Eastern Rukum district lies in Province No. 5 of Nepal with Rukumkot as the interim headquarter of the district. This is a hilly and mountainous district but there is also a plain area. It is located nearly about 280 km west of capital city Kathmandu, at mid-western development region. It has many potential tourist destinations or attractions that are not explored, Mt. Sisne is the head of the district which is 5849m.
Places to visit in Rukum
Guerrilla Trek is one of the newest trekking routes which traverses through the remote areas of Rukum in the western part of Nepal. The trek is named as Guerrilla as it features the trails used by Maoists during the Nepalese Civil war that ended in 2006. It offers an exhilarating experience for anyone who is curious about the ways of life the Maoist cadres led in the rugged terrain. Trekking along with scenic panoramas, it also allows the trekkers to interact with the innocent locals untouched by the realms of modernization.
The trekking is about 15 days which begins from Beni. It leads to Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve which is the only legal hunting reserve in Nepal. Then to Myagdi, Rukum and Rolpa which were the conflicted region during war. The trail goes through Jaljala Pass (3107m) which hosts stunning panorama of Api (7132m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Saipal (7031m), Annapurna (8091m) and other Himalayas. The trek walks through lush forests of rhododendron, fir, pine, birch, juniper, oak and hemlock to come across the settlements of Thakali, Brahmin, Chhetri, Tibetan and Magar ethnics. The forest is home to endangered animals like leopard, serow, goral, black bear, Himalayan thar and barking deer.
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
It is the only hunting reserve in Nepal which lies in Rukum, Myagdi and Baglung districts in the Dhaulagiri Himal range. It was established in 1983 and was gazette in 1987. The reserve is the only hunting reserve in the country to meet the sports hunting needs of Nepalese and foreign hunters of blue sheep and other game animals. Altitudes vary from 3000 m to more than 7000 m, the higher elevations remain snow-capped throughout the year. The flat meadows above tree line 4000 m, locally known as Patan is divided into six blocks for hunting management purposes. Except on north the reserve is surrounded by villages on all sides.
The reserve is distinguished by alpine, sub-alpine and high temperate vegetation. Common species include fir, rhododendron, hemlock, pine, birch, oak, spruce and juniper. Pasturelands occupy more than 50% of the total area of the reserve at higher elevations of Rukum. Besides national parks and wildlife reserves Government has also set a hunting reserve at Dhorpatan where controlled hunting of some species is allowed. The reserve is one of the prime habitats of blue sheep which is the main target of hunters. Other species are ghoral, serow, Himalayan thar, black bear, partridge and pheasant. Endangered species include the red panda and cheer pheasant.
These are some information about East Rukum. Have you visited Rolpa? You can read some information about Rolpa Here.