This is a very unusual and exciting hunt. It is community based and promotes conservation and sustainable development.
Tajikistan is the top destination for Marco Polo argali, the most sought-after wild sheep in the world
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 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.
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.
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.
This hunt was as challenging as any hunt I have been on. Our guides worked extremely hard for us and we're very patient with me to help me be successful.
The thin air made it very difficult to climb but I just had to go at my pace.
Great help from everybody. Very warm welcome et fantastic seeneries. THe mountain range is impressive especially with the wolves howling in the background. Many trophy animals. Get ready for long distance shooting.
Accomodations a bit rough when camping at the top of the mountain.
In September 2018 I hunted ibex in the Parcham Conservancy of Tajikistan through H&CAT. This hunt is not for everyone. But if you are in good shape, love the mountains, and want to truly experience the culture and lifestyle of central Asia, you will find it to be the experience of a lifetime. I will never forget the kind, generous people, the amazing wildlife, and the stunning beauty of the high Pamirs. I have a fair amount of mountain-hunting experience in North America and elsewhere, and this was by far the most physically difficult hunt I have done. My hunting partner and I were both successful on ibex, taking them at an elevation of more than 16,000 feet after several days of tough climbing and hiking. Ibex are magnificent game animals. Get in good hiking/climbing shape. Prepare for long shots. The time of year you go makes a big difference--early in the season it is much more difficult. We were there at the end of September; it was still warm and there was no snow, and the ibex were very high. Once the snow flies, ibex will move lower, and you won’t have to climb as far. The conservancy guides in Parcham were outstanding. They know these mountains intimately, but just as important, they understand visiting hunters. They have an excellent feel for the pace at which you can hike, and will adjust and care for you accordingly. We stayed in a home in the village, and also spent several nights camped out high on the mountain in a small tent. Even in the village, do not expect indoor plumbing, a great deal of privacy, or other comforts you might be used to. Do, however, expect the kindest, most generous people you have ever met to open their homes to you, share with you what they have, and be your hosts and your friends. The people of Tajikistan are welcoming to hunters and to visitors in general. They take pride in their country and their culture. Everyone we met, in the airport, in the villages, and in the city of Dushanbe, made us feel safe and welcome. Be prepared for a very long, rough drive from Dushanbe to the conservancy and back on the infamous Pamir Highway—an adventure in itself. By participating in this hunt, you will be supporting one of the finest hunter-funded conservation projects in the world. H&CAT’s work in setting up and supporting local conservancies has resulted in healthy and thriving populations of ibex, snow leopards, and other species. The money you pay goes directly to the local conservancy where you hunt—not to an outfitter or middleman--providing direct financial support to the local villages, whose inhabitants are now the greatest champions and protectors of Tajikistan’s mountain wildlife.
Game was plentiful, guides were focused on clients needs and took into account hunters shortcomings. Very genuine,very friendly, and very focused on your success.. H&CT has been very effective at bringing ibex, markhor, and Marco Polo back to sustainable numbers. From the time we landed in Dushanbe to the time when we left... we felt at all times very safe and very welcome. Entry and exiting of country was extremely well organized and very efficient. Drivers were very good and vehicles had seat belts and good tires. People were very kind, helpful, and treated my wife and I like royalty.
the heartwarming people, the landscape, the hunting days and the night sky
sometimes the food
My friend, a German architect, and I, a farmer from the Black Forest in Southwest Germany went on this Ibex-hunting expedition to the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan in March 2015. Quality and comfort of lodging arrangements were quite satisfying and presumably would match the expectations of the majority of foreign hunters who come to such a remote place in search for adventure. All services provided by the site manager’s staff reflected an extremely “authentic” hospitality and the desire of everybody to do his very best. The hunting guides were extremely motivated to lead a successful hunt, they were also perceptive to adjust their working speed at any time to the limits of our physical conditions. Those Kyrgyz and Pamiri guides/hunters have outstanding knowledge about the distribution and localisation of wildlife resources in the hunting area. Their extraordinary competence for targeting potential males to extract was beyond any expectation. In one week on top of the world we both managed to harvest an ibex without stress and hurry. Apart of the numerous ibex we saw a lot of argalis, wolves, eagles etc. Overall it was an exciting challenge and a unique experience to hunt in that remote and unspoiled place. I hope that it will remain for long time as it is ...
