Dhorpatan

Nepal
Destination
9 Days
Duration
Kathmandu
Arrival
Kathmandu
Departure
Activity
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 2: Pokhara to Dhorpatan
Day 3: Dhorpatan to Phagunephedi
Day 4: Phagunephedi to Kholathari
Day 5: Kholathari to Poktha
Day 6: Poktha to Lamela
Day 7: Lamela to Chhintong
Day 8: Chhintong to Jaljala
Day 9: Jaljala to Pokhara and to Kathmandu

DAY 01: KATHMANDU TO POKHARA
Meals: None
Transfer to airport and fly to Pokhara (25 mins) Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. At an elevation lower than that of Kathmandu, it has much more tropical feel to it; a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diverse flowers that prosper in this environment. The enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panaromic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of the lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic.The natural beauty of its lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains has made Pokhara the natural choice for trekkers and adventures. Pokhara is also the base for some of most famous trekking circuits of Nepal.Upon arrival in Pokhara, we will have a briefing at our Ker & Downey office before we transfer to the trek starting point. Drive for about an hour to trek starting point and trek for about 1.5-2 hours to reach Mala lodge.
Overnight hotel.

DAY 02: POKHARA TO DHORPATAN
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Fly from Pokhara to Dhorpatan in helicopter with a maximum sitting of 6 Passengers. Arrive Dhorpatan in around 30 minutes. Check in your respective camps and in the afternoon stroll around the Tibetan villages in the Dhorpatan. Come back for dinner in the dining tent and drinks around the camp fire.
Overnight tented camp.

DAY 03: DHORPATAN TO PHAGUNEPHEDI
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Start walking from Dhorpatan to Phagunephedi. The Trail is moderately steep andyou will be passing through small villages and walking up a beautiful pine and coneforous valley where you will see field of wild horses and even see some wild life like deer and wild boar. Stop on the way for a picnic hot lunch. After lunch walk another 2-3 hours and reach Phagunephedi. Dinner in the dinning tent Overnight at tented Camp.

DAY 04: PHAGUNEPHEDI TO KHOLATHARI
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Start Walking from Phagunephedi to Kholathari which is around 5 hours walk. Today you will be walking through similar forest and reach a pass called Phagune Danda Pass from where you can start viewing the breathtaking sights of the Western Himalayas and see beautiful peaks like Gurja Himal, Putha Himchuli, Churen Himal and even big ones like Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Range. From Phagune Danda Pass (4054m), view the two peaks Putha Hiunchuli (7246m), left, and Churen Himal. There is a wall of (7000m) peaks running from Putha Hiunchuli in the west to Dhaulagiri II (7715m) in the east. After another hot picnic lunch stop at the Phagune Danda Pass we start walking little downhill and reach Kholathari. Asusual dinner will be in the dinning tent with drinks around the camp fire.
Overnight tented Camp.

DAY 05: KHOLATHARI TO POKTHA
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Start trekking from Kholathari to Poktha, which is a 5 and half hours walk. Here the terrain is pretty straight forward without much of ups and downs you will continuously see the beautiful Himalayan range and the highlight would be finding the blue sheep which one finds in abundance here. People have also started coming here from faraway places to hunt this blue sheep which has just been legalized.

After lunch we walk another 2 hours and reach Poktha which is an area of total wilderness and won’t see another person for miles and miles.
Overnight at tented camp.

DAY 06: POKTHA TO LAMELA
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Trek from Poktha to Lamela which is a short day of only 4 hours of walking. Here too you will witness a lot of wilderness with a abundance of blue sheep, mountain goats and even wild boar. Stop on the way for a hot picnic lunch. The walk today is very straight forward and a little downhill. The vegetation here is just bushes and shrubs of Juniper.
Overnight on tented camp.

DAY 07: LAMELA TO CHHINTONG
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Walk from lamele to Chhintong where the vegetation again is pine and coniferous forest. Stop en route for hot lunch and arrive at Chhintong village which is a small village of around 250 people where you will visit the only monastery and Tibetan medicine centre. This will take you back a couple of hundred years to see how people went through their daily livelihood. Total walk today would be a longer day between 6-7 hours. Dinner at dinning tent Overnight on tented camp.

DAY 08: CHHINTONG TO JALJALA
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today the walk is also 5-6 hours. You will be passing though forest along side the beautiful mountain brook. You will pass through a small village called Gorja Ghat and walking along the forest through the mountains and crossing the rivers you will reach the Jaljala Pass where you again get a breathtaking views of all western Himalyan range. Dinner at dining tent.
Overnight at tented Camp.

DAY 09: JALJALA TO POKHARA AND TO KATHMANDU
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
You will be picked up by Helicopter at Jaljala pass and flown to Pokhara from where you will catch a scheduled flight back to Kathmandu.
Overnight hotel.

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Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve adjoins Rukum, Myagdi and Baglung districts in the Dhaulagiri Himal range in West Nepal. Putha, Churen and Gurja Himal extend over the northern boundary of the reserve. Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve was established in 1983 and was gazetted in 1987. Management objectives of the reserve allow sports hunting and preserve a representative high altitude, ecosystem in Western Nepal. The reserve extends over an area of 1325 km2 and is the only hunting reserve in the country to meet the needs of hunting for Nepalese and foreign hunters of blue sheep and other game animals . Local people depend on the reserve to meet their requirements of timber, fuel-wood, fodder, and pasture.

The Tibetan refugee camp near the reserve headquarters has put more human pressure in the forest. Every year livestock grazing activities begin from February and last until October. More than 80,000 livestock enter the reserve for grazing. The majority of people belong to the Mongoloid race, including Mugar, Thakali and Gurung, Amalgamation of different ethnic groups has resulted in a mixed pattern of cultures.