The Snow Leopard Expedition to Kyrgyzstan is an incredible opportunity to track snow leopards while actively participating in ecosystem level conservation. Visit two different nature reserves, aid a ranger training mission, and assist field experts from the High Asia Habitat Fund and the Snow Leopard Trust. Experience legendary Kyrgyz hospitality, see the great lake of Issyk-Kul, and meet traditional Eagle Hunters. 40% of the revenue from this trip is a tax-deductible donation. (US/UK) This trip needs 4 guests to operate. Departures can be made private.
October 1-14 2022 | 2023 4-6 Guests Starts/ends in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Led by Behzad J. Larry FRGS, FRAS From $6,880 per person.
Introduction to the Snow Leopard Expedition to Kyrgyzstan
Our Other Snow Leopard Tours & Expeditions
Besides this expedition to Kyrgyzstan, we have two departures for snow leopards in Ladakh, India. Our Classic Snow Leopard Tour to Ladakh (10 Days) and Signature Snow Leopard Expedition to Ladakh (12 Days) are the most comfortable and luxurious snow leopard journeys in the world. We also have a Snow Leopard Tour to Mongolia. To learn more, read our extensive article, “Which Snow Leopard Tracking Tour: India, Mongolia or Kyrgyzstan?” Or give us a call. Our 2020 snow leopard tours were yet again 100% successful. Read about them here.
Snow Leopard Expedition to Kyrgyzstan Team
Besides Voygr’s Expedition team, this trip will have a set of Kyrgyz Rangers at both State Reserves as well scientists from the Snow Leopard Foundation Kyrgyzstan.
Behzad Larry is a professional photographer, historian, and adventurer. An avid explorer, Behzad specializes in documenting the remote reaches of the world. Through his travel photography he covers wildlife, portraiture, and landscapes in the high Himalayas, Central Asia, and the…
Dorjay "eagle-eyes" Stanzin is probably the world's top snow leopard spotter. Hailing from the small village of Skiu in Hemis National Park, Dorjay has been working with snow leopards and conservation since 1990. Between 1992 and 1997 he helped start…
Smana Tsering is a snow leopard specialist and award-winning conservationist. He has spent two decades pushing conservation in Hemis National Park, India as a Wildlife Guard. Smanla has tracked, rescued, and engaged with wild snow leopard for his whole career…
Frequently Asked Questions About The Snow Leopard Expedition to Kyrgyzstan
What is the best time to go on a snow leopard expedition to Kyrgyzstan?
Snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan can be tracked by our highly experienced teams from September through April. However, the more remote reserves are very hard to access after November due to heavy snowfall. This makes setting camp in ideal spots very difficult. We schedule our snow leopard expedition to Kyrgyzstan in October as this also overlaps with argali mating season.
What are the chances of actually seeing a snow leopard in Kyrgyzstan?
Pretty great! Kyrgyzstan is part of our long term ecotourism plan. Diversifying livelihoods is an important part of conservation. The more livelihoods we can generate that rely less on livestock, the more resources We’ve trained rangers here previously and are building up this program to upgrade the skills of local rangers. We will supplement the experienced local rangers with two of our field experts from Ladakh as head trackers.
What optics do you use on the snow leopard expedition to Kyrgyzstan?
The very best available. Our guests always have access to a few top-of-the-line Swarovski BTX 95 scopes. All our trackers and spotters are outfitted with Swarovski optics and we always have scopes on hand for the viewing pleasure of our guests. Read more about why great optics are critical for a great snow leopard expedition.
Why is Voygr the expert at tracking snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan?
Voygr Expeditions is the world’s leading supplier of high-end snow leopard tours. We are the only company in the world that leads snow leopard expeditions to Kyrgyzstan with an actual chance of success. While others do sell tours that operate in snow leopard habitat, the chances of seeing a snow leopard without experienced professional trackers is minuscule. We know these do not exist in Kyrgyzstan because we work with the most experienced state rangers. Even these highly experienced Kyrgyz rangers cannot find them. Most have seen a handful of snow leopards in their entire life. These sightings have always been random encounters where they were not actively looking for snow leopards. Their sightings are attributed to being out in the field for lengthy periods and not active tracking. This is why we bring professional snow leopard trackers from our operations in India. They both track snow leopards and teach their skills to their Kyrgyz counterparts. At the minimum, 90% of our staff are locals and from within the area we travel to. This allows us to ensure that we’re putting critical financial resources into the communities who live on the front-lines of conservation.
Why is Kyrgyzstan a great choice for a snow leopard expedition?
Much of Kyrgyzstan comprises of rugged mountain systems. Out of roughly 77,000 square miles of terrain, 38,000 is snow leopard habitat. But this snow leopard expedition is not just about seeing a snow leopard. It is about conservation. Kyrgyzstan has a lot of livestock. According to the WorldBank, in 2013, it had 5.5 million sheep and goats. Mountains, snow leopards, and livestock are always a formula for human-wildlife conflict. Our snow leopard expeditions to Kyrgyzstan serve as a model to demonstrate that tourism can provide great non-livestock dependent jobs to remote communities. Successful models can be scaled to surrounding nations.
Where should I go on a snow leopard expedition?
We run snow leopard tours in Ladakh, India, Mongolia, and Kyrgyzstan. Each is different. In fact, you could go on all three and have 3 incredible trips, seeing different landscapes, cultures, and countries. We’ve written an extensive article on how to choose the right tour for you : Which snow leopard tracking tour: India, Mongolia, or Kyrgyzstan?
Testimonials for our Snow Leopard Expeditions
Exceptional journeys get exceptional reviews. 5/5 stars from every guest that’s ever reviewed us.
A True Adventure
This is the second time I've traveled with Voygr Expeditions, and I'm sure to come back for more. What makes Voygr so special is that they have created adventures that are deeply aligned with and respectful of the land, the…continue reading →
This adventure absolutely exceeded my expectations. It was a unique combination of being totally in nature with many upscale comforts. The staff was exceptional, they anticipated your every need and were especially accommodating. I have such respect for everyone who…continue reading →
Exceptional Snow Leopard Expedition
Just came back from an 8-night trekking expedition with the Voygr crew. Wow. Unbelievable camp experience with some nice amenities (e.g. cots/carpets/side tables in the tents), and great food prepared 3x daily (lunch was delivered to us wherever we were…continue reading →
Fantastic team that made a dream come true
The recent expedition for snow leopards with Behzad, Rashid, Khenrab, Dorje, Sajan and team was outstanding. The communication from the first e-mail enquiring about the trip to the time we got back, was very good. • The expedition was very…continue reading →
My week with Snow Leopards in the Himalayas
I had the great good fortune to hear about Voygr Expeditions from Brad Josephs, who was our head guide on the trip I took in February. We camped for eight nights at an altitude of just below 4,000 meters in…continue reading →
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