Dhorpatan trekking is one of the most exclusive trek packages in Nepal to the southern flank of Dhaulagiri Mountain. The wildlife reserve allows controlled hunting and is a favorite destination for enthusiastic hunters. The reserve also preserves endangered species like Musk deer, red panda, and wolf.
This beautiful hunting reserve spreads over an area of 1325 sq. km in the districts of Rukkum, Baglung, and Myagdi. The rich biodiversity includes mixed hardwood forest and various dry climate vegetations. The trail is adorned with fir, pine, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, juniper, and oak trees. The trek is a nice calm walk through these forests enjoying the solitude and scenery. The hunting reserve houses fauna like red panda, blue sheep, cheer pheasant, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, black bear, and partridge. It is a haven for trekkers and nature lovers who enjoy the wildlife.
The elevation of the reserve ranges from 2850 m to 7000m at different points. We enjoy the excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna throughout the trek. The villages surrounding the reserve and the people with traditional lifestyles add more to the appeal of the trek.
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Beni
We begin our journey with a drive from Kathmandu to Beni. We pass through villages and fields as we drive along Trishuli River and then Marsyangdi River. As we cross Seti River, we reach Pokhara and then the trail climbs uphill over zigzag roads towards Nau Danda. We pass through Nayapul and enjoy the exquisite views of Annapurna and Fishtail accompanied by terraced fields and traditional villages. Finally, we drive along Kali Gandaki to reach Beni. After 9 hours of driving, we spend the night in Beni at an elevation of 899 meters.
Day 2: Drive to Darbang and trek to Dharapani
On this day, we drive for three hours to reach Darbang. Darbang is famous for manufacturing Khukuri, a traditional curved Nepali weapon. From here, we trek for 5 hours to reach Dharapani. We spend the night in Dharapani at an elevation of 1995 meters.
Day 3: Dharapani to Lamsung
The trek from Dharapani is a pleasant one with the beautiful views of the surroundings. We explore the streams and gorges in the remote area. After 6-7 hours of walking, we spend the night in Lamsung at an elevation of 1160 meters.
Day 4: Lamsung to Jaljala
We start our day early and pass through several rhododendron and oak forests. The Himalayan vistas include Dhaulagiri, Gurju, Chure, and Putha among many others. We finally reach Jaljala where we spend the night at an elevation of 3386 meters.
Day 5: Jaljala to Dhorpatan
On this day, we descend to Khahare Khola and cross it. Then we continue along the bank of a stream and walk past thick forests. We finally reach Dhorpatan.
Day 6: Excursion and trek to Phagune Phedi.
Dhorpatan is a beautiful place in the midst of a forest. We explore Dhorpatan wildlife reserve with diverse flora and fauna. We can spot animals like Leopard, Thar, Black bear, Ghoral, barking deer and plants like rhododendrons, fir, juniper, birch, oaks, spruce, pine and many other species.The inhabitants of the area are hill tribes and Tibetans who mainly depend on animal husbandry and farming. The settlements are famous for their wooden roofs, monastery, prayer flags and chortens. We enjoy the traditional lifestyles of the people as well.
After the excursion, we make our way towards Phagune Phedi. We ascend for a while with the beautiful views of mountains, forests, and landscape. We spend the night here at an elevation of 4493 meters.
Day 7: Hike to Phagune Phedi and trek to Jungle camp.
Early in the morning, we make a short hike to Phagune hill and enjoy the Himalayan vistas. Then, we trek down to Jungle camp and spend the night there.
Day 8: Jungle camp to Gurjaghat
The trek from jungle camp is easy as it passes through forests and streams on a flat land. After six hours, we reach Gurjaghat at an elevation of 3000 meters where we spend the night.
Day 9: Gurjaghat to Patichaur
The trail ascends as we begin our trek early in the morning. We have lunch and then the trail descends through forests and gorges. Finally, after six hours of walking throughout the day, we reach Patichaur at an elevation of 900 meters. We spend the night here.
Day 10: Patichaur to Darbang and drive to Beni
On this day, we have a pleasant walk for about two hours. Then we ascend and descend through forests and gorges to reach Darbang. Once we get there, we travel to Beni which takes about three hours of scenic drive. We spend the night in Beni at an elevation of 850 meters.
Day 11: Drive from Beni to Pokhara
The drive from Beni to Pokhara is a scenic one with tantalizing views of the mountains. After we reach Pokhara, we have ample time to explore the valley. We can visit the beautiful tourist sites or go for boating in Phewa Lake. An evening stroll along the lakeside area is a must. We spend the night in Pokhara.
Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
From Pokhara, we drive to Kathmandu which takes about 6-7 hours. We can visit the famous tourist hub, Thamel, in the evening. We spend the last night of the trip in Kathmandu.
- 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.