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Hunting in Nepal

Hunting in Nepal
Nepal popular among tourists as the trek destination also has ample opportunities for hunting in sub-tropical jungles of Terai plains. Hunting in Nepal can only be done at the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve where a licensed hunting is allowed. Though hunting is contradictory in the this ecological awakening age, Nepal has been the favored ground for hunters since 9th century and controlled hunting is allowed with proper license and at the certain seasons of the year. Hunting licenses is usually issued by the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu. Hunting parties either trek or fly (helicopter) to the high terrain areas in search for Himalayan Thar or Blue Sheep. At the mid-elevations, you can find wild goat and sheep; in the Terai lowlands deer are found. Only the designated areas are permitted for hunting in Nepal where a licensed guide must accompany the hunting parties. Once such is the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve located in the western Nepal. The prime habitats of the reserve is blue sheep, a highly prized trophy animal, which is the main target of hunters and also other animals like Ghoral, Serow, Himalayan Tahr, Black Bear Pheasant and Partridge. Endangered species of the area include the red panda and cheer pheasant. Endangered animals in the reserve are musk deer, wolf red panda, cheer pheasant and Daphne. Beni which is 72 km from Pokhara is the gateway to Dhorpatan. Good time to visit the reserve is from September to May.
Trophy Export from Nepal: Trophies can be brought along with you with us providing the ownership certificate from the Department of National Park plus the hygienic certificate from the Animal Health Directorate of Nepal. In case of delaying in issuing the permits, we shall send it by courier.
Import of Riffle in to Nepal: Government of Nepal, Home Ministry of Home Affair issues the Arm & Ammunition license in application of facilitator in advance. Please provide us yours weapons details. Many airlines allow carrying weapons; suggested are Qatar Airways, Korean Air, Etihad Air, Gulf Air, Thai Air.  You are not allowed to bring weapons if traveling from India.
Our Arrangements: We have a team professional hunting Guides. Our Sherpa, Cook and porters reach the location in advance about a week, taking along necessary gears and wait for the group to arrive. Beforehand they shall search animal habitat locations and make necessary preparation for the trip.
Food: Our experienced and trained cook has a good sense of western style food and Indian food including Chinese/Nepali cuisines. Boiled drinking water, tea, coffee and Hot Chocolate are also included.
Staff Arrangement: During hunt sessions, there will be a couple local peoples plus the local guide (they speak less English) but there will be another professional guide speaking English including cook and necessary porters to carry clients luggage, food stuff and camping equipment.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness spectacular panorama of the Himalayas onboard flight to Kathmandu
  • Enjoy city tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Explore Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve in western Nepal
  • Quest for Blue sheep & Himalayan Tahr amid natural surrounding

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : In Kathmandu - Sightseeing

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Dhorpatan

Day 04-17 : At Dhorpatan- Hunting Period

Day 18 : Dhorpatan - Kathmandu

Day 19 : Kathmandu

Day 20 : Final Departure

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide
  • Chartered helicopter flight to/from Kathmandu to Dhorpatan
  • Domestic airport departure tax
  • Fully catered camping with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the hunting period
  • Government license holder English speaking Hunting guide
  • Experienced English speaking guide, cook and necessary porters including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance
  • First Aid medical kit
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance
  • Custom fees import of Rifle
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Tips for guide, driver and porter

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to the hotel. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu (If you have leisure time). You will be briefed about the program at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : In Kathmandu - Sightseeing

Today after breakfast go for a guided city tour to discover several historical, cultural and spiritual landmarks of Kathmandu. The places visited are UNESCO World Heritage Sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) and Boudhanath Shrine. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Dhorpatan

In the morning around 6-7 Am fly to Dhorpatan by a Chartered Helicopter and land near Park head Quarters. The flight is about 1 hr/45 minutes. Upon arrival, meet the local hunting Guide, supporting staff and the Department of National Park liaison Officers. Exchange views on and know about animal’s local atmosphere. Overnight Camp.

Day 04-17 : At Dhorpatan- Hunting Period

There are six separate hunting blocks and this block must be booked in advance to avoid different parties hunting at same time. After client’s confirmation, reserve the block. We have to plan for at least a week for the hunting; if luck favors then animals could be found within few days. Normally few days are planned as extras, and extra days are always good to search for good trophy. Our staff shall put all their efforts to find a good size trophy but unexpected things like illness, altitude sickness or natural calamities like rain, snow and landslide may affect the hunting process. But at the end 99.9 percentage hunts are successful with prize claims of Blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr each season. Overnight Camp.

Hunting Blocks: Gustang, Barse & Fagune Southern Areas of Dhorpatan and Dogadi, Syang and Sundaha known as western Block.

Day 18 : Dhorpatan - Kathmandu

Today fly back to Kathmandu on a chartered helicopter and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 19 : Kathmandu

Documents preparation for your onward journey. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 20 : Final Departure

Your hunting trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree adventure to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the exiting hunting trip in Nepal. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree adventure would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Hunting in Nepal with your personal guide and can be organised as per the desired traveling dates.

We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.
Tour duration
The tour duration is 19 nights/20 days. 

Clothing varies with the type of tour and season. It’s warm in Kathmandu from April to October-end and from November to March-end, days are usually warm but evening colder. Summer clothes are okay during the day time but the evening requires a light jackets. Winter is from December till February so bring along sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. Or you can purchase clothes of your choice in Kathmandu clothing stores too.

Full Board in Dhorpatan.


How to Enter Nepal?
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

What do I need to get my visa?
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.

Where do I apply to get my visa?
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal.

What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There’s no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.

When is the best time to travel in Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and February to May.

What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal’s national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language – the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.

What’s the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

What should I wear?
Light, loose garments are recommended in spring (March, April and May) and summer (june, July, August), while woolens and jackets or similar warm clothing’s are required from November to February.

What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn’t been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.

Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming’ package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.

What health precautions need to be taken?
Make sure to use only boiled or bottled water and avoid raw vegetables and fruits as far as possible until you get assured.

What is the time difference in Nepal?
Nepal time is GMT plus 5 hours 45 minutes.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 20 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Hunting Elevation: From 3,500 meters to 5,000 meters

Hunting Season: From October to Mid April

Hunting License: Blue sheep & Himalayan Tahr only (Male only)

Confirmation Period: At least two month prior

Service: Fully catered Camping

Supporting Crew: Professional Guide, Cook, porters, Game scout, professional hunting guide

Start/Finish: Kathmandu


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