Snow Leopard Trekking Safari





Ladakh – Himalayas: 15 Nights


In the winter months in Ladakh, we provide you with a unique and rare experience to search for the elusive Snow Leopard. With our superb Snow Leopard naturalists, we will take you to the best Snow Leopard habitats in the Hemis high altitude National Park. Some of the birds that you may come across while on the trek are Golden Eagle, Lammergeier, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Himalayan Griffon, Himalayan Snow Cock, Tibetan Partridge, Chukar Partridge, White Winged Redstart, White Browed Tit Warbler, Robin Accentor, White Breasted Dipper and Brown Dipper. Whilst on the trek, you will also have the opportunity to stay in Home Stays and in tents in the prime Snow Leopard habitat. Other wildlife that is likely to be seen, are the Blue Sheep, Ladakh Urial, Eurasian Lynx and the Tibetan Argali.



Itinerary


Day 01: London - Delhi

Flight to Delhi on own basis. Meals: Own basis


Day 02: Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi in the morning, where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

Overnight stay at Vivanta by Taj, Dwarka.
Meals: Lunch & evening meal in Delhi

Day 03: Delhi-Leh (3500 mtrs)

In the morning, transfer to the airport to take a direct flight to Leh. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Leh is situated at an altitude of 3500mts and is the capital of the once ancient Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh. Upon arrival at the hotel, a warm cup of tea will be served and you will be briefed about the trek. The rest of the day is for you to relax, or enjoy a leisurely walk around Leh market, whilst you acclimatise. Evening meal will be with your Snow Leopard team, where there will be a briefing about your tour.

Overnight at Hotel Lotus or similar.
Meals: Lunch & evening meal in Leh
 

Day 04: Leh (around 3500 mtrs)

Visit to Shanti Stupa and monasteries in Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. This will give you an experience of Tibetan Buddhism which has been prevalent in this area for centuries You will also have the opportunity to visit the local market.

Overnight at Hotel Lotus or similar.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner in Leh

Day 05: Leh – Zinchan – Husing (around 3700 mtrs)

Drive to Zingchan (around 01 hour drive) and then you will commence your trek further into the gorge towards the Husing Camp (02-03 hours). This is the entry point to Rumbak Valley and the home of the Snow Leopard. Husing lies at a junction of a major Snow Leopard corridor linking three valleys and the cats have been seen mating twice on its high ridge line.

Overnight in a tented camp/homestay.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal
 

Days 06 to 08: Husing (around 3700 mtrs – can trek upto 4500 mtrs depending on the sightings)

Today you will trek into the interiors of Snow Leopard country. Trek from here to Husing, where you have your first camp and where you will have the opportunity to interact 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 the 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.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal
 

Days 09 to 11: Rumbak (around 4000 – 4500 mtrs)

Today you and your team will move to Rumbak Doh, often called ‘The Snow Leopard capital’. You will explore the area on foot (trekking and walking), to try and spot the Snow Leopard. You will also have the opportunity to look for other animals and high altitude birds. This is also a good place to learn about local folklore, as well as finding out about their customs and traditions. Apart from the high altitude birds, your guides will try to look for Asiatic Ibex, Ladakh Urial and Tibetan Argali also known as Great Tibetan Sheep, Eurasian Lynx and Tibetan Wolf.  

Overnight stay in a tented camp/homestay.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal
 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal

Today, you will travel back to Husing. From here, you will drive and hike to Uley where you will spend your final days looking for/watching the Snow Leopard and its prey. You may also catch sightings of the 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.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal

Day 14: Uley – Leh (around 3500 mtr)

Hike down to Uley Tokpo, where your vehicle will pick you up from the end of the hiking point, where you will proceed to Leh and check into your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Lotus or similar.
 Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal
 

Day 15: Leh – Delhi

After an early breakfast, transfer to Leh Airport for your return flight back to Delhi. Once you land in Delhi, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. (Optional guided tour of New Delhi or a birding trip to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary.)

Overnight stay at Vivanta by Taj, Dwarka.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & evening meal
 

Day 16: Delhi - London

After breakfast, transfer to Delhi International Airport for your flight home.



Price


  • 04 persons: £1,433
  • 05 persons: £1,475
  • 06 persons: £1,380
  • 07 persons: £1,385
  • 08 persons: £1,317
  Single Room Supplement: £187  

Hotel Used:

  • Delhi – Vivanta by Taj Dwarka, New Delhi
  • Leh – Hotel Lotus & similar
  • During Trekking - Home Stay or Camping



Prices are quoted per person and per booking and are based on the number of adults sharing as given in the booking enquiry. Accommodation supplements are determined by the date the accommodation is occupied and not the departure date (unless otherwise stated).

