Wild Altai Expeditions – Update!



Due to circumstances outside our control related to visa issues and required Russian border permits, we have reached the very disappointing decision to cancel plans for Wild Altai expeditions for the foreseeable future. As always, we have the best interests of our trip participants in mind and will continue to monitor the travel climate. Please contact us if you’d like more information.

In collaboration with long-term partners at Arkhar, Altaisky State Nature Reserve, WWF-Altai-Sayan, and Roosevelt Wild Life Station, The Altai Project is proud to offer participatory summer research expeditions in southeastern Altai in and around Sailyugem National Park.

Our program brings international volunteers to Altai to help local scientists monitor and protect snow leopards, argali sheep, steppe eagles, and other important species. Volunteers will survey animals along monitoring routes, document Altai argali sheep, steppe eagle fledglings, and other wild animals via spotting scopes, install and collect data from camera/video traps, and other tasks, all under the close supervision of local wildlife scientists and experts. Varying fitness levels are welcome, but some hiking is required.

Upon arrival in the region, the program will include two days in Gorno-Altaisk, two days of road travel, and 8-10 glorious days in southeastern Altai Republic, near the Russia-Mongolia-China border. In addition to science tasks, we will offer opportunities to interact with local herder families and a cultural program visiting some of Altai’s most beautiful, important, and interesting sites.

Weather conditions range from warm and sunny (up to 77˚F) to snow and hail, especially at higher elevations. Nighttime temperatures are cold (as low as 15˚F). Base camp elevations average 2400 m (7900 ft) above sea level, but you will also climb (by vehicle or on foot) to elevations of 3200-3500m (10,500-11,500 ft) on some days.