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Description: Pakistan is one of the unique countries on the face of the earth that is blessed with a great variety of mountain game animals. But not only rich in diversity, it also holds healthy populations of some of the rarest animals which do not exist anywhere else in the world. Among many hunting trophies, one of them is the Himalayan Ibex.
The Himalayan Ibex is indigenous to Himalayan and Karakurm Range of Pakistan. This race with its good number of population occupies most of the Karakurm Range of Northern Areas which is about a few hundred kilometers east of Kashmir Markhor range. Hunting can be carried out in several community managed areas around the towns of Gilgit. Skardu side of this immediate geography is also considered as ibex country.
A pair of 40” horn considered to be very good representative trophy for this specie. For determined hunters in good shape trophies of bigger size may not be out of question as would be hunters will be seeing some really big pick up trophies hanging on the walls of village houses.
Himalayan Ibex lives in Northern Pakistan, spread around at almost every location on Hindukush and Karakurm Ranges as well as on Himalayan mountain chain. Being a higher dwelling animal than Markhor, Himalayan Ibex lives at the altitudes of 2,800 - 3,600 mt (9,000'-12,000'), way above the tree line in many areas.
Hunting usually starts from the village houses where hunters will be staying after a short hike. In some cases a short ride to the area may be needed and then a stalk to get within the shooting range is required.
Accommodations: Accommodation is at village houses with basic facilities and satisfactory cooking.
There are daily and direct flights to Islamabad (capital) of Pakistan from many European cities. Lufthansa and British Airways are flying to Islamabad directly from Frankfurt and London.
Once the rifle handling is done in Islamabad airport, hunters need to fly from Islamabad to up north to the town of Gilgit ( app. 45min.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 up to the Northern Areas of Pakistan.
Guests arrive in Islamabad they will never be left alone until their departure time of the country. There is always someone who represents our company to accompany wherever they go and to take good care of their needs.
Day by Day itinerary
Himalayan Ibex hunt requires a 10-12 days hunt although a hunter in a good shape can complete it within a week time. A tentative day by day itinerary for H. Ibex could be as follows:
Day 01............Arrive in Islamabad, custom handling, (depending on arrival time), fly to Gilgit and if the weather does not allow the flight, overnight in Islamabad.
Day 02...........Drive to Gilgit (12-14 hours) and overnight
Day 03...........Drive to the area ( 3-6 hours) and camp and rest.
Day 04-10…..Hunt Himalayan Ibex
Day 11............Drive back to Islamabad and fly home the next day.
Trophy treatment and Shipment
The skin of the animal is carefully treated. Ears and lips are turned and salted and the scull is boiled and cleaned properly. Later, the trophy is carefully packed for shipment. After all papers are prepared which are necessary for the shipment, the shipment is sent to the address that is provided. Hunters might as well take their trophies home with them if there is enough time for the trophy preparation after the hunt. Receiving the trophies could take couple of months (not longer) and shipment cost is around US$750 -850/each animal depending on the address.
Pakistan visa process
European and US citizens need to get their Pakistani visa before the travel. Therefore, in order to avoid any problems, hunters should get their visas issued on the passport before leaving home and the validity should be at least 6 months from the departure date. We provide you a visa invitation letter. Visa can easily be taken from the Embassy of Pakistan in your country.
Call for suggested gear list.
Rates: Himalayan Ibex - $11,500 (any size)
*Other species available in Pakistan (call for pricing): Blanford Urial, Sind Ibex, Kasmir Markhor, Suleiman Markhor, Punjab Urial, Ator Markor
Dates: October through the end of March. Suggested times from the end of November, through December, and January.
Included: visa invitation, custom handling, hunting organization up to mentioned days, one trophy fee of mentioned specie, hunting license, gun import permit, area fees, transfers from/to Islamabad and Gilgit or Skardu airport, full board accommodation in the hunting area, interpreter and local guide.
Not Included: International & domestic air fares, visa cost, trophy shipment, insurance, gratuities, hotel accommodation before / after the hunt, personal expenses. Observer fee - US$1,900