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Snow Leopard Expedition

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Route : Delhi - Leh - Indus Valley - Zingchen - Rumbak - Leh - Delhi

As winter approaches and snow begins to fall on the upper reaches of the Himalayas, food becomes scarce, and herbivores begin their annual migration. These animals search for sustenance in the surrounding on grassy slopes and luxuriant valleys. Among them is a Himalayan wild sheep known as the Bharal or Blue Sheep. Found throughout the high Himalayas, the Bharal is a magnet for the animal world’s most mysterious killer!
Predators are territorial animals, but under exceptional circumstances, they have to shift base! Sub-zero temperatures send Bharal to seek food and warmth below the tree- line, and its hunter has to follow it for its survival! In the icy winter months, from high peaks and ridges, the Bharal’s nemesis, the grey ghost of the Himalayas – the Ounce makes its spooky appearance in the lower valleys! AND… *This is truly the best time to track it down!
The Indian population of the Snow Leopard is estimated to be around 500 -600, and our quest for this feline phantom will take us to the Hemis National Park, a 4000 sq. km high altitude zone that is prime Snow Leopard country. Hemis has the potential to support nearly 200 leopards, but the actual numbers must be less than half. In spite of inhospitable terrain, the area has a small human population that lives here, tending its livestock. The valleys, ridges, and peaks of Hemis occasionally turn into a battleground, as man and animal clash in a struggle for survival, and the “ghost” is often persecuted for stalking and killing domestic animals.
Hemis National Park is also the only refuge of the Shapu, another species of a rare wild sheep inhabiting the Indian Himalaya.

Highlights :

• Snow Leopards and other Himalayan wildlife in extreme winter
• The isolated barren wilderness of Ladakh, with the snow-capped Himalaya
Mountains, Indus River, and ever-changing sand dunes reminds you that you are on the “Root of the world.”
• Explore the Thiksey monastery, the most beautifully situated monastery in Ladakh,
perched high on a hill above the Indus River.
• Set out in search of the elusive snow leopard and other unique wildlife including ibex, Tibetan antelope, blue sheep, shapo, marmot, and the Tibetan hare. Venture out on foot and gain insight into the region’s fascinating folklore, customs, and traditions.
• Enjoy the company of some of the most seasoned snow leopard guides.
  • Destination
  • Arrival
  • Arrival Time
    Midnight or Late night
  • Final Departure
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable, light, sports wear

Tour Itinerary : - Snow Leopard Expedition


Day 01: Delhi

Arrive at New Delhi International airport. After completing the immigration and customs, proceed towards the arrival hall. Meeting and assistance upon arrival with a traditional welcome of garlanding and transfer to the hotel (the room held from the previous night).
Overnight in Delhi

Day 02: Delhi – Leh fly: Himalayan flight

This morning, departure transfer to Delhi airport to board a flight to Leh, over the Himalayas – this 90 minutes flight is one of the most sensational flying experience in the World, taking you right over the top of the Greater Himalaya before dropping down in a series of steep turns, to land at the small military airport at Leh. The journey offers spectacular views across the Himalayas, notably the 7000-meter massifs of Nun and Kun.
Leh, known as Little Tibet, lays nestled beneath an imposing old fort and palace. The Buddhist monasteries and stupas perch on top of cliffs and ridges overlooks the Ladakhi Capital.
Meeting on arrival at Leh airport and transfer to the hotel.
The rest of the day is at leisure to get acclimatized to the arid high altitude of Leh (3505 m). It is essential to take it easy and allow for gentle acclimatization. For those who want to stretch their legs, the colourful bazaars and roadside stalls make for a relaxed afternoon's exploration.
Overnight in Leh

Day 03; Leh: visit Monasteries, stupas, and palaces of Leh

This morning after leisurely breakfast, we proceed for our visit, which will also help us to acclimatize further. The day is dedicated to the tour of Leh – exploring on foot.
The walk starts with the climbing of the steep stairs or take the gentler 4x4 track to the Shanti Stupa, which provides an opportunity to survey the city in its entirety. The Indus river, the Zanskar peaks, provides a suitably dramatic backdrop.
We will then head down to the calming, the atmospheric 16th-century monastery Sankar Gompa, belonging to the Buddhist Gelukpa sect offers a peaceful place to relax. In continuation, we walk uphill to the Namgyal Tsemo Monastery, founded in 1430 by the King Tashi Namgyal.
We wind up the tour by dropping down an uneven spiral trail down the imposing and opulent Leh Palace and on to the old town as the path passes through narrow lanes back to our hotel.
Overnight in Leh

Day 04: Leh- Excursion through the Indus Valley

This morning after breakfast, we set out to see some of the monasteries and palaces in the Indus Valley.
Our first stop is at the imposing Stok Palace, which was built in the mid 19th century after the King was dethroned by the Dogra forces and forced to vacate the Leh Palace. We will visit the Palace Museum.
After this, we proceed to Shey Palace - the summer palace of the erstwhile Raja of Leh. Set upon a hill, and housing the largest golden topped victory stupa, the monastery has a two-storey statue of the sitting Buddha wrought with copper and gold of breathtaking grandeur. Many chortens can be seen in front of the building.
Thiksey Gompa Monastery, which is our next stop, looks similar to Lhasa’s Potala Palace. The Gompa is known for imposing structures and offers awe-inspiring views of the green Indus Valley, if looked atop a hill from the vantage point. The monastery has several chambers which are full of sacred thankhas, stupas and statues. The library here is among Ladakh’s biggest ones and around 60 lamas live here.
The day ends with our visit to the Hemis Gompa, built in the 17th century by King Singge Namgyal and ever since has enjoyed the patronage of the royal family. There are few gold statues and few stupas which are adorned with precious stones. The gompa also has an incredible collection of sacred thankhas which also include one thankha which is considered to be the largest to exist and is shown once in every 12 years.
Overnight in Leh

