Markhor(Capra falconeri falconeri) Watching Tour

Tour Details

  • The¬†Markhor¬†(Capra falconeri falconeri) mainly inhabits the sparsely wooded mountainous regions in Northern and Western Pakistan, at an elevation of 600-3,600 m / 1,900-11,500 ft. The total world population is mainly found in Pakistan. Today, Markhor are present in around 20 of Pakistan's protected areas. In the northern mountanious regions is found the Kashmir and Astor Markhor. The Kashmir Markhor (C. f. cashmirensis ) is mainly confined to Chitral Gol National Park and presents the biggest population in Pakistan. Poaching has been successfully controlled and now there are over 500 Markhor in Chitral Gol National Park. The Kashmir Markhor is also found in areas of Gilgit and Azad Kashmir. The Astor Markhor (C. f. falconeri) is mainly confined to the higher hill ranges of Gilgit, Hunza and Nanga Parbat. The only good population is in the Kargah Nullah and Naltar, near Gilgit. The Kargah Nullah might have a total population of 50 Markhors. Current population estimates are less than 2,500 to 3,000 for the flared horned markhor in Pakistan.

  • 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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