• Last updated on Dec 18, 2021

Thanks to Nepal's vast geographical variation, the country has diverse climatic conditions and abundant flora & fauna. The best season to observe blue sheep in Nepal or generally the best season for hunting in the Himalayas is spring and autumn. 

March to April (spring) and October to November (autumn) is the ideal time to embark on the adventurous hunting venture and enjoy some of the exquisite panoramas of the snow-capped mountains in Nepal. 

Check out our Hunting in Nepal Guide for more in-depth information.

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Blue Sheep

Blue sheep are also known as Bharal. For your information, this Himalayan animal is neither a sheep nor blue in color. The male (60-75 kg) is larger than the female (35-45 kg). The adult males have large, backward-sweeping horns, which usually are over 50 cm long and weigh 7-9 kg. Compared to this, female blue sheep have relatively small horns.

Talking about the behavior of blue sheep, it is a mix of sheeplike and goatlike patterns. In treeless slopes, alpine meadows, and shrub zones above the treeline, you can see blue sheep in groups. Likewise, they are usually spotted on hillsides with grasses and near cliffs. 

Other than the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, you can find blue sheep in Manang Kanchenjunga, Darchula, Dolpa, Manaslu, and many other regions in Nepal.

Blue Sheep Hunting in Autumn

October and November are excellent months of the year for Blue Sheep hunting because of the stable weather and moderate climate. The temperature varies from 7°C to 19°C. The weather is not too hot or cold. Still, we recommend you carry a few winter pieces to keep yourself warm. The temperature can drop to 5°C above 2,000 meters in the morning and night. 

The views are clear and breathtaking in October. The changing color of forests and flowers makes the surroundings charming. You can see many trekkers along the way, relishing the gorgeous beauty of the snow-capped mountains. 

November starts with the more chilled wind. The warm daytime makes you feel cozy while trekking. The air carries a unique freshness in it, the freshness of the Himalayas, and every single breath suddenly becomes relaxing.

Blue Sheep Hunting in Spring

March to April is the season of flowers and lush vegetation. The entire hunting reserve bloomed up with a range of flora. As the climate begins to warm up, you can easily spot wildlife. The trail gets covered with colorful flowers, and crisp air soothes the hunter's soul.

The temperature ranges between 16°C to 5°C. During blue sheep hunting, you may ascend above 5000 meters where temperature can get below 0°C at night and morning. Again the weather remains stable, and moderate climatic conditions makes hunting blue sheep in March and April fantastic. 

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

The only hunting reserve in Nepal, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve (where one can get a license to legally hunt), ranges from 3,000 meters to 7,000 meters. Spread over 1,325 square kilometers, the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve adjoins Myagdi and Baglung districts.

The hunting reserve is packed with forests of rhododendron, pine, fir, birch, hemlock, oak, juniper, and several other vegetation. Along with that, there are prime attractions for hunters, Blue Sheep. Similarly, the hunting reserve has many other exotic animals like Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Tahr, leopard, langur, musk deer, etc, and a range of birds.

Blue Sheep Hunting 

Blue sheep hunting is a high altitude trip, therefore weather and climate matter a lot to determine the success and failure of the venture. While traversing above 5,000 meters, the weather has to be stable so that you can safely complete the trek. And Spring & Autumn has it, which makes this season an ideal choice for hunting in the Himalayas.

One thing you have to be careful of is the itinerary you follow during the hunt. Even with the best climatic conditions, don't forget it is a high-altitude trek, and there is always a lingering chance of altitude sickness. 

Therefore, you have to make sure the blue sheep hunting itinerary you are following has enough acclimatization days. These rest days between the itinerary not only allow you to adjust to the altitude but also allow you to enjoy nature. 

We offer the best 15 days blue sheep hunting package to our guests. Likewise, we also make tailor-made itineraries for travelers who want something different.

We also offer the best Himalayan Tahr Hunting and Combo Hunting (Blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr).

Best Blue Sheep Hunting itinerary in Nepal

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Fly to Hunting Area
  • Day 03: Hike to hunting base camp
  • Day 04-12: Hunting starts
  • Day 13: Back to helicopter camp 
  • Day 14: Flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 15: Your final departure

Hunting Block in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

There are seven hunting blocks in the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve:

  • Fagune Block- blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr hunt
  • Gustang Block- Blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr hunt
  • Seng Block- Blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr hunt
  • Surtibang Block- only Himalayan Tahr hunt
  • Barse Block- Only blue sheep hunt
  • Dogadi Block- Blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr hunt
  • Sundaha Block- sheep and Himalayan Tahr hunt

Why book blue sheep hunting with us?

Blue sheep hunting or trophy hunting in Nepal is an extreme activity that demands strong support and a well-planned itinerary. With us, Himalayan Wildlife Outfitters, you will be hunting with a group of professional hunters. 

We assist in getting a hunting license from the government of Nepal, obtaining all the necessary permits, and preparing for the venture. The region you will be hunting is completely remote. Therefore, you have to go camping while hunting. 

Our on field-members are natives of the region. You will get to know more in-depth about the region and the locals. They will set tents for you, cook delicious meals amidst dense forests, and help you spot the best blue sheep.

We are professional hunters and in business for numerous years. Our expertise and top-notch service make us one of the best-hunting partners in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Please feel free to contact us anytime for more information. We have also opened our booking for Blue Sheep Hunting 2022. 

Get in touch with us to book this once in a lifetime hunting venture in the Himalayas. Do know that, only a handful of hunting licenses are issued by the government of Nepal every year, so you have to be early to get your hands on one of them.


Sher Waiba

Sher Waiba

Mr. Waiba is a mountaineering and hunting expert in Nepal Himalaya. He has been organizing treks, tours, and hunting safari in Nepal. If you love any kind of adventure activities as well as hunting tours, you can contact him. You can also link to his social media: Facebook