Dhorpatan is a national park covering 1325 sq km which was managed for conservation and the hunting of blue sheep and other game by the royal family and paying for foreign parties.
Dhorpatan Trek 12 Days
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeTrekking
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Besides wildlife reserves Nepal Government 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 in districts of Rukum, Baglung & Myagdi in western Nepal. The area’s vegetation is characterized by well-developed mixed-hardwood forest at lower elevation & many plant species of drier climate to 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 license and certain seasons of the year. Game license is issued by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu. Dhorpatan is also an attractive destination for the trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts as protection has enabled animal numbers to increase in this rarely visited.
- Pick up and transfer by private car as per the programme
- 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing room, Bed and breakfast only)
- 1 night accomodation in Pokhara (twin sharing room, bed and breaffast only)
- Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek
- 10 nights twin sharing accommodation at Guest houses during the trek
- 1 highly experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 trekkers), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance (We have insured our staffs by Neco Insurance Company Nepal)
- National Park and TIMS permit.
- Government taxes
- Office service charge
- Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
- Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist for the trekkers who are age of under 65). For further details regarding insurance policy, please contact us
- International airfare to and from Nepal (please email at reservation to get a quote)
- Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu
- Items of a personal nature
- Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
- Tips for guide, porters, driver.
Arrival Kathmandu air port- transfer to the hotel.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our team who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take rest. Welcome Drink will be served. Overnight in a hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Beni : 8-9 hrs
We take a early drive to Beni from Kathmandu. It takes 8 hours to reach Beni. Overnight in hotel.
Drive to Darbang (1130m.)by Jeep and trek to Dharapani: 5-6 hrs
Initially up to Khop the trail heads on the bank of stream and from there to Dharapani trek gradually goes up. Overnight in the tea house.
Dharapani to Moreni (2275m.): 6-7hrs
This remote area with stream and gorges will be a wonderful place to explore. The beautiful landscape will be an added beauty. Overnight at tea house / lodge.
Moreni – Gurjaghat (3015m.) via Jaljala pass (3414m.): 4-5 hrs
The trail ascends towards Jaljala through mixed forests of Rhododendron and Oaks etc. The scenery of green jungle, and high mountains including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Gurja Himal, Churen Himal, Putha Himal etc can be observed along the way and from Jaljala as well. Overnight in a lodge/tea house
Gurjaghat – Dhorpatan (2870m.): 3-4 hrs
After crossing the Khahare khola the trail goes ahead on the bank of the stream and through mixed forests to reach Dhorpatan. It’s a wonderful place in the middle of the jungle.
Exploration around Dhorpatan and spotting animals. Overnight in lodge.
Dhorpatan – Sukurdung (2045m.): 3-4 hrs and drive to Burtibang (1130m.): 3-4 hrs
From Dhorpatan after a short walk we cross a small pass then descend all the way to Burtibang. The trail provides splendid views of vegetation, landscapes and the river streams. We can also take a jeep to Burtibang but it is not recommended because the road in this part is extremely rough.
Drive Burtibang to Pokhara via Baglung: 7-8 hrs
Early in the morning we drive from Burtibang to Pokhara along the way of Baglung. It takes 7 to 8 hours to reach Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
We mark the end of our successful trip with a farewell dinner where we can share our experiences of the trek before leaving Pokhara. The dinner will be accompanied by Nepalese Cultural show with Dance and Songs of Nepal. Overnight in Pokhara.
Drive to Kathmandu
We drive to Kathmandu in the morning by tourist bus. After arriving in Kathmandu, we leave for our hotel. We enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. . Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today. Our representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight.
Besides wildlife reserves Nepal Government has also set aside a hunting reserve at Dhorpatan where controlled hunting of some species is allowed.
Now, of course, with the king deposed, official hunting has ceased and blue sheep, along with the musk deer, wolf, red panda and leopard are strictly protected.
- Trekking through Nepal’s only hunting reserve, with its abundance of wildlife
- See a part of Nepal that around only 100 foreigners visit each year
- Close-up views of Dhaulagiri, as well as lesser-seen peaks in the west of Nepal
- Interact with the curious Magar locals
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.
All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank. Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes
Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
- Headlight with extra batteries
- Sunglass with UV protection
- Face/body wipes
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavy weight winter gloves
- Hiking shirts
- Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
- Hooded rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants
- T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
- Polypropylene underwear
- down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
- Water proof jacket and pants
- Hiking Boots that been worn in
- Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)
- Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
- Thermal bottle
- Water purification
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
- Toiletries (toilet papers, tooth paste, tooth brush, )
- Medium size drying towel
- Tooth brush
- Deodorant/ floss
- Bio degradable bar soap
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
- Cell phone
- Extra items
- First aid kit
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
- Notebook and pen
The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.