Tajikistan Marco Polo Argali
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Description

CONTRIBUTE TO THE RECOVERY OF MARCO POLO SHEEP IN THE COMMUNITY-BASED CONSERVANCIES OF THE EASTERN PAMIRS AND EXPERIENCE AN EXCLUSIVE AND EXCELLENT HUNT WITH LOCAL TRADITIONAL HUNTERS, WHO BECAME GUARDIANS OF WILDLIFE! Marco Polo sheep is one of the most famous mountain ungulates of Tajikistan and the country holds the largest population number of this argali sheep – more than 23,000 were recorded during a survey in 2009. High mountain plateaus are the habitat of this argali with the most magnificent horns. The largest numbers of Marco Polo sheep are found in commercial hunting concessions, remote areas of Tajik National Park and in the Strict Nature Reserve Zorkul. In other areas Marco Polo sheep disappeared due to poaching and poorly regulated grazing and associated disturbance and depredation by herders’ dogs. The conservancy in Alichur, managed by the community-based NGO “Burgut”, has experienced an incredible conservation success – when the conservancy was established in 2013 less than one hundred Marco Polo sheep could be recorded, while in December 2015, just after three years of protection by local traditional hunters, already more than five hundred argali were observed, among them several trophy-aged rams! Now the first few permits are available and the hunts will further enable and encourage the conservation of this magnificent wild sheep and its ecosystem in the High Pamirs! Hunting season is from September 1 until end of February, but the most favorable hunting period is from September to December. A twelve day-trip, including one day acclimatization to altitude and eight hunting days, is recommended to achieve success. Shorter trips are also possible upon request! Currently the only community-based wildlife conservancy offering Marco Polo sheep is in the Eastern Pamirs (Alichur community conservancy) of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province (GBAO). This hunt can be combined with Asiatic ibex hunting.


Details

  • Species: Marco Polo Argali
  • Average Classification: 45 - 55
  • Shot Opportunity: 90
  • Weapon: Rifle
  • Hunt Catalog #: RB17959-02
  • Tag Availability: Over The Counter

Options

Non-hunter

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Option for a non-hunter observer. At $200/day for 8 days.

  • Non-hunter $1,600.00

  • Available Dates

    October 01, 2021 - February 28, 2023


    Pricing

    • Price: $53,000.00


    Group Options

    Option for a non-hunter. Option to add wild boar hunting. Option to add an ibex.

    Location

    Alichur, Tajikistan, Tajikistan


    Refund Policy:

    Deposit 80% refundable 1 year prior to hunt date. 40% refundable 6 months prior to hunt date. No refunds under 6 months of the hunt date.

    Description

    The conservancy in Alichur, managed by the community-based NGO “Burgut”, has experienced an incredible conservation success – when the conservancy was established in 2013 less than one hundred Marco Polo sheep could be recorded, while in December 2015, just after three years of protection by local traditional hunters, already more than five hundred argali were observed, among them several trophy-aged rams! Now the first few permits are available and the hunts will further enable and encourage the conservation of this magnificent wild sheep and its ecosystem in the High Pamirs! Marco Polo sheep hunts are demanding mountain hunts, and success depends strongly on the physical condition of the hunter. Typically these hunts take place in winter at altitudes above 4000 m in the high mountain valleys.


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    • Lodging & Accommodations: Backpack Tent
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      Lodging & Accommodations Scale

      5 - Cabin/Lodge

      4 - Bunk House/Trailer

      3 - Wall Tent

      2 - Backpack Tent

      1 - Client Provided/Hotel

    Depending on what time of year and what conservancy you hunt in will determine what kind of lodging will be provided. Earlier seasons may demand for spike camps on the mountains. Later season hunts will allow more travel from lower elevations using vehicles in the field and spotting animals, then making a plan to stalk them from below. Hunter should be prepared to live in the villages and embrace Tajik culture on this hunt. You will get to meet and interact with the local guides and their families and truly experience Tajikistan culture.

    • Menu & Food: Full Kitchen
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      Menu & Food Scale

      5 - 5 Star Catered

      4 - Full Kitchen

      3 - Field Kitchen

      2 - Backpack Food

      1 - Client Provided

    This hunting experience will provide local and homemade authentic Tajikistan foods. Tajik cuisine offers a large variety of fruit, meat, and soup dishes. The most popular among them are dishes such as Oshi palov, kurutob, Shurbo, Laghmon and snacks like sambusa and mantu. The national drink is green tea, respectively. Traditional Tajik meal begins with small dishes of dried fruits, jams, and halva, followed by soup and meat, and finished with plov. Tea accompanies every meal and is often served between meals. Besides traditional dishes, most restaurants serve Russian borsh and popular shashlyks. Shurbo: boiled meat on the bone with chickpeas, red and green peppers, potatoes, carrots, and onions. Laghmon: the same with homemade noodles Oshi Palov: a rice dish made with shredded yellow turnip or carrot and pieces of meat, all fried together in vegetable oil or mutton fat. Shashlyks: chunks or minced meat on a skewer cooked over an open fire. Vegetarian versions are often available. Alcohol: The choice of Alcohol in Tajikistan is limited to vodka and beer. Scotch, whiskey or wine can be bought only in Dushanbe. We require our customers to be considerate and to treat local people with respect. In some parts of Tajikistan drinking alcohol is considered unrespectable, so please consult with your guide before putting the bottle on the table.

