Pakistan has been rated as the best tourist destination for the year 2020. It has the best snow clad mountains in the world and the hunting season starts from late November and lasts till the end of March. The following big game hunting is available in Northern Pakistan:
Karakoram Blue Sheep / Himalayan Ibex - The Himalayan lbex is indigenous to Pakistan Himalayan and Karakorum range. Northern areas can be reach by flight to Gilgit and Skardu as well as Karakurum highway which goes to Southern China. December to March is suitable for lbex as the snow brings them to lower areas. The hunting areas are 9.000’ - 12.000’ altitude and average of this species is 36”- 40” horn length. There are several good community-managed areas where good trophies can be hunted.
Astor Markhor - The habitat of these animals is in the Gilgit, Skardu and Astor regions of Northern Pakistan in the valleys which branch off from the River Indus. In comparison with the Kashmiri counterpart, their horns curves are wider. Like the Kashmiri counterpart, the Astor Markhor is in the flare horned Markhor category. It is possible to hunt the Himalayan Ibex and the Markhor in combination.
Kashmiri Markhor - This is a species whose horns are reminiscent of those of the African Kudu and the animals are particularly magnificent with their long hair, specially a long bib and flare horns. 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. Trophies average between 38" and 42" and fine ones of up to 45" can be found. The area is 6000´-7500´ and covered with oak forests which are green all the year round.
The logistic costs for an average 12-day trip are approximate US$19,000/-. However, this may vary slightly depending on the prevailing rates in those days.