Hunt was with my brother and myself. We were met at Bishkek by Hunting Consortium staff. This included a Hunting Consortium camp representative who translated from Russian to English for us. These staff were critical for getting firearms and ammunition into and out of Kyrgyzstan. We were driven from Bishkek several hours to the south-east to a ranch with mud brick buildings that was literally the end of the road and the end of power lines. The old Soviet roads were in good condition. The ranch was simple but comfortable and the Consortium staff made every effort to keep us comfortable.
The next day we sighted in our rifles and rode about 8 hours from the ranch to a spike camp that was at about 10,000'. I shot my sheep (an old broomed Ram) on the way into the camp. My brother got his the next day. The sheep hunting was primarily in lower valleys where the terrain was steep, but navigable by horses. Shots on the sheep were 100-200 yards.
The ibex were even more plentiful and I actually enjoyed hunting them more. They, however, were in high, steep rocky valleys. We rode from camp up to about 12,500' and climbed up an additional 1500-2500' to get to them. I live at 7,000 feet and had been climbing steep mountains up to about 9,500' in preparation. Even so this was physically exhausting hunting. My brother who lives near sea level had also been exercising in preparation, but the altitude definitely slowed down his hunting. Ultimately we both got excellent ibex. Shots on Ibex were from 200-450 yards but could have easily gone to 600 yards if one had to shoot across valleys.
Fascinating country. Burial tombs along old northern silk road route were interesting. We were camped on a stunningly turquoise river about 3 miles from the Chinese border. Other than the old burial mounds and the horse trail, we saw no signs of humans. We saw no other hunters in the area we were hunting or around our spike camp. There was one other hunter who hunted out of the base camp/ranch while we were there.
Snow leopards, bears and wolves also live in the area. We saw signs of them but not the actual animals.
Trophy preparation appeared excellent.
Trophies have to go through an export permit process so they did not return with us. 5 months after our hunt, we have just been notified that they were shipped.
The Kyrgyz guides and staff were excellent. Guides had fair quality optics and constantly wanted to use mine. The guides spoke very minimal English (just Russian and Kyrgyz) so having the Consortium representative in the spike camp was good. He did not go out hunting with us, but communication while actually hunting was not a problem.
The spike camp and food were very basic (bread, ramen noodles, sausage, cheese, bacon). My brother and I had to share a very small pup tent.
The ranch accommodations were simple but comfortable. Travel arrangements and contacts with the Hunting Consortium in Istanbul and Bishkek were excellent and essential.