Hunting in Nepal

 

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Introduction

Owing to its geographical position, Nepal experiences a number of variations in climate and geological features, with a consequent abundance of different flora and fauna. The mountainous north has eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest, called Sagarmatha in Nepali. It contains more than 240 peaks over 20 000 ft (6096 m) above sea level. Many species that are very attractive for a hunter inhabit Nepal. This hunting paradise was long isolated from the rest of the world. The breath-taking nature of Himalayas offer some of the finest high mountain hunting in the world. Here you can hunt Bharal or Blue Sheep and Himalayan Thar. Spotted Deer, Hog Deer and Wild Boar are also found in Nepal. The climate ranges from subtropical in the south to temperate in the hills to arctic at high altitudes. The monsoon season is from June to September, during which showers occur almost every day, bringing 75 to 150 centimeters (30-60 in.) of rain.

A visa is necessary to visit Nepal. You can obtain it either at the arrival point or at the nearest Embassy. Visa fees at arrival points: 15 days=$25, 30 days=$40. Government of Nepal issues the arm and ammunition license in advance. Once you’ve booked the trip, you should provide us your weapons details.

Hunting season


Hunting is open October – November & March – April.
There is also an optional season in December – February, however it could be very cold and it is advised to check with us before making up your decision.

Trophy

Barking Deer

Barking Deer (Muntjac)

Barking Deer is a common animal. Barking Deer fall in the category of those Deer that are shy and elusive. It has been named after its call, which is very similar to the dog’s bark. A definite identification mark to recognize a Barking Deer is two raised dark ridges in the forehead that extend into its antlers. One of the unique features of this Deer is that they have both pairs of antlers as well as overgrown canines known as tushes. Both of these are used as weapons during combat but the tushes are used more effectively and frequently. They can be easily distinguished from other Deer. Barking Deer grow to the highest of 20-30 inches (50-75 cm) and weight approximately 44-66 pounds (20-30 kg). Mostly live in solitude, very rarely seen in numbers exceeding two. They rarely venture out into open grassland and are mostly seen feeding near the edge of dense forest but sometimes they can be found at salt licks. Barking Deer are easily started by any movement.

Himalayan Tahr

Himalayan Tahr

Himalayan Tahr is an excellent game animal that provides sport as fine as any in the world. “Tahr inhabit, perhaps, the worst ground on which it is possible for a large mammal to exist, and it is to this that many sportsmen owe the loss of some of their finest trophies.” (Richard Lydekker) The Himalayan Tahr is one of three species of Tahr. Himalayan Tahrs have relatively short legs and small heads with large eyes and small pointed ears. Males are larger than females, they weigh between 79 pounds and 198 pounds (35-90 kg). They are 26-40 inches (66-100 centimeters) at the shoulder, and 4-5 ft (120-150 cm) long. Their hooves have a hard keratin rim surrounding a soft spongy convex pad. These hooves and their dewclaws make them excellent climbers. Both sexes have horns which curve up, back, and then in. They can grow up to 18 inches (45 cm) long and are bigger on males than on females. In the winter, Tahr has dense, reddish to dark brown woolly fur with a thick undercoat, which keeps it warm. The males will grow a long, shaggy mane around their neck and shoulders, which grows down to the upper parts of their legs. In the spring they lose much of their coat, and it becomes lighter in color.

Himalayan Blue Sheep

Himalayan Blue Sheep

Himalayan Blue Sheep is also called Tibetan Blue Sheep. Compared with Chinese Blue Sheep, the body size is 10-20 percent bigger and the color is darker. Facial mask is a darker brown, sides of face are whitish and sides of neck are light buff. There is much black on front of neck and chest, and the black lateral band is wider and almost joining the dark chest patch instead of stops several inches behind the shoulder. The horn length and circumference are also 10-20 percent bigger, but the tip-to-tip measurement is usually much lesser. Horns grow outward horizontally, with little downward curve, then turn backward with the tips inclined upward. In cross section they are rounded throughout their length, with only the frontal-nuchal edge sharply defined. Hunting for this subspecies is limited to Nepal, as the other countries where it occurs do not allow it to be hunted at present.

