Marco Polo argali
Tajikistan is the top destination for Marco Polo argali, the most sought-after wild sheep in the world
Mountain hunting adventure
Hunting in Tajikistan is an unparalleled mountain hunting adventure amid the spectacularly scenic peaks of the Pamir Range
Tajikistan has a rich and ancient culture dating back to when it was the crossroads of Asia in the days of the Silk Road
Tajikistan on map
About hunting in Tajikistan
Tajikistan is a small, mountainous country located in Central Asia. Some 90 percent of its land area is covered by the soaring peaks of the Pamir Mountains, which rise to more than 24,000 feet and are home to the world’s most sought-after wild sheep, the Marco Polo argali. Tajikistan, with Kyrgystan, is one of just two countries in the world where these magnificent argali can be hunted. Because of the sheer difficulty of access and the remoteness of the terrain they inhabit, Marco Polo are very abundant here; hunters will likely see hundreds of sheep every day. Average horn length for Marco Polo sheep taken in Tajikistan ranges from 55 to 59 inches, but every year some sheep of 60 inches and larger are taken. In fact, the largest Marco Polo sheep ever recorded have come from Tajikistan, including the world record, taken by Hossein (Soudy) Golabchi, with horns of 71 7/8 x 73 inches. Hunters may also take Mid-Asian ibex and wild boar. Mid-Asian ibex trophy quality is very good, ranging between 42 and 50 inches. The Pamir Mountains are some of the most beautiful in the world and the terrain is wild, barren, and remote. There is nothing easy about a Marco Polo hunt: Base camps are located at 12,000 feet and hunting take place at 14,000 to 15,000 feet or even higher. Russian 4-wheel-drive jeeps are used to transport hunters to base camp over extremely rough and rugged roads.
What you need to know
1. Planning your trip
2. Upon arrival
4. After the hunt
Planning your trip
A visa is required for citizens of most North American and European countries. A tourist visa valid for stays of up to 45 days can be obtained upon arrival at the Dushanbe International Airport and Khujand Airport; you can also obtain a single or multiple entry e-visa online for US $50 prior to arrival for a maximum stay of 45 days within 90 days by applying here: https://www.evisa.tj/index.evisa.html.
Unless you speak Tajik or Russian, you will need a translator to handle the details of entry and exit procedures from Tajikistan, so be sure to arrange this with your outfitter. After passing through immigration and collecting your baggage, you will be required to have your firearm checked and receive a temporary firearm permit, and this is not something you should attempt to handle on your own.
Hunts for Marco Polo argali occur at extreme altitude in very challenging terrain, and good physical condition is a must. It’s crucial to check with a doctor before embarking on this hunt. Even the most experienced hunters may experience altitude sickness, and Diamox is usually recommended to prevent pulmonary edema.
Average shooting distance is from 400 to 500 yards, so rifles in the .300 magnum class are generally recommended, and hunters should be well-practiced and comfortable shooting at longer distances.
The high-altitude terrain can get extremely cold and windy. Since the climate is very dry, staying hydrated is a must. Consult with your outfitter for recommendations on clothing and equipment that will stand up to the harsh conditions.
After the hunt
Marco Polo argali are CITES-listed species, so CITES export permits are required; additional import permits for both argali and ibex are required by the United States and some other countries. Your outfitter’s staff will need to coordinate with local operators and government agencies to obtain licenses and the required CITES export permits. Trophies are usually shipped as soon as the export documents are issued.
Community-Based MARCO POLO Tajikistan
Thanks to the conservation efforts by community-based conservancies, managed by local non-profits and small family enterprises and covering almost 1200 square miles (768,000 acres) populations of fascinating Marco Polo sheep, Asiatic ibex, Bukhara urial and most unique Bukhara markhor have been recovered to a level that allows for sport hunters to take unique trophies while supporting conservation (especially endangered snow leopard) and development of local rural communities!
Trip duration: 10 days
Hunting season: 15 Nov 2020 28 Feb 2021
Big Tusker Wild Boar Hunt Tajikistan
You will hunt in the middle of the Kushvariston and Khazratishoh mountains, a region famous for their high population density of Bukharan Markhor and especially wild boars. An experience you will never forget! Discover the breathtaking beauty of never-ending landscapes, high peaks and the traditional inhabitants of Tajikistan. The lowland areas of Tajikistan are very famous for their huge wild boars with big tuskers. You can expect day active big tuskers on wild meadows in the valleys in winter. In summer you will find massive wild boars under mulberry trees. Wild boar trophies (tusks) are usually above 20 cm length. Wild boar is hunted where it occurs in large numbers and causes significant damage to local agriculture. Day 1: Arrival at the airport, transfer to the hunting territory, acclimatisation and setting up of the camp. Day 2-8: Dedicated to the hunt. Day 9: Transfer back to Dushanbe We also offer professionally organized hunting tours on Bukharan Markhor. All tours are organised strictly on the basis of official permits we obtain for our guests by the responsible state authorities. We are ready to tailor your hunt to your wishes. Flexibility in the number of hunting days as well as on species. Family and friends are very welcome. We would be delighted to organise special hiking tours and sightseeing programs for your family while you are on your chase. Just ask! for individual services & hunts.
Trip duration: 9 days
Hunting season: 1 Nov 2020 1 Nov 2021
Magnificent Bukharan Markhor Hunt Tajikistan
An experience you will never forget! You will hunt in the middle of the Kushvariston Mountains, a region famous for their high population density of Bukharan Markhor. Chase the magnificent Bukharan Markhor and discover the breathtaking beauty of never-ending landscapes of Tajikistan. To ensure sustainable use and minimal impact on the population, we concentrate on old class animals at least over 8 years. In January 2016, a hunter bagged a Bukharan Markhor that yielded a horn length field measurement of 132 centimetres (52 inches). The ram’s estimated age was eleven years. All tours are strictly organized on the basis of official permits we obtain for our guests by the responsible state authorities. Now there are a good number of mature and large rams. Day 1: Arrival at the airport, transfer to the hunting territory, acclimatisation and setting up of the camp. Day 2-8: Dedicated to the hunt. Day 9: Transfer back to Dushanbe We are ready to tailor your hunt to your wishes. Flexibility in the number of hunting days as well as on species. We also offer the possibility to combine your trip with an unforgettable and professionally organized hunting tour on wild boar, with no additional costs besides the shooting fee. Wild boar trophies (tusks) are usually above 20 cm (8 inches) length. Wild boar is hunted where it occurs in large numbers and causes significant damage to local agriculture. Please feel free to ask for individual service & hunts. Family and friends are very welcome. We would be delighted to organise hiking tours and special sightseeing programs for your family while you are on the hunt.
Trip duration: 9 days
Hunting season: 1 Oct 2021 30 Dec 2021
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