Tour At A Glance

Cost:

3199.00

Deposit:

1000.00

Single Room Supplement:

300.00 - please note single rooms may not be available outside Almaty & Astana

Tour Code:

Quite intensive with some early starts and late finishes. Some of the walks in the mountains are at altitude but are not strenuous and are on good paths..

Group Size:

Eight plus Leaders

Caspian Plover White-browed Tit-warbler Guldenstadt's Redstart Kegen Plateau Pallas's Gull Pallas's Sandgrouse Steppe Eagle

Kazakhstan - In The Shadow of The Tien-Shan Mountains

Date: 4th - 18th May 2019 [SPACES]
Leaders: David Pearce and local guide

Introduction

 

Black Lark
 
Kazakhstan – the very sound of the word conjures up images of a wild and exotic land. Birders have been enjoying this stable country and its fantastic birds and history ever since independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union. There is a wide range of habitats which in turn attracts large array of species that are much wanted by western birders. Everything is on a vast scale here, which is not surprising given it is the ninth largest country in the world! Great expanses of flat steppe grasslands merge into sandy and stony deserts. Dotted here and there are saline and freshwater lakes which act like magnets to nesting and migrant birds. In sharp contrast, we also visit the massive towering peaks of the Tien Shan Mountains - an extension of the Himalayas which rise here to over 20,000 feet. Here we find ecosystems varying from massive tracts of deciduous and coniferous forest cut by untamed rivers in deep gorges at lower elevations, to snow-capped peaks and flower-rich alpine meadows higher up. A visit to the southeast and centre of the country is a guaranteed success and an unforgettable experience. The bird-life is stunning, not to mention some very interesting mammals and reptiles!! Our accommodation will range from western type hotels to nights under the stars in traditional desert camps. Terrain will vary and a reasonable level of physical fitness is required to undertake this tour. This new revised itinerary is highly recommended to enable you to get the most out of your holiday to this fabulous birding destination. Your principal tour leader will be Neil Donaghy and you can expect to see approximately 200 species.
 

 

 

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