Nepal is a small Asian country that has a huge diversity of terrain, climate, and wildlife. While it is best known for having eight of the world's ten highest peaks within its borders, Nepal's geography consists of three very different zones.
The northern part of the country, the Himalayas, contains the highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest at 29,029 feet. The Hill Region abuts the mountains, up to about 13,123 feet, and the southern lowlands, or Terai, bordering India, is a plains region with a steamy, subtropical climate. In these three regions are species as diverse as blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, snow leopard, Indian rhinoceros, wild boar, and several species of deer.
Hunting blue sheep and Himalayan tahr here is arguably one of the world's greatest mountain hunts. It's possible to go in either fall or spring. It goes without saying that the Himalayas are high and very steep, so this is an extreme hunt requiring excellent physical fitness. There is usually a two- to four-day hike just to get to the hunting area after a helicopter drops you off at 10,000 feet. Experienced Sherpas carry much of the gear.
Tahr are found near timberline, around 12,500 feet, in steep, cliffy areas. Blue sheep are the world's highest-dwelling large mammal and are hunted at altitudes of 16,000 feet or more.
Hunts in Nepal take place at extreme altitude and in very challenging terrain, good physical condition is a must. And shooting distances can be very long, so rifles like the .300win mag are recommended hunters should be well-practiced and comfortable shooting at distances of 500 yards and more. Hunters contemplating a trip to Nepal should be aware of the potentially fatal risks of hunting at high altitude, and it is essential to discuss preparations with a medical professional beforehand. Most hunters take prescription Diamox to prevent altitude sickness.
The outfitters staff will coordinate with local operators and government agencies to obtain the necessary export permits. Extra time may be required after the hunt to have these documents prepared; if documentation can be arranged in time, it may be possible to take your trophies home with you.
VISAS & DOCUMENTATION
Most hunters arrive in Kathmandu. You must have a visa. Nepali embassies and consulates issue visas with no fuss. You can download a visa application form from the websites of the Nepal embassy (www.nepalembassyusa.org) (www.nepembassy.org.uk).
You can also get a visa upon arrival. To do so you must fill in an application form and provide a passport photograph. A single-entry visa valid for 15/30/90 days costs US $25/40/100.
No vaccinations are necessary, and there is no Entry or Departure Tax.
It is not difficult to bring a firearm to nepal, but you must arrange the details with your outfitter in advance. You must obtain a letter of invitation from your outfitter; to receive this you’ll need to provide all rifle and ammunition details in advance, have a valid hunting license from your home country, and have proof of an internationally valid medical insurance policy (in case of a hunting accident).
CLOTHING & GEAR
The mountains can get extremely cold and windy, and once on the hunt, you will likely be hiking and climbing extensively and staying in small tents. A checklist of clothing and equipment that will stand up to the harsh conditions will be supplied.