Wild Boar

Wild Boar

Nepal can offer an extreme Wild Boar hunting in rugged woods. The trophies are really nice. Shoulder height 30-43 inches (55-110 cm). Weight 150-400 pounds (68-180 kg), sometimes more. A large pig with relatively thin legs. The coat of dense, bristly hair is brownish-gray in color, sometimes with cheek whiskers and a neck mane. There are no wart-like skin growths on the face. The female is similar to the male, though smaller and with much smaller tusks. Gregarious, living in family groups, though old boars may be solitary. Sense of smell is very good, hearing good, eyesight only fair. It is a fine game animal, alert and wary, and rather dangerous at close quarters.

Hunting Territory

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve: Surtibang, Gustang, Barse & Fagune, Southern Areas of Dhorpatan.

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only area in Nepal where licensed hunting is allowed. The reserve adjoins Myagdi district and Baglung district, just below the Dhaulagiri Range in the west Nepal. Spreading over an area of 1325 sq. kms the reserve begins at 9800 feet (3000 meters) reaching as high as 23000 feet (7000 meters). Mainly the hunt is organized at 11500-16500 feet (3000-5000 meters). The higher elevations remain snow-capped throughout the year. Trees like fir, pine, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, oak, juniper and spruce are common in the reserve.

Hunting

Supporting Crew: Professional Guide, Cook, porters & game scout

Blue Sheep hunting is a very hard hunt due to the altitude involved. That is why we first complete Sheep hunt, and only if there is time, we look for other game. Due to the altitude we are careful to land with the helicopter at about 9800 feet (3000 m) and from here we take a 2 day walk to the sheep base camp in order for the hunters to get acclimatized to the altitude. The base camp is at about 11500 feet (3500 m). From here each hunter accompanied by 1 hunting guide and 1 local guide goes out at about 3:30 am with a packed lunch. It is good to have layered clothes because the temperature is low in the morning and in the evening and higher during the day. Hunting is done from about 11500 feet (3500 m) to about 14800 feet (4500 m), sometimes up to 18000 feet (5500 m).

Route

Many different airlines fly to Nepal. According to our experience Qatar Air is the most convenience to travel with arm & ammunition. Plan 11 to 18 days for hunting Himalayan Tahr or Blue Sheep and 15 to 22 days for a combo hunt for both species.


Itinerary for Himalayan Tahr or Blue Sheep hunt

  • Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport, custom formalities, transfer to hotel. If your flight arrives after 3 pm, custom formalities shall not be completed and weapons shall stay at the airport customs until next day
  • Day 02: Kathmandu, complete the government formalities & make final preparations
  • Day 03: Transfer by helicopter in the morning then walk up to the Camp
  • Day 04-09: Hunting
  • Day 10: Transfer by helicopter to Kathmandu, overnight at the hotel
  • Day 11: Kathmandu, preparing documentation for trophy export, overnight at the hotel
  • Day 12: Departure

Itinerary for Himalayan Tahr and Blue Sheep hunt combo

  • Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport, custom formalities, then transfer to hotel. If your flight arrives after 3 pm, custom formalities shall not be completed and weapons shall stay at the airport customs until next day
  • Day 02: Kathmandu, complete the government formalities & make final preparations
  • Day 03-06: 3 days Trek & One day drive to the camp
  • Day 07-11: Blue sheep hunting
  • Day 12-16: Himalayan Tahr hunting
  • Day 17-20: Return to Kathmandu (two days trek & one day drive)
  • Day 21: Kathmandu, preparing documentation for trophy export, overnight at the hotel
  • Day 22: Departure
  • Helicopter Charter: Helicopter charter in Nepal is very expensive. The rate is fixed by local association which costs you US$2200 per hour during low season & US$2500 during high season. It takes you 3.5 hours to get to the hunting area and same on the way back, totalling 7 hours.
  • Pilatus Charter: Pilatus plane is available only for Fagune Block, Gustang Block and Surti bang Block. If you want to hunt further north in Seng, Dogadi, Sundaha & Gustang Blocks, then helicopter transfer is required or you need to walk for another three days to get there.
  • Using horses: It is impossible to use horses during hunting and only in several places horses can be used for transportation to the camp.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in local hotels while staying in Kathmandu and in spike camps (small tents) while hunting.

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