Ibex (Capra [Ibex] Sibirica) Watching Tour

Tour Details

  • In (Capra [ibex] sibirica)┬áConfined to the relatively arid mountain ranges of the inner-Himalayas, living well above the tree line only in the higher more precipitous regions. They occur from about 3,660m to over 5,000m in Pakistan, but are sometimes seen crossing valleys below 2,135m. The Himalayan Ibex is widespread in the higher mountain ranges of Baltistan in Karakoram Range, the Harmosh Range, and the Deosai. They are considered plentiful in Khunjerab National Park, Gilgit, Yasin and Hunza. Wegge (1998), who surveyed the Khunjerab National Park for IUCN, estimated the total population of ibex within the area to be more than 2,000 animals, which works out at about one animal per sq. km. Himalayan Ibex are also found in Northern Chitral. Small populations are also found in Chilas and the slopes of Malika Parbat in Hazara. Some are also found in Azad Kashmir. Baltistan and Hunza are undoubtly the strongholds of the Himalayan Ibex in the region today. The survival of the Himalayan Ibex is not so threatened in Pakistan largely due to the inaccessibility of its habit provided by the very extensive concentration of high mountain ranges where it lives.

  • Day 1 Islamabad - Rawalpindi
    Arrive at Islamabad. Transfer to hotel. Evening city tour of Islamabad and rawalpindi.Overnight at hotel.
    Day 2 Islamabad - Besham
    Drive on the KKH towards our Besham. This is a wonderful drive on the Karakoram Highway. Enroute we shall be visiting stone carvings at chilas. Pass by view points of Nanga Parbat and Rakaposhi peaks. Overnight at hotel.
    Day 3 - Day 7 Besham - Habitat
    From Besham we shall further travel by road or by air to northern areas of Pakistan. We may need to travel further by road close to the habitat and even trek/hike to get even closer to view the wildlife. After spending atleast 2-3 days close by or in the habitat we shall leave the habitat back to civilisation for overnight at hotel.
    Day 8 Habitat - Besham
    After the visit to the habitats we return back to Islamabad with our stop over at Besham. Overnight at hotel.
    Day 9 Islamabad - Destination
    Flight to destination.
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