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Snow Leopard Expedition Ladakh

Daily Tour 11 NIGHTS 12 DAYS
Khardungla, Nubra Valley, Pangong Lake, Leh, Ladakh, Trekking Destinations
Snow Leopard Expedition Ladakh
11 Nights-12 Days
₹22,000/ Per Person*
Nubra, Thiksey, Zingchen, Hemis

TOUR OVERVIEW

Join us, on an adventure to the land of the elusive Snow Leopard, high in the Indian Himalayas. With only 10 places available for adventurous explorers, let us know as soon as possible if you want to join this exclusive expedition.

The trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in Northern India is one of the last frontiers for wildlife tourism and April in the high valleys is an excellent time to observe the most elusive of the great cats – the Snow Leopard. The very name evokes all that is most wild, mysterious and elusive in nature, for this is an animal cloaked in the subtle beauty of its own coat, but also in all the high drama of its remote and magnificent environment.

Ladakh, also known as ‘Little Tibet’, is a land of fascinating contrasts, evident in the hard life of the local mountain people who, nonetheless, practice a very gentle and compassionate form of Buddhism.

Please read our downloadable Snow Leopard Expedition brochure, which provides a detailed itinerary, including rates, visa requirements and terms and conditions.

HIGHEST PASS

No passes involved except while tracking, you may haveto climb uphill, depending on wildlife movement

GRADE

Moderate to strenuous (may have to climb a ridge or two)


DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Leh

The thing about getting to these splendid barren mountains in Leh is that, even if you’re raring to head over to Nubra Valley, you absolutely need to rest and get acclimatised first. Later in the evening you can drive down to Shanti Stupa. The epitome of peace and harmony, Shanti Stupa’s white dome stands tall on a raised pedestal against brilliant blue skies. At 3,609 metres above sea level, the stupa offers unparalleled panoramic views of Leh town. Usually a lovely green in summer, the trees here turn leafless and brown in winter.

Day 2: Drive to Thiksey Monastery and Birding Near Indus River

Another day of acclimatisation and we invest our time in gentle excursions, exploring for wildlife along the banks of the Indus in search of enigmatic birds such as Ibis bill, Solitary Snipe and Gouldenstadt’s (White-winged) Redstart.
Drive on to Thiksey monastery, around 18 kilometres away. Now one of Leh’s largest monasteries, there is a separate residential building for women as well. With fascinating wall paintings throughout the 12-storey complex, stupas, thangka paintings, statues and numerous artefacts make for a very interesting visit.

Day 3: Drive to Zingchen and hike to Campsite

A 45-minute drive will take you to Zingchen. It is the entry to the Hemis National Park and has just 2 households. From here we hike for about an hour and a half to the campsite. Get a good look around the area of the campsite which will be home to you for 8 nights hereafter. The camping is fully pottered in and out, and though basic, you will be very well looked after, with a whole team of cooks and camp helpers attending to your needs

Day 4: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 1

The calls of Himalayan snow cocks and chokers are most likely the first sound that you will hear each morning. The typical day will start with hot tea or coffee delivered to your tent, followed by a bowl of hot water for a refreshing wash. Our guides will be already on the lookout for snow leopards, either from camp, or from a vantage point close by. You can choose to join them on the lookout, or take your time and have a leisurely start. Breakfast will be in the dining tent, where the welcoming warmth of a gas fired heater will ensure breakfast is a more comfortable and enjoyable experience in the chilly morning. If no spotting of the ghost has been made, we will hike out of camp to carry on searching for them. You may choose to stay around camp, or join the group.
The amount of hiking you choose to do is, within certain parameters, optional. You may, if you wish, choose to stay around camp all day, and just head out
when a snow leopard is spotted. But what is the fun in that. However, it is our aim to hike a few miles every day, with the uphill sections being at a slow pace due to the altitude. Most of the hiking will be on gentle inclines, on primitive trails, but occasionally we may want to get into a better position for viewing which may involve much steeper walking for short distances.
Most days, when you are away from camp, our staff will bring us hot tea, coffee and a snack, mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Whilst in the middle of the day, we’ll get a hot lunch delivered to wherever you want.

Day 5: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 2

We follow the same routine as Day 4 and keep tracking the Ghost of the Mountain. Even if we’ve spotted one, more is always merrier.

Day 6: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 3

We follow the same routine as Day 4 and keep tracking the Ghost of the Mountain. Even if we’ve spotted one, more is always merrier.

Day 7: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 4

We follow the same routine as Day 4 and keep tracking the Ghost of the Mountain. Even if we’ve spotted one, more is always merrier.

Day 8: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 5

We follow the same routine as Day 4 and keep tracking the Ghost of the Mountain. Even if we’ve spotted one, more is always merrier.

Day 9: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 6

We follow the same routine as Day 4 and keep tracking the Ghost of the Mountain. Even if we’ve spotted one, more is always merrier.

Day 10: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 7

We follow the same routine as Day 4 and keep tracking the Ghost of the Mountain. Even if we’ve spotted one, more is always merrier.

Day 11: Hike to Zingchen and drive to Leh

It’s time to wrap up the expedition and hike back to Zingchen. From here you board your vehicles for a short drive to Leh.

