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Astor Markhor in Northern Pakistan

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Season Dates:
January, February, March, December
Guide Ratio:
1 Hunter, 2 Guides
Pakistan, Asia
Any Weapon, Archery, Muzzleloader, Rifle
Trip Methods:
Hiking, Spot and Stalk, Vehicle
12 Days
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We arrange multiple hunts with this trusted outfitter who lives and operates throughout Asia and Europe. They have been providing hunts in Asia & Europe for 20+ years. They have traveled countless times to each of their destinations and, over the years, they have built teams of highly skilled and professional staff at each camp, airport, and city to make sure that everyone has an experience of a lifetime. With over 3500 successful hunts, of which many hunters harvested World Record Trophies, we are confident in stating that our combined efforts are simply unmatched!

Located in Northern Pakistan, the Astor Markhor is one of the most esteemed animals pursue! shoulder height up to 40 inches/102 cm, weight 225 pounds/102 kg. This is typical race from which the species was first described. The coat is long and coarse in winter, though with very little underwool, and is much shorter in the summer. The male’s ruff is long and flowing. Typically, the horns of Astor Markhor flare very widely just above the base and have one to 1-1/2 twists, with the first turn being very large. They are massive and spectacular, though usually not as long as those of the Kashmir Markhor. Most horns within the distribution range of the Astor Markhor are of this type; however, horns of the Kashmir type with less flare and more twists are also seen.

These animals are distributed along the Chitral Valley in the Northwestern mountains of the Hindu Kush. In this region, they can be hunted within the scope of 3 separate local conservation programs. The area is 6000 ´-7500 ´ and covered with oak forests which are green all the year round. Mountain weather conditions vary from year to year. During the winter the temperature can be 35-42 F/+2+50 C on sunny days with lows of 32 F/0 C. In the Astor Markhor area, in winter time the temperatures will be as low as 5-14 F/- 10 - 15 C, with the possibility of snow/rain.

Hunting usually starts from the hotel or village houses where hunters are staying. In order to have a good hunt and to obtain a respectable size trophy, one needs to be in good physical shape. Be prepared for long hikes starting from early morning. In some areas a short drive may be needed (30-45 min.). They are easily accessible by 4x4 jeeps and they have to stalk a short distance, as in winters, animals come down to the meadows near the villages where they can be seen and hunted easily. Astor and Astor Markhor hunts are organized between 8200’-9800’/2500-3000 m. Long range shooting, 300-500 yards is normal, and they recommend calibers such as a 7mm Rem. Mag., 300 Win Mag., 300 Wby. Mag.

Hunting for the Astor Markhor in this area of Pakistan is a challenging and highly sought-after adventure. The Astor Markhor is a subspecies of the wild goat that is native to the mountains of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India, and is known for its impressive size and impressive horns. The outfitter uses a variety of techniques to track and locate the Markhor, including stalking, spotting, and long-range shooting. The area is rugged and mountainous, with steep slopes, rocky ridges, and deep valleys. The area is part of the Hindu Kush mountain range, which stretches across central Asia, and is characterized by dramatic scenery and challenging terrain.

The region is home to a variety of wildlife, including the Astor Markhor, as well as other game species such as ibex, urial, and wild boar. Hunting for the Markhor in this area requires a high level of physical fitness and mental preparation, as hunters must be able to navigate the steep and challenging terrain. The hunt typically takes place at high elevations, with hunters often climbing to elevations of over 10,000 feet to locate and stalk the Markhor. The terrain can be rocky and treacherous, with loose scree and slippery slopes making footing difficult.

This area is highly regulated, with a limited number of permits issued each year to ensure that hunting is conducted in a sustainable and responsible manner. The local community plays an important role in the management of the hunt, with proceeds from hunting permits used to support conservation efforts and local economies. Not to forget that the hunt for the Astor Markhor is significant for its cultural heritage, as it is a popular activity among local communities who have a deep connection to the land and its wildlife. The hunt can also provide important revenue for conservation efforts and support local economies in rural areas.

The cost of hunting for the Astor Markhor in Pakistan can vary depending on several factors, including the outfitter, the location, and the hunting package selected. Typically, hunting for the Astor Markhor in Pakistan is considered to be one of the most expensive hunting trips in the world due to its limited availability and high demand. The cost of a hunting for the Astor Markhor in Pakistan ranges from $185,000 to $200,000, depending on the region. Hunting packages will include accommodations, meals, transportation, and the services of a professional hunting guide. Some outfitters also offer additional services such as sightseeing tours, cultural experiences, and other outdoor activities.

Depending on the hunting area, accommodations may vary. Some of the areas offer good hotel accommodations. On the other hand, local guest houses in villages may be used as a means of lodging depending on the locality. In general, hunters can expect to stay in remote and rustic lodges or camps, which are designed to provide basic but comfortable amenities and services. They often include communal dining areas, shared sleeping quarters, and basic bathroom facilities. In some cases, accommodations may be in the form of tents or yurts, particularly in more remote or mountainous regions. Despite their basic nature, accommodations are designed to provide a comfortable and safe environment for hunters, with meals and other services provided by experienced staff. Most lodges or camps have generators for electricity and heating, and some may have limited Wi-Fi or cellular service.

It's important to note that hunting for the Astor Markhor in Pakistan often takes place in remote and challenging terrain, where access to amenities and services may be limited. Hunters should be prepared to be self-sufficient and bring necessary equipment and supplies for their trip, including warm clothing, sturdy footwear, and other outdoor gear.

It's important to note that hunting for the Astor Markhor in Pakistan is highly regulated, and hunters must follow strict ethical and legal guidelines to ensure that hunting is conducted in a sustainable and responsible manner. As such, the cost of a hunting trip for the Astor Markhor in Pakistan reflects the high level of expertise and professionalism required to ensure a safe and successful hunt.

Overall, hunting for the Astor Markhor in Pakistan is a significant investment that requires careful planning and consideration. However, for those who are able to make the investment, the hunt can be a unique and unforgettable experience that offers important benefits for conservation efforts, local communities, and cultural heritage.

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