With a commitment to preserving the population of snow leopards, Tenti has partnered with the Snow Leopard Foundation, a renowned organization dedicated to protecting these magnificent creatures. The foundation's expertise and knowledge will enhance your experience, providing valuable insights into the behavior, habitat, and conservation challenges of snow leopards.
Tenti, a reputable tour operator known for its expertise in organizing wilderness expeditions, has a history of collaborating with prominent personalities. Notably, Tenti arranged an expedition for the world-renowned adventurer and television persona Steve Backshall in the past. This association reflects Tenti's commitment to delivering exceptional adventures and its ability to cater to the needs of even the most discerning adventurers.
Upon your arrival in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, you will be warmly welcomed by the tour organizers. After settling into your accommodations, you will embark on a city tour of Bishkek, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and exploring the cultural and historical landmarks. In the evening, you will have a special presentation by the Snow Leopard Foundation, where you will learn about their dedicated efforts to preserve the population of snow leopards. Additionally, the expedition leader will provide a detailed itinerary and essential safety information for the upcoming adventure.
Today, you will venture into the picturesque Ala Archa National Park for an acclimatization hike. As you ascend the trails surrounded by majestic peaks and alpine landscapes, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the Kyrgyz nature. The hike will help you adjust to the higher altitude and prepare you for the exciting days ahead. In the evening, you will reach Ratzek Hut, a cozy mountain shelter, where you will spend the night, enveloped by the tranquility of the wilderness.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the village of Kadjy Sai, a gateway to the snow leopard habitat. As you travel through the scenic landscapes of Kyrgyzstan, you will witness the beauty of the countryside. Upon arrival in Kadjy Sai, you will settle into your accommodations and have some free time to relax and prepare for the upcoming wildlife exploration.
Today, you will embark on a transfer to Ak Shiirak, where you will meet the rangers of the national park. These experienced guides will be your invaluable companions throughout the expedition, providing insights into the local wildlife and sharing their knowledge of the snow leopard habitat. You will receive important instructions and guidance on safety measures and ethical wildlife observation. This meeting will deepen your understanding of the challenges faced in snow leopard conservation.
Prepare for an exciting day trip to the Black Jaw, a strategic passage frequently used by snow leopards. This cliff edge serves as a natural pathway for these magnificent creatures. Equipped with camera traps, you and your fellow participants will set up these devices in carefully selected locations, hoping to capture glimpses of the elusive snow leopards and document their behavior. You will learn about the intricate relationship between snow leopards and their habitat and gain a deeper appreciation for their conservation needs.
Today, you will embark on a thrilling journey towards Djangart Pass, situated at an impressive altitude of 3700 meters. Riding on sturdy horses, you will traverse a cliffside road, navigating the rugged terrain. It is crucial to start early, allowing ample time to cross the pass and reach a suitable camping site before nightfall. As you ascend higher into the mountains, the air becomes crisp and invigorating, and the panoramic vistas unfold before your eyes, showcasing the raw beauty of the Kyrgyz landscapes.
Under the guidance of the Snow Leopard Foundation rangers, you will divide into groups today, each assigned specific goals for camera trap deployment. You will embark on radial trips along the valley, venturing deeper into the snow leopard habitat. As you traverse the wilderness, you will set up and collect camera traps, strategically placing them in areas where snow leopards are likely to roam. This hands-on experience will provide invaluable insights into the monitoring and research methods employed in snow leopard conservation.
Immerse yourself further into the remote valley as you journey deeper into the snow leopard habitat. The untouched wilderness and dramatic landscapes will captivate your senses, as you continue to seek ideal spots for setting up camp. Surrounded by towering peaks and pristine nature, you will establish a temporary home for the next two nights, allowing you to fully embrace the tranquility and solitude of the mountains.
Building upon the previous day's efforts, you will once again divide into teams and embark on camera trapping activities. As you traverse the valley, setting up and collecting camera traps, you will deepen your understanding of the diverse wildlife that coexists with the elusive snow leopards. In the evening, you will return to camp, reflecting on the day's discoveries and packing your belongings in preparation for the journey back.
Today marks the beginning of your return journey to Uchkoshkon, retracing your steps through the awe-inspiring landscapes that have become familiar over the past days. As you bid farewell to the snow leopard habitat, you will carry with you cherished memories and a sense of appreciation for the fragile balance of nature. Take this opportunity to absorb the last moments in the realm of the snow leopards, knowing that their conservation depends on efforts such as yours.
After the adventurous expedition, you will return to Bishkek, where you will check into your accommodations and have some leisure time to rest and reflect on the incredible experiences of the past days. Reminisce about the encounters with nature, the camaraderie among fellow participants, and the impact of the conservation efforts witnessed firsthand.
Today, you will have the privilege of visiting the Snow Leopard Foundation headquarters for a debriefing and final presentation on the expedition's findings and successes. Engage in insightful discussions with experts and gain a deeper understanding of the ongoing conservation efforts, as well as the challenges faced in protecting the snow leopard population. The headquarters will serve as a hub of knowledge, where you can exchange experiences and contribute to the collective understanding of snow leopard conservation.
As your snow leopard photo hunting tour comes to an end, it is time to bid farewell to Bishkek. Depart with a sense of fulfillment, carrying cherished memories, and the knowledge gained from this unique expedition. Reflect on the significance of the work being done to protect snow leopards and share your experiences with others, spreading awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation.
Guided Tour: A 13-day meticulously crafted adventure with expert guides.
Accommodations: Hotel stay in Bishkek, mountain shelter at Ratzek Hut, accommodations in Kadjy Sai, and camping during the expedition.
Meals: All meals during the expedition days.
Transfers: All transportation including to and from the airport, transfers to National Parks, Kadjy Sai, Ak Shiirak, and Uchkoshkon.
Acclimatization Hike: Guided hike in Ala Archa National Park.
City Tour: Exploration of cultural and historical landmarks in Bishkek.
Special Presentations: Sessions by the Snow Leopard Foundation and expedition leader on snow leopard conservation, safety, and itinerary details.
Equipment: Provision of camera traps for wildlife documentation.
Expertise: Insights from the Snow Leopard Foundation and national park rangers throughout the expedition.
Access: Entrance fees to Ala Archa National Park, Djangart Pass, and other destinations visited during the tour.
Visit: A debriefing session at the Snow Leopard Foundation headquarters.
Airfare: International flights to and from Bishkek are not included.
Personal Expenses: Expenses for souvenirs, personal shopping, and additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
Travel Insurance: Participants need to arrange their own travel insurance.
Visa Fees: Any visa application or processing fees.
Tipping: Gratuities for the guides, drivers, and service staff are not included.
Equipment: Personal photography equipment or any personal hiking gear.
Additional Meals: Any meals or beverages outside the provided meals during the expedition.