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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.

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[ NEPAL ENQUIRY FORM ]

Should you have any questions regarding the Nepal Trip please complete the form below or call our experts on: +44 20 8133 4673 (London 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri).

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’.

4-6

PEOPLE

6 or 9

DAYS

May - June

BEST TIME OF YEAR

EXPEDITION
ACTIVITY LEVEL

from £4,250

PRICE PER PERSON

Snow Leopards

CONSERVATION

WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?

Adventurists wanting to witness and participate, first-hand, in compelling wildlife conservation field research against a spectacular himalayan setting.

ACTIVITY LEVEL:

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.

ACCOMMODATION:

Dwarikas hotel, Kathmandu & Tea houses

INCLUDED: 

  • Private transfers in country
  • Accommodation & full board
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on a B&B basis
  • Special permits for camera trapping, trekking, restrictive areas, camera equipment etc.

 

  • Expert guiding from local trackers throughout the trip
  • 100% financial protection through the Travel Trust Association

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • International flights
  • Personal items/ clothing
  • Any visa fees
  • Tips for guides
  • Helicopters in and out of the Humla (optional)
Day 1
Guests will be welcomed at Tribhuvan Airport then transferred to the Hotel in Kathmandu. Over dinner, we will have an in depth briefing and discuss our upcoming snow leopard expedition.
Day 2
Early morning, we start our overland journey into the Himalayas. We will cover the main climb of the voyage, driving along well-traveled highways and secondary roads. Dinner and overnight
Day 3
The jeep convoy will climb the twisting, arduous mountain trail ascending from 2,650 meters to 3,500 meters. That evening we will sit with our field biologist and share unique experiences ahead and an insight as well as the many fascinating photos and videos captured of the legendary snow leopard.
Days 4-8 - Tracking the snow leopard.
Over the next five days we will accompany our group leaders on a series of trekking excursions to collect data from up to six camera traps set along ridge-lines in the high himalayas. Sites we will visit will be a climb of up to 800m. We will overnight at least once along the trail as we seek interaction with communities of migrant yak herders who today represent the most frequent point of conflict between humans and snow leopards. Much of the funding provided by our expeditions will be allocated to the acquisition of tools – ‘safe’ corrals and ‘fox-lights’ – to assist its efforts to reverse the trend of snow leopard retaliatory killings.
Day 9
Our jeep descent of the storied mountain road will be somewhat more comfortable and rapid than the ascent. At the base of the trail we will have dinner and overnight.
Day 10
The Nepalese highway system will feel like 5-star comfort after our mountain ‘off-road’ experience! Closing group dinner in Kathmandu followed by overnight in our hotel.
Day 11
Optional trip extension to visit sites in the Kathmandu valley or transfer to and departure from Tribhuvan Airport.
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