The only supplements you are likely to see when you book that relate to your choice of flight will be for extra leg room seats, or other optional services (such as seat selection, internet check-in). Mail to Our Specialist. [email protected]









Package Includes:


  What is included in above cost?
  • Rooms on twin sharing basis with all meals
  • All meals on trekking
  • All transportation by Innova or Xylo (04 pax per vehicle)
  • Guide services throughout the tour and trek
  • Flight tickets from Delhi-Leh-Delhi in economy class
  • National park entrance fees and monument entrance fees
  • Ponies for luggage
  • Camping equipments (Member, kitchen, toilet and dinning tents, mattress, kitchen equipments), Cook and helpers
  • Spotting scope and walkie talkie during the trek
 

What is not included in above cost?
  • Sleeping bags, binocular, trekking shoes and clothing
  • Any kind of personal expenses, personal binocular or optional tours / extra meals ordered
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the ‘What’s included’ section
  • Tips, insurance, laundry, phone calls
  • Any kind of drinks (alcoholic, mineral, aerated)
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ additional stays on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond our control

Cancellation Policy


All cancellations must be advised in writing by the lead guest on the booking. Our cancellation charges are based on the number of days before departure that we receive your written request. These charges are a percentage of your tour cost, excluding any non-refundable elements.

  • More than 56 days prior to departure - loss of deposit (amount as advised at the time of booking)
  • 56-43 days prior to departure - 25% of holiday cost*
  • 42-29 days prior to departure - 50% of holiday cost*
  • 28-15 days prior to departure 75% of holiday cost*
  • Within 14 days of departure - 100% of holiday cost*
*being the percentage of the total cost of any applicable refundable amounts (i.e. excluding any non refundable / non changeable elements booked where INDIAN WILDLIFE TOURS have already incurred the cost or charges.) Read more




Travel Advice


WEATHER: Usually sunny days but with dry chilly winds, the temperature can drop to minus Centigrade at nights but will warm up as the sun comes out during the day. December maximum temperature averages 7°C which can fall to -15°C. January and February it can fall to -30°C to -35°C at night.


EQUIPMENT (to be brought by the individual): High quality trekking gear is difficult, if not impossible; to buy in India, so check the equipment list before leaving home. Please sort out and divide your trekking equipment into three categories:


  1. To wear on the trail
  2. To carry in the day pack
  3. To pack in the duffle bag

You will not have access to your duffle bag once you leave camp in the morning, as it will be carried by pack ponies or porters. Therefore, you must anticipate all your daytime needs and carry these items in your day pack. Your day pack should be large enough to accommodate your water bottle. Personal first aid kit, sun cream, sweater or down jacket and lunch box

Clothing and equipment: A list of suggested clothing and equipment for the Snow Leopard trek has been mentioned below. This is a comprehensive list and experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. You will need a 4 season sleeping bag for this trip. Trekkers should bring all their gear in one large duffle bag and a small backpack (30 to 50 litres). Each day you will carry the small pack containing items that you might need while trekking such as warm clothes, jacket, camera, water bottle and some snacks. The rest of your personal equipment, contained in your duffle bag, will be carried by ponies.


Footwear:
  • Warm boots with preferably Vibram soles for that extra grip.
  • Shoes to walk on ice at times.
  • Running shoes or sandals. To be used in camp in the evenings or for lighter walking days Gaiters.
  • A pair used to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow or on wet ground Heavyweight wool socks.

Clothing:
  • Goretex shell pants and jacket with hood
  • Heavy weight down jacket with hood
  • Light trekking trousers for warmer days
  • Mid to heavyweight fleece jacket
  • Light to mid weight fleece pants
  • Fleece gloves

Headwear
  • Warm wool or fleecy hat
  • Sun hat
  • Light weight climbers headlamp for use at night around the camp. Bring extra batteries
  • High quality sunglasses with 100% UV protection
  • High quality Binoculars / Telescope

Personal Equipment  
  • 4 season sleeping bag with hood to withstand Negative 30 Degrees
  • 30 to 50 litre backpack large enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing
  • 1 litre water bottles with a wide mouth.
  • Sunscreen and lipsalve with an SPF 30 or better.
  • Camera and spare batteries and large size memory cards
  • Pocket knife swiss army style (optional)

Travelling
  • 1 large duffle bag for transporting your personal gear on the trek and during flights - Bring small combination padlocks
  • 4 large plastic bin bags for keeping gear dry in the duffle and backpack.
  • Travel clothes. You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Delhi and Leh.

Personal First Aid Kits
     
  • Any personal medications
  • You may find that you would like to prepare for any eventually and take with you some antibiotics (seek advice from your GP).
  • Also ensure that you carry with you any medication for in case of any stomach upsets  (sickness/diarrhoea), high altitude medicine
  • Blister treatment

Notes

In case of medical emergencies or high altitude sickness both Zinchen and Saspoche are within a days reach to the government hospitals Zinchen to Leh is 1 hours drive and Ulley to Leh is about 3 hours drive The first 2 days are recommended for complete rest and acclimatization to ensure that the rest of the trip runs smoothly The homestays are basic & simple rooms with dry compost toilets and they do not have showers Hot water will be provided in buckets if needed


First Aid Dressing
  • Bandage rolls (sterile) 3-6 inches size
  • Sterile Gauze
  • Savlon Liquid – for wound washing
  • Bedtadine ointment or Soframycin Quit for wound application
  • Adhesive plasters for sealing bandage

In case of severe injury or sickness – the clients will be first put on a local horse and assisted till the point where the road starts and from there on – they will be driven to the Government Hospital. From Zinchen it is about 1.5hrs and from Ulley it is about 4hrs drive to Leh.