The landscape of Pakistan ranges from lofty mountains in the north, the Karakoram and the Himalayas, through dissected plateaus to the rich alluvial plains of the Punjab. Then follows desolate barrenness of Balochistan and the hot dry deserts of Sindh blending into miles and miles of golden beaches of Mekran coast. The country borders Iran on the West, India on the East, Afghanistan in the North-West, China in the North and the Arabian Sea in the South.
Nowhere in the world there is such a great concentration of high mountains, peaks, glaciers and passes except Pakistan. It features 5 out of the 14 summits that soar above 24000 feets on the face of the earth. 40 of the world’s 50 highest mountains occupy the northern part of the country, where three of the mightiest mountain systems meet: The Hindu Kush, the Karakorams and the Himalayas. This land of geographical splendors is also endowed with the rarest animals in creation, some of which are indigenous specifically to its spectacular mountains. Here live three different species of Markhor, four separate types of Urial, as well as two subspecies of Ibex, Marco Polo Argali and Blue Sheep. Markhor hunts can legally be done only in Pakistan, as it is the only country for which the CITES agency has legalized importation of trophies into the EU states and US.
The region was a crossroads of historic trade routes, including the Silk Road, and was settled over thousands of years by many groups, it is often referred to as “a museum of races.”
Himalayan Ibex, Blanford Urial, Kashmir Markhor, Suleiman Markhor: November 01 to March 31 Sindh Ibex, Punjab Urial, Astor Markhor: from December 01 to March 31. The best time for the hunt is considered to be the end of November – January due to rutting time.