Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only are in Nepal where licensed hunting is allowed. The reserve adjoins Myagdi district and Baglung district, just below the Dhaulagiri ranges in the west Nepal. The reserve beings at 3000 meters and reaches as high as 7000 meters. Trees like fir, pine, rhododendron, hemlock, oak, juniper and spruce are available in the reserve. One of the prime attractions for hunters is the blue Sheep, which is abundant in the area. Hunters also get pheasants and partridge in viable numbers for hunting. Other animals found here are leopard, ghoral, serow, Himalayan tahr, and Himalayan black bear, barking deer, wild boar, rhesus macaque, langur and mouse Hare. Endangered animals in the reserve are musk deer, wolf, red panda, cheer pheasant and Dhanfe.

 

Animal Hunting/Trophy Hunting is the main activities travelers do in this reserve. Since it is located in remote area, tented camping is accommodation here. Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve can be reached by 72 kilometers from Pokhara. March to April and October to November is the best time for travel here. Trekking in this is area also very nice.

 

Koshitappu Wildlife Reserve

Koshitappu Wildlife Reserve has carved a place for itself as a bird watcher’s paradise. The reserve spreads over Saptari and Sunsari districts in east Nepal over the embankments of River Koshi. The reserve has been recognized as a Wetland Site from 1987. The vegetation of the reserve is mainly grassland with patches of scrub and deciduous riverine forests. The reserve has recorded around 479 species of bird variety, some of which fly all the way from Siberia during winder. A wide variety of ducks, herons, storks, egrets, ibis are seen on the riverbanks. Koshitappu  Wildlife Reserve also has one of the few elephant stables of Asia. Other animals found here are wild buffalo, wild boar, hog deer, spotted deer, blue bull and jackal. Gharial crocodile and gigantic dolphin are also found here.

 

Many tourists visit this park for bird watching. There are several resorts in the park for accommodation and also camping can be done. Koshitappu Wildlife Reserve can be reached from 40 kilometers drive from Biratangar. It is located about 500 kilometers from Kathmandu. April to June and October to March is best time to travel in this reserve.

 

Shuklaphanta National Park

Shuklaphanta National Park is located in the far western lowland Terai of Nepal. The pristine sub-tropical jungle makes Shuklaphanta Nepal’s second largest wildlife reserve in Terai. The open grasslands and numerous waterholes of the park extend into a vast expanse of plain grasslands and Sal forests, while marsh vegetation is found along the rivers and lakes. The reserve that was originally a hunting area was later converted to wildlife reserve to protect swamp deer, around 50 species of elephants and 16 tigers. Other animals found here are spotted deer, blue bulls, barking deer, hog deer, wild boars, leopard, jackals, langur and rhesus monkeys. Among birds the reserve provides habitat to sarus, and endangered Bengal florican. Reptiles’ species include marsh bugger, crocodile, cobra and python.

 

Jungle safari and explore natural beauties are the most popular activities can be done in this park. Shuklaphata National Park can be reached from 1.5 hours flight from Kathmandu to Dhangadi or 670 kilometers drive from Kathmandu to Dhangadi. April to June and October to March is best time to travel in this park.

 

Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park is located in the corner of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Popular as trekking, hiking and recreation are, the park offers the nearest from Kathmandu. The park was established as a Watershade and Wildlife Reserve in 1976 and was declared as a national park in 2002 for the protection of its flora and fauna. Vegetation varieties  in the park include its 129 species of mushrooms while animal include 19 species of mammals including Himalayan black bear, leopard, barking deer, wild boar, wildcat, rhesus monkey and langur monkey. The park also boasts of 177 species of birds and 12 species of butterflies.

 

Since it is located in the corner of Kathmandu valley, hiking, rock climbing, bird watching and mountain biking are most popular in the park.

 

Rara National Park

Rara National Park in the far northwestern part of the country offers a representative sample of the region’s flora and fauna. Sprawled over Mugu and Jumla districts the heart of the park is the country’s biggest lake, Rara Lake, from where the park gets its name. The lake is also deep as 167 meter at some places, and drains into the river Mugu Karnali via Nijar Khola (River). The park is mainly covered with coniferous forest while the area around the lake is dominated by blue pine. Rhododendron, juniper, spruce, oak and cypress are found around 3000-meter while at higher altitude pine, spruce and fir more common. The rich vegetation of the park is a home to the endangered red panda, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, jackal, Himalayan tahr, wild yellow-throated martin, wild dog, wild boar, common langur, rhesus macaque and common otter. During the winter park abounds in 272 species of birds’ verities like coots, great-crested grebe, black-necked grebe, red crested pochard, mallard, common teal, merganserand gulls. Migrant water fowls and gallinaceous birds can also be seen during certain seasons. As for the water life in the lake three species of snow trout is recorded so far.

 

Rara National Park is one of very beautiful  destination for trekking in the lust and pristine jungle.  Since is located in rural areas, tented camping treks is popular trekking in this region. Rara National Park can be reached by an hour flight to Talcha Airport from Nepagunj. February to April and October to November is best time to trek in Rara National Park. Rara Lake Trek and  Jumla to Rara Lake Trek are some of featured trekking route in this park.

 

Parsa National Park

The Parsa National park spreads over parts of Chitwan, Makwanpur, Parsa and Bara districts of Nepal. The vegetation is tropical and sub-tropical mostly covered with Sal forests, while the hills are covered with chir pine, Khair, sisso and silkcotton are found along water areas. The reserve provides good habitat for animals like wild elephant, tiger, leopard, sloth bear, gaur, blue bull and wild dog. Other common animals in the reserve are sambar, chital, hog deer, barking deer, langur monkeys, rhesus macaques, striped hyena, rat, pal civet and jungle cat. There are 370 species of birds found in the reserve, one bring the endangered great hornbill found certain parts of the forest. Other bird species include peafowl, red jungle fowl, flycatcher and woodpeckers. Apart from birds and animals the reserve also habitated by snakes like king cobra, common cobra, krait, rat snake and python.

 

Jungle safari on elephant-back, jungle walks and jeep drive etc are the major activities can be done in Parsa National Park. Parsa National Park can be reached by 15-minutes’ flight from Simara or 150-kilometers drive from Kathmandu via Hetaunda. April to June and October to March is best time to travel in the park.

 

Annapurna Region

Annapurna region is one of the best trekking destinations of Nepal. Highest trekking pass Thorong Pass (altitude 5416 meters) is located in Annapurna region. Annapurna Conservation area includes many high mountains Annapurna mountain ranges, beautiful Fish Tail (Machhapuchhre), view of Dhaulagiri (8172m), Annapurna I (8091m) II, III, IV,  Manaslu (8163 m), Annapurna south, Nilgiri, Machhapauchhare, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak etc.

 

Also trekking in this area is very easy and popular because of its spectacular variety of landscapes inhabited by different ethnic groups with their rich culture, tradition and hospitality along with the majestic view of the Himalayas.  Annapurna Circuit  Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek , Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Khopra Ride Trek, Mardi Himal Trek etc are most popular recommended trips this region. Remarkable Annapurna Circuit trek takes you around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the Zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m) and trail follows the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, with face of Annapurna I to the east and Dhaulagiri. Crossing the highest pass, Thorong La Pass on the way from Manang to Muktinath, you’ll have panoramic views of mountains such as Dhaulagiri (8172m), Annapurna I (8091m) II, III, IV,  Manaslu (8163 m), Annapurna south, Nilgiri, Machhapauchhare, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak etc. The trail follows many passes, rich cultured villages like Manang, Pisang, waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests and amazing mountain views. Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Khopra Ridge Trek and Mardi Himal Trek are popular treks in Annapurna region.

 

Manaslu Region

Mount Manaslu (8163m) is the World’s eighth highest peak and this trek brings you closer to the Mount Manaslu. The trip to Manaslu Base Camp provides a enthralling experience even to a seasoned trekker. The trek follows magnificent deep blue waters of the Budhi Gandaki River into historical villages and varied terrains. During the trek you’ll see the spectacular views of the Manaslu and going through authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style villages.  Eventually the trail reaches Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region. From here you head west and cross the Larke Pass (5160 m), a classic and tough route linking the Budi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. Manaslu Circuit Trek, Tsum Valley Trek, Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek are popular trekking trips of Manaslu region.

 

Kanchenjunga Region

For this travelers who have holidays more than two weeks and love nature and mountains, this trip would be perfect destination. Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek takes you to the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga. Mount Kanchenjunga is world’s third highest mountain and it is situated in Nepal’s eastern border and it is is considered as one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. This trek will bring you to Kanchenjunga Base Camp and the trek allows you to visit Pathibara Temple, which is an important religious site for many Indian and Nepali pilgrims. The trek goes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, managed by local communities in partnership with WWF, which is one of the least populated areas in Nepal. Its forest, alpine meadows, high altitude wetlands are homeland for endangered snow leopard, red panda, the Himalayan black bear and clouded leopard. Ten species among Nepal’s 20 indigenous gymnosperms and 15 among Nepal’s 23 endemic flowering plants are found in this region. In addition, almost 30 varieties of rhododendron species and 48 varieties of orchids are found here. Wildlife includes endangered snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, red panda, blue sheep and rhesus money. About 252 species of different birds including impeyan pheasant, red-billed blue magpie, shy drongo are found in this area.

 

Trekking and mountaineering are the most popular activities can be done in the area. Local tea houses area available in the main route to base camp of mount Kanchenjung and tented camp is also popular travel style here. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area can be reached by 30-minutes’ flight from Biratngar. Also it can be reached by drive to Taplejung via Ilam.  Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek and Lumba Samba Trek are popular treks of Kanchenjunga region.