IGO Special projects are tailored adventure holidays for small groups and families looking for a trip that gives back. Pioneering and totally unique, the focus is on wildlife and environmental conservation in far-flung, remote locations. Led by expert local guides, the groups will take a ‘hands on’ approach and actively participate in preserving nature’s last remaining exotic paradises.
The ultimate in eco-tourism!
Much research has gone into selecting some of the most endangered ecosystems on our planet, and we have ensured that our trips directly benefit the local people, wildlife and habitats we are trying to protect. IGO’s ethos is centred around sustainability, social responsibility and low impact tourism. If you are looking to help preserve the world’s last great wildernesses for future generations, then Special Projects are for you.
Explore the high Himalayas in search of snow leopards
Discover and monitor endangered snow leopards in the high Himalayas and learn how to camera trap with a world-renowned field biologist. Crystal-clear alpine rivers, jagged snow covered Himalayan peaks, Buddhist monasteries, monuments and ancient stone villages. Surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range – which includes one peak over 8,000 meters and thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters –we are truly on the roof of the world
[ EXPEDITION OVERVIEW ]
Accompanied by a field biologist and IGO conservation expert Jack Baucher, the team will help monitor and track snow leopards in the north west Nepal District. Visiting up to six camera traps to recover memory cards, you will then be downloading the footage and reviewing what the cameras caught.
This footage enables our biologists to estimate the number of snow leopards inhabiting specific areas, as well as the felines’ travel routes and movement of their prey. Scientists rely on the animal’s spot patterns to identify individual leopards. This work is recognised as being the most important in its field.
[ HIGHLIGHTS ]
• Be part of the first study of snow leopards in the Humla district.
• Set six camera traps in the region to capture their movements, and learn how to read spot patterns to identify individual snow leopards.
• Engage with nomadic Yak herders and hear their stories about the ‘Ghost of the Mountains’.
6 or 9
May - June
BEST TIME OF YEAR
PRICE PER PERSON
WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?
Adventurists wanting to witness and participate, first-hand, in compelling wildlife conservation field research against a spectacular himalayan setting.
Long 6/8 hours days of trekking in the high himalayas. High altitude with a maximum elevation climb of 1000m per day. Camera trap sites start at 3800m and rise to 5500m so altitude is a significant factor.
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