Dhorpatan Trek with Gurja Khani (Hidden Village)
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. 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.
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. Dhaulagiri 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 general, 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. The 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.
There are infinite scenic mountain villages in Nepal but few so hidden, remoted, and inaccessible as Gurja Khani. Nestling on a sunny shelf in its very own private valley beneath the Dhaulagiri range, Hidden Village is far flung from all its friends. The nearest village lies an afternoon’s walk to the south throughout a 3,300m pass; to the east, the method is blocked by an impenetrable gorge; to the west lies the terrain of snow leopards within the excessive-altitude desolate tract of the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve; while northwards, the slope rises steeply above the slate roofs of the village to buttress the majestic south face of Gurja Himal peak – over seven kilometres high and a mere ten kilometres from the village in the horizontal area. Only a handful of trekkers and climbers have determined their way to Gurja Khani village over the beyond a decade. But if you wish to break out the well-crushed routes, enjoy a better encounter with neighbourhood communities, or ensure that more of your expenditure goes to assist the ones most in want – yet nevertheless revel in beautiful perspectives of the Himalayas – that is the destination and trekking manual for you. In Hidden Village, you will discover an exceedingly huge, bustling network incomes their dwelling from the land, barely touched by using the cutting-edge international. Here you step returned in time to a place in which survival relies upon the generosity of nature and one’s very own resourcefulness.
- Trekking through Nepal’s one and only hunting reserve, with its abundance of the natural world.
- Best available option for trekking within a short period of time to see a part of Nepal where very few foreigners visit each year.
- Close-up view Dhaulagiri as well as hidden peaks & hidden village in west Nepal.