a long trek in. This isn’t the case any longer, with the extension of Nepal’s road network, yet it is still under-explored. In fact, only around 100 foreigners visit each year. This means that the ethnic Magar inhabitants of Dhorpatan are very curious about foreigners, and are welcoming. While camping and tea house accommodation is the staple while trekking here, small groups may also get to stay with local families in some areas. 

Trekkers don’t need to be super-fit or experienced to enjoy this area, but a sense of adventure is necessary as much of the food and accommodation is basic. Treks to Dhorpatan typically last around ten days, starting and ending in Beni, a couple of hours’ drive from Pokhara. 

Hunting of certain species is only allowed in some areas, but fortunately the wildlife isn’t isolated to those areas. Dhorpatan has an abundance of blue sheep, as well as the goat-like ghoral, the Himalayan tahr, partridges, and various species of pheasants, including Nepal’s colorful national bird, the Danphe.

It’s even possible to see elusive leopards, including snow and forest leopards. On the trek, you will pass through rhododendron and oak forests, and see views of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m./ 26,795 ft.), Gurja Himal (7,193 m./ 23,599 ft.), Churen Himal (7,385 m./ 24,299 ft.), and Putha Hiunchuli (7,246 m./23,773 ft.).

Some photo Clips of Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve :