TIGER PARKS OF INDIA KABINI BLAK PANTHER LEOPARD TADOBA ANDHERI TIGER PARK

Information

The strikingly beautiful Snow leopard - the big cat of the Himalaya Mountains, is one of the world's most elusive and beautiful cat . In India snow leopard is found in the upper reaches of Himalaya region i.e above tree line. Snow Leopard is found in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. The terrain where it lives is very very hostile to humans. In Ladakh our ground team has accumulated experience of several years now is tracking the movement of this beauty and snow leopards prey on the Blue Sheep or Bharal which is found in the region.

On this tour you will experience breathtaking Himalayan scenery, monastery architecture, get to meet warm Ladakhi people and get to see some local bird species as well as other wildlife.

A good physical fitness level is very important for this tour as we stay at altitudes from 300 to 4500 Meters. The cat lives at high altitude and is well camouflaged by the fur it wears and we have to move often in Hemis National Park to see the beautiful snow leopards.

Important

Snow leopard sighting season is in the winter months and it can be very cold in Ladakh during the winter months. Februarey and March are the most practical months to spot this beauty. As the Blue Sheep (Bharal) moves to lower altitude in search of food, snow leopard follows the herd. Bharal is one of the favorite prey of snow leopard. Our ground team of experts and required to be booked well in advance and it is important to book for this tour at least six months ahead of the departure.

Important – Warm clothes for sub zero temperatures, good insulated sleeping bags, binoculars, torch with extra battery, good walking shoes, sun hat, water bottles, gloves are must for this tour.

It is also advised to bring your own inner for the sleeping bag. Also a portable water purifies is handy during camping or water purification pills.

SNOW LEOPARD LADAKH HEMIS NATIONAL PARK
HEMIS NATIONAL PARK

Dates and Prices

First Departure - 26th February'2020 - Please mail us for the price details

Second Departure - 15rd March 2020 - Please mail us for the price details

Third Departure - 28th March 2020 - Please mail us for the price details

JANUARY 2019 DEPARTURE IS ALSO AVAILABLE.

Miscellaneous

Important – Warm clothes for minus temperatures, good insulated sleeping bags, binoculars, torch with extra battery, good walking shoes, sun hat, water bottles, gloves are must for this tour.

It is also advised to bring your own inner for the sleeping bag. Also a portable water purifies is handy during camping or water purification pills.

Itinerary

Click on a day below to see what will be taking place.

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi

Namaste and Welcome to India.

Arrive with your International flight at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport terminal Number 3, our staff will meet you and take you to your hotel close to the airport.

Day 02 - Delhi to Leh by Air

Today, after an early breakfast, transfer to the domestic airport to connect with your flight to Leh. Flying time is around one hour. Upon arrival in Leh our local guide and team will meet you and take you to your hotel. Today all the day is free to Acclimatise....however we will gather in the afternoon to talk about the program and activities for days to come. Leh is at an altitude of 3500 metres and it is best to lie low to let your body adjust to the height. Overnight at the hotel in Leh.

Day 03 - In Leh(3,500 m / 11,483 ft) visit Phyang/ Alchi / Likir, Basgo and back to Leh

Today we will explore the nearby attractions of Leh and see Phyang Monastery. The building of this 16th century Gompa was ordered by the king Tashi Namgyal. The Gompa sits on a small hill above the attractive village and belongs to the Kagyupa (Red Hat) order of Monks.

Following lunch continue on towards Likir, to the confluence of Zanskar and Indus River just before Nimu. Likir Monastery dates back to the 12th century though the original structure was partially destroyed in fire and rebuilt 200 years back. The monastery belongs to the Gelukpa monks and kushok is the younger brother of the Dalai Lama. The monastery is located in the Likir village, situated on the banks of the LikirTokpo, a tributary of Indus.

Time permitting we may also see the painted caves at Saspol. Later return to Leh and rest of the time free. In leh we might visit the market area and shop for any last minute ration and equipment requirements.

Day 04 - In Leh - sightseeing

We will spend more time to aclimatise and see some more fabulous sites in the Indus Valley.
Overnight at the hotel in Leh.

Very few hotels remain open in winter due to sub zero temperature. We will stay at a comfortable hotel with heating.

Day 05 - Drive to Zinchen and Trek to Husing (3,250 – 3,800 m / 10,663 – 12,467 ft)

This morning, following breakfast, we will drive to Zinchen. On the way we may have the opportunity to stop at the Spituk Monastery. In Zinchen transfer the baggage and equipment on to pack horses and trek to Housing base camp.

This area is the start of the snow leopards hunting area and habitat. We will stop regularly to scan the surrounding slopes looking for bharal or blue sheep, a major prey of snow leopard, and also search the valley floor for signs of snow leopard movement. You may also see Ladak hurial (a species of wild sheep) on the way. Some interesting species of birds that you may see here include the lammergeier, the himalayan griffon and chukor partridge. Trekking time today is between 2 – 3 hours and is approximately 5 kilo metres in distance.



Overnight – Tented Camp – Twin share – All meals will be provided

Tents with mattresses and full kitchen with kitchen and camp staff will be provided.

Day 06 - Husing Camp (3,800 – 4,000 m / 12,467 – 13,123 ft)

This morning after breakfast, we will trek to a side valley – Turbung. Here we may see the blue sheep, ibex and other mountain species. We crisscross the frozen Turbung River looking for snow leopard tracks and scan the slopes for blue sheep. This is the time of the 'rut' and if our guides find a rutting herd of blue sheep then we will spend some time observing them and look for sign of snow leopard. Snow leopards do follow the rutting herds, for this is a time when they may be distracted and provide the leopard with easy prey. Later return to camp in time for lunch. Following lunch we take a stroll for an hour or so exploring the geological history of the area, look for fossils and visit some of the rock carvings that are found in this area. Trekking time this morning is around 4 hours and is approximately 5 kilometres in distance.

Day 07 - Husing Camp (4,000 – 4,500 m / 13,123 – 14,767 ft)

This morning we trek to Housing Valley.

This area is known for snow leopard sightings. It is also famous for a 500 – 600 m (nearly 2,000 ft) deep narrow gorge. We will encounter plenty of snow leopard signs here and will stop several times to scan the mountains looking for the leopard signs and its prey. Trekking time today is around 5 hours and is approximately 6 kilo meters in distance.

Day 08 – Husing Camp (4,000 – 4,500 m / 13,123 – 14,767 ft)

After two days of trekking, we spend today between the Housing and Turbung Valleys close to the camp. This area is in the midst of the main traversing zone of the snow leopard. Our guides and you will scan the slopes for snow leopard signs and rutting blue sheep herds. The nearby stream always offers a chance to see birds like redstarts, dippers, accentors and pipits. Our team will disperse at different locations looking for snow leopard. When snow leopard is sighted we will immediately move to that area to see this elusive cat. Trekking time today is around 5 hours and is between 3 – 6 kilometres in distance.

Day 09 - Trek to Rumbuk (4,000 m / 13,123 ft)

Today we trek to Rumbak. Rumbak and the surrounding area is reasonably reliable for snow leopard sightings. There are small villages here where the leopards and wolves come down to hunt on the livestock. Our trek takes us past the campsite looking for argali sheep and wolves. After spending time looking for signs of animals we will return to the camp and have time to relax and freshen up prior to visiting the neighbouring village of Rumbak where we join a family for tea and enjoy the local hospitality. This evening we may enjoy a family dinner in a small village hut. The Tibetans grow barley, turnips, potato, carrots and some other vegetables. You can try the local dish called 'tsampa' tonight or try the local wines. Trekking time today is around 6 hours and is around 6 kilometres in distance.

Day 10 - Rumbak (4,000 – 4,400 m / 13,123 – 14,436 ft)

Today is a long day. After an early breakfast we leave for Yuruche and beyond. The terrain is very different with rolling slopes providing great vistas. Today's walk can be windy and cold. We look for argali (great Tibetan sheep), one of the most endangered wild sheep in the world. During this search one is likely to see snow leopard, wolves and occasionally lynx and wild dogs in this area. Trekking time today is around 6 hours and is around 7 kilometres in distance.

Day 11 - Drive to Leh

Early this morning following breakfast we trek back to Housing.

The route back to Housing will be decided on the day. We may travel back via the path in or via a steeper but more scenic route. This alternate route will take you behind Rumbak and across the mountain into the Housing Valley. We will get to see the Karakorum and Ladakh range, weather permitting.

On arrival at Housing Camp we will have time for a short break and some lunch. Following lunch walk down to Zinchen where we join our vehicles for the drive back to Leh. Upon arrival in Leh, transfer to the hotel.

Trekking time today is around 5 hours and is around 7 kilometres in distance. Overnight Hotel

Day 12 - Leh to Delhi flight

Transfer to the Leh airport for flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi transfer to the hotel.

Option of half day sightseeing tour of Delhi or visit the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Delhi office.

Day 13 - Leave Delhi

Leave Delhi –Transfer to the airport for flight back home or to onward destination.

GALLERY

TOUR PLACES

Below are the places that are visited on this specific tour

EXTENSION TOUR

We highly recommend visit to The Jim Corbett National Park. The Oldest Tiger reserve in India. Popularly known as Corbett NP is known for its flora and fauna and especially Tigers, Elephants and beautiful bird life and mesmerizing landscape of Dhikala.

DELHI - JIM CORBETT - DELHI

Three nights and four days visit to Jim Corbett National Park will add a lot of joy to your visit in the country.

Day 01 - Arrive from Leh and upon arrival transfer to Jim Corbett National Park. Upon arrival transfer to a hotel outside the NP

Day 02 and Day 03 - Two night and two full days inside the forest and stay in the Jungle Rest House at Dhikala. Elephant ride sighting tigers, Four rounds of Jeep safaris experiencing its rich flora and fauna.....beautiful forest and open grass lands and the nearby Ram ganga reservoir rich with Mahseer and Aligators and Indian Crocodiles.

Day 04 - Dhikala to Delhi.
After morning safari leave for Delhi and upon arrival transfer to the airport or a hotel close to the airport.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

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