This remote area is part of a snow leopard conservancy. Their conservation model that they use to protect the wildlife, not using the wild game as a food source like many other countries was amazing. The hospitality, work ethic, team work all exceptional. It's a tough hunt - a day to hike into base camp but I killed an exceptional quality ibex on my first day in route to the 2nd camp. I cant say enough great things about the people, they work very hard to make sure you're happy. After the hunt they took us to the hot springs to relax. I plan on returning to Tajikistan to hunt with this outfitter again.
Unfortunately my friend lost our bags flying with Turkish Air. It's important to keep a full set of clothing in your carry bag. It's very tough to replace your gear in that part of the world. i'm very lucky the temperatures weren't that bad, but my friend also killed his ibex on the very first day.
Coming to Central Asia was a new experience for me. The crew at H&CAT worked tirelessly to ensure our comfort and safety. The unique villages, strenuous hunting and beautiful trophies made for a trip of a lifetime. It was definitely the most difficult yet most rewarding hunt of my life! I highly recommend this hunt to anyone looking for a new challenge!
HUNTING & CONSERVATION ALLIANCE of TAJIKISTAN H&CAT Community based wildlife management in Tajikistan has become a world-known successful example of conservation success through sustainable hunting, which in 2014 was internationally recognized by the prestigious CIC “Markhor Award”. 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! The main goal of H&CAT is to support community-based wildlife management in Tajikistan and across Central Asia. H&CAT is the association of Tajikistan’s community-based hunting organizations, which offer you the best first hand sport hunting opportunities on Marco Polo sheep, urial, ibex and markhor! H&CAT entirely handles your hunting trip, obtains all required permits and organizes all services from arrival in Tajikistan to departure to your home country and can assist in trophy shipping. By booking your hunt directly with H&CAT, you could greatly support biodiversity and rural livelihoods at the same time. H&CAT does not charge any agent commissions and thus the money you spend for the hunt is used for the excellent service you will enjoy from local people, for the protection and management of wildlife and for the wellbeing of the local communities! «Only if hunting benefits those managing wildlife and motivates local community members by supporting rural development – such hunts can be called true conservation and fair chase». (H&CAT)
Trip duration: 10 days
Trip available on: 15 November 2018 28 February 2019
You will hunt in the middle of the Kushvariston 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 in winter on wild meadows in the valleys. In summer you will find massive wild boars under mulberry trees. 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. 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 service & hunts.
Trip duration: 9 days
Trip available on: 1 January 2018 30 June 2019
You will hunt in the middle of the Darvaz mountains, a region which represents the best-preserved nature in the entire Darvaz Range. An experience you will never forget! Discover the breathtaking beauty of never-ending landscapes, high peaks and the traditional inhabitants of Tajikistan. Ibex are offered only in very limited numbers to avoid negative impact on the population which also serves as an important prey for the snow leopard. To ensure sustainable use and minimal impact on the population, we concentrate on old class animals at least over 8 years. Ibex horns are above 41,5 inches (105 cm). 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 organised hunting tours on Bukharan Markhor and Wild boars. All tours are organised strictly on the basis of official permits the company obtains for their guests by the responsible state authorities. The tuskers are usually above 18 cm (7 inches) length and Wild boars are usually hunted in a neighboring area where it occurs in large numbers and causes significant damage to local agriculture. We are ready to tailor your hunt to your wishes. Flexibility in the number of hunting days as well as on species. If you are successful within the first days, we also offer the possibility to combine your trip with an unforgettable big tusker hunt, with no additional costs besides the shooting fee. 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
Trip available on: 15 November 2019 28 February 2020
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