Snow Leopard Quest Expedition in Kyrgyzstan, 14 Days

We are a local company focused on Snow Leopard Quest Expeditions in the Tien Shan mountains. It is an absulutely new tourism product in Kyrgyzstan and whole Central Asia.

We propose it to promote ecotourism. It is your opportunity to travel off the beaten path and see the unexplored corners of the Celestial Mountains. Joining these tours would be the best way of donating wildlife conservation as we work with local people living in snow leopards habitat areas convincing the benefits of sustainable tourism.

We offer 14 days Snow Leopard Expedition tours for small groups 4 pax in the remote Inner Tien Shan mountains. Tours are held mainly on horseback in order to cover more distance and accompanied by skilled local guides. The commonly seen animals are - Siberian ibex, Marco Polo sheep, fox, Tolai hare, gray marmot, Eusarian wolf, lynx, Eurasian brown bear, stone marten, griffon vulture, Himalayan vulture, golden eagle, bearded vulture, Himalayan snowcock, quail and snow leopard by luck.

We also offer taylor made tours. Please contact for details.

 

Tour details:

 Day 1

Arriving at Manas airport in Bishkek. Our guides meet you. Sightseeing. Visiting museums and art galleries. Shopping in bazaar. Overnight in a hotel.  

Day 2

Five hour drive minibus through one of the branches of the Silk Road  to Tamga village on the south shore of Issyk Kul lake. Issyk Kul means ‘the warm lake’.  It has extremely pleasant weather – cool summers and mild winters. There was a former soviet military health resort where astronauts come for rehabilitation after flights to open space. Acclimate to 1600m altitude. Overnight in the health center. 

Day 3

4x4 drive to a tiny village where inhabitants breed sheep and yaks all year round. Meeting with the crew. Preparing luggages, equipment, horses. Acclimate to 3000m altitude. Overnight in a local house. Yurt stay available on request. No extra fees.

Days 4-11

Searching for snow leopards for eight days in inner Tien Shan mountains. Altitude is between 3000-4200m. Horse riding up to 4-5 hours each day. Some trekking available after acclimatization. We also use HD camera traps. The commonly seen animals are - Siberian ibex, Marco Polo sheep, fox, Tolai hare, grey marmot, Eurasian wolf, griffon vulture, Himalayan vulture, golden eagle, bearded vulture, Himalayan snowcock, quail and snow leopard by luck.

Days 12-13

Returning to the transfer point. Drive back to Tamga. 

Day 14

Transfer to Bishkek.

Number of days: 14
Covered regions:
Bishkek City
Batken
Chuy
Jalal-Abad
Naryn
Osh
Talas
Issyk-kul
Osh City
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: insurance, international flights
What to bring: Trekking shoes, waterproof, warm clothes
Transport: Offroad vehicle 4x4
Tour season:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Tour categories:
Private tours
Cultural tours
Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
Highlight tours
Photo tours
Hiking tours
Horseback riding tours
Circle tours
Short tours
Budget tours
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