Phototour: In search of a snow leopard

       Phototour: In search of a snow leopard


9 days/ 8 nights

October - February

During this tour you will visit amazing places of wild nature of Kazakhstan and see landscapes of Zhongar Alatau, where you will have an opportunity to meet representatives of our wild fauna and flora, including snow leopard, listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Day 1

Meeting with driver and transfer to the Tastau base (900 km, 15 hours)

Lunch at Sarkand city. (430 km, 6 hours)

Arrival to the base. Accommodation at a guesthouse, dinner. Free time for a walk. In the evening, guests can visit the Russian sauna.

Here, while in the guesthouse, you can watch Siberian mountain goats and some species of birds of prey with binoculars. It’s the place where animals don’t afraid of people, that means that this place is really untouched by human.

The gorge Tastau covers an area of ​​36,851 hectares, in the mountains of the Zhongar Alatau, which occupy an intermediate position between the Tien Shan, a typical Central Asian mountain system, and the mountains of the south of Siberia.

About 600 species of plants grow here. From an altitude of 1200 m above sea level grow apple orchards, overgrowths of apricots, then above grow aspen trees, and from about 1500 m begins the belt of spruce forests, reaching up to 2800-2900 m, then thickets of shrubbery to Alpine meadows. This is a strikingly beautiful corner of the earth. The unique natural conditions of the territory - a favorable climate and a significant aesthetic appeal of the mountain landscape - are complemented by the richness and diversity of the plant world, especially the picturesque coniferous forests and a significant number of species of animals that live in this region.

Meal: lunch, dinner

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Day 2 - 7

08.00 Breakfast, collecting things and equipment. After breakfast with guide you will go on a horseback tour of the surroundings.
You will walk through the green fields with flowering flowers and crystal mountain springs in search of animals for photo and video filming. Closeness of this area to borderlands over the decades has allowed us to maintain a high population of brown bear, maral, mountain goat, wild boar, which are quite often encountered by travelers. This place is also a habitat for the snow leopard, which is the main aim of our tour. In pure mountain rivers, originating from glaciers crowning mountain peaks, the Osman fish lives. You will have a picnic on the river bank, and you can feel yourself like travelers on the Great Silk Road. By the end of the day, you will arrive at the halt site to spend the night and have dinner by the fire.

Overnight in tents for 6 nights.
Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8

08.00 Breakfast, collecting things and equipment. After breakfast, continue the tour of the surrounding area in search of wild animals. Wherever you look, there are boundless expanses of alpine meadows and quaint granite rocks, and in the distance, you can see the peaks of Zhongar Alatau.

Lunch near river. After a little rest return to the base. Dinner and overnight in the house.

Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9

07.00 Breakfast, departure to Almaty (about 15 hours, 900 km). Stop for lunch at the transshipment poi nt Usharal (210 km, 6 hours). Then stop for a snack in Taldykorgan.

22.00 Arrival to Almaty.

End of tour