The Wildlife Monitoring Project
The focus of this trip is the great hiking along with opportunities to spot wildlife. During our initial scouting trip in October 2019, we regularly encountered herds of ibex and sighted argali mountain sheep. OK, we may not have actually seen the snow leopards, but they are definitely there - in the course of our short trip, we saw footprints in the snow several times, and our local herder friends report seeing them regularly. Unfortunately, that's often while the big cats are attacking their livestock.
The good news is that the National Park administration is keen for us to help them monitor the wildlife on a regular basis, particularly using camera traps. We will help fund the monitoring and develop a mutually beneficial relationship where you, the hiker, actively contributes to building up a database of wildlife observations.