Take part in the study of one of the world's most emblematic felines, in Nepal, in the heart of the Himalayas: the snow leopard. All volunteer programs here
On the trail of the snow leopard in Nepal. In the heart of the Himalayas, study the snow leopard and talk to the local population about the importance of preserving the environment.
The endangered snow leopard
The snow leopard is one of the world's most enigmatic felines. It lives in remote, hard-to-reach places in a dozen Asian countries. Between 300 and 500 individuals live in Nepal today. The snow leopard, also known as the "ounce" or "himchitouw" (in Nepalese), is an integral part of Nepalese culture. However, the snow leopard is currently endangered. Its natural habitat is being degraded by human activity. It is a victim of poaching and conflicts with herders.
Non-invasive monitoring of the snow leopard
The NGO you're going with has been running a snow leopard study program since 2006. The objective of this program is :
- Non-invasive monitoring of Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) populations and Himalayan wildlife.
- The creation of a database in partnership with the reserves and local players.
- Raising awareness of biodiversity protection among scientific participants and local populations.
- Support for nature conservationists in Nepal.
Your involvement in the snow leopard project in Nepal
The mission takes place in the Le Langtang reserve. This nature reserve is located north of Kathmandu, along the Tibetan border. Each day, in small groups, accompanied by scientific educators and Nepalese guides, you will roam the mountains of the Nepalese Himalayas to gather information on the snow leopard. The main aim of the project is to provide evidence of the presence of this mountain ghost in the areas studied.
In the heart of the Himalayas
The aim of this expedition is also to study the flora and fauna of the nature reserve. The park boasts a rich fauna, with over 50 species of mammal, 345 species of bird, numerous amphibians and reptiles, 30 species of fish and 55 species of butterfly. You'll be on the lookout for the slightest noise or movement in the heart of the mountains, equipped with binoculars, a GPS and a notebook to locate and observe the wildlife. You'll also be taking part in two presentations to the local population on the importance of preserving biodiversity.
- April 7, 2024 to April 25, 2024 - 19 days in the Langtang reserve
- October 1, 2024 to October 19, 2024 - 19 days Gosaikunda (high-altitude lakes in the Langtang reserve)
- Price €4730: €1608.2 after tax deduction*.
* The partner NGO is recognized for the quality, usefulness, solidarity and educational nature of its stays, which enable their participants to advance a genuine project dedicated to science and the resolution of sustainable development objectives, through practical experience. So, in line with the Congés Solidaires tax system, you don't buy a holiday, you make a donation to the NGO, which can then set up the projects, and the participants commit to them as volunteers. The financial contribution to the NGO is therefore tax-deductible in all countries of the European Economic Area (European Union, Switzerland... in France, for example, up to 66%).
Conditions for participating in the scientific project
This trip requires active participation in the NGO's scientific project. It is open to adults, families with children aged 14 and over, and unaccompanied minors aged 16 and over. One of the principles of this expedition is to leave no trace behind. Everyone brings their own garbage back home.
You walk around 5 hours a day, in the mountains, on comfortable trails. However, you need to be in very good physical condition. For the first few days in the reserve, you sleep in small mountain hut-style dwellings with beds and showers. Some nights are spent with local people, while others are spent in tents.
The NGO partner
The partner NGO has Special Consultative Status with the UN (ECOSOC) and is a member of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. Specializing in scientific trips, the NGO develops participatory research and believes that education is the driving force behind the Sustainable Development Goals.
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