|from £1,480* per person||14 Days||June-August
Exertion level: 3
|Operator: Biosphere Expeditions
12 people max
These conservation working holidays will take you to the high mountains of Central Asia to survey snow leopards and their prey animals such as the argali mountain sheep and the Altai ibex, as well as other animals including marmots and birds. You will be working as part of a small international team from a base camp set at 2300 m at the foot of a 3500 m remote mountain range and overlooking a vast area of open steppe. You will be covering ground in Land Rovers and on foot, looking for tracks, kills, scats and the animals themselves. True expedition-style base camp conditions, testing but satisfying mountain surveying, off road driving, and variable mountain weather, make this our most challenging (and very rewarding) expedition.
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Russian Federation, Europe
Open steppe and high mountains.
Weather expected during expedition
High mountain summer weather usually means hot sunshine during the day, but it can turn cold at any time of the year, including brief snow showers.
Tent camp of dome, mess and kitchen, as well as shower and toilet tents. Each team member has his/her own tent and there is hot water from the fire for showers.
Up to 12 team members + 1 local scientist + 1 expedition leader.
Skills & prerequisites required
None. You don't need to be a scientist or have any special qualifications - everyone can take part and there are no age limits whatsoever.
Can laypeople really be of help to serious research & conservation projects?
Fitness level required
Ability to walk about 2 – 15 km per day in mountainous terrain of 2000 – 2500 m altitude and ability to tolerate base camp altitude of approximately 2200 m. Those who feel able to can climb to higher altitudes of 2800 – 3500 m and spend the night in advanced observation camps. Those of lower fitness level can assist scientists near base camp or do vehicle-based work. Please note that medical evidence shows that altitude sickness is not usually a problem at altitudes below 3500 m.
Will it be for me or am I too old/young/unfit?
Team assembly point
Novosibirsk, third largest city in Russia.
What about carbon neutrality and other environmental and social impact?
Who books my flights?
Our expeditions are not about playing the primitive, neither are we a military style 'boot-camp'. Our expedition leader and the local scientist will be by your side and we believe strongly that we get the best out of our expedition teams by making them comfortable, safe and well fed. You won’t be living in the lap of luxury, but we will do our best to make you feel comfortable and at home in your working environment, as this is the key to a well-balanced and successful expedition.
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