Although we no longer offer Wild Altai group expeditions, we are able to connect intrepid, fit, and self-funded travelers with expedition field work. Our partner scientists and conservationists are involved in raptor (eagles, owls, hawks) research, snow leopard studies, and argali population surveys, among other important initiatives. Please contact us if you’d like help planning independent travel.
In collaboration with long-term partners at Sailyugemsky National Park, Altaisky State Nature Reserve, and the Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, The Altai Project is proud to facilitate individual and small group opportunities to participate in field work in Greater Altai, mainly in and around Sailyugemsky National Park, but other opportunities may also be available.
Our program supports independent travelers to Greater Altai to help local scientists monitor and protect snow leopards, argali sheep, steppe and imperial eagles, saker falcons, and other important species. Volunteers will survey animals along monitoring routes, build nesting boxes, ring fledglings, document wild animals, install and collect data from camera/video traps, and other tasks, all under the close supervision of local wildlife scientists, park rangers, and experts.
You must be experienced in backcountry travel, fit to hike and ride horseback at up to 3500 m of elevation, and purchase your own comprehensive travel and medical (with evacuation) insurance policies.
Summer weather conditions range from warm and sunny (up to 25˚C/77˚F) to snow and hail, especially at higher elevations. Nighttime summer temperatures are cold (as low as 0˚C/32˚F). Base camp elevations average 2400 m (7900 ft) above sea level, but you will also climb (by vehicle or on foot/horseback) to elevations of 3200-3500 m (10,500-11,500 ft) on some days. Other seasons are correspondingly colder!