A Trip of a Lifetime

Join our research team and our Assistant Director of Conservation, Jennifer Snell Rullman, in the Gobi desert as they search for the elusive Ghost of the Mountain.

Are you passionate about snow leopards? Has a trip to Mongolia been lingering on your bucket list? Would an opportunity to experience snow leopard research and monitoring first-hand be a dream come true?

If so, then we have just the trip for you! I recently returned from an incredible expedition to our research station in the South Gobi this fall with three intrepid snow leopard supporters. The excursion was such a success that we are organizing another trip for this spring.

We have provided this rare opportunity only once before. Here are a few of the comments:

“Thank you all for contributing to make the experience so magnificent. I didn’t want to leave and would turn around and go back tomorrow, if I could.” Elizabeth Brill, 2018

“Our trip was the most extraordinary experience I’ve had in my life and I’m grateful that I got to share it with you.” C. Sakach, 2018

Our snow leopard research team heads to the field in April, and I am looking for 3 – 6 people to join us there from April 25 to May 6, 2019.

  • Dates: April 25 – May 6, 2019
  • Location: Base Camp, South Gobi Desert, Mongolia
  • Positions: We can accommodate up to 6 people on this trip.
  • Total cost: US$17,500/person. Price includes all costs once you have arrived in Mongolia (local transportation, hotels, food, drink, etc.) Airfare to Mongolia is not included.
    • $10,000 per person is a donation to support the research you’ll experience first-hand. This part of the cost if completely tax-deductible
    • $7,500 per person covers all costs while in country including lodging, local travel, food, etc. (Slight adjustment may occur depending on number of people)
  • More details about the itinerary, accommodation etc. can be found here

A Rare Opportunity

This trip is a rare opportunity to join our science team at our Long Term Ecological Study (LTES) base camp as they carry out their research. The research station is located in the Tost Nature Reserve, a new Protected Area created specifically for snow leopards.

The reserve, which is 7,400 km2 in size, is the first reserve in Mongolia specifically designated to protect snow leopards and is home to our longest running community-based conservation programs. It is the only place on the globe where you can find such a robust and long -running snow leopard research program – and to date we have tracked more than 20 snow leopards in these mountains.

We currently have nine snow leopards and three ibex with GPS collars that we are tracking daily. Now is your chance to literally follow in their footsteps!

Please note that we hope to finalize the participant list by March 1st and selection for the trip will be first come, first serve. If you are interested in participating, please let me know and I can share more details about the trip and discuss with you if this trip is right for you.

Jennifer Snell Rullman, Assistant Director of Conservation, Snow Leopard Trust

Get more information and secure your spot:

jennifer@snowleopard.org, (+1) 206-718-6236

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