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. Dhaulagiri 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
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
trekker and wildlife enthusiast as protection has
enabled animal numbers to increase in this rarely
Access: Visitors can hike from Pokhara, which
takes about five days, or fly to Dolpa. The best
time to visit Dhorpatan is spring and autumn.