Marco Polo Argali is unquestionably one of the world’s most sought hunting. It is not just a hunt; it is the greatest adventure in sheep hunting. The top of the world hunting experience in one of the most unique places on earth makes Marco Polo Sheep hunting a truly unmatched pursuit. The best Marco Polo Argali hunt is found in Tajikistan. In no other country as on “Top of the World” – Pamir on elevations between 10,000 and 16,000 feet you can find that high density of population and trophy-quality of Marco Polo Argali (Ovis ammon polii). A large, long-legged, light-boned argali with the most spectacular horns of all the world's sheep. The summer coat is a light, speckled brown, with the face, chest, underparts, rump patch and legs white. In winter, the upper parts are a somewhat darker brown and there is a full white neck ruff extending to the brisket.
The winter hair is much longer, making the animal appear larger and heavier. The long, slender horns are homonymous, forming 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 open spirals, and triangular in cross section with a sharp orbital-nuchal edge. The longest sheep horn ever recorded (75 inches, or 190.5 cm); the largest circumference for this race is 17 inches (43 cm), with 14 to 15-1/2 inches (36-39 cm) usual. Average trophy size is 55 to 56 inches with several 60-62 inches rams taken every season.
PRO RUSSIAN OUTFITTERS operates from the very best areas “Karakul” and “Hot Springs” with the best camp and the finest, most experienced guides. Our Marco Polo hunts are two guides for each hunter. Our guests can expect 100 % success on Marco Polo hunt. Mid-Asian Ibex and Wolf can be hunted as additional species on this hunt.
You may get to Bishkek with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul, Turkey. Another option is to travel with Aeroflot via Moscow, Russia. You will be met in Bishkek by our VIP service and our crew and assisted through customs, and then board a 45-minute flight to Osh. Osh is a city number two in Kyrgyzstan which has a 3,000-year history. It is situated 370 miles / 600 km to the south of Bishkek. From Osh guests are driven by 4x4 van to the hunting area in Tajikistan and accompanied by PRO manager at all times. This route from Osh is rather tiresome but you will gradually adapt to the high altitude throughout your travel. The distance from Osh to Tajikistan border is 150 miles / 230 km. You will drive through the villages Gulcha, Sary-Tash, the pass Kyzyl Art (13,000 feet / 4,280 m) – border point between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The season is from September 1 to mid December, in February and in March.
We recommend the dates in November and early December.
Usually, weather is favorable and more predictable in this region during the hunting period. During daylight hours in November the temperature is from 30 to 500F (0 to 100C) and during nighttime from 5 to 140F (-10 to -150C). Windy conditions.
In the morning you get into your jeep with one driver, one guide and PRO- interpreter. During the day you may travel the upper edges of the mountains, glassing the hillsides and feeding areas. For lunch in the field we offer you hot drinks, sandwiches, salami, dry fruit and nuts. Once the trophy is located you complete your stalking on foot. You will hunt at around 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/ up 360 to 450 m is usual for Marco Polo sheep hunting.
Field treatment and shipment
The skin of the trophy will be carefully treated, ears turned off, lips and nose opened and salted, the scull boiled and cleaned. The trophies are properly packed.
Camp & Accommodation
In Tajikistan camps are located at 12,000 to 13,500 feet / 4,000-4,200 m). We take our clients to famous Karakul and Hot Springs camps. Houses are stone buildings. They are warm, clean and comfortable with separate areas for
dining, bathing and sleeping, and have electrical generation. You will find a good food and a quality service. Every camp is equipped with a satellite-phone or radio station, and has everything for first medical aid.
Day 1 arrival in Bishkek, customs formalities, flight to Osh
Day 2 arrival to Osh, transfer from Osh by car to the hunting camp – 14 to 20
Day 3-9 7 days hunt
Day 10 return to Osh overnight,
Day 11 return to Bishkek, overnight
Day 12 in the morning departure home