Trophy Hunting in Pakistan
IBEX/BLUE SHEEP TROPHY HUNTING
October till March every year
The Himalayan Ibex can be separated from the alpine population by the horn shape which, in adult males, grows much longer, curving round to form? of a complete arc and tapering to relatively slender points.
The recording horn from Pakistan measured 140cm and came from Gilgit. It had a basal girth of 26.5cm and a gap of 63.5cm between tips and certainly in Gilgit a head with horns over this length would be considered an exceptionally good trophy.
Confined to relatively arid mountain ranges of the inner Himalayas, living well above the tree line only in the higher more precipitous regions. They occur from about 3550m to over 5000m in Pakistan, though they sometimes migrate from one mountain range to another in winter and in so doing have been seen crossing valleys below 2135m
They are fairly widespread through the higher mountain ranges in Gilgit Baltistan in the Karakoram Range, the Haramosh Range, and the probably the highest population of Ibex now survives in Northern Hunza, especially in the watershed of Khunjerab, Khyber, Passu, Gulkin Chupersion, Misgar, and Shimshal Valley, and to the east of Khunjerab. In Gilgit, they are still fairly plentiful in Ishkoman, Yasin, and Hunza. Further west they occur in the Hindukush range of mountains and throughout Northern Chitral down to about 32 kilometers north of Chitral and in the higher mountain ranges of Chilas and on the slopes of Malika Parbat Mountain.
Himalayan Ibex has a wider distribution and is plentiful and its future survival is not so threatened in Pakistan largely due to the inaccessibility of its habitat provided by the very extensive concentration of very high mountain ranges in the extreme northwestern region. Baltistan and Hunza are undoubtedly the strongholds of the Himalayan Ibex in the region today. In the early spring, the Ibex is half-starved and eagerly seeks new sprouting grass when it is available at lower milder elevations. This is the only time when they descend as low as 2450m and are thus much easier to hunt.
Any hunting trip in this inaccessible area needs careful planning. A number of permits from local and federal authorities, especially import and re-export licenses for the firearms as well as permits to carry and use these inside the country are required. These often take several weeks to process and must be obtained before the arrival of a hunting party in the country.
Himalayan Ibex, Astor Markhor: Once the rifle handling is done in Islamabad airport, hunters need to fly from Islamabad to up north to the town of Gilgit (app. 45 min flight). We usually book this domestic flight for the hunter. Sometimes, when the flights do not operate due to bad weather conditions, then there is no way but to take a long ride (14-16 hours) up to the Northern Areas of Pakistan. Expect a 9- 10-day trip and a 5- 6day hunt.
Blue Sheep: After finishing all customs formalities in Islamabad, hunters are transferred to the hotel and stay overnight there. The next morning, they fly to Gilgit. In case of flight cancellation, they drive to Chilas, then to Gilgit Hunza, Sost Shimshal, Gujerav, Pamir. After that two days of stalking to Shimshal Village. Plan 10-12 days trip and 05 days hunt.
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DepartureGilgit Airport Pakistan
Day 2 - 3
Day 5 - 09
Day 10 -12
ITEMS INCLUDED IN OUR LAND COST
- Full board hotel meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner in town and city). 02. Airport transfers on arrival and at the time of return. 03. Transport from Islamabad to Hunting Area for men and material. 04. Transport from Hunting Area to Islamabad on return for men and material. 05. Jeeps were required for men and material. 06. Wages of porters, scouts, and their food and insurance. 07. Wages of 01 cook, his food, equipment, and insurance. 08. Kitchen equipment for the expedition until base camp only. 09. Two-person tent for all climbing members until base camp only. 10. Sleeping mattresses for all members until base camp only. 11. Camping fees, road taxes, parking fees. 12. Procurement of import and export permits for expedition equipment. 13. Procurement of Helicopter Rescue Bond from Ministry of Tourism against expeditions actual deposit (12,000 US Dollars) if required. 14. Permit cost: The government fee is US dollars 4000 for each ibex. All the charges and fee is non-refundable after obtaining the hunting permit. It includes one hunter to shoot one ibex during the winter hunting season. The amount is deposited well before the arrival of the hunting party in Pakistan. Only one hunter can join under one permit and there is no limit for non-hunting members to join the expedition. Non-hunting members will only pay for service charges. 15. Local community Fee: The local community in charge of the area where the hunt is conducted is authorized to charge a fee from US dollars 6000 to US dollars 8000 per hunter to allow access to their hunting grounds. 16. Insurance for Arms and Animation. 17. Government documents process fee US dollars 100 per hunter.
- In case of cancellation made before the deposit of the Permit fee and government processing fee, we will refund all amounts after deducting a very nominal fee as our services charges.