Snow Leopard Tour

Snow Leopard Tour- March 2018

Escorted Tour lead by Abhijit Verma from Delhi to Delhi

Hemis National Park in Ladakh, India is a paradise on Earth. Come explore magnificent mountain ranges charismatic glens and amazing gorges as you move on the awe striking trail. Search for the ghost of the snow, the elusive Snow Leopard as you trek through the mesmerizing maze of natural pathways of the snow clad mountains

In severe winters Snow Leopards move down from the steep snow clad mountains into the low altitude valleys and gorges in search of their primary prey base – Bharal or Blue sheep. Camouflaged behind the grey rocks and snow, this silver ghost is as elusive as the name suggests. It is a once in a life time moment to encounter this amazing cat. Our tour promises just that, a chance to see the ghost in the snow “Snow Leopard” in its natural habitat. Come and join us for this amazing journey…

Day 1 – (09 Mar, 2018, Friday) – Fly from UK: Fly from Airport of your choice in UK to Delhi (Flights not included – Please see price guide below)

Day 2– (10 Mar, 2018, Saturday) – Arrive Delhi: You will be met on arrival and transfer to our hotel near Airport. Overnight at The Pride or Hilton Garden Inn for the night.

Day 3 – (11 Mar, 2018, Sunday) – Delhi-Leh (3500 m): In the morning transfer to airport to connect a direct flight to Leh. You will be met on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is to relax or enjoy a leisurely walk around Leh market. Evening enjoy dinner with the Snow Leopard team and briefing about your tour. Overnight at Hotel Golden Dragon or similar for 3 nights.

Day 4 – (12 Mar, 2018, Monday) – Leh ( around 3500 m): Visit to Shanti stupa and monasteries in Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. Also visit local market.

Day 5 – (13 Mar, 2018, Tuesday) – Leh – Zinchan – Husing (around 3700 m): Drive to Zingchan (around 1 hour drive) and then trek to Husing ( 02-03 hours). This is the entry point to Rumbak Valley and the home of the Snow Leopard. Overnight in a tented camp/homestay.

Day 6 to 8 – (14 – 16 Mar, 2018, Wednesday – Friday) – Husing( around 3700 m – can trek upto 4500 m depending on sighting): Today you trek into the interiors of Snow Leopard country. You will trek from here to Husing where you have your first camp the opportunity to be interacting with the locals of the area and gain a good insight into their culture. Your sighting may include birds like  Lammergeier, Golden Eagle, Chukar, White-winged Redstart, Himalayan Snowcock, Yellow-billed  and Red-billed Choughs, Robin Accentor, Horned Lark, Tibetan Snowfinch, or maybe a Eurasian Eagle Owl and a few other species. Some of mammals you may spot are Blue Sheep (Bharal), Mountain Weasel, Red Fox, Stone Marten and if lucky Royal Pika on a warm day. Overnight stay in a tented camp/homestay.

Day 9 to 11 – (17-19 Mar, 2018, Saturday – Monday) – Rumbak (around 4000m – 4500 m): Today we move to “ Rumbak Doh” where will explore the area on foot (trekking and walking) with our guides to try and spot the Snow Leopard. We will also have the opportunity to look for other animals and high altitude birds and also get enthralling insights into local folklore, as well as learn about their customs and traditions. Part from the high altitude birds you will try to look for Asiatic Ibex, Ladakh Urial and Tibetan Argali also known as Great Tibetan Sheep and Tibetan Wolf.   Overnight stay in a tented camp/homestay.

Day 12 to 14 – (2o-22 Mar, 2018, Tuesday-Thursday) – Uley (around 3700 m): We move now back to Husing and then drive down and hike to to Uley where we spend our final 03 days for watching Snow Leopard and its prey. We may also sight Asiatic Ibex, Ladhak Urial and Tibetan Wolf. Birds that can be locally sighted are Great Rosefinch, Brown Dipper and White-winged Redstart. Overnight stay in a tented camp/homestay.

Day 15 – (23 Mar, 2018, Friday) – Uley –Leh (around 3500 m): Hike down to Uley Tokpo; vehicle will pick up from end of the hiking point and proceed to Leh, and check into a hotel for your first real bed in a long time! Overnight at Hotel Golden Dragon or similar

Day 16 – (24 Mar, 2018, Saturday) – Leh –Delhi: Today you will be transferred to Leh airport to fly back to Delhi in the morning. Overnight at The Pride or Hilton Garden Inn.

Day 17 – (25 Mar, 2018, Sunday) – Delhi-UK: Transfer to the International Airport. Fly back home

 

Price for ground arrangements:

GBP 2199 per person on twin sharing                         (minimum 4 clients)

GBP 1929 per person on twin sharing                         (minimum 6 clients)

GBP 1799 per person on twin sharing                         (minimum 8 clients)

Single Room Supplement: GBP 545 per person

International Flight Guide: GBP 625 per person

Flight to be booked with Travel Counsellor or Skylord (ATOL Protected)

 Your Holiday includes:

Accommodations and all meals (except Delhi where stay is on Bed and Breakfast)

SUV type vehicles for transfers

Accompanying Tour Leader from Delhi to Delhi

Services of profession guide and tracker during snow leopard trek

All camping and trekking equipments

Porters and Ponies during trek for carrying luggage

All entrances and park fees and eco charges

Internal flights only

What is not included in your tour:

-Items of personal nature such as tips, Insurance, laundry, phone calls etc.

-Travel insurance

Note:

Camping out in the extremes of Ladakh is not the most luxurious, yet it is a means to an end and we aim to make it as comfortable as possible during your snow leopard tracking expedition. We will provide you stay in good quality Alpine Tents (crawl –in, 02 People Tents) or simple Homestays (if required). If interested, please get in touch with us and we will send you complete details of the tour like detailed information on Camping, Weather and items to bring on the tour.

 

DestinationTour NameStart DateEnd DateGroup SizePlaces Available
IndiaSnow Leopard Tour10/03/201826/03/2018109

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