Snow Leopard Trail Expedition

TT113

 Hemis National Park, Leh

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Itinerary:

Day 1 -

Fly to Leh (11,500) Explore Leh and acclimatize:  Delhi domestic airport for flight to Leh, capital of Ladakh (11,500 ft). Transfer to your hotel/Guest house. Rest full day for acclimatize. In the evening we will give you briefing about the tour. It is important to rest on these first few days at high altitude. Overnight in the hotel.  

 

Day 2-

Full day at acclimatizing: If you feel good will take you, after breakfast visit to Thiksay monastery, birds watching Shey marches, shanti stupa. In the evening walk around Leh market. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 3-

After breakfast drive to Zingchen (1 hr), after Zingchen start walking along the Rumbak valley Gorge. Continue up the gorge, a dramatic entry to the snow leopard’s high altitude home in Hemis National Park. Enroute, watch amidst the cliffs and at the base of rocks where they mark their turf for sign of snow leopard, and other wildlife. Camp at wildlife study camp. Trekking time: approx 2 hrs. Elevation: 12,400’ over night at camp at Husing.

 

Day 4-

Wildlife Viewing: Proceed for full day of tracking snow leopard and its wildlife prey. Hemis National Park is home to blue sheep, Tibetan argali (a large horned sheep), numerous mountain and migratory birds, as well as an occasional Tibetan wolf. You are likely to see sign of snow leopard as winter is the time that they descend to lower elevations. Return to camp for some warming tea and share tales of the day. Camp. Over night at Husing camp.

 

Day 5-

Wildlife Viewing: Spend another day with trained naturalists on the look-out for snow leopard and its prey. The views of this stark landscape, the sky pierced by upward tilted strata and – on snow-free days -- the ground adorned with hardy alpine plants, provides constant fascination. Over night at Husing Camp.

 

Day 6-

Wildlife Viewing, Visit Villages and Homestays: Trek to nearby sites where snow leopard may have been sighted recently. Visit and overnight in a neighbouring village, Rumbak, and experience a homestay. Homestay hosts have been trained in hospitality and are members of a community conservation effort to conserve the endangered snow leopard. Learn about their livestock herding practices and try your hand at winter pastimes (spinning, weaving, and turning a tale). Spend the days tracking snow leopard and wildlife, and overnight in a homestay or camp. Elevation 13,500’

 

Day 7-

Trek from Rumbak to Husing camp- between these will scan opposite of Rumbak sumdo ridge line, check fresh sign of snow leopard movement in the main valley of Rumbak , we sighted many times snow leopards in the past. Over night at Husing camp.

 

Day 8-

Trek  from Husing camp to Zingchen- same day drive to Ulley village: Drive to Ulley will be 3 hr. Today you will see chance to see wolf, red fox, snow cock, partridge, Ladakhi Urial and Ibex. Ulley is good habitat of Ibex and there also chance to see snow leopards. In 2011 we did camera trapping in Ulley and saspochey areas and able to count 9-10 individual snow leopards. Ulley is part of western Ladakh. Overnight at Camp at Ulley village.

 

Day 9- 10

Explore in Spango valley- Spango is one of the good habitat for Ibex and also snow leopard. Over night at Camp at Ulley

Day 11 –

Drive from Ulley – Leh

Day 12-

Fly from Leh to Delhi: Early morning transfer to Leh airport and fly to Delhi.

Some of the birds that you may come across while on the trek are Golden Eagle, Lammergeyer, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Himalayan Griffon and Himalayan Snow cock, Tibetan Partridge, Chukar Partridge, White Winged Redstart, Robin Accentor, White throat Dipper, Brown Dipper.

While on the trek you will also have the opportunity to stay in Home Stays and in tents in the prime habitat. Other wildlife that you will see the Blue Sheep, Ibex, Ladakh Urial and the Tibetan Argali.

Homestay option for Day5 & Day 06: Homestay hosts have been trained in hospitality and are members of a community conservation effort to conserve the endangered snow leopard. Learn about their livestock herding practices and try your hand at winter pastimes (spinning, weaving, and turning a tale). Spend the days tracking the snow leopard and other wildlife, and overnight in a homestay or camp.

Snow Leopards are most active at dawn and dusk and show a strong preference for cliffy habitat with moderately to very broken terrain, rocky outcrops and ravines. They are opportunistic predators and are known to take prey up to three times their own weight, though a large part of their diet comprises of small prey like marmots, pika, hare, birds and domestic livestock.

Shan – is the Ladakhi word for Snow Leopard. 

NOTE: Due to the nature of this trail, and the uncertainty of what path a snow leopard may choose on any particular day, the day to day itinerary must remain flexible, responding to information that staff and the local community informants gather regarding where snow leopards have been sighted. Weather conditions may also affect the placement of camp and daily movement. The following itinerary remains subject to alteration in the field as information and opportunities become available. The number of trek days will remain the same, barring weather or other unusual circumstances that require a change.

Stay Envisaged Stars Destination Nights
Home Stay
Leh 1
Camps
Hemis National park 9
Inclusions
  • This will include Airport transfer.
  • Hotel.
  • Transportation during the expedition / trek.
  • Pony.
  • Camping Equipment.
  • Heating, Cook.
  • Guide, Helper, National Park Fee, Homestay accommodation, Camping fee and Monasteries fee.
Exclusions

Personal expenses and anything that is not mentioned in Inclusions.

Terms and Conditions

To confirm the booking 100% of the amount is required to be paid.

 

Cancellation Policy

Refund amount is 

1. 30 Days before the trail start date : 90 % would be refunded back

2. 15 Days before the trail start date : 50 % would be refunded back

3. Less than 7 days before the trail start date : 10% would be refunded back 

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Trail Overview

One of the most charismatic animal in the world, Snow Leopard also known as the big cats or the white ghost of the Himalayas in Ladakh. This snow leaopard trail is challenging because of the temperatures that one has to face and proper acclimatization is a must for this trek.

Snow Leopard exhibits superb camouflage, often referred to as the Grey Ghost of the Himalayas, because of its whitish-grey color (tinged with yellow) and with dark grey rosettes and spots.

These big cats are found above 3000m so you can be rest assured that you will go through extreme temperatures with stunning Himalayan cold winter months of Ladakh, we provide you a unique & rare experience of finding the elusive and endangered Snow Leopard. With its team of best Snow Leopard naturalist we will take you into one of the best Snow Leopard habitats in the Hemis high altitude National Park and Ulley (Western Ladakh). yan alpine & non-alpine zones.

 

Duration : 10 Days
Trail Type : Any Date
Location : Hemis National Park, Leh
Maximum number of people : 300
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