    • Physical Conditions: Heavy Hiking
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      Physical Conditions Scale:

      5 - All Vehicle Access

      4 - Light Hiking

      3 - Moderate Hiking

      2 - Heavy Hiking

      1 - Extreme Back Country

    Marco Polo hunts are demanding and adventurous mountain hunts, and success depends strongly on the physical condition of the hunter. Stalking the animals or reaching a hide from which the hunter waits for the animals often requires a considerable ascent. Ideally the hunter should plan for an overnight stay at the hide with a hunt in the early morning hours. Depending on the condition and ambitions of the hunter different locations can be chosen. Typically Marco Polo hunts take place in winter at altitudes ranging between 7500 and 15000 feet in the ravines of the Pamirs. These high mountain hunts take place in some of the most impressive mountain areas – the “Roof of the World” – and provide an unforgettable experience.


    Transportation (To/From Basecamp)

    Visiting Tajikistan is easy. Dushanbe has flight connections with several airports in Europe and Asia. Currently comfortable flights to Dushanbe are once a week directly from Frankfurt, Germany by Somonair carrier and three times a week from Istanbul using Turkish Airlines as well as 5 flights from Dubai. Citizens of most countries can easily obtain their visa online. The official website by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is: https://www.evisa.tj/index.evisa.html. Be sure to apply for tourist visa (invitation not required). In addition to visa for those who are planning to visit the GBAO region commonly referred to as Pamir should obtain additional permit which can be applied for along with visa in the above mentioned link. Outfitter will help with applications. All necessary permits for hunting and for the importation and re-export of hunting firearms and ammunition will be obtained by Association of Nature Conservation Organizations of Tajikistan and sent by Email to the visiting hunter. This outfitter will pick you up at the airport and assist with all procedures. Ungulate trophies can be shipped via an EU-registered company. Boar tusks can be exported by the hunters without prior notification to import authorities. For CITES listed species (argali and urial sheep, markhor) This outfitter provides advice and assistance with obtaining the required export and import permits. In Tajikistan the journey starts from the international airport of Dushanbe because of the remoteness of the hunting areas, poor road infrastructures and sometimes difficult weather conditions, especially in winter require a relatively long travel by road is. Markhor and wild-boar areas can be reached from Dushanbe in half-a-day drive. Areas with Asiatic ibex and Marco Polo sheep will require 1 to 2 day drive through along the Pamir highway which is an adventure on its own. for traveler across the Atlantic we suggest spending one day in Dushanbe after the long flight before embarking on the journey especially to Pamir. For visitors of the Pamirs, travel via Osh in Kyrgyzstan (once a week connected via Istanbul by Turkish Airlines) can be an attractive option. The road from Osh to the Pamirs passes the scenic landscape of the Alay mountains in Kyrgyzstan, which are worth a visit on their own and where similar community-based initiatives since 2014 started to replicate the successful experience from neighboring Tajikistan.

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    Description

    For the journey a cross-country vehicle is rented. On site hunts usually take place on foot, with the help of guides and donkeys. Local rangers are very experienced traditional hunters who know very well the area, speak basic English, Russian as well as local languages. The group is also accompanied by a young translator who speaks English. Accommodation is organized either in traditional family guesthouses in villages located at the edge of hunting areas, in simple isolated guesthouses or in solid clean South African safari tent. Communal lodging is the rule. For the overnight stay in the field, if necessary, a small tent available. Hunters should bring their own warm sleeping-bags and insulating mats. For spring hunt of wild boars the weather is usually nice with mild temperatures yet with sometimes significant rainfall. Daytime temperatures in summer are very hot, up to 40°C, nights are cooler but still warm. Depending on location the sanitary facilities of the guesthouses may include WC and sauna or be rather simple (dry-toilet and bucket shower).


    What Outfitter Provides

    • Meals-Authentic Tajikistan Foods
    • Lodging-back pack tent or village stay (depending on what time of year the hunt is booked)
    • Field Transportation
    • Transportation to base camp village
    • Trophy Preparation
    • Assistance with rifles and visas

    What to Bring

    • Day Pack
    • High power Binoculars & Rangefinder
    • Cold weather hunting gear-layering system recommended
    • Hunting hat & gloves
    • Rifle with high power scope & 40 rounds of ammunition
    • Insulated, waterproof, and durable hiking boots
    • Gaiters
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Thermal Base Layers
    • Sunglasses
    • Visa
    • Hotel before & after the hunt
    • Rifle Permit
    • Sunscreen

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