Day 05: Leh - Zingchen - Drive about 45 minutes Trek to Rumbak 3800m about 03 hrs

This morning we start early and drive about 45 minutes to Zingchen (3310) across a metal bridge over the Indus River.
We commence the trek(the ponies have loaded up and all equipment packed), on a trail which is along the stream, for around two hours.
Enroute, we spot the Golden Eagle nest high above on a steep boulder near the Lhota. We arrive at Rumbak Village (3800 m), and the stay will be either in a homestay or in the tents
Overnight in Rumbak

Day 06: In Rumbak Village

The days are dedicated to search the Snow Leopard, one of the most elusive animals on the planet. There will not be a fixed itinerary, and the emphasis will be on flexibility to maximize the possibilities of seeing Snow Leopards. Please note that sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Overnight in Rumbak

Day 07: In Rumbak Village

This day again, we are waiting for a glimpse of the Snow Leopard – one of the big cats on the planet. A fixed itinerary will not be there the main focus will be subjected to the flexibility so that the chances of spotting Snow Leopards can be maximized. Please note that sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Overnight in Rumbak

Day 08: In Rumbak Village

This day, again we are in search of the Snow Leopard
Overnight in Rumbak

Day 09: In Rumbak Village

The day is fully dedicated to search the Snow Leopard in Rumbak Village
Overnight in Rumbak

Day 10: In Rumbak Village

The day is fully dedicated in search of the planet’s most elusive Snow Leopard in and around the village.
Overnight in Rumbak

Day 11: Rumbak - Leh

This morning, we start early to trek back to the road head near Zingchen village, which is estimated to take about 3 hrs.
At this point, we bid farewell to our Trek crew and then from here we drive to Leh (about 45 minutes).
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Leh

Day 12: Leh – Delhi fly back

This morning you will be transferred to Leh airport to board the flight over the Himalayas – a real farewell to the memorable trip of Snow Leopard.
On arrival at Delhi airport, meeting on arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel (room available from 1400 hrs).
This day is to relax or have the option to explore Delhi – the capital of India.
Overnight in Delhi

Day 13: Departure transfer to Delhi airport

Today you will be transferred to the airport in Delhi to board the international flight back home.
Please bring your own: Personal sleeping bag, trekking shoe waterproof, inner thermal wear, rain & windproof jacket & trouser, towels, sunscreen lotion, hat, gloves, toiletries, spare socks, warm jacket & sunglasses, enough batteries etc. -Binocular -Spotting (SCOPEV) -Tripod (for photographers)
Note: This is a challenging Expedition; therefore, physical & mental fitness and resistance is required. The weather will be very cold (-20° to -35° Celsius below Zero).

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Price, Inclusions and Exclusions

Prices per person
01 paying person in a Single Room
USD 2570/-
02 paying persons in a Double Room
USD 1880/-

Validity - January till March 2021.


Price Inclusions

• Accommodations in one room/tent for 13 days/12 nights
• Meal plan
  ✓ Buffet Breakfast at – Delhi
  ✓ Full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) - Leh
  ✓ Full board (Simple Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) – During Trek
• Transport services using Good Conditioned Small Car as follows
  ✓ Arrival transfer in Delhi on Day 01 – from the airport to the hotel
  ✓ Departure transfer in Delhi on Day 02 – from the hotel to the airport
  ✓ Beginning with the pickup at Leh airport on Day 02 till drop at Leh airport on Day 12
  ✓ Arrival transfer in Delhi on Day 12 – from the airport to the hotel
  ✓ Departure transfer in Delhi on Day 13 – from the hotel to the airport
• Meet and greet services in Delhi and Leh only
• One time entrance fees to the monasteries as per the program
• Trekking arrangements to include
  ✓ Alpine tents, thick mattresses
  ✓ All major meals
  ✓ Porters/ponies
  ✓ Service of cook, helper
  ✓ Trek guide
  ✓ Trek permission
• Services of local Naturalist guide during Snow Leopard Expedition from Day 5 to Day 11
• Environment Fee & Wildlife entry fee in protected area for clients, guide, helper, pony etc.. during Snow Leopard Expedition.
• Services of English speaking local cultural guides (different guides in each city) as per the itinerary:
  > Day 03 Full day in Leh
  > Day 04 Full day in Leh
Domestic air travel (ONLY INDICATIVE)
  > Airfare(economy class)
     ✓ Delhi to Leh
     ✓ Leh to Delhi
• All currently applicable taxes

Price Exclusions

• International airfare for travel (from your home country to the destination and return)
• Visa charges or fees
• Airport taxes
• Camera fees during the visit to the monuments, temples or National Parks
• Tips to driver/guide/naturalist
• Additional meals
• Drinks or mineral water at the hotels or restaurants
Ayurvedic massages or treatments, laundry etc or any other items of personal nature
• Travel, health and cancellation insurance
• Any other expense/changes due to unforeseen circumstances while in India
• Any other thing not mentioned in program or “Price Inclusions”



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