In the meantime, Jeffs had this to add: "Our partners in Nepal run the oldest and most well-established operation in the country, and we have worked closely with them for many years. Even during the closure (2002-2008) we maintained close contact with them and tried to give them conservation information that we thought would be helpful in getting the hunting re-opened. Currently, the Nepalese government issues 13 blue sheep permits and six tahr permits per season. We have been getting about half of both of these quotas each season. Hunt prices are reasonable, but the add-on items (permit fee, community fee and helicopter charter) push the price up considerably."
According to the brochure Jeffs sent along, the prices for 2013 are $12,900 for a 13- or 14-day (1x1) Himalayan blue sheep hunt, or $10,800 each for two hunters or more, with a surcharge of $100 per inch on horns over 25 inches. A 16- or 17-day Himalayan blue sheep and tahr hunt is $17,800 (1x1) or $15,400 for two hunters with the same surcharge applying. At press time, Jeffs told us he still had two openings available for fall 2013 sheep-only hunts, and two openings for tahr-only hunts and one opening for a sheep-tahr combo in spring, 2014.