Day 12: Departure

There’s probably no space left for pictures on your camera’s memory card, as you get your baggage tagged for your flight home. Picturesque views and?memories of the tracking snow leopards will keep you on a happy high for a long time yet.


GENERAL INFORMATION

✓ Prepaid cellular connections will not work in Jammu & Kashmir only post paid cellular connection will work on roaming.
✓ Reach airport prior to 3 hours of your departure due to security reasons/checking.
✓ Before travelling visit weather forecast to get well informed which clothing to carry howsoever we advice to keep heavy woollens for winters and light woollens for summers
✓ For weather update visit : http://www.accuweather.com/en/in/srinagar/361707/weather-forecast/361707.
✓ If you are staying in houseboats ask for mobile no. of houseboat attendant or your local tour coordi-nator and call him before reaching to Srinagar so that he can arrange Shikara for crossing well in ad-vance.
✓ If any additional cost asked by driver, porters, guides during the tour please coordinate with our helpline numbers before giving any cash.
✓ It is always advisable to follow the timings provided by your tour coordinator/ Driver to experience hassle free travel.
✓ Follow the hotel timings for your breakfast & Dinner, we shall not be responsible.
✓ Always carry your Travel documents / Hotel Confirmation for the smooth check in at Hotel/ House-boat.
Day 1: Arrival in Leh

The thing about getting to these splendid barren mountains in Leh is that, even if you’re raring to head over to Nubra Valley, you absolutely need to rest and get acclimatised first. Later in the evening you can drive down to Shanti Stupa. The epitome of peace and harmony, Shanti Stupa’s white dome stands tall on a raised pedestal against brilliant blue skies. At 3,609 metres above sea level, the stupa offers unparalleled panoramic views of Leh town. Usually a lovely green in summer, the trees here turn leafless and brown in winter.

Day 2: Drive to Thiksey Monastery and Birding Near Indus River

Another day of acclimatisation and we invest our time in gentle excursions, exploring for wildlife along the banks of the Indus in search of enigmatic birds such as Ibis bill, Solitary Snipe and Gouldenstadt’s (White-winged) Redstart.
Drive on to Thiksey monastery, around 18 kilometres away. Now one of Leh’s largest monasteries, there is a separate residential building for women as well. With fascinating wall paintings throughout the 12-storey complex, stupas, thangka paintings, statues and numerous artefacts make for a very interesting visit.

Day 3: Drive to Zingchen and hike to Campsite

A 45-minute drive will take you to Zingchen. It is the entry to the Hemis National Park and has just 2 households. From here we hike for about an hour and a half to the campsite. Get a good look around the area of the campsite which will be home to you for 8 nights hereafter. The camping is fully pottered in and out, and though basic, you will be very well looked after, with a whole team of cooks and camp helpers attending to your needs

Day 4: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 1

The calls of Himalayan snow cocks and chokers are most likely the first sound that you will hear each morning. The typical day will start with hot tea or coffee delivered to your tent, followed by a bowl of hot water for a refreshing wash. Our guides will be already on the lookout for snow leopards, either from camp, or from a vantage point close by. You can choose to join them on the lookout, or take your time and have a leisurely start. Breakfast will be in the dining tent, where the welcoming warmth of a gas fired heater will ensure breakfast is a more comfortable and enjoyable experience in the chilly morning. If no spotting of the ghost has been made, we will hike out of camp to carry on searching for them. You may choose to stay around camp, or join the group.
The amount of hiking you choose to do is, within certain parameters, optional. You may, if you wish, choose to stay around camp all day, and just head out
when a snow leopard is spotted. But what is the fun in that. However, it is our aim to hike a few miles every day, with the uphill sections being at a slow pace due to the altitude. Most of the hiking will be on gentle inclines, on primitive trails, but occasionally we may want to get into a better position for viewing which may involve much steeper walking for short distances.
Most days, when you are away from camp, our staff will bring us hot tea, coffee and a snack, mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Whilst in the middle of the day, we’ll get a hot lunch delivered to wherever you want.

Day 5: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 2

We follow the same routine as Day 4 and keep tracking the Ghost of the Mountain. Even if we’ve spotted one, more is always merrier.

Day 6: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 3

We follow the same routine as Day 4 and keep tracking the Ghost of the Mountain. Even if we’ve spotted one, more is always merrier.

Day 7: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 4

We follow the same routine as Day 4 and keep tracking the Ghost of the Mountain. Even if we’ve spotted one, more is always merrier.

Day 8: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 5

We follow the same routine as Day 4 and keep tracking the Ghost of the Mountain. Even if we’ve spotted one, more is always merrier.

Day 9: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 6

We follow the same routine as Day 4 and keep tracking the Ghost of the Mountain. Even if we’ve spotted one, more is always merrier.

Day 10: Snow Leopard Tracking-Day 7

We follow the same routine as Day 4 and keep tracking the Ghost of the Mountain. Even if we’ve spotted one, more is always merrier.

Day 11: Hike to Zingchen and drive to Leh

It’s time to wrap up the expedition and hike back to Zingchen. From here you board your vehicles for a short drive to Leh.

Day 12: Departure

There’s probably no space left for pictures on your camera’s memory card, as you get your baggage tagged for your flight home. Picturesque views and?memories of the tracking snow leopards will keep you on a happy high for a long time yet.

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