Day 1. Arrival in Dushanbe, customs clearance procedures, transfer to the hunting camp
Day 2-8. 7 days of hunting
Day 9. Return to Dushanbe, overnight in hotel
Day 10. Departure from Dushanbe
Hunting: In the morning you get into your jeep. Horseback hunt is not available in Tajikistan. During the day you will explore the upper edges of the mountains, glassing the hillsides and feeding areas. Once the trophy is located you complete your stalking on foot. You hunt at 14,000 feet / 5,000 m. Physical condition is a factor on the stalking portion of the hunt. A long range shooting, up to 400-500 yards/m is usual for Marco Polo Argali hunt.
The Tajik or Heptner’s Bukhara markhor is found only in two scattered populations in the Kugitang Mountains at the border between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and in the Hazratishoh and Darvaz Ranges along the Panj River at the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Thanks to the conservation efforts in community-based conservancies the population has recovered in recent years and during surveys increasing numbers of markhor were recorded by experts of the Academy of Sciences, government agencies in charge of wildlife conservation and national and international NGO representatives: in 2012 a total of 1018, in 2014 a total of 1300, in 2016 only in three conservancies 1450 and in 2017 a total 1901 among them a healthy percentage of mature males. The markhor are an important prey of snow leopard and several hunters already had the luck to observe this elusive cat during their trip!Buk
The hunting season for markhor is defined by the Decree of the Government of Tajikistan and lasts from September until End February. The early winter provides good opportunities due to the rut season in December, while late winter provides favorable hunting conditions as markhor will concentrate in the lower parts of the mountains with the first green herbs and grasses. A ten-day-trip including eight hunting days is usually sufficient to achieve success. Shorter trips are also possible upon request!
The areas where markhor hunting is taking place are located in the south of Tajikistan, in the provinces of Khatlon and Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province (GBAO).
During the hunting season in the region usually remains favorable, predictable weather. The daytime temperature in October, the temperature is between 0 ° and 10 ° C, at night – 0 ° C. In November – January, from -5 ° to 5 ° C and at night from 0 ° to -5 ° C, windy.
The cost of service includes:
• Meeting / seeing off at Dushanbe airport;
• Delivery to the hunting area and back;
• Accommodation and meals in the camp;
• Primary processing of trophies
• Services of rangers and attendants (as well as necessary transport, equipment, horses on the hunt);
• Preparation of the necessary documents (vouchers, licenses, CITES, permission to import and export weapons to / from Tajikistan, permission to enter the border zone.
The cost of the tour does not include:
• Flight Europe – Dushanbe and back:
• Payment for baggage overweight on flights
• Hotel in Dushanbe, food before and after hunting
• Medical insurance
• Personal spending
• Alcoholic beverages
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