I just finished up a hunt in Nepal with Tracks n Trails Shikars and Deepak Rana, which I booked through Links Wild Safaris. I always wanted to hunt the Tahr from where they had originated and thought I may as well hunt another Blue Sheep while I was there, even though I had one from a previous hunt in Pakistan.
As anyone that has hunted Blue Sheep knows that they are some of the toughest real sheep hunts out there. After 23 flying hours from Fort St.John, 1 1/2 hour helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Dhorpatan Village, 2 day trek up to our Sheep camp and 2 days of climbing up and down mountains we were able to take an 8 year ram at 13,800'. Every afternoon the thick fog would roll in, and on our way back with the Sheep we were hit with a hard snow storm which made the hike back to camp a little trechorous , the one Sherpa Unga had fallen and badly twisted his knee and our government observer got semi lost. We ended up stashing the meat on the mountain so we could make it back to camp that night and the Porters retrieved it the next day.
After the Blue Sheep hunt we trekked back to Dhorpatan where we regrouped and then headed out for the Tahr hunt. The Tahr hunting was a little easier due to lower elevation, but steeper and more rugged mountains. On day 2 we managed to sneak up on a big old Tahr that was with a couple females.
Seri & Deepak were the main guides/ Sherpas and due to a cancellation of another hunter I ended up with both crews, so I had a total crew of 27 ! Everyone was great and extremely friendly fun bunch of guys.
Over the years I have heard stories that the Blue Sheep from Nepal are different from the Blue Sheep of Pakistan, but after taking both now, my opinion is there are no differences between the Sheep from northeast Pakistan and the Dhorpatan area. Both have the same horn configuration, body size and colouring.
The Hypoxico high altitude system paid off again, after 2 1/2 months of training with it, I had no problems with the altitude, aside from breathing heavy while climbing.
The only hassles we had during the trip was getting my rifle through customs upon arrival, which delayed are departure to the hunting area by 1 day, but had no effect on the overall hunt schedule.
With the possibility of new areas opening up in Nepal, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can return in 2018 for another adventure!
By Daryll Hosker