Marco Polo Argali it is also called the Pamir argali. It is named after Marco Polo, the Venetian merchant and traveler who was the first European to describe this species. Height at the withers 112-120 cm, weight up to 135 kg. The horns are twisted in a spiral with the ends outwards and upwards and represent the most spectacular trophy of all the subspecies of argali. In cross-section, the horns are triangular, with a sharp frontal-occipital edge. In this species, the horns are quite narrow in girth and reach only 43 cm in record trophies, and on average up to 36-39 cm. The color of the body varies from light sand to dark gray-brown, but the lower part of the body usually looks noticeably lighter. The muzzle and tail are light. Males are distinguished by the fact that they have a ring of light hair around the neck, as well as elongated hair on the back of the neck. Marco Polo argali is considered one of the most beautiful animals and one of the best hunting trophies. It lives at such altitudes that not every hunter can do.
In the Republic of Tajikistan, the hunt for Marco Polo begins in September and lasts until the end of February. Since the area for hunting Marco Polo is mainly a high-altitude area, the most optimal time for successful hunting is from October to January.
Given that the highest peak reaches 7600 meters and 90% of the country is covered with mountain peaks, it is not surprising that Tajikistan is not only a spectacular view but also one of the most difficult hunting areas in the world. Constant winds and low temperatures add to the thrill. Only real men can get the coveted trophy in such conditions. Hunting takes place at an altitude of 4200 -5000 meters. The main hunting grounds are located near The Kumdi and Rangkul base camps.
THE PROCESS OF HUNTING
Four-wheel drive vehicles are used to search for animals. The hunt begins early in the morning and continues until dusk, and throughout the day, hunters survey the mountain slopes and feeding areas in search of sheep. After a male with horns of the desired size is spotted, the hunt continues on foot from the approach. This stage requires good physical training. Be prepared to shoot from a long distance, up to 400-500 meters. In the evening, the hunter returns to the base camp for rest.
Arrival city Dushanbe, from Dushanbe to the hunting camp you will be taken by car. You will need to get to the city of Khorog, it will take about 10-12 hours, rest a little in Khorog, staying overnight in one of the local hotels, and then from Khorog directly to the hunting camp for another 4-5 hours. The road is tedious and long, but it allows you to gradually adapt to the height. For this type of hunting, it is advisable to plan from
There are several basic hunting camps at your disposal, the main camps are Snow Leopard Camp (Alichur district, Kumdi point), Rangkul Camp (near the border with China, Shotput point). The camps are located at an altitude of 3900-4000 meters. Usually, there is a group of 4-6 hunters at one camp at the same time.
Snow Leopard Camp: A warm, clean, comfortable camp. There are separate rooms for a dining room, bedroom, shower. There is electricity.
Camp Rangkull: This camp is a simple, cozy guest house and, although it does not boast all the amenities of Snow Leopard Camp, however, the size of the trophies obtained here is no different. Each camp has a satellite phone, a first aid kit.