Marco Polo sheep (Ovis ammon), the largest living wild sheep, is found in the highlands of eastern Central Asia. It may stand 1.3 m (4 feet) high at the shoulders and weigh more than 140kg (300 pounds). Large horns, present on rams, are especially massive in the Pamir argali, or Marco Polo sheep, in which they may be 1.8m (6 feet) or more in length.
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2005
12 day Marco Polo sheep hunting tour program in the mountains of Issyk-Kul:
Hunting seasons: 15 August - 1 December; 1 March - 30 March
Hunting area: Inner Tian-Shan, Karasay-Sirt valley, Issyk-Kul province (110,000 hectares of private hunting ground)
Distance from Bishkek-Karakol road: 210km
Duration of expedition: 12 days (8 days for active hunting)
Method of hunting: use of horses for transportation; stalking (3 approaches total)
Number of hunters in group: 1-7
Day 1. Meeting at "Manas" Airport. Upon client's wishes for adaptation to the local climate, accommodation in hotels or resorts in Bishkek or Issyk-Kul (price for these accommodations is not included in tour package).
Day 2. Drive by off-roader vehicle to hunting area. Adaptation to high mountain conditions, rifle check, rest.
Days 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Active hunting for Marco Polo Sheep and other game.
Day 11. Upon client's wishes, accommodation in Bishkek hotel.
Day 12. Departure from "Manas" airport, Bishkek.
Hunting requires participants to be in good physical shape;
Upon hunter's wishes it is possible to change the proposed program;
Stalking in the final stages;
Shooting range is 200 to 500 meters.
Usually, weather is favorable and more predictable in this region during the Autumn hunting period.
Climate is extreme continental. Spring: March: +15°C daytime, -5°C at night (59/23 F); Autumn: from +15°C daytime, - 20°C at night (59/-4 F). Expect windy conditions.