Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
Besides national parks and wildlife reserves His Majesty's Government of Nepal has also set aside a hunting reserve at Dhorpatan where controlled hunting of some species is allowed. Covering an area of 1,325 sq. km., the reserve is situated on the southern flanks of Mt. Dhaulangiri I (8,167 m.) in districts of Rukum, Baglung and Myagdi in western Nepal.
The area's vegetation is characterised by well-developed mixed-hardwood forest at lower elevation and many plant species of drier climate to the north. Tree species include fir, pine, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, oak, juniper and spruce. As in many other protected environments of Nepal, the reserve includes several villages inhabited by hill tribes as well as people of Tibetan descent who supplement farming with trade and animal husbandry. The reserve is one of the prime habitats of blue sheep, a highly prized trophy animal, which is the main target of hunters. Other game species are ghoral, serow, Himalayan tahr, black bear, pheasant and partridge. Endangered species of the area include the red panda and cheer pheasant. Controlled hunting is allowed with proper licence and certain seasons of the year. Game licence 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. Besides hunting, Dhorpatan is also an attractive destination for the trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts as protection has enabled animal numbers to increase in this rarely visited area.
Entry Fee Per Person Per Entry
For Nepalese Nationals: Rs. 20
For SAARC Nationals: Rs. 200
For Other Foreign Nationals: Rs. 500
(Note Entrance fee not required for children under 10 years)
Filming Permit Fee (Documentary Films)
For Nepalese Nationals: Rs. 5,000
For SAARC Nationals: Rs. 25,000
For Other Foreign Nationals: US $ 1,000
Helicopter Landing in Protected Area: Rs. 2,000 per landing
Visitors can hike from Pokhara, which takes about five days, or fly to Dolpa. The best time to visit Dhorpatan is spring and autumn.