Snow Leopard Expedition in Spiti Valley 2018

TT2112

 Spiti Valley, Marango Rangarik, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Regions Covered:

  • Shimla, Sarahan, Kalpa, Nako lake, Tabo, Dhankar, Lalung, Ki, Kibber, Gete, Tashigang, Hikkim, Langza and Komic.

Quick Facts:

  • Season: February - March
  • Climate: Bitterly Cold
  • Max. Altitude: 4,520 m (Komik Village)
  • Number Of Days: 13 - 14 days
  • Trail Type: Jeep safari & Hiking

Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Home City – Shimla
  • Day 02: Shimla - Sarahan (180 km) Duration: 7 hours (Overnight at hotel) - Sarahan village is known as the "gateway of Kinnaur". The Bhimkali temple with a backdrop of towering mountains is the main attraction in here. This temple is more than 800 years old and is dedicated to the Goddess Durga or Bhimkali
  • Day 03: Sarahan - Kalpa (Duration; 5-6 hours) (Overnight at hotel) - Kalpa is a small but beautiful town in the Sutlej river valley. Home to the Kinnuari people, the roaring Sutlej River, and a plethora of marvellous ancient temple, Kalpa is one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Day 04: Kalpa - Nako. Duration: 6-7 hours (Overnight at homestays) - Nako is a village near the Indo China border. Nako Lake, which borders the village, is one of the main attractions in here. Nako Monastery, dated to 1025, is located in the village as well as several other Buddhist Stupas.
  • Day 05: Nako – Gyu and Tabo. Duration: 7-8 hours (Overnight at Hotel) - Tabo is a small town on the banks of the Spiti River. The town surrounds a Buddhist monastery which, according to legend, is said to be over a thousand years old. The village is situated at an altitude of 10,760 ft/ 3,280 meters.
  • Day 06: Tabo - Dhankar - Lalung – Demul – Kaza. (Duration: 4 – 5 hours) -  Kaza is a high altitude cold desert having close similarities to the neighbouring Tibet and Ladakh regions in terms of terrain, climate, and the Buddhist culture. Kaza, situated along the Spiti River is the largest township and commercial centre of the valley.
  • Day 07: Kaza – Hikkim – Langza –Komic. (Duration: 5 - 6 hours) Overnight at Homestay - Komic is the highest village in the world with a motorable road.You can also see that the village does have a bowl shape.
  • Day’s 8, 9, 10: Kaza – Kibber – Gete – Tashigang / Chichim (In search of the Snow leopard). Days will be flexible depending on our local guides inputs - The time for adventure begins. On these three days we walk towards different slopes, we observe the paw marks of the fascinating snow leopard to be able to sight one. We start walking towards the slopes early morning, and we spend the day sighting and return to the homestay by the evening. On the last day (ie. 10th day) for sighting we start pre sunrise and spend the day on the silent mountain sides, we spend the day sighting and return to the homestay by the evening.
  • Day 11: Kibber – Reckong Peo - We commence our journey early morning to reach Rekong Peo by evening.
  • Day 12: Reckong peo - Shimla/Chandigarh - This is the last day of the journey. You will be dropped back to Shimla by evening.
  • Discover some of the most fascinating regions such as Shimla, Sarahan, Kalpa, Nako lake, Tabo, Dhankar, Lalung, Ki, Kibber, Gete, Tashigang, Hikkim, Langza and Komic.
  • Expert regional Tour Lead
  • Spot Snow Leopard in its natural habitat.
  • Explore remote region of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Drive through roads from Shimla to Kaza Highway to get the best of Spiti Valley.
  • Jeep safari and hiking through jungle.
  • Traditional homestays.
  • Culture & photography.
  • Sceinic beauty.
  • Snow Drive.
  • and much more.
Stay Envisaged Stars Destination Nights
Hotel Shrikhand / Similar
Sarahan 1
Blue Lotus / Hotel apple pie / Similar
Kalpa 1
Reo Purguil hotel / Knaygoh Kinner Camps / Similar
Nako 1
Homestay
Tabo 1
Urgian Homestay / Hotel Deyzor / Similar
Kaza 1
Homestay
Komic, Kibber, Gete, Tashigang 4
Inclusions
  •  A good 4WD vehicle for the entire safari.
  • A good guide well versed with local traditions, culture, Flora / fauna and environment etc.,
  • Accommodation in hotels / lodges / guesthouses/homestays, all through the safari on twin share basis.
  • Food all through the safari. 
  • Camping permissions and charges- wherever applicable.
  • Environmental levy.
  • Leave no trace charges.
  • Full medical kit etc.
  • All fuel / toll tax and parking charges etc.
  • Pickup from Shimla and drop till Shimla after the program concludes.
  • Any sanctuary or monastery entry fee.
Exclusions
  • Travel from home city to Shimla and vice versa.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Personal gear / specialized clothing for the cold weather.
  • Personal accidental / life and medical insurance.
  • Medical or any other emergency evacuation costs.
  • Camera/ batteries or any other props.
  • Mineral or packaged drinking water.
  • Costs due to factors beyond our control such as road blockage due to landslides, avalanches, bad weather etc.
  • Any other services not specified in the Services Includes section.
Terms and Conditions

Minimum Number of Travellers: 6

Things To Carry:

  • Backpack (45-90 liter).
  • Trekking Boots – High ankle support boots.
  • Down Jacket – Thick, windproof material, fleece and feather based recommended.
  • Trek Pants – Quick Dry fabric based Trek Pants are ideal.
  • Full sleeve woolen/fleece – (at least 2).
  • Thermal Inner –
  • Sunglasses – Is a must for snow walking. UV rated ones.
  • Handgloves.
  • Socks – (1 pair of woolen and 2 pairs of cotton socks).
  • Waterbottle – (1 liter).
  • Toiletries (Sunscreen – SPF 60+, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm/chap stick, small soap, toilet paper).
  • Headlamp / LED Torch.
  • Energy bars/dry fruits.
  • Medicine Kit
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 10 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

NOTE: Processing fees of 3% would be charged for the above mentioned cancellation charge.

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Trail Overview

A century ago Rudyard Kipling in his novel "Kim" described Spiti as "A world within a world" and "A place where the god lives". Things have hardly changed since then. In the depths of winter, this primeval & harsh land is often cut off from the rest of the world, and the elusive wild cat, descends from the high peaks & ridges into the valleys to hunt for Bharal (Blue Sheep), Ibex and livestock of native Spitian. Snow leopards are fascinating animals; found at elevations of thousands of feet. Also, these wild cats are only native to the central Asian region, and to see one in its natural habitat, you have to travel to one such location. There are a number of places, where you can spot a snow leopard in the wild; however, no other destination is as good as Kibbar wildlife Sanctuary and Pin valley National park of Spiti valley. Snow leopard has been spotted by locals around Lippa - Asrang Sanctuary. This 12 Days Exclusive Snow Leopard trail will take you to far faraway and incredibly beautiful regions of Himachal Pradesh, into the very heart of the Western Himalayas. On this trail starting from Shimla, you cover some of the most fascinating regions of the Spiti Valley - Sarahan, Kalpa, Nako lake, Tabo, Dhankar, Lalung, Ki, Kibber, Gete, Tashigang, Hikkim, Langza and Komic.

Duration : 12 Days
Trail Type : Fixed Departure
Location : Spiti Valley, Marango Rangarik, Himachal Pradesh, India
Maximum number of